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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.

Low-Impact Hosting of Overnight Guests

Low-Impact Hosting of Overnight Guests

This blog post was sponsored by Curaleaf Hemp. As always, the imagery and words are my own. Any images of the pups were taken as they interacted (under adult supervision) in their own natural ways.

When I started this blog, I used to host guests at our tiny house all the time. From cocktail parties for 50 people, to overnight stays for 1-2 visitors lasting days (or even weeks), Adam and I often had loved ones here in our small space with us. 

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But the years have ticked by. Our friends can now afford vacation rentals, and we have grown from a family of 3 to 5. While we still enjoy hosting, we choose those occasions carefully. Similarly, we curate our activities and hosting gifts with increased attention. 

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We aim to offer our visitors a unique experience, while keeping wellness and our collective carbon footprint in mind. In addition to providing overnight guests with the usual small space wares—such as eye masks and ear plugs— we now also have reusable water and coffee bottles, snacks from our local farmers market, Venice-specific literature, and a notebook filled with tips and thoughts from previous guests.  

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We’ve also started topping off these supplies with two bottles of CBD oil drops, which assist with aches and pains, sleep, and general relaxation. 

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When CBD made its way into the mainstream recently, Adam and I welcomed its arrival as a non-intoxicating and soothing natural remedy for various minor but persistent health issues. Integrating Curaleaf Hemp’s CBD oil in droplet form has been beneficial to so many lifestyles, as it is completely non-disruptive, unlike certain pharmaceuticals and other cannabinoids. 

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We’ve discovered that many folks are curious about CBD but haven’t tried it yet, and they’re excited to test it out. With 0% THC, the Curaleaf Hemp formulas we have here are non-intoxicating while still being effective. This means that our guests who’ve taken the drops can savor the ocean, canoe along the canals, attend local events, and sleep soundly during their stay, while enjoying the entirely non-psychoactive stress and physical relief from the “Relieve” and “Relax” options we have on-hand.

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As I’ve stated in the past, some of the main reasons we live in a small home is that it helps us enjoy our day to day life by reducing our household costs and responsibilities, while encouraging us to stay active and get outside— all while reducing our environmental impact. We delight in being able to share this simplified manner of living with our visitors. 

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Video: Tiny Takeaways (Ep.4)

Video: Tiny Takeaways (Ep.4)

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