bringing your travels home {nomad, by sibella court}…

i always used to think a good book was one you couldn’t put down, but recently i’ve discovered the opposite can also be true…

that is, the kind of book that is so inspirational that after every few page turns you find yourself setting it aside only to go in search of a way to replicate what you’ve just borne witness to…

nomad, by sibella court, is one such book {& whilst i may be somewhat biased, you’ve got to love the name too}…

i swear, every time i turned a page i saw yet another room scape, vignette or mood so richly evoked that i immediately wanted to recreate it in my own home… & it wasn’t even a conscious process: i just sporadically became aware of my eyes diverting from the pages in front of me to various points around the room, seeking out a swathe of fabric, a trinket or some travel-related ephemera that i could somehow rework into a previously unconsidered formation…

yes, it’s that good {especially for the bohemians amongst us}…

through a series of image-rich chapters, sibella not only invites us to join her on her journeys through foreign lands {japan, italy, india, syria & mexico}, but she also beckons us to see each place with fresh eyes & bring our travels home with us in new & more meaningful ways…

in japan, sibella’s love of paper crafts, textiles & the simplicity of hand-made pieces is reignited… the strong hues of simply-dyed fabrics & delicately-patterned papers form a rich backdrop against which her curations can shine…

while the romance of italian seascapes {in particular the amalfi coast} inspires schemes reminiscent of a sea captain’s life: anchors & sailboats, sirens & seashells abound here… all interwoven with & healthy dose of nautical knots & rusticity!

india, with all its mystical beauty & cultural heritage, represents a spiritual pilgrimage of sorts for sibella… & in the wake of the reign of the british empire, this pilgrim’s pickings are rich: from dusty palettes & faded posters, to hunting trophies & honed marble… {oh, & did i mention the woodblock prints & pressed metals, inlaid woods & amulets?}

following in the footsteps of many a merchant & trader before her, sibella’s journey through syria is, visually speaking, one of my favourites… beyond the silk route & souqs & the ever-present call of the caravanserai, sibella explores the spoils of colonialism: riding boots & fold-up beds, canvas chairs & campaign chests…

& finally, sibella’s portrait of mexico relishes in its riot of colour & pattern & celebration of life {& death}… elaborately-painted calaveras {skulls}, papier-mâché piñatas & delicate papel picados conspire to delight… it would be hard not to be happy in a home that possesses such richness…

it’s been a while since a book has captivated me as much as this one has… breathtaking imagery, from cover to fabric-swathed cover, is interlaced with anecdotes & observations from sibella’s own intrepid adventures… it is both mesmerising & all-at-once inspiring…

this is one lady i’d happily travel the globe with, safe in the knowledge that both my memory banks & my home would be all the richer for it…

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2 thoughts on “bringing your travels home {nomad, by sibella court}…

  1. Oh thank you so much for writing this review! I’ve been wanting to buy one of her books for ages but wasn’t sure which the best one was. Adding this to the list now!
     
    i always used to think a good book was one you couldn’t put down, but recently i’ve discovered the opposite can also be true…
     
    I totally know what you mean. I found this with design sponge, that I suddently had so many ideas swimming around my head that I had to get out of the bath and write them down!

  2. hi annie… it’s a really lovely book… but more look & learn than overly instructional, if that makes sense {just to set expectations}… the writing serves, in most parts, as her travel journal… random observations & then some of her thought processes for bringing things together… but this is more a photo album with commentary… but to be honest, that’s how i like to learn (rather than being told in bullet point format what to do)… etcetera (one of sibella’s other books) is an equally beautiful investment & it’s a bit like a stylist’s bible for bowerbirds! it’s a little more instructional in that it suggests ideas to consider when styling your home & encourages you to use the things you love to do so! together, they’re two of my favourite interiors books EVER :)

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