A Cottage Small on Space, and Big on Design Savvy
This small space cottage is bringing the outdoors in with loads of plants and natural light and a stunning patio retreat. To make the space feel even bigger, a neutral color palette and furniture piec...
This insanely cute space is the home of Whitney Leigh Morris, the mastermind behind our favorite instagram feed, The Tiny Canal Cottage, and it proves square footage is but a number. Blending indoors and out, lots of light and greenery and a cozy, neutral color palette, Whitney crafted a So Cal sanctuary complete with an enchanted patio. See the full tour in the vault and shop Whitney's must haves from Joss & Main right here.
We love your creative and abundant use of plants and greenery in your home. Tell us a little more about this design choice, and any tips you have for creatively incorporating plants as decor.
Plants instantly make a space feel alive, fresh and welcoming, and can transform a room of any size. Greenery is an easy way to regularly update the style of your home without hurting your wallet or the environment. I’ve had the same vases for years, yet they look different every week thanks to the greenery that goes in them. I began decorating with plants and clippings when I decided that I didn’t want to live a cluttered life. If possible, forego items like bookends and trinkets, and fill their place with plants. You’ll brighten your home and avoid accumulating excess belongings.
What are some design challenges of small-space living, and how did you overcome them?
• Strong Accent Pieces - Living in confined quarters can of course be tricky. While it might seem natural to buy small accessories and home goods when outfitting a tiny room, I’ve found that getting rid of clusters of little tchotchkes and replacing them with a single, medium-sized statement piece is usually much more visually appealing, and helps avoid clutter.
• Windows - We all know that small rooms can be feel bigger and brighter with the help of windows and mirrors. Be deliberate when choosing which windows to dress with blinds or curtains, as curtain rods and hangings can sometimes bring walls inward. We only have one set of curtains (over the French doors in the bedroom), and have left all other windows free of coverings.
• Versatility - Do you need an outdoor fire pit AND a grill if you only have a patio the size of a closet? Probably not. Try selecting double-duty furniture and accents (like this clever piece) throughout your home and garden that allow you to live fully with fewer belongings.
Where’s your favorite place to spend time in your home?
I love sitting on the stoop with Adam after work while the pups run around in the yard. Thanks to the twinkle lights, grapevines, bougainvillea and lanterns, it feels like our little secret garden.
Your patio has such an enchanted and welcoming feel to it. What are your must-have outdoor accessories?
• Cafe Strands - Twinkle lights are the simplest way to make an outdoor space look and feel magical.
• Greenery - I love overgrown trees, plants and vines. Outdoor walls covered in ivy or Creeping Fig can soften the appearance of city porches and patios.
• Hanging Accessories (Decorative & Functional) - Hang throw rugs, lanterns, serving trays, gardening tools, baskets and more to create a lived-in ambiance, while also keeping your outdoor necessities within reach.
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