Monthly Archives: December 2010

Etcetera etc by Sibella Court

Et cetera is a Latin expression that means “and other things”. Today it is more commonly recognised by its abbreviation “Etc”. It is also the name of this years must own interior design book, written by Australian interiors stylist, Sibella Court. She is a traveller, a collector and an observer. She sees the magic in the world around us. She doesn’t shy away from the imperfections of old, pre-loved and well travelled items but rather embraces them. These beautiful objects that most people would walk past and ignore, become the very core of her design style.

Etcetera Etc by Sibella Court

This is a style that is eclectic, bohemian and quirky. A style with a great sense of humor. A style that is fearless. A style that is beautifully Wabi Sabi. This is a designer that embraces colour, bold patterns, texture and objects with a sense of history. Her work has a sense of real genuine honesty rather than some sanitised version of beauty that chases after the immaculate and the flawless. She treads the wafer thin fine line between creative concept, contemporary items and vintage finds to bring a narrative to a space that makes it beautiful and totally unique. Continue reading

Twas the Night before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore


Christmas Tree

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there. Continue reading

The Treehotel, Sweden

Just below the Arctic Circle, in Northern Sweden, an hour’s drive northwest of Luleå has become home to some truly creative and eco friendly thinking. The small village of Harads is an unlikely home to host this inventive concept but then it just goes to prove “if you build it, they will come“.  


Nestled in this magical forest, is an eco-hotel unlike any other.   Continue reading

Florence Broadhurst – Wall Paper Designer

Everyone has people that inspire them. Florence Maud Broadhurst is one of those people for me. Although we grew up at different ends of the earth and a lifetime apart, she has a captivating magic that crosses all boundaries.

Florence Broadhurst

Born in rural Queensland in 1899, she travelled the world and became one of the leading lights and real pioneers of the amazing design we see so prevalent now in Australia. Maybe it is this harsh and rugged landscape that inspires so many Australians to greatness. Continue reading

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

When it comes to buildings most people would recognise the common brick as the true building block of the construction world.


This is not all that surprising when you realise that the first bricks were made around 8000 BC… yes 10,000 years ago! These first bricks were made from sun-dried clay in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) and used to literally build their civilization.    Continue reading