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Hello there! I’m Jenna, Interior Designer + Blogger of SAS Interiors, a design blog and interactive website dedicated to sharing + inspiring through Do It Yourself projects, decorating tips + ideas, and interior design inspiration. Being featured in the “I Did It” section of Better Homes and Gardens magazine has been an incredibly amazing and rewarding opportunity; an unimaginable experience actually that has exceeded hopes and dreams. A real ‘pinch me’ moment!

 

 

 

 

 

Better Homes and Gardens I Did It feature - Central Command Center created by @Jenna_Burger of www.sasinteriors.net

The opportunity to be featured in Better Homes and Gardens presented itself after having several other spaces in my home and clients homes photographed for BHG specialty magazines. I had been working with the incredibly talented Donna Talley, Stylist and Producer for Meredith Corporation, for a few months when she mentioned the idea of submitting a project for the I Did It section. We both thought my central command center would be the perfect project and after review, the BHG team loved it’s incredible function and ease for any homeowner to implement. They thought it was perfect for their get organized-theme January 2014 issue.

It was A-GO! Yippie!!

From that point, a date for shooting took place, which was in mid-June, and the rest was history. O wait… I failed to mention one important detail. My kids were also asked to be in the feature with me. Yikes. That news alone made the pressure (pressure I put on to myself) for perfection that much more. Not only did I have to look good, but I had to worry about how my kids would look (not too big of a deal) and how they would act (sometimes a challenge).

In the end, all the details came together to create an effortless and engaging feature!

BHG feature - Behind the Scenes

So let me take you through the nitty-gritty details of my Central Command Center and share with you why this 30″ wide wall works + functions so well…

1. The smaller the better.

Often when given more space, it becomes overwhelming, cluttered, and non-functional. When you have a smaller space to work within, you’re left with only the true necessities. The wall of my central command center is about 30″ wide, yet it’s extremely functional filled with elements that suit our family needs – a customized calendar, small storage boxes (for keys, glasses, and other every day needs), kids charts, pen/pencil holders, and of course important inspirational words all on top of a chalkboard wall. Each element is used. Each element serves a purpose.

Better Homes and Gardens I Did It feature - Central Command Center created by @Jenna_Burger of www.sasinteriors.net

Better Homes and Gardens I Did It feature - Central Command Center created by @Jenna_Burger of www.sasinteriors.net

2. Location. Location. Location.

Choosing a central location in the home is important for making the most use out of a central command center. This small, but uber-functional wall in my home is located near the foyer and close to the kitchen. It’s a spot that is in the ‘hub of the home’ and can easily be seen / accessed.

3. Change it up often.

Since I created this command center 2 years ago, it’s had multiple updates (check out where it started). Even from the time of the photoshoot, the 30″ sliver of wall space has changed. Why? Because our family needs have changed. We still have the calendar (that’s a must to keep us on track), but other elements of the wall have been updated. Being open to making adjustments either seasonally or yearly is important. By simply making a few needed changes, it keeps the space fresh, new, and always 24/7 functional.

Better Homes and Gardens I Did It feature - Central Command Center created by @Jenna_Burger of www.sasinteriors.net

4. Make it fun.

Anything that has a sense of whimsy, color, and/or a bit of personalization is sure to be fun and usable. The most important part of creating a CCC is to use it. And as with anything, it takes time to get used to. When creating a command center, make it a must to look at and use every day. After a few weeks / months you will see how much you depend on the space to keep your family on track so you know where you are going when!

Being featured in Better Homes and Gardens has been a wonderful experience. I am so grateful to the entire BHG team that I’ve had the pleasure of working and interacting with. Opening up my home to share ideas and projects that I’ve created, brings me great happiness. I’m so lucky to have been given a gift to inspire others. I hope you come visit me at SAS Interiors and across the web!

38 Responses to “ Small-Space Command Center ”

  1. There’s nothing better than an organized space — expect one with as much fun style as this!
    Kelly

  2. I absolutely appreciate the organized space you created, as efficiency is also my style. My children are toddlers still, so i may have created a mom and dad section, and then a section for the kids on the long wall jutting back to the inside (thinking this must be you dining room). Really like this and it stimulates some good ideas for our space.

    My question though, is random-what I is that gorgeous color paint on your walls? Please do tell….Thanks. Jozie & Boris (and kids)

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  5. Love this version of the command center & wonder where your kids stuff went in new design?

  6. Really love the calendar – can you tell me what size that frame is, and where you got the insert?

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  12. I love this! Can you please share the size of your calendar and where you purchased the frame? Thank you!!!

  13. Love this idea. I am putting together the necessities to create my own and I have question. With he dry erase calendar, do you have any problem with things getting “smudged”. Every month in my current calendar ( traditional w/ sharpie notes) looks like rough draft of a novel. I have 4 children fr/ K-10th grade. So there is always a lot going on. Any advice?

  14. This is FABULOUS!! Question: How did you mount the jars on the wall?? Thanks for sharing the inspiration!

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  30. I love this wall and am trying (although I am not to crafty) to replicate it in my home. Where did you get the calendar and what are the dimensions? I have everything else but am struggling to find the calendar :(
    Thank you for the great ideas!!
    Karyn

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