In this post, I’m sharing how I hide my Google Home Mini and tips on incorporating them into a beautifully vignette. This method applies to Alexa, Echo, Google Home, and really any smart home assistant devices.
I have 3 Google Home Mini, and plan to get more!
Do you use smart home devices? I wasn’t interested at the beginning, but after I got my first Google Home Mini, I am hooked! It is super affordable, as I got it from Facebook Marketplace for $25 as a brand new un-opened. And since then, I have acquired 2 more! They are in our master bedroom, living room, and dining/kitchen area.
What do I use them for? Well, mainly as speakers to play music! I use them to play ambient music, themed music when playing boardgames, or listening podcasts on it while painting walls. Other times, I used it to set reminders, get weather information, or do some quick google search. It’s probably the most affordable wireless speakers you can get, plus it is super smart 😛
I do plan to get one more for my home office, which I’m just started planning and renovating.
How to hide Google Home Mini, and really any smart home devices!
The Google Home Mini is pretty small, which is the main reason I decided to get it at the first place – easy to hide! My home is more of a cottage inspired style, not a super tech-y type of style, so technology doesn’t really add charm to my home. To hide it, I want to minimize its appearance without sacrificing any quality on receiver and of course the speaker. After all, it needs to be able to receive command and play sounds 😉
In my bedroom, I use a wall mount holder and plug it at an outlet behind a curtain. It is not visible from most of the angles, but the sound and come out pretty well, because it is right at the edge of the curtain.
I thought about the exact holder for the Google Home Mini in my kitchen/dining room, but then decided to try a new way – incorporating it in a vignette!
Incorporate smart home device in a vignette
As you might have seen from my dining room update, my kitchen/dining space is a long rectangle, so placing my smart assistant device in the center of the rectangle would be ideal. I want to have some pretty moments in my kitchen counter anyway, so why not hide my Google Home Mini in a pretty vignette?
The formula is simple: a pretty basket or any open container + your smart device + cute decors. Then use some art or tall decor to hide the outlet. Now it is completely transformed!
One tip on making this vignette neat is cord management – a tangled cord mess is not adding any cuteness to your vignette. I rolled the cord in a ring and placed under the Google Home Mini to secure it. You can also use a rubber band or velcro to keep the cord tidy.
I used this method to hide my Google Home Mini, but this method will also work for Amazon Echo since it is a fairy small and short device. How about bigger devices? Keep reading 🙂
Another idea to hide small devices
If your smart home device is small, you can try to hide it behind a furniture, a curtain panel, or home decors. For my home office which is still WIP in terms of renovating, I placed my Google Home mini behind my sofa back cushion. Most of the time I don’t see it, and the sound is able to come through without any problem.
How to hide bigger smart home devices, such as Google Home, Alexa?
This method also works for bigger smart home devices, but you need to size up the cove! With a bigger device, such as a normal Google Home, or Alexa, you can place them in an open basket, and drape some throw on the side. This would look great in living room or bedroom. Like this:
photo from Crate & Barrel
There’s so many variation and possibilities with this formula. I hope you will have a fun time hiding your smart home devices/speakers and enjoy the outcome!
Other ideas on hiding technology
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