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Creative Ideas: How To Hide Wires and Cords

How To Hide Wires

The biggest problem areas when it comes to wires are in the living room with the TV, tech items like the router, and any wires along the floor. Here are some creative ideas, from the simple to the heavy duty, on how to hide wires in your home.

Starting With The Simple Ideas

Why are all wires black, when most walls are white? The simplest way to get rid of that ugly wire look is to spray paint them so that they blend in with their surroundings. Or replace the wire with another one that has the right color.

Get decorative with wall trim and hide wires behind it. Check out the simple wall trim by Julie in picture (1). Or go ahead and create a pattern on the wall – the bottom left and right wall trim in picture (2) have wires hidden behind them.

Hide TV Wires

Hide Cords

Hide cables behind other objects – just like the tall books that are covering up the TV wires in picture (3) of the mood board.

For any wires that run along a wall, you can hide them away by using decorative trunking / raceway that lines up with your baseboard or floor trim – just like in the picture below (A)

How To Hide Wires

Heavy Duty Ideas

Build a false wall just like Dana, seen in picture (4). Not only can these walls hide cords, but they can have your TV, speakers or other appliances built into them – creating a more modern and sleeker look in the room.

Depending on the wall you have, you can cut holes to feed your wall mounted TV wires through. This might sound difficult, but just check out House of Hepworths tutorial on how they hid their cables behind the TV – using a simple hand saw to cut holes in the wall. You can go a step further than what they did, and fit wall sockets into your new holes to add a finishing touch.

Cable Organizers

Don’t Hide Wires, Embrace Them

You could go the other way, and see how you can make the wires a decor feature in the room:

  • Check out the copper tubing hiding the wires around the living room in picture (5)
  • Rope can be wrapped  around the wires to add a little rustic charm – the rope lights in picture (6) were a DIY project by A Merry Mishap. Twine can also be used (7)
  • Wooden balls can also be added to wires (8)
  • Replace standard wires with cloth and or colored wires. Let the wires add to the color scheme of the room, or use a striking neon color just like in picture (9) by Weekday Carnival
  • More funky wire decor ideas include using the wires to create a design on the wall. Go with a vintage (10) or tech (11) design

Hide Wires on the Wall

DIY Rope String Lights

DIY Neon Cord Lamp


If you need an idea on how to hide your wifi router, a popular idea is to use a hollowed out vintage book (B)

Hide Router

image credits: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11  A/B

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June 13, 2014 in Decor, Misc

Making Sleeping Arrangements: Creative Ideas for Cat Beds

Cat Bed Ideas

Our little furry friends. They’re comfortable living the simple life in cardboard boxes. But here are some unique and more comfortable bed ideas for your cats, including some ideas on how to make your own.

Upcycled and DIY Ideas

Upcycled computer monitors, just like the one in picture (1), and old TVs can be turned into elegant and retro cat beds. They also add to the decor in the room. Vintage suitcases (2) can also be upcycled into a fancy cat bed – or they can be bought pre made on Etsy. Double them up, to create cat bunk beds (3).

Another unique DIY idea is to create an enclosed cat teepee, just like the dip dyed one in picture (4). Have a look at the description in the pin to see how Casper made his.

Cat Beds

Space Saving

If you have a small home and want to save on the floor space, then it would be best to hang your cat bed. One idea is to have a hanging cat bed – seen in picture (5). Or a sheet of fabric can easily be fitted under a chair (6), coffee table, or inside a large box to create a cat hammock bed.

Another way to save on floor space is to use wall mounted cat beds. A modern floating shelf, like the one seen in picture (7), not only makes for a cat bed, but as wall decor. Hang paintings and pictures around it. You just need to make sure there is a way for your cat to climb up to it. Or you can go a step further and have your own luxury cat apartment complex (8) by Catissa (you can get a 20% discount when you use the coupon “hometreeatlas”).

That awkward space under the stairs can have a custom built cat house. Check out my post here for ideas and pictures on using that space.

If all else fails, they’ll make their own sleeping arrangements…

Funny Cat Sleeping

Cute Kitten Sleeping

Cute Kitten Napping

image credits: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8  cat napping: 1/2/3

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June 6, 2014 in Misc

Imagination Space: How To Raise Creative Kids at Home

Imagination Space: Raising Creative Kids

I recently read this infographic by Life Hacker on ‘how to raise happy kids’ which got my thinking, how can a home be turned into a space to foster a kid’s creativity. A lot of people talk about the importance of creativity in childhood development, and how important creativity is in modern jobs:

Creativity In Schools

“Creativity now is as important in education as literacy”

Sir Ken Robinson: “How Schools Kill Creativity

Children Artists

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” 


We know it is important for kids to be creative, but what can we do about it? What can parents do to foster a child’s creativity and imagination. There is a lot that can be done at home. It is tough to control what goes on outside the home – at school, or when your kids are with their friends. But at home you can create a safe place, an Imagination Space, for your child to think differently, to play, experiment, learn and grow. I think the home is one of the best places to foster a child’s creativity. The most important place for it.

