It's hard to know which of Sibella Court's achievements to talk about first. Not only has she worked as a successful stylist in New York (and, surely, if you've made it there, you've made it anywhere - as the song goes), but she's also opened perhaps Sydney's most beautiful shop in Paddington called The Society Inc (pictures, above). On top of that Sibella is one of the judges on Channel 9's homeMADE program. And she's working on a book. But perhaps the work that has made the greatest impression on me was Sibella's New York apartment, which was featured in Inside Out magazine a little while back. It was divine - and so is she!
Which five words best describe you? Pow (most of the time).
What was your first job and what path have you taken since then? First styling job was assisting at 20 on a Sheridan sheets job, ironing for 12 hours a day. I loved it and never looked back. Was out styling in my own right within about a year which took me to New York.
What’s your proudest achievement? I'm not sure if I've had it yet but I suppose the last year I'm pretty proud of: Just finished a book on my style with Murdoch (due out this Christmas 2009), participating in HomeMADE Channel 9 prime-time reality design show as a
judge, Interiors Editor of 2008 launch magazine, Grazia, opening The Society inc. and working with Murobond designing 10-colour palettes 4 times a year.
What’s been your best decision? Moving back to Sydney after 10 years in New York.
Who inspires you? My Mum, my friends & family, artists, filmmakers, historians, explorers, people who think outside the box.
What are you passionate about? Art, film, paint, books, magazines, discovery, travel, beachcombing, beauty in the everyday.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt? Don't sweat the small stuff. There is a solution to every problem. My job is superfun, enjoy everyday.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Oscar Wilde.
What dream do you still want to fulfill? So many dreams, constantly expanding & changing them. Life is dreams waiting to be fulfilled. I hope I never run out of them.
I suppose the next on my list is to design products.
What are you reading? Ulysses by James Joyce.
Images courtesy of Sibella Court and Inside Out