The Historic Stylist – Elizabeth Bay House Workshop

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In this intimate workshop Sibella Court, interior stylist and owner of The Society inc, will discuss the process of styling and how items from our collections have inspired her work.

On an adventure through our historical archives, Court discovered the story of collectors from the 19th and early 20th centuries including Alexander Macleay, first resident of Elizabeth Bay House, and Frederick P Dodd, who created one of the most impressive Australian entomological collections. The story of Dodd’s creative sensibilities and the world and time in which he lived appealed to Court, and inspired her to share the many ways nature and history can be translated into an interior.
Refreshments included

Sibella Court is an interior stylist, owner of The Society inc. store., product designer and bestselling author of the books Etcetera etcThe stylist’s guide to NYC,Nomad and Bowerbird. She creates commercial interiors for clients in Australia and overseas, contributes to leading interior and fashion magazines and has a 110-paint colour paint range as well as soap, decorative hardware ranges. She works regularly with Anthropologie and will be launching a clothing, scent and bed linen range with the retailer this year.

Elizabeth Bay House
Saturday 29 June
2.00pm — 4.00pm

General $85 | Member/conc $80 | Bookings essential



Confetti Systems Party



The Society Inc. is holding a special ‘Welcome to Australia’ party for the New York duo behind Confetti Systems!

A friendship born from a shared love of communal celebration and craft-making, bought together Julie Ho & Nicholas Anderson to create this special brand. Julie and Sibella have been friends for a long time, and also worked together in New York.

Please join us at the shop on June 19th, 6pm-8pm to celebrate, mulled wine in hand.

There will also be products available to purchase on the night.

We look forward to seeing you all there.


The Society Inc.

18 Stewart Street,

Paddington, NSW

Australia 2021


Sidewalk Sale this weekend!!

Sidewalk Sale - The Society inc. by Sibella Court

It’s finally that time of the year again! The Virginia Creeper is turning and it’s time for an early morning, hot coffee in hand, jaunt amongst The Society inc. fleamarket. Before Winter sets in for good, come and discover oddities & curiosities, fresh herbs & seeds, handmade treasures, knitted textiles for rugging up, shibori dyed cushions, ceramics & lots more.

As usual, our stallholders will be selling their wares from 8AM – MIDDAY. I’m all about treasure hunting, upcycling, passing on, lo-fi and of course, collecting, styling, new mementos & memories once home. See you there!

Saturday, June 1st

The Society inc.

18 Stewart Street, Paddington

NSW Australia 2021


In-Conversation with me tomorrow!

I had such a great time this morning at the On Collecting panel for the Sydney Writer’s Festival! I’m so looking forward to my in-conversation with the amazing Karen McCartney tomorrow at The Mint. We’re talking all things collecting, styling, and Bowerbird.

Come – it’s free! I’m signing books afterwards and would love to have a chat.

Bowerbird - The Society inc. by Sibella Court

Street Shopping in Hoi An

One of the main reasons for visiting Hoi An was to find the lanterns the area is famous for. A monthly lunar festival is held on the full moon, where the whole town is lit up with lanterns. Although we missed the festival, we found the makers of the collapsible bamboo structured lanterns. I am not a fan of the silk used, so we designed our own for One Kings Lane in lots of shapes & sizes.

Hoi An is a coastal town, once the main trading port of Vietnam & largely built by the Japanese & Chinese. Beautiful old shop fronts line the street selling their wares. The buildings & their facades fascinated me more than the most of the souvenirs. Bouganvillea & other climbing flowers drip from the eaves & faded lanterns look beautiful against chalky walls of turquoise & yellows. Walk the streets of Phan Boi Chau & have a look at the colonial riverside building that houses Brother’s Café. Wander through the central market for bamboo baskets, fruit & vegetable, handloomed natural mats, kitchen utensils & everything else. Cross over to Ngyen Thai Hoe to the lantern shop and pop your head into some of the historic houses. Then finish for lunch at the 2-story Mango Mango looking over the river. This is owned by gun slinging Vietnamese American, Duc. Delicious food, with a mix of subtle Vietnamese, Japanese & fresh produce flavours (leave room for  coconut & passionfruit ice cream).

Best to do this in the morning before it’s too hot or in the afternoon & then finish at Duc’s other restaurant, Mango Room.


Street Shopping in Hanoi

It is easy to spend days walking the streets of old town, Hanoi. Cruise Noodle & Potato Streets amongst all the other specialty streets. I was looking for handcrafted bits’n’bobs to put in my October container sale for One Kings Lane. I found giant hanging incense, handforged scissors, bamboo birdcages, feather shuttlecocks, handcarved stamps, and even bamboo bicycles!