Personalities, Q & A

Q & A with Loni Parker (Adore Home)

We Adore Adore Home!

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.) 

Lovely Loni

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.

Lucy Fenton in Melbourne

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.

Black and Spiro in Brisbane

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.

At Home with Melanie (Luxury Mongrams)

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.

Summer Thorton's Home

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

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  • Reply The enchanted home October 21, 2011 at 5:50 am

    AWESOME INTERVIEW!!!!!! Love the if you were a cocktail and the part about a movie and who would play you. Great questions and interesting insightful answers. She sounds like a great girl and I so agree about books and candles, and her necessisty being flowers, being a flower girl myself. Thanks to you both!

  • Reply Kate from Party Resources October 21, 2011 at 7:40 am

    What fun and off to check out the magazine! xx

  • Reply pve October 21, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I think I need to travel to Australia, there is much to adore!

  • Reply Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita October 21, 2011 at 10:44 am

    A great interview! And you picked a teriffic subject. You always bring us the best! Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Piper October 21, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Just read your comment over on Aspiring Kennedy – what a lovely, sweet comment!! I had no idea I was one of your first commenters 🙂 Too bad you’re coming to Columbus…

  • Reply Decor Arts Now October 21, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    I must give it a lookSee!

  • Reply hamptontoes October 21, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Devoured each and every word. Such a great interview. I’m wondering if she still has a desire to become a pilot (not professionally?) Have a wonderful weekend ladies.

  • Reply The enchanted home October 22, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Good morning!! I just awarded you a versatile blogger award this morning…click on over to see. Have a great weekend!

  • Reply pretty pink tulips October 22, 2011 at 11:21 am

    After dinner the other night, I rushed right over to check out Adore!! Love this interview with Loni to get even more insight into the beauty she is creating!!

    Happy Weekend, Busy bee!!!
    xoxo E

  • Reply Mona Thompson October 22, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Great interview. Loni is precious. My favorite flower are peonies as well. Used to love a great pina colada until I found out how many calories they had in them. Off to check out her site now. Thanks for the introduction. Hope all is well with you and you have a great weekend. XO, Mona

  • Reply Kelly Market October 24, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Great interview! I enjoy reading Adore also and need to check out their latest issue – thanks for the heads up. Love this post!! xxKelly

  • Reply Kate @ Travelmoon October 24, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    I just love this magazine! I have devoured every issue! This was such a great interview!!

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