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Colorful Eclectic and Glam Decor Ideas for an Open Layout


Eclectic glam decor ideas for an open concept living and dining space infused with bold colors and global style. Week 1 of the One Room Challenge.

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am for the One Room Challenge this spring!  A six-week room makeover from complete renovations to cosmetic updates that feature 20 amazing design influencers and guest bloggers with many sponsors including media sponsor Better Homes & Gardens

It is really the bee’s knees for interior blog challenges and I’m so glad I have the opportunity to participate as a guest blogger again.   The design and decorating possibilities are endless for me now that we own a home again.

Eclectic Glam Decor Plans for an Open Concept Living Dining Room

UPDATE: Week One:  Eclectic and Glam Inspiration for an Open Concept |  Week Two:  How to Update Furniture with Peel and Stick Wallpaper | Week Three:  Small Dining Room Decorating Ideas |  Week Four: DIY a German Smear Mortar Wash for Under $10 | Week Five:  Stencil Your Foyer for a Beautiful Makeover | Week Six:  Eclectic Glam Open Concept Living Areas

*This post is sponsored by some wonderful companies.  As always all thoughts and opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting brands that help make this blog possible. 

An overlay with fabric, paint, and wallpaper samples in dark blue, greens, and boho pattern with pinks.  A blue and white sauver, feather, bird art, and framed butterflies lay on top.
Eclectic Glam Decorating Plans Overlay

First I wanted to introduce myself to you if this is your first time here!  I’m Kathy, a late 30 something-year-old mother, pianist, linguist, and passionate decorator and online influencer whose husband recently retired from 20 years in the Marine Corps. 

We were hugely blessed to spend our twilight tour in Japan for four years and relocated to Fort Worth (home for me) last Fall.

Kathy from Up to Date Interiors is sitting on a vanity in her jewel toned master ensuite bathroom.   The vanity is dark blue and the wall is dark green.

We have been in our new-to-us 60’s ranch for about six months now.   Usually, I don’t wait so long to get our main living areas up to par with our style, but finally, time is on our side.  I’ve enjoyed trying different things with our open concept floor plan and furniture arranging and now am ready to go big or go home. HA! 

Without further ado, let me introduce you to the interior space and my generous sponsors.  You will be hearing more about some of my favorite brands throughout the updates and reveal posts!

A graphic showing the One Room Challenge sponsor logos as a guest participant.

Velvet FinishesWell Woven | Brightech | Royal Design Studio Stencils | Smith Honig | Hudson Valley Lighting Group | Fanimation 

Our main living area serves three purposes.  We have the tv/fireplace side, a piano studio across from that space, and a small dining area between the living and kitchen.

An open living room in a single story ranch style home.  One wall is a fireplace wiht tan brick and a white built in bookcase for the tv and styled with colorful books.  A white couch and white-wood coffee table with a pair of tan barrel style chairs are on a large boho living area rug.  French doors with black and white curtains are in the back of the room.
Spring Home Tour Living Room

A look into the kitchen from the living room shows a small but cute dining nook and a white kitchen.
Spring Home Tour Dining Area

I had fun sharing the open living concept for a colorful spring home tour and am happy to take it to the next level!  A tricky part of the space is where the piano is but I have a plan.  😉 Here is what it looked like at Christmas.

A decorated large Christmas tree is next to a black baby grand piano in front of a large pictures window with grey walls and wood floors.  A glass cabinet and koto are on the far wall.
Our First Christmas in this House
A view into the foyer by the piano shows an Asian eterge and a large Asian art piece on the foyer wall.
Christmas Foyer

The Eclectic Glam Design Inspired by Jim Thompson

Jim Thompson was a silk designer and instrumental in revitalizing the silk industry in Thailand.  He was famous for his use of bright colors and intricate patterns and even designed the original costumes for the Broadway play The King and I!  (How cool is that!) 

One of my favorite trips, while we lived in Asia, was visiting Bangkok and getting the chance to learn more about him and tour his house.   We picked up a couple of notecards from the Jim Thompson gift shop that has beautiful and interesting bird designs.  They are my inspiration for this challenge!