A Play Space vs. A Living Space

If you look at the work spaces of visionaries in their early days, such as Steve Jobs, their desks were messy. Things pilled up. This chaos fuels creativity. BUT take a look at their homes. Steve Jobs lived very minimalist. All he had was a Tiffany lamp and a record player.

When it comes to playing, being creative, and letting your child use their imagination, there needs to be some patience and willpower to hold back on correcting them, telling them to be tidy and clean, and getting them to be organised. If your focus is on making sure your kids are tidy, that they’ve put all of their art supplies in the right place – this goes against nurturing their creativity. You are nurturing the other side of the brain, being logical and systematic. If you teach your kids they have to be clean, disciplined, and not messy when they are playing how will they explore, experiment, make mistakes?

Find a play space in your home where your kids can be messy, imaginative and have fun without worry. But when it comes to their living space, like their bedroom, this is where you can teach them about organisation and neatness.

When it comes to the playroom, use simple storage containers that lets them grab stuff and put it all back easily. Large boxes, a trunk, or buckets can be used to store art supplies. Don’t worry about it being orgnazied, color coded, and having everything put back in the right spot.

An Art Space

Art is a big part in a child’s development:

Art helps children communicate their ideas. Children’s drawings are their first written communication years before they can read or write.”


“It helps enormously to prevent kids from depending on a TV or computer to entertain them. Kids who regularly use the TV or computer are more likely to feel bored than other kids” 

Aha Parenting

It is important to have a space where a child can be artistic, but it is also important to encourage doing it on a weekly basis, as much as possible. Their art will let you know how they are feeling, and what they are thinking about.  Art lets your child communicate. Being able to communicate well, and getting them to share their ideas builds confidence. So as important it is for them to be artistic and creative, ask them to talk about what they are creating.

A Place to be Messy/Imaginative

You can use the kitchen counter, dining table, or even the living room floor. But why not take it to another level.

You can carve out a small space in your home where the kids can get messy. A place where you won’t worry about the mess.

Some ideas of places around the house where the kids can get messy with art include:

  • Maybe out in the garden. But you will want to make the art supplies easily accessible. So the kids can pick up markers and draw when they want.
  • In the basement
  • The space under the stairs can be converted into a mini playroom: The Space Under The Stairs: Ideas and Designs.
  • The best place would be a dedicated playroom. This way you can have all of the art supplies out in the open for your kids to grab.
  • I would advise against the kid’s bedroom. The bedroom is a place where you can teach them about discipline. Picking up clothes, keeping it tidy, etc. The art space needs to be free, fun, and messy. Maybe you could have a drawing table in the bedroom. And keep the supplies pretty straightforward – colouring pencils, markers, crayons. But you will want to create a space where the kids can really let out their imagination.

An art space needs to have some freedom to it. Just like Alisa’s studio space below. You don’t want to limit your child to much in what they can and can’t do – this will take away from their imagination and creativity. Where is a place in the house that you don’t mind the kids wreaking havoc?

Home Painting Studio Space

What Materials to Have in Your Art Space

Coloring books are good for developing motor skills, but it doesn’t help in letting kids be creative. Instead, get a roll of plain paper. Let your kids draw and paint whatever they want.

If you want your kids to be creative, then get creative with the art space.  Ask yourself what can your kids paint or draw on: paper, walls, canvas, on the snow outside, or use chalk on driveway. Maybe they can use icing to draw on a cake or cupcake. How about using Sharpies to color in their own shoes, cups, or pillows (Home Decor Ideas: The Sharpie Touch). Don’t just stick to paper, let them explore all the possibilities – this will really help nurture their creativity.

A Lil Workshop

You can build on this art space idea by creating a little kids workshop. Creativity or coming up with ideas is really just about putting different things together – mixing and matching. With this in mind, have as many different materials as possible that your kids can use to build and create things with.

  • Legos
  • Playdoh
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Cardboard rolls
  • Air drying clay
  • Glue
  • Building blocks
  • Little Bits

What about old appliances? Gever Tulley, founder of Tinkering School, has a unique video titled 5 Dangerous Things you Should Let Your Kids Do. Some of the dangerous things include: giving them a pocket knife or letting them drive a car. Watch his video here to see the solid reasons behind letting kids do these things. In the video Gever also talks about letting kids play with old appliances. Letting them take the appliances apart, to see and figure out how things work.

