I’ve been meaning to share these images for a long while as our trip to Sydney this past December was by far one of my most inspiring adventures thus far. Not only was the scenery and vibe of the Australia culture immensely captivating, I felt an overwhelming appreciation for the well-curated lifestyle evident of many Aussies. One Australian whom I’ve admired for quite sometime is Sibella Court. Her perspectives on styling and cherishing found treasures along her travels has me wishing I’d been a lot more receptive and intentional in sourcing during my own past travels. If you’ve never had the chance to explore Sibella’s books Etcetera or The Life of A Bowerbird, I encourage you to get your hands on a copy of either OR both ASAP. From the intro page of each book it’s already clear that Sibella’s desire to capture her passion for travel within all that she does, easily co-mingles throughout the layers of her life. Each chapter chock full of inspiration and a curious, eclectic whimsy aesthetic that I can’t help but gravitate towards.

I had the chance to visit Sibella’s boutique shop The Society Inc. while I was in Sydney this past December and from the moment Adam and I turned the corner onto Stewart Street I knew immediately that the place was like nothing I’d experienced before. You might remember I shared a little peek of this amazing shop’s front in this post here. I got chills just pulling open the door of the shop as it felt as though I was stepping inside a secret, hidden world or the inner workings of a secret treasure trove of someone far wiser than myself. I instantly fell head over heels in love with the frantic and haphazard nature of her curated objects on the shelves, and although Adam wanted to run from the shop screaming, I on the other hand couldn’t help but wish I could stay forever. There didn’t appear to be rhyme or reason to her collections display, but rather an organic presentation of little trinkets that clearly marked something significant for Sibella. As I picked up, turned over and studied each new potential purchase, I imagined the far off places from which they were obtained. I cherished the forethought Sibella put into capturing and returning each object to her storefront. I left, willing myself back into the store, but somehow knowing I’d be back again someday to soak in the chaotic goodness once more.

The Society Inc. 18 Stewart Street | Paddington | NSW 2021 | Australia

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31.March.2013

Such a good idea. I’ve been wanting to do something similar for the shops / restaurants in my city. Beautiful pictures!

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