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The Success Known As Monica Trapaga

April 19th, 2010

Business women, entertainer, writer, presenter… the list goes on. A lovable and warm personality, Monica Trapaga is a face we all know, no matter how old you are.

She was part of Play School for over 10 years, filmed over 300 episodes of Playhouse Disney, has had 3 successful bands, her own solo shows, a voice that is powerful and clear, a successful store in Sydney’s Inner-west, nothing stops this women!

When I arrived at her stunning home, words cannot describe the sort of home I was about to enter. The giant converted warehouse, with enormous antique timber double doors open up to a home with warmth, intrigue and difference.

I’d never seem a home like it, artworks, sculptures, crucifixes, candles, the use of timbers and other natural materials, metal and fabrics create a home beyond anything I have ever seen. The long dining table, like something you’d read about in the Bible, the high ceilings, open plan living and staircases that lead to multiple levels, up and down and all over the warehouse. This stunning home really showed me the kind of person and the creativity Monica has inside of her.

Here is a brief snap-shot on Monica Trapaga.

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

Just finished a big band tour with James Morrison and Doug Parkinson which was hilarious, warm and energising for me.  I just had an absolute ball.  I am now about to go to Brooklyn for 3 months to write my next book which is a follow up to my latest “She’s Leaving Home”.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

It’s my Betsy Johnson cupcake dress and my Betsy Johnson platform shoes.  Frivolous and “oh so girly”.

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

My husband, of course!

And I love our old factory floors.  They are beautiful old parquetry.

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

Liqueur 43 – Spanish liqueur made from oranges and vanilla, excellent teamed with fresh lime juice and a shot of Cointreau.  As for food… fresh figs, very ripe white peaches, sharp cheddar or manchego cheese, and I’m crazy about horseradish

What is your greatest extravagance?

Travel! I’m always planning the next trip

Greatest lesson learnt?

To cook! I come from a great line of cooks and use things they taught me every day.

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

Get a day job!

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

I never think of my work as work… and I only take on projects that I love.

As May West said – “Enjoy what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life”.

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

George Clooney – all those Armani suits!

www.monica.com.au

Make Sure She Doesn’t Leave Home Without This…

April 19th, 2010

Monica Trápaga knew exactly what to do when her daughter Lil announced she was leaving home:  present her with a collection of tried-and-tested family recipes and stories.

“When your first child moves out of home it’s a great loss, oh gosh, it’s a big void in your life you know,” says Monica.

Monica’s Spanish heritage, crazy family history and vast well of creativity, gives us a recipe book with love and humour, along with ninety great recipes, from the classics (roast beef, bolognese and brownies) to the exotic (paella, san choi bao and gazpacho).

Beautifully illustrated with drawings from artist Meredith Gaston and Monica’s own collages, this precious manual of culinary inspiration and sound practical advice is a must-have for any girl about to leave home on her own life journey.

A great gift, a great book for any mother to put in her daughters glory box, something that can be passed down, it’s a book to be cherished.

Avaiable at all great bookshops for RRP $49.95 – definately a small price to pay for a lifetime of reference.

www.monica.com.au

See the interview with Monica here.