Welcome to the Cottage.

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.

Roundup: Mirrored Products for Small Spaces

Roundup: Mirrored Products for Small Spaces

Mirrors are one of the most effective ways to enlarge the look and feel of a small space.

Here in the Cottage, we turned a large floor mirror on its side and mounted it to the wall above my desk in order to reflect and double the light from the neighboring wall's windows. It was extremely effective-- when we took the mirror down to paint the wall last year, the main room of our home immediately felt smaller, darker, and more cluttered. 


In a tiny apartment, there isn't usually much interrupted wall space in which to mount a large mirror (like the one over my desk), but I've found that a cohesive collection of smaller mirrors can be just as effective, and often more stylish.

When we covered our wall heater to transform the closet side of our bedroom into West's nursery two years ago, I suspended three inexpensive framed mirrors with twine to make our funny wall hack come to life, which is did instantaneously. The set bounced light from the windows above our built-in headboard, and from the skylight above. 

Similarly, when we rented the front house on our property for some months, I used a round rattan mirror set to liven up a small, dark wall between West's closet and bathroom. 

But mirrors can be used in a myriad of other ways as well. Try reflective headboards, room dividers, and furnishings in order to brighten up tricky spots. 

Similarly, mirrors can also be used in more ways than one. There are numerous designs available with built-in storage shelves and racks, which help pieces pull double-duty. Your vanity, medicine cabinet, mantle, coat rack, sconces, wardrobe rack, backsplash, jewelry organizer, and countless other items can serve their function(s) while simultaneously brightening and beautifying your compact space.

A roundup of diverse styles and products is below-- scroll right to explore them all!

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