Posts in ORC Spring 2019
ORC Spring 2019 Reveal
 
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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.

 
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To recap, I designed our Brooklyn one-bedroom apartment for my One Room Challenge (ORC) , and I’m so excited to share the tour! My goal was to transform the look of a rental into an inviting, bold, and colorful home. I’m really thrilled with the result!

And once again, I cannot sing enough praises to the sponsors and companies who played a central role in bringing our apartment to life; and to Linda for organizing this exciting challenge. Please check out the planning posts if you haven’t been following along!

 

Entry

Entries are intros into your home and ours in just that, a classic foundation with a bit of edge, color, and pattern! In our adjacent hall, the ART Furniture chest provides so much necessary foldable storage, a must for small space living!

 
 
 

Living/Dining room

Bold and modern was the plan, and after I landed on the artwork, everything fell into place! Our sofa is as comfortable as it is beautiful, and Arianna Belle makes the prettiest pillows. Set this all against the burl coffee table, and the space feels rich and warm!

 
 

These modern chairs swivel to give the space versatility and comfort. Perfect for taking in the Manhattan skyline and entertaining guests.

 

Many of my favorite art sources are in the mix! Artfully Walls, Natural Curiosities, and Kristi Kohut.

 
 

In our dining corner, the mirrored screen reflects the light from the windows and frames in our little dining nook. When combined with a classic tulip table and the gorgeous custom Scout Design poufs, the space feels larger than it’s footprint, open, and inviting.

 
 

Bedroom

I wanted our bedroom to be a calm oasis and the stunning Pacific Designs plum grasscloth transformed a “white box” into a “jewel box”. I’m also so thankful to Ballard Designs, and they’re C.O.M. program, for rushing this custom bed, in our new lilac gray brushstroke fabric, for the reveal! The apartment came with harsh industrial roller shades, and the luxurious Barn & Willow roman shades have completely softened the spaces!

 
 

Details of our French modernist chair and Loloi rug (which brought every element of the bedroom design together). Can you believe those flowers are faux? I’m so happy that NDI was a sponsor this season because everyone needs to know about their delicate, life-like arrangements! The Jen Lin art is another great addition from Scout studio, it’s a unique piece made up of a series of sculptured lucite discs that bring presence to the room without sacrificing floor space!

 
 

A pair of line drawings by Femme Colaris for Artfully Walls complete the space.

 
 

I want to also give thanks to my friend, and uber talented stylist, Olga Naiman, who gave me such wonderful advice and helped add that extra layer of character, and to Lindsay Brown who captured the spaces so beautifully with her photographic talent!

I hope you enjoyed the tour! Stay in touch with my designing and inspiration on Instagram (@janabekdesign) & Pinterest

 


 
One Room Challenge Spring 2019 - Week 5

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.

 
 
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I’m so excited to be included in my ninth season of One Room Challenge! I’ve participated both as an invited participant and as a linking guest, and each avenue is an exciting opportunity to get your space looking awesome at top speed - with a wonderful design community supporting you along the way! If your joining-in this season, I wish you all the best in your sprint towards your space’s transformation!

 
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Last week I described some of the challenges I was working on with respect to our living/dining room area. I’m excited to report that most of the pieces I envisioned have arrived, and although chaos still reigns with open boxes and packaging here and there, I can see that things are going to work out beautifully! So, as the living room pieces are being assembled, hung, and arranged, I’ve turned my attention to the bedroom.

I chose a gorgeous plum grasscloth from Pacific Designs to highlight the subtle lilac gray brushstroke pattern of the bed, and it’s even more stunning in person! The color and texture is sure to transform our small bedroom into a luxurious oasis.

However, given that we are renting, I didn’t relish the thought of permanently hanging the grasscloth. To my delight, when researching solutions, I came across this clever DIY for temporarily hanging wallpaper. Over the next few days we’ll be putting Erin’s instructions to the test, so look forward to next week’s reveal to see how it turns out!

