Settled in the Venice Canal Historic District, the iconic Venice Beach bridges in view, Whitney Leigh Morris, her husband Adam Winkleman, their three-month-old son, West and two pups reside in a 362-square-foot cottage.
When Morris and Winkleman discovered that they were expecting nearly a year ago, they weren't ready to let go of their tiny Cali home — the reason, for which, is certainly understandable. Ethereal location aside, photos reveal down to the minutiae — with a neutral, airy color palette, oak accents and genius rooms designed for their convertibility, the couple's tiny home is anything but cramped. "It's just the space that we love," she told .
Before West arrived in late September, Morris and Winkleman worked together to make space out of air by transitioning their messy bedroom closet into the cutest, tiniest nursery we've ever seen. A miniature crib dominates most of West's "room," but a drawer system, topped with quirky objects, offers storage and style. Jute baskets, a twine and driftwood mobile and miniature wire storage drops deliver form and function.
The best part? Everything is adaptable, which is important with a growing baby on board. "The jute baskets over the crib are secured in case of earthquakes, and the pinned wire baskets and twinkle lights will all be adjusted as West grows and becomes larger and more mobile," Morris explained to .
Morris and Winkleman acknowledged the difficulty of controlling clutter — the urge to hold on to sentimental clothes or objects that mark a baby's firsts is always strong — but claim that it can be rewarding to continuously reevaluate everything you own. "I think of it as I'm helping his growth by getting rid of things," Morris said. "If I were to keep everything, then he would grow up in a very cluttered home. I think it's a service to him."
The cottage is constantly in flux now that West has arrived, making trips to Goodwill a necessity. "If you can help others, it's easier to give stuff away," said Morris, who tries to keep only "the items that [West] needs now or that he will need the next week" on hand.
Morris didn't have room for a glider inside the nursery, so she upgraded the small outdoor space just beyond the nursery's stoop with soft lights, cozy rugs and a whicker rocking chair. Thanks to California's enviable weather — and Mom, too, of course — little West listens to lullabies under the stars and falls asleep to the gentle whispers of the canal, in his own tiny slice of heaven.
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