SPACE - Large living area with an open-plan kitchen, plus a bedroom, dressing room, bathroom and office
LOCATION - Chinatown, New York
OWNER -Sibella Court,
Australian interiors stylist.
Story behind the home - Arrived in New York 'by accident' with a now ex-boyfriend in 1999, but somehow she and the city clicked. Soon, she was the go-to girl for magazines and designer brands looking for a unique take on interiors style (including perfumer Jo Malone, for whom she creates window displays).
Finding her loft apartment was another happy accident. Sibella had been living in the Tribeca district for five years, but wanted a larger space. She reluctantly agreed to view this apartment on the second floor of an old garment factory, knowing it was more than she wanted to pay. 'But, oh gosh, that extra $1,000 made a difference of around 1,000 feet and I knew I had to have it,' she laughs.
Sibella has just developed a paint range and opened an interiors store named
The Society, back in Sydney. But it doesn't mean an end to her American dream. 'I fly to Australia more now, but I'm still mainly in the States. I think you make life work at your own pace, and wherever I am in the world, I definitely live on New York time.'
images from: Living Etc uk