West Elm had a similarly geek-inspired telephone pillow last year — it's like as everyone ditches their landlines left and square, the old-school rotary gains in popularity. But are we far enough away from the home phone to be nostalgic about it? Would you toss this on your chair?
Hey, they can't all be made by Bluelounge. Modern gadget needs have called for a new home tech essential: the charging station. Now, everyone has different decor tastes, and the next few charging stations definitely bank on the fact that someone, somewhere, will be into it. Check them out.
Sure, laptops are popular because they're portable and don't take up a lot of space, but when you're using one, you still need the proper accouterments to use them at home. Whether it's a small desk or laptop cushion, I have a list of favorites that are both petite and affordable.
Although I'm a technology geek, I can't get enough vintage. And with the upcoming premiere of Mad Men — my favorite retro drama that tosses in vintage tech left and right — I couldn't help but include a roundup of some vintage goods within these here pages. But why desk lamps? Well, desk lamps not only perform the important task of lighting up my work area so I can see, but it's an old-timey technology that will never go out of style. Check out 10 of my favorite vintage desk lamps in this slideshow, and tip your hat to history!
Rendered in soft gray (a better decor choice than Apple white), the pillow cover is made of soft felt recycled from plastic water bottles. It certainly does the iPod Classic justice.
Would you toss this on your sofa?
West Elm makes one of the best looking charging stations, in my opinion, but it, like many docks, just takes up too much space. Many of us often don't even charge more than one or two gadgets at a time, rendering it wasted space even.Brilliantly, West Elm's new station, the Mini Docking Station ($34) has a much teenier footprint.
It fits two small gadgets perfectly, and even has the lacquered looks of its bigger brother.
Is the mini still not to your liking for a charging station? DIY one!
I've already exposed you to some clever and creative ways to manage cord clutter if you don't want to take the traditional organization route, but what basics are available for diminishing those unsightly cables?
I've found some simple little accessories that will clean up the messiest of cords!
The space-inspired throw pillow is made from an eco-friendly material and has two different prints, so you can just flip it over if you get tired of the robot.
But who would get tired of the robot? Not me. Sacrilege.
In any case, there's a spot for all your awesome black boxes — Wii, Xbox, PS3, TiVo — as well as plenty of shelving to stash games nicely.
Upcycling, recycling, repurposing: Call it whatever you want, but I know it as re-using old crap to make it useful again! From socks to paper to pillowcases, there is a ton of handy gadget helpers just waiting to be discovered.