How to Dance with Minimalism in A Small Apartment 46sqm/495sqf Corners

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Alright, buckle up! 

You, my friend, are about to embark on a whirlwind tour of a space that’s tighter than my jeans after a Thanksgiving dinner. Remember that time you tried to put ten pounds of potatoes in a five-pound sack? Well, living in Tokyo is kind of like that – but with a zen twist!

You see, Tokyo teaches you life’s elegant dance – a waltz with minimalism. You might think, “Is it a test to check how much patience I have?” But no, it’s about finding peace in the corners and discovering spaciousness in simplicity. It’s not the size; it’s how you use it! And if you ever thought size did matter, Tokyo will gently, yet firmly, prove you wrong.

Imagine crafting a home for your significant other and, let’s not forget, your adorable feline overlord, Cochi. Tokyo apartments? It’s more like real-life Tetris. You’ve got to align every block just right! Setagaya ward is just a hop, skip, and a jump from central Tokyo. But let’s not get bogged down in the details because whether it’s temples, parks, or shops, it’s all just around the corner. 



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Now, this isn’t some cookie-cutter high-rise building where every apartment looks like the next. Oh no, my friend. Every apartment is its own snowflake, unique and chill in its own right. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it (or not, since you kind of live there), is to convert this space into a dual home-office sanctuary. 

Walking into this humble abode, you’re met with an entrance so inviting that it almost whispers, “Take off your shoes, and let’s get cozy.” But what’s this to the side? A walk-in closet. Because, let’s face it, you need a place to hide the fashion choices you regret from 2019.

Stroll a bit further, and you hit the living room. It’s a tad lower, so every step down feels like you’re descending into your own personal realm of relaxation. Ah, the window bench. Perfect for daydreaming or plotting your world domination – you know, whatever tickles your fancy. And for those chilly nights? You’d probably think, “Let’s get a fireplace!” But chimney regulations are like: “Not today!” So, you compromise with a bioethanol fireplace. Because adaptability is key, and also, who needs Santa coming down a chimney anyway?

But the crown jewel? The kitchen. It’s where culinary magic happens. Or, if you’re like me, where instant noodles get a gourmet twist! Hidden appliances, wooden accents, and that rustic feel of concrete. It’s like the apartment’s saying, “Let’s keep things spicy but not too showy.”

Adjacent to it? The office. Those thick ceiling beams create a snug ambiance, perfect for those days when work feels endless, but at least you’re endlessly comfortable.

Now, let’s talk bathrooms. The Japanese are way ahead of the curve. Shower and tub, all in one room. Efficient and stylish. And there’s that separate toilet with a floating sink. Because, after all, who doesn’t love a little buoyancy in their life?

The bedroom? Elevated. Literally. 

Making space beneath for those “out of sight, out of mind” items. And for those self-care days? A makeup corner that’s ready for all your transformation montages.

To cap it off, your balcony. An oasis with plants, reminding you that sometimes, it’s the simple joys that ground us the most.

Look, life is like an ever-shifting puzzle. 

And designing a tiny space? It’s about ensuring every piece, every nook, and every cranny harmonizes with your rhythm. Embracing change, ensuring sustainability, and crafting homes that aren’t just spaces but reflections of one’s soul. So next time you think about space, remember: it’s not about how much you have, but how you make it sing.

Stay curious, keep exploring, and remember – life’s a dance, and sometimes, the smallest stages make for the most memorable performances. Cheers to living large in tiny spaces!

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