How to cook your way to YouTube success

By Larissa Ham


He’s been mobbed at airports in Asia, whips up an online frenzy in the US and was once called on to talk all things YouTube with former PM Julia Gillard.

But online cooking star Rob “Nicko” Nixon recorded arguably his biggest success yet when his world-beating YouTube channel, Nicko’s Kitchen, hit the 100 million view mark in February.

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Past tense, but the future’s bright

By Larissa Ham

True tales of surviving – and thriving – after the world has thrown its worst at you.


Rhondalynn Korolak (pictured above) was a bright law student about to graduate when she received a terrible phone call.

It was the dean of her university with the horrendous news that her 18-year-old brother and three of his friends had murdered her mother.

“It was a real shock that she’d been killed but it wasn’t necessarily a super shock that my brother was behind it,” says Canadian-born Korolak. “I grew up in a family of domestic violence, and violence breeds violence.”

* Published in Executive Style, Fairfax Media (click here to read the full story) 

How I saved a packet living in other people’s homes


* Paddy the pug, one of my housesitting charges.

By Larissa Ham

The internet has given birth to a thriving housesitting market – and those willing to get on board are building tidy nest-eggs.

In the past 15 months, I’ve lived in 10 houses across Melbourne – and haven’t paid a cent in rent, electricity, gas or water bills.

*Published in The New Daily (click here to read the full story)

Hot homeware trends 2014

By Larissa Ham

Feature walls are well and truly out, colour blocking is in and soft colours will add warmth to Nordic-inspired design in 2014, says style expert Tara Dennis.

The Better Homes and Gardens presenter says interiors will move away from stainless-steel and chrome to softer shades including copper, rose gold, blush pink, teal and radiant orchid.

Purples, pinks and rose gold homewares will add a hint of colour to minimalist Scandinavian designs, Dennis says.

Tara Dennis.
* Tara Dennis. Photo: Martyn Rushby

“Instead of going too sweet and sugary, it’s tempered with these whites.”

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