At home with This illustrator is drawing on a new life by the beach
When illustrator Sally Spratt was looking for a new home to share with her dog Baloo there was only one thing on her mind — hitting the beach.
Having lived in inner-city Alexandria on a busy street front, Sally says she wanted to be close to the beach in time for summer.
A former resident of Bellevue Hill and Paddington, the idea of being able to go for morning walks by the water with Baloo prompted the move to Rose Bay.
“I wanted to be back by the beach — especially a dog beach,” she says.
Keeping a dog in an apartment might be frowned upon by some landlords but Sally moved into an art deco block of units that is home to several other pets.
‘They’re happy for me to have a dog here as long as he is quiet,” she says. “There are a few dogs in the block, but they are a lot smaller.”
Sally says she’s been enjoying the “summer, happy vibe” of her locale immensely.
“It might sound kooky but this place had such a good vibe as soon as I walked in,” she says. “I used to live on a main road and it was chaotic, so this is a nice, beautiful change.”
Sally, who works from home, and has collaborated with prestige brands such as Estee Lauder, Bobbi Brown, La Mer and Coach, says being able to separate home and work is important.
“My office space is in another room, and when I go in there, I’m ready to work,” she says. “First things first though, my days starts with a walk with Baloo. If I’m not up at 6.30am, he’ll let me know and we then go for a 45-minute power walk.
I love having friends over and entertaining. I’ll put together cheeses, cured meats, bread sticks and be sure they’re ready and covered before they get here.
Peppermint Grove candleses
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I was given the Grace Coddington book as a birthday gift and thought it was the loveliest thing. My new favourite book is How To Be Parisian, along with How to Capture Your Style. They’re all about how to be super chic.
Electroluxectrolux Ergo Rapido vacuumacuum cleaner
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Instax camera and printer
You can edit and manipulate photos so many different ways now, that it’s hard to capture a moment and be OK with it. This camera has just taught me to be happy in the moment.
Aesopsop bobodbody lotion
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This is the best thing. Standard in summer, every morning I make a berry smoothie. That is my go-to. I might even blend banana and Weet-Bix or berries with coconut and nuts.
Fashion illustrator Sally Spratt
An art deco apartment in Rose Bay with her 11-month old retriever, Baloo
This “S” light is so much fun. I saw the letter lights when they first came out and thought “I want one of those’’. It’s one of those items that sits on the table and makes a real statement. It’s very sweet
I love clean, white lines. My work space is chaotic with lots of colour so for my home everything has to be white with some occasional accents
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