Sassy and Chic Small Home

Having a small home doesn’t necessarily imply that you, as an owner, can’t accommodate a lot of guests.  On the same note, it also doesn’t mean that you can’t make your small home look grand, and utterly impressive.

Have a look at this sassy and chic small home / beach house that can be found in coastal Marin County, California.

Photos Credit Alec Hemer/

small home living room

Would you look at that living room?  So elegant, I love it! The owner said that the dutch doors and hand-carved detailing make this feel like a “Hansel and Gretel house”. When the picture window had to be replaced, the owner saved the original to create a kind of shadowbox for a collection of sea-themed paintings found at flea markets and garage sales.

small home family room

The lower level was transformed into a family room. I love that the owner decided to add a family room. From the looks of this one, any family member would be glad to spend their time here.

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Over Brian Kennedy’s metal fireplace, you can see a portion of the new foundation. Industrial baskets from Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage, turned upside-down, became coffee tables. Blue slag glass from Artefact Design and Salvage has the look of sea glass. 

small home kitchen

White (Snow on the Mountain) and vintage. Lovin’ the combination. The owner became obsessed with finding just the right vintage stove; he spotted this Chambers range on The blackboard on the breakfast bar is an opportunity for an intriguing quote. Subway tiles by Heath Ceramics remind the owner of the inside of a shell. Gemini ceiling lights from Alfa. Paint throughout the house is Benjamin Moore’s Snow on the Mountain.

small home dining room

Here’s the dining room. Don’t you just love how everything, so far (from living room to here), is strategically decorated and designed? In the dining area, Shaw ceiling lights from the Urban Electric Co. hang over an antique trestle table, paired with vintage captain’s chairs. A banquette, with more storage underneath, doubles as a guest bed. Genius! Vintage French linen — it reminds the owner of sailcloth — hangs casually from Restoration Hardware rings at the window.

small home outdoor dining area

An outdoor dining area? You gotta love this house! The honed Calacatta marble counter in the kitchen extends outside to make passing food easier.

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Tolix Marais stools from Design Within Reach are pulled up to the counter.

small home master bedroom

Simply gorgeous, right? Closet mirrors in the master bedroom expand the sense of space. The CB2 platform bed is covered in vintage French linen.

small home bathroom

A bunk room bath for family members and guests. The owner of this house is brilliant! As you can see, the bunk room bath is fitted with lockers for family members and guests. The owner had the faucets on Kohler’s Brockway sinks stripped down to the brass. The wall paneling is painted in alternating bands of flat and semigloss paint, echoing the stripe on the Pottery Barn towels.

small home guest room

Take a look at the guest room … and the view! Wow. I would certainly love to have a visit, and even if I own this house, I think I’ll stay here, thank you. 😉 The owner took the guest room ceiling up to the rafters and opened it up with a Juliet balcony. Linen curtains lined with blackout material let guests sleep late.

small home deck

It’s just so amazing that a 1,650-square-foot beach house can still have a stylish deck. I’m in awe, that’s for sure. “The setting is the star,” says the owner, who kept the outdoor dining area simple. An assortment of galvanized metal furniture — including Crate & Barrel’s Lyle chairs and 1934 Dining Chairs from the Sundance Catalog — are gathered around a table covered in Sundance’s Americana tablecloth, made of homespun cotton and linen.

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small home back of the house

A peek at what the back of this lovely beach house / small home looks like. A deck and galvanized metal Juliet balconies on the upstairs bedrooms add to the square footage.