# 18 - Chad's Design from the Inside Out

# 18 - Chad's Design from the Inside Out

Ryan
May 2, 2007

Name: Chad Location: Knoxville, Tennessee A/V or Home Office: Home office that translates to A/V Favorite Source: Other than apartmenttherapy.com, pixiegirpresents.com. Styling the home office shouldn't stop on the outside of the computer. What inspired you? My inspiration comes in a large part from the utility or function of a space, which I then stylize. Often times, in small spaces, you don't have the luxury of designing from the outside in - you're often left working with what you already have. From that I use things laying around the apartment - magazines, bowls, cups, stools, plants - and work them in to the overall aesthetic of the room.

The one luxury I feel that I did bestow upon myself was purchasing Apple products - not only did they become extremely useful to me, they offered me an overall look and style that often times is not granted in the world of technology. I was able to set up a wireless network and hide it away behind the entertainment stand as to not clutter up the small desk that I used for the office area and stream music wirelessly to the home theater speaker as well as the small desk top speakers used in the office/dining room (this works really well when having friends over for small dinner functions).

Great Tip: Zip ties. In a small space organization can play a huge role in not loosing your sanity; this even applies to the tangles of cables that come with tech gear. The best way to keep them tidy and organized on a tiny budget is a small bag of zip ties. Not only does it tame the chaotic cord monster behind your consoles, but even makes them less appealing to small furry friends that might be sharing the space with you.
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