A Tiny Cottage in Venice Beach

Whitney Leigh Morris and Adam Winkleman don’t let size define their tiny cottage in Venice Beach. It might only be 362 square feet but they’ve managed to make use of every square inch of space. In designing the space, Whitney put her experience as a stylist and designer to work.  She is inspired by simplicity and prefers decorative objects to also serve a functional purpose. Part of the challenge in decorating this space was in blending the couple’s different styles preferences – Whitney prefers a warm, rustic aesthetic, while Adam leans toward a more modern and refined look – but they share a home office, so Whitney did manage to make it work out. And they also haven’t let the lack of square footage stop them from entertaining. Not long ago, they had party for 50+ people (including family who had flown in from Florida) – they used as many twinkle lights as they could get their hands on and had the even catered by a great local restaurant. The culmination of the party was when Adam pulled Whitney to the side and proposed. She said yes and then the couple returned to the party to share the good news. What a fantastic memory in their beautiful home! –Amy


Photography by Monica Wang Photography

Image above: “The porch is our preferred place to spend summer nights. We rearrange our small bistro furniture to create either a large dining area for entertaining, or an intimate table for date night.”

Image above: “Built-in storage units beside and below the couch allow us to store office equipment and guest bedding out of sight. This small space is not only our living room, but also Whitney’s office and our guest room.”


See more of this Venice Beach cottage after the jump!


Image above: “The mix of exposed and enclosed shelving in the kitchen allows us to display our dishes, while hiding stacks of glasses and products such as packaged groceries.”

Image above: “The cottage is only 3 rooms: The living/office/kitchen space, the bedroom and the bathroom. Sliding pocket doors maximize precious space between the three.”


Image above: “At the end of each work day, I clear off the desk so that the cottage feels like our home,  and not like my office.”

Image above: “The tiny bedroom is our favorite part of the cottage. There is ample storage below the built-in bed, and we love the beautiful bookshelves and windows.”

Image above: “There are cut-outs between the bed and nightstands. This clever little feature enables us to easily reach light switches and bedside items.”

Image above: “The bedroom opens onto a little patio. Thanks to the beautiful southern California weather, we almost never close these doors.”

Image above: “A hanging shelf in the bedroom allows us to add decor (plants, books and candles) without taking up precious square footage.”

Image above: “The cottage bath has built in shelving and cabinetry, leaving room for our large slate shower.”

Image above: “The wall heater is necessary in winter, but in summer we cut off the gas and cover the unit with linens and flowers.”

Image above: “The back patio off the bedroom provides more space for relaxing and entertaining. It leads to the garage, where we keep our bicycles and exercise equipment.”

Image above: “A single grape vine stretches the length of the property, producing 300-400 pounds of purple concord grapes each summer. Our lovely neighbors have showed us how to use the concord clusters to make delicious preserves and sorbet.”

Image above: “The stoop between the bedroom and back patio is Stanlee’s favorite place to sunbathe and watch for squirrels. “

Image above: “The garden pathway is decorated with hanging planters, a bench we enjoy when escaping the heat, and large grape leaves. It’s where Adam proposed to me.”


Image above: “Our outdoor sofa is surrounded by a container garden. We grow bright herbs, berries and succulents in movable hanging pots. “

Image above: “Family Portrait”



Walls: Swiss Coffee, Behr
Contrasting Molding painted in true white.


  • Casbah Loveseat & Geometric Rug from CB2
  • Dining table, chairs – MÄLARÖ
  • Back Patio Chairs – Ikea
  • Garden Bench – One Kings Lane
  • Accent Tables – Target
  • Hanging Trays – Repurposed Trays, Partial DIY


  • Office Desk & Chairs – Campaign Series by World Market
  • Coffee Table / Trunk – Target Threshold
  • Eddie Vedder print by Ken Taylor
  • Pull Down Educational Chart by GrittyCityGoods (ETSY)
  • Oversized Serving Board + Candle Holders + Vases – West Elm


  • Dishware & serving pieces from Dan George Pottery (Malibu), CB2 & Threshold
  • Metal storage baskets, wooden placemats & enamel spoons from West Elm Market
  • Bar Stools – Salvaged


  • Limited Edition Prints / Wall Art by Beauchamping (ETSY)
  • Farmhouse stool from Urban Home
  • Rug – Urban Outfitters
  • Bench – Target Threshold
  • Reclaimed Pallet Tray – One Kings Lane


  • Towel Rack – Self made from found branches
  • Hanging air plant cradle by mud puppy (ETSY)
  1. Niki says:

    A bright and beautiful space! That hanging succulent in the back yard is amazing!!

