Stop Everything You're Doing & Admire This Perfect Tiny Home

mbg Sustainability Editor By Emma Loewe
mbg Sustainability Editor
Emma Loewe is the Sustainability Editor at mindbodygreen and the author of "The Spirit Almanac: A Modern Guide To Ancient Self Care."

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You know that idea you have in your head of the picture-perfect tiny home? You know—the one that's cozy, inviting, decked out with smart storage solutions, and draped in string lights? Well, Whitney Leigh Morris' home in Venice, California, is basically it. You might know it as the Tiny Canal Cottage on Instagram or the central point of the beautiful new book, Small Space Style: Because You Don't Have to Live Large to Live Beautifully.

For this week's holistic home tour, Morris walks us through this special space and outlines all there is to love about living tiny. She also shares how to keep even the most crowded spaces organized and where to look to find joy away from the material.

What are three words that describe your design philosophy at home?

Natural + versatile + simple.

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Everything in your home is so neat and curated! Do you have any tips for people who struggle to keep their home clutter-free?

First, put a stop to the flow of unnecessary goods from coming into your home. From there, consider every item: Does it serve more than one purpose? Do you actually use and enjoy it? Does it fit easily in your home when not in use and perhaps even add to the décor? Donate the items you don't want and need. By giving them another home, you're giving them another life, so it isn't as much of a goodbye. Think of it as making room for new adventures and experiences.

Any tips for keeping the home clean with small kids (and dogs!)?

Make easily washable, thin throw blankets your best friends! And perhaps consider toys made of natural, sustainable materials—they can delight your children and pets without "popping" in your home. Plus, they're usually produced in more eco-friendly ways and won't contribute to the problematic new plastics that are suffocating our strained planet.

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What's the biggest challenge of living in a small space? The biggest reward?

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It takes about 60 seconds to turn our tidy home and garden into a complete disaster zone…but it also takes about 60 seconds to clean up.

What noises can be heard in your home? What smells?

At night, we can hear the waves of the Pacific crashing on the beach as well as the sea lions in the marina. In the summer, we smell the concord grapes on the vine, while in the winter, we enjoy the wood-burning fireplaces and outdoor fire pits from the yards surrounding our property.

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What's the most sentimental thing hanging on your walls, and what's the story behind it?

In the bedroom, my grandfather's Tallit drapes like a scarf from a wall hook. It's beautiful, and it still even smells like my wonderful grandpa, whom I miss every day.

In the bathroom, we opted to suspend a wood branch from the ceiling with twine and use it as a towel rod, forgoing traditional hardware. We found the wood by the lake where my sister and her husband were married.

Favorite season in your home?

Inside our home it's November, when it's cool and quiet, and we can still keep the doors wide open. But out in the garden, it's May. The grapevines spring to life and envelop our home.

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How does your home relax you? How does it motivate you?

My work is highly visual, and I feel like our simple, neutral-toned home helps reset my mind and eyes when I step away from the screen or a specific project.

Our home also motivates us to get outside and be engaged in our community. There's no reason we need to own hundreds of our own books or for my son West to have his own massive playground. We are happy to share via the library, playground, and more. It's better for the planet and helps us make new friends and meet neighbors in an overly digitized world.

How does your home support your health and wellness?

Living the way we do helps us focus our energy and resources on the things that matter most in life, such as love, health, and community.

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What's the best compliment you've ever received on your space?

Someone once commented that our home demonstrates how joy isn't tied to the material and that folks from all socioeconomic backgrounds could potentially find happiness and comfort in such simplicity.

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