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The Tiny Canal Cottage® is a 1920's Craftsman-style house by the Venice Beach Canals in Southern California. This <400 sqft home/office is the full-time residence of Creative Director Whitney Leigh Morris, her husband, their son, and two rescue beagles.

Finding Space for Once-In-a-Lifetime Gifts

Finding Space for Once-In-a-Lifetime Gifts

This blog post was sponsored by Macy's.

One issue that comes up time and time again in our compact space is how to make room for gifts. The topic is certainly not unique to the “tiny house” trend. It’s ubiquitous, applying to any couple who lives together—especially those of us in big cities. When Adam and I got married, we knew we’d have to approach our wedding registry carefully to best balance the realities of little living with everyone’s desire to give us presents as tokens of support.

Luckily there are so many ways to welcome the benefits of a once-in-a-lifetime gifting opportunity without cluttering up your small home or apartment. For example, must-haves such as nesting kitchenwares, double-duty luggage, and cleaning gear with interchangeable parts are fantastic registry finds:

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I’m so excited to be partnering with Macy’s to demonstrate ways in which couples can make their wedding registry gifts work smartly and beautifully with their limited floorplans. Wedding guests are genuinely happy to give newlyweds registry items as a gesture of support and celebration, and a mindfully curated wishlist will make the process more enjoyable and practical for everyone involved. 




Calphalon Premier 10-Pc. Space-Saving Cookware Set - I’m not much of a cook, but Adam is. He has never had an issue preparing meals in our small kitchen, thanks to cleverly designed cookware. This non-stick Calphalon stacking set heats food evenly, and creates the perfect foundation for preparing an unlimited menu within limited square-footage.


Shark Cord-Free Ultra-Light Vacuum - For years, I insisted on using a hand-held vacuum, believing that no full-sized device could possibly fit in our cottage. But this cordless, convertible design can easily come apart into small components, and fits perfectly into a carry-on suitcase when not in use. It’s versatile and adaptable, while still being practical for a small space—both when in use, and when stored.


Joseph Joseph Nest Plus 9-Pc. Set - This is one of the best nesting sets I’ve ever seen. Joseph Joseph has small space design down pat. This is an ideal registry item—it’s something you’ll keep forever, and your guest will feel good about providing you with so many kitchen essentials (such as measuring spoons, a mesh sieve, mixing bowls, and a colander/strainer), all wrapped up in one sleek design.


Delsey Helium Shadow 4.0 Hardside Spinner Luggage - Everyone struggles to find storage space in their tiny homes and apartments—try repurposing something you already have to help solve this issue! Suitcases make wonderful containers (and even accent surfaces) when not in use. This sturdy yet flexible luggage set (which zips like a soft-side and can expand for no-hassle packing,) will make your travel easier when on your honeymoon, and can help you stay organized when at home.


Rowenta Hand-Held Garment Steamer - Stop spending a fortune at the dry cleaner to steam and press your clothes. Everyone can find a spot for this compact steamer, which is basically the size of a shoe box!


Hotel Collection 680 Thread Count Bedding Collection - Keep your spare or guest bedding tightly tucked away by folding your sheets into a pillowcase. It’s an easy way to keep essentials in order. And you can’t go wrong with a quality set of white sheets, which will support any style of decor.


Explore my round-up of Macy's registry gifts that are perfect for small spaces here!

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