Fitting an entire family — not just two adults but also a little human too — into less than 300 square feet may seem impossible, but one Japanese couple is making it work. Here's how.
This little Tokyo house, which measures just 25 square meters (269 square feet) is home to Kaoli, Shige, and their 6-year-old son Tokiwa. One of the first things you'll probably notice about the house is its color, or lack thereof: pretty much everything is white. But there's a good reason for this: the united color palette makes things seem less cluttered, and wall-mounted storage almost seems to disappear. The super-light color palette also helps the space feel big and bright.
Kaoli and Shige are pretty strict about preserving this monochrome simplicity. Before they buy anything, they think first about whether it will fit in with the rest of the things in their home. Foodstuffs that they bring in get re-packaged in simpler jars and containers to maintain the harmony of the space.
The bar area in the kitchen is the center of this little home, both literally and metaphorically: it provides a spot for the family to gather over a meal, and because this one surface is useful for working, food prep, and dining, it's a real multitasker. The coffee table, pictured up top, gets used for games and gatherings with friends: a storage box, covered in a sheepskin rug, doubles as extra seating.
Kaoli and Shige's bedroom is in the loft, tucked just under the roof of the house, which continues the soothing all-white color palette.
To see more photos of the space and read more about this creative couple's small space solutions, check out the full tour at IKEA Malaysia.