That was Tuesday’s task for the January Cure 2013. Personally, I’m not one of those people that freaks out if their cords are showing. It’s just part of life. I cart my laptop all over the house and I don’t bother to hide the cord every time. I do try to tuck lamp cords away so they’re not super obvious. Otherwise, I’ve made my peace with cords. I’ve had to.
So far, I’ve only posted pictures of three sides of my living room. I’ve never shown you the fourth side because that’s where J’s “studio” resides. He finally got a new computer last weekend which he’s been saving-up for a long time. He also sold some of his equipment to partially fund the new computer and to thin-out his gear. This required taking everything apart and putting it all back together again. He still has more to put away sitting in the middle of the living room, so you’re seeing the cleaned-up version. After he got all of his gear back into their mounts, etc., he took this picture of his set-up and asked me to post it. He said “ask them if they think this is an eyesore”.
I will say there is a valid reason it’s in the living room. We do have a full basement but it’s had some water/humidity issues that could seriously harm this equipment. J has spent years collecting these pieces and building his studio bit-by-bit. It could not easily be replaced. Also, my “office” is in our living room and we spend a lot of time here. It might not be a traditional living room, but it’s how we live, so the use is appropriate. However, that brings me back to J’s original question – is it an eyesore? I’ve lived with it since we moved-in and I know there’s a good reason for it to be here, so I haven’t given it much “design” consideration. He’s asking me a serious question because we’ve worked really hard to make everything else look nice and he wants his studio to look as nice as possible, too. What could we do to make this as visually pleasing as possible? Do you have any ideas? Do any of you have rooms that aren’t exactly “traditional” in function? Let us know because we’re a little stumped on this one.
P.S. In a moment of over sharing, let me say that J normally keeps dust covers on all of his equipment that he made out of his old cut-up boxer shorts and crappy t-shirts. Now, that is an eyesore. We take those off when we have company, though, because we’re classy like that.
PPS. Here are a few pictures of the other sides of the living room for reference. The equipment is the left, just out of view.