Posted 12 July 2018
Posted 09 July 2018
After hearing the news that our latest one-off Chinese container was onboard YM Efficiency... the ship that lost 83 containers overboard just off the Central Coast, we had everything crossed that the news would be positive for us and ours would still be on board! We were informed a few weeks later that yes, it was on board, but to what extent it could be damaged was unknown... so we (im)patiently waited for more details on what we hoped would be a good result!!! This was to be such an amazing shipment, full of old Tibetan bed cabinets, more floral cabinets and a whole hand-picked selection of some truly unique pieces.
Posted 14 June 2018
It's been a long time coming, but we have finally put together some amazing images from a recent photoshoot we have completed. It's definitely something we will do more regularly, as we have always known the importance of having great photos, but also because it was such a fun 2 days! I love that feeling of satisfaction, of seeing everything come together. Sometimes it feels a little overwhelming when the room infront of you is piled high with boxes and a big 'mess'... it's hard to get past this and to keep positive about creating the idyllic scenes you have pictured in your mind... but once you get there, it really is magical and definitely very satisfying.
Posted 05 June 2018
After a relaxed afternoon of lounging, sipping on rosé and talking by the pool at our new, beautiful private riad, Riad Yasmine, all of our new friends had started to arrive. Again, everywhere you looked, the devil in the detail was what made our accommodation so special and ever so inspiring. Although everyone was quite jet-lagged, there definitely was no shortage of travel stories or loud shrieks of excitement.
Posted 20 May 2018
Ohhhh.... Where to begin?? How is it possible to have writers block when there is so much to write about? Although I do admit it makes it slightly more difficult to concentrate with an 18 month old running through my legs...
This trip has been in the pipeline for a while now. Morocco has always been a place I have dreamt of visiting, but for some reason I just haven't made it! So when the opportunity came up to join an amazing bunch of women on the trip of a lifetime I couldn't refuse.
So off I went!
Posted 09 April 2018
It's been a little while since I've been able to do the traveling. Before we had children, Danny and I loved traveling together. We really feed off each others enthusiasm and a lot of ideas are born on these adventures. Unfortunately, these days we have to travel separately so that one of us is always available for our children (it would be a very difficult trip for all 4 of us!!). For the last few years I've had to stay at home with our 2 young children Jonah and Sari, and have attempt to communicate with Danny through video chats... This is challenging at the best of times, even without the constant internet disruptions and poor connectivity, but it's been the easiest way for us to communicate and make decisions quickly. Now that Sari is at an age that I no longer need to be around 'all' the time (breastfeeding can be quite demanding!), I didn't hesitate to put my hand up to volunteer for the latest trip to China to hand pick our newest shipment of Chinese furniture, antiques and one-of-a-kind pieces. I had missed it so much and couldn't wait to head off!
Posted 08 February 2018
Posted 25 January 2018
Better late than never... this post has been a long time coming. As you can expect, we have been caught up in the craziness of Christmas, the summer holiday period and juggling family life with work life! So I apologise for the lateness of this post... but I thought I should welcome you to our new Bowral store (formally!). You have probably all already seen it on our Instagram feed (and some of you in person!) but if you haven't here's a glimpse into our new flagship store.
Posted 25 July 2017
Another shipment from Northern China is just about to arrive to our warehouse this week! Northern China was the first place we imported from all those years ago and it’s honestly still my favourite shipment to unpack. Everything out of China has such a timeless look. The timber colours and grains are amazing and the styles you know will look good 100 years from now.
Posted 21 June 2017
This post has been a long time coming, and I know there are no excuses, but at least I can say... we've been busy!!! Back in February we were presented an offer we couldn't refuse, which involved taking up a retail space and opening Few and Far in the beautiful town of Leura, in the Blue Mountains NSW.
Posted 19 October 2016
For me, styling a bookcase is like curating a collection of pieces that mean something to me - things I like to look at or to put on display. It’s the perfect way of showcasing all of those little treasures that I have collected on my travels, so that each time I walk past them I am reminded of a time or place and a story of how the piece was chosen. You don’t have to have traveled to have a collection of interesting pieces. These items can be anything that you have collected throughout your life - knick knacks, family heirlooms, photos and keepsakes - anything that is a good conversation piece!
Posted 26 August 2016
We love interiors with soul. A 'collected' interior or a space filled with pieces that tell a story resonate the most with us and are the type of rooms that really have that 'wow' factor. Of course I can also appreciate an interior full of the latest and greatest, modern, expensive finishes and materials, but do these spaces have soul?
Posted 05 June 2016
If you haven’t been lucky enough to have already met our newest member and friendly face ‘Caroline Miller’, we thought we’d give her a little introduction here on the blog… a little bit about her and her floristry skills, as well as some handy tips for styling and keeping flowers fresh in your home! Caroline brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the floristry industry which can be applied to decorating and styling your home.
Posted 15 March 2016
Welcome to Few and Far Berry! This blog has been a long time coming... but here it is! If you're wandering the streets of Berry, we'd love to see you! Our new store carrying our extensive range of unique and one-of-a-kind homewares and furniture is now open - 7 days a week.
