CALM WA­TERS

With per­fect prox­im­ity to the world’s pret­ti­est har­bour, this cool Syd­ney apart­ment is as chill as its own­ers

ELLE (Australia) - - Contents - WORDS AND STYLING BY AMY STARR

Envy alert: a bliss­fully serene har­bour­side apart­ment.

GIVEN HER OC­CU­PA­TION

as the pur­veyor of some of the finest linen bed­ding, care of her cult brand In Bed, it’s no sur­prise that Pip Vas­sett’s Syd­ney home is decked out in the tac­tile, cosy fab­ric. She pairs the nat­u­ral weave with blond tim­ber, well-worn denim, leather and skins, plus am­ple deep-green house plants, to cre­ate a mod­ern, Scandi-heads-down-un­der aes­thetic. “Be­ing by the wa­ter in Rose Bay, we tried to cre­ate a bit of a coastal, not beachy, feel,” says Vas­sett, who shares the top-floor apart­ment with her hus­band (and In Bed’s brand di­rec­tor) Ed­die Arnott and their gor­geous cocker spaniel Buddy. “The floors are dark tim­ber, so we used a very pale grey paint on the walls, rather than white, so it wasn’t too stark.”

The bed­room and of­fice, with match­ing glass doors, share ac­cess to a sweet bal­cony. “It gets beau­ti­ful light all day and looks out over a ten­nis court at the school next door, so it’s nice hav­ing open space in­stead of another apart­ment block,” Vas­sett says. But the sun-soaked out­door area isn’t the

one that gets the most use. “The lounge room is where we re­lax and wind down. I’m unashamedly a home­body and love noth­ing more than a glass of wine, din­ner and a good movie at home.”

The fam­ily also spend much of their spare time on their “float­ing daybed” of a boat, which is moored min­utes from their house. Th­ese days, there’s less down­time though, with the pair re­cently open­ing In Bed’s first retail space in nearby Padding­ton. In the store they, of course, sell their sig­na­ture linen, sleep­wear and de­li­ciously cosy cash­mere blan­kets, as well as nat­u­ral beauty prod­ucts from Sans Ceu­ti­cals and cov­etable ce­ram­ics from mak­ers like Tara Burke and Gi­don Bing.

While the chic store is set to in­spire plenty of home dec­o­ra­tors, Vas­sett says her own style is in­flu­enced by peer­ing into the spa­ces of others. “I get in­spi­ra­tion from all over the place, but mostly from other peo­ple’s homes – I love see­ing how peo­ple live and cre­ate a home.”

“My style is min­i­mal but still cosy and homely. I love mix­ing newer pieces with good vin­tage finds”

PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY KRISTINA SOLJO

Con­sole ta­ble, $1,920, HARTÒ, click­on­fur­ni­ture.com.au Floor lamp, $1,355, SPENCE & LYDA, spence­and­lyda.com.au Arm­chair, $900, SHERI­DAN, sheri­dan.com.au PRESS PAWS: A Ger­va­soni couch from much-loved re­tailer Ani­bou gets the tick of ap­proval from Buddy

FLOOR LIGHT: A Gubi light from Cult brings a mod­ern, in­dus­trial feel to an an­tique Dan­ish side­board Book­case, $1,220, HARTÒ, click­on­fur­ni­ture.com.au Bean­bag, $590, KOSKELA, koskela.com.au

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