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  • 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,165 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"

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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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on 18 Jan. 2011
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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 By Ms. J. Jacobs on 15 Sept. 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By chromophone on 6 Oct. 2010
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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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By T. Alexander on 3 Nov. 2010
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grace is looking on 1 Sept. 2010
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By funnyjaybird on 10 Jun. 2013
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I can see that this book has tactile qualities and a certain moody attraction, but the overall impression is one of pretentious self-indulgence. So much of it could feature in Private Eye's 'Pseud's Corner' - 'Slapdash wallpaper, with all its tracks and unaligned patterns, creates an eccentric, transient sculpture'; 'Lead pencils, sharpened with knives are particularly appealing to me. I wrote the first draft of this book in pencil while sitting on the beach'. It made me squirm. The book espouses the idea of collecting things to display in the home, something I enjoy doing, but Court is cramming so much onto a shelf it's hard to see what's what, and the dusting must take forever. So many of her ideas are simply for show and don't reflect true character. Unless you are actually a sailor, why hang nautical charts on the wall and drape a display of knots over it? It's not logical. If you like the idea of collecting pieces of barbed wire or crocheting a cover for a large beach stone, this is the book for you. The use of typewriter font throughout also grated on me, it's just so 'look, it's all homemade'. Sorry, just didn't like it. Sent it back.
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