Michelle Obama Shares Heartwarming Photo from Her Childhood Apartment

published May 22, 2018
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Though Michelle Obama spent eight years in one of the biggest houses in the country, she didn’t always live such a spacious lifestyle. In promoting her new book, Becoming (out November 13), Michelle shared a sweet photo of her with her parents on Instagram, reminiscing about her “cramped apartment on the South Side of Chicago.” Celebrating both her parents and her roots, she teases a glimpse at what this tiny space looked like:

Peter Slevin’s 2015 biography, Michelle Obama: A Life, describes the former First Lady’s childhood home as a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment on the top floor of a bungalow owned by her great aunt. According to Zillow, the home at 7436 South Euclid Avenue is 1,345 square feet and built in 1916.

All we can see of their modest home in this photo is a plain white wall behind a very comfy brown couch, where we guess Michelle and her family spent a lot of quality time together. In fact, the couch in the photo looks like the same one from a photo she shared on Mother’s Day, posing with her mom and older brother Craig:

From this angle, we can see a glimpse of a foldable butterfly chair in the corner, which is a must for any crowded space. (Michelle’s looks blue, but we love this modern update from Urban Outfitters). It also looks like her family mastered small-space holiday decorating, with their red tinsel tree on the counter by the doorway.

In 2016, Michelle and her brother Craig Robinson sat for a discussion with the Aspen Institute, and reminisced about their childhood home. Craig joked that their home was an originator for the “tiny house” trend, given space was so tight the siblings shared a bedroom—they used a divider to separate the living room into semi-private spaces.

Michelle says that she’ll be teasing childhood photos over the next few ways to promote her upcoming memoir, so we’re hoping to get an even clearer picture of where she grew up!