Hiding cables & cords

This is my secret hiding place for cables, cords, and my power strip that serve my desk.  I hate the look of errant cords, so I needed a solution.  I came across this post on Young House Love and figured it was worth a try.  I already had some black IKEA boxes to try it out with.

This is a small shelf that I set up next to my desk; it holds the printer on top of it and hides my cable connection on the wall.

All I did was cut a nice size hole out of the back (you NEED to make sure that the hole is big enough to allow for proper cooling/venting), and fed the cords through that hole.  I love that all of my cords are now hidden.  And I’ve never had a reception issue with my modem being in the box either.

IMPORTANT:  I’ve been using the system for over a year now and I’ve never had an issue, but if you decide to try it out, make sure that you feel the box periodically for the first several days– you don’t want to start a fire.  My modem and power strip never even warm the cardboard box.

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House Tour: Upstairs Landing

This was one of the hardest spaces in my house for me to figure out what to do with, but I think it turned out amazing.  I was so indecisive about what I should do in there that I actually got some design advice from Tart House when I first moved in.  She suggested some things and I modified the plan just a tiny bit.  Now I love this space.

This room also showcases some of my favorite DIY projects: reupholstering my wingback chair, my “Oregon” artmy gallery wall (including several DIY art pieces), and my melted crayon art.

Desk & Chair: IKEA

Wingback chair fabric: Premier Fabrics

Floor lamp: IKEA

Lanterns: Pier 1

Art framed by desk: Etsy HERE HERE HERE and HERE (gallery wall)

Monogram “M”: Anthropologie

Oregon art: Check out the tutorial HERE

Ceramic owl: West Elm

Ceramic pug: Z Gallerie