A 400-Square-Foot ‘In-Law’ Unit Is Small But Cozy, Modern, and Minimal

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Credit: Lisa Swatt

Name: Lisa Swatt and my 13-year-old daughter
Location: Rockridge neighborhood — Oakland, California
Type of home: In-law unit
Size: 400 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years, renting

Credit: Lisa Swatt

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I am a special education teacher living in the expensive Bay Area with my daughter. I’ve made the choice to live in my family’s in-law unit to have low overhead and be able to travel and enjoy life the way we want to.

Credit: Lisa Swatt

While a tight squeeze for the two of us, I feel it brings us closer together. My father, who is a well-known modern architect, is my style inspiration.

Credit: Lisa Swatt

I like simple pieces with different textures and complementary colors.

Credit: Lisa Swatt

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Minimalist, modern, cozy

Credit: Lisa Swatt

What is your favorite room and why? The living room is my favorite place to unwind after a long day.

Credit: Lisa Swatt

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The West Elm Slope Lounge Chair in burnt umber distressed velvet is my favorite new purchase!

Credit: Lisa Swatt

Any advice for creating a home you love? Take the time to find pieces you really love!

Credit: Lisa Swatt

This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.