5Aug

Poets Ode

The Stylists Guide to Adelaide

Poets Ode is in the foothills of adelaide, in postcard perfect, Hanhdorf.

I had the luck to squeeze in a visit (about 45 mins from airport) during a work trip.

The gorgeous owners, Alia & Scout have stripped back on old shop & embraced its raw humble self.  With a series of higgle piggle rooms, all sunfilled coming through the blown glass windows. Take note of the display pieces, found locally but oh-so European.

The shop is layers of muted tones: whites ,creams, caramels and sells cool stuff from all over the world.

 as well as having art showings. The artworks were round & detailed in copper, the velvet pillows were just the right mushy, the throws were striped or plain & edged in pom poms and a tea room is opening soon!

I loved everything and went away with an olive oil pourer, a cotton baby hat, a silk wool baby hat, a amulet necklace and a needle made from a thorn

Follow them on instagram @poetsode

100b main St Hahndorf, South Australia

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poets ode - the society by sibella court

poets ode - the society by sibella court

poets ode - the society by sibella court

poets ode - the society by sibella court

poets ode - the society by sibella court

poets ode - the society by sibella court

poets ode - the society by sibella court

poets ode - the society by sibella court

poets ode - the society by sibella court

poets ode - the society by sibella court

5Aug

Scarlett at The Harbour Rocks Hotel

The history of The Rocks has always sparked my imagination .

It started when I read ‘Playing Bettie Bow’ at school & continued with my study of Australian history .

It evokes the mysteries of times long ago , with it’s sandstoned paved ways , side alleys , tunnels & beautiful buildings

I have refreshed a secret place , down nurses walk & up a unassuming flight of stairs . It is named after the mistress of a merchant – a romantic tragedy involving class, adventure & true love!

Come for tipple at Scarlett

Each piece is bespoke, handcrafted&tooled, a historical nod to materials that would have been used when The Rocks was settled

Leather lined walls with Sleeper veneers creating the walls

The banquette is made from 200 year old sleepers, milled & oiled to anchor the room with feathered cushions covered in linen to settle into

A smithed & forged Copper topped communal table , all patched with flat head copper tacks

Antiqued mirror topped tables , all inky & stormy

Look at the details, a Pickle jar that most likely sailed into Sydney harbour full of Mediterranean olives , a sneaky Copper fire hydrant and And of course the model of the shop that Eric sailed on

All furniture designed by Sibella Court

Scarlett can be found at Harbour Rocks Hotel, 34 Harrington Street, The Rocks

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scarlett - the society by sibella court

scarlett - the society by sibella court

scarlett - the society by sibella court

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23Jun

Instagram Competition: Week 10 – Magic Tricks & Lucky Dips

The final week of the Bowerbird Instagram competition!

The unexpected fun & fantasy of old-fashioned sideshows, fairs and funhouses; thoughts of tomfoolery & practical jokes and bags of mixed sweets.

Amulets & talismans, crowns, tiaras & masks, gaming paraphernalia, flags & bunting. We want to see it all.

Create a new picture in theme and #magictricksandluckydips & #bowerbird & tag @sibellacourt and I will choose a favourite to win a copy of Bowerbird.

Good luck!

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19Jun

Book signing at Society inc. this Saturday!

Don’t forget to come down to The Society inc. this Saturday to get your books signed by Sibella, and join us for a catch up between 2-4pm.

Bring your own books- hopefully full of notes & slightly dog-eared, or buy some more!

Bowerbird will be on sale for the super price $30 (with a saving of $35!)

Bowerbird Instagram Competition - The Society inc. by Sibella Court
16Jun

Instagram Competition – Week 9: Oddities & Curiosities

The strange & wonderful bits & bobs that fit into life in the most magical and unconventional of ways.

It can be anything from strange little paintings, typography & the written word and anything odd & curious you collect around the place!

Create a new picture in theme and #odditiesandcuriosities & #bowerbird & tag @sibellacourt and I will choose a favourite to win a copy of Bowerbird.

Good luck!

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11Jun

My Sydney Home featured on The Design Files

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Sibella Court’s workspace / studio above her Paddington Store, The Society inc. Photo – Sean Fennessy. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

 

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Annex off bathroom, above Sibella Court’s Paddington store. Photo – Sean Fennessy. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

 

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Sibella’s bathroom of classic subway tiles, black grout and hardware pieces from her own range. Photo – Sean Fennessy. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

 

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Incredible tiny eclectic kitchen!  The kitchen sink was purchased at The Great Gatsby prop sale, the zinc splash back, and open shelving were custom made by a local blacksmith. Photo – Sean Fennessy. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

 

Sydney stylist, author, designer and TV presenter Sibella Court gets quite a lot of press, and with good reason.  I’ve admired her work from afar for a long time, but it wasn’t until I recently had the opportunity to shoot her Sydney home and studio that I really began to properly understand Sibella’s genius! With an uncanny knack for creating the most layered, rich and dramatic interior spaces, Sibella sources details from across the globe to give her projects a depth and sense of timelessness that is very hard to describe.  When you turn a camera on Sibella’s interiors, the magic is clear.  These spaces really do encapsulate something far richer than the sum of their parts.

The word ‘bohemian’ gets bandied about a lot these days but I would have to say it’s entirely accurate in Sibella’s case!  Sibella’s creative projects and her everyday life are intrinsically linked, without much distinction between the two.  Indeed, when I first approached Sibella’s team to request the opportunity to photograph her home, they sweetly explained that whilst she could certainly accommodate a shoot, Sibella’s living arrangements were a little (characteristically!) unconventional.  Allow me to explain.

