Command Centre Central…the Arrival!

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!

Command Centre Central…we’ve arrived!!!

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.

From dull to......less dull....

From dull to……less dull….

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 covered the labels with yellow tape so they matched the files.

I covered the labels with yellow tape so they matched the files.

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!)

I could do a little happy dance just looking at this baby!

I could do a little happy dance just looking at this baby!

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!’

I just LOVE this family print from Mai and Moo Creative :)

I just LOVE this family print from Mai and Moo Creative :)

And there we have it. Shall we just have a little ‘before and after.’ (Oh I do love a ‘before and after!’)

The obligatory 'Before and After'

The obligatory ‘Before and After’

And how about a few more pictures just to give me time for the feature length happy dance?

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One more? Go on then!

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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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94 comments

  1. Debbie says:

    Fabulous Sue :) You’ve always had a special way of telling a story, just as brilliant writing a story. Loving the home upgrade. I have no idea where you find the time though! x

  2. Paula says:

    We are moving house any week now and Mark and I were saying we really want to keep the hall clear, I love this command centre central Sue, and will be stealing as many ideas as I have the energy to! Oh, and the kids’ bedrooms look gorgeous.

  3. Alanna N says:

    This is absolutely stunning! Can I ask where the light source is coming from though… sorry for the dumb question. Bit of newbie to amazing spaces like these.

  4. Dee Klossner says:

    This is beautiful enough to even add to a bedroom. I’m always curious however to see how people organized their junk…I mean valuable paperwork. For example, what is in the wicker baskets? Files??

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Ha ha, I always want to ask those questions too! At the moment, the top one has stationery items like my hole punch, stapler, pens etc as well as my camera and charger leads. The bottom one is general household storage for items like spare lightbulbs, batteries, torch, candles etc. This may change once we have finished organising the garage as some of these items will probably go out there. Maybe I should do a post one day about what’s inside all the boxes and baskets?! (Or would I be the only one interested in such things?!) Thanks for visiting!

  5. Tacy says:

    I just saw this on Pinterest- very cute! I just love the paint color in the hallway and I think it is exactly what I’d like for my living room. Do you remember what it is? Thanks so much!

  6. Krista says:

    Adorable! Recreating this in the States so thank you for listing where you purchased the items :-) love love love! Inspired across the country 😉

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Wow, thanks, I can’t tell you how flattered I am that people are inspired to re-create what I’ve done. Thank you so much, good luck with it, I would love to see some pics when you’re done! (homeheartharmony@yahoo.com)

  7. holly says:

    This is amazing!!! I want its twin in my own home:) I haven’t been able to stop thinking about how and where I could do this since I pinned on Facebook this morning! Thank you:)

  8. Kay says:

    Hi! I LOVE the “family portrait” at the top. Did you order that online somewhere? What a great idea. I will have to try to recreate this in my home.

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Hi Kay, it’s fab isn’t it? It’s from Mai and Moo Creative. You can click on the link within the post to go to their Facebook page

  9. Jenna says:

    I stumbled across this on pinterest and just wanted to let you know how lovely it is! :) I am going to have to recreate my own little command center. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Shari says:

    Wonderful job! Everything looks great! So happy I came across your blog today. Looks like I could learn alot here! Thanks for sharing

  11. valerie says:

    This is gorgeous! I have looked at so many websites for those baskets with covers. Where did you find those? Thank you for sharing everything! :)

  12. Alicia says:

    Omg!! Im soooo doing this somewhere in my home to help hide all that mail that I can’t stand to see all over the place. Thanks! It looks wonderful.

  13. Carol Stephen says:

    Thank you for this wonderful post (just found on Pinterest). Just curious if you ever found the colorful file folders. I would’ve thought you’d have plenty there in the U.K.

    Thanks again. I love your writing.

    Carol

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Hi Audrea, I inherited the baskets from a relative and I know they are at least 10 years old! I have searched and searched for something similar but I haven’t come up with anything yet. I will be sure to post in the comments here if I do :-) I use one of the baskets for storing household items such as spare light bulbs and batteries and the other for stationery items like my stapler, hole punch, tape, paperclips etc. Thanks so much for visiting.

  14. Tamz says:

    Wow… I am so happy I stumbled upon your blog via pinterest. I LOVE your command center, it is perfect! Just the inspiration I’ve been looking for, for a nook in my small apartment in the US. Thank you for sharing with us!!

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks for your lovely comment! The command centre is still working its magic! Definitely worth making the effort to create something similar in your home, it’s such a great clutter-buster!

  15. Grace says:

    beautiful command center! I wanted to tell you that your kind responses to everyone touched my heart! God Bless you for being so kind! ❤️

  16. Erica says:

    I was wondering where you got the stool that is under the desk? I’m wanting something small like that. I adore your set-up and am making plans to create my own. =) Thanks.

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks Gina. If I’m sitting working at the table, my back is toward the stairs and the front door is to my right :-)

  17. Linda Doyle says:

    Love this. Going to try and replicate it in a corner of my living room (my current hall isn’t big enough). Where’s the stool from?

  18. Melanie Hayes says:

    i absolutely love it! And please give me the brand and name of your creamy wall color and that fabulous wallpaper on the other wall! LOVE!

  19. Shelly says:

    What a lovely blog. I adore your home interiors and love your pretty and practical house. Could I ask what colour you have painted your hall and office space please; it’s gorgeous. Xxx

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks so much Monica. I used a ‘Pro-Elec 4 Gang Adaptor switch’ from Amazon along with a 3M command hook ‘cord bundler’ under the desk to gather the cables and affixed a butterfly clip to the back of the Martha Stewart organiser through which our charging cables are threaded and secured with a ‘twist tie’ (like the ones you get with sandwich bags) to prevent any of the cables from slipping back through. It’s all hidden behind the gadgets in the picture but when there’s nothing there, you can only see the butterfly clip which I’ve stuck some washi tape on to ‘pretty it up!’ Hope that all makes sense?! Thanks so much for stopping by xx

  20. Jennifer says:

    I was curious to the measurements on the Family pic – love the entire layout – planning one at my home now!

  21. Rebecca says:

    My biggest question that caught my eye is that desk ! We are building one where did you get thoes fabulous table legs!

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