Sally Spratt

At home with This il­lus­tra­tor is draw­ing on a new life by the beach

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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.

Cloche dome

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

They y smell very y homely,y you can put them any­where an­dannd they’re not over­pow­erinng.over­pow­er­ing. Gar­de­nia is my favourite.favour­rite.


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

My gosh, I love this. This one is cord­less and so easy to use, and be­cause I have a dog, I am al­ways pulling out the vac­uum cleaner. It’s quick, easy and I can do all the rooms in one hit.

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

I feel like th this is a lit­tle piece of lux­ury,lux ev­ery day. It seem seems silly but this is some some­thing nice you can do forfo your­self. And it smells amaz­ing.


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

Warm and wel­com­ing. Ev­ery­thing is set up the way I want it to cre­ate a calm, happy, safe place

givveen Cod­dding­ton thoou­ught lovveveli­est w risian, ow ur s se, uum nd ms

This was a present from friends. It’s only A5, and perfect for meet­ings. Ev­ery­thing is so dig­i­talised now, but I use this ev­ery day. The process of writ­ing things down is so nice. ha qu

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