Our Family Computer Corner

A big thanks to Intel for sponsoring today’s post about our new Intel All-in-One PC! #IntelAIO

It has always been important to both Ben and me that we keep the family computer out in the open–an area that we can always be aware as the boys work on their projects or are on the internet.  Even though the boys are still young, we want them to get accustomed to having the family computer in a common area. So there is this little corner in our family room, adjacent to our kitchen, that I have turned in to a small work area–a place for the computer and printer to live.  And let me tell you, this area has been an eye sore of epic proportions–the place in the house where the dust bunnies have taken up permanent residence. It’s been a dark mess of tangled cords, a bulky computer, stacks of magazines and cumbersome printers.  desk area beforePlease note all the jumbled cords and clunky computer tower. Bleh. computer area before

It needed a mini face lift–a clean look.

When the folks at Intel were nice enough to send me the new Intel All-in-One-PC to take for a spin, I thought this would be a great time to spruce up our little computer corner.  Clutter and cords are a big pet peeve of mine.  So when the new All-in-One arrived with a single power cord and no massive tower I was overjoyed.  The screen and monitor have merged to become one slim, lightweight system. Goodbye standard desktop tower–HELLO sleek, modern design!   Look at that you guys–NO chords!  I attached the single power cord to the back of the desk leg with an adhesive velcro strip so that it isn’t even visible.  Even the keyboard and mouse are wireless!

desk area after 3

Here’s what I’ve been loving most about our Intel All-in-One PC:

  • An all-in-one PC – The screen and monitor have merged to become one slim, lightweight system, setting it apart from the standard desktop tower. If you’re finding your monitor plus tower clunky and cumbersome, then a sleek all-in-one PC may be right for you.
  • Portable all-in-one PC – A portable all-in-one PC easily moves from my kitchen for recipes, to the family room for movie night—or even to the office to tackle big projects.
  • Built-in wireless connection, speakers, and webcams
  • Easy setup – No tangled of cords that comes with the traditional desktop towers I’ve purchased in the past. With just one power cord, the all-in-one PC is easy to set up and cuts down on clutter.
  • Wall-mountable or move from room to room – This PC has found a home in every room in our house.  We’ve watched movies in bed, used it to read recipes in the kitchen and played games with the kiddos on the couch.  Ben even tried to convince me to take it with us to Hawaii.
  • Tangle-free – A wireless keyboard and mouse.
  • Touchscreen –  I’ll say it again, touchscreen!!!! How rad is that?! And, the kids are a lot more comfortable using touchscreen rather than a keyboard.

desk area after 1If you’re wondering where the printers disappeared to….I sent them off to the garage.  They’re both wireless so I decided to set up a printing station using this old butcher block.  I can’t believe it took me so long to think of this! I’m so much happier with them out in the garage and out of sight and  reach of curios toddler fingers!print stationI couldn’t commit to having anything above the desk so I had fun putting up some of my favorite prints by artists I love.  I just used washi tape to put them up so that they can be easily removed when I am ready to frame and hang.  Shop prints here, here, here and here.
desk frontprintsI have been in love with this Ikea turquoise caddy from the moment I saw it.
It is my favorite way to organize the clutter of magazine I just have to save.ikea turquoise caddy Love is brave pillowhandle anthroI feel like we have so many cell phone cords and I can hardly keep track, so I keep the extras I find lying around in this antique mason jar that I got at WCWdesk accessoriesColored pencils. Because why not. colored pencilsevery child is an artist sign My favorite artwork by Wesley when he was two and my Picasso sign from Barn Owl Primitivesdesk area after 3ashley at computer A little touchscreen Pinterest action going on. sawyer at computer

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  • Reply
    kristi quill
    February 27, 2014 at 5:22 am

    ashley – your little computer area looks great! love the velcro on the power strip idea…totally stealing that one!
    last year i moved my printer out of my studio and into the upstairs office. best thing ever. totally hidden from sight and I get a work out going up and down the stairs throughout the day! bonus!
    thanks for sharing your every child is an artist sign with your readers!! love you! xoxo

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    February 27, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Love your little computer nook! I am also loving your desk! Where did you get it?

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    February 27, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Just started reading your blog a couple weeks ago! What a cute, little computer nook! I love it!

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    February 28, 2014 at 2:04 am

    I LOVE THAT PILLOW {and everything else}!!!

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    February 28, 2014 at 3:25 am

    I love it! Such a great place to work, study and create! I also love your floors! Are they real hardwood or laminate?

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    February 28, 2014 at 3:34 am

    I love your cute corner! I totally need an IKEA, they have so many great things!

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    February 28, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Last year my husband purchased the same type of computer (except it’s Dell). It IS amazing. I have an empty corner in my living room and have been thinking of something to put there and now I see that I NEED this caddy. 🙂

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    Melanie @ Happy Being Healthy
    February 28, 2014 at 5:49 am

    I LOVE that computer and how simple and non-cluttery it is!! I also love your beautiful desk!

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    Ashlie Nacey
    February 28, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Great post! I love the magazine/storage holder, so cute! I really think you should do another installment of your love story very very soon!

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    Katie Albury
    March 1, 2014 at 2:59 am

    Love what you did with the corner and your attention to detail. The computer looks amazing, so stylish and sleek!

    Katie x

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    March 4, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Love it! I dream about having a house looking like yours one day!

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    March 6, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    i can’t decide my favorite part about this corner. the desk color? the desk’s turned legs? or the washi tape art gallery.
    its perfect.

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    March 8, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Looks so cute! Is the Ikea magazine holder new or old? I need that.

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    April 22, 2014 at 1:00 am

    This is the cutest space! I love the idea of the printer in the garage — brilliant! Can you please tell about the desk? It is PERFECTION. I must know about it!!! Thank you:)

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    Dawn Lohrman
    August 12, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Just found ur blog. I love it!! Can u please ttell me the name of the Martha Stewart paint that u used on ur desk!! I can’t stop looking at it!! Thanks!!

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