The Coveteur

We're in the midst of Marie Kondo-ing. And, yeah, we know we're as mentally and physically exhausted by the whole declutter pressure as you are. We mean, we do believe in loungewear and saving buttons. And we like presents. But cleanse we must, because clutter = a scattered mind and sadness. And your family hates you. (That’s how it goes, right?)

SIBELLA COURT

INTERIOR STYLIST; AUTHOR; CREATIVE DIRECTOR; FOUNDER OF THE SOCIETY INC. SYDNEY

But then we walked into Sibella Court’s Sydney studio and all of our clutter-free fantasies went right out the metaphorical window. Forget sparse, empty spaces—Court’s veritable menagerie of collectibles is totally our new interior dream. Then again, she’s a pro (somehow our random assemblage of old invitations and random tchotchkes doesn’t quite have the same aesthetic appeal). And by pro, we mean she travels the world sourcing endless interior inspiration before bringing it all back to Sydney to arrange in perfect clutter-wonderful (think about that, Kondo!) vignettes. We guess it's not the worst gig in the world.

And Court, who lived in New York for years before moving back home to Australia to launch The Society, her studio-cum-shop where you can peruse her curated eccentricities (if you’re in Sydney, go now), has a wardrobe as artfully bohemian as her interior style would suggest. Let’s just say that by the time we got over the space itself, we took our sweet time with her closet, going through fur and fringe collars, needle-like Saint Laurent heels and APC, Barbara Bui and Dries Van Noten separates like you wouldn’t believe—each and every piece in her signature off-white creamy beige, that’s so not beigey beige (if you know what we mean). This is a woman who knows her aesthetic. And frankly, we want in.

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Jacket, APC; Hat, Akubra; Shoes, Rag & Bone

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“My career was really written in the stars and it happened over 20 years ago. I had an incredible knowledge of Sydney’s backstreets, a love of all the plants and flowers in the world and a deep understanding of serious shopping. After many years of styling I was looking for a place to house all of my wonderful finds and the crafters, makers and creators that I discovered on my travels. The Society Inc. was due to open in New York City but a slight change of route saw it opening in the backstreets of Paddington in Sydney.”

Collar, Sass & Bide

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“I can’t live without my baby and partner, amulets, a hat, iPhone, passport and ticket to ride.”

Jacket, APC; Shoes, Rag & Bone

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“Other than being a master swordswoman in my imagination, the romance of seafaring adventures or that of a swinging wagon through the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania I cannot resist. I travel the world seeking inspiration that seeps deeply into my interior spaces, product ranges and books.”

Collar, Vintage

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“I always have a top five list for my next destinations. Seeing trees laden with monarch butterflies as they fly into Big Sur, California, in October; following in the footsteps of Gertrude Bell and riding into Petra on horseback; catching a felucca down the Nile; or travelling to Middle Atlas searching out hand loomed rugs are all high on my list.”

Shoes, Yves Saint Laurent

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Jacket, APC; Hat, Akubra; Shoes, Rag & Bone

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[The three things every woman should have in her home are] lamps, lots of blankets (I have blankets from all over the world and each has its own story) and lots of fresh cut flowers.”

Shoes, Christian Louboutin

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“I’m doing exactly what I want to be doing and living where I want to be living. I travel all the time!”

Jacket, APC; Hat, Akubra; Shoes, Rag & Bone

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[Pieces with] white, caramel and cream, always with detailing . I never leave home without my amulets.”

L to R. Shirts, Vintage, Dries van Noten; Bag, Henry Beguelin

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[My favourite meal] depends on the day. I do like roast chicken and dim sum for dumplings.”

Jacket, APC

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[My guilty pleasure is] peppermint chocolate-chip gelato from Messina and Caramello Koalas.”

Jumpsuit, Billy Reid

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“I love the beach. Maybe I was related to the merpeople at some point because I definitely feel the pull of the sea. So living in Sydney, for me, that’s what its all about. But I have three homes: Byron Bay, Sydney and New York City.”

