Putting Together a Living Room Design

This room feels like it is taking years to put together…mostly because of the scrapping and sanding of the original window trim.  Hoping the windows will be the crowning jewel of this room. The good news is, I did get all the walls painted in Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore and the floors have been sanded and prepped for new stain. We are making small strides.  If all goes well we should be able to wrap up this project just before the new sectional arrives…I have my fingers crossed!

I figured it was about time that I put an idea board together for this room so I can start putting all the colors and textures together.  I not a big planner usually but it’s time for change.  I want to buy items with a purpose no justt because they are on sale. That being said, here is what I came up with for the living room design.

living room idea board the vibrant pad

1, The color palette for the room is a soft relaxing gray, I decided on Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore.  This will keep my small living room looking bright and spacious. Plus by keeping all the trim bright white the room does take on a beautiful classy look.

2. I need away to bring in some complimentary colors with the gray tones in the room.  A area rug is the prefect way to do this.  By keep the background light, the busy pattern takes on a more classic look and doesn’t darken the room.  I do love the pattern on this rug.

3. The sectional I order from England is smaller in size with a lower back.  I choose Caprice Gray in a durable texture for the fabric.  I can’t wait until it arrives, only a few more weeks!

4. I already own these lamps.  The substantial bases in a white washed finish make a bold statement in the small living room plus they give off a great glow!

5. I need to add a little “bling” to this room and some brass light fixtures are the prefect way to do it.  I’m hoping they will add a nice glow to our built-in bookcases. Plus they look nice and they serve a great function!

6. We already have built in bookcases in our living room but they need some revamping.  The main issue is the lack of concealed storage space for electronics.  I want to keep all the receivers and wires hidden. It makes the room feel less cluttered to have the electronics tucked away.

7. Still torn on the end tables but I think the glass and metal may be a good look for this room. This nesting tables from Pottery Barn are prefect.  The size is good and they have an awesome finish on the metal.

So there you have it.  My first planning attempt! Now back to window scrapping and painting…yippy.


Choosing The Cabinet Paint Color

The kitchen planning is still underway…and will be for the next month or so.  Now that I have the style of cabinet selected here comes the hard part, selecting the right color for the upper and lower kitchen cabinets.  I have been in love with the soft grays, mixed with brilliant whites but picking the right color of gray can be some what of a challenge and with dark counter tops I’m not sure if gray is going to be the best bet. I might need to consider lighter counter tops. That being said here are the gray colors I’m considering.

top gray paint colors choices the vibrant pad

kitchen cabinets in stone harbor hray the vibrant pad

I do love this look so it may be time to kiss the dark countertops goodbye…back to the drawing board I go. Some many choices and so little time.

Dreaming of a Beautiful Kitchen

This ugly kitchen of mine is in dire need of a face-lift or to be slightly more accurate a complete gut job right down to the studs.  Over the last few months I have been putting an idea board together that will help me put my ideas into an actual plan. Being a small kitchen every nook and cranny needs to be utilized and the floor plan needs to have some adjustments made. When complete the kitchen will have a very timeless look. I’m really excited to start this project!

The idea is to be very budget friendly with this project and be able to finish the project for under $5000. Crazy I know, but I’m always up for a good challenge. Up first on the inspiration block is some new kitchen cabinet. This is what I’m thinking so far.

beaded face frame kitchen cabinets the vibrant pad

How can I get this high end look on a budget?? A router and a specialty bit will be the tool of choice.

I may have the correct tool figured out but I’m still debating on what type of wood to use.  I don’t want to use something extremely high end because these cabinet will be painted not stained. Gotta save money where I can, that way I can splurge on the high ticket items I can’t live without. Back to the idea board for some more brain storming.  The clock is ticking and I have a lot more planning to do!



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