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One of the people that I most admire in the interior design blogosphere is Paloma Contreras. Many of you already know her popular blog La Dolce Vita, and if you know her, then I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of the newest e-magazine High Gloss. It was launched in the beginning of February and Paloma is the one responsible for this extraordinary magazine as the founder and editor in chief.

To be honest, I was anxiously awaiting this first issue since the announcement in November of 2010. I knew this magazine would be fun to see, to read and I knew that Paloma and her team would give their 100% to each and every page. And I was right! There’s no disappointments in High Gloss, as you flip the pages you’ll be wowed by gorgeous interiors, great finds and important information.

I don’t really do interviews but I really wanted you to get to know Paloma and her magazine so I’ve made an exception and asked Paloma to tell us more about this project and herself.

Here’s my interview with Paloma Contreras, a girl that never stops dreaming and working to achieve it.


Luciane- Paloma, first off I’d like to thank you for your time and letting us know more about you and High Gloss magazine. It’s a pleasure being able to have this chat with you. Many of us already know about High Gloss magazine, but for the ones that haven’t heard about it yet, please describe High Gloss and what are your goals with it.


Paloma Contreras- High Gloss is a digital lifestyle magazine which focuses on interior design, fashion, travel and entertaining. Our aim is to inspire people to add style to every facet of their lives.


Luciane- What have you learned while preparing High Gloss?

Paloma Contreras- So much! I’ve learned to be more organized and manage my time better. I’ve also had to learn to truly trust my instincts.


Luciane- I know you’re married, have a gorgeous house, an adorable dog, a very popular blog and now this outstanding magazine. Are you having time to take all of this in, count your blessings and enjoy it all?

Paloma Contreras- I always have a lot going on, but I count my blessings every day and try not to take any of it for granted. After I’ve been traveling for the magazine for a few days, it always feels so nice to come home and be with my husband and our dog, Tate.


Luciane- What will you not forget while preparing this first issue of High Gloss?

Paloma Contreras- All of the amazing people who have supported and encouraged us along the way. My family, friends, blog readers and the incredible designers and photographers we worked with. It was an experience that I will not soon forget. I was so touched by the way people embraced and welcomed us.


Luciane- Many times a reader doesn’t have a clear idea of how much work is involved to prepare one single photo shoot. Can you tell us the process and how long it usually takes for an article to be completed?

Paloma Contreras- Well, it usually begins with creating a concept several months in advance. After that, we brainstorm on people who might be a good fit, reach out to them and schedule a photographer. I usually work with the designer before the shoot to determine the creative direction of the story and I help with styling at the shoot itself. Once we wrap the shoot, we wait for the photographer to send in the images, we write the story and then send everything to our art department to lay it out and do the graphic design.


Luciane- How do you see your magazine in five years?

Paloma Contreras- Wow, that is a difficult question to answer, but my hope is that we’ll have a very strong readership, a larger staff and hopefully, a print version.


Luciane- Besides your work, what describes you best?

Paloma Contreras- I absolutely love travel, foreign languages and art. I am happiest when I am exploring a new city with my husband, Fabian.


Luciane- Having a blog and now a magazine, you must be a busy-bee. How is your day usually like?

Paloma Contreras- If I am home, most days, I am on the phone and on the computer all day long. I usually start my day by replying to emails and making calls and writing emails to people about High Gloss. I normally write my blog posts for La Dolce Vita in the afternoons. If I am at a shoot, we usually have an early call time and we’re on set all day, where I lead the art direction, help with styling, etc.


Luciane- Agree or disagree: “The interior design world can be many times superficial”.

Paloma Contreras- I agree in a sense. Is it necessary in order to survive that one’s home be beautiful? No, but I definitely think that being creative, feeling inspired and doing the most with what you have can improve the quality of one’s life.


Luciane- What and who really inspires you?

Paloma Contreras- Travel and those who dare to take chances and follow their dreams.


Luciane- If I could I would…

Paloma Contreras- Hire a big staff to work at High Gloss and make time for a European vacation.


Luciane- Life in 2011 will be…

Paloma Contreras- Busy, busy, busy!

Get to know High Gloss Magazine:

High Gloss Premiere Issue

Fresh, classy and gorgeous.


This living room is part of one of my favorite articles on the magazine.

By The Way

Each detail counts.


I love the vintage rug in this kitchen. It adds a splash of color and interest at the same time.

Juicy Purple

You simply can’t miss it! Stunning.


A room that I will not forget.


This is a room not hard to achieve yet it has so much personality. The chandelier is really beautiful.

To Dream

Every single item in this room is made to perfection.

The Gate

Adding love to your home.

Party Time

This is so fun! I simply love all the colors and yet the simplicity of it.

Horses & Art

I love this picture of a winery they visited in Napa Valley.


Gorgeous space but what I really want from here is that picture. I love it!

Let’s Eat!

