One Room Challenge Spring 2019 - Week 3

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


I’m so excited to be included in my ninth season of One Room Challenge! If you’re just tuning in, I’m designing our new one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment for this season’s One Room Challenge, you can catch up on links below:


This week we are talking about my furniture plans. I’m incorporating favorite pieces from our Ann Arbor home with new, classic foundation pieces, and fun ones I’ve long had my eye on! Just after our lease was signed, I stayed at a hotel for a few days to triple check room dimensions to know what pieces would work from our Ann Arbor home. Then I selected, and ordered, a few necessities for our apartment (sofa, coffee table, and bed).



My hubs wanted a sofa that he could nap on. This kind man let’s me go wild with design, so on the rare occasion he has an opinion, I’m making it happen! I was actually on Frontgate’s site perusing this splurge piece (more on that later) when I stumbled upon their new Sorrento sofa. I’ve always wanted a chesterfield sofa, and I love their modern take on one.

I’m serious that I’m all about dimensions (you have to be with small space living) and since it doesn’t have back cushions, both the depth and length provide a perfect fit for our apartment. It’s a chic sofa for me, that fits a 6’ man comfortably, done and done!

photo and design by   @angelineguidodesign

photo and design by @angelineguidodesign

Coffee Table

Burl wood has been trending for a bit, but trends are trends for a reason, it’s gorgeous and adds so much character to a space! Our existing burl nightstands came up a bit big for our apartment, so I choose this beauty for our living room to get my fix. I’ve had my eye on it for a bit and Wisteria’s quality is always top notch!



I’ve been wanting to use our brushstroke fabric in a very light neutral color for a bit, and I thought our new bed would be the perfect opportunity to do so. Enter Ballard Designs amazing Customer’s Own Materials (C.O.M.) program. It’s an awesome option that few companies offer, you can choose from 100s of their own fabrics (or source your own, like I am), and you’ll get a custom piece of furniture without the custom cost. I went with their tailored Squire bed in a very light gray/purple for the brushstroke fabric (we offer our textiles and wallpapers in custom colors). The bed will arrive just in time for the photoshoot, I cannot wait to see it! 


Splurge pieces

I’ve wanted a room divider ever since I can remember, and I’m going for it! Mixing styles and time periods always adds character to the space, so the ornate, Victorian style of this divider , will offset the other more modern pieces I’ve chosen in an exciting way! Also, I believe the more mirrors in a small space, the better.

In the same way, I’ve had my eye on this French modernist chair for years, and there is just enough room in our master to make it happen! It’s a best seller that’s usually on back order, so I was in luck this time!


Next week I’ll be sharing my textile and art choices, some very exciting design decisions will have been made!For my interim planning, check in on Instagram (@janabekdesign) & Pinterest!