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Etcetera [Hardcover]

Sibella Court
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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Book Description

5 April 2010
Packed with tips of the interior stylist's trade, Etcetera is a lavishly photographed interiors book in which every image demonstrates a clear and easily replicable principle that will help transform a room without the need for expensive and permanent renovation. Author Sibella Court's style is very global, combining contemporary elements with antiques and junk-shop finds, textile fragments, wallpapers, collectables and ephemera etc. Etcetera draws on four of Sibella's favourite colour themes as a framework for the display of her impeccable eye for detail and her bowerbird tendencies. Each section will draw the reader into Sibella's world of colour and texture, through inspirational room settings to the most intimate of details. Think of opening Pandora's box, or indeed, Darwin's cabinet of curiosities and in turn opening yourself to a world of new possibilities. Key points: focuses on styling rather than decorating, and as such is the book for these changing economic times. It's about thrift and imagination. It celebrates the individual and the personal rather than the wholesale adoption of a 'look'; Sibella Court's philosophy is an organic and sustainable one, encouraging recycling and creatively re-using rather than consuming new resources.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Murdoch Books; Reprint edition (5 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 174196556X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741965568
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 18.5 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The result [of reading "Etcetera"] is a globally inspired space that's full of color, texture, and imagination." --"The Daily News"

About the Author

After establishing herself as an Interior Stylist in Australian publications like marie claire Lifestyle, Donna Hay and Vogue Entertaining, Sibella Court moved to New York in 1999. She built a career in the US over nine years, working on advertising campaigns for Jo Malone, Target, Bergdorf Goodman and Brocade home, and as a regular contributor to Travel & Leisure, Town & Country, US Vogue Living, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Real Simple and House & Garden. Sibella also worked on brand development for Jo Malone and Brocade Home. She returned home late last year to pursue her long-held dream of establishing a shop called 'The Society Inc' in a 1860s corner block in the Sydney suburb of Paddington. Sibella is also the Interiors Editor of the recently launched Australian Grazia magazine.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I want to adore it.... 18 Jan 2011
By Rebecca
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There are certain things I appreciate about this book, the photography is lovely and the style is very unique. I don't really think it can be described as an 'interior design' book though.

There are certain themes that are useful- using colours, making collections and finding inspiration in what you already own. However, many of the rooms are put together in such a way they make me want to reach in and tidy them up. There's A LOT of clutter and talk of 'collecting' in this book. I appreciate an artistic approach to organising a room and displaying your favourite objects, but could I actually live in any of these rooms? Maybe not.

Having said that. I do love the book as a glimpse into someone else's dream rooms, and I do find inspiration within these pages- I just don't think I'll be decorating my home with bird skulls and insects. Looking to nature for colour- inspiration is a nice idea and I do appreciate this book and I'm glad I own it. I think for me, it's more a lovely escapism, than real-life decorating.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just beautiful 15 Sep 2010
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This is one of the most gorgeous, carefully-produced books I have ever seen. From the thick card covers, printed in a way that makes them look hand done, then wrapped in brown paper, to the inside of the book, this is a labour of love. Every page is either a wonderful photograph, a collage of type-written notes, stamped images, edges of lace, luggage tags and wingdings or a mixture of all of these. The hand-typed words are printed on pattern paper, sacking, tracing paper and little notes. The whole thing is a lavishly-photographed scrapbook, a treasure you might stumble across in an old trunk in a dusty attic.

