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Dancing, cheese toasties on a Thursday and mates: Martina Gemmola shares her lockdown # 6

Having lived over 200 days in lockdowns, Melbourne-based interiors, lifestyle and travel photographer Martina Gemmola has certainly brought some semblance of organisation, routine and fun to her family’s many days in isolation.  And in between lockdown? She’s learnt to live fast, work quickly and pack as much as she possibly can in. Married to another photographer, they team up for tag-teaching, taking turns to host learning sessions for their two small boys, abandon homeschooling at 2pm, and set out on creekside adventures together.  A calm, generous soul (she once turned up laden with a stack of pizzas for a starving production team), Martina’s eye for detail, colour and life has meant she’s travelled the world and is in demand for...
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How Sydney photographer Jacqui Turk is spending lockdown

While so many Australians are bunkering down at home, we took the chance to speak with four of our favourite photographers about life in lockdown.  Traditionally behind the lens, we shone the spotlight on them to find out what this time looks for them, how they're coping, and most excitingly - what they're snacking on.  This week we chat with Sydney-based interiors and lifestyle photographer Jacqui Turk. Tell us what an ordinary day in your house looks like in lockdown: A typical lockdown day for us is wake around 7-7.30am. My husband heads out for takeaway coffees and the kids get organised for school. By 8.20am everyone is in their space doing their thing. If I am not working I...
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Conversations + Colour: Deni Todorović

LGBTQIA+ activist. Fashion editor. Celebrity stylist. Creative director. Content creator. Pop culture addict. Style icon. Is there anything Deni Todorović doesn't do?  Unlikely! Which is why we were lucky to chat to them about life, their creative journey, and what's coming up next.  If you follow Deni on Instagram, you'll know that they're a wealth of love, support and fierceness (when it comes to fashion) - and a constant beacon of inclusiveness and warmth. And if you don't follow Deni - then do! The inimitable style genius generously and genuinely enlightens and uplifts on the daily.  We're delighted to introduce you to Deni Todorović. Tell us who you are and what you want us to know about you: My name is Deni,...
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Spring baking! Julia Busuttil Nishimura's simple butter cake with raspberries - a recipe

This week we chatted with the delicious Julia Busuttil Nishimura. If you missed the interview, you can find it over on Stories.  It’s Sunday, a traditionally slow day to potter - and these days, even moreso if you’re in lockdown. We’re all looking for comfort and ways to nurture ourselves and our families. Shared from Julia’s latest book ‘A Year of Simple Family Food’, we see following this recipe as almost meditative, with the results being nourishing for both body and soul (there’s nothing better than a buttery cake fresh from the oven) - not to mention the warmth and aromas to fill your home. Excitingly - you will most likely have most ingredients in your repertoire, so you can...
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Conversations + Colour: Julia Ostro

This week, we travel to Melbourne (and a few weeks back in time, between lockdowns), and we chat with cook, author and Italian teacher - the delectable Julia Busuttil Nishimura.  Back in 2017, Julia splashed onto the scene with her first cookbook ‘Ostro’.  celebration of her Maltese upbringing and time living in Italy, rather than your regular cookbook, this was a foray into the sensual art of slowing down, stressing less and getting hands on creating delicious meals with simple ingredients (if you haven’t made her greens pie - who even are you?!).  Welcome into the delicious world of Julia.  Julia Busuttil Nishimura, tell us who you are and what you want us to know about you: I am a...
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Conversations and Colour: Rachel Burke (aka @imakestagram)

Is there a more joyous inspiration than Brisbane-based creative queen, princess of palette play, and dame of the dazzling, Rachel Burke? We think not. For years she's inspired with her optimistic creations - from her iconic tinsel jackets, her sunglasses that Elton John would go ga-ga over (and so would Gaga for that matter), and her radiant demeanour.  We got lucky enough to chat with the tinsel maven herself - an artist, author, designer and mum of Hugo (ok and of Daisy the daschund, too) - about tinsel, pipe cleaners and all the great stuff in between (and there's a lot, but it's one heck of a fun ride!).  Welcome to the wonderful world of Rachel Burke.  Queen of Tinsel, tell us who you are and...
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Conversations and Colour: Emiko Davies

With so many Australians currently in lockdown, this week we wanted to transport you out of your home - across the waves, and into beautiful Italy. Welcoming us into her wonderful world is the generous, humble and hugely talented Emiko Davies.  Don't know Emiko? Wow. Well please allow us to introduce you. Australian-Japanese cookbook author (you should really check her out) Emiko has lived in Italy for over 10 years, has probably the cutest kids on the planet, and as if that's not enough to convert you - she has a sommelier husband - and they all live together in sensuous Italy. Sounds too good to be true? Well step into Emiko's world and you'll never want to leave. Forget...
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Conversations and Colour: Qew Hector

When you see her, you might experience something out-of-this-world - a wash of happiness, optimism - and you'll no doubt want to study every inch of her artfully curated outfits (we sure do).  Qew Hector IS colour. The antithesis of stereotypical Melbourne fashion - she can't get enough of every hue, synonymous with her use of a wide and playful palette. She conjures The Rolling Stones 'She's a rainbow' - and we could not love her more.  Bright (in every sense of the word), powerful, big-hearted and dedicated to her beautiful family (Jimmy, Olive and Pickles the sausage dog), Qew chatted with us about sobriety, her very real love for Real Housewives and gave us the scoop on who we...
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Conversations and Colour: Deb Bibby

Deb Bibby needs no introduction. For someone so softly spoken, she holds an intelligence and creativity that quietly simmers away, powerful in her understatement. Warm, gentle, fierce - what may seem like a paradox is supremely Deb.  And if you're thinking: "Well I don't know Deb." You do. She's the mastermind (founding editor-in-chief, no less) behind the cult-like status of lifestyle magazine real living. Within both interiors and fashion, Deb has edited publications across London and Sydney for over 20 years.   Content specialist. Creative consultant. Chief storyteller. Beautiful inside and out, and an absolute zeitgeist, we were lucky to spend some time with Deb at her home, a boatshed overlooking Pittwater, to chat about life defining moments, favourite get-up-out-of-your-chair tunes,...
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