A Tiny Laguna Beach Cottage Designed by Clark Collins

Today I’m gonna show you a tiny home in Laguna Beach, CA that proves style doesn’t necessarily mean lots of real estate footage. At only 950 sqft or so, this cozy house was built in 1946 as a holiday home for LA’ s affluent and has been thoughtfully renovated to meet modern day conveniences as a year long residence. Designer Clark Collins, whose firm specializes in historical restorations in the Laguna, purchased the home in a state of neglect and carefully upgraded its structure, refurbishing vintage pieces to keep the charm.

” My goal on this project was to restore the home to how it would have felt when it was built in 1946 (with a few modern conveniences!).”  Clark Collins of Collins Design & Development

Beach Cottage Front Exterior

{ Window flower boxes + a Dutch door = great curb appeal }

Floors, windows, doors and light fixtures were kept original to the house, while the rest of the elements were specially selected to reflect the home’s history.


The interior pine paneling was extended throughout the space and the built-in cabinets were preserved. Besides the beautifully restored architecture, the home is also perfectly decorated. Its proximity to the sea justified the choice of coastal elements such as corals, shells, seascape paintings, a palette of blues and whites with cheerful pops of color.

Clark Collins Cottage 2

Despite its restrained size, the living room/ entryway feels large thanks to small scale furniture pieces. For convenience, the usual sofa was replaced with a love seat. A couple of leather stools, a rattan chair and the tiniest coffee table create a space savvy seating arrangement.

Laguna Beach living room Collins C.

Beach Cottage Living Room

{ Vintage bathing suits displayed as living room decor, lovely 🙂 }

My favorite space however must be the kitchen with its cute breakfast nook, proof that long and narrow kitchens can work just fine. It has a stylish black & white thing going on, with soapstone counters (that are naturally antibacterial) typically found in older homes paired

Beach Cottage Kitchen

with ceiling high white cabinets to keep the space feeling light and airy.

Beach Cottage Breakfast Nook

The built-in bench replaces the need of chairs in this perfect little breakfast spot.


Beach Cottage Bedroom

Coastal bedroom decor with blues and white, and lots of light.

Beach Cottage Bedroom 2

And how great to have an ocean view right outside the bedroom!

Beach Cottage Vignete

 { Lovely bedroom vignette: vintage dresser, fig leaf and a delicate antique chair; more seascape paintings and corals, and floral prints; the cutest little lamp }


Beach Cottage Bathroom

The bathroom displays even more space saving tricks:  timeless monochromatic white with touches of black, sculptural vanity legs and glass shelves. What else can I say, except that I’m ready to move in!!!??!!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I wish you all a great week.



P.S: All images were found here and here.