When we came across Australia’s first online home and lifestyle magazine, it was love at first sight! After flipping through the pages filled with inspirational homes from “down under” and beyond, divine design from artists still waiting to be discovered and the latest home treasures (accessible with just one click), we were hooked (read our post here.)
So it’s with great pleasure that the lovely Loni Parker, founder of Adore Home, accepted our invitation to be featured on The Buzz, especially since the magazine is celebrating it’s first birthday with a New York edition!
1. What did you want to be when you were a child?
I actually have always wanted to be a pilot. As a child I was fascinated by planes; when they would fly over our home (which wasn’t very often as I was born in a small country town) I would run out and just watch them. When I got to high school I even enrolled in all of the subjects that you had to study if you wanted to get into the defence force. Lucky for me, I was terrible at physics so I gave up on that idea and fell in love with art and design instead.
2. What is your necessary luxury?
Flowers. To many people they would be a luxury item but I simply must have flowers in my home. Every weekend I go to the local markets to pick up a fresh bunch or two. My boyfriend thinks they’re a complete waste of money but I totally disagree. Flowers add life to a home.
3. What is your favorite decorating accessory?
Books and candles. I like to make a little stack of books and pop a lovely candle on top or even a piece of coral. Having a stack of three or so books automatically makes the pile of books a decorator piece and makes them look more visually interesting. Great for putting on a console table or even displayed in a bookcase that way. An excellent example of this can be seen in Jen Ramos’ home here.
4. Where do you window shop?
Alannah Hill. Only problem is I rarely can just stop at window shopping – I usually end up walking out of the store with a new piece. I had to ban myself from going there for a while because I was like a kid in a candy shop! Now that they have an online store, it’s even harder to resist. For interiors, I love Brisbane stores like Black and Spiro and Magnolia Interiors. Both have the most amazing pieces in store and showcase beautiful colourful furniture and homewares.
5. What makes a house a home?
I think it’s important to add touches that have personality and that have meaning – otherwise, it just ends up looking like a display home that has no soul.
6. What is the most enjoyable part of your day?
Receiving emails from readers who love the magazine. It always brightens my day when I see that Adore Home brings someone else happiness to their day.
7. What is your favorite flower?
Peonies hands down are my all time favourite flower. They’re not always in season so I usually will have snapdragons or even chrysanthemums in a bright sunny yellow as they last for a couple of weeks and still look great!
8. If you were a cocktail, what would you be?
Probably a pina colada. Because it’s got that mixture of fruitiness and creaminess – not sure if that sums up my personality – but I think I’m a bit of a mixed bag so that’s probably what I’d be… plus I love the taste of pina coladas and my family’s emblem is a pineapple!
9. If your life were made into a movie, what would be the title and who would play your part?
It would be called “Workaholic” and it would probably be a romantic comedy or indie flick. I’d love for Zooey Deschanel to play my part, not because I think I look like her (although I wish I did) but because she’s a little bit quirky and not so mainstream which is what I love about her.
10. Name one thing from your “Bucket List”.
Visit New York.
Isn’t Loni fabulous and aren’t we lucky she didn’t become a pilot! Thank you Loni for all that you do and when you come to New York, we’ll treat you to a pina colada…
If you can’t wait for the next issue of Adore Home to be published, check out Loni’s blog!
Photos via Loni Parker at Adore Home magazine