If you’re here for the first time, welcome! I’m Jana Bek, an Ann Arbor based interior designer with an emerging 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.
Here’s a look at my most recent past ORC’s (and you can tour all of them in links below):
This round, I’m taking on our kitchen, it currently has a dark 90s dated look, that's completely out of sync with the airy spaces that surround it.
We have made fantastic progress this past week! This week I’m chatting about the pieces that are rounding out the design & making the space flow with the rest of our home:
- Counter stools
I choose the Eldridge pendants by Ballard Designs, in bronze, for a number of reasons. With our open floor plan, you can see some bit of every room, as well as the staircase, all at once. We have beautiful iron stair railings and I knew the bronze pendant finish would compliment them beautifully. Then, in the adjacent living room and breakfast nook, we have statement chandeliers so the clean lines of the Eldridge pendants are a nice transition between the other spaces.
This is the only photo I have at the ready with to show the stair railings (of course, my day-to-day attire!)
We hung the pendants late Wednesday night and I was finally assured that everything would come together! The scale of them really helps to frame up the kitchen too.
I’m thrilled that our kitchen will finally be worthy of Dayna counter stools! We have the matching chairs in our adjoining breakfast nook so the spaces will finally start to speak to each other. I’m all about mixing up seating but when you see four rooms at once, some coordination is a welcome sight! I’m going to reupholster the seats in our Aqua Shagreen fabric to compliment the tile (I always enjoy an additional pop of color)!
I took a great amount of time researching the perfect white for our remaining kitchen cabinets.
Farrow & Ball has the most comprehensive website, with the most excited & engaged customers, of any paint company (and most companies in general).
So after considering the green tones in the granite counters, soon-to-come backsplash, & perusing all of the helpful photos & color descriptions on their website, I landed on their James White. The shade is an off-white with just enough warmth to tie in the wood floors and counters. We are almost done painting and I’m thrilled, the color is fantastic! Our painter, Bill, had never used F&B paints and kept complimenting the quality. Having recently used their paint in our living room, and becoming fast fans ourselves; hearing Bill resolve that it’s the best paint he’s worked with was such fun news. I’m excited to share his praise with the fantastic team over at F&B!
I can see the finish line and we are super excited (& tired)!
Our final to-dos are:
Finishing grouting (fun fact I've grouted the whole kitchen thus far to speed things up, I've become great and never want to see grout again!)
Reupholstering the counter stool cushions,
Building the shelves, & cleaning like crazy!
I hope you’ll tune in next week for our final updates!