We have organised something special in the leadup
to Mother's Day, to help you find the perfect gift
for your mum (or if you're a mum the perfect gifts
you can get your kids to buy for you)! Our week of
treats for Mother's Day will include seven lovely boutique
retail stores, all of which are offering exclusive offers to
our readers. You need to follow us on Instagram to make
sure you don't miss any of our Mother's Day deals.
Starting from tomorrow, each night from 8pm I'll announce
a different store's special offer. Stores involved include:
Cranmore Home, Elva Hem, Ballettonet, St Barts,
Corner Store, One Girl Studio, and Aqua Door Designs.
It's been one whole week since the Aloha edition
hit newsagent stands, and I thought it would be
nice to show you a few extra pics from one of the
homes featured in this issue, designed and owned
by Julia Treuel and Sasha Wright-Neville of Showpony
Interiors. It's a beautiful fusion of coastal, metro and
contemporary styles all fused together. If you love this
home pick up a copy of the magazine from your local
newsagent (click here for list), boutique stores (click
here) or in our online shop (price includes postage).
I adore this Simply side table by Luum (comes
in different colour tops too). Click here to buy.
Styling: Aimee Tarulli Photography: Martina Gemmola
Last Thursday our brand new Aloha edition hit newsagent
stands! What a relief it was to get this issue out, after a hectic
few months (holiday in the US, followed closely by moving
apartments), it was nice to see this one done and dusted. So
much work goes into each and every issue and as a one-man-
band it can be overwhelming at times. Thankfully I have amazing
freelancers who help out with the writing, styling and photography
in each issue. You could say this issue was heavily influenced by
my time in Hawaii, in fact you can read all about my thoroughly
modern escape from page 74! We have a number of boutique
stores stocking the magazine (click here for the list), as well
as newsagents right across Australia (click here for the list -
I've listed according to suburb in alphabetical order to make
it easier for you to find your nearest newsagent). Below is a
small taste of what to expect in this issue. I hope you're able
to purchase a copy (click here to buy from our online store)!
For tropi-cool pool styling ideas, you must check out our
feature showcasing Lana Taylor's new pool area (you
may recognise Lana from Three Birds Renovations).
Styled by Claudia Stephenson Photographed by Hannah Blackmore
This Santa Monica home with a coastal/boho feel is another
highlight in this issue. Designed by Amber Interiors, the crisp
white spaces punctuated by indigo blues will have you swooning.
Photographed by Tessa Neustadt
One thing that comes to mind when thinking of Hawaii,
is their beautiful lush green vegetation, and for this reason
I chose to profile Terrace Outdoor Living's Sydney store, in
this Aloha edition. A little bit of green can go a long way in a
home, and Terrace make it super easy to inject a bit of lush
tropical panache to your indoor and outdoor spaces.
Photographed by Jacqui Turk
This home designed by Showpony Interiors is another
standout. Their outdoor space is so lush – it will make you
green with envy. I also loved their contemporary furniture
choices, proving a home by the sea can still be clean and crisp
without the traditional notions of what a coastal home
should look like. Their living room is stunning right?!
Styled by Aimee Tarulli Photographed by Martina Gemmola
I can't believe it's been about two months since I was
in the US. My first time in Hawaii was made even more
enjoyable by the fact that I got to spend my days at The
Modern Honolulu on the island of Oahu. You'll find most
of the hotels in Hawaii are quite dated (and not in a classic
way – like a tacky 70s kinda way). But not The Modern
Honolulu, its clean, crisp and contemporary style is the
perfect place for discerning, design-savvy guests.
With two pools to choose from, your hardest decision will
be which pool to laze by – the sunset pool or sunrise pool?
Oh the decisions. We opted to spend a day lazing by the sunrise
pool in a generous sized daybed and sip cocktails and read
magazines all day. Bliss. If you're looking for a healthy lunch
option - try the chopped salad (a girl's got to counteract all
of those cocktails right). It was totally scrumptious too!
Pictured above is The Grove, a cool little bar positioned
next to the Sunrise pool and overlooking the harbour.
At sunset, this really is THE place to be. Do yourself a
favour, grab a drink and watch as the sun goes down.
Overall the colour palette at the hotel is quite white and
neutral, which gave it a sophisticated edge and also was
quite soothing especially after a big day of exploring the
hustle and bustle of Waikiki. The bathrooms were also
quite spacious and modern. Another great feature of the
hotel is their secret bar The Study (below), hidden behind
a bookcase in the hotel lobby, at night it opens up to
reveal a super cool bar with a thriving local music scene.
The best way to keep up to date with what's happening
at The Modern is to have a read through their Modern
Live webpage. Now if you're planning a stay, let me let
you in on a secret - The Modern Honolulu's 'Friends With
Benefits' loyalty program will give you up to $150 of hotel
credits per paid night while taking advantage of their best
rate guarantee. Trust me, with the dropping Aussie dollar,
you'll want to take advantage of value-adding offers like this!
Just recently I moved into my first bought apartment,
and it's been super exciting dreaming up how I want
each space in my small 1 bedroom unit to look. I have a
study nook which is crying out for some colour, and I'm
thinking fresh turquoise, mint, white and brass accents
are in order. I want my place to feel like a glamorous
Palm Beach hotel (if you watch Jane The Virgin you'll
know the style I'm going for). I've fallen in love with this
Cole & Son Palm Jungle wallpaper after seeing it used in
various design projects – in particular the use of it in Byron
Beach Abodes (a luxurious, boutique accommodation in
Byron Bay), which you can see pictured above. There's
something so fresh about those turquoise and mint tones
paired together, and the palm leaf print is a little bit fun!