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“Working with amazing talent for my collaboration with Mctavish . Drawing on my friendships and admiration of textile designers including Shibori, Quercus & Co, Bethany Linz, Bonnie and Neil, as well as our own designs. To work with master craftsmen from shaping to glassing with the McTavish brand was so special. That’s also where I met Ben, my partner in life. I love where collaboration can take you, when two creative forces are joined together, whether working with Anthropologie or a local small design company.”

Sunglasses, Ray Ban

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“My skincare routine is pretty basic. I use rosehip oil and Clarisonic cleansing brush and monthly facials by Jocelyn Petroni. I try my best to listen to my guided meditation mindfulness app everyday, but I am still learning!”

Shoes, Country Road

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Jumpsuit, Billy Reid

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Jumpsuit, Billy Reid

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[My first fashion splurge] was definitely a pair of shoes. I bought these Patrick Cox knee-high silk shoes with Chinese dragons embroidered up the sides and I danced the night away, so it was worth it.”

Jacket, Barbara Bui

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Jumpsuit, Billy Reid

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“It appears that from every destination I pick up a local spoon and sea-tossed stones. I like to conjure up the romance of travel and my desire to take little mementos from each place is too strong to deny.”

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The show [I’ll be presenting on] is called Restoration Australia on ABC. It follows the story of seven heritage houses around Australia laden with history. We meet the owners, research the history, hear the many stories, find and discover traditional old trades and their application into the restoration of these houses. It’s about saving beautiful old homes and restoring them with love and consideration. It’s estimated to air August 2015.”

All, Carla Zampatti

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Jumpsuit, Billy Reid

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“Luggage plays a huge part for me because it makes me feel like I’m going on an adventure. I always carry my Filson leather strapped canvas bag. I am a product of my surroundings and the culture I am in, and my clothing and travel essentials reflect this (always in my palette of caramel, cream and white). While in Syria it was about respecting the culture, so I donned drawstring pants with a caramel and white embroidered tunic and a linen scarf. I travel with things of my own like my cashmere throw, which doubles as a blanket or a shawl on a cool desert night.”

Jacket, APC; Shoes, TODS; Hat, Akubra

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[My best life advice is] if it’s too hard, move on. Eat your greens. Keep the spring in your step.”

Bag, Swarm

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Jumpsuit, Billy Reid

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Dress, Carla Zampatti

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Dress, Carla Zampatti 

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“I bought this bikini at a fabulous shop at the Sunset Hotel on Shelter Island when I realised I’d forgotten my bikini!”

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“Rose hip oil is a cure for all. I use YSL foundation and bronzer, and that’s it for me.”

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Dress, Carla Zampatti

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Dress, Carla Zampatti

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Dress, Carla Zampatti

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Dress, Carla Zampatti

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“I don’t wear high heels as much as I used to [since becoming a mother], but other than that [my style] is the same. My handbag got a little bit bigger, too, to fit the essentials: bottle, toys, spare nappies. This is Christopher Fischer cashmere scarf also becomes a wrap, blanket or throw, great for being a mom!”

Scarf, Christopher Fischer

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Dress, Carla Zampatti

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“Everyday is a career highlight for me. I have crafted my own job description where I get to do everything I love and want to do.”

Dress, Carla Zampatti

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[The three things every woman should have in her closet are] dress-up clothes and masks, safari outfits and hats, hats, hats, for days!”

Jumpsuit, Billy Reid

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“I don’t design my own home. I pick up things I love during my travels. All the things that tell my story become a 3-D lifeline in my space.”

Top, Vintage; Shoes, Country Road

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[My perfect day in Sydney] is at the beach, swimming and walking the foreshore.”

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Bracelet, Céline

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Dress, Carla Zampatti

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Dress, Carla Zampatti

FILED 01, Jun 2015

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  • 02 9516 5643
  • MONDAY - FRIDAY 10AM-4pm OR BY APPOINTMENT