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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.

Before + After: Bond Group Entertainment Offices

Before + After: Bond Group Entertainment Offices

Turning a compact room into a space that’s practical, versatile and beautiful is clearly one of my greatest personal joys. I usually gravitate towards smaller projects, such as troubleshooting a particular section of a home, outfitting tricky floor-plans, and working with existing layouts to make them more efficient, eco-friendly, stylish, streamlined, and/or multi-functional. 

Recently, a friend of mine asked me to take her modern office space in Beverly Hills and make it feel like our lil’ old Cottage. While her entire office is fairly large overall, most of the rooms within it are compact and highly visible— like 8 unique yet overlapping small spaces. 

The offices are home to Bond Group Entertainment, an HBO-affiliated production company founded and run by actress and executive producer Amy Adams, and manager Stacy O’Neil:

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Also on the Bond Group team are Kathleen Clifford, their VP of TV Development, Eddie Adams, and Erica Katchen.

One of the most delightful challenges of this project was celebrating the unique needs and styles of the partners and staff, while also creating a cohesive visual that allows the spaces to flow harmonious together when viewed as a whole through their glass walls. 

The members of Bond Group needed me to design within their rental parameters, avoiding bigger changes such as built-ins, wallpaper, paint, overall structure, window treatments, etc. (This is something I actually tend to prefer, because I feel like it makes the concepts and “takeaways” from each job more relatable for others— particularly renters and folks working within tighter budget constraints.)

The photos below jump to the reveal of each space:

I want to thank Amy Adams and Stacy O’Neil for giving me the opportunity to create an inviting space for their new production company. I also want to express my gratitude for the makers and vendors (credited via the pages linked above) who worked with me to help execute my vision for these offices. 

(Portrait of Amy Adams by Marisa Vitale for The Tiny Canal Cottage)

Video: Tiny Takeaways (Ep.1)

Video: Tiny Takeaways (Ep.1)