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One Room Challenge™ with Designer Jana Bek

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. 

Brooklyn Apartment
Atlanta Apartment
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.

Interior Designer // Jana Bek@janabekdesign
Photographer // Lindsay Brown@lindseabrown

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3 Ways to Use Pantone’s Color of the Year in Your Home

Pantone’s color of the year famously inspires interior designers and decorators alike to mix up their palette each year and try something new. For 2019, Living Coral is the new hue du jour. Equally bright and bold, coral automatically refreshes any room and provides a lively touch. Because it’s such a powerful shade, we’re providing you with three ways to make the 2019 color of the year work for you, no matter your comfort level.

1. Big Statement – Paint

Give a mudroom door or a forgotten wall a chance to pop by painting it coral. This is perfect for those who want to embrace this color in a big way. Here, an entryway is given new life by a coral door that immediately attracts attention.

2. Playful Pops – Art, Rugs & Decor

Use coral-hued artwork, rugs, or a lamp to brighten up a room. Coral seamlessly blends with neutrals and other colors for an easy interior update. In this room, bold, minimalist artwork and a fun rug both incorporate coral and work together to liven up a living room.

3. Everchanging Accessories – Textiles & Florals

For those inspired by coral but hesitant to make the first move, accessories easily bring this color to a room without the commitment. Pillow covers, throws, and stunning floral centerpieces effortlessly instill the energy of coral into a space while being easy to change up when the mood strikes. Here, vivid color is added via beachy coral sculptures and coordinating throws and pillow covers.

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3 Twists On Traditional Valentine’s Day Roses

The day of all things love is just around the corner. Have you thought of what you will get your significant other to show them your love and affection? Most people usually get the standard dozen red roses that will look great for a week but will then begin to die soon after.

Show your partner that your love endures forever with these gift ideas that will outlast a few days on the counter:


Forget that bouquet and give your love a plant that will continue to produce roses for years to come! The floral industry knows that the demand for roses around Valentine’s Day is high, so the price of a dozen roses can be astronomical. Purchasing a plant that can be added to a garden is a wise investment since you can cut roses from it year after year. Prices for a rose bush can be anywhere from $20-$100 based on maturity, but it will be money well spent given the longevity of the plant.

Gifting a rose bush is also a great way to enhance the look of your garden, and your partner will be reminded of your love every time they look at it. Be sure to be willing to dig the hole and plant the rose bush as well in order to complete this lovely gift idea.



If your partner doesn't have a green thumb, there are still potted plants that will make a great gift. Plants like cacti, succulents, and aloe vera are great choices for those who forget or are too busy to regularly water their plants. You can even find succulents, such as the desert savior, that have romantic hints of red in them. Nevertheless, all of these choices can store water well and actually prefer to be watered much less than a typical potted plant.

They are also small enough to be placed anywhere, like the edge of a bathroom counter, a windowsill, or side table, and will add texture and life to any space. If you are looking to give a larger gift, then consider putting all three of these plants in a larger container for the ultimate arrangement that doesn’t need much attention.



Does your partner work at a desk all day with little to no sunlight or direct window access? Think about giving them a potted plant that prefers less light like bamboo, spider, or jade plants. Bamboo will grow quite fast and add height and dimension to any drab office area. Spider plants are white and green in color and add interest to any space, while waxy jade plants look like a bonsai tree and need little attention. For the ultimate office dweller that is gone on long trips, consider getting them a potted ficus tree that actually responds better to dark areas and dry soil.


There are so many more options for Valentine’s Day gifts than just the standard cut flower arrangements. Consider purchasing a potted plant to show your love that will continue to grow and mature throughout many years. Choosing a plant that fits the needs and personality of your partner is easy given the wide variety of plants available. There is no need to purchase cut flowers that will eventually be thrown away when there are many other great plant gift choices that will show that your love endures beyond a single Valentine’s Day!



Katie Kuchta is a gardening guru, outdoor living expert, and self-proclaimed foodie. She can often be found cooking in the kitchen or on the hunt for the best tacos. Follow her on Instagram @atxtacoqueen.

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6 Chic Must-Try Storage Solutions

There's no need to wait for spring to start tidying up your home! If you're still stuck inside from the cold, you can get organized for the warmer months with some of our favorite storage options of the season.


If you have beautiful items that you want to store but they're too cute to hide away, then an acrylic trunk is your perfect solution! Their transparent sides mean that your colorful throws, bath towels, or unique treasures can stand out from within.


We love that these types of pieces can store a TON of things, and they also feature a sleek, Scandinavian design that will fit beautifully at the end of a bed or under a window. (Plus, they double as extra seating!)


Bring a refreshing, natural touch to your home with shelving that has traditional charm. They will provide ample space and accent your home with classic beauty and simple, functional design.


These are the simple, organic pieces you need to tone down and de-clutter your home. Depending on the size you need, seagrass baskets can hold anything from extra towels and throws to bathroom and kitchen supplies. (Try tucking three underneath an open coffee table to hide your living room electronics!)


Magazine holders are an easy solution and quick fix to organizing. Besides simply stacking magazines, you can file letters and cards that you don't want to lose! Plus, durable rattan lasts for years and provides an organic texture to your home.


Not only are they super convenient for storing linens, blankets, or extra small decor, but vintage trunks also inspire visions of travel and adventure, standing out in any room with their totally one-of-a-kind look.

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