If you’ve been following along on my One Room Challenge, you know that for a few reasons I decided to makeover both our guest bedroom, and our son, Orion’s bedroom.

If you missed the guest room reveal last week, you can view it here. Zeb (my other stepson) was visiting from college last weekend and reported he dug the room’s vibe, and that the eucalyptus garland made it smell like California. Compliments from my stepsons are the best as they’re the hardest earned and indeed earnest! 

To that end, Orion is enjoying his updated space too. My favorite response from him was that he found the oversized scale of the flag with the brushstroke lamp to be a “pretty cool combo.”

Here’s a look at his room before:


And now:


Here’s why his room works:


His palm headboard was quite fun but on the youthful side for a 17 yr old. Reupholstering it in Schumacher’s Nuba fabric was the perfect solve. There’s so much movement in the pattern, it’s energetic yet sophisticated, and luxuriously thick. Now it’s a bed he can take with him to college.



Both of our sons love to skateboard & I was thrilled to find this skateboard park scene captured on Artfully Walls. It layers in the street vibe, and is the perfect piece to tie together the loose theme of the room.


I choose our mini blue scribble lamp for the nightstand to highlight the blue in the skater’s shirt. I love the small scale of the lamp in this space too. The fun op-art is by my talented friend, Gina Julian.


I’ve also always adored the spirit of Kristi Kohut’s pieces. I knew her “Leave a Big Mark” would add the color and energy the space needed to feel authentically cool. I already know it will be making appearances throughout our home.


I don’t love the carpet but wasn’t up for replacing it just yet. A flea market cowhide rug, layered over a sisal we had in storage, hits the right balance for this relaxed space.

I’m so happy with how the spaces came together that they’ve actually inspired me to refresh our master bedroom! I know it will be small tweaks but I’m already excitedly planning! I hope you’ll stay tuned, and you can always follow along with my scheming on Instagram and Pinterest!

All photos by Marta Perez, styling assistance by Emily Schoen

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ORC Fall 2018 Reveal Pt 1 - Guest Room

If you’ve been following along on my One Room Challenge, you know that for a few reasons I decided to makeover both our guest bedroom, and our son, Orion’s bedroom.

I could not be more excited with how the rooms turned out! As to not overwhelm you, I’m sharing the guest room reveal today and Orion’s tomorrow. The guest room, is very Zen and Cali-calm; a perfect end to the chaos in transforming the spaces in five short weeks (two of which I was traveling)! 

Here’s a look at the guest room before:


 And now:


I’m just delighted with its serene vibe, you truly feel relaxed when you step inside. Here’s why the room works:

Must – a new bed

First off, our old bed was a DIY gone wrong and needed replacing. I knew I wanted a low profile one for the room to feel like a cozy retreat. I feel in love the slight curved sides on the GrandinRoad headboard. This design element makes the sleek Scandinavian design also inviting.  As a bonus, it’s so sturdy. I’d highly recommend this bed for small space or city living, you can’t bet the price for the quality.!



The beautifully thick Frontgate rug adds so much warmth and texture, and adds a foundation to the room that it desperately needed.  

The Monocorvo linen by Schumacher is elegant yet has a fresh, airy ease to it. That’s a very delicate balance to hit and exactly what I was hoping to achieve with this room’s aesthetic.

The lamb throw and slip covered chair turned the once cold corner into the coziest of reading spots.


 Vintage pieces

The burl wood nightstands, black gilt mirrors, and Moroccan wedding blanket add depth to make the room feel like it’s already been loved and lived-in.


Finally, I wanted the greenery to look ethereal as well. As I mentioned last week, I used Sarah Sherman Samuel’s and Love on Sundays DIYs for inspiration for my eucalyptus garland. I couldn’t be happier with it and the room smells so good to boot!

I hope you’ll come by for our son’s reveal tomorrow!

Special thanks to my photographer, Marta Perez, for getting the photos back to me for both spaces in 24 hours! Also to Emily Schoen for her impeccable styling assistance!

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One Room Challenge - Fall 2018 - Final Stretch

This past week I’ve been working fast and furiously to get my now, 2, One Room Challenges into fine form. I’ve definitely had to get pieces rushed, pull some favors, but I think the guest room and Orion’s are well on their way to greatness!

This is post is super short as everything will come together the day before the shoot. Fingers crossed this gorgeous swivel chair (that I want for every room in my home) will make the shoot! The Frontgate team is working their hardest to rush my last minute order, and I cannot say enough great things about their customer service!


Now, two sneak peeks of the rooms on items I could control.

For the guest bedroom (zen retreat) I was unsure of the direction I wanted to go with the artwork. Enter Pinterest and two beautiful DIYs from Love on Sundays & Sarah Sherman Samuel:


Left, Amy’s from Love on Sundays, ironically for her ORC & inspired by Sarah Sherman Samuels DIY, right


With dowels, floral wire, and eucalyptus at hand, I crafted this hanging piece that I’m obsessed with! It’s drying now but still looks and smells beautiful. I love the ethereal feel it adds to the space. 

In a complete 180, Orion’s hip, Cali space, is giving me all the feels. I shopped our home and used our cowhide rug to hide the carpet. My parent’s long treasured gift, their record collection, couple with Kristi Kohut’s piece makes me wish this was my room!


 I cannot wait to share the reveals with you next week! I’m anticipating they won’t be finished, finished, but definitely exciting transformations from what they were!

Wish me luck and I hope you’ll come back next week for my progress updates!

Come back next Wednesday for updates, and In the interim, you can find my scheming on Instagram & pinterest.


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ORC - Major Update, updating an additional room!

If you’re here for the first time, welcome! I’m Jana Bek, an Ann Arbor based interior designer with an emerging lifestyle line of home décortextiles, & lighting. I have a love for bright colors, bold prints, and designing spaces & home décor that help transport you to your dream destination.

I missed the last two One Room Challenge updates, both as a result of a very inspiring Zephyr designer retreat I attended in San Francisco in early October. I can’t wait to tell you about it in upcoming post! I returned even more excited about my ORC and decided to update the guest room and my stepson’s room.

Neither of the spaces are offensive but, as I mentioned last week, the guest room has been the landing ground for misfit furniture and decor through the years. Then, Orion’s is in need of updating.

Here’s the guest room again:


 Here’s Orion’s, 17, room:


In reworking my ORC, it made more sense to have Orion’s be the California, street- style inspired room, and the guest room to be a more zen retreat.

I thought it’d be fun to download you with how I’m now using the pieces originally planned for the guest room, into both of the spaces, how I’m getting creative, and even shopping our home to make these designs come together.

 I’ve long been in love with these two Schumacher prints, originally for the guest room, and they will now be split between the two spaces.

I’m going to reupholster Orion’s headboard in the taupe Nuba, and make throw pillows in the mirage Moncorvo for the guest room.

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Nuba, Left, Design by Pencil & Paper Co, Moncorvo right

These fun, skater inspired artworks by Artfully Walls & Kristi Kohut will head to Orion’s room.

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A new GradinRoad headboard will remain in the guest room. I know the low profile will make the room feel larger and bring a hygge feeling to the space.

The guest room needed a huge beautiful rug to make it inviting, I’ve used the Frontgate Destin rug for many design clients, knew it would be the perfect fit:

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There are so many other design decisions to be made, that I have to make now, to ensure each rooms gets completed on time! I’m choosing to have fun with the process while juggling Jana Bek Design, rather than getting stressed! Wish me luck and I hope you’ll come back next week for my progress updates!

Come back next Wednesday for updates, and In the interim, you can find my scheming on Instagram & pinterest.

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