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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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Color Trend: Warm Tones

As summer turns to fall, it’s only fitting that your home should reflect the changing seasons. The colors we decorate with influence our mood and affect how we interact with our space. Warm tones, such as reds, oranges, yellows and gold, evoke a sense of liveliness and intimacy. They give spaces more energy and make them more inviting, which is perfect as we enter the holiday season.

To prepare for the dropping temperatures, here are 4 easy ways to add touches of warmth throughout your home.

1. Switch Out Pillows & Throws

Add soft touches of warmth, in both color and texture. Pillows are an unexpected addition to your dining room, and every living room needs a cozy throw blanket for when temperatures drop. It’s the simplest way to change up a room.

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2. Lay Down a New Rug

Start from the ground up and incorporate warm tones underfoot. Rugs are an easy way to change the color palette and tone of a room. Choose something durable for high-traffic areas and something a little plusher for relaxing spaces.

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3. Place Purposeful Decor

Golden-hued accents brighten a room and echo the hues of leaves outside. A gold lamp warmly reflects light, while a brass serving tray is the ideal piece for displaying pinecones or seasonal trinkets.

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4. Create a New Personal Gallery

Choose a collection of wall art that brings in warm tones and holiday colors. Think golden brown, pumpkin orange or cranberry red. And remember – framing is important, too. Choose brass or gold for the ultimate autumnal aesthetic.

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5 Must-Have Products To Organize Your Space

Summer break comes and goes in a blink of an eye, and before you know it, preparation for going back to school and work is in full force.

We've put together a list of must-haves to ensure you're ahead of the game for creating an organized environment that is conducive to being at your very best, most productive self. We're firm believers that organization and a clean, well kept space is key to starting off the new season.

Whether it be adding in a sleek acrylic bookshelf or a variety of stylish boxes to keep clutter at bay, there are always ways to keep your space neat.

Here are five items that can help get your space spick and span for your new working season:

1. Acrylic Bookshelf

With each school year, we tend to accumulate more and more books, but there never seems to be enough space for all the old and new. Our designers recommend adding an Acrylic Leaning Bookshelf. This piece is truly the ideal combination of beauty, form, and function, giving those extra books and decorative accessories a home, while maintaining a chic and clean look.

2. Stacked Boxes

As school and work begins, so does the build-up of knick-knacks around your space. To manage the clutter, add in a variety of decorative boxes. Each box could be designated to a specific category, thus creating an organized work space.

3. Acrylic Trunks

Finding new ways to store the items you've collected can be a challenge. For a unique twist on organized storage, try adding an Acrylic Trunk, as these trunks offer more than extra space - they also function as a side table or a coffee table.

4. Desks

Arguably the most important component of getting organized for school and work is your desk. The Alton Trestle Desk or Contemporary Lacquer Desk are options that offer more than just good looks. They have great storage capabilities which will help keep your desk top spotless.

5. Acrylic Easel

Technology has increasingly become more integrated into education (and our daily lives). While reading an E-book or online article for work or class, the Acrylic Easel allows you to multitask when needed and maintains a light and airy presence. Place the easel on your desk while you are hard at work, or move it to the kitchen counter so that you could easily see the new recipe you are trying. The useful possibilities are endless!

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