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Interior stylist
Taking inspiration from her nomadic lifestyle, Sibella Court is an interior designer bringing the grand bazaars of the world to our homes. When she’s not globetrotting, Sibella is writing design books or running workshops from her homewares store, The Society Inc. Here’s her take on travel, design and everything in-between.

Home is?
Paddington, Sydney at The Society Inc! My hardware and haberdashery store is downstairs, my studio on top.

What do you do?
I’m an interior stylist of bars, restaurants and islands, an author, globetrotter and product designer.

Where would we find you on a typical Saturday morning?
Having a quick dip in the ocean at Bondi and then straight to the weekend auctions.

How did you start your career?
My bestie Edwina McCann was working at Vogue after we’d finished uni and thought I might like working in magazines…however I quickly discovered that interiors was much more my thing.

Where do you go for inspiration?
I travel six months of the year and love to visit local natural history museums or libraries (wherever I may be in the world).

Other than The Society Inc, what are your top three homewares shops in Sydney?
You’ll have to wait for my next book – The Stylist’s Guide to Sydney. It’s coming soon! If I must name one, I’ll say Seasonal Concepts in Redfern.

You have a floor-to-ceiling library. Where do you buy most of your books from?
I always try to support local bookstores but I do succumb to online orders because I order so many. I have novels, encyclopedias, old picture dictionaries, travel books, history, interiors and anything else that inspires me.

What’s the best flea market you’ve ever been to?
Alameda flea market in San Francisco.

What are some inexpensive ways to give your house personality?
Display the things you love, whether it’s your favourite dress on the back of a door or your grandmother’s old wooden toys or kitchenware that you no longer use. There’s no right or wrong when it comes to bringing things out to show off.

What are some tips to maximising a small space?
I’m all for going against the rules. The smallest room in my house is painted black! I think you should put more time into thinking about what sort of interior you want to spend time in, rather than worrying about maximising the area.

Focus on the finishes, textures, furniture, art arrangements and colours you like. – If you have a small space, sometimes it’s best to embrace it!

You’re always on your feet for work so obviously have comfortable shoes! Who’s Your favourite footwear designer?
I can’t live without my Golden Goose boots!

  • Sean from Mr.Cook in Double Bay. You will be blown away with what he can do with a floral arrangement!