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Oct 31, 2014

corkboard and to do lists...

The last few pieces that I added my own stamp to for my family command center were the menu list, to do list and small cork board...

family command center

I used the IKEA Nyttja frames again for the menu list and to do list. I would be using them as an dry erase surface. I opened up the frames, added the same Target wrapping paper as the calendars and added a chalkboard sticker label on top of the wrapping paper. The wrapping paper ties all the pieces together without being too busy.




For the menu I wrote the days of the week with the dry erase pen on the front. I’m then able to keep track of what I have planned when I go grocery shopping. I’m so forgetful when it comes to what I have on hand that a menu list reminds me of what I have ingrediants for. And yes, brinner (breakfast for dinner) is a menu option. I apologize in advance for the glare.

family command center

The List board is exactly that. A list of anything. Some days it is a shopping list. Other days it is a to do list. On weekends it might be a chore list. In the summer it might be a bucket list. Endless possibilites of lists...

family command center

The cutting board corkboard is from the Threshold line at Target. I covered up the corkboard with the same wrapping paper. It is not huge, just the perfect size for invitations, pictures and the occasional first place in his pack Pinewood Derby award!

family command center

All three pieces are held up with 3M strips and haven’t budged an inch. They might have been rearranges a couple times but are lightweight enough to stay in place.

family command center





Oct 29, 2014

Joss & Main Ada Storage Tower Giveaway...





Who doesn’t love, need, wish for, crave, or just plain want storage? How about a beautiful piece of storage furniture that enhances any room it is placed in? Joss & Main is giving away the Ada Storage Tower for just that purpose! The storage tower comes with four natural hand-woven baskets as well as four wood drawers. The apothecary-style metal handles and beautiful shade of gray make this a versative piece for any room in your home. Store office supplies in your office, hats and gloves in your mudroom, bathroom supplies in your bathroom or media accessories in your living room. 




The wood and metal Storage Tower measures 35 inches in height by 30 inches in width and 8.5 inches in depth. More information can be found here. Hurry and enter for your chance to win! Contest ends November 1, 2014 at 12 pm EST. Click on the link below...







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Oct 27, 2014

When your table doesn’t match your kitchen...

Now that the command center and banquette are wrapping up in the kitchen it has really started to come together. I still plan on changing out the pendant light above the table (as well as moving its’ location a bit). I’d like to build a table as well. This has been the plan all along. The table just doesn’t look right. A family member who will remain anonymous pointed out to me the other day that my table didn’t match my kitchen. 



Even when I changed out the chairs to the ones that will eventually be in the kitchen it still looks wrong. 


Of course there is nothing wrong with this look. Often it is done on purpose...

via Casa Vogue

via cottage modern

via remodelista

via coco cozy
via placesettings
I love this type of look. A little out of the box decorating. I could paint my table white but since my father made it, I won’t. I could get in trouble.

I’ll move this table down to the family room in the basement where it can be used for games, Lego structures and more. I’ll then make a rectangular table for the kitchen.  I have ideas, I have some parts already and I know what I want it to look like. Now I just have to get it off the pieces of paper, out of my head and into my kitchen!

Oct 24, 2014

DIY dry erase calendar...

In order to add calendars to my family command center  I needed a couple things. First of all I was looking for a large enough calendar. With three kids I wanted them all to see what I was writing without using a 3 pt font. I wanted two months at a time each on a separate calendar so we could plan out the month ahead of us. I purchased two of the IKEA Nyttja frames measuring 19.75 x 19.75 each. This gave me plenty of room for the size calendar I wanted. Plus the Nyttja frames are so incredibly lightweight that they can be hung using 3M velcro strips. This came in handy as I was figuring out the exact layout of my family command center. I might have changed my mind on the arrangement  two or thirteen times.

As you might have guessed I couldn’t find a big enough calendar to suit my needs. I decided to create a blank calendar myself. Using a dry erase method I would be writing on the front of the frame. This allowed me to use it over and over since the calendar would be inside the frame.  I could write in the month and the dates as they change. I created a 15 inch by 15 inch monthly calendar with just the days of the week printed out. I could have printed this out at home and tiled the image but I wanted a seamless image behind the frame. I place two calendars on one page (measuring 24 inches by 36 inches) and uploaded them to Staples.com. Since I just wanted a black and white print and needed a big printer to print out my 15 inch by 15 inch calendars this was the cheapest option. I chose their engineering print option and for a whooping $3.89 I had my two calendars. I’m including a link to the calendar I created in case you want to try this out for yourself.

dry erase calendar
I opened the frames up and added some wrapping paper as a background. The paper I used is from Target and I carried the paper backing through the rest of the command center as well. You can use fabric, leftover wallpaper, or even your childrens’ artwork. I then cut the calendars out and centered them within the frame.  

dry erase calendar

dry erase calendar


The large size works perfectly. I have two months up at a time so we can plan ahead. The margins around the calendar are so large that I even write notes here for the babysitter with cell phone numbers and bedtimes. Since it is dry erase I can have a clean calendar ready for the month ahead within seconds.


Oct 22, 2014

customizing store bought items to fit your style {via spray paint}...

I had a picture in my head of how I wanted my family command center to look. I wanted a clean and uncluttered look that went with the rustic industrial design. Some of the pieces that I purchased didn’t need any customizing to fit that description. Some did.

I’ll start with the shelf and brackets. I purchased two Ekby Robert brackets from IKEA in a nickel plated finish. I would be using them upside down with the shelf on the inside of the arch. Since I was going for a rustic industrial look I needed a darker finish. 

via IKEA
family command center

family command center


I laid these out of a piece of plywood to spray paint them. Two coats of  oil rubbed bronze spray paint later I had some rustic industrial brackets. I used the spray paint for metallic surfaces. Once they were dry I screwed them in upside down so the shelf could rest on the inside of the bracket. This allowed me to place the shelf at the height I wanted it without losing inches underneath. I wanted the calendars to come close to the shelf and not have a big empty space.

family command center

family command center


Next up was my own inbox. This is for the items that I need to work on ASAP. Bills, phone calls, sign up sheets, etc. I found a galvanized mail holder at Target which was perfect, just the wrong color. 



via target
Have you ever been to this section of Target by the way. It is so tempting to buy the whole line of products. They are perfect for an entryway, mudroom or even (gasp) a family command center! The mail holder got the same treatment as the brackets. Two quick coats of oil rubbed bronze for metallic surfaces and I had a sleek looking in box.

family command center

family command center

family command center

family command center

So the moral of the story is everything is customizable. If you find the perfect item in the wrong color, spray paint it. If you love the shape and frame of a memo board but hate the fabric used, cover it with new fabric. If something you see in a store is almost perfect see what you can do to make it perfect. The new pieces I spray painted fit in with the rest of the wall and the other items I purchased. 

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