Jana Bek

Meet the interior designer who’s full of bright ideas

Jana Bek’s home decor empire started simply...with a pair of lamps. Needing the right pop of color to tie together her apartment, the interior designer took matters into her own hands, painting a pair of lackluster fixtures in punchy, messy-chic brushstrokes. Fast-forward to present day and her namesake company, Jana Bek Design, encompasses interior services, as well as a growing line of luxury products: throw pillows, textiles, ginger jars and a panoply of truly fabulous (and customizable) lamps. Like Jana’s own spirit, each piece radiates joie de vivre. Step inside her colorful world (we dare you not to fall in love with it).

On her most valuable life hack. “Probably from my years in tiny New York apartments, I still live by the motto “quality over quantity.” From my wardrobe to our home spaces, living with beautiful sparseness is efficient and frees my mind of clutter.”

On her perfect day in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “The spring and fall in Ann Arbor are beautiful, but in the summer, I allow myself to slow down a bit (our pool helps!)—so my perfect day would be in that season. It would start with a long run (or bike ride if the hubs joins me) along the Huron River. Then I’d stop into the Kerrytown farmers' market & pick up fresh veggies (for fish tacos), then on to Monahan’s, our go-to seafood source, which is conveniently adjacent to the market. Then I’d pop in to The Brow Bar and get my lash and brow game going strong. I’d head home, make mojitos and read and swim until my heart's content (or at least until the tacos are ready)!”

On the highlight of her career thus far. “The most meaningful experiences for me were when I first began seeing my products in the homes of customers and clients of designers I adore. This imagery is often shared on social media, so to see how people with different aesthetics layer our pieces into their spaces, and then having them sharing their excitement, brings me such great joy. I feel very blessed to do what I do.”

On the one piece of advice she’d give her 18-year old self. “Celebrate your successes and be kind to yourself! You are still (and always will be) learning.”