Object History: Collars

The Society inc. by Sibella Court | Object History: Collars


Man’s best friend – dogs and humans have been pals for almost 12,000 years. There are some very early records of human and canine friendship in the form of hieroglyphics, artefacts and even buried remains of treasured pets.

The Ancient Egyptians were renowned for their admiration of cats, but although not as elevated of a household animal, dogs were seen as handy protectors and hunting companions, often sporting decorative collars.

Often dogs that accompanied hunting parties in medieval times worn utilitarian and functional collars. Interestingly, dogs with shepherding duties sometimes even had spikes edging the collars as protection against their larger and wild wolf cousins. At the other end of the spectrum, dogs fortunate enough to be the loved pets of royalty often received exquisite and bejewelled collars. Cher Ami, the favourite greyhound of King Louis XI, was bestowed a gold collar studded with rubies!

Whilst collars embedded with precious stones may be a little out of your budget, your favourite pooch could look just as grand in our beautiful shibori leather collars and matching shibori leads.

The Society inc. by Sibella Court | Object History: Collars

From Our Colour Box: Whisky


In this week’s colour hunting expedition we focus our eyes on Whisky; which is always better aged! You will find whisky amongst other seafaring hues in my palette Tradewinds which can be found in my book Etcetera etc: Creating beautiful interiors with the things you love.

Tradewinds reflects my fascination with all things maritime, from the ocean-going explorers of the 18th & 19th centuries to the pirates to mythological sea creatures of storybooks. Whisky is the drink of choice for seafaring folk: the hue reflects this rich & smoky spirit. It is however soft & milky in appearance, reflecting the calm side of the Tradewinds palette.

Think sailors & sea shanties, beautiful aged barrels filled with home brewed whisky, rope lined canvas sails,  paper many-times read full of sweet whispers sent in bottles.

Whisky works with any of my foundation colours & perfectly amongst any of the Tradewinds hues. If you are going for a more moody interior mix Whisky with Dark&Stormy or Tattoo.

For a softer effect, splash Anchorage or Seaglass around your room.


The Alphabet Of Arcane Trades: X is for…

X is for…


Wooden stamps are one of the pieces that rank highly on my treasure hunt list. I love the look and feel of them and I’m always hard-pressed not to bring them home when I see them. Xylography was the earliest form of wood-block printing, though of images and not of words. The xylographer would carve the timber with an inverted view of what they were hoping for, as the element left protruding would be what marked the page. I love this idea that they would have to think in reverse – a skill that is perhaps rarely called on but impressive nonetheless. Seeing the world as it is and not even inverting it can be confusing enough, sometimes.

The Alphabet of Arcane Trades:
A is for…      B is for…
C is for…      D is for…
E is for…      F is for…
G is for…     H is for…
I is for…      J is for…
K is for…     L is for…
M is for…    N is for…
O is for…     P is for…
Q is for…     R is for…
S is for…      T is for…
U is for…     V is for…
W is for…


Adding Unexpected Details To Your Interiors


Though it may sound like an odd thing to say, I am a lover of fun. I have always found great joy in my job and have relished all the adventures I have had because of it. And hopefully you see that I aim to weave a sense of fun into venues I design or the pages of my books. I love a little jolt of surprise or cheeky detail. We can’t be all serious, and yes perhaps we want our homes to exude an air of grandeur, but you can’t help but feel a bit of childlike abandon when you spy a slightly tongue-in-cheek detail.


And it’s not only you that should enjoy adding these unexpected details that make you smile. A laugh is even more fun when it’s shared, so weave in your sense of humour in a manner that might catch the eye of a friend or guest. Here you see a considered vignette, but look a little more closely and you might catch the porcelain doll standing to the wall as if in disgrace. A detail in a larger picture that demands a closer look.


I love the way these moustached men have such presence and airs about them, but there’s just something slightly comical. While the colour palette they bring to this space is refined, they also add a smile-inducing detail, which also rethinks the “pride of place” status of the mantelpiece. Design trickery that does not take itself too seriously.


The game can manifest in literal forms. I have long been collecting random gaming pieces (not whole sets), which come in handy while styling. Who doesn’t love a game? And if you can draw some of that thrill into your interiors, no matter how big or small, you can enjoy the sparkle of fun and share it with friends, too.



The Stylist’s Guide to LA | HOTEL COVELL

The Society inc | Hotel Covell


Many of my travel destinations are determined by fabulous places to stay, and this was definitely one of them!

Eastside Establishment has a few hospitality offerings under their belt and designer, Sally Breer, has nailed this with a big dose of imagination & great taste at Hotel Covell!

The 5 room boutique experience offers a room for each chapter of fictional author, George Covell. Room 1 is George as a young struggling writer trying to make his mark in Oklahoma and progresses through to Room 5 where he’s an accomplished successful author in his stride in New York City!

The Society inc | Hotel Covell
The Society inc | Hotel Covell

I stayed in Room 4; I thought this point in his life, where he would be at & what he would be surrounding himself with, would suit me! This is the room which combines George’s collections from his New York days and a few pieces that he has picked up in his travels whilst visiting his lover in Paris.

Hotel Covell is not your run-of-the-mill hotel, firstly there is no concierge but willing, friendly staff who assist your every need from an office, open during office hours, which is the hub of other ventures as well. They are only ever a phone call away & you feel somewhat more connected due to this communication.

The Society inc | Hotel Covell
The Society inc | Hotel Covell
The Society inc | Hotel Covell

The room sizes are generous to say the least, more apartment than room with vintage furniture, knock-out wallpapers, upholstery, green claw footed tubs, a spare bedroom and records & players. When we arrived we cancelled all plans & just hung out & wished we had more friends to invite over to our new pad!

This is pure magic, fantasy and fabulous design.

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The Society inc | Hotel Covell



Deconstructing a Still Life

The Society Inc by Sibella Court, Deconstructing a Still Life

So often the beauty of an object resides from the process of its making. This could be the tightly woven strands of natural fibres stacked amongst an array of baskets, the uneven ridges of seagrass underfoot or the fine translucent nature of a hand loomed garment. The character defining uneven stitches on a leather-bound notebook or the raw hem on a length of salvaged cloth.

If you surround your spaces with objects with character & visible stories, you will never have unsightly storage boxes or organisational drawers to conceal. This still life shows an effortlessly romantic vignette of hand loomed baskets for storing prized garments.

The Bomba woven baskets in small, medium & large, Swarm Cushion – Gus, natural water hyacinth mat and soft lengths of cloth from Korea are all inspired choices to recreate this still life in any room.

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The Society Inc, Deconstructing a Still Life