Sunday, 27 July 2014

Animal kingdom

There’s a little voyeur in all of us and here at The Apartment, we love a good sneak peek inside a celebrity home. So this week, we were thrilled to be invited into the digs of social media star and uber photogenic pooch Oskar (that’s @theoskardaily), oh, and his owners Angie and Graeme. The miniature dachshund, who boasts nearly 2000 Instagram followers and is a bit of a famous face on the streets, took us on a tour of his sunny Potts Point apartment, a personality-filled haven that truly reflects the family who call it home.

Oskar's position as top dog was written in the stars: twelve months ago, Angie and Graeme moved into their apartment - a spacious, light-filled Art Deco one-bedder - to make room especially for him. But while this pup may rule the roost, the apartment's interiors are defined by his owners' passions. "It's quite clear when you walk in the door that one of us is a cyclist, and the other loves plants, that's if you can get past our 'vicious' guard dog," says Angie with a laugh. "He loves cuddles and attention, but only from the ladies."

Serious cyclist Graeme's bikes double as an art installation, seemingly "pole dancing" on the wall, while every bay window - and there are three of them, which capture sweeping city views - are stocked with flowers and greenery. "I pretty much shove random things in our little window bays," says Angie. "As we don't have a balcony, I'm always dreaming of one and love having plants everywhere!"

Angie's penchant for plants is clear, but can you spot the cyclists too?

Thanks to the large windows, high ceilings and crisp white walls - one of Angie's obsessions - the space has that light, fresh and airy feel that apartment-hunters the world over yearn for. The couple have kept the scheme minimal, punctuating the abundance of white with pops of red and orange, not to mention some cool and quirky style finds.

Designed for leisurely Sunday brunches, the dining space hosts replica Eames 'Side' chairs, plus a red 'Rocker', from Matt Blatt.

Too good to dry the dishes with, Angie's favourite tea towel is casually taped to the wall. Find it at Able & Game.

A Page Thirty Three oil burner sits alongside more beautiful blooms, bringing with it a dash of apothecary style.

We found ourselves playing a game of 'spot the dachshund'! The adorable figurines were the couple's wedding cake toppers.

If you've noticed an abundance of designer candles (many of them upcycled as plant pots), it's because Angie is a make-up artist. (We spent a good twenty minutes tapping into her beauty expertise, and we only got as far as primer.) As such, her bathroom is filled with an envy-inducing collection of products, with an on-trend hexagonal tile splashback forming the backdrop.

 We've been coveting this copper lamp from Freedom, which makes a shining statement in the bedroom.

Sitting in this home that's been decorated with a focus on sentiment rather than stuff, the conversation turns to what the couple would save in a house fire. "Funnily enough, Oskar and I regularly experience fire drills within the building," says Angie. "While he's running up and down the hallway urging me to hurry up, I'm grabbing my handbag and the essentials. Most importantly, I grab Oskar's lead and treat pouch - otherwise he'd leave me for another woman!" Never, we say, despite his ever-growing list of admirers... "And as for Graeme," she adds. "He'd probably be stuck on which bike to bring."

dream home: White walls, floorboards and marble and copper bathrooms (with heated floors!) Loads of natural light is a must and space to grow heaps of plants.
style icons: I would love to be as cool and stylish as Rei Kawakubo when I'm her age. Susie Bubble's quirkiness and colour is always refreshing, and I love the simplicity of Yasmin Sewell.
favourite flower: Magnolias and pure white phalaenopsis orchids.
best scent: Green, fresh and leafy and/or sandalwood-y warm scents.
colour palette: Navy, cobalt and pastel blue, concrete/slate grey, mint green and white.
music: The Fugees, Frankie Valli, Chet Faker, The Bamboos. And old school RnB/hip hop.
ideal holiday: Somewhere sunny near the beach (or a pool) with lots of good food. 
era of choice: 1920s and/or 1950s.
perfect Sunday: Sunshine, good food, Oskar and maybe a movie.

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