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The Townhouse

Welcome to our modern minimal townhome tour!

Hi all, and welcome to a tour of our townhome! It’s a three-level, two-bedroom with a den. It has two full bathrooms and two powder rooms. I hope our approach to living in our space helps to inspire you—especially if you’re also in a kid- or cat-friendly home!

Main Living Area

Like many newer townhome layouts, our main living area is one large open area with a living space, kitchen with a long island in the middle, and dining space that also has my work area. Let’s start with the dining space and work our way around.

This area gets amazing light, so I keep a lot of plants on this end of the home. Lots of my DIY planters are in this room, and you can see my Ikea greenhouse cabinet as well. After these photos were taken, we also removed the curtains and added window trim.

The order of the room basically goes plants, dining table in the middle, then the toy/kid nook. The photo showing the dining room table is really old, but I don’t have any of the current layout showing the table, so I left it in.

We don’t have a dedicated playroom, so we decided a 16-cube Ikea Kallax organizer would be the best option to maximize space on this side of the townhome. It looks great and stores a TON! Highly recommend adding legs to help elevate Ikea Kallax pieces—both literally and figuratively.

Paint colors: The entire floor is Sherwin-Williams Repose Gray; the black accent walls are Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black.

woman tending to plants in an Ikea greenhouse cabinet
plants in a small townhouse
Simple dining room Modern Minimal Townhome
ikea playroom organization in a smaller townhome

The kitchen is between the dining and living areas. It’s actually quite small when you look at it, but there’s a very large island that stretches almost the entire length of the dining to living area. We absolutely love having all of that surface area, especially when Mike is cooking or when we’ve had family over.

We’ve done very little in the kitchen aside from tiling the small backsplash area and painting. We’ve also done a few hidden DIYs in this space, like the spice drawer organizer, which I love! There is a small powder room here, too.

small townhome kitchen with white subway tile
small townhome kitchen with white subway tile
small townhome powder room with a black wall

The living area is where we spend the most of our time. Most of the photos I have here are a bit dated to when Ramona was a baby. Since these photos were taken, she has aged out of the playmat, and we’ve removed the curtains in favor of DIY window trim. (I’ll add a few photos of that trim below as well.)

We also added a play kitchen where you see a bar cart in these pictures, but since we’ve moved on from this home, I don’t have any great photos to show that setup.

The living area is where we have a bar cart and DIY cat tree made using real branches. The giant peacock faux canvas art and our stainless steel hanging bowl planters are in this room, as are the space-saving sofa end table and butcher block coffee table.

Simple, modern living room
Simple living room with kid-friendly features
townhome living room with a gray couch, bar cart, and plants
kitty sleeping on a couch
cat tree made of real branches
townhome living room with plants
windows with white trim and a hanging plant

Bedroom & Nursery

Here is our room. We’ve probably done the least in our bedroom, but it doesn’t need much. I like keeping it simple and relaxing. Easy to keep clean and filled with plants—the perfect place to end the day.

Like the rest of the world, I also started working from home back in March 2020. So we set up a nice workspace for me here in the bedroom. I needed to be able to close a door and focus! We were lucky that the main bedroom in our townhome was really large, leaving enough space for a king bed, a workspace, and some other random stuff.

Paint colors: The bedroom is Sherwin-Williams Extra White.

minimal bedroom with a black and white decor theme
bedroom office in a townhome
large thai constellation monstera plant
kitty in a box

Here’s R’s nursery (and later big girl room) and the attached bathroom. You can see Ramona’s original nursery reveal post here, which includes tons more photos, source info, and DIY details. I completed the bathroom as part of the January 2019 $100 Room Challenge.

I also have a bunch of tutorials for things you see in her big girl room pics, including the twin-sized house-shaped bed, the DIY babydoll crib, the modern dollhouse, and the owl faux canvas art!

Paint colors: Behr Silver City is the lighter nursery walls, as well as the entire bathroom. The nursery accent wall color has unfortunately been lost to time 🙁

modern neutral nursery
modern neutral nursery
DIY rainbow wall decals in a modern kids room
house-shaped twin-sized bed in a modern kids room
books on book ledge shelving in a kids room
kids dollhouse and crib in a modern room
Kid-friendly bathroom decor
pothos cuttings propagating in a jar

Bonus Room & Powder Room

We have a “bonus space” in our townhome that was marketed as a rec room. It’s open to the hall—no door—but it has a little powder room, so we use it for three things: a guest space, a play space, and Mike’s office.

It’s where we built our DIY murphy bed. We’ve also got the indoor cat house side table, the plywood hairpin leg planter, and the photo ledge shelving in this space.

Paint colors: The room is mostly Sherwin-Williams Repose Gray. The accent wall behind Mike’s desk it Behr Peppercorn. The powder room is Sherwin-Williams Basalt Powder, as is the murphy bed.

DIY picture ledge shelves in an office
DIY picture ledge shelves in an office
Modern DIY plywood planter with hairpin legs
DIY murphy bed with shelving
DIY murphy bed with shelving
DIY murphy bed with shelving
DIY murphy bed with shelving
Clean and simple powder room with a round mirror
open shelving in a small powder room

Craft/Storage Closet

Since we don’t have space for a craft room (boo hoo) or much storage space to speak of, we use this under-the-stairs closet for most of my crafting supplies. I laid vinyl peel-and-stick flooring on the concrete floors that were in here and built the paint shelving specifically for my DecoArt paints. We also mounted some other shelves and hooks.

We store other things in here, too. Mostly on the shelving unit. Also things like the vacuum, Ramona’s solar tent, etc.

And yes, this is a cat-friendly home, so this is where we keep the cat pans! Cat pans aren’t glamorous, but they are necessary. We like having them here because they are tucked away yet easily accessible for them. The vinyl flooring is also very easy to keep clean.

paint storage in a craft closet
paint storage in a craft closet

Our Tiny Backyard & Garden

Hands down, my favorite space! Small townhome backyards can be tough to work with, but we love ours. We finished this space for the spring 2018 One Room Challenge and then made yearly updates since. Here is the yard in 2019, 2020, and 2021! I think we did a great job of maximizing our small space.

This space include loads of DIYs: All of the landscaping and planning, the paver coffee table and matching side table, the raised garden beds, and the slatted HVAC unit screen are the most prominent. We also hung globe string lights, eventually built a rock play box for R, and mounted a hanging plant rod for hanging baskets.

Small Townhouse Patio with gorgeous plants
relaxing townhouse patio sitting area
hanging plants in a small townhome backyard
small townhome backyard filled with plants
small townhome backyard filled with plants
small townhome backyard filled with plants