ici et la in Paris

January 25, 2010

Australian photographer Jillian Leiboff recently visited ici et la, a store in Surry Hills Sydney that is known as a source for stylists because it stocks lovely French finds both new and old. I’ve spotted their name in some of the Australian magazines that I subscribe to, so when Jillian offered to share her visit with decor8 readers today I grabbed at the chance to take a peek inside of their new Nickson Street location. Maybe as you review the images below you can look for the shop dog… easy to find and so cute!

ici et la in Paris

ici et la in Paris

ici et la in Paris

ici et la in Paris

ici et la in Paris

ici et la in Paris

From lighting to vintage linens, signs and toys you can find so many things to bring back to your nest. At least if you live in Australia. For the rest of us, we can simply look upon this beautiful store and do a little window shopping and dream of Spring when we can find similar things at a flea market near to home.

What caught your eye? I love the striped fabrics and the ribbons the most, but the linens and vintage books stacked neatly tied with a bow really appeal to my romantic side.

Thank you Jillian for sharing your photos with us, I wish I had a Jillian in every city of the world sharing shop tours, this is always such a treat for me! Thanks again!!!

(images: jillian leiboff)


  • Reply Pins + Paper January 25, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    The ribbons and fabrics are just yummy!

    ~ Kristen
    .-= Pins + Paper´s last blog ..Recent Press: Gathering Spriggs =-.

  • Reply Shanon January 25, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    The dog on the raised dog beg caught my eye most. =)
    .-= Shanon´s last blog ..Made my first treasury… =-.

  • Reply suki January 25, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    oh yeh!! i love ici et la!! they used to have a small shop in surry hills and now they got another factory-like shop next street which is massive!! you can find lots of good fabric there! very interesting place! i used to live around the corner and if visiting ici et la, don’t forget to go to bourke street bakery!!!
    cheers Australia!
    .-= suki´s last blog ..Attack of the Spray-Rod =-.

  • Reply Paula January 25, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I love the whimsy of the silver bells/lights hanging from the ceiling. Paula
    .-= Paula´s last blog ..Pattern =-.

  • Reply Brooke January 25, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    I want me some of that ribbon – divine!
    .-= Brooke´s last blog ..Balthazar et Valentine =-.

  • Reply Kylie @ All Things Lovely January 25, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    I absolutely love Jillian’s shop tours, and the best thing is that they’re Sydney shops I can actually get to. I really like the hanging lights, I’d love to have something like that in my home. This whole place looks gorgeous, might grab a friend and head down. Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Kylie @ All Things Lovely´s last blog ..Bloomingville – Blooming Gorgeous! =-.

  • Reply Linz January 25, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    fabrics, chairs, and lighting…to die for.

  • Reply Emma January 25, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Oh Holly – ici et la IS fabulous! You need to come downunder and visit!
    .-= Emma´s last blog ..{ Young and Free } =-.

  • Reply Mina January 25, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Beautiful shop!! I love the old books tied with ribbon idea. I think I’ll try that!!

    .-= Mina´s last blog ..Mid-Century Monday – 01.25.2010 – Angela Adams Rugs =-.

  • Reply the domestic fringe January 25, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I LOVE these photos. So much inspiration in them. Thank you for sharing!!

    .-= the domestic fringe´s last blog ..I’m Like an Elf with an Afro =-.

  • Reply nga waiata January 25, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    visual delights, thank you for the inspiration!!!

  • Reply cristin @ simplified bee January 25, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    What beautiful images!!!

    .-= cristin @ simplified bee´s last blog ..Designer Kitchens: Glass-front Cabinets =-.

  • Reply Flourish January 25, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Oh if I only lived in Australia, I would spend lots and lots of money in this lovely store. The eye-candy in this post is beyond amazing! ~Jessica
    .-= Flourish´s last blog ..{DIY Day} =-.

  • Reply Amanda January 25, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Hi Holly, I love this store too. We have one here in Western Australia too but I went to the Sydney one last time we were there and loved it. Even got a photo with the shop dog :) It is such a character filled store with so many unique pieces and gorgeous fabrics – I can see why it’s a stylist’s haven!! x

  • Reply jules @ the diversion project January 25, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Speaking from experience – ici et la is fabulous!!

    So many treasures, and it’s an ever changing feast. i love their deckchairs they make up from a huge range of gorgeous french fabric.

    nice synchronicity to post about a great australian store on Australia Day!

    jules :)
    .-= jules @ the diversion project´s last blog ..We’re Happy Little Vegemites =-.

  • Reply Meredith January 25, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    I love the chairs and the china. And I know I would be giddy if I found a stack of books like that on my doorstep!

  • Reply meredith January 25, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Like you, i have seen this store attributed many times in magazines….always beneath something drool-worthy. I live in Sydney and can’t believe I’ve never taken the time to visit. Thanks for the reminder.
    .-= meredith´s last blog ..domestic goddess slow-cooked pork =-.