At present, Sibella’s workspace and daytime living / working quarters are above her beautiful shop,The Society Inc, a sweet little corner store in a building which dates back to the 1800′s, in Sydney’s leafy Paddington. Here, Sibella has created an eclectic environment complete with tiny kitchen (crammed with all manner of vintage knick knacks), bathroom with antique tapware and hardware from Sibella’s own vintage-inspired range, and an incredible multi-purpose studio space above the shop where Sibella’s small creative team is based.  Day to day, when not travelling, Sibella is based here.

In the evenings, Sibella, her baby daughter Silver and partner Ben Harper retire to sleeping quarters elsewhere – a self contained wing of a large shared mansion in Bondi.  Here Sibella has created a sanctuary of sorts, incorporating a moody master bedroom, Silver’s bedroom, a bathroom, and a connecting outdoor balcony / sunroom.  10 minutes by car from her studio and shop in Paddington, somehow, this peculiar arrangement suits Sibella and Silver just perfectly, whilst Ben divides his time between Bondi and Wategoes near Byron Bay, where his business, McTavish Surfboards is based.

Sibella has had her store for five years, and has been based between here and Bondi for the past twelve months, since just before Silver was born.  (Previously, she lived above the shop fulltime). The shop was completely stripped back to its raw shell when Sibella first took it on in 2008.  Though at first glance they might appear original, in fact the kitchen and the bathroom were both painstakingly renovated to reinstate some of their former Victorian charm.  In the bathroom, a dinky bathtub was removed to make way for a more open wet room. Classic subway tiles with black grout were used, with an old French cleaners sink, picked up the taps in a Paris flea market, and Sibella added decorative hardware from her own hardware range.

The kitchen renovation started with the cast iron American sink, purchased at The Great Gatsby prop sale.  As soon as she had installed said sink, that very afternoon Sibella ripped out the whole kitchen, replacing it with a deceptively authentic Victorian-style kitchen – ‘which my brother thinks looks like its from the 1860’s’ she says!  Sibella used salvaged wood for her kitchen bench, and had her master blacksmiths Saul Forge line the walls with zinc and hand perforated shelves, with specially designed forged brackets. Open shelves display Sibella’s many plates, mugs, bowls, jugs, water carafes and ‘every other kitchen un-necessity you ever possibly want’ says Sibella!

At Bondi, Sibella was keen to create a darker, moody atmosphere for her sleeping quarters.  Both her own bedroom and Silver’s were painted in deep tones which give the space an enveloping cosiness, punctuated by Sibella’s treasure trove of collected antiques, artwork, textiles and vintage ephemera.  Though her various projects vary in scale and style, it is this clever layering of detail upon detail which really define Sibella’s distinctive aesthetic, and give so many of her projects their richness and unmistakeable sense of nostalgia.

‘I have got lots of favourite things. Everything has its story, important to me, collected over time from around the world’ says Sibella, who describes her home simply as ‘typical of me’.   I often feel that documenting someone’s personal space can be the ‘truest’ way of understanding what makes them tick – in this case, today’s story certainly presents a vivid snapshot of the inner workings of one truly unique creative mind.  Thankyou Sibella for sharing your world with us!

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The Society inc. store – staircase leads up to Sibella’s studio above.  The store itself is housed in an 1800′s corner shop in Paddington.  Here Sibella has created a unique space specialising in local and global textiles, furniture, homewares and beautiful treasure. The shield reads ‘I was born on a pirate ship’ ! Photo – Sean Fennessy. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

 

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Sibella’s studio and office above her shop.   Custom made wall to ceiling shelves to house her extensive library, which she references daily for inspiration. Photo – Sean Fennessy. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

 

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Details from Sibella’s studio. Photo – Sean Fennessy. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

 

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Sibella has her own hardware range, Merchants & Traders, which she sells in her store. She gathers inspiration for her products ranges whilst travelling the globe. Photo – Sean Fennessy. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

 

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Custom designs in zinc and copper in Sibella’s studio, for the commercial spaces she is currently working on. Photo – Sean Fennessy. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

 

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Bathroom details.  Taps found at a Paris flea market, and a few of Sibella’s collection of old shaving mirrors from around the globe. Photo – Sean Fennessy. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

 

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Sibella, Ben and Silver’s sleeping quarters in a shared mansion in Bondi!  Pictured above – the outdoor room off the master bedroom. Photo – Sean Fennessy. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

 

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Master bedroom. Bed head is custom designed by Sibella, and made by Magic Axe, with a zinc top by her black smith, Saul. Photo – Sean Fennessy. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

 

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Sibella loves cut flowers, especially anything on the branch to add scent & texture to her room. Photo – Sean Fennessy. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

 

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Abundance of hats collected from all around the world in Sibella’s wardrobe. Photo – Sean Fennessy. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

 

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Baby Silver’s enchanting bedroom. The mosquito net was dip dyed by Shibori. Photo – Sean Fennessy. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

 

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A relaxing nook in baby Silver’s bedroom. Photo – Sean Fennessy. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

 

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Sibella collects fancy dress ups & masks from all around the globe, and keeps them in her walk in wardrobe in an old leather suitcase. Photo – Sean Fennessy. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.