Mission Control | A Simple DIY Smart Home
If you’re tuning in cold turkey and have no idea what the title of this post is referring to or assume that it is referencing some 80s sci-fi thriller, you may want to venture over to this little (long-winded) introduction to our DIY smart home series.
By the time I decided to kickstart our smart home journey, I had already done quite a bit of research. I knew that in order for us to coherently control our gadgets we would need some sort of central controller aka Mission Control. This device would keep everything in sync and organized. But what device could we find that was affordable, modular, updatable, and would work well with our iPhones?
Ah yes, our iPad which had been sitting in storage – aka the basket underneath the coffee table – for about 6 months. Don’t get me wrong, we love the iPad, we just didn’t have a use for it in our everyday lives.
It was a great start. But placing it on the kitchen counter just didn’t seem appropriate. I wanted it to have a permanent home. A place that begged us to play with it. A place that was central. A place that we passed every day without fail. – The fridge.
Yup. Remember that french door refrigerator I had drooled over in 8th grade? Well, it just so happened the previous owners took their white side-by-side with them. Meaning it was open season for this guy. K will talk more about it in a separate post but let’s just say I snagged my dream fridge for a steal of a deal.
So how does one mount a 1.5 pound object to the front of a stainless platinum fridge? – The Fridgepad.
Sure, there’s a handful of other brands to choose from but Woodford Design was both in our price range and the best looking. It uses a strong magnet and looks gorgeous mounted on our fridge.
There she is. Mission control.
- iPad (owned already – retail $499)
- Fridgepad – $52