As the name suggests, the command center is the space from where we command the family. It is where we keep track of our appointments, invitations, school paper, bills to pay, mail, grocery list, goals, to-do lists, meal plan, and much more. A monthly calendar is an essential feature of the command center. However, it also needs to offer space for an organization system that will prevent your home from getting cluttered.
I put together our command center throughout the years living in this house. It all started with a whiteboard that came with the house when we bought it. As our needs grew and our lives changed, we “upgraded” it by adding other boards and baskets around it. The bones of the systems were there, and it worked for our needs. However, it was not pretty; neither spanked joy, as Marie Kondo would say.
The Room Refresh
I have had plans to refresh this area of the house for a long time and decided we couldn’t start the new year without one last home update to improve our everyday lives. When 1Thrive offered to send us a command center system as a gift, I was thrilled. I have used their products with clients before and, I love how it has a cohesive look. Using their system would eliminate the need to buy many supplies that might or might not work together.
With that in mind, I planned the space and created a mood board. I knew what I would need to buy to achieve the command center of my dreams.
I have always wanted to create a terrazzo inspired wall, and I wanted to do it on a budget. Of course, I could get wallpaper for this area, but I love painting. I collected some leftover sample paint used in previous house projects, plus we bought a couple more colors to make it pop. The colors I chose were:
- Vintage velvet.
- Spicy olive.
- Indian spice.
- Frosted toffee.
- Hawaiian shell.
- Deep terra cotta
All the paint colors are by Behr at Home Depot.
When the command center system arrived, I started a weekend room “makeover.” One the first day, I got everything down from the wall, prepped the surface, and added three pure white paint coats by Behr.
The next day I started free painting organic shapes on the wall. Since my house’s main colors are blue and green, I started with those colors. I painted big organic shapes with them since I wanted to make the house look cohesive. The other complementary colors were added to the wall in smaller amounts. This process did not take very long, and I really enjoyed it. Painting is relaxing to me, just as much as organizing.
Once the paint dried, we unpacked the 1Thrive command center and installed it.
I picked the Susan system by 1Thrive for several reasons. The square frame would fill in the wall nicely. A whiteboard for the calendar wouldn’t make the area look smaller or darker (since we are installing it in a small room). It has a magazine holder for storing mail, school information, and forms, our folder with gift cards, envelopes, stamps, checkbook, coupons, etc. The to-do board is excellent for daily or weekly reminders. The corkboard is ideal for pinning invitations, notes, recipe cards, and much more. We will use the button hooks to hang the kids’ apron and lunch boxes. Isn’t it perfect?
To personalize my Command Center, I added the quote “meals and memories are planned here” to the top since that is a cute way to resume the many functions this space offers. On the right side of the whiteboard, I applied weekly calendar labels and divided the area vertically. I will use the left side for meal planning for the week, and the far right side will be where we take note of what we need to get at the grocery store.
No space is complete without pictures and plants. On top of the command center, I added four photos with special meaning to our family. One shot of my husband and I cooking together for the first time. Two pictures of the kids eating their first solid food. And the last picture is of our kids “baking” with us. These square tiles photographs were printed by Photo Squared, a local company that ships nationally.
This area has become my recent favorite space of the house =) What do you think of this transformation?
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*This post was created in partnership with 1Thrive and PhotoSquared, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the companies and brands that we love. I might get a commissions for purchases made through links in this post, or when you use my discount code.
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*This post was created in partnership with 1Thrive and PhotoSquared, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the companies and brands that we love. I get might get a commissions for purchases made through links in this post.