A Fresh Take On Minimalism With The Founder Of Mother Muse

Lucite living room coffee table

Shereen & Her Home

Mother Muse founder, Shereen Jupp, is an example we don’t mind following for so many reasons. First of all, Shereen’s philosophies on parenting have us rethinking pretty much every society standard we’ve heard. Her penchant for sleek style at home is another trait we can’t help but envy. Shereen is truly a ‘muse’ in all she does, and we’re so thrilled to offer a peek into her minimalist home to help jump-start your inspiration today.

We may be a little biased, but our first instinct is to tell you that this home is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Sure, it’s spare at first glance, with barely any art on the walls, and only hints of layers throughout, but it’s not the furniture and accessories that make Shereen’s house a home. Instead, it’s the proud glances between mama and daughter, the sweet snuggles on the couch and mini dance parties in the living room.

This home tour is full of unassuming life and character, and we hope that the simple details remind you to appreciate the little things in life as you face this new day. Take the full tour and hear Shereen’s thoughts on business and motherhood below!

Kinfolk Home book

Face throw pillow

Face Pillow // Wall Mirror // Corner Lamp // Sofa // Tray // Home Book // Adaline’s Dress

First, tell us how Mother Muse came to be!

Mother Muse started developing in my mind about six months after having my first child. It all began when I noticed there weren’t any life and style printed magazines whole-heart-fully dedicated to mothers. I’ve been in the modeling and fashion industry since my late teens and always have been inspired by the art of fashion and writing, especially in magazines such as Porter, Vanity Fair, Dazed, etc. I personally no longer resonated with a lot of magazines after becoming a mother, and I wanted one on the market that fed me the inspiration I longed for.

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Mother Muse celebrates the art of motherhood and slow living. Every issue showcases interviews with mother muses, inspiring articles, poetry, artists, fashion editorials featuring real mothers, and sometimes you will find a recipe or a DIY in a volume! I believe Mother Muse to be more of a coffee table book than your typical magazine.

What’s your favorite Mother Muse interview to date?

My interview with actress and activist, Jaime King, who is currently our cover muse for Edition Three.

Mid-century desk and chair

Mother Muse Book // Table // Matching Gingham Girl’s Set

How has becoming a mother changed the way you decorate and live in your home?

It hasn’t changed that much. I am a minimalist and, if anything, having my little one has been a great excuse for “less is more.” I do have to admit, though, as she is growing, she is definitely making my white walls and white duvet less and less of a dream.

What’s on your to-do list for today?

My to-do list for today is finalizing edits for the upcoming edition of Mother Muse, clean and do laundry (always) and write a personal piece for Darling magazine. My daughter also always contributes to my to-do list—oh, and buy some fruit from our local market!

How has creative writing and print journalism changed since you launched Mother Muse?

It’s become more personal.

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Hanging black utensil holder in the kitchen

The best part of becoming a mother has been becoming a better and healthier version of who I am. Having my daughter made me realize the value of life and I want to be the best role model I can be for her.

Matte black kitchen faucet

Brass Plant Mister // Dish Brush // Spatula // Hot Plate // Trois Fois Par Jour Cookbook // Cookbook Holder // Kitchen Cabinet Knobs

Do you have any secret spots around Vancouver to find great art or furniture?

  1. Parliament
  2. Lofty Living
  3. JoJo’s Place

What’s in your diaper bag?

It’s pretty basic and boring! In addition to the below, I also have a first aid kit, a few toys and more snacks.

  1. Seventh Generation Wipes 
  2. Eco by Naty Diapers
  3. Dani Kenney, Baby Bum Balm
  4. Sophie the Giraffe
  5. Baby cookies
  6. Extra clothing

Biggest life lesson you hope to pass along to your daughter?

Love yourself, be gentle with yourself and do not compare yourself with anyone else. We live in a social society now where it’s easier to lose sight of who we really are. Remaining authentic will get us further in life.

Stuffed cat doll

Swan wall decor

Girl’s Dress // Women’s Dress // Curtains // Crib // Cot Cover // Swan Wall Hanging // Rug // Blankets

How do you practice slow living?

Enjoying life with my family through travel and adventure. Living by the value of “less is more,” and buying one-of-a-kind products by local designers and artists.

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Aside from Mother Muse, what books and magazines do you love to read in your spare time?

Magazines:

  1. Darling Magazine
  2. Porter
  3. The Gentlewoman
  4. Lone Wolf Magazine
  5. Oh Comely
  6. Kinfolk

Books:

  1. Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kaur
  2. Bloom, by Estée Lalonde
  3. I am trying to learn French, so I have a self-teaching book for that
  4. Our local paper

Polka dot apron

Bunny Dolls // Room Spray // Blankets // Heirloom Dolls (custom) // Big Heirloom Doll (one of a kind)

Name a few people who inspire you as a working mom?

  1. Sofia Coppola, Director and Producer
  2. Sarah Dubbeldam, CEO and Editor of Darling Magazine
  3. Yasmine Delawari Johnson, Co-President and Co-Founder of Alliance of Moms
  4. Christy Turlington Burns, Founder of Every Mom Counts

What would be your ideal food day?

  • Breakfast: I cannot start my morning without coffee, so absolutely coffee first, and I love to pair it with a danish or croissant if I can. Lately, my daughter and I have been going to the café every morning where I have my coffee and she has a warm croissant. That’s my ideal morning always.
  • Lunch: I typically make a fruit and vegetable smoothie.
  • Dinner: I love a hearty salad or sushi.

How do you practice beauty from the inside out?

Practicing daily activities that allow my family and I to experience happiness. Be empathetic toward others and always remain true to myself.

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Natural bristle broom

I am a minimalist and, if anything, having my little one has been a great excuse for “less is more.”

White curtain panels

Broom // Curtains // Industrial Curtain Rod

What is the best part about being a mother?

The best part of becoming a mother has been becoming a better and healthier version of who I am. Having my daughter made me realize the value of life and I want to be the best role model I can be for her. She has helped me put my ego aside many times, practice patience and the value of the simple pleasures I took for granted before having her.

Best part about being a business owner?

The best part of being a business owner is being able to do what I am passionate about on a day-to-day basis. Not a lot of people have the opportunity to fully do what they love every day, and it is a great blessing to do so.

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Author: Carrie Waller

Carrie is the writer, stylist and photographer behind Dream Green DIY, and also is the features editor for Glitter Guide. Follow along on Instagram!

  • I love her home and how she strives for minimalism as a parent! I think one of the funnest things I learned in developmental psychology in college was that newborns prefer high contrast colors and shapes, so the fact that we surround them with pastels and fluff is amusing. I also am very prone to stress over “stuff,” and I’d rather give my child the best version of myself.

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