The goal here is to create a little workshop where the kids can tinker, play, experiment, create and build.

An Imagination Space

Kids love having their own little hideaway space. Look at all the different ways they try to build one themselves: forts, treehouses. They will even want to camp out in the backyard. All to create their own fun, private space to enjoy their imagination. I call these Imagination Spaces.

How To Create An Imagination Space at Home

Some forms of imagination spaces include:

  • Treehouses
  • Forts using cardboard boxes/pillow/sheets
  • Indoor teepees
  • Tents
  • Large cardboard boxes = space ship/fire truck/home office
  • That space under the stairs/closets/under the table
  • Curtaining off the bottom level of a bunk bed

Building a fort or an imagination space for your child is great. But how can you let them build their own? Having cardboard boxes around is one way. PVS piping and the joints is like one large Lego set.

Teepee Fort

Kids Sheet Fort

Filling Your Home With Inspiration

I always hear famous musicians saying they were influenced by listening to their parents listening to music. They were influenced by example. Play music through the house. Have music instruments around. Hang up art pieces. It might not be obvious, but your kids are influenced by everything around them. I still remember the art pieces around my home when I was a child.

Think about the arts. There is music, dance, and visual art. Try and infuse your home with inspiration from these areas.

Creativity is really just about mixing things together to create new combinations. If this is the case, then you will want to expose your kids to as much as possible. The more subjects they know about, the more things they can mix together. Teach them about different subjects – boating, knots, cooking, gardening, painting. Let them use and play with different materials and mediums: like charcoal to draw with, or help them make a video, or create a song.

Creating a Home of Creativity

“Give your child permission to be different. Inventive, original kids are often seen as different by other kids. A little wacky, perhaps, or just plain odd. Make it okay for your child to be out of step with the norms of their peer group, to be unique, to see the world through their own glasses. To develop their individuality, they need your support against the pressures of popular culture.” 

Aha Parenting

It is hard to control what happens in school, or when your child is with their friends. The one place you do have control over is your home. Make your home a safe space for your kids to be different, creative, and imaginative. Where they can sing, play, and be how they like. Let your home be a creative haven, an Imagination Space.

I’m planning on writing more posts on creativity and children (one post will be on the crazy amazing imagination spaces parents have built their kids, like the mission control desk with real knobs and switches). If you’d like to be update when these posts come out, follow me on Pinterest or better yet, you can sign up for the creativity newsletter below:

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Image Credits: Alexandre Normand, Jonathan, FedericoApartment Therapy, Katie Shelton

May 1, 2014 in Misc

The Space Under The Stairs: Ideas and Designs

Ideas Space Under Stairs

When it comes to doing up that space under the stairs, some ideas are better suited than others depending on where the staircase is located in your home. Is it in the basement, on the ground floor – is it next to the living room (a dry bar could work) or in the foyer area (better suited for storage and closet ideas?).

Daybed or Reading Area: How about turning this little space into a cozy nook for a daybed or reading area as seen in pictures (1) & (2). Line the walls with shelves or fit a bench with storage under it. If you want to go a step further, and there is an exterior wall, then look to install a window.

Home Office: A common idea for this space is to use it as a home office (3) (4). Fitting a desk can be done easily. The only other thing it needs is some storage options and a desk lamp. Hang up a curtain if you want to close it off when it is not in use.

Bed: If the space you’re looking to makeover is in the basement, one idea is to turn it into a bedroom. Check out picture (5) of the double bed fitted under the basement stairs (14 Different Room Ideas For a Basement).

Playroom: This is a pretty cute idea, turning that tiny space into a nice little private playroom (6).

Kitchen/Dry Bar: If the stairs are close to the living room or kitchen why not convert it into a dry or wet bar (7). It could also be used as a make shift wine cellar with wine racks and a wine refrigerator.

TV Room: If the staircase faces a living area, then built in cabinets can house an entertainment area (8).

Storage: You can either have an open storage area with cubbies, floating shelves or hooks to hang jackets and keys (9) or a closed off storage area using draws (10) and closet doors (or turn it into a walk in closet).

Bathroom: Yup, you can have a bathroom under the stairs – this tiny space can be turned into a toilet if needed. It will be cramped. But the best way to do it is to have the sink by the door in the tallest end of the space, and the toilet at the other end where it slopes. A better layout, if the space is wide enough, is to have the sink and toilet side by side at the tallest end (11).

Some other ideas on what to do with this space under the stairs include turning it into a walkway (12) or how about converting it into a dor or cat house (13)1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13

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February 12, 2013 in Misc, Storage