Since childhood I have always been involved in some form of creativity and appreciation for all things artistic.
My parents placed an overriding importance on the love of design, art, music, theatre and literature in my upbringing.
“There was always the emphasis growing up on the creative side of everything –
from day-to-day work to how recreational time was spent.”
This environment of high energy combined with an emphasis on expression, created the person that I am today . . this is what I enjoy.
That inspiration and energy is brought to the fore when I style, decorate and design any space . . . I want you to literally love your physical environment, to feel and embrace the joy that can emit from surroundings that are uniquely suited to you, your family and your lifestyle. I want you to experience real contentment and happiness when you think about and when you are actually in your personal spaces.
This is achieved through a dedication to discovering what you really desire and then guiding you in such a way to assimilate your personal tastes and aesthetic together with consideration of your budget, all while making the process fun and engaging.
Shantel Susan, B.A.S., ID Dipl., Fin. Dipl.
Home Stylist, Designer & Art Consultant
Founder, Shantel’s Art & Design Inc.
Shantel Susan believes that creating inspiring and pleasant surroundings allows the occupants of any space to be at their happiest and most productive. She is committed to the idea and practice that any environment is greatly enhanced with original and decorative artwork if selected with the utmost care and with a view to the participants within the space.
To that end, Shantel created Shantel’s Art & Design Inc. with the express purposes of providing home interior styling, design and decorating along with art consultation services to private residences, businesses and commercial establishments.
Her assistance serves to provide art advisement for new and established spaces with close observation of the existing design and decorative elements. The desire is for inhabitants to feel inspired, encouraged and elevated with their surroundings and to reflect the very best in them.
Together with her design assistant along with a variety of allied professionals she strives to efficiently design, implement and complete client projects. Her art sources include galleries, print houses and other private sources including her Shantel’s Artist List that features a database of exclusively selected Alberta and Western Canadian artists.
Shantel’s goal is for projects to be professionally managed with timelines, updates and a process on design deliverables that can be counted on by her clients. She considers the client service aspect of her business as the most important second only to the optimum in style, design and decorate advice.
Shantel’s volunteer work has included involvement with The Francis Winspear Centre for Music (fundraising), The Citadel Theatre (patron development), The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (donation solicitation and season subscription sales) and The Works Visual Arts Festival (artist placement).
Currently she is a member of the Canadian Society of Decorative Arts and Visual Arts Alberta (CARFAC) and lends her name to several juror opportunities. She continuously keeps herself aware of what is occurring in the art world, locally, nationally and internationally through attendance at art auctions, art briefings and updates and other arts-related events. She engages in ongoing independent study of the art market, including attendance at the Art & Finance Briefings as hosted by Deloitte International together with following other aspects of the cultural landscape in Canada and abroad.
She also contributes extensive articles and commentary to various online sources about design, art & culture and business in relation to art.
Shantel’s educational background includes interior design and art coursework from Canada, United States and England as well as significant independent study. She holds a Degree in Business Administration, a Diploma in Interior Design and a Diploma in Finance.