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details of sydney: sibella’s society

April 30, 2013  in inspiring places, interior styling

The Society Inc store in Sydney - photo by Sania Pell

Sydney is full of interesting and exciting independent shops without the mass of high street chain shops thet we have here in the UK. One Thursday morning I visited a shop I have wanted to visit for a long time: The Society Inc, stylist and author Sibella Court’s shop at 18 Stewart Street, Paddington. With time restrictions on us, my husband and son went off with the camera to Deus Ex Machina, a shop he has been lusting at from afar for a long time too, and I headed to Sibella’s store with our daughter, armed only with my iPhone to take snaps (so please excuse the quality).

The Society Inc shop in Sydney - photo by Sania Pell

The Society Inc shop sign writing - photo by Sania Pell

Details inside theThe Society Inc shop, Sydney - photos by Sania Pell

Details of The Society Inc shop in Sydney by Sania Pell

Having viewed the shop online from London it was a treat to visit, a treasure trove of curiosities and useful every day handy items. It was a small shop packed to the rafters with interesting bits and bobs, a combination of vintage, utility and sparkly. Everywhere your eye turned a new goodie was spotted. There was also a beautiful selection of paint designed by The Society Inc for Murobond, colours changing each quarter to transport you to different ‘societies’. I chatted with lovely Hannah in the store who kindly let me take these photos.

Details of The Society Inc store in Sydney - photo by Sania Pell

Detail of The Society Inc shop in Sydney by Sania Pell

Details of The Society Inc shop in Sydney by Sania Pell

Detail from The Society Inc shop in Sydney - photo by Sania Pell

Sibella is a stylist and author whose work I admire and her books, Etcetera, Nomad and Bowerbird, are a joy to look through and a pleasure to have on my shelves, now even more so after visiting her gorgeous shop. If you are ever in Sydney do drop by.

Of course I came home wih a few treats, including a sparkly item that now sits on my mantlepiece glinting in the sun. I think I must be part magpie, part bowerbird.

 

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details of sydney: paddington

April 25, 2013  in inspiring places

Paddington, Sydney, Australia by Sania Pell

We are back home after having had the most fantastic time in Australia. We spent the first week in Sydney visiting friends and it was truly wonderful to catch up with them all. We saw many of the sights: the Rocks, the Bridge, the Opera House, the Botanical Gardens, Anish Kapoor at the Museum of Contemporary Art (which we all loved) and many more. I managed to fit in a browse around some of the shops, but there were so many more I would have loved to visit. The weather was beautiful and we spent as much time on the beach as we did exploring the city. My son started surfing and if we weren’t on the beach, he was asking when we would be. Bondi became our local and we also walked to Bronte, had sushi at Watson’s Bay and took the ferry to Manly.

Paddington, Sydney, Australia by Sania Pell

Victorian house in Paddington, Sydney by Sania Pell

Victorian house in Paddington, Sydney by Sania Pell

I took these photos as I wandered around Paddington and Woollahra with my camera, close to the lovely house where we stayed. These late 19th Century buildings were beautiful, the iron work like lace and the patterned shadows they created so delicate. Now gentrified and fashionable, the area has a creative and stylish feel. The architectural planting and satin silver house numbers made the Victorian homes contemporary rather than twee, and the newer colour choices were all dark, moody and sublime and the few coloured facades had faded to dusky tones. I could have walked around the area for hours more.

Details of houses in Paddington, Sydney by Sania Pell

Details of house in Paddington, Sydney by Sania Pell

Details of houses in Paddington, Sydney by Sania Pell

Details of houses in Paddington, Sydney by Sania Pell

Details of Paddington, Sydney by Sania Pell

Detail of Paddington, Sydney by Sania Pell

Details of houses in Sydney, Australia by Sania Pell

Detail of a house in Sydney, Australia by Sania Pell

Houses in Sydney, Australia by Sania Pell

I found myself photographing the details, tones and patterns created by these homes but I hope this gives you a little feel for this beautiful part of Sydney.

 

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Sania Pell freelance interior stylist London.

Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, creative director and consultant based in London. She is a contributing stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for 16 years, and is known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for top architecture practices and property development companies. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.

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