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Bowerbird: Creating Beautiful Interiors with the Things You Collect Hardcover – October 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant Books (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742705197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742705194
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,509,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

In The Life of a Bowerbird, Sibella Court reveals her very personal and surprising approach to collecting and collections. She shows how to procure the elements of a collection, how to organize and store them, and how to display them in creative and ever-changing ways. With the help of The Life of a Bowerbird, you will view your belongings in a whole new light.

A bowerbird is an Australian native bird that builds a reedy ground nest and goes to extraordinary lengths to decorate it with "stolen" goods & found objects like shells, bones, pegs, & shiny milk caps.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Sibella Court is an interior stylist, creative director and author. Her previous books include the award-winning, Etcetera: creating beautiful interiors with the things you love, The Stylist's Guide to NYC and Nomad: bringing your travels home. She has worked as a stylist for Anthropologie, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale's, and Saks on Fifth Ave, and written and styled for publications such as Gourmet, Marie Claire, Grazia and Vogue Living.

More About the Author

Sibella Court has had a 20-year international career as an interior stylist. She has been based in Sydney since 2008 after over ten years living and working in New York. In Australia she creates interiors for the Merivale Group and private clients, her most recent spaces including: El Loco, MsG's, Palmer & Co., The Fish Shop and Mr Wong. She is the award-winning author of books, 'Etcetera etc', 'The Stylist's Guide to NYC', 'Nomad' and 'Bowerbird'. Sibella's books are personal, functional & aesthetically beautiful reflections of her style and the way she sees the world. Sibella is the owner of shop, The Society inc. and product designer with a 110-colour paint range, nail polish, soap, candles and a hardware range. She spends her time exploring for inspiration across the globe in backstreets, markets & fairs discovering new artists, designers & products for her shop & commercial designs and holding workshops. After living in New York styling and concepting for the likes of Bergdorf Goodman, Jo Malone, Donna Karan, Gourmet, Bloomingdales, West Elm, Saks Fifth Avenue and Domino to name a few, she continues to collaborate on projects in the States and looks forward to opening a studio in New York soon selling her own wholesale product ranges range. Sibella works extensively with Anthropologie, travelling on their inspiration trips and designing product ranges for them. She regularly contributes to VogueLiving, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and InsideOut and has been involved with television shows, as a judge on Channel 9's 'HomeMADE' and featured on Keith Johnson's 'Man Shops Globe'. Sibella is currently working on further books, ranges and an array of design projects including designing an island.

Customer Reviews

It is basically a photography book very light on the text.
Amazon Customer
While I did not find the preponderance of taxidermy to be a distraction throughout the book -- I take issue with the end papers.
LKP
I purchased this book at my daughter's request as a gift for her birthday.
Dona

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Similar to the other books by Sibella Court, this one is gorgeous. Attention to detail is the key aspect of "Bowerbird." From the beautiful covers, ribbon bookmark, thick paper, and stunning photography, this is a joy. I love the photos of the arranged objects, especially the books and ephemera. I am never disappointed with her books. Be cautioned, however, that this is not a design book with tips and instruction. It is basically a photography book very light on the text. Highly recommended.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By LKP on January 5, 2013
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I have mixed feelings about this book. On the plus side, I like the "extra effort" presentation of the book, including an embossed cover, quality paper, ribbon book mark and handsome leather-like spine. I also have the previous books by Sibella Court, so I was familiar with her personal aesthetic -- and was eager to see more of her suggestions for creating eclectic tableaus, using all of my "stuff". Personally, I like her "anthropolgie" vibe, and I relate to some of her comments......For instance: "I love a mad mantle!". Well, I can't imagine myself actually saying that phrase.....but I really do know what she means, and completely agree. I am thinking back to the evolving "mad mantle" in the Sixties movie "Darling" with Julie Christie. The changing tableau on the mantle provided a visual record of what happened throughout the movie, and the image has stayed with me. Decor can have THAT kind of personal appeal -- it can be a temporary/shifting reflection of your state of mind; an ever-changing gathering of stuff, from the ridiculous to the sublime. That is Court's strong point, as a visual taste-maker, and I think her books provide great idea "prompts" that anyone can adapt to their own aesthetic. While I did not find the preponderance of taxidermy to be a distraction throughout the book -- I take issue with the end papers. One opens the book to a large needlessly-discouraging photograph of dead birds, tagged and laying in rows. In the whole wide world of images that could have been used for the end papers.....This would have been my last choice.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Nathan on October 17, 2012
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...it really is. The cover has amazing detail, the binding is leather (or pleather, not sure but either way it's a nice detail), and it is just a hint at what is inside this book. Each page is full of neutral colors, vintage and antique collections displayed beautifully. The book is not heavy on text, but the pictures are rich and dreamy, inspiring, and complex and simple all at the same time. The colors are muted and soft and the collections include items like vintage glass, scissors, wood bobbins of thread, tools, taxidermy, specimens, old wood, anything you could possibly collect that is old and special. I can see my many collections of flea market finds, beads, and old things in the pages of this book and the inspiration is endless.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By F. Buehler on June 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book must be a joke. It's beautifully produced, a gorgeous "keep-your-place" ribbon and all, with the occasional exception of dark text over dark photos. But really - she "collects" tape, brown paper, string, and asks the wait-staff at a restaurant to clean her oyster shells so she can "collect" them after a memorable lunch? And photos of dead birds (bird skins normally collected for scientific purposes by museums and universities) - on the inside front and back covers - when the title is "The Life of a Bowerbird." I was looking for ideas on displaying arrays of objects, and I don't object to bones, rocks, etc. But all she does is pile up paper clips, nails, wads of tissue paper, and call it interior design. Awful book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Lloyd on November 5, 2012
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No only did I love all of the items Sibella Court collects but I was blown away by the attention to detail put into each background on every page! It is a visually stunning book - maybe some will be disappointed in that it doesn't go into detail regarding the title claim "..creating beautiful interiors with the things you collect" but it did inspire me to order other books of hers as this is the first I've owned.

I am very pleased with the book and will make it a permanent part of my collection.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By kitty kat on November 1, 2012
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I have all of her books and this is my least favorite. Dead birds, dead seahorses and stuffed owls...too many dead things. It just made me feel bad and I didn't want to turn the pages because I was afraid of what sad thing I would see next. Ninety percent of the book is fine but I wish I would have looked at this before I ordered it. Her other books are far better on many levels...color and clarity included. Still, her books are always interesting and I'm sure other people will enjoy this one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By andria lisle on December 23, 2012
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I ordered this book because all my favorite design gurus sing the praises of Sibella Court, and I've admired her earlier books. A day after ordering it from Amazon, I browsed through a copy at Anthropologie, and immediately thought, "uh-oh." While The Life of a Bowerbird is a beautiful coffee table book to linger with over a cup of coffee, it doesn't really offer any practical tips as claimed by the subtitle. And although the pictures are lovely, the text/layout is hard to read. I ultimately decided to return the book, because I'd honestly rather spend my money on accumulating some of the things pictured in the book than own the book itself, which features page after page of fascinating collections of feathers, bones, buttons, etc. but no real substance beyond the eye candy.
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