A Creative Couple’s 400-Square-Foot Handmade Home in Clinton Hill

updated Apr 30, 2019

A Creative Couple’s 400-Square-Foot Handmade Home in Clinton Hill

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Tomoko and Michael Yates and cat Mochi
Location: Clinton Hill — Brooklyn, New York
Size: About 400 square feet
Years lived in: 3.5 years, renting

Tomoko and Michael met in Austin (in fact, you might remember the Austin house tour we did of his old apartment), but moved into their Clinton Hill apartment about three and a half years ago. The couple, respectively from Japan and Texas, describe their home’s style as simple and cozy. But though it certainly has minimal vibes, there’s an appreciation of craftsmanship and an attention to detail that permeates throughout. Not surprising, considering both of their creative careers.

Tomoko is Design Lead at Work & Co, as well as a talented artist and hand letterer (and pretty great ceramicist, to boot). Michael has been a furniture designer for over a decade; his company produces custom work that mixes beautiful materials, modern lines and traditional forms.

After a brief stint in Queens, the couple found their lovely Brooklyn apartment in Clinton Hill. The small sun-filled space features many plants, and art created by the couple, their family and friends.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Simple and cozy

Inspiration: Japanese + Scandinavian homes

Favorite Element: Natural light/ many windows

Biggest Challenge: Unique shape/ floorpan (and street noise!)

Biggest Embarrassment: Countertops in the kitchen

Proudest DIY: A/C cover

Biggest Indulgence: Couch + big kitchen

Best Advice: Under-bed storage, built-in cabinets & shelves to save floor space

Dream Sources: Michael Yates design 🙂


Lamps — West Elm
Couch — Article (Sven)
Eames Chair (LCW)
Coffee Table — Michael Yates Design
Credenza — Michael Yates Design
Wall Art — Jana Swec
Wall Art — José Guizar
Wall Art — Sara Kate Hannon
Ceramics and Wall Art — Tomoko Kuwahara

Dining Table & Stools — Michael Yates Design

Shelves — Ikea
Lighting Under the Cabinets — Home Depot

Bed — Michael Yates Design
Lamp — Ikea

Shelves — Michael Yates Design
Litter Box — Modkat Litter Box

Thanks, Tomoko and Michael!

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