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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.

Shifting Pace

Shifting Pace

Recently I decided to change the services offered by my company— mainly the behind-the-scenes one-on-one decor gigs, which I rarely share online. I did this because those jobs produce far too much waste for my comfort, they consume more time than we currently have available, they induce a level of stress that I feel is disproportionate to the subject matter, and yet they only account for a sliver of my company’s income. So I’m currently phasing out those responsibilities, and will have them behind me by the end of the month. 

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In the transition phase, I’m taking time to inspect my world at a less-frenzied pace.

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I’m focusing on what I treasure most about my business, my personal life, and my home environment. 

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I’ve been able to work from home for the majority this week, as I’m spending less and less time rushing about LA.

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In the moments in between business and playing with West, I catch glimpses of tiny visuals that ignite such pops of happiness within me. Perhaps they’ll resonate with readers, perhaps not. But I’m sharing them anyway (below) as a simple display of gratitude for this tiny life. 

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Above: West’s stickers and fingerprints throughout the Cottage.

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Above: A miniature acorn, moss and macrame air plant holder from Big Red Sun, crafted by a young maker.

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Above: A repurposed apple juice jug filled with laundry detergent, almost ready for a refill at ReContained.

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Above: A handmade combo cutlery + activity to-go roll for West.

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Above: A simple folding laundry rack in use, reminding us it’s still summer while drying up wet spots earned from feeding the plants with leftover water from West’s gardening table.

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Above: Items used daily mixed with retired work equipment, all suspended from our bedroom wall.

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Above: Pillows designed by a friend, making the Cottage main room look oh so stylish.

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Above: My hat, adored on both sides with pins that display the message that we value people and the planet over profit.

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Above: My incredible husband Adam working increasingly with my small business— a sight that brings me joy, comfort, and a touch of pride.

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Above: West’s chalkboard, still bearing scribbles from the last game we created together.

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Above: Leftover flowers from a recent shoot sitting next to an X’s and O’s board game crafted lovingly by Timberchild.

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Above: My comfy white Rothy’s—made from single-use plastics— which I can get as dirty as I want in the canoe, on the bike or in the garden, since they’re machine-washable.

Transforming a Tiny Play Space for $30

Transforming a Tiny Play Space for $30

Looking and Feeling Less Tired

Looking and Feeling Less Tired