Our minimalist home

By Dave and Kate 

In our earlier posts (here and here), we had mentioned that we were in the midst of remodelling our place and after months of waiting, I am proud to say that our place is ready and we have started moving in.

We would like to share pictures of our place with our readers and show how we managed to come up with our minimalist-inspired loft.The theme of our place is  probably closer to “Japanese minimalism”, heavily Muji-inspired, pared down to just the essentials.

Here’s a snapshot of our place.

Kitchen

A simple space, with just the essentials, fridge, oven, stove top, basin. Everything that you need with all the utensils and cookware out of sight. Clear table top with everything stored in the cabinets. And yes, we do quite a bit of cooking but the idea is to keep the kitchen less cluttered so that you we could enjoy cooking and cleaning up the kitchen.

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Living room 

We did away with sofas, opting for floor seating arrangements. With a low table and Japanese tatami chairs, most of our activities are centered in the living room. The furniture have no sharp edges so you feel safe when Ally is running all over the place. With the space available, we sometimes remove the furniture to the sides and make way for our yoga mats for a short yoga session and some meditation. And yes, that’s Ally in the picture. Tucked in another corner is a bookshelve, where we placed our favourite books (we decluttered most of them and kept the ones that we like). On the other corner is where we placed our dining table and chairs.

To us, having less stuff means less distractions. And our home is also a therapeutic sanctuary for us.

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Bedroom 

Similar to the living room, we did away with the mattress and got a floor bed instead. To be more specific, this is actually a Japanese futon (thin mattress which is probably just 2-3 inches thick). In the day, we roll it up and tuck it in the wardrobe. There are also no other furniture or electronics in the room to avoid unnecessary distractions.

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Corridor 

The entire area is clutter free with ample space available. Ally runs around interchangeably between the nursery and the other rooms.

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Nursery

Last but not least, the nursery. A quiet cozy corner for Ally to play in.

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What do you think about our minimalist house? Would love to hear your comments 🙂

 

28 comments

  1. Photokool · · Reply

    Where did you get the Japanese bed mattress?

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    1. I got it online. Couldn’t find it in many of the stores. I think they sell it on Amazon too.

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  2. Absolutely love it!!
    I want to see more!

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  3. Hello Dave and Kate!
    Nice to meet you here, online.
    I am very interested in getting started on the same minimalist lifestyle. I love your home decor and it must feel really good to see a lot of clean and uncluttered spaces and surfaces. I have one child as well and often think about how to do this with her without feeling like I’m compromising on her play activities. I’m following very closely your journey and hope to slowly make this my lifestyle. I travel between Japan and Singapore a lot (thus two homes) and haven’t found long pockets of time when I can start de-cluttering… and which home? 🙂 I am starting with my wardrobe and am working out a uniform rotation of work dresses I can wear (seasonal and for Singapore). Any tips on how I can address other areas a bit at a time?

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    1. Thanks for visiting our blog and yes, we did think have the same dilemma when designing our new place. However, we think that the best thing for this age group now is unstructured play. Rather than been given a set of toys with a “dedicated” play style, we thought that free play works best for her and the best thing is to have the space for her to work with. Ally loves running around the space, and we have built a small nursery for her in one of the rooms. We will share more pictures of her nursery in due course.

      I can understand the challenge of travelling between two homes so it means that there might be duplicates of the same thing sometimes, which are required in both homes. But I think the key in both homes should be the same, having just the essentials rather than too many of the same thing. I think decluttering the wardrobe first helps a lot since that should be the most number of items that we have in the house. Next would probably be books, stationery, kitchen etc. The key is to do each section at one time, rather than decluttering all at one go which can be pretty overwhelming.

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    2. The marvelous thing about this minimalism journey are that there are no hard and fast rule on decluttering. You should not rush and take your time to appreciate the art of decluttering. It’s more on learning about the decision making process of what is essential in your life rather than just the physical action of clearing stuff. But for starters I would think Kon-Mari method of decluttering will be helpful and for your wardrobe maybe you could deploy Project 333. Hope this will help you on this journey and let’s learn along the way!

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  8. Wow. this is so inspiring. thank
    you for sharing.

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    1. Glad you find it so. Happy to share 😊

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  9. […] Then I read the post by Dave and Kate on their minimalist home, I am motivated to further declutter my possessions.  Their home looks amazing, very nice, clean and neat, almost like a Muji showflat. Check out their post on their beautiful minimalist home at  https://minimalistinthecity.com/2016/09/28/our-minimalist-home/. […]

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  12. I’m a new reader! Glad to have found your blog! Loved your new deco! I’d like my home to be of this design in the future!

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    1. Thanks glad that you like it. We use a lot of wood and pine in the furnishing and the colour scheme is a mix of white and wood. Quite calming to the eyes as well!

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  13. […] we moved over to our new place, we didn’t really get much kitchen utensils. Granted that we did go to the value store to get […]

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  14. Hello,

    Is it just me, or I can’t see most of the images on this page. I really like what I saw, would like to see all of them.

    Cheers

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    1. Thanks for letting us know. We have since fixed up some of the pictures on this page.

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  15. Elite Minimalist · · Reply

    Finally, someone gets right. I have been talking to quite a few IDs in SG and nobody really understands what i want.
    May I ask if you have false ceiling in your living room? How do you hide the ceiling lights cables? My budget is 30k for my 3 rooms bto flat (scopes: carpentry, vinyl flooring, electric & plumbing works, painting), is it sufficient?

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    1. No we do not have any false ceiling in the living room. For new bto flats, apparently the ceiling electrical points are fixed so you do not need to run them, unless you choose to change their placements.

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  16. I’m not sure I could live in a fully minimalist home but the kitchen is amazing! I love cooking but I have so much stuff in my kitchen I want to spend as little time there as possible. When I get around to redecorating this part of my house, I will aim for a similar look.

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  17. I love the flooring. May I know is it parquet or lamination flooring? it makes the house so cosy.

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    1. Thanks it’s neither. It’s vinyl

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  18. No we don’t.

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  19. Hi! Was amaze with the kitchen top you have. Clean n clear. Would like to have ur advise on how did u keep the rice cooker or similar electronics? Or mayb a post about how u organize the kitchen? Haha… hope to read it soon. 🙂 thx!!

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    1. The rice cooker is placed permanently on the table top, together with the electric kettle, since they are used most often. As for the rest, they are kept in the cabinets and are only taken out when we need them. This includes the steamer, blender, etc

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