Books I LOVE & Reference

I have a great personal reference library that I have been acquiring for many years. I have a genuine love of books, all books & reference them daily. I have had floor to ceiling shelves made to house this collection, which even has its own library ladder! Here is a list of the books I go back to time & time again, for inspiration and information. I never fail to find what I’m looking for, even if I’m not looking for anything at all.

Travels through the Paint Box by Victoria Finlay

Lartigue by Centre Pompidou

Wild at Heart by Nikki Tibbles & Martyn Thompson

Modern Glamour by Kelly Wearstler

Ballets Russes catalogue from the National Gallery of Australia exhibition

The Forgotten Arts & Crafts by John Seymour

Retro Fonts by Gregor Stawinski

Shoes for the Moscow Circus by Leta Keens

Etcetera by Sibella Court

Tender is the night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Badjelly the Witch by Spike Milligan

The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay

A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: the Life of William Dampier by Diana & Michael Preston

The Marvelous Museum by Mark Dion

A Picture Book First and Foremost by David Bromley

Home is where the heart is by Ilse Crawford

Wabi Inspirations by Axel Vervoodt

Jack Lenor Larsen’s LongHouse by Molly Chappellett

The Stylist’s Guide to NYC by Sibella Court


My Travel Writing Desk

My desk transforms with each different country I visit, reflecting the elements of where I am: from overlooking the Mediterranean to worn stone of the courtyard of a mosque to the modern tabletop of a groovy hotel. Each one is inspiring & beautiful in its own way.

My traveling office consists of: pencils sharpened with knives (I only write my notes with these), my paint palettes (110 colours which come in a full set swatch book- available at our shop), scissors, a special stapler with mini staples, notebooks, tape, eraser, iphone & laptop, Millenius video camera, Canon G11 & 5D.


Last chance – Styling w/ sticks stones & bones workshop

to styling with sticks stones & bones
10am – 12 noon 3/5/11
@ the society inc.
18 Stewart Street Paddington
Buy your ticket online- in tookit & tacklebox section
Or email hannah@thesocietyinc.com.au to reserve a spot

Look forward to seeing you there


Impromptu ‘the stylists guide to nyc’ book signing

‘THE STYLISTS GUIDE TO NYC’ impromptu book signing

Tomorrow Sibella is instore from 10am-5pm to sign the just-in ‘the stylists guide to nyc’ make the most of the opportunity and get your book signed and for one day only if you buy ‘etcetera’ & ‘the stylists guide to nyc’ you get both for the bargain price of $85

New winter trading hours as of next week
11am – 5pm
Wednesday – Saturday


Easter Trading

The Society inc. will be CLOSED for Easter & Anzac day from Friday 22nd – Tuesday 26th April. We will be out hunting for eggs but our online store is open 24/7.



I am coining a new phrase- well, re-working it to suit me and my style. I have been looking for this word and think lo-fi is the right fit for me!

The word lo-fi originates in the sound & music industry, however in my world it means low expense, with ease and casual abandon to achieve a relaxed, liveable space that reflects your personality & lifestyle.