Anyone who knows me knows I am not the most technologically advanced girl on the block. To be honest, my Mom and Dad both got Facebook pages before I did. I only recently started using Facebook and, I confess, it was entirely so that I could publicize my blog (although I have to admit that I have re-connected with some old friends).
In fact, my blog has prompted me to fast forward in the world of technology. I learned (kind of) how to use Twitter and I even stepped up and bought a "smart phone" so I could be more efficient in responding to comments on my blog.
My nine year old daughter Imani finds it hilarious when I try to use the remote to find a channel on TV. Whatever happened to three standard, local channels? I have more channels than I know what to do with. Forget using the DVR. It is completely foreign to me.
Basically, I'm a ninety year old woman trapped in a 30 something's body. It's true; I much prefer to knit, read, or make something than watch TV or chat on Facebook.
When Jason first met me, I didn't have cable for TV. Basically, I had a television so that I could watch movies. Now, we have three TVs in our house, including one in Imani's room which I swore I would never allow.
I will add as a side note that I am a bit of a nerd with Imani's TV though. I have turned on subtitles so that she can at least read while she watches. I am happy to report that Imani rarely watches TV. Like her mother, she prefers to read or do something besides watching TV.
Given all of this, it probably doesn't surpise you that I have a hard time incorporating any sort of electronics into decorating. I am not one to get the largest TV available and mount it on my wall as the focal point of my family room. We have a large flat screen TV, but if I had my way, it'd be hidden somewhere.
Instead, here it sits on a stand in our living room.
What's more difficult about making electronics look nicely is that they always have a million wires running all over the place. Furthermore, there are always two tons of components that go along with them.
I am forever trying to think of ways to hide all of it. Perhaps you remember one of my earlier posts where I was thrilled to have found this old chest but I didn't know what I was going to put inside it.
We thought about blankets and throw pillows but then it dawned on me: this was the perfect place to hide all of the Wii accessories! In went the Wii guitar, the Tony Hawk Wii skateboard, and the Wii drum set. Perfectly hidden, yet easy to access.
(You can see that we lined the inside of the trunk with burlap.)
Another eyesore in my book is DVDs and CDs piled up all over the place. A long time ago, I decided that jewel cases for CDs were a waste of plastic and I hated the way they looked. I threw out every single one and put them in binders instead, like this.
As for DVDs, I was thrilled to find this card catalogue at Target long before my antique treasure searching days. It fits DVDs perfectly and keeps them out of sight.
My distaste for electronics is what has my husband busily working every night to convert a closet in our house into an office -- so we can hide the computer, printer and all of the components out of our guest room.
Is it just me, or do you hide your electronics too? What have you found works to keep it all under control so you can stay current with technology, yet continue to decorate with style?