Close-Up: Katy's Tidy Brooklyn Home Office

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A couple weeks ago when we discussed the trouble with hiding cables, Unplggd reader kdkaboom mentioned her set-up. We asked her to send over some pictures and she did! Katy's hideaway for all her home office peripherals jump starts a new section here on Unplggd called "Close-Up." This new category will give us a chance to magnify the rad tech solutions other people have.

Name: Katy Maslow and Peter Maslow

Location: Midwood, Brooklyn. It’s a Co-Op bought 20 years ago by our single mom of three children, then taken over by us kidz when she moved out of NYC.

Years Lived In: It's the apartment we moved into when I was seven years old! So, off and on since 198...6?

What's your philosophy on how to integrate your technology into your living space?: Love it, live with it, or hide it. Or do as our mom does…sew covers for it! In different fabrics for the different seasons.

After the jump a close-up of Katy's "Closet of Doom"...

Do you have a great set-up? Email us snapshots and a brief description.

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Favorite Feature: Living and working in a space that I love to look at? Does that count?
What Friends Say: They’re amused that I care so much about a “few” unwieldy cables…
Best Advice: Stay in school! And have a brother that’s a contractor! And go wireless!
Dream Source/Inspiration: Well, if only I could afford what I’m inspired by! But I’d say I’m most inspired by the homes of AT’s members and the more realistic side of Metropolitan Home.
Favorite Source: B&H Photo, Belkin, and the brother who can build stuff.
Biggest Challenge: Coming to terms with my Dell XPS and Windows Vista…It’s like a big fugly UFO landed on my desk and just started spitting out error messages in some alien language. If it wasn’t for the company I work for, I would have gone Mac all the way!
Biggest Embarrassment: You should see when I have to unplug the laptop and peripherals for a trip or something. Opening up that Concealer is like watching a horror film. All the guts come flying out. It ain’t pretty in there! I’m also really embarrassed by my lack of an ergonomic chair!


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"I've been working from home for a few years, even throughout all the renovations done by my brother, Peter Maslow (shameless plug). Since my office is right in the living room, I try to keep my crap under wraps - hence the printer closet!"

In order to keep her home office desk free and clear of clutter, Katy turned her nearby closet into a storage space for her peripherals. "The printer closet was my brother's tool/supply closet, but we made room for the wireless all-in-one printer, the wireless router, and the cable modem. Running to the closet to reposition something for scanning can be annoying, but we don't use it THAT often... it's just really nice to have it outta sight."

She got a Belkin Conceal power strip to manage the cords at her stripped steel desk and hid it behind a vintage Brooklyn poster found at Brooklyn Flea. "I haven't figured out how to make the inside of the Belkin all neat and pretty like in their ad. I have to really squeeze it closed, too. It'll break soon enough, I'm sure."

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She also has a Belkin 8-in-1 card reader -- "maybe I should buy stock?" -- connected to the Conceal via a USB hub also hidden inside the Belkin. The hub also connects her wireless mouse and Lacie external hard drive.

And those little round things on the left leg of her desk are magnetic spice holders that Katy uses to store her stamps.

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Photos: Katy Maslow