Tiny cottage renovation
A small Santa Monica cottage gets a new, right-size lease on life
Instead, when she first saw the house (next page), she climbed to the attic to make sure she could raise the ceiling to the rafters and open up the cramped rooms.
Get the look: Her new front-door is painted in the Designer Collection II LP6 exterior gloss enamel (finepaintsofeurope.com).
For contrast, the wooden floors are stained in a custom mix of ebony and dark walnut shades; the high-gloss polyurethane top coat reflects even more light.
Hart’s Moroccan leather poufs can be hidden away when not in use (similar styles from $220 each, filled, at tazidesigns.com; for less-pricey fabric poufs and floor pillows, check out westelm.com, pier1.com, and worldmarket.com).
By extending the room into the backyard, the couple gained 250 square feet, which they used for a walk-in closet and a second bath.
From there, traffic flows easily out of sliding glass doors to a new entertaining deck at the rear.
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.