Using Custom Woodworking Can Be the Perfect Touch for Finishing Almost Any Living Space

After 17 years in the design industry, interior design consultant Shannon Reichel opened her furniture boutique and design studio, Interior Stylings, in downtown Cocoa Beach. Her new venue offers custom draperies and window treatments, design services, unique furniture and refined home accents. The stylish shop reflects her design focus of sophisticated coastal and new classical concepts.

Shannon began her career with a degree in graphic design but found herself continually gravitating toward refining living spaces in her spare time. Following her dream, she became a showroom manager and East Coast rep for a Chinese furniture importer featuring antique and contemporary pieces at the AmericasMart in Atlanta. 

As part of the job, she also represented the wholesale company at the High Point, North Carolina, and New York International yearly furniture markets. From there, Atlanta’s AmericasMart featured her work on the cover of all of their international marketing pieces for the year.

In the following years, Shannon’s body of work expanded to include working as a design consultant creating exceptional interiors for national custom and spec home builders. As a result, her creative designs were notably featured all across the East Coast of the U.S.  

Upon the return to her home state of Florida, where she surfs competitively, she worked for large furniture retailers as an in-house designer and visual display manager. She also garnered experience working with high-end design studios in Orlando and Naples, Florida. Throughout all of this, she continued to provide her skills and talents to residential clients. 

The culmination of years of working knowledge and determination to follow her dreams have brought her to Brevard County. Here her plans are to develop a network of like-minded individuals and business owners who are interested in enhancing the community through quality design, and she’s already begun a working relationship with local drapery workroom Kelly’s Kustom Kurtains.

One of the things Shannon enjoys is incorporating statement pieces created by local artists using natural elements, such as woodworkers. A recent client project in Vero Beach led to just such an opportunity when homeowners Felizitas and Larry Brown decided they wanted to update their kitchen nook and needed advice on how to better utilize the small space.

Due to the odd angles of the nook walls, it was obvious a custom piece of furniture was going to have to be made. Having worked with the couple throughout other areas of the living space, the home has a relaxing, clean, contemporary, coastal aesthetic. As a jazz composer living just two blocks from the beach, it was just what Larry was looking for. It seemed only natural to continue in the same vein. 

As their interior design consultant, it was up to Shannon to find a local finished wood carpenter to tackle the design specifications for the job. After four visits for measuring, design discussions and templates, the job took about two months to complete from start to finish.

The bench was designed to be a permanent fixture attached to the walls of the nook and look like it was built with the home. The bench itself shares the same paint scheme as the existing walls and the home’s custom baseboard trim. The seats are hinged to access much-needed storage space for their two adorable Scottish terriers’ food and accessories.

To complement the bench and the decor in the adjacent rooms, custom bench cushions and pillows with zippers were made with washable, stain-resistant fabrics by local drapery and upholstery workroom Kelly’s Kustom Kurtains. Custom Roman shades in a beautiful, light-filtering textured fabric fill the windows with soft and inviting colors of grays and whites.  

To finish off the space, Shannon ordered the couple a beautiful 42-inch round glass-top table by Worlds Away, just one of the many vendors she carries at her boutique. The overall effect was exactly what they had hoped to achieve.

“As their interior design consultant, they discussed with me their wants and needs for the space. It was my job to translate their vision into reality, and in this case, we were able to achieve that,” Shannon says.

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