How To Hide Unsightly Cables

House Style | Posted by Jannie on 23 July 2010 @ 6:44 PM 49 Comments


Hard to believe that last week the above corner looked like this…


And hard to believe (for me anyway,) how that corner has morphed since 1997 when it looked like this…


And uncropped…


Jim built the room with his own two hands, as many of you know. 

Then we remodeled it.

He built 3 closets last year, in anticipation of it one day being the master bedroom.

(I’ll show you the whole updated room when I get my better camera, the iPhone can be so finicky with lighting.)

I got lucky with the light in this photo…


(Yes, that’s the exact same photo as the first one in this post.  Just saving you some scrolling time. )


(Those are Kelly’s nunchucks hanging from the closet door handles, in case you were wondering.)

(And that’s her guitar in the corner.)


I was SO grateful when a brainwave recently hit on how to hide that jumble of cables, modems, chargers and such.  The ugly cords had been hidden behind a sofa before Jim built the closet last year.  But the sofa’s too big for that spot now.

What, oh what, was a Jannie to do?

Remember last year when I felt all awesome because I’d transformed one corner of our dining room into a little oasis for myself…?


Well… life being life — in just 13 short months, my little dining room oasis had, as of last week, evolved into a bit of an unwieldly mass…


Time for a revamp anyway!


I nipped the table, moved it to where the tv and Internet come into the house, put the table cloth back on, and voila — cords all hidden.  Whoo-hoo!!!

I think it’s a cute little spot now.

And I think I should show you that “after” shot one-more-once. Third time’s always utterly more charming.



Kitty LOVES it, as you can see.

Next tidying project — the dining room.  20 boxes and bags of treasures there to sort — I kid thee not!

(And funny — but I’ve noticed my tidying / decorating goes much faster when I get my nose out of the computer.)  :)

Posted with Love, by Jannie,


But wait — two more life updates before I let you go…

1.) In songwriting… I’ve settled on some pretty, simple guitar work to go with my new “Sail A Child” and I’m so happy — one part of the guitar reminds me a bit of the Zepplin’s “Goin’ To California.” 

1.) Our Broken Arm Girl had her follow-up X-Ray yesterday and got the go-ahead to resume gymnastics and Kung Fu!  Whoo-hoo!!! Just no backyard trampolines until after January 20th when she gets her next X-Ray. 

xoxoxo (again)

Oh, and I put all pix in this post as JPegs, and not PNGs, so hopefully they managed to load a bit faster for a few of you who mentioned my new big photos were taking a while to open?



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  • 1

    On 26 July 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Dearest Cath, thanks. After over 17 years of adding on, remodeling, then remodeling the remodel, some places in this house are indeed finally spiffing up nicely. I love selling on eBay! Have you done much of it? You sell mostly to UK addresses? I just LOVE when those little prices start going from red to green — Oh yeah, Baby, gimme those bucks!!!

    Dearest Richard, well thanks SO much! I do feel so happy and satisfied with myself whenst I gaze lovingly upon my grande accomplishment. :) Have you decluttered lately?

    Talon’s back — yay!!! You were only gone several days, but I missed your sunny visits a LOT! Yes, Jim almost never rests. :) He’s so smart and handy, so awesome with woodwork. Yep, those patterned boxes have been amassing for about 20 years now. And I’ve seen your leafy ones — so pretty. You collect them too? Yep, Sail A Child — worked a bit earlier today on the 1 or 2 lines I want to improve. :)

    Dearest Alice Audrey, I so admire your book writing talent. I do okay sometimes with short pieces, but my mind so far has not worked itself around the enviable writing you do. I love how you weave your plots!

    Dearest Rose, — yes back to Kung Fu tday,and gymnastics tomorrow. She especially loves the latter. She tolerates the Martial Arts, as long as I sit and pay attention to her class, instead of having my nose in my iPhone. Which is fair enough!

    Dearest J.D. It really is fun, overall. It gets tedious going through ever paper, knick-knack and treasure in those boxes, but I do take breaks, and come back at it refreshed and raring. Whoops, I see maybe it’s actually nuM-chucks, not nuN-chucks? She has taken Kung Fu for almost 3 years now, buta poor baby — with 2 broken arms in the past year has missed about 6 months of it. Oh well, she’s only 8, and has maybe a few 😉 years ahead of her to reach that black belt! :)

    Dearest Ellis,
    I love your verse.
    But your spirit first.
    Are you Dr. Seuss?
    Desk 49 just a ruse?
    For your flowing and glowing ryhme? :)


  • 2

    On 26 July 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    Thank you so much! I can’t tell you what it means to me that you read Suzie’s House regularly.

  • 3

    On 26 July 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Alice Audrey, ain’t no thang but the truth. And since I missed the earlier Suzie’s House installments, I have gone back and started at the beginning! Very enjoyable.


  • 4

    On 26 July 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    OMG! I can’t believe you did that. Ok, I’ll admit I’m always hoping for something like that, but I’m not big-headed enough to expect it. Did I mention that I adore your? 😀

  • 5

    On 26 July 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    Gah! “You”. not “your”. *eyeroll at stupid typos.

  • 6

    On 28 July 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Hey Alice Audrey! I actually updated it a bit today, I like it better! Your button that is. And yes — I have lots and lots of weeks to get caught up with Suzie’s House, since you only post it on Fridays. Whoo-hoo!!!!


  • 7

    On 1 August 2010 at 4:44 am

    Jeanne said, 

    Late to the party but isn’t that just fashionable?!? Anyway, I ALWAYS love seeing pics of your home, it makes me feel like I’ve been there. OH WAIT, I HAVE been there, woo-hoo!

    Jannie, your energy level is amazing, and even sometimes scary :) can’t wait for your new songs!

    .-= Jeanne´s last blog ..We- the Observers =-.

  • 8

    On 1 August 2010 at 8:59 am

    Jannie said, 

    Dearest Jeanne — yes you HAVE been here – I keep forgetting that. Me and my energy level? I asked Kelly yesterday if I’m more obsessed with here of with Blue Bunny, and she said “BB!” :) SO great to hear from you Jeanne, I think of you there in your amazing flowers. Hope you’re having fun!1


  • 9

    On 20 September 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Speaking About My Wine-Drinking Tree… | Jannie Funster said, 

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