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Home tour: small-space wellbeing

Litao and Tianye’s apartment in Shenyang combines smart-space ideas with plants in every room. ‘The style isn’t typical here, but it has worked for us,’ says Litao. Step inside their home…

Litao’s home truths

Our home is… a 64m2 apartment. It’s small but in an area we love and convenient for my work as a teacher in a school for deaf children.
Eating on the sofa… isn’t common here, but we like it. It’s cosy and relaxed.
Give space to plants… They teach us about the value and significance of life.

Create space in the kitchen

With a kitchen island as an extra work surface and small storage hung from rails, Litao and Tianye can prepare a meal together without getting in each other’s way. ‘We share responsibilities,’ says Litao. ‘I prep and wash up, Tianye cooks.’

Dedicate space to creativity

Litao and Tianye converted part of their home office into a calligraphy workspace, with a standing desk for writing, and storage underneath for materials and works-in-progress. ‘We frame the finished pieces and hang them in our home,’ says Litao.

Streamline your hallway

Make daily routines run smoothly with a storage station by the door for coats, umbrellas and bags, plus a mirror to brighten the space and create a welcoming entrance. ‘Our home may be small, but it doesn’t lack anything,’ says Litao.

Our harmonious bedroom mix clever storage with soft bedding, plants and throws, for a room to relax in as well as to sleep in and store belongings. ‘It’s our version of a city retreat,’ says Litao.

Small-space family comfort

‘Our home is compact, but with a sense of openness in the layout,’ says Litao. ‘Our next project is turning the study into a nursery as we’re expecting a child.’

Made by

Styling: Aiko Ito
Photographer: Philippe Le Berre

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