Southern Living Inspired Command Center

My inspiration comes from a Southern Living idea home.  I first saw this photo online about four years ago.


I was struck by the similarities between this space and my command center.

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The only purchase I made was two square frames from Hobby Lobby…and that was several years ago.

So, this copycat has not cost me a single cent…yet.  😉

The green and white color scheme is what I love most about this space.  I haven’t done any painting as of yet.  So, my after is really a “between”.

But I had a lot of fun shopping my house to recreate the look of the desk area.

The door in the inspiration photo leads to a garage.  My door leads to the laundry room.

The wall opposite the desk in the inspiration photo is a pet area complete with hooks, cubbies and pet food.

I use that wall in my space as a mudroom/wall with hooks and a bench.

I’m really excited about this project.

Let me show you what it looks like right now…in the between stage.

I plan to paint the walls first and then make a decision about the cabinets. I know white cabinets are all the rage, but I have to keep in mind that this area is open to my kitchen with the same wood cabinets.  One thought is to paint the island and these cabinets to match.  We’ll see.

I also need to create a permanent slip cover for the desk chair.  For today’s purposes, I shopped my fabric collection and found two green pillow cases that were just slipped over the chair and tucked and pinned here and there.  I felt like a real designer getting ready for  a magazine shoot; under the gun and pulling out my last minute tricks to make it happen.  😉

I hope to finish this area soon.  I’ll be sure to show you the reveal!

Here’s a few more photos in the meantime.

Southern Living Inspired Home Office / Home Decor /

Southern Living Inspired Home Office / Home Decor /

Southern Living Inspired Home Office / Home Decor /

See you in class,

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  1. How wonderful. What a great space. I wish I had that little nook too. I love that you found that image so long ago and held on to the inspiration. Thanks for sharing with the copy cat challenge.

  2. It looks great, you did well with the inspiration.

  3. It is hard to paint dark cabinets! I think you are wise to wait and see what you want to do! Love the inspiration photo and your photos as well!


  4. Nice workspace! I can see why you were inspired! I love the white and green combination too. I look forward to seeing how you decide to proceed. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Well, I love your Command Center and copycat. Very nice!

    Linking from Debbiedoos,
    Ricki Jill

  6. Great space. It would easy to work in your space. Love the family pics. Hugs, Ginger

  7. debbiewestbrooks says:

    I love your office space! You rocked the copy cat! It’s great.

  8. This looks like it will be a fun project. Love that you have the space to begin with. Can’t wait to see how it all comes together. Thanks for sharing, liz

  9. Oh wow, thank you Debbie! Now I feel like a rock star. 😉

  10. Thank you Ginger…The family pics are my favorite thing in the space. And the sunflower hanging on the wall is a drawing from my daughter when she was about 5 years old…she’s 13 now.

  11. I can’t wait either! Thanks for visiting.

  12. Thanks for the support Karianne! I’m really anxious to paint and see what it all looks like. I might be opening a can of worms! That’s okay.

  13. This is the second project that the magazine copycat challenge has pushed me to get done. On both this desk space and the buffet vignette with the diy chalkboard…I had gotten started years ago and then stalled. Now I love my buffet and I know I’m going to love this desk nook. Thanks for motivating me!


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