While lighthouse keeping | Frame denim overalls with Maje knit from Mamapapa andHunter boots | Silver wears Gap knitted onesie with fur booties and bonnet fromMamapapa.
Outside the lighthouse | Carla Zampatti skirt, Miu Miu shirt and Mamapapa beanie | Silver wears Mamapapa knitted playsuit.
Inside the lighthouse | Skirt from Dolly Up Vintage Emporium and I Love Mr.Mittenscardigan with Sibella’s own hat.
Sibella Court and her precious Silver
I’ve been sitting here trying to paper-trail my friendship with Sibella and it looks something like a well worn nautical chart passed from sailor to sailor. There is no beginning and no end just a voyage of treasures and trinkets, adventure and discovery. Brought together by similar obsessions it is she who wears the captains hat when it comes to her insanely natural instinct to weave incredible beauty from whatever she touches and wherever she goes.
Sibella on naming Silver……
“My mother sent me a book called a Lighthouse Keeping by Jeanette Winterson over 10 years ago whilst I was living in New York. She said if I was to have a baby it would be called Silver. The book opens with: My Mother called me Silver. Part precious metal, part pirate. And so it was. Jeanette was keynote speaker at Byron Bay Writers Festival last year, Silver meet her (although she was asleep) and had her own copy inscribed. My mother died 7 years ago.”
Tireless creator, weaver of dreams, bird of passage, Rose drinker, natural mother, treasure lover, mover + shaker
Effortless, pilgrim chic, sun tumbled beachcomber, everyday costumier disheveled wears PRADA
I’m pretty sure this is her last…if that were the case & she had to start from scratch … a silk worm, or a fire fly
A tight-rope walker in a circus … one who had to tie their own knots
Driving the backstreets with speed & accuracy, magic.
I’ve never been able to imagine her doing the dishes
Can find a rosemary bush anywhere.
Can con-jour an entire intricate, interior concept complete with branding in a single yoga class.
A way of executing her vision with a singleminded accuracy that unfolds with the precision that only arch preparation can foster.
Wisdom that wells from knowledge of the practical & contemplative.
Tenacious, grounded, resplendent & funny. Very Very funny. She has no idea how funny she is
If you thought you were ‘sharing’ a cake.
Navigating the backstreets with speed & accuracy.
Things can happen very spontaneously & be so much fun people may be harmed in the making.
Being an incredible role model to Silver.
Arranging enormous slabs of stone into a pyramid.
A marvel of modern civilization that future cultures will look back & exclaim “however did she do it ?”
Fall into Sibella’s world at The Society Inc
Thank you Kelly for your insightful words that perfectly describe how amazing and talented Sibella is as an artist, person and mother.
Steven and Chloe, great team x
Sibella Court, the Sydney-based author, interior stylist and new mother lends her creative projects a distinctly warm, personal touch. Here, a look behind the scenes at her anything-goes workspace along with her latest endeavour, the opening of a delightfully charming one-bedroom check-in.
Photographed by Hugh Stewart
Interview by Natasha Inchley
What ignited your love of design?
I grew up in a family that was very much inspired by the arts. My Mum used to take us to the theatre from a very early age and I was always given subscriptions to the Sydney Theatre Company for Christmas. We were surrounded by books, which in turn influenced the crafts projects we did at home. On the flipside, my Dad is a builder and is very passionate about things like old bricks and chimney pots and this made us appreciate all the fine details. Both my parents really embraced my creative notions from an early age – if I wanted to do carpentry or painting they would sign me up to classes, and so the passion grew.
You have such a distinct aesthetic, how would you describe your look?
As a stylist, I think you can be quite the chameleon – whether minimalist or eclectic – depending on the mood or the brief. I think my personal stamp, however, is that my styling props are very thoughtful and considered, they’re collections gathered together with meaning. When working with a client, I tend to take a lot of my own collections to the space, be it a bar or home interior – at Mr Wong restaurant, for example, there is a painting of camellias behind the bar that my grandmother did, and downstairs is a huge curtain that I sourced from the Andes in Ecuador. Regardless of what the theme is, I like to really focus on the personal touch.
How did your own brand, The Society Inc., come about?
When I lived in New York, I used to walk around Gramercy Park and take in all the old clubs in the area. At night, you could see people gathered around in these welcoming rooms inside grand brownstones and terraces, and I loved the old-school notion of it all. I’m also very inspired by the 1850s, when London hosted a huge exhibition in a crystal palace and people came from all over the world to show off their wares.
What is your secret to creating a warm yet compelling space?