Extremely beautiful decor and I can’t get over that chandelier. Authenticity is a must!

A Perfect Place

Simply beautiful.

Thank you again to Paloma Contreras for giving this interview to us. It’s an honor to have her on HomeBunch.

I really hope you take a look at High Gloss, remember to subscribe (free of charge) so you can get an email reminding you about the next issue. Believe me, this magazine is truly worth a subscription!

Click to visit: High Gloss.

Have a wonderful day, everyone! It’s always great to have each one of you here! 🙂


Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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Source: High Gloss, La Dolce Vita.


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  1. What a great interview, I love Paloma! Glad to hear a 5 year goal is to have it in print. Just the thought makes me excited! I will be a reader of High Gloss for a long time!

  2. Claudia said,

    Wonderful, I am new to both Paloma’s work and her blog, so I’ll be subscribing for more of her fabulous style!

  3. Eu nem acredito (claro que acredito rsrs) que você entrevistou a Paloma!!! Lu, você é demais, demais!! Como você é chic, amiga!! Parabéns pela Interview! beijos, beijos da sua fã, Carmen

  4. SizzleandZoom said,

    Beautiful, stunning interiors. I will be reading High

  5. classiccasualhome.com said,

    Great interview! I enjoyed the mag and could sense the tremendous amount of work that went into it. It’s also nice to be able to click on a photo and be transported instantly to where you can buy the item…cannot do that with traditional magazines. But I will always love those too (and am renewing my subscriptions–hope more don’t fold). Thanks
    Mary Ann


    Hi lucieane give me place at the table under the trees please mmmmm and a large Lemonade
    Kelim in the kitchen mmmm plus scrambled egg ?? love the little white and ornage room with roman blind lol fay xxx

  7. Meera @ firstsense said,

    That is a great interview! Paloma’s achievements are fantastic.

    I LOVE these images you have chosen from the magazine. Adore the gorgeous attention to detail in the shots and that snooker room – OMG!!

    Your blog is always such a delight, Luciane!

    Meera xx

  8. Modern Country Style said,

    Your blog is always so lovely to look at. I’d choose to Follow it anew for each post I see. You have such origianl ideas.

    Yours was one of the outstanding Inspiration blogs I was thinking of for my Inspiration linky party.

    This was a great interview! I devoured the words and the pictures!


  9. Nichole@40daysof said,

    Great interview, Luciane! I must admit that I still haven’t checked out High Gloss. Thanks for the reminder.

  10. Donnie said,

    Lovely interview with a great designer.

  11. Michele said,

    what do you mean, you don’t really do interviews? you should. this was excellent. delicious images to start the day!

    have fun this week whatever you do. hugs.


  12. Slim Paley said,

    It looks beautiful and fun- I LOVE the cover!
    Thank you for sharing and very best of luck to Paloma- I will definitely be popping over for a visit.

  13. Sherri @ Inside Out Design said,

    GREAT interview Luciane! I really enjoyed reading it – I liked your questions and it prompted me to actually read through the entire magazine (finally)! Your blog just keeps getting better and better Luciane! Have a great day, Sherri

  14. PriscilaPetersDecor said,

    Glamorous!! Good job, Lu

  15. A Casa da Vá said,

    That is a great interview, I love her blog and now a magazine is even better!

  16. Dovecote Decor said,

    I feel like I’ve done nothing with my life!! Some people are amazingly productive!

  17. Cole@LavishProperty said,

    Very nice interview, and beautiful spaces! Love all of the photos! In Nashville right now, and I looked at some pretty amazing homes today. Have a good night!

  18. the enchanted home said,

    What a wonderful interview! I enjoyed reading about her inspriation and we certainly have travel in common:) I have to admit i wasn’t really on the
    “online magazine” bandwagon…however must say I have enjoyed this magazine way more than i thought possible! Thank you for helping us to get to know this dyanmo a little better…I like her vision….your comments are ALWAYS so incredibly thoughtful and kind and complimentary, totally made my day and night!! I always love coming to your wonderful blog as well….you do it first rate!!

  19. Splendid Sass said,

    Loved this issue! I am dying to have that farm table. I can’t find one with legs that large.
    Great interview, Luciane!

  20. Maria Killam said,

    Wonderful images, love this issue, that rope chandelier is so great!

  21. Amanda said,

    I LOVE reading stuff like this. It makes me feel inspired to follow my dreams. Thanks for sharing.

    The Cheeky Cafe

  22. Tereza said,

    este post está O ARRASO TOTAL!
    Aquela foto junto às poltronas de madeira eu adoraria ter aqui em casa.
    Ótima entrevista, imagens belíssimas, bom gosto incontestável.

  23. Sheila Zeller said,

    What a treat – thank you Luciane,for taking the time to bring us closer to Paloma and High Gloss. I’m excited to see what High Gloss has in store for us this year!

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