I recently travelled to New Orleans to seek out the jazz music, shops, museums, inns, boats, cemeteries and voodoo magic whilst working on my new project The Stylist’s Guide to The Globe. On our travels, we came across Race & Religion.
It’s an oasis in what appears to be an industrial wasteland of downtown New Orleans, Race & Religion is named after the streets its sits on.
A cluster of 3 houses now themed after the street names, sit around a garden of climbing roses & a slate pool.
The first house the owner (an antique dealer & his creative artistic family) purchased was the slaves quarters & then, over time, acquired the others.
The houses are full of religious themed objects, tribal rugs, salvaged shop fittings & architectural pieces from Argentina.
Its eclectic, full of fun & building quirks- a perfect place for a party or a stay over.
When I arrived , the rap music was pumping, and I loved the copper draw door , weighted with stone, the butchers pantry and the sense of magic & fantasy…
This was a highlight of my New Orleans trip.
Come down to The Society inc to get your books signed by Sibella, and join us for a drink & a catch up between 2-4pm on Saturday the 21st of June.
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!)
Fabric by the yard on long wooden tables, rolled out, measured and cut with tailors’ scissors; the weavers & makers of textiles & cloth; the local stores that awaited their delivery of french silks, velvets, grosgrains and all things millinery.
It can be linen & homespun, milliners’ notions, patterns & blueprints, ribbons, safety pins and anything inbetween.
Create a new picture in theme and #draper&mills & #bowerbird & tag @sibellacourt and I will choose a favourite to win a copy of Bowerbird.
This Saturday, I will be taking part in Vivid Ideas, as part of 2014’s Vivid Sydney. I will be discussing local aesthetics on a global stage, Australian interiors, objects, furniture and textiles on a panel with other designers including Russel Koskela & Rachel Castle. Come along!
When: 10am – 2pm, Saturday 24th May
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay.
For more information, visit Vivid Ideas.
The lovely Lucy from The Design Files, recently visited me at The Society inc. and my home for a feature on her website. Check it out here.
The traditional traders of the tinsmiths, blacksmiths & silversmiths, hand-beating functional pieces into shape; and merchants who sold their wares from town to village to city.
It can be lights that hang & clip, anything stamped & official, stencils, scissors, utensils & vintage hardware.
Create a new picture in theme and #smith, #tinkers & #bowerbird & tag @sibellacourt and I will choose a favourite to win a copy of Bowerbird.