Eclectic and glam decorating 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.
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Eclectic Glam Design Plans for an Open Concept Living Dining Room
(with a piano studio)
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.
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!
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.
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!
I plan on capturing the Thompon’s design esthetic by using blue and green textiles and paint but also include global elements and warm colors in boho vintage patterns.
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.
I’m in the market for a sofa. Do you have a favorite you’ve found online!? I need suggestions please. 🙂
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.
Check back next week for the first updates!
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