ARCHITECT: Richards Stanisich
Describe your dog.
Berlin has always traded on her looks to get what she wants! The breed is notorious for constantly pushing the boundaries and Miss B is no exception!
She is loving, a great companion and my best friend.
Describe your home.
It’s a bit like a tranquil tree house. The apartment is right in the middle of a canopy of trees on Macleay Street so we look out on to green most of the year. The goal of the design was to make the space relaxed and to be sympathetic to the style of the building.
What sort of energy does your dog bring to your home?
She makes our house a home. When she isn’t here, it feels empty. She likes to work the crowd when we have guests over – especially if there is an opportunity to get a snack from them.
Artist: Robert Doble
Was your dog considered in any of the design, layout, or choice of finishes for your home?
She is furious that we opted for a dish draw rather than a conventional dishwasher. Berlin is quite the pre-rinse cycle. Her favourite thing used to be getting into the dishwasher for a good lick. Unfortunately she can no longer do this.
Whats your dogs favourite hanging out spot/furniture/room etc?
Berlin has two beds – one in the office which gives her a line of sight to the kitchen , and her second bed is in the master bedroom. She used to sleep in her own room, but would bang on the door in the middle of the night to come into our room. Eventually we gave up, so she sleeps where she wants now!
If dogs and their owners are supposed to look the same, does this reflect in the design of your home as well?
Definitely in the colour scheme. Berlin is a muted colour, and the apartment is definitely co-ordinated to her colouring.
What makes your dog unique?
Her uncanny ability to know when I’m getting chocolate from the fridge. Somehow she knows the sound and doesn’t even look up from her bed as she knows that chocolate is a no no.
How did you choose your dogs name?
It’s a nod to her German heritage, although she does go by a few names: Miss Lin, Miss Berlin and Miss B.
If your dog said something about the house, what would it be?
I wish it had a lift!