Interior stylist and creative director Sibella Court may be best-known around the world for her beautiful books, including Etcetera and The Stylist’s Guide to NYC (where she lived for a decade). But lucky Sydneysiders also know her work through the many restaurants and bars she’s styled (Palmer & Co, Ms.G’s and Mr. Wong are our favourites) and her “treasure trove” emporium, The Society Inc. When Sibella popped into west elm Sydney last month to sign copies of her latest book, Gypsy, we couldn’t resist the chance for a chat.

Gypsy Spread p.154-155

While visiting us in west elm, what took your fancy?  

I was particularly struck with the Mosaic Tiled Coffee Table in wood and aqua glass. So much so that I used a bunch of them in my latest commercial design, Old Joe’s in Sydney’s beachside suburb of Cronulla. They look great!


Your latest book, Gypsy: A World of Colour and Interiors, celebrates the “art” of travel – in a very literal sense. You encourage travellers to bring back from their journey not just a bunch of souvenirs but an entire colour palette – a fantastic concept! Where is the next place on your travel dream list that you haven’t quite hit yet? 

I would love to go dog-sledding in Lapland and see the Northern Lights. Also, I recently unveiled my surfboard range collaborating with McTavish, so I want to travel to Bali to design my own custom surfboard covers.

You’re currently preparing your store, The Society Inc., for the Christmas season. What will Christmas look like in your home this year? 

We are currently working on our Christmas theme in Society Inc. which will be Mexicola! We have beautiful faded Mexican blankets, papier-mache skulls, lots of dried roses I have collected from Mr. Cook. We are going to style the windows in beautifully over-the-top shrines, peacock chairs and felted cactuses! I will be bringing this theme home with me for Christmas; so much fun!

What’s the next big project on the agenda after Gypsy

I have been working on The Stylists Guide To The Globe, which is an edited and curated online travel platform, to unveil my favourite places in the world. I will be uncovering traditional merchants in Japan, hidden sanctuaries in Mexico, my favourite fossicking spots in India, my list of antique stores in Paris and lots more! It is ultimately a travel guide celebrating all of the beautiful, the curious and the unexpected from around the world.


Gypsy Image p. 134

Gypsy Image p. 103

All images (except portrait and Old Joe’s) from Gypsy: A World of Colour and Interiors (ABC Books). For more on Sibella, visit The Society Inc. 

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Donna Frasca

December 8, 2013

I love to see where people get their color inspirations from. These are really beautiful. Great colors for the home.

Barbara Cieleszky

December 12, 2013

Sybella’s books are endlessly inspiring, I have all of them and love looking at them and planning all kinds of projects based on the beautiful photography, colours and really surprising combinations she puts together. We just moved to the US from London, bought some great furniture from West Elm and I just discovered Sybella on your blog! Like like like!! But please change your delivery company! 🙂

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