The word that best de­scribes me is in­quis­i­tive.


My ear­li­est mem­ory is … stand­ing in front of the mir­ror twirling in a white pleated skirt I wore to Sun­day school. My first job was … as a wait­ress in a Mel­bourne restau­rant called The Cottage. It was ex­pen­sive, and I was 15 and amazed at the ex­or­bi­tant tips. The worst job I ever had was … with a real es­tate de­vel­oper; my job was to ring agents and ask if they had any­thing for sale. It wasn’t what I thought I was go­ing to be do­ing and I quit af­ter three days. The skill I’d like to have is … bal­anc­ing my books. My most un­ap­peal­ing habit is … leav­ing the teapot with the tea leaves in it. My most trea­sured pos­ses­sion is … a lead­light win­dow that my fa­ther made; it goes wher­ever I go. The word that best de­scribes me is … in­quis­i­tive. My favourite smell is … per­fumed flow­ers: gar­de­nia, lilac, wis­te­ria. An au­thor whose work I love is … Stephen King; he re­ally en­gages the reader. Songs I can’t help singing along to are … Re­spect, as sung by Aretha Franklin, and Push it by Salt-N-Pepa. The ques­tion peo­ple al­ways ask me is … What colour should I paint my house? My favourite pas­time is … go­ing away with girl­friends and laugh­ing un­til we cry. My great­est achieve­ment has been … the last one, in this case my book. The places I’d re­ally love to live are … Provence, Paris and Man­hat­tan. My next chal­lenge is … hope­fully to do a TV show where I help peo­ple do up homes to live in, not to sell. ALISON WALSH

Blaze, lives in Mel­bourne. Her book, De­sign with Colour and Style (Vik­ing, $40), is out now. She will be guest speaker at Early Ris­ers, Sof­i­tel Gold Coast, June 4 at 6.40am.

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