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Tidying those wires and creating an uncluttered home with Calligaris

Tidying those wires and creating an uncluttered home with Calligaris

With a fresh new month and new year, January is all about new beginnings, getting organised and rejuvenating your life and home. Just like with a Spring clean, it’s a great time of year to declutter, have a clear-out and re-evaluate the things you really need and can’t live without.

I took the time between Christmas and New Year – days usually lost to lazy mornings, binge watching box sets and copious amounts of leftovers and chocolate – to get ahead with a bit of DIY. We’re so nearly there with the renovations. The floors in the living room and kitchen have been painted white (we got the walls done before Christmas), and after all the dust and builders it’s beginning to look fresh, bright and like somewhere you could actually live!

The best bit about starting this new year is that we now have this lovely blank canvas to make our own. A clean, bare room. We can start afresh and take our time filling the space with our belongings, only adding the things we really need or love, leaving everything else in a pile to sort out. There’s something about painted white floors in particular that make you want to leave the room minimal, light and airy. I don’t want to ruin this beautiful space with piles of clutter, overflowing shelves and tangles of wires…

Tidying those wires and creating an uncluttered home with Calligaris

Yes, the tangles of wires, the bane of my life! I can’t stand seeing unsightly wires trailing along the walls or poking out from underneath furniture. Wires trailing down the side of tables from lamps. Plug switches can be so ugly too. Framed prints leaning against the wall or piles of magazines and also plants are great ways of hiding these technical necessities but what about all the power outlets we need to hand for our mobiles, tablets and computers?

Tidying those wires and creating an uncluttered home with Calligaris

If you’re anything like us, you need at least one phone charger in every room, just in case you suddenly hit 5% battery and are halfway through a TV programme/Pinterest binge/Instagram stories fix. And a laptop charger or two. If they could all be hidden away.

That’s where Calligaris’ clever Tender table comes in – a multifunctional piece of furniture that is fitted with an integrated cable hole to conceal every type of power cable, from a lamp to a laptop charger. Designed by Manuela Busetti, Andrea Garuti and Matteo Redaelli, it’s the perfect addition to the modern home where function and flexibility are key but good design is a must. It’s lightweight and can be easily moved around, to adapt from side table to work station next to the sofa. It could make a great bedside table too.

Tidying those wires and creating an uncluttered home with Calligaris Tidying those wires and creating an uncluttered home with Calligaris Tidying those wires and creating an uncluttered home with Calligaris

When I’m working from home but don’t necessarily want to be at my desk (I’ve got this lovely new space to enjoy!) I can move it to perch over the sofa with my laptop and have my phone charging close at hand. The cable runs down the spine of the table, popping out the other end to connect to a multi-plug under the sofa (or simply plug into the wall). The hole is large enough that you could have multiple cables if you had different devices or wanted to add a light to the mix. When I’m finished I can then move it to one side an use it as a surface to store books and magazines.

Tidying those wires and creating an uncluttered home with Calligaris

The cable hole tidies come in three different colours, I’ve got a blue-grey here, but there’s also red and white to swap and change as your room evolves.

Tidying those wires and creating an uncluttered home with Calligaris Tidying those wires and creating an uncluttered home with Calligaris

The table’s clean lines and minimal profile help fit it in with different styles, next to a contemporary sofa or vintage armchair.

Tidying those wires and creating an uncluttered home with Calligaris Tidying those wires and creating an uncluttered home with Calligaris

A small surface also means there’s not lots of room to fill with stuff! A laptop, phone, charger, plants and coffee, of course, is all I really need to work 🙂

Tidying those wires and creating an uncluttered home with Calligaris Tidying those wires and creating an uncluttered home with Calligaris

The table also comes in red, sky blue and a beige colour called nougat. I like the light, airy feel of the white, and how, from some angles, the table’s surface appears to float in mid-air.

Tidying those wires and creating an uncluttered home with Calligaris Tidying those wires and creating an uncluttered home with Calligaris

I love clever, functional furniture like this than can help create an uncluttered space and adapt with you as you live in the space. Simple pieces that uplift the everyday, that respond to contemporary needs and changing lifestyles. For people like me who are slaves to their technology but don’t want that to ruin the look of their home. Now I’ll be wanting several in each room to hide all the wires…

Tidying those wires and creating an uncluttered home with Calligaris Tidying those wires and creating an uncluttered home with Calligaris
All images my own. This post is sponsored by Calligaris

Source list (*indicates where I have received a discount or the item has been gifted):
Table: Calligaris*
Wall colour: Farrow & Ball Blackened*
Floor colour: Farrow & Ball All White*
Sofa: IKEA (discontinued)
Lampshade: IKEA
Striped cushion: Happy + Co*
Grey linen cushions: H&M Home
Mountain print: Coco Lapine
Blanket: ByMolle
Chair: vintage, eBay


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17 Comments

    • Thank you! It’s really coming together, I’ve still got to put some art on the walls but I love how light and airy it is xxx

  1. Beautiful pics and lovely table! I always connected that brnd with office furniture, but I have to say that it looks fab in your home (which is very pretty too).
    Have a lovely start of the week. xx Silvy

    • Thank you, yes I think it’s because the pieces are very functional, but it fits right into my home! Hope you have a lovely week, Cate x

  2. Beautiful room Cate. And I love that furniture designs and now solving the problems of cable mess. That table fits into your living space perfectly!x

  3. I think it’s beautiful and SUCH a good idea. Nice when brands start listening to how people really use their homes and help them keep it looking fab.

    And I love that you’re matching your cushions! <3

  4. I love your livingroom. You must be so happy. Cables are the devil’s work. When will wireless electricity be a thing? Until then at least there is this gorgeous table.

  5. Clever design! I’m not the tidiest person and can tolerate a bit of clutter – except cable clutter! I detest it, so this is a great idea. Love your living room too, I had to pin it! X

  6. Oh its such a beautiful space Cate! And well done on being so productive between Xmas and NYE – I always call it the ‘lost week’ and never get anything useful done.. xx

  7. I really need a table like that Cate. Your living room is looking so beautiful. Our wall colours look quite similar. Mine is Farrow and Ball Strong White with All White woodwork. x

  8. Love the idea of this table. Stylish and functional. I agree with you about the white floors, I love ours and can’t understand why everyone doesn’t paint their floors x

  9. Great idea, anything to tidy away those cables which seem to go everywhere. I do agree the New Year is such a fantastic time to start afresh, a clean slate. And whilst talking of the New year, I wish you a very happy and healthy 2017

    • Thank you! I don’t know why more brands haven’t thought about tidying cables in the same way, to integrate it into furniture so it’s all one seamless solution x

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