Touring My Otona Kawaii Studio: Part 1

Never would I call myself an interior designer, but I do enjoy decorating my space to be completely, unapologetically me. Too often I look on Pinterest for room inspiration and it all looks the same. Neutral tones, whatever furniture style is trendy at the moment, plants. Nothing against plants, I just can’t have any because something about any form of life in this apartment lights a fire beneath my cat to bite it to death. So plants are out.

While I wish I could have plants, I don’t care for the other Pinterest trends. It may work for other people, but what’s important to me is a space where I can be myself and be inspired. After all, a drab space doesn’t lend itself well to creativity. My design sensibility is often contradictory: simplicity with personality. If my space isn’t clean I can’t function, and less things means less mess. As a result, organization is key.

I live in a tiny one bedroom convertible, which means it’s a studio with a wall to pretend it’s a bedroom. That wall is infinitely valuable in terms of separation of space. For this post, I’ll show you my bedroom for my take on otona kawaii living.

Touring My Otona Kawaii Studio
Touring My Otona Kawaii Studio
About two-thirds of my bedroom is this half: my bed and a ladder bookshelf with some prized belonging. Yes, there’s lots of Kero-chans! I’ve been collecting Kero-chan since I was a child, so over the years I’ve certainly accumulated a lot, but I think he perfectly encapsulates what I’m all about: fun, food-loving, but serious when the moment calls for it. Because Japan is still happily producing CDs, I have a lot of CDs that I really enjoy playing. It’s like vinyl records without as much effort. I guarantee CDs are going to make a comeback!

Touring My Otona Kawaii Studio

The most chaotic part of my room is my collection of corkboards. This is where I allow myself messiness, and will throw up notes/drawings/photos/trinkets without much thought. It’s on display next to my desk area, which by comparison I keep meticulously organized.

Touring My Otona Kawaii Studio
Touring My Otona Kawaii Studio
Touring My Otona Kawaii Studio
As a stationery lover, it can be difficult to control your collection. Small objects like pens and stickers easily go awry without structure, so I have many vessels around my home to keep pens available in reach without rolling all over the place. Likewise, I keep my 100+ rolls of washi tape in a dedicated organizer where they’re easy to grab without being visually distracting.

Touring My Otona Kawaii Studio
Touring My Otona Kawaii Studio

When I’m being creative and working on my journals, the area turns into a mess quickly, so it’s important to me that being able to throw everything back where it came from is a painless process. I find that simple pouches work great for paper stationery, and small binders are great for sheets of stickers!

Touring My Otona Kawaii Studio
Touring My Otona Kawaii Studio

Though a nice view isn’t something I can control, having one doesn’t hurt. In lieu of having no plants indoors, I’m grateful to have a lush view that is nature-rich while still embodying the urban neighborhood that I live in. Plus, during summertime I can check on my building’s pool to see if the swimming lap lane is free.

Touring My Otona Kawaii Studio

Thanks for visiting my bedroom! Part 2 coming soon, with a tour of my kitchen and living area. This is where size restraints really come into play, and I show examples of how I work around my space restriction. I hope you enjoyed this post and hopefully it provided you with some otona kawaii inspiration for striking cute and mature balance in your own space!

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