It’s all about the importance of what you surround yourself with, both new and old. It’s a balance between the found and the man-made, and hard and soft textiles – something natural such as fresh flowers, or shells and stones will always soften an environment.
And what about your signature palette – for our Country Road story, you selected grey and camel tones:
I only ever wear neutrals; it comes from working on big interior sets and spaces and not wanting to stand out in the environment I was creating. My philosophy, though, is that everyone has his or her own personal palette. I often advise a client to look closely at all their favourite things – from a favourite dress to a ring they might have bought for a party, an invitation or bed linen – and a colour palette will always be revealed, it works every time. In my own home, even though I only dress in neutrals, I’m attracted to colours in washed out tones such as mossy greens and dusty blues.
Your new one-bedroom terrace hotel located in Paddington is an insider delight:
I travel extensively and I’m always on the hunt for interesting places to stay. I love luxury as much as the next person, but I also don’t like generic. I prefer somewhere that is a little offbeat and personal. I was very emotionally attached to my old building in Paddington and when I opened the new store I wasn’t ready to let it go, so I had the idea of a one-bedroom hotel where guests could experience all the things that I love about this particular pocket in Sydney. It’s a sensory experience, all about immersing yourself in the environment.
As a new mum to baby Silver, how do you strike a balance between work and family?
I think of it as having two babies. I love my job and have never had to think about work-life balance because one informs the other; there are huge overlaps between my job and my interests. I’ve also never been a late-night worker, I’m very efficient at getting things done between 9am and 6pm. I don’t go home and work on my computer, I switch off and I’m there for my family.
And finally, what would be your ultimate indulgence right now?
I’ve just been invited to stay at Satellite Island in Tasmania for three days and I’ve no doubt that will be incredible because it’s a quiet, remote place and therefore all about relaxing and doing nothing as opposed to scouting. Now I just have to find the time to escape there.
The Society inc. by Sibella Court has partnered with US-based hospitality brand, Figure-of-8 curating 2 fabulous 1800ft2 lofts on the corner of Greene & Grand Streets in New York’s fabulous SOHO.
We have worked with a hand-picked range of artisans to create an exciting sensory experience.
The makers, crafters, designers & peddlars are all masters of their crafts and we are honoured to have them on board and celebrate their contribution to our project.
Richard Wrightman http://www.richardwrightman.com
Fleamarket RX http://www.fleamarketrx.com
Merci Merci http://www.merci-merci.com/en/
Armadillo & Co http://armadillo-co.com
Anaesthetic Design http://anaestheticdesign.com
The Society inc http://www.thesocietyinc.com.au
James Merrell Photography http://www.jamesmerrell.co.uk
Jai Vasicek of Ahoy Trader http://www.ahoytrader.com
It is available now for living showroom, photography shoots, trunk shows, private dinner parties, boutique accommodation & events – a sensory space open to interpretation on how you would like to use it!
If you would like more information on the lofts please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A long time fascination with cacti & a love of the desert, had me stopping at Moorten Boatanical gardens.
A small private living gallery garden dense with a huge variety of cactus & succulents surrounds the Moorten House, with meandering sandy paths that lead you past & around plants of all heights, shapes & sizes.
My initial thoughts on cacti is plants of structure & rigidity, but this place makes you understand their fluidity & free form shapes.
I could not have enough time in the Cactarium (I think they may have coined this term) and only moved on once my camera’s card was filled.
I want to get married here!
Note: Closed on Wednesdays
After a hectic 2 weeks working in the arctic conditions of NYC, some much needed R&R found me in Palm Springs.
Many years ago I photographed Jonathan Adler for Marie Claire Lifestyle & became a fan. He is true to his personal style & sense of fun and this is fantastically translated into Le Parker, Palm Springs!
Parker is essentially a thematic wonderland where all things kitsch are styled into cool. Tucked in the midst of outlandish Palm Springs, it is fun and frivolity with a lemon twist of humour. Butterfly chairs circle a fire pit that roars of an evening and a floating fireplace takes centre stage amongst the winding maze of gardens amongst pools and croquet lawns. The wonderland props are placed to discover, with giant doors propped between the hedges, outdoor chess and hammocks for two suspended between palms.
This is a place where the manicured lawns catch daily 5 o’clock shadow and a walk through the grounds stirs a rosemary and citrus scent. This is the wacky, wacky world of Jonathon vignettes reminiscent of a film set, yellow and white striped chairs at the lemonade bar with a spot of boules, where dogs outnumber babies and there are lots of nooks and crannies to find and hide.