The rain is lashing down. The wind is howling. The nights are drawing in (way.too.quickly). Yes, October is here, but I’m campaigning to not let it dampen your decorating spirit. It’s Will Taylor from Bright.Bazaar here and I’m dropping in with the latest post in my series on restaurant design for Your House. While last month’s edition of the column took it’s lead from the changing seasons, this month I’m switching things on their head to seek out inspiration from the opposite hemisphere. It’s all about beachy brights to banish the (chilly) blues!

In fact, I predict a colour riot! That’s right, this month I’m banishing the ever-increasing grey weather with a virtual trip to Australia to take a tour of Old Joe’s in Sydney. You may ask what the purpose is of said virtual tour? Well, to drool over the spot-on restaurant design by Sibella Court, of course!


The colourful interior of Old Joe’s (the name of which came from an old milk bar in the area that was covered in old advertising & run by Joe) feels oh-so-Aussie: relaxed and bright with a straight-from-the-beach, sand-between-your-toes kind of vibe. Sibella called on her own upbringing of beach culture in the 1970’s – striped umbrellas, washed out okanui boardies, tasseled terry towelling and so on – to direct the look of the interior. I like how Sibella introduced classic elements such as the terrazzo bar tops, soft sorbet colours, striped awnings & hand painted signage to give the milk bar an authentic feel.


To replicate this look call on a mix of multi-coloured brights to created a layered space that feels exotic and vibrant from the outset. Lavish your floors with a colourful striped rug to introduce hit of graphic pattern and hue in one go. Then, call out accent colours from the different colours in the stripes of the rug design. Perhaps a series of orange dining chairs, or a vignette of dipped ceramic vases? Even small touches of hue will make a big difference to the scheme when layered across a bright, white space.

What inspires you about the colourful interior of Old Joe’s in Sydney?

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Shop the look: 1. Georgetown Cushion | 2. Kartell Comeback Armchair | 3. Bilboo Vases | 4. Jonte Armchair | 5. Fuchsia Giant Vase | 6. Xian Rug


Interior design by Sibella Court