Chyka shares her me­mories, pas­sions and wish list.

Australian House & Garden - - AT HOME WITH -

FIRST HOME When Bruce and I moved our cater­ing com­pany from Mum’s kitchen to our own, we found a gor­geous build­ing that we called “a slice of cake”. It was tri­an­gu­lar in shape and had a kitchen and very, very small apart­ment up­stairs. It al­ways makes me smile to think about all the fun we had there. FIRST CAR A red Ford Laser.

DREAM CAR I’m driv­ing it now – a Range Rover.

FAVOURITE BOOK A Fine Bal­ance by Ro­hin­ton Mistry. LAST MEAL Chicken schnitzel and an avo­cado salad with goat’s cheese, basil and cherry toma­toes. DOG OR CAT? Dog. GAS OR IN­DUC­TION? Gas. I LOVE A VASEFUL OF... Peonies – they are my favourite, with ‘Coral Charm’ the per­fect colour. NEXT HOME PUR­CHASE An an­tique Chi­nois­erie lac­quered desk for our new apart­ment in Mel­bourne – we are just start­ing to col­lect!

FAVOURITE SCENT I love any­thing with am­ber and oud. I like things to smell dark and mys­te­ri­ous. NEXT HOL­I­DAY DESTI­NA­TION We are off to Hong Kong for a friend’s 50th birth­day. WHAT IN­SPIRES YOU? Trav­el­ling to in­ter­est­ing coun­tries that are full of his­tory, colour and trea­sures. PLEA­SUR­ABLE PAS­TIMES My new hobby is gar­den­ing and I love botan­i­cal draw­ing and colour­ing in. FAVOURITE ARTISTS Ni­cholas Hard­ing [work pic­tured top cen­tre], Todd Hunter and Joshua Yeld­ham.

MU­SIC I love all the great fe­male artists and es­pe­cially Lady Gaga’s new al­bum from A Star Is Born.

NEXT HOME OR GAR­DEN PROJECT We have just fin­ished ren­o­vat­ing Main Ridge, ge, so can con­cen­trate on our new apart­ment be­ing g built in Rich­mond. GOALS FOR 2019 A new book ok out in Septem­ber / A sum­mer shoe col­lab­o­ra­tion with Wal­nut shoes / Mov­ing into our new apart­ment nt / Spend­ing more time in the US with my kids / Get­ting et­ting bet­ter at my cir­cus train­ing / Hav­ing time to stop and en­joy ev­ery­thing we have worked so o hard for. # #

2019 goals? ‘Hav­ing time to stop and en­joy ev­ery­thing we have worked so hard for.’

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