  • Reply thedoodlegirl January 25, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    THE RIBBONS caught my eye immediately! Such magical spaces! Take me away…
    .-= thedoodlegirl´s last blog ..Illustration Friday: Clumsy =-.

  • Reply eva January 26, 2010 at 1:55 am

    What gorgeous finds they have! Love those blues and pinks and grays and rust… Somehow I’m glad this store is nowhere near to me, because I’d be bankrupt in a second :)
    thank you for sharing!!!
    .-= eva´s last blog ..just few more days =-.

  • Reply mijk January 26, 2010 at 2:25 am

    If you ever visit Groningen be sure to go to cosas! This shops must be twinsisters
    .-= mijk´s last blog ..People back up your hardrive! =-.

  • Reply Floss January 26, 2010 at 3:21 am

    Wow, I LIVE in France and I’ve never seen such a good collection of French finds! What caught my eye was the red embroidered shelf-edging – I love the way that the French decorate their shelves. What a wonderful shop.
    .-= Floss´s last blog ..Lalabibaby made me do it! =-.

  • Reply Melibu January 26, 2010 at 4:21 am

    J’adore !
    It looks like my grand mothers’s house…
    .-= Melibu´s last blog ..Margaux Motin – J’aurai adoré être ethnologue… =-.

  • Reply Nadine January 26, 2010 at 4:37 am

    I love the colours! Great stuff!!!
    .-= Nadine´s last blog ..The Sartorialist in Madrid =-.

  • Reply amber kane January 26, 2010 at 5:06 am

    these photos are wonderful and what wonderful things. I just love having, fabric, yarn, ribbion, and paper all around me.
    .-= amber kane´s last blog ..Things that make me smile =-.

  • Reply Jenn January 26, 2010 at 5:06 am

    ooo I know where Im going next weekend :)
    .-= Jenn´s last blog ..decorating pretty picnic style =-.

  • Reply Clare January 26, 2010 at 5:37 am

    A visit to our Brisbane ici et la is always a must when I have a day without children. They always gorgeous metal daybeds which look so appealing piled high with linen cushions. They sell metres and metres of vibrant stripy deck chair fabric, but I can never quite make up my mind which iI like best as there is just too much choice. My favourite things in the shop are the zinc letters they sell – they make a great present for the person who has everything!
    .-= Clare´s last blog ..I bought a Bungalow… =-.

  • Reply Eva January 26, 2010 at 5:48 am

    I love your blog!
    I read you from a small white island in the Mediterranean sea, Ibiza. And sometimes, you are so mediterranean!
    Thank you for all…

  • Reply Annabelle January 26, 2010 at 6:21 am

    I could spend hours in this shop. I love the ribbons, ceiling lamps, the stack of old white linens, the wooden ladder… They seem to have shops in Brisbane and Perth too. I have friends in both (lucky ones!), I shall pass the word on!
    .-= Annabelle´s last blog ..Chirpy chick cushion =-.

  • Reply Leeann January 26, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Love the photography and the tea towels and books tied with the ribbon – ils sont fabuleux et très français.

    .-= Leeann´s last blog ..Love is in the……..shower =-.

  • Reply Jen January 27, 2010 at 5:13 am

    How have I not heard of this shop? It is only 10 minutes from my house…must visit!

    Thanks Holly :)

  • Reply Christina @ My Sparrow January 27, 2010 at 9:03 am

    I just love stores like this! I really wish we had more eye candy and inspiration here in So. Cal.
    .-= Christina @ My Sparrow´s last blog ..Terrarium love.. Bringing the outside in =-.

  • Reply jenn January 27, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    love love love the dark rustic look going on! perfect :)
    .-= jenn´s last blog ..the cost of crafting… =-.

  • Reply greenolive January 27, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    As an Australian (but living in Melbourne not Sydney) I have heard all about this store, but have never visited it. Thanks Holly & Jillian for the inside tour. I’m going to out this on my list of things to visit when I go to Sydney.
    .-= greenolive´s last blog ..tea towel blog feature =-.

  • Reply Christine Rees-Thomas January 28, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    After living 5 years in Sydney and now back to Switzerland since 6 months this post brought back many wonderful memories. Thank you for sharing these pics.

  • Reply jamieofalltrades January 29, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Ribbon porn! I love it.
    .-= jamieofalltrades´s last blog ..honey tangerine =-.

  • Reply Alison Gibbs January 29, 2010 at 2:23 am

    Ooh wow – what a great place. I might live in Australia but it is over 8 hours away by car – boo hoo!!
    .-= Alison Gibbs´s last blog ..DAY 12 =-.

  • Reply sophie January 29, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    love this. the rustic chairs, the colors <3

  • Reply desicloe March 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I was in Sydney last summer…If only I’d known about this store I’d come back in Rome full of beautiful stuff!!!

  • Reply Rose March 7, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    what caught me eye – the shop pet – so cuddled up and snug , totally matching the colours in the shop as well. I have my little lovelly in my studio, also all cuddley and cute.
    Otherwise – it was the chairs – looked like metal ones, the huge clock and the gorgeous stripes.

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