Rugs are always an integral part of a room design and it’s especially so in this case. At High Point I had the opportunity to visit Loloi’s stunning showroom, and peruse their vast assortment of beautiful rugs. When I spotted their Loren rug, I knew it would be the perfect piece to tie the all of the purple and gray tones together. It has the look of a timeless vintage score.

 
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In terms of artwork for the space, I wanted something big and bold that would pop against the grasscloth. I’ve had my eye on these line drawings by Femke Colaris for a while, and knew a pair of them would be a dreamy choice for the sexy mood of the room. The Serge Mouille inspired sconce will set off the pieces nicely, and also provide reading light for the gorgeous French modernist chair I splurged on.

That’s it for this week! I’m in major crunch mode so wish me luck! For my interim planning, check in on Instagram (@janabekdesign) & Pinterest!

 


 
One Room Challenge Spring 2019 - Week 4

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.

 
 
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I’m so excited to be included in my ninth season of One Room Challenge! I’ve participated both as an invited participant and as a linking guest, and each avenue is an exciting opportunity to get your space looking awesome at top speed - with a wonderful design community supporting you along the way! If your joining-in this season, I wish you all the best in your sprint towards your space’s transformation!

 
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When I design any space, it always begins with the textiles and artwork, as they both ground a room, and bring it to life. These choices would ordinarily be part of my initial planning, but as I mentioned last week, knowing we needed beautiful foundation furniture ASAP, I modified my process.

Since it’s a bit to take in, I’m walking you through my choices for our living/dining room area this week, and our bedroom next week.

I was having the hardest time wrapping my mind around our living/dining room, because I couldn’t land on the right artwork for the space. I was trying to make pieces we had work, but everything felt forced. That all changed on my trip to High Point market. I’m such a fan of Natural Curiosities, and they just launched a subsidiary company, Arte Maison. It’s equally beautiful, more affordable, art greatness.  

Perfect timing for me, because I fell in love with their Mod Circles series, I immediately ordered 6 pieces, and begged them to make the timing work!

With that, everything else fell into order. I wanted to go funky, edgy, and bold, and additional artwork and textiles were so much fun to find. One of my other go-to sources for inspiring art is Artfully Walls (their artwork is actually in most rooms in our Ann Arbor home)! I always find unique pieces on their site, their framing is fantastic, and their pricing is so reasonable.

 

These pieces are going to help me layer in the edge and funk I’m after:

 
 
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I know that this is a sconce, but it’s also a gorgeous sculpture that will add additional edge to my entry, isn’t it sexy? I wanted to use additional pieces from Hudson Valley Lighting but I can’t hang ceiling fixtures in our apartment, c’est la vie!

 
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I’ve long been obsessed with Clarence House’s Tibet print, and the hot pink option will provide an exciting punch for the living room. The fabric is on its way, and fingers crossed I can find a Brooklyn upholsterer who is keen to make me throw pillows in one week!

 
 
 

Arianna Belle makes the most beautiful pillows and I’m using two of her olive velvets to bring harmony to the design, and a mini conga line pillow for more fun!

 
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Our brushstroke fabric makes me happy, and with the artwork establishing the palette, I finally knew what I wanted to create with our on-trend ORC sponsor, Scout Design Studio. Their poufs, in our blush brushstroke fabric, will make a perfect pairing for the dining room area. Scout is a literal treasure trove of furniture and decor. Their selections updates daily, and it’s an awesome blend of their custom creations, vintage scores, and cleverly curated decor and artwork. I cannot wait to have their custom poufs in our place!

 
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That’s it for this week! Next week I’ll be discussing textiles & art for our bedroom design. For my interim planning, check in on Instagram (@janabekdesign) & Pinterest!

 


 
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.

 
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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:

 
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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).

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Sofa

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!

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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!

 

Bed 

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! 

 
 
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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!

 
 
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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!