Jean Feeney shows us her compact home

By Jimmy Loughran in Real Homes on Friday, July 16, 2010 - 20:34

Interior designer Jean Feeney let us take a look inside her compact, 55 square meter home, to see what she had done with the place.

All we can say is that her experience as an interior designer seems to have definitely paid off, as she managed to intelligently utilise the limited space.


The cabinet under the window houses the tv and a nifty touch sensitive lamp from IKEA.

Living room:

Jean used an L-shaped couch from IKEA to maximise the seating space. There are various throws and cushions from Avoca, which give the room a cosy feel. The lamp is also from IKEA.

Dining area and kitchen:

The small table and chairs from IKEA create a perfect eating area for two. The clock and lampshade are from Wink lighting. The silver Moorish lantern was brought back from a recent trip to Morocco. Jean closed up an old chimney alcove in the wall but left the opening which she uses as a wine rack.  The black slate floor is from House of Tiles.

To add drama to her kitchen without breaking the bank, Jane wallpapered the wall and finished it with toughened glass splashback. The kitchen units are a white gloss with granite top installed by Woodplan. The handles, sink and tap unit are all from Inhouse.


The five foot oak bed is from IKEA, as are the chests of drawers, the linen chest and the lighting.  Jean covered the headboard wall in a dark charcoal wallpaper by Tektura to give the room a sense of depth.


In the bathroom, the ceramic wall tiles are from House of Tiles, and the sanitary ware and wall cabinets are from Smallman's plumbing supplies.

Our verdict:

We love how cosy and calming Jean has made the house feel. Interior designers love a challenge, and small space living is always a good way to show off creative skills.

What are your top tips for creating the illusion of space? Tell us in the comments.