A 400-Square-Foot ‘In-Law’ Unit Is Small But Cozy, Modern, and Minimal
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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
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.
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.
I like simple pieces with different textures and complementary colors.
Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Minimalist, modern, cozy
What is your favorite room and why? The living room is my favorite place to unwind after a long day.
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!
Any advice for creating a home you love? Take the time to find pieces you really love!
This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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