Sibella Court loves to travel and bring home mementos from her trips. She uses them to create rich interior vignettes which continue to remind her of the travel experiences. Court is a designer who writes for design magazines, owns an online shop and works with Anthropologie, a store that embraces her signature look.
Her new book, Nomad: A global approach to interior style, has a layout somewhere between a scrapbook and mood board. She combines her fusion style of decorating with stories about the people and cultures she has encountered in trips to Japan, Italy, India, Syria and Mexico.
A trip to Japan is reflected in a bedroom corner where a futon is covered with worn peasant textiles dyed with indigo. The reader learns about her stay in a Japanese inn and her visit with a famous indigo dyer.
A beautiful book of Amalfi paper displays a collection of seaside mementos from the Isle of Capri. From India, ethnic textiles drape a lush, tented bedroom. There are amulets and talismans from the Seed Souq of Damascus.
At the back of the book, she lists wide-ranging reference sources for her travels which include books, magazines, music and movies. In Japan, she stayed a while at the Park Hyatt Tokyo and listened to the saxophonist at the bar. The stay was inspired by Lost in Translation directed by Sofia Coppola.
Her style will appeal to those who enjoy rich layers and colours in décor and personal collections where each object recalls a story.