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SHOP THE LOOK: Cloud Round Linen Pendant | Ivory | Large
My story is…
Tanner and I (Jana) are two best friends who happen to be spouses (yes, we're still going strong even after all this time working together!). We tend to keep ourselves quite busy, as we are both dreamers and creatives with our hands in a few different businesses. One of our ventures that holds a special place in our hearts is Beck and Cap, our organic modern furniture line. Our pieces are both sculptural and functional, with a mix of traditional styles that could easily be mistaken for antiques, or at least that is our goal. We recently purchased the quonset hut that has been our workspace, as well as the historic 1800s brick building next door. We're currently in the process of transforming it into a showroom and event space. In addition to our furniture business, I also co-own a brick and mortar home furnishings store, enjoy designing and decorating homes, and co-own a vintage and handmade fair that takes place twice a year in Kalispell, MT!
What inspired the design of the space?
Oh, the building itself was our muse! We find ourselves constantly inspired by its history and character. It was important to us to preserve as much of its unique story as possible, while also breathing new life into it and giving it a modern feel. Our design approach centered around our shared appreciation for wabi-sabi. We wanted to create a space that felt clean, fresh, bright and minimal (as it will be an event space) but also had a sense of warmth and depth. We incorporated raw materials like wood and concrete, as well as a soft color palette and lots of natural light. We're thrilled with how it turned out, and hope it inspires others to embrace the beauty of imperfection and the power of natural elements in their own designs. As a side note, I was most excited about picking out the lighting for our space. The linen pendant adds the perfect textural element, and it's worth noting that we turned on the electricity on our 16th wedding anniversary, which is a moment I will cherish forever. We can’t wait to hang the second pendant in our other room! I’ll be sure to send a picture.
What do you love about your work?
One of the things that we absolutely adore about our work is the endless opportunity for creativity. It's thrilling to constantly be brainstorming new ideas and exploring new ways to push the boundaries of what we can create. But there's also something truly magical about letting the materials speak for themselves. When we work with wood, we're constantly reminded of the natural beauty and complexity that it holds. Sometimes, the most stunning sculptural pieces we create are the ones that require minimal manipulation. We've had moments where we stumble upon a piece of wood outside and are just blown away by its unique shape and texture. It's an incredible feeling to take that raw material and turn it into something functional and beautiful that will last for years to come. At the end of the day, we're grateful to be able to do work that allows us to exercise our creative muscles and be in awe of the world around us.
What does simple living mean to you?
To us, simple living is the ultimate goal. There's something so liberating about stripping away the excess and embracing a lifestyle that prioritizes what really matters. But hey - achieving simplicity is often easier said than done, right? As creatives, we're naturally drawn to new opportunities and experiences, which leads to overcommitment and overwhelm. Saying no to something that excites us is a tough pill to swallow, even if it means we'll be taking on more stress. It's a constant battle, and one that we know we'll always be working on. But the rewards of simple living are more than worth the effort. When we minimize the clutter and chaos in our lives, we're able to focus more fully on the things that truly bring us joy and fulfillment. We can spend more time doing what we love, without the frustration of feeling pulled in too many different directions. And on a deeper level, we find that simplicity allows us to cultivate a sense of gratitude and contentment for what we already have.
If you have free morning how do you spend it?
Let’s assume the house is clean first - ha! I’d walk to get an iced latte from our local bakery and then home to sit in the sunshine and dive into books (on my coffee table now: Live Beautiful, Style, Arranging Things and Feel Free Magazine) or Pinterest. Then I’d go antiquing with a brand new playlist filled with my favorite tunes and some new tunes that I haven’t heard yet. There might be a donut somewhere in there too.
I think Tanner’s idea of a perfect morning would be a bike ride, iced coffee, great music and sitting in the sunshine by a body of water!
What are three words that describe you best?
Creative, easygoing and curious
What book can you recommend?
I don’t have a ton of time to read, but I will forever tell EVERYONE to read Death by Living: Life Is Meant to Be Spent by N.D. Wilson. It’s the only book that I have gone back to read the bookmarked quotes dozens of times. It teaches you how to live with intention to get the most out of our time here on Earth. It’s gut-wrenching, motivating, beautiful poetry that you just have to experience.