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.
One of my all-time favourite things is lighting.
I am more of a lamp & ambient lighting kinda-person,
everyone looks better not under a downlight.
My go-to for all my hospitality spaces is Barn Light Australia .
When we moved into our new warehouse, Barn Light Australia & I designed my own custom fitting, the blue right armed one with hand spun shades and Streamline custom coloured the caged lighting they fit in with my ongoing ‘I was born on a Pirate ship’ story at The Society inc.
As a embracer of LED, this are the best ones yet – edison in LED!!
An imaginarium corner terrace in the heart of leafy Paddington close to Bondi&surrounding beaches, eastern distributor, SCG, city, airport.
A quiet oasis offering the curious pilgrim a treasure trove of curiosities, curated with art, Australia artisan products & furniture and a vast reference library. It consists of a spacious light & leafy master bedroom, dining room for 10, kitchen, courtyard, single/dressing room, annexe & bathroom and the use of a grey Tokyo bike – all lovingly restored & renovated by Sibella Court.
The Society inc terrace is available now for guests, parties, photo shoots & events
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
& visit https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/4549682 to book your stay.
This morning the lovely team at The Design Files featured our new space.
Photographs by Rachel Kara and words by Amber Creswell Bell
You really can be assured that pretty much anything Sydney stylist and author Sibella Court turns her hand to will be GOLD.
Sibella’s distinctive aesthetic and meticulous eye for detail are on our radar again this month, with the launch her latest venture, The Society Inc. Warehouse – a new retail concept in St Peters, Sydney. This new space is triple the size of her previous store in Paddington, and, inevitably, it’s beautiful. (We commissioned these shots before we even saw the place, because, well, with Sibella, you just know). Our Sydney contributor Amber Creswell Bell gives us the lowdown.
Sibella Court’s at The Society Inc Warehouse. Photo – Rachel Kara for The Design Files.
It’s probable that Sibella Court needs no introduction – she is, after all, an interior stylist of international standing, an author, TV presenter, globetrotter, retailer and lifestyle raconteur. Sydney-based Sibella is a prolific and versatile creative, with a very distinct aesthetic. To describe her work, you need only look as far as her book titles – Nomad, Bowerbird, and Gypsy.
The end of 2014 marked the relocation of Sibella’s beloved homewares store, The Society Inc., from inner Paddington to a new destination address in St Peters, in Sydney’s Inner West. Upsizing from 80m2 to a whopping 300m2 warehouse, the new site has provided an exciting opportunity for Sibella to expand both the retail and design arms of her business. ‘The new housing allows for larger interior possibilities and installations more in tune with my books, and the hospitality interiors that dominate my work’ Sibella explains. ‘I wanted the space to feel as though you’re walking through the pages of one of my books’.
This large, conceptual retail space provides a backdrop for the treasures Sibella sources on her many travels, and celebrates crafters, makers, manufacturers, designers alongside Sibella’s raft of regular collaborators. Where the Paddington store was small and intimate, the new space is now open to interpretation – it will be used for events, workshops, and photo shoots.
Visitors to the reimagined The Society Inc. can expect an evolving display of wares via two container drops per year, sourced from the countries that Sibella has recently explored. Amongst her current favourites in store, Sibella names her ‘Earthbender Anna-Karina’ ceramics, hand-carved forest-foraged faceted gems in wood, coal, stone by Felix Allen, dyed mosquito nets in collaboration with Shibori, and, of course, her very own range of The Society Inc. range of handcrafted and tinkered hardware.
AND if you’re wondering what happened to The Society Inc’s previous lovely old corner terrace in Paddington, fear not! Still part of the ‘house of Sibella’, the old site has now become a pied-a-terre, available for rent through airbnb, as well as for intimate parties, launches and events, set against Sibella’s ever-changing backdrop of treasures.
As usual, 2015 holds much in store for Sibella Court – including the completion of five hospitality venues, collaborative design projects in New York and a new TV show, ‘Restoration Australia’, to air on ABC!
The Society Inc. Warehouse
75 Mary Street
St Peters, NSW
Open Monday to Saturday, 10.00am – 4.00pm.