With the minimalist movement on the rise, downsizing possessions and moving into a smaller home is emerging as a trend for baby boomers and empty nesters. Lifestyle preferences for those over 50 are evolving to include fewer things and more experiences. During the KBIS session “Tiny Living for Big Lives,” Anna Gibson, owner of AKG Design Studio in Reston, Va., will explore how to make the best use of compact spaces, including how to combine built-ins, furniture, accessories, and creative planning to create a functional living space that doesn’t sacrifice comfort or appeal. Here are some of her top ideas:

  • Multifunctional furniture and built-in appliances like combination/steam ovens offer multiple uses in one, and an Instant Pot—a small multicooker—can handle the tasks of a steamer, rice cooker, and slow cooker while adding the power of pressure-cooking.
  • Multitasking sinks, which originated in Europe, include accessories that close off the basin and convert it to an additional countertop that can be used for chopping, drying dishes, and serving.
  • Built-in storage keeps everyday essentials out of sight. Custom cabinetry is a big expense, but it’s a justified one for compact kitchens because it allows homeowners to utilize every nook and cranny.
  • Cabinets with deep drawers can take the place of a full mudroom and offer a great storage solution. Add electrical outlets inside to easily charge electronics.

Find out more at KBIS Education Session: Tiny Living for Big Lives with Anna Gibson
Jan. 9 → 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.