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whitney leigh morris: tour this gorgeous 362-square-foot canal cottage

Living large in a tiny California cottage.

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Canals, Venice Beach, California

Built in 1924



Whitney Leigh

Morris, Adam Winkleman, and Stanlee (beagle-mix, #stanleestubs)

With a few key and to-die-for styling tricks,

Whitney Leigh Morris

has transformed her tiny (362 square feet, to be exact) canal cottage into a cozy jewel box. Morris captures our hearts with her creative spirit and smart tips for going bold and beautiful.

my home makes me feel

Like I am outdoors, even when I am inside, thanks to the skylights, windows, doors, and mirrors. The cottage is always open, airy and flooded with sunlight.

masterfully overworking a space. the living room is the largest area of the cottage, and also acts as the guest room, dining room, and whitey’s studio space.

a mix of exposed and enclosed shelving makes it easy to display dishes, while hiding stacks of glasses and packaged groceries.

favorite spot in home:

Definitely the bed, which is surrounded by built-in windows, bookshelves, and nightstands. It’s the coziest place to relax.

where whitney works. at the end of each work day, she clears off the desk so that the cottage feels like their home, not like her office.

what makes you happy?

I love that our home enables us to stay close to one another as we go about living our lives. Guests frequently ask if living in such a small space as a couple (and with a dog) causes us to grow easily annoyed with one another. We feel as though the opposite is true. We function as a stronger and happier team because of our tiny house.

what are some things every small space should have?

Pocket doors. These are the greatest space-savers.

how do you decorate in a small space without compromising on style?
I love going vertical with decor. It allows me to add original, useful, and interesting touches without taking up precious square footage.

you can’t get enough of…

Strands of globe lights. They make everything look magical and calming. I just love them

off the bedroom, the little patio is set up with two oversized chairs and is perfect for entertaining. the stoop between the bedroom and back patio is stanlee’s favorite place to sunbathe and watch for squirrels.

the garden pathway is decorated with hanging planters, a charming bench, and large grape leaves. it’s also where adam proposed to whitney!