William and Jo White are real live tinkers – or tinkerers anyway. They built their Brunswick Heads shop, Fabulous Mrs Fox, out of salvage and live upstairs. Fabulous Mrs Fox sells lighting William makes – he’s a bit of an inventor – plus flea market finds, books, a crystal ship chandelier I want to buy, and all sorts of other objets.
William and Jo lived in South Carolina and Argentina for years – their place feels like the coolest apartment in Beunos Aires with its beautifully proportioned rooms, panelled dados, shutters and floorboards, and always a vista to inspire curiosity of what the next room might look like.
Now, one of their Fabulous Room’s is available for holiday rental. The room is nestled in the quaint seaside village, only 15 minutes north of Byron Bay with loves of boutique shopping and cafes right at the doorstep.
In April of last year, I was invited by One Kings Lane on a global shopping trip to anywhere in the world, to fill a container of treasures for their online sale. We decided on Vietnam, due to its many specialties in ceramics, bamboo, lacquerware, embroidery, canework, and horn. I hand-picked, and custom-designed an assortment of pieces, perfect for adding a well-traveled touch to anyone’s home.
Vietnam is a manufacturing country, in new & old techniques. I knew I would be able to find objects in the markets, that were still tinkered, smithed & blown as they had been for 100s of years. The luxury of shopping there, is the many different manufacturing & making processes and specialised expertise that can be pin pointed to a specific area. To be able to bring back unique products, identifiable with a country, and to have a story brings a beautiful depth to a home or space.
We had a very successful shopping trip! Filling the container with intricately detailed cotton bedlinen in the softest of colours, giant temple incense coils, hand forged scissors, beautifully delicate bamboo birdcages, horn spoons, metal beaten utensils, and even a bamboo bicycle!
In 1980 my sister & I had a room decoratored by leading interior designer, Mary Kerr. My aunt stylist/editor, Robyn Duffecy had organised for a shoot for magazine of the moment Home Beautiful. We thought it was amazing, & it was. So sophiscated for an 8 & 13 year old- canopied beds with matching piped bedspreads (that we were instructed to never ever throw off willy-nilly but had to be very neatly folded each evening) in an almost ikat pattern of lichen, dusky pink & murky cream from Avanti. The stand out piece for me was the peacock chair, painted in gloss white that sat pride of place at our vanity table that was shared between the 2 beds with a matching mirror. Cutting edge of the time, it has never left me & I still have a love & romance with cane .
Today, the peacock design comes in many colours, and is a fun addition to any kids room.
At Society inc. we are selling two beautiful pieces; a crafted and colourful mini rattan peacock chair; a perfect place to curl up with a book, imagine, or just look fabulous! Approx 104cm in height, 78cm wide and 47cm deep for $399.
Also available, a mini peacock bed head in dusky pink. Approx 106cm wide x 147cm in height for $399.
Here is the latest surfboard released from my collaboration with McTavish, a beautiful Suzani print!
The front of the board is Land Cruiser green, with the bottom boasting a gorgeous Russian textile print in reds & greens. I designed this board by taking inspiration from my mothers vast textiles collection, and the humble cotton prints that are found on the inside of Ikat jackets.
McTavish step deck longboards are made to order and are offered in 8’2”, 8’4” & 8’6” with an 8-week delivery time to your doorstep or beachfront.
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When I travel, I come home with a colour palette and scent for each place I visit – I have memories of remote coves of pink sands in Galapagos, busy coastal seaside towns in the Aegean, Medieval villages at the base of the Carpathian Mountains, cobbled streets of Scotland and the milky clay waters of Mekong Delta. I am able to translate colour palettes and styling arrangements from my travel inspirations through my books. I also like to communicate one of the most important senses, one that transports you back to your globetrotting experiences or makes you dream of future holidays: smell. With these memories, I have designed a new range of soaps.
My 5 latest soaps are inspired directly from the chapters in my latest book Gypsy. All soaps are naturally coloured and pressed and cut into the shape of a Society inc. shield. Pick a place that brings you good memories, or the next one to explore!
Galapagos: A remote cove of pink sands, the shores strewn with sea turtle tracks, sea urchin quills & coral fragments. Dunes behind are speckled with prickly pears and the scent on the air is holy trees, geranium & pine.
Turkey: Coastal towns by the Aegean full of seaside activity; scents of pink grapefruit, sweet orange, clove & coriander from the markets, petit grain & helichrysum, Mediterranean sea salt from the turquoise ocean.
Scotland: A road trip that winds through a landscape of lochs & highlands, grey mist & cobblestone streets, heady with scents of oak moss, petit grain & thyme
Transylvania: Warm, cloudless days, crispy in the morning withe the scent of blood orange, peppermint & birch tar filling medieval villages at the base of Carpathian Mountains, hiding wolves & bears, unchanged for hundreds of years
Indochine: Quiet wooden boats drifting on secret water paths, milky with clay & ochre hues. Scents of sweet orange, clary sage, pine, lavender, cedar wood, lemongrass, & patchouli.
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The festive season is upon us, and here at The Society inc. we are having a Christmas Flea Market! Stalls will be lining Stewart St, Paddington this Saturday 7th December at 8am. Shibori, Walter G, Sally Cambell Textiles, The Hamamist and many more will be joining in the fun. Stylist props, textiles, stocking stuffers & presents galore will be on offer.
The store will also be open early, and is channeling Mexicola! It is all about beautiful faded colours, felted cactus’, turquoise peacock chairs & papel picado! It is overflowing with fun decorations, cushions, woven market baskets, pom poms, Mexican textiles & more!
See you bright & early Saturday morning for some market fossicking & Christmas present shopping!