As someone who lives in a 600-square-foot home, I can attest that most small-space design tips out there are woefully unrealistic. The amount of times I’ve searched “how to store a vacuum in an apartment with no closets” and come up empty is shocking. And then, I found Whitney Leigh Morris.
Whitney’s Tiny Canal Cottage in Venice is home to her husband Adam, three-year-old son West, and two beagles and her business – all in under 400 square feet.Her blog and Instagram are full of exactly the type of home content those of us small-space dwellers are searching for, and they feel like a breath of fresh air to design lovers of all stripes. (And yes, she does share how she stores her vacuum.) From tips on decluttering (hint: don’t shop) to making more eco-friendly choices, today she’s gives us a peek into how living in such a small space has allowed her to lead a very full life. Get ready to take notes. all photos by whitney leigh morris When did you decide to start downsizing? Twelve years ago I went through a major breakup. At the time, I was living in a large apartment in North Carolina. I packed everything I needed in my lil’ Honda Fit, leaving plenty of room for myself, my dog StanLee, and a close friend who accompanied me on the drive across country to California. I moved into a tiny studio apartment and was so content with just my necessities, my pup and my view of the Pacific. Since then, I’ve never had the desire to return to a larger residence. How did you find your Tiny Canal Cottage? I discovered it on Craigslist about 9 years ago. At the time, I’d probably visited 20 or so other properties, but the instant that Adam and I stepped onto the front stoop, we knew this was the place for us. We then got married on that same stoop 5 years later… How did you make the home your own? The Cottage has been my full-time office since we moved in. Spending 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in/around the same place will make it your own REAL quick. But I will say that we took our time when decorating and renovating so we could truly understand what we actually needed from the space. Describe your interiors style. Simple, (multi)functional, and inspired by nature.