Shannen works as a freelance graphic designer and communications manager at Master Meubel. In her interior design, self-made furniture and heirlooms complement each other. "You don't need a large plot of land or an immense budget for that"
Shannen and her boyfriend live in a house in Hoboken – Antwerp. “90 square meters, but functionally furnished,” she says. “Over the years we have collected a number of beautiful pieces. Also with a view to the future. These are classics that will outlive me. And who can grow perfectly with us.”
The Ligne Roset Saparella armchair by Michel Ducaroy in the living room is a perfect example. The original design is from the 1960s, this is a re-released version.
Shannen says she found the armchair more comfortable and streamlined with the situation in her living room. It is modular and therefore easily expandable if we move into a larger house. And you can replace the cover. Now it's bright pink but maybe my taste will change one day ( she laughs). The beautiful light is filtered through the white wooden slats of a custom Luxaflex . Still in the living room, you will find a Kinnasand carpet and the Knoll Diamond Chair . “My first own design piece, by Harry Bertoia.” Shannen says.
BEAUTIFUL PIECES AT SHANNEN'S HOUSE
Shannen and her boyfriend sleep in an Auping Auronde bed. The design by Frans de la Haye from 1973 is still handmade in the Netherlands. “We have two mattresses with different cores. Thanks to the cover, they still form one mattress.” The bedside tables are Anna Castelli Ferrieri's quirky Kartell Componibili from 1969. "If it has a weird shape, a crazy color or an interesting story, I'm sold."
This is also apparent from the accessories that adorn the house. "We have a lot of accessories from HAY , from dish cloths to a garbage can. Their visual language appeals to me. The Vitra Wooden Dolls by Alexander Girard are dear to me because he is one of my favorite designers."
Ultimately I want to be surrounded by beautiful things, to make beautiful things myself. And you don't need a huge budget or a big house for that.
The table in the dining room, on the other hand, cannot be found in any furniture catalog. “I didn't find one to my liking, so we made one ourselves,” laughs Shannen. “It consists of a green finished concrete slab and clip legs made of recycled material.” The chairs are Vitra Wire Chairs and Plastic Armchairs , designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1950.
TIPS TO DECORATE A SMALL SPACE
If you live in a small space and are confused about how to select the right furniture that goes well for a small space and at the same time elevates your home style, here are some tips for you.
1. Enhance Your Space with Colorful Accents
The first thing that you need to do when decorating a small space is to enhance it with colorful accents. To create a cozy atmosphere, use bright colors like red, pink or yellow in your furniture and other home accessories. You can also add colorful throw pillows on your sofa and chair for extra comfort.
2. Use Mirrors to Make Your Room Look Bigger
Another way of making your room look bigger is by using mirrors on one side of the wall opposite your bed or in front of the closet door. This will make the room seem larger than what it actually is because it allows light to bounce around inside it thus making it appear brighter than before.
3. Choose furniture pieces that can be used in multiple ways.
For example, instead of buying a dining table with six chairs, buy one with four chairs and use another table as an extension when needed.
4. Use multi-functional items to store items that do not have a permanent place in your home.
For example, use a bookshelf as a storage unit for your books or clothes hangers as an organizer for jewelry.