Posted 26 June 2015
We have had another exciting delivery of vintage overdyed Turkish rugs and carpets! If you're feeling in the mood to cosy up your house for winter, there is no better way than with a good rug! The beauty of these Turkish carpets are that they are all old vintage pieces - around 50-60 years old. They are beautifully aged and worn in all the right places and are a durable, hard wearing option for your floors. Made from old 100% wool carpets, they have been reworked into pieces of art...
Posted 08 January 2015
Jervis Bay...why would you want to anywhere else? It's paradise here.
Danny and I have traveled the world sourcing and searching for magical places, people and treasures, but it's always so nice to come home. Don't get me wrong, the travel and exploration is addictive, and we love it (even though we are always on such a tight schedule... note to self: sort this out before planning our next trip!), but sometimes I can't help but think we keep trying to source out these beautiful destinations, when what we have right on our doorstep already compares to some of the most breathtaking beaches in the world.
Posted 19 December 2014
We seem to be forever waiting for shipments these days but at last one of the most exciting ones in a while has finally arrived. It seems like an eternity but early in the year we organised some furniture in reclaimed pine. What we love about these is the combination of look and style. The reclaimed wood is exquisite with all the scars and marks of a working life, rescued and configured into modern furniture shapes. Well modern these days is very vintage retro inspired at that's probably where these pieces fit.
Hope you love them as much as we do.
Posted 03 September 2014
We’ve been lucky enough to receive a shipment of old, one of a kind Boucherouite rag rugs from Morocco! Boucherouite, (pronounced boo-shay-reet), is a rug style specific to rural tribes of Morocco. They came into existence to replace the traditional materials used for weaving in the 1960’s (mainly sheep’s wool) and are hand-loomed by Berber women from recycled rag strips and yarns from a variety of ‘found’ textile remnants including wool, cotton, synthetic fibres, Lurex, nylon and plastic – which is why they are also known as ‘rag rugs’. All one-of-a-kind pieces, these incredible rugs are an artwork in themselves, featuring improvisatory patterns and an array of expressive colour. The difficult choice is to decide whether it will adorn your wall or floor!
Posted 21 July 2014
Posted 09 January 2014
Two words… breath taking…
Casa Lola in Trancoso, Brazil is owned by interior designer Jan Eleni Lemonedes, her husband Ronnie Stam and their daughter Lola. The careful mix of glass, wood and cement used to construct the home and the thoughtful addition of decorative pieces collected on their travels, creates the feeling of a rustic, bohemian chic hideaway. Definitely my idea of the perfect home – I could daydream all day long about owning this home!
Posted 07 January 2014
This gorgeous home belongs to Sarah Jane, the co founder of Sass and Bide. I am always drawn to white interiors but I love how this beautiful white canvas of a house incorporates fun pops of colour all throughout. You can see colour come through in the artwork chosen, throws, plants and amazing textiles hanging in the house. Sarah’s eclectic/bohemian style makes the interior seem comfortable and very much lived in. I love when interiors incorporate vintage, antique pieces that tell a story and give a house that special charm. Sarah is always traveling to other countries, finding and collecting beautiful pieces at local markets or antique dealers. Like Sarah, here at Few and Far we share the same passion for finding those unique and special pieces!
Posted 06 January 2014
We’ve had more furry visitors over the last few weeks… but it’s been so busy we’ve missed the names and backgrounds of a few – I’m so sorry!!! They’re all equally adorable… I just love dogs!!! We’ve been feeling guilty over the last few weeks though… We’ve hardly had any time to spend with Keelah, but somehow she is ALWAYS happy to see us. She is a breath of fresh air and immediately lifts your mood and spirits. Dogs are just so forgiving and will always love you, no matter what. As soon as she greets us with her ‘welcome home’ bark and big burst of energy (that doesn’t last for long!), I feel a smile cross my face and for a minute everything else escapes my mind…
Posted 05 January 2014
If the Christmas period hasn’t been busy enough, try throwing a container from India into the mix – which arrived the day before New Years Eve… It was expected to arrive mid December, which would have been much easier, but for added challenge, it turned up on the doorstep of our warehouse on the 30th December 2013. It’s usually all hands on deck in the stores at this time of year, so we had to improvise and call in a few extra hands to help out!
Posted 04 January 2014
“Close your eyes and imagine to dive in a heavenly place, caressed by the fragrance of coconuts, surrounded by the strong tones of tropical woods and mesmerized by the vanilla orchids scent. Imagine to wake up in a dream of fragrant plumerias, smoked tropical woods, spicy peppermints, tobacco leaves, juicy limes and orange blossoms. Now open your eyes, Welcome to Coqui Coqui.”
Posted 20 November 2013
While we’re on the topic of Chinese furniture, I thought I’d post some images of this amazing Scandinavian home in Copenhagen. This home is a perfect example of how Chinese furniture can really complement an interior. It’s such a beautiful, elegant, simple interior with a mix of raw timber, crystal chandeliers, old and new collected pieces and accessories and even a touch of industrial. The perfect mix of styles in my opinion!