A One Room Challenge overlay for a colorful maximalist living and dining room decor plans with jewel tones, bird art, butterflies, and chinoiserie.
Jim Thompson Inspired Overlay
An eclectic glam decor overlay with jewel tones and Jim Thompsons note cards.
Jim Thompson Bird Card

I plan on capturing Thompon’s design esthetic by using blue and green textiles and paint but also include global elements and warm colors in boho vintage patterns.

An overlay with paint, fabric, and wallpaper samples in blue, green, and pink.
Paint and Material Samples

I’m still finalizing all of the details but here is what I have planned so far.  I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves and list the resources for the items that are still available online.

A mood board for a colorful eclectic glam decorated living room with a grand piano, woman's portrait, a pair of wingback velvet chairs, green paint, spotted stencil, and a before picture of the space.
Mood Board

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Lettie Flush Mount Foyer Light | Black and White Curtains | Valspar Alpine Top | Removable Wallpaper- Venice Fade | Velvet Finishes | Arc Floor Lamp | Well Woven

A mood board with couches, light, coffee table, art, and german schmear technique inspiration.
Living Room Furniture Options

Beige Chesterfield | Kale Green Sofa | Charcoal Chesterfield | Emerald Green Sofa | Velvet Finishes | Sphero 3 Light Floor Lamp | Spitfire Fan in White | White Washed Coffee Table 

I’m in the market for a sofa. Do you have a favorite you’ve found online!?  I need suggestions please. 🙂

A mood board for a colorful and eclectic dining area with banquet style seating, boho touches, and DIY ideas.
Eclectic Glam Dining Nook

Funky Fibers Wall Stencil | Dillon Chandelier | Gray Love Seat | Thread Bare Fabric for MCM Chairs | Plant 

An overlay with jewel tones and curated vibe for a living room makeover.
Eclectic Glam Decor Plans

Now for the to-do list which I’m sure will grow!

  • Reupholster grandparent’s armchairs with blue velvet and bird fabric
  • Paint front picture window black
  • Paint green focal wall
  • Paint window hardware gold and hang curtains with rings
  • Makeover music cabinet with removable wallpaper and paint
  • Install new foyer light
  • Stencil foyer walls
  • Add fringe to arch floor lamp
  • German schmear technique on fireplace stone
  • Hang curtains with rings
  • Reupholster two barrel chairs in mink or blush velvet
  • Purchase a new sofa
  • Paint french doors trim black
  • Paint leather chair cognac
  • Sew lumbar pillow
  • Reupholster two more dining chairs
  • Add fringe to loveseat
  • Install chandelier
  • Stencil dining room wall
  • Paint buffet
  • Add trim/moulding if foundation issues are resolved
  • Add rugs, lights, textiles, and art
  • Style, style, style

Whew!! Better get started. lol

Would love to know if you are participating!  Leave me a comment so I can follow along.

By the way, ever wonder how to create mood boards for your own room makeover?  I have a super easy method and I’ll show you how! 

Check back next week for the first updates!

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  1. It’s going to be lovely, Kathy!
    I had no idea you lived in Japan for that long. My son and I are planning a trip to Japan in August. I might have questions for you. 🙂

  2. Oh my goodness, I can’t wait to see! And that green sofa you linked to is amazing. I’m redoing my kitchen for the ORC, but I halfway wish I was doing my living room so I could incorporate that!

  3. Hi Kathy…so refreshing to see your inspiration board with those lovely colors. When scrolling through the over 200 entries, I was drawn to yours. Now I know why….Jim Thompson! Having lived in SE Asia for several years, with many a Bangkok trip to Jim Thompson stores, I’m still amazed at his story and the colors and imagery. Looking forward to following along with you. BTW-here’s a link to a blog post that may help with your furniture search:

  4. This will be fabulous- I’m keeping an eye as you go to pick up ideas for my open concept living with color and texture
    Thanks for sharing

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