October 11, 2010

Everything but the Kitchen Sink – Charging Valets

Ladies and Gentlemen – this is the catch-all area of my kitchen counter.

A variety of items have been rotated in and out of this place, but one thing that has remained constant has been the ever-present charger cords for the various small electronics we use daily.  I keep trying to convince myself that it doesn't bother me that the cords are just sprouting from the wall willy-nilly, but it does.

Fortunately, there are a variety of great, good-looking options for hiding all of those cords.  Unfortunately, they are all great in their own right so I am finding it hard to make a decision.

This option from Pottery Barn is very nice looking and ultra functional with a mini-drawer and a couple of places for your electronics to land.  It even come in a variety of colors…but sadly it is too bulky for where I want to use it:

While not as pretty, this offering from Journey's Edge is really versatile.  It comes with power 'tips' to match most of your gadgets, but probably most impressively, it can be plugged into the wall or you can roll it up and take it with you and plug it into your USB port on your computer.  If only it wasn't so…techy looking?  It would look great on my desk in my old cubicle…but not so appealing next to my kitchen cabinets.

I definitely love this quirky grass charging valet.  Sadly, it isn't available anymore but I think it might be fairly easy to DIY a version of this:

But probably the most awesome of the bunch is this Lessev Mobile Station designed by Takafumi Nemoto.  I love the simplicity and the functionality of it.

Even more…I love that I could totally DIY something like this!

Can you just imagine how awesome this enamelware refrigerator container would be retrofitted to hold cords inside and gadgets on top?

Or how about these awesom red bowls from King Arthur Flour?

With so many great options out there, you can see why I keep hemming and hawing.  Maybe if I wait long enough our gadgets will figure out how to unleash themselves from the plug and this whole issue will be moot.

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