Be Still

All images in this post are credited to Robyn Stacey

Imagine being given free range to fossil through the archives of your favourite museum or library.

Access to back rooms, sorting through large-scale pull-out drawers while wearing white cotton gloves and perhaps even a lab coat… sorry I’m getting away from myself.

Last Wednesday night I was lucky enough to attend a talk at the Museum of Sydney (MOS) called Creating beautiful images with the things you love: Sibella Court on House. 

Sibella Court is a successful Sydney-based interiors stylist who works in publishing and commercial interiors, she also has a great little store in Surry Hills, Sydney, called The Society Inc, which she describes as “a haberdashery meets hardware store.”

Court has three published books, Etc., The Stylist’s Guide to NYC, and Nomad and is currently working on a fourth due out in October 2012. I could go on (and on) about Sibella Court’s work however things are better said from the horses’ mouth, so please click on The Society Inc link at the end of this post to find out more.

Wednesday night’s talk was held to open a new exhibition at the MOS called House which showcased sumptuous, still-life images by photographer Robyn Stacey. Stacey was given access to pillage the resources of the Caroline Simpson library and a selection of Historic Houses Trust properties to create a selection of evocative cornucopia’s of food, fruit, books, textiles and historical objects from around the home. While I don’t think it would be fair to Robyn to replicate the images in full here, I’ve cropped a few of her shots as a teaser in the hope that you all either attend the exhibition or purchase the accompanying book (written in conjunction with Peter Timms) and is available to purchase here

Sibella talked on her love of still life and the art of creating a perfect balance of object d’art. I feel this is something everyone can take and use in the context of your own home.

I encourage those who have even a smidge of an interest in interiors and design to either go see the exhibition or view the book, it’s as inspiring as it is beautiful.

I loved the spines and pages of the old books in the photograph below, this is a snapshot of a much larger image… you have to read the book or visit the exhibition to see more!

A great selection of covers, pages and spines


For more info on Sibella Court and The Society Inc click here

For more info on the Museum of Sydney, The Historic Houses Trust or the House – Robyn Stacey exhibition click here

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6 thoughts on “Be Still

  1. Kylie Herat says:

    Wow, pics look beautiful. Will have to get down to MoS to get some inspiration for my next interiors project.

  2. Jessica Barton says:

    The red and gold! Can you help me paint my bookshelf in the new year? We need to find the right red.

  3. Jessica Barton says:

    Was such a great talk from Sibella Court and I particularly loved what she said about aesthetics “if i dont like the look of it, I just dont want it around me” so true.

  4. Chez says:

    Hey Eclectic Kate I absolutely love your blog and can’t wait for the next one. Would love to get down to Sydney to visit MOS for inspiration. Will just have to rely on your pics and blog. I agree with Jessica: if you don’t like the look of it, don’t want it around! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What is art to me might be ugly to you but if I love it, it’s cool. I don’t have a particular style, I like eclectic, a bit of old, some new, some weird, some colourful and all things unusual..that’s me. By the way, I love your cushion featured in your orangeinspiration blog xo

  5. Thanks Guys for all the support!
    Chez the cushion in the oranges purgation post is from Ikea! They’re only a few dollars each!

  6. Paula Bogaz says:

    So excited, the exhibition is still on! I’m definitely going, thanks for the inspiration EK!

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