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"There are few books in the world as lovely as this. . . . the biblio equivalent of pottering around a junk shop you've stumbled across in a back alley of Paris."  —Ideal Home


"The result [of reading Etcetera] is a globally inspired space that's full of color, texture, and imagination."  —The Daily News

About the Author

Sibella Court is an Australia-based interior stylist who moved to New York in 1999 and spent nine years working on advertising campaigns for Bergdorf Goodman, Brocade Home, Jo Malone, and Target, and was a regular contributor to such magazines as House & Garden, Real SimpleTown & CountryTravel & Leisure, and Vogue Living. She is the proprietor of a store and the interiors editor of Grazia and Harpers Bazaar, and she designs paint ranges with Murobond Paints.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Murdoch Books; Reprint edition (July 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 174196556X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741965568
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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94 of 96 people found the following review helpful By makiwi on June 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I received this book as a gift. I just bought an old house that needs 'doing' from top to bottom, and there are parts of this book that are quite useful, such as one of the central ideas of putting together your own unique color palette (though the author does strongly hint that her color palette is really the best...)

However...you should be warned that this book has a very idiosyncratic style, both in content and the way it's laid out. The style put forth here by the author is a sort of a shabby chic meets tiki bar meets the casbah meets raiding your favorite "ethnic"-Asian import store meets flea market...kind of thing. Very handmade, probably needing quite a lot of maintenance and discipline to keep it from looking like a big mess. The design of the book and pages themselves reflect this aesthetic.

If you dream of moving into an Anthropologie-controlled world, or love raiding vintage shops and flea markets for your home and your wardrobe, this is the book for you. If you're just not sure about what you like in terms of interior design, this book *might* be for you...it might push you in one direction or another. However, if you're into modern/contemporary or minimalist styles, and dislike clutter (even if it's artistic clutter) run the other way fast.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By LKD on January 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is definitely not for novice. It inspires from a different level and is not a "how-to" book or a "before and after" magazine. It shows the creation process of a true artist, in a honest way. I love the way the book was produced, with vellum sheets and beautiful typography. Highly recommended.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By asta's mom on January 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Etc. is not the average book of decorating tips and household hints, but it is a beautiful guide for artists, stylists, and designers. One can be inspired by the texture, objects, arrangements, layouts and color. Etc. is just a beautiful book to dream over.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By mumzonline on March 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Hmmmm, well, I didn't quite know what to expect with this book. To be honest, I ordered it purely out of curiosity. I have read many a review complimenting the book as a must have. My first impression at actually holding the book was WOW this is a beautiful book, even before opening it. It is a whopping 256 pages, brown paper wrapped, vintage/recycled, typewriter text style book. Last night I read it from cover to cover and I feel let down. I didn't get that "one thing" from it nor the urge to bookmark a page. I felt there was repetition to the stories of her mother traveling in her search for fabric, and really Sibella, brown sticky tape to hang a picture? The presentation of the pages was inviting, but I found it hard to really study the pictures because they all seemed so muted to me. Her style is not unappealing to me. However, I made no connection with the book. I will try and read it again in a few months and see whether I missed something. I want to love this book and am so far disappointed. I give 10 out of 10 for the book design.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous VINE VOICE on July 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for the pictures. I kept it for the inspiration. There's just enough information here to get the wheels turning, to see inside the stylist's creative brain, to spark ideas of one's own. This is, by and large, my favorite book on styling (second only *maybe* to Interior Alchemy, but I think this may actually be better, since there's more to it).

It's bound to be a classic, imho.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book! From the typography to the graphics to the layout, this is a book I return to again and again. It's hefty in size and each page is an inspiration. No, it is not a "how to" for the novice decorator. It's a great book to get your creative juices flowing and to make you look at the things you already own in a different light. If one needs a step-by-step tutorial on decorating, the result will not be individual; it will be a copycat version of another's vision. This book invokes creativity at every level. Highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Mccarthy on December 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Gorgeous book full of inspiring, tactile styling which will get any flea market loving, wannabe interior designer salivating. This book is a feast for the senses!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ursula E. Winters on November 13, 2013
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This is not your average decorator book. Ms. Court has crafted a beautiful book to inspire you to create a home from within yourself and your life, and how to bring it all together in different, innovative, and very lovely ways. The photography is gorgeous, it truly sets the emotional stage drawing you into her artistic installations and curations. It's also full of very useful tips, and a guide to seeing the subtle colors, shapes and potential in things we often overlook.
The different papers used in the book are all part of the interesting magic.

The only problem I had with the book was the BINDING!! The pages came loose from it after less than a week, and I am careful with my books, I don't abuse them! I would suggest that Ms. Court's agent find a different book publisher or make sure that the quality of the manufacturing is corrected. Her work is far above the standards of the shoddy glue used in the binding.
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