An­thony Cal­lea

At home with This vi­brant singer loves liv­ing in black, grey and white

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Home truly is where the heart is for singer An­thony Cal­lea, whose work sched­ule means he doesn’t get to spend as much time as he would like at his Mel­bourne apart­ment with ac­tor hus­band Tim Camp­bell.

The duo, who were mar­ried in New Zealand, re­cently ren­o­vated their in­ner-city pad to com­ple­ment their mod­ern, min­i­mal­ist de­sign tastes, with An­thony’s builder father and brother pitch­ing in to re­alise their vi­sion.

“We didn’t ac­tu­ally in­tend on buy­ing this place,” says An­thony, whose lat­est al­bum Back­bone topped the ARIA charts.

“We were back in Mel­bourne af­ter be­ing based in LA and Tim went along to the open in­spec­tion. He called me and said, ‘Just go and have a look, I think you might like it’. I had a re­ally good feeling about it, and we’ve now been here for over six months.”

The apart­ment is clut­ter-free , with a large sofa and a cof­fee ta­ble in the liv­ing room.

“I like neu­tral tones and clean lines,” says An­thony. “I’m a lit­tle bit pedan­tic and I never like to leave a mess be­hind, even though no one is com­ing over.

“Tim’s al­ways like, ‘why are you clean­ing just be­fore the cleaner comes?’ I blame my mum, you could eat off the floor at her place.”

De­spite his fas­tid­i­ous na­ture, An­thony likes to throw open the apart­ment for par­ties and is known among friends for mak­ing a mean espresso mar­tini.

“It’s all about the shake and not mak­ing too many mar­ti­nis in one shaker. Also, don’t mea­sure the al­co­hol, just pour. I’m very re­spon­si­ble though. I’ve had friends who have driven over, so then I have to book an Uber on my ac­count.”

Giuseppe Zan­otti high-top sneak­ers

Tim went to a sound check at the Crown, popped into Har­rolds and bought th­ese for me. He took them home and then went back to the gig. When I got home and saw the bag, I was like, “Oh my God, are th­ese for me?”

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Tim al­ways al­waysays jokes that I got the most ost di­a­monds on my ring and nd he just got the left overer y di­a­monds. He’s not much h t of a jew­ellery per­son, so o at­for him to wear a ring at all is pretty cool.ol.

Ver­sace tu­tum­bler Cof­fee ma­chine

I drink six or seven cups of cof­fee a day, and al­ways the strong­est pos­si­ble black cof­fee. That’s the Ital­ian in me. I ba­si­cally have cof­fee on tap.

Wed­ding ring

If you’re go­ingg to drink Scotch you might as well have it in a nice, heavy glass. My dad be­ing Ital­ian tal­ian speaks with his hands and one went nt fly­ing and broke. Mum re­placed it but she thought they came in a set of six for the e price they cost.

Mar­tini glass

The espresso ma mar­tini is my drink of choic choice and peo­ple know me for mak­ing them. When friends come over they know they’ they’ll be get­ting one.

ARIA award

When Back­boneBac re­cently de­buted at num­ber­num one on thet charts, 12 years down the track from Aus­tralian Idol, they gave me this plaque. It’s pretty cool, and I love that I get to do this job, which I don’t ac­tu­ally see as a job.

Aus­tralian singer/song­writer An­thony Cal­lea

In­ner-city Mel­bourne apart­ment he shares with hus­band Tim Camp­bell

Os­car is an RSPCA spe­cial. He was found at five weeks wrapped in barbed wired and full of worms. We spoil him and he’s liv­ing the life of lux­ury now

I like a min­i­mal­ist space, I don’t like clut­ter at all. Peo­ple come over and ask, “OK, where’s the colour?” Ba­si­cally, we have great white, chrome, stain­less steel and black pieces in our home

My space that I can just re­lax in and feel safe. It’s also a great place to en­ter­tain in

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I love the sim­plic­ity of this bot­tle and this is a cologne that lasts all day. Ev­ery time I wear it I get a com­pli­ment.

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