Sunday, 5 June 2011

we heart Sibella Court! x

it's hardly a surprise that one of my favourite book purchases of the past year was from uber-talented Australian stylist Sibella Court with her best seller Etcetera.

If you haven't seen it (shame on you to start with, now go and order it from Amazon...), Sibella's style is an eclectic mix of junk shop finds, antique objects and curios from her travels piled together to create scenes and settings of rustic genius. I love her. To say that Sibella Court's style is exactly my taste would be doing her a massive diservice to this style guru as I think that she is completely original in her work... but I do wish that I was the author of this book!
Etcetera by Sibella Court, front cover
etcetera pages 1Etcetera back cover

all above photos taken from Etcetera by Sibella Court

so of course, when I heard that my favourite stylist had written a new book (and about my favourite city no less!), I pre-ordered it straight away!

The Stylist's Guide to NYC is a thorough resource for every creative and stylish person living in or visting the big apple. After a decade of living in New York, Court has uncovered the very best the city has to offer- I can not wait to use this on my next trip.. although I may be waiting a while.

The Stylist's Guide to NYC front cover
The good lady has thought of everything, and has very helpfully included a detachable map! Fabulous!
The Stylist's Guide to NYC map
The Stylist's guide to NYC pages 1

All above photos taken from The Stylist's Guide to NYC by Sibella Court

Sibella Court's books really are beyond inspiring. I would urge everyone reading this to buy both books now!

Like a complete geek, I was super excited when Sibella tweeted me (@SibellaCourt just in case you were wondering) that her next book Nomad (out in November) might bring her to London on a book tour! I'll be the first in line, and of course,I already have Nomad on pre-order...!!

Another book I received last week came to me as a suggestion from Elle Decoration...

My Heart Wanders by Pia Jane Bijkerk is a very beautifully shot book, full to the brim of styled pages and quirky travelling tales from stylist Pia.
My Heart Wanders by Pia Jane Bijkerk front cover
BUT I have to be honest here. The book was not what I was expecting- on reading the back cover, I almost sent the book back...

'My heart wandered

It simply packed its suitcase and wandered what does one do when one's heart wanders?

Follow. For being without a heart is to no be alive...

...and then I saw my heart amongst you.'

'Umm....', I thought. 'Right....'. a bit hippy dippy for my liking. But I persued... and it got a bit better.

The book is set out in chapters, all stunningly illustrated, and follows Pia's travels around Europe whilst she searches for... well, her heart I guess? I have to confess that I haven't made it beyond the first few pages yet, so I hope that you make up your own mind about this book. The overall concept of the book really isn't my thing- it definitely reads a little too hippy/lovey-ish for my tastes- but it sure makes for a lovely coffee table book.
My Heart Wanders flower photo
My Heart Wanders Paris

all above photos from My Heart Wanders by Pia Jane Bijkerk

I'd love to hear from anyone else who has bought it- what did you think? Am I on my own here? x

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