  2. I am a huge fan of Stanlee et al. over on Instagram, and a fan of this serene and lovely space too. Love the hanging planters/table and the grape covered walkway!

  3. Holly says:

    I’ve seen peaks of Whitney’s home on Instagram, so it was such a treat to see the whole cottage! Beautiful, practical, and peaceful. And that dog is just too cute!

  4. leslie says:

    So lovely! The built in storage is fantastic!

  5. Catherine says:

    I love this! So fresh and bright.

  6. Lindsay says:

    love everything about this

  7. Jen says:

    Your garden space is lovely. I really want to understand the layout!

  8. Jenny Tsang says:

    This is absolutely cuteness, love the interior design and furnitures well picked, so comfy!

    xo Jenny

  9. isabelle says:

    That is a great family portrait.

  10. Love how you have managed to create a serene and beautiful home in such a tiny space, It feels big enough and you have everything you need.

  11. Rebecca M says:

    Having a feeling of déjà vu with this post…I love the home and garden; I just feel like I’ve seen it before on another site maybe?

  12. Sarah says:

    I’ve been following Whitney, Stanlee and the Tiny Canal Cottage on Instagram for quite some time. It is wonderful to see a true sneak peek into the beautiful living space. Really lovely post. Thanks so much for sharing. And congrats to Whitney and Adam on their engagement!

  13. Sarah says:

    Really lovely post. I’ve been following Whitney and Stanlee and the Tiny Canal Cottage over on Instagram for quite some time. It is wonderful seeing a full sneak peek into the beautiful home. Thank you so much for sharing and congrats to Whitney and Adam on the engagement.

  14. Nina says:

    Love this place! Every great looking apartment or house featured on Design Sponge is wonderfully lacking in clutter. So inspiring!! Love this place!

  15. Such a beautiful home! And we are so excited to see our Measure Equivalents print in their amazing kitchen! Find it here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/letteredandlined/search?search_query=measure+equivalents&order=date_desc&ref=shop_search

  16. Laura says:

    I love your hanging planters! Such a great solution to limited space yet so versatile! Wish I had your weather.

  17. emily says:

    such a great use of space! I particularly love the mirror above the desk to bounce all that beautiful california sunshine around.

  18. emma says:

    just too beautiful – the perfect cottage :)

  19. Marlene says:

    Lovely family. Lovely cottage. And lovely sentiment about not needing to “live large.” They figured that out sooner than most.

  20. Sally Ridge says:

    That Ken Taylor print MAKES this house. What an artist.

  21. Danielle says:

    such a beautiful, calming space!

  22. esme mulligan says:

    @ Rebecca M, yes I had the same feeling of deja vu. They were featured 9 months ago on apartment therapy

  23. wendy says:

    hello, love the wood mirror in the office area. where is it from?

  24. Frances says:

    I love your home and Stanlee!

  25. Julia says:

    Lovely space, but as someone living in under <400 sq ft with no additional storage (garage, basement, etc), with a tiny (<18sq ft) balcony in MN, I'd love to know what the sizes are of their outdoor living space (usable year round!?!) and garage, to get a better sense of the kind of footprint they're living in. Not a critique of the space, just a suggestion for future sneak peeks to help set a more realistic context!

  26. Jaimee says:

    This is cute and all,but you had to buy to the land and build correct? I am interested in building a tiny home but need somewhere to place it? Southern Ca. land is very expensive. What are the alternative? Want to build a tiny home and have something affordable, but can’t afford the land to build it or place the home. Rv parks aren’t cheap either. Sometimes you are paying more for the rent of the land than you are for the financing of your home.


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