Two homes, actually: a rented house in Sydney’s Bondi, and The Society Inc – an old Paddington corner shop with a planted-out verge (with herbs and lemon and olive trees) and a rooftop garden.
WHO LIVES HERE
Interior stylist Sibella Court, her partner, Ben Harper, and her baby, Silver. “A pig named Wilbur once lived with us, but he moved on to greener pastures.”
WHAT I DID
“When I bought the shop in 2009, I ripped out every thing and rewired, painted and sanded to start with a blank canvas. At Bondi, my private quarters – a series of small rooms with a verandah on the first level – are separated from my living and entertaining quarters on the ground level.”
“At Bondi, I have a walk-in room for my clothes, with a giant French painter’s ladder and my mother’s chaise lounge that I had reupholstered with painter’s drop cloths hand-dyed by Shibori in Stanmore, Sydney.”
“We love the beach at Bondi. We’re on the quiet side of Paddo – wide streets, big trees and lots of parking.”
The shop will be moving and the Paddington store will be transformed into a boutique hotel.
Vases filled with flowers and foliage (especially oversized) and anything with fruit on the branch.
The Society inc. is having a instagram competition!
Over 10 weeks, I will post a different theme from my book Bowerbird.
Create a new picture in theme, and I will choose a weekly favourite to win a copy of Bowerbird.
Mention @sibellacourt and # the theme of the week & Bowerbird
The first week’s theme is #beachcombing
Can’t wait to see your pics!
Recently I was asked by West Elm to do an Easter table styling workshop in their Bondi Junction store.
When it comes to table styling & decorating, its good to chose a theme. Don’t be shy to incorporate elements that are not just the traditional table setting basics. Not everyone needs the same plate, same napkin, same glass. Levels, textures, colours, patterns should all be kept in mind when decorating for the holidays.
Come up with a colour palette and chose a few tones, work within it to create your table setting. Pull out all of your favourite things, and then edit to create a palette.
For the West Elm table, I picked a grey palette, with a pop of copper and blues from the hand dyed shibori eggs that my assistant Hannah made! I styled with fresh cut flowers from Mr Cook, and added stacks of books, some porcelain chicken ornaments and a clock!
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I am working on my next stops for the Stylists guide to the globe – heading to New Orleans. I have anticipated this trip for many years, and my dates happen to fall in the week of the Jazz festival.
The Stylist’s Guide is going global ! Based on the success of The Stylist’s Guide to NYC , I am launching my edited globetrotting adventures – a one-stop-shop design & travel site. Opening my address book to reveal my favourite places in the world, I will take you on surprising and beguiling journeys, uncovering traditional merchants and hidden sanctuaries and all the coolest spots from around the globe.
The site will be a collection of curated and edited stores, services, markets, galleries and refuelling stops, maps, travel and cultural survival tips. A travel and design guide that celebrates the curious, the beautiful and the unexpected.
First stop – Bali! We would love to include your must-sees, secret spots, makers&crafters & best place to lay your head amongst all the rest! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.