I am so excited to share this post with you that I might actually explode – so stand back! The command centre is done!! It’s “commanding” right now!! Ok, you are probably not as excited as I am so I will try to dial it back a bit but look!
Did you hear the angels singing? So, how did we arrive at our destination I hear you ask? Well, it was like this…once the notice board was complete, it was just a matter of measuring, measuring and measuring again (oh, and a bit of drilling too). As I mentioned before, I had already purchased a KVISSLE wall newspaper rack from IKEA. This was assembled and fixed to the wall to become the main ‘gathering point’ for all that pesky paper. I was concerned that it might look too ‘industrial’ and I was really keen to keep this area as light and ‘pretty’ as possible since it is in the main entrance to the house and, as my husband helpfully pointed out ‘this is our hallway, not an office!’ So, I decided that hiding all the paperwork I was planning to keep in those little pockets was probably a good idea. I have seen gorgeous patterned file folders (like these) all over the internet but try as I might, I could not get them here in the UK without paying extra shipping costs to get them sent from the US. (WHY?! If anyone knows where I can get them without having to pay for shipping from the US, please, please tell me in the comments below!) I finished up
turning red in the face, stamping my feet and buying plain brown manilla files but when I put them in the wall rack, they looked a bit dark and heavy. (Sad face.)
What is a girl to do with such a dilemma?! I decided to lighten them up a bit using some paper and some jazzy yellow paper tape (of course!) In time, I may update them with some prettier paper but for the moment, I’m happy that they have lightened up the space.
You will notice that I also added some bookplate labels to the side of the paper rack so that each family member has their own little paper pocket. I have used these adhesive bookplates in other places around the home and I love them! They are really inexpensive and everything just looks so much cuter with a bookplate label (don’t you agree?!)
I love, love, LOVE the Martha Stewart Home Office range at Staples and these labels are part of the selection. The other thing you may have spotted is the white organiser on the table. These were also from the Martha Stewart range and are part of the ‘Stack + Fit’ collection. I actually got all of these items in the sale some time ago but even at full price they are still reasonable and I felt they were really good value for money. The thing I love most about the organiser is that it has given us a great place to create a little ‘charging station’ for all of our gadgets. It means we no longer have wires running all over the worktop and expensive gadgets lying around just waiting to have something dropped on them! (Don’t look at me!)
Finally, there are some pictures to make the space a little less ‘function’ and a little more ‘fabulous!’ The family print is by the lovely (and very clever) Emma at Mai and Moo Creative and I could not be happier with it! My gorgeous sister gave us this print for Christmas and as soon as I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for this space. It’s like it was made especially to fit in with my ‘command centre vision!’
And there we have it. Shall we just have a little ‘before and after.’ (Oh I do love a ‘before and after!’)
And how about a few more pictures just to give me time for the feature length happy dance?
One more? Go on then!
So, what are your thoughts? Too much function, not enough fabulous?! Or, is it just what every home needs? Please feel free to comment below. I would LOVE to hear from you.
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Update: We made a few changes to the command centre – read all about it here.
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