About Us

Steve + Nikki Carlson live in Encinitas, CA from @cottageandsea. We enjoy working together on property, renovations and design projects and love creating unique and memorable spaces for people to enjoy.  Our most recent project was renovating and restoring The Mint Casa (@themintcasa), a 1920s 840-square foot home in Belmont Shore, CA near the Naples Canals which is now available as a memorable Airbnb getaway and photoshoot location on Peerspace. We restored the historic elements of the original oak wood floors, the pulley system windows, the brass hardware, the original mint-colored kitchen tile while also making some foundational upgrades for style and functionality. Steve learned the craft of buying investment properties and renovating them since he was a young boy working with his dad and Nikki has loved design and decor since she was young, using her creativity in product design, business and interior styling. We are also involved in the hospitality industry and the service industry, so offering our property as an Airbnb and photo studio to host others and creating a space they hopefully love as much as we do… was the perfect fit for us!

We hope you can come visit and hope you enjoy your stay!