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Wednesday
Jan282015

The Imaginarium 

I remember the first time I entered stylist Sibella Court's bijou shop of wonders The Society inc. in Paddington, Sydney. I was overwhelmed by her wonderful wares. I wanted to hide under a table and only crawl out again at closing time and pretend the Paddington terrace house was all mine to explore. Now my fantasies can come true. Sibella has opened a new warehouse in St Peters and the terrace house is available to rent on airbnb.  "An imaginarium ... a quiet oasis offering the curious traveller a treasure trove of curiosities, artisan objects & furniture, a vast reference library ..." See. Dreams do come true.

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Tuesday
Feb072012

A collector's paradise

I saw this home belonging to Greek collector Alketas Pazis on Yatzer and HAD to share. If I was fortunate enough to set foot in this home you'd very likely have to pick me up off the floor because I would have passed out from SHEER JOY AND BLISS. And then a couple of hours later after I had examined every single inch of this space you'd have to drag me out kicking and screaming. FAB U LOUS. 

Saturday
Jul302011

Saturday shop ... The Society Inc

I only managed to fit in a few shops when I was in Sydney just over a week ago. Don't ask ... after all your marvelous suggestions I threw my back out and could barely walk. One shop I HAD to visit was Sibella Court's The Society Inc. Amazing! This wunderkammer of a shop is a must see on your Sydney travels. Two tiny rooms in a bijou Paddington terrace. Two tiny rooms packed to the rafters with the unusual, the quirky, the weird and the beautiful. Like a bowerbird's nest. Like an old hardware store. Like a step back in time. Like a dream. Only Sibella could pull it all together and make it work. On a wet, miserable day I was giddy with excitement.  (Apologies again for my point and click pics. One day I'll buy a decent camera. Have promised myself a fabulous rug first :P)

  

  

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Tuesday
Nov032009

Maxime de la Falaise

Back in April I blogged about Evan Drew Harrison's dilemma on what he should do about the decor in his fabulous LA loft. He sent an email promising to send update photos as soon as he finishes up (he mentionned vintage Knoll, Swedish stuff, kilims and other ethnic touches....all of which had me totally intrigued), but the real reason he emailed was to share the former home of his dear friend, Maxime de la Falaise. Maxime passed away of natural causes in April in her Provence home, and she was quite a character. "Maxime made Cruella Deville seem like a pussy cat" Evan told me. She was a "celebrated fashion model and artists’ muse of the mid-20th century who was later a designer, food writer and the matriarch of a three-generation clan of international couture models" said her obituary in the New York Times. At one point during her career she also designed furniture and rugs. Evan loved Maxime's New York loft she sold in the early 90's and thought we would love it as well. Her loft is exactly how I imagine my home to be when I reach that age - filled with treasures and textures from years of collecting.



Sunday
May112008

Flickr finds - vintage collections