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Tiny cottage renovation

A small Santa Monica cottage gets a new, right-size lease on life

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A wall of pegs works to catch clothes and other items.
Photography by Lisa Romerein

6 small-home secrets

1. Paint all the rooms the same light hue. Match flooring and other shared surfaces for a seamless look.

2. Build in storage cupboards with doors and invest in a closet-organizing system―“worth the splurge to keep the house neat,” says Hart.

3. Install inexpensive wall pegs to make cleanup a snap and keep frequently used items at the ready.

4. Choose easy-stow guest seats for living areas.

5. Create several places in the backyard to lounge and entertain―especially if you live in a relatively warm area.

6. Reevaluate your belongings every few months. Donate, recycle, or discard what’s not needed.

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