Saturday, March 12, 2016

Compact Living Part 2: A family room that does it all

My family and I live in 790 sqft. That's my husband and I, our two kids, and for half of the week, my mum too. For me, personally, I love living in a small home. I think it makes us more creative and efficient in our use of space, and more conscious about what we need and bring into our lives. 

Today, I'd like to invite you into my living room, or our 'family' room as I like to call it, because this is where we spend most of our time. We do lots of things in this space, watching TV, reading, eating, playing and even sleeping! So welcome in!

our sofa

Here is our main entrance. There's no hallway or landing strip, so I've created one. To the left of the door is where we keep our shoes.


entrance

To the right is where we keep our keys, incoming mail and stationery. My son's tuition bag is also here, so he can grab it and go.

landing strip

When you live in a small space like I do, almost everything has to do double duty. I've put the space behind our door to good use by turning it into our command centre. It's here we keep important notes and reminders.

               home command centre

I've stuck some clip boards and magnetic boards on the wall with double-sided tape. I got them from Daiso and use them to keep bills, notices and so on.

mini white boards & clip boards

Meanwhile, this magnetic board from Ikea is useful for keeping school schedules and food delivery menus.

magnetic board

Now, here's a view of my family room from the entrance. As you can see, most of my furniture is from Ikea. I like the design and it's affordable. Besides being a more sustainable choice, Ikea furniture is also like a blank slate. They're modular and simple, so we can build around what we already have and it all goes together.

living room

The palette in this room is neutral. I like white walls and furniture, as it feels light and opens up the space. But I've introduced some black accents for contrast and bright colours to liven things up. As you can see, we have a chair bed  tucked into the corner. That's where I sleep on most nights! 


living room

I like the texture and colour of crocheted throws, so I got two from a flea market. They add some interest to my dark brown sofa. This is an old picture, and you can see that the wiring on those lights are exposed. I decided to cover them up when Arif started pulling on them. You'll notice I have butterflies on my wall. That's just a bit of fun at the time, but they're gone now :P

Colourful crochet throws

Opposite my sofa is our television and some storage shelves. I like movable furniture, like this coffee table on wheels and a toy trolley. We can easily push them around or out of the way. I also like that they're made of metal, so they're very durable and versatile.

coffee table & catch all trolley on wheels

Here's a glimpse of what it would look like without the coffee table and trolley. Underneath that aircon unit is the door to my bedroom.Ours is a two-room apartment with two bathrooms. 

door to bedroom

Now on the other side of the room, we have a window. This used to be a tiny balcony, with a sliding door, but we did some renovating and reclaimed the floor space. This nook now houses my dining table, which also serves as my office and craft table. My son also does his home work and revisions on this table. Since this picture was taken, we've mounted a fan on the wall and did away with that ugly box fan!

dining nook & home office
Well, that concludes the tour of my family room :) I'd love to show you other rooms in my home when I get the time. Hope you guys have a great day!

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