It's not for those who like their interiors slick and smart as fresh new paint. This is a book for collectors who didn't know where to stop, for hoarders, for magpies, for devotees of junk shops and car boot sales. Through the alchemy of the stylist's eye, a hotchpotch of miscellaneous objects, many of little or no intrinsic value (shells, stones, feathers, trinkets, old photos, strings of beads, birds' nests, ribbons) is transformed into ravishing interiors full of quirky interest. Somehow, Sibella Court brings a discipline to her random collections, rendering the mundane, magical. Hopefully, some of her skills will eventually rub off on me. In the meantime, I'll just enjoy this wonderful book.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, beautiful etc etc 3 Nov 2010
This is a beautiful book overflowing with inspiring interiors, from the embossed brown paper cover to the typography, graphics and many, many lovely images. It is not really a 'how to decorate your room' book in the obvious DIY sense (so don't expect that), it is more a big, heavy coffee table book you can use for inspiration and to delve into for tips and styling advice if you really want to create something different. The interiors are full of antique objects and vintage curios collected and styled by the author and every time I flick through it I see something new and amazing. It's like a 250 page 'mood board' and I just want to dive into the pages. Love it, 5 stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Impractical, but pretty 6 Oct 2010
I had seen some of Sibella Court's interiors in magazines, and admired them although I found them a little over-crowded. As interior-porn, this book was disappointing: as other reviewers have pointed out, the text is difficult to read and not particularly engaging. However, as a work of art, this book is gorgeous. It smells and feels heavenly, and the pictures are alluring in a quietly cluttered kind of way. I'm happy to have it in my collection, and grateful it's not the only interiors book I own.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Etcetera....a small name for a BIG book.... 9 April 2010
Prepare to be wowed!! this is a treasure...just looking at it on your table is truly wonderful, the paper is scrummy , the colours the shades are fabulous, and the visuals are out of this word..crammed with very contemporary yet accessible ideas, and the presentation...well it takes your breath away...it is just beautifull.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treat on paper 1 Sep 2010
I love this book. It's a real treat to hold - as some others have said, the paper's lovely and the colours are sumptuous. It's a modern take on interiors with a scrapbooky - arty - relaxed way of living. I can't bear over designed rooms, much preferring a look that is sort of thrown together. I am forever moving things and changing things in my house as I get bored easily and also the light changes so much with the seasons. I also don't like too much clutter, so put things on show for a while - things are never static. This is an approach that Sibella does brilliantly in the book and has given me lots of ideas I can adapt in my own space.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous book 12 Sep 2011
By Hydra
Lovely book, with loads of original ideas and fascinating objects. There are helpful hints on subjects such as using colour, and there is not too much text, which is mainly in tip form. The production quality and design are unique - a huge amount of work must have gone into making the book. The look of the spaces makes a refreshing change from all those identical-looking, Ikea-style stark interiors, some with hideous garish wallpaper and textiles, and with nothing of much interest to see.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Interiors 12 Aug 2010
By Miss B
I ordered this book as most of the reviews were great- however I was disappointed.
I am decorating my house at present and thought this would give me loads of great ideas... It has beautiful photos and I cannot fault the overall style and design of the book however there are barely any shots of actual rooms, instead just close-ups of shells, string and scissors. Good if you want a book that's nice to flick through and see shots of butterflies and driftwod but not if you want to get decorating inspiration for how rooms are put together.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Stunning
This is probably the best interiors book I own. A must for anyone who loves colour and hates magnolia. I will never get bored of looking into this delightful book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by avenellle
5.0 out of 5 stars Visual and tactile delight
This book is a tactile and visual delight, the sort of book you don't necessary need but it gives pleasure by owning it and being able to dip in and out of it.
Published 14 months ago by stitching girl
1.0 out of 5 stars Self-indulgent Twaddle
I can see that this book has tactile qualities and a certain moody attraction, but the overall impression is one of pretentious self-indulgence. Read more
Published 14 months ago by funnyjaybird
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book.
The interior creations of Sibella Court are interesting, unique and thought provoking and the photographs of her setups in this book allow you to delve into her world as a... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kim B
5.0 out of 5 stars Delighful...
A perfect coffee table book. The cover alone make's it something lovely to own. Beautifully photographed and designed. A little treasure of a book.
Published 18 months ago by bpp
5.0 out of 5 stars A sensual feast
I really appreciated this book. It is of a quality rarely experienced today - the pages are thick and printed on lovely paper, a real joy to turn, tactile as well as visually... Read more
Published 24 months ago by L. Harwood
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful
I work in the graphic arts and have nothing much to do with interiors, yet I find myself picking up this book a lot. Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2011 by svr
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book
This is the most amazing book i have ever bought. It's full or inspiration for collections artwork anything really with tuns of beautiful pictures and interior ideas. Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2011 by Ellen
5.0 out of 5 stars Etc is an Art Book
etc is an art book, it is a dictionary for everyone of us hoarders who love to collect. Sibella Court in her book beautifully shows how to display some of unique and sometimes odd... Read more
Published on 25 Oct 2011 by Ann Gorman
1.0 out of 5 stars Coffe table show off book....disappointing
I'm sorry to say after much hyped up reviews from others I purchased this book and I was sadly disappointed lots of pictures hardley and text, it's much more of a coffe table book... Read more
Published on 13 Aug 2011 by Frank
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