Swoon-Worthy Minimalist Apartment Tour – Sophie

Minimalist Living Room
I would like to introduce you to Sophie, who has kindly offered to share some images of her charming home with us:
Hello, I’m Sophie.  I’m a jewellery designer and minimal lifestyle blogger based in Birmingham, UK where I live with my husband, Jack, a food photographer, our pets and an apartment full of plants.
Minimalist Pantry

What square footage do you have in your home?

I’m not entirely sure but it’s around 1000 sq ft, give or take a little.  We recently upsized from 500 sq ft so it feels like a palace to us – there’s so much space!  Our apartment is in a Grade II listed Victorian building renovated to modern standards with wonderful original feature windows.
Minimalist Dining Room

How many people live in your home?

Just the two of us; myself and my husband Jack, and our pet guinea pigs.
Minimalist Living Room

What was your motivation for embracing simplicity in your life?

I’ve always been someone who found decluttering my possessions to be therapeutic.  I never had an overwhelming amount of belongings yet I noticed I was in a consumerist cycle of buying, decluttering, and then buying more.  It made me want to reevaluate what was important in my life.  When I moved 200-miles to live with Jack, I had no option but to drastically downsize.  I realised the majority of what I owned was insignificant, I’d wasted so much money buying it all.  During the moving process I realised I was much more content with owning less; I stopped buying what I didn’t need and starting asking myself questions about what I wanted from life.  After the move I started to really dig into simple living and minimalism as a lifestyle.  That was over three years ago and now it’s a huge part of my life.
Minimalist Bedroom

How has minimizing your possessions made your life better?

I’m much more content and confident.  I’ve identified what I want from life, what makes me happy and fulfilled.  I have more time for the people and things I love, and less time is taken up with worry and anxiety.  I have more space in my home because I’m not filling it with things I don’t need or won’t use.
Minimalist Office

What was your biggest challenge in the middle of decluttering?

Books.  They are the only thing I am sentimentally attached to; it’s taken me years to whittle it down into a single three shelf bookcase housing the books I truly cherish.  Another common sticking point in the decluttering process I experienced is other people’s reluctance to let you get rid of things.  Sometimes it can be a struggle explaining to others why you don’t want to keep certain belongings.
Minimalist Studio

Did you involve your family or were you on your own?

It was mostly a solo experience.  However, when you live with someone respect and understanding goes a long way.  Jack has a tendency to hold onto things we don’t need but he understands why I feel compelled to get rid of the excess in our lives; he recognises the benefit of getting rid of the stuff we don’t need even if it takes a little convincing at first, and he appreciates how it makes our home more comfortable to live in.
Minimalist Bathroom

What unexpected reactions did you get from friends or family seen your new way to cluttered home?

Our friends and family just think we’re very tidy people who don’t own a great deal and have a pretty apartment because of it!  On a couple of occasions we’ve had to explain why we don’t do things in a traditional way or own certain items; everyone we know is accepting of our way of doing things, even if we do occasionally get a funny look in jest.

Everyone’s way of embracing minimalism is different and that is very important to remember. When you are thinking about becoming minimalist, the whole point of it is to keep true to your authentic self. What is important to you, the things you enjoy and the life you want to live. I’m excited to share some real life examples of what minimalism looks like in different homes around the world.


About Rachel Jones

Hi there! I’m Rachel Jones, and I founded Nourishing Minimalism in 2012 at the beginning of my minimalist journey after I'd been doing a yearly decluttering challenge for 4 years and started to see a change in my home. If you're looking for encouragement in your journey, please join our FREE Facebook Group: Nourishing Minimalism Facebook Group


  1. Bethany @ CuteCapsuleLife on 09/08/2017 at 11:58 am

    Beautiful! I love the plants as accents, makes it feel so homey. Wish I had a green thumb..,

    • Dave on 11/01/2018 at 1:32 am

      Indoor plants can be difficult even if you’re knowledgeable. If you don’t have a green thumb, look for good looking artificial plants. If you’re looking at retail they’re tremendously expensive! Try the thrift stores. I’ve found some inexpensive but very nice ones that way.

  2. Katie Camel on 06/03/2019 at 4:10 pm

    This is beautiful too! The plants give it a special touch. I try to maintain a number of plants in my house, but inevitably I end up killing many of them. 🙁 I love all the windows!

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