DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

You might remember seeing this cabinet in our home over the years. We’ve even repurposed it a couple of times to suit our needs in two different homes! Today I’ll share how we set this cabinet up as our home command center.

Life around my house gets a little hectic sometimes. Simplifying, editing and staying organized has to be a daily task. I’m not obsessive about detailed organization, but I definitely feel more at peace when I have a few simple systems I can rely on.

I’m a big fan of creating “destinations” or designated “stations” for organization! Coffee stations, gift wrap stations, mail stations, family command centers, I enjoy them all.

Since the task of decluttering or organization itself isn’t a big passion of mine, I guess thinking in terms of a creating a specific “destination” for things I like to do in my home is more inspiring to me. It’s how my mind works.

You may remember seeing this cabinet in my books (), or in our last house, too, when it had an entirely different purpose.

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

In our old house, this cabinet was in our dining room. We used it as a hospitality cabinet! It’s where we kept things like our cloth napkins and napkin rings, dinner candles, serving utensils and special glasses. So handy and fun to have a spot for table setting.

When we moved to this house, the cabinet ended up in our little entry. Early on I realized we didn’t have a good “spot” for “those things” that you need to keep track of in a busy household. So I decided to reinvent this cabinet and give it a new purpose as our command central. (This cabinet is out of stock, but is similar and I’ll link to others at the end of the post!).

We don’t have a lot of room and our budget for completing this project was probably less than $30, so we had to get creative and use what we already had. I’ll put a source list at the bottom of this post with what we used and similar sources!

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

The glassware and entertaining items were relocated to a different cabinet to make room for the new command center. Once we emptied the cabinet, it was easy to reimagine it for a new purpose.

We still use this organizational system today, so this isn’t one of those projects bloggers might show that never really get used. A couple of years later I can say this continues to be a useful and (fairly) organized destination in our home that we still use every day!

It actually didn’t take much to make this cabinet useful for our needs. A few on the inside of the door became a spot to stick things like emergency numbers, addresses, contractor business cards, lists, school forms or invitations.

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

My cork came in the shapes of , but you could (of course!) use any shape or size to suit your needs.

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center
DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

Paper trays keep our most important, currently relevant and more time sensitive papers sorted so I rarely have to panic wondering where I put something. The answer is usually “in the cabinet.”

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

Wire bins can hold anything. Eye glasses, receipts…we’ve used them in different ways in different seasons, depending on our needs. The key with baskets is to give them a designated purpose and stick with it. If they become a catch all it’s time to pare down to a more defined purpose.

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

on the other door hold an extra set of keys and an emergency . This is a handy location for these items in case the power goes out, or if a guest is staying in our home and might need to easily access them. We also have a (stuck onto the door with a ) to clip notes.

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

Keeping certain items handy in this cabinet means we also feel prepared with some essentials in the event of emergency. If we need to flee in the middle of the night with keys and a flashlight, we’ll be all set. Safety first, you know?

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

One drawer holds stamps and envelopes and the other is for phone chargers.

Do you have a cabinet in your home that you’ve set up as an organized destination?

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

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Six Unexpected Ways to Create a Cozy Entry

Six Unexpected Ways to Create a Cozy Entry

Fall is the time of year when COZINESS is on the mind. At least it’s on my mind. Even if coziness is not yet on yours, you can just file today’s ideas away for the first rainy fall day (which we totally had yesterday here in Seattle!).

Here are some fun and unexpected ways to create a cozy entry just in time for fall!

1. Create a Cozier Space With Curtains.

Entries tend to feel a little chilly in the fall and winter. Treat the space like you would any other room in the house. The unexpected floor length curtains in this entry coupled with the wallpaper, rug and furnishings make this space as warm and welcoming as can be! I’ve seen curtains around a door, too. In the right kind of house, door curtains can be adorable, warm and cozy looking.

Six Unexpected Ways to Create a Cozy Entry

2. Elevate function with character.

A cozy home will feel lived in, but we don’t have to sacrifice style for function. Set a welcoming tone of warmth and comfort with a relaxed but pretty mudroom vibe. Closed storage and baskets hide unsightly elements. A bench, hooks and shelving infuse the space with the warmth of function and character.

Six Unexpected Ways to Create a Cozy Entry

3. Plush pieces make everything cozier.

It’s not often you see an ottoman in an entry, but why not? If you have the space, bring in your coziest furnishings. A plush upholstered piece tells friends and family this home is a comfortable place. Soft furnishings soften hard surfaces and sounds, too, making the whole space feel cozier.

(PS…my ¬†is on a pretty awesome sale right now!)

Six Unexpected Ways to Create a Cozy Entry

4. Create a cozy seasonal focal point.

Every entry (big, small or one that is simply a part of another room!) should have a seasonal focal point. Yet, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a spot filled with traditional seasonal decor. Even a gentle nod with a subtle mood or textural changes or the combination of elements used can be so cozy and inviting.

Shop your house for items you could use. Perhaps you’ll find a shelf, a stool, or a piece of furniture in another space. Now shop the house some more. What other elements and textures could you add in to make the coziest statement?

Six Unexpected Ways to Create a Cozy Entry

5. Bring in something eye-catching.

Add an eye-catching or unexpected furniture piece or accessory to cozy up the entry. (Your entry might be one in the same as your living room, but that’s fine, too! The way you arrange your furniture in the living room might be able to serve a dual purpose or create an entry space).

Character often translates to cozy and inviting, don’t you think? So keep your eye out for something unexpected and eye catching for your entry. Perhaps you’ll find a wall sconce, an antique mirror, a funky stool or a unique bench.

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6. Define a cozy space with colors, shapes and statements.

A round table in an entry feels extra inviting and unexpected. It can be a perfect spot to set those pretty coffee table style books, which can make such a a cozy statement in an entry. Look for other ways to add color, interesting shapes and cozy statements, such as a lantern, or a textural basket filled with umbrellas, walking sticks and a tartan throw.

Happy Fall Nesting, friends! What’s your favorite way to cozy up an entry for fall?

Catch up on the latest Fall Nesting posts or start from the beginning of the series here.

Six Unexpected Ways to Create a Cozy Entry

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