For this blog, we’re thrilled to let designer Jana Bek take over and explain her creative process and show us her utterly fabulous makeover result!
As one of my go-to sources for fresh, beautifully crafted furniture, it’s no surprise that Wisteria’s pieces shine in our new Brooklyn apartment. I designed this space for the One Room Challenge™, a widely anticipated biannual event that partners with a myriad of companies and designers. Twenty design influencers are selected to take the challenge, as Featured Designers, and transform a space while documenting their process, sources, and advice over six weekly posts. It’s incredibly fun and rewarding, and I was honored to take part. So, without further ado, if you’re a fan of vibrant colors and pattern, you’ll enjoy touring our new Brooklyn place!
Oslo Burl Wood Veneer Coffee Table
I wanted to go big and bold for our Brooklyn apartment, and I’m delighted with how it came together! In the living room, Wisteria’s Oslo Burl Wood Veneer Coffee Table adds rich texture and a vintage vibe with its mid-century design. In small spaces especially, you want to minimize too many furniture “legs” to keep the space feeling clean and uncluttered. This waterfall-style table is a perfect piece to do just that!
The Disappearing Console
Crafted of luxurious acrylic, Wisteria’s Disappearing Console is so versatile and easy on the eyes, creating a focal point in our Brooklyn apartment. This is actually the third space we've included this piece. Originally, we used it as a buffet table in our Atlanta apartment, then turned it into a storage station in my Ann Arbor home office.
Ann Arbor Home
French Modernist Armchair
In any space, the more materials and finishes in the mix, the more lived-in layers of character. In our bedroom, Wisteria’s French Modernist Armchair masters this mix; the rope abaca and sleek curved arms create an elegant statement chair. The light linen bed frame pops against the deep plum grasscloth wallpaper, and sumptuous bed accessories add soft texture to complete the layered feel.
And that’s a wrap! Thanks for visiting. I hope our city abode inspires you to create your own fun and fearless space full of personality and style.
Jana Bek is an interior designer based in Ann Arbor, MI and Brooklyn, NY. She is a product designer of home decor, textiles, and hand-painted brushstroke lamps made in the USA. You can follow her on Instagram at @janabekdesign.
Whether you’re looking for some small touches to spruce up your home or Christmas gifts that will make an impression, our designers have selected pieces from our new arrivals that will work perfectly.
For our latest collection, our designers highlighted elegance with an organic twist. Many products at Wisteria are handmade, but within this collection, our designers have five pieces that they believe stand out among the rest! Here are our top five must-have handmade pieces from our new collection:
1. Bone Inlay Desk
This marvelous desk was inspired by ancient Islamic geometric design. Originally, the bone inlay details stood to portray unity and order, and that same message is present in our Bone Inlay Desk. In this piece, the elaborate and intricate details seen throughout the piece are hand-cut and hand-laid pieces of bone. The stark cream of the bone contrasts with the richness of the wood, creating a perfect harmony. This handmade desk is an eye-catcher in any room and with its unique beauty, it is easy to see why it is on our designers top five handmade product list.
2. Live Edge Teak Coffee Table
Our hand-carved Live Edge Teak Coffee Table is a showstopper! Exclusive to Wisteria, this coffee table brings the outdoors in. Aiming to maintain the natural curvature of the teak wood, this piece brings organic character to any room. Our designers love the amazing growth rings visible in the teak of this piece, allowing the piece to tell its unique story.
3. Burl and Brass Chest of Drawers
Exclusive to Wisteria, our Burl and Brass Chest of Drawers is a sleek piece that is the result of a somewhat odd natural occurrence. Burl wood occurs when a tree is under stress. From that stress, the unique attributes of the wood are formed. Craftsmen must sculpt and polish the burl wood in order for this piece to come to life. Our handmade Burl and Brass Chest of Drawers is a prime example of the beauty that come from within, both ourselves and nature.
4. Amora Armchair
Our minimalistic Amora Armchair is a wonderful blend of wood and rattan. The contrast between the woven rattan and the sleek teak wood creates an organic, yet contemporary vibe radiating from this piece. This versatile piece is a great addition to any home, and alongside its functionality, the handmade nature of the piece brings even more pizzazz to the chair.
5. Roller Pin Mirror
Many remember their mother or grandmothers standing in the kitchen with their roller pin ready and eager to bake the day away. Now, you can bring those happy memories into your space in a new way, with our Roller Pin Mirror. This handmade piece consists of natural wood roller pins with each individual pin, consisting of a different shade of wood, allowing for a vibrant texture to the piece. Hand constructed, each pin is shaped from reclaimed wood making each piece a handmade treasure.
We have a bit of a philosophy about summer style at Wisteria, and we’re about to let you in on our little secret: No matter the room or style you’re going for, bringing in one or a few natural elements add warmth and a genuine quality to the look. You can soften modern spaces with a teak table, spice up a neutral space with bold, botanical wall art, or even layer woods and summery textures to maximize the seasonal style.
The great thing about organic summer looks is that they don’t just have to be brown woods and basic neutrals. Natural summer elements can be found in the entire spectrum, thanks to beautiful blooms, lush greenery, active waters, and lively wildlife. We’ve selected a few items from our wide range of new organic pieces to help you get started on your own fresh and natural update:
This exquisite wall art was originally developed as a copper engraving in William Curtis's Botanical Magazine in the early 19th century. This engraving (and its companion print) is prized for its large, lavish, beautifully hand-colored details.
Our Rope Mirror brings everything back to basics with its earthy, natural charm. The frame is wrapped in hemp rope, which gives it a raw, organic texture—just the thing for a touch of coastal edge.
Rattan is known for its incredible strength and flexibility. Here, it’s been formed in the frame of this mirror to resemble delicate fish bones. The open design lends a unique statement, while also showcasing seaside charm.
The pattern on this coffee table is similar to Balinese designs that have been a part of their cultural tradition in Indonesia for centuries. The look is gloriously dramatic and is a bold way to incorporate organic in a big way.
This piece evokes the essence of modern island living—you'll feel like you're lounging at an island resort in the tropics with a table like this! The teak top has wonderful, natural textures and the minimalist metal base is just the right balance for a modern space.