Sibella Court has returned to Australia in great style. After working as a successful stylist in New York for the past decade, she's recently opened a homewares store like no other in Sydney's Paddington called The Society Inc. Sibella is also one of the judges on Channel 9's homeMADE program and is working on a book. Her New York home, pictured above, features in a recent issue of Inside Out magazine.

Which five words best describe you? Pow (most of the time).

What was your first job and what path have you taken since then? First styling job was assisting at 20 on a Sheridan sheets job, ironing for 12 hours a day. I loved it and never looked back. Was out styling in my own right within about a year which took me to New York.

What’s your proudest achievement? I'm not sure if I've had it yet but I suppose the last year I'm pretty proud of - just finished a book on my style with Murdoch (due out this Christmas, 2009), participating in HomeMADE Channel 9 prime-time reality design show as a judge, interiors editor of 2008 launch magazine Grazia, opening The Society Inc. and working with Murobond designing 10-colour palettes four times a year.

What’s been your best decision? Moving back to Sydney after 10 years in New York.

Who inspires you? My Mum, my friends and family, artists, filmmakers, historians, explorers, people who think outside the box.

What are you passionate about? Art, film, paint, books, magazines, discovery, travel, beachcombing, beauty in the everyday.

What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt? Don't sweat the small stuff. There is a solution to every problem. My job is super fun, enjoy everyday.

Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Oscar Wilde.

What dream do you still want to fulfill? So many dreams, constantly expanding and changing them. Life is dreams waiting to be fulfilled. I hope I never run out of them.
I suppose the next on my list is to design products.

What are you reading? Ulysses by James Joyce.

images courtesy of sibella court and inside out; photography james merrell