A 430-Square-Foot Shared Dutch Apartment Is Inspiringly Adorable

A 430-Square-Foot Shared Dutch Apartment Is Inspiringly Adorable

Morgan Schemel
May 18, 2018

Name: Lisanne and Romy
Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
Size: 430 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, renting (Romy moved in half a year ago)

Lisanne and Romy share a tiny apartment — only 430 square feet! — in the heart of historic Utrecht. With space maximization in mind, these roommates purchased appropriately sized furniture. Elements that match the women's personalities fill the cozy Dutch canal apartment. And though the apartment floor is small, their style choices make the home feel airy and bigger than it is. If only moving into the apartment had been easier...

The girls enter their apartment through the shop downstairs and share the second floor with the store's owners. Steep stairs lead up to a level with Romy's room and the bathroom. More steep stairs lead up to Lisanne's room — with a ladder to a lofted bed! At the mention of "moving day," both girls cringed.

In many Dutch buildings a pulley mechanism hoists furniture through the windows. Unfortunately, this building doesn't have a pulley. The roommates had to disassemble all the furniture, squeeze each piece up and through the precarious staircases, and then put it all back together again.

Judging by this rental's finished look, though, it seems like any moving day hassles were well worth it.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Sweet, dreamy, eclectic, a mix of new and vintage products with a girly touch.

Inspiration: Our own creative vision, Pinterest

Favorite Element: The beautiful and magical view of the Dom Tower, especially in the evenings while drinking tea (or wine) in front of the window.

Biggest Challenge: Both agree: Setting up the home to look as light and spacious as possible. And walking down the steep chairs is a big challenge. Lisanne adds: Making space for some meditation or yoga.

What Friends Say: I didn't know that this house was so cute inside.

Biggest Embarrassment: Our biggest embarrassment is that we don't own a washing machine. So we have to do our laundry at our parent's houses or at a washerette.

Proudest DIY: Lisanne: The decoration above my bed and stairs. I'm obsessed with the moon, and I want her to be as close as possible.

Romy: The artwork above the couch, and the wooden furniture I made with my dad.

Biggest Indulgence: Lisanne: My hanging chair.

Best Advice: Go treasure hunting and give some old furniture a new life.

Dream Sources: Sissy-Boy Homeland, Anna-Nina, and Love Stories Intimates


Grey Cabinet — All the luck in the world
Golden Candle holder — All the luck in the world
Light Box 'Girls girls girls' — Keck & Lisa
White sofa — Ikea
Golden Candle holder — Ikea
Wooden table — Sostrene Grene
Black wire chair — Loods 5
Art work in the photo frames — Right (Myself), Oh La La (Atelier Oh la la)
Wooden table, bed and closet — Own design
White wire chairs — Sissy-Boy
Cocktail glasses — Sissy-Boy
Whiskey glasses — Hutspot
Pink, grey and black plates — Aoomi
Whiskey glas — Hutspot
'Sterren' photo frame — Sukha
Golden candle holder —Flying Tiger
Duvet cover 'Dots' — Hema
Pink blanket — Sissy-Boy

Rattan hang chair — Mood adventures
Sheepskins — Bought on a market on Terschelling (one of the dutch islands)
Wall artpiece — Ixxi
White hooked pouffe — (DIY) made by a friend
Lamp, cactus, Dining table, sheepskin pillow, pink pillowsIkea
Carpet, Golden pottery, basket (with blanket in it) — Xenos
Golden hand, photo frames, Golden tray, yoga matt bag 'off to myself' — Sissy boy
Fragrance sticks and candles — Rituals
Duck door knob — Flying tiger
Yoga books — de wijze kater, Utrecht
Golden duck — All the luck in the world
One line a day — Hutspot
Jars, Laundry basket, pink pottery (cactus) — Dille & Kamille
Yoga matt — Manduka
Meditation pillow — Little and Pure
Old suitcase — Vintage (bought it somewhere on the Oude Gracht in Utrecht)
Old chest — A heritage from my grandmother (they used to go on holidays with this beauty)
Wooden art piece of Ganesha — A souvenir of my brother from Bali
Cloche — Action
Black guirlande — Folk concept store
Bottles (where I put flowers in) — Vintage
Space Duvet Cover — Hema

Thanks, Lisanne and Romy!

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