An Apartment Tour

I had never planned to do an apartment tour. Putting your home on the Internet is a little nerve-racking but I'm as curious as the...

A Minimalist Apartment Tour

I had never planned to do an apartment tour. Putting your home on the Internet is a little nerve-racking but I'm as curious as the next person when it comes to peeking into other people's homes. I asked on Stories whether a tour would be of interest and the response was a unanimous, "yes!" So here we are.

We moved in around three months ago upsizing from a 500 sq ft apartment with only three rooms. The building we live in is a Grade II listed building with the best windows and they are on all sides of the apartment, which means there is a lot of natural light - what a dream. There's still a bit of decorating to do but we're not planning on any big changes.

There's a couple of things worth noting (especially if you're new here). We're both self-employed: Jack's a food photographer, I'm a jewellery designer. We live and work from our home so bear that in mind. I haven't gone into too much detail about anything specific so if you have any questions or want to know where furniture is from, leave a comment and I'll let you know.



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The Hallway

There's nothing much going on here. We considered hanging art in the hallway but purposefully kept it empty to prevent the space feeling claustrophobic or crowded. There's a shoe cupboard as you step inside the front door and a fruit sticker design calendar, which is woefully lacking because I refuse to double up on designs. The only thing left to do in this space is hang our key holders.



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The Bathroom

Everything fits so neatly in this bathroom. I was super happy the storage stool fit in the gap between the bath and the wall, simple pleasures eh? It's the perfect spot to set up the laptop for some Netflix in the bath.

The corner shelf houses all our daily essentials. I keep my skincare in check by limiting it to products I use in my daily routine; the baskets above house hygiene products, bobby pins and hair bands; makeup and brushes are in a little bag next to the storage stool where our fresh towels are kept; the wall cabinet is for pharmaceuticals, dental hygiene, and first aid. It helps keep everything tidy and compact.

Bathrooms are often the ideal location for ferns and mine thrive here. The diffused light and humid conditions make it the perfect place to grow them, a top tip if you struggle with caring for ferns.



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The Office

The office is a bit of a mishmash of furniture. We repurposed a lot of pieces from our previous apartment to work as office furniture out of necessity. The chest of drawers that previously stored clothes now houses Jack's equipment and props, I'm using a secondhand bedside table as a storage unit, and Jack's desk is our old dining table. We plan on upgrading a few pieces when we've found suitable replacements but for now it's not perfect but it works. I love the dark wood accents in this room, it looks and feels quite different to the rest of our apartment. The office is a lovely quiet place to work in and the best part is being able to close the door on it all at the end of the day.



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The Kitchen

Cooking is a huge part of our lives and having a lovely kitchen to cook in is quite important. So why haven't I photographed it? Because it's really ugly. The kitchen is the only room we're planning on renovating.

The pantry, on the other hand, is beautiful; it's housed in a huge cupboard in the hallway. We wouldn't have this much kitchenware if it wasn't for Jack's job. We don't own a single complete set of anything, all the pieces are mismatched and of different sizes and colours, and we often joke we're sponsored by Pyrex because we own so much of it. If it was up to me we'd have a single set of beautiful handmade kitchenware but having all this stuff is just part and parcel of being a food photographer.



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The Bedroom

Our bedroom is very basic. All that's in the room is our bed and a small bedside table in the corner of the room, which houses a spare blanket and a book. It's everything we need and makes for a very peaceful environment to relax in at the end of the day. There's nothing at all on walls and we're keeping it that way. When we close the door and shut off the lights, it turns into a beautifully peaceful white box.



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The Studio

This room is an odd one, it serves multiple purposes: half the room is our dressing room, the other half is a studio, and sometimes it's converted into a guest bedroom. It made more sense to have a smaller bedroom and keep our shared wardrobe (which fits all our clothes and accessories) in the "studio" along with other typical bedroom stuff like the full length mirror and laundry basket. I store my Folio Society collection in this room because it's the only spot that doesn't get direct sunlight, which would ruin the spines. I use the windowsills as a nursery but I'm sure they'll soon fill up with more plants...

The other use for this room is a studio. I have a workshop for making jewellery in but it's impossible to take photographs there due to the light and set-up. Having a "studio" in the apartment means we have a dedicated space for photography, which makes our jobs easier. The floor is left clear and there's a huge wall purposefully left blank; there's a whole bunch of backdrops, marble and slate, propped for use in photographs. I keep a small bookshelf with props on it (and some essential oils) and there's a perfect spot just inside the door for a clothing rail, which I switch around regularly for style posts. It's not set up to be a typical living space, which makes the room look and feel a little odd to guests.



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The Living Room

This is my favourite room in the apartment. It's bright, airy, and spacious. There's plenty of room to move around and it's a real dream to relax in. Light hits it early in the morning casting beautiful shadows and, while the rest of the apartment heats up with direct sunlight, this room stays light and relatively cool.

We've kept our living space simple with only the essential furniture. It's important to pick and choose what we own carefully, buying what we need as, when, and if we need it. We're not overly fond of some of the furniture we currently own; throwing blankets over them helps make living with them easier but we're reluctant to buy new ones until these are worn out. That's all part of creating a home and we love the pieces we chose with a lot of consideration like our Ercol coffee table, Fjord gateleg table and chairs.

If you're wondering why the sofas are positioned to face a big blank wall that's because we have a projector. When it's on, it almost fills the entire wall (we have to drag the plants out of the way!) Under the sofa we store board games and unframed artwork in large wire drawers we found and repurposed.

This room is also home to the majority of my plants and our pet guinea pigs. They have a C&C cage and we let them run free in the hallway so they can stretch their piggy legs. It's the only place without wires, you only have to experience a pet chewing through the Internet cables once to learn your lesson...

Even though we have minimal decoration, each piece is meaningful to us. There's an vintage Singer sewing machine that belonged to my grandmother; photographs of the people we love on the wall; an old flipclock saved from a bank; a sewing box handmade by my grandfather; artwork created by friends; plants that have been grown over years, and things we have brought back from our travels. Each piece holds great significance to us and makes this apartment feel like our home.



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