Posted 11 November 2013
We are big fans of our furry friends at Few and Far, and applaud their patience as they sit outside the store, waiting eagerly for their owners to return (well actually… some are patient, and some not so patient – but always cute!). Some of them get to come inside, and some wait patiently at the door, testing their limits as to how many steps they can take inside before being noticed…Below are some of the visitors we’ve had recently. We’d love to meet your furry friends!
Posted 07 November 2013
It’s nearing the end of the week and I haven’t posted my ‘promised’ blog!! It’s been a busy week, but thought I could squeeze in another ‘daydream’ post :-)… After all, this weather is enough to make you wish you were on holidays in some exotic part of the world!
Posted 31 October 2013
I know I’ve gone on and on about San Giorgio Hotel in Mykonos before, but I just keep coming back to it for inspiration and when I am trying to create a sense of calm… Every time I drool over the photos, I can’t help but dream of a summer holiday to Greece, imagining that I am absorbing the sunshine and feeling the refreshing sensation of that beautiful blue water… but then, all I have to really do is look out the window to realise that we already live in paradise – Jervis Bay is so spectacular… of all of the places we have traveled, it is truly amazing and still to this day, takes my breath away… so why not try to recreate the look in my own home? I’ve experimented with a lot of styles, but I find that I keep coming back to white, bright interiors mixed with raw timber and soft organic touches of colour – the kind of colour you might find woven into a vintage rug or cushion embroidery.
Posted 29 March 2013
I’d promised myself I would blog more regularly… that was months ago, and since, I’ve probably only posted one blog! There are no excuses for it, but if it helps, we have been run off our feet with travel, organising new shipments on the way and dealing with arrivals, as well as our new wholesale venture which has really been a steep learning curve!
Posted 19 January 2013
I’ve been a bit slow off the mark to load these images up, but if it’s any excuse, it’s been a crazy week with so many ‘unexpected’ events to say the least… Aside from that, we’ve just had a shipment of furniture and antique ‘bits and pieces’ from Northern China, containing some of my favourite pieces so far! It’s always exciting when a new shipment comes in – it feels like a lifetime ago that you actually selected the pieces, and when they finally show up all of the excitement comes flooding back!
Posted 27 November 2012
Jen Bishop from the blog Interiors Addict has posted a lovely feature on our home!!! Her blog Interiors Addict has more than 20,000 readers per month. ‘It’s a blog about interior design and styling, homewares, furniture and the personalities behind them. It’s for interiors industry professionals and the everyday person who wants a stylish home, whatever their budget.’… We are so flattered. Thanks so much Jen – very much appreciated! Have a read of her post here: http://theinteriorsaddict.com/colourful-home-showcases-couples-travel-treasures#more-8331
Posted 08 November 2012
We’ve just had an exciting delivery of new digitally printed cushions complete with full feather inserts… The ‘art’ cushions are in luscious velvet, and the African cushions in cotton – some with beading and shell detailing… We love them!!! They will all be available to buy online very soon! x
Posted 08 October 2012
Well it seems we always have something on the go… we have just returned from a trip to India, where, yet again, we have another full 40ft container arriving before Christmas (well fingers crossed anyway!). It was a quick trip, but very fruitful. We have loads of new furniture pieces, more one offs and an assortment of some really amazing finds. I can’t wait to get it all back here and to show you!
Posted 25 September 2012
Well it’s been a crazy last few weeks to say the least. Danny and I have been so busy with styling work, graphic design work, unloading containers and preparing our new and exciting newsletters (which look great so if you aren’t on our mailing list you should be!!!). I have been busy working on the new restaurant in Huskisson ‘The Waterhouse’ which is due to open in October – Belinda, Glenda and John from ‘Supply’ have taken over ‘Seagrass’ and have an exciting new plan for the space… I will post up some photos once it’s complete! Danny has designed their logo and brand identity – which looks so fantastic – he really is very clever!
Posted 11 September 2012
After all this time, we have finally got the ball rolling and have set up a bit of a photography studio (actually it’s just a white wall in our warehouse!) so that we can photograph all of our furniture and bits and pieces as they arrive. We have also put it to good use and have just recently styled a few photographs to use in our newsletter (which we’ve previously been very slack in sending out!).
Posted 28 June 2012
Danny and I have just returned from another buying trip to China. As usual, it was short and sweet – only 3 days there with a day of travel either side. But it’s always fun! The challenge now is trying to find that ‘special’ piece or something that’s so unique or different.
Posted 06 June 2012
A couple of weeks ago, Danny and I were lucky enough to attend a design seminar by interior designer Greg Natale held at Coco Republic in Sydney. It was basically a presentation of Greg’s work and projects that he has done, but also about some of the processes and techniques that he uses to create them. While his style is not really my cup of tea, I really enjoy attending these seminars and talks to broaden my mind and to ensure that I am always considering all styles and why/how they all work.
Posted 20 April 2012
Posted 02 March 2012
Life at Few and Far has been very busy (no, we never stop!). Danny and I have just returned from another trip to India to bring back more goodies and treasures. And wait until you see the many BEAUTIFUL pieces we have found! Most of them one off pieces, they each have a story to tell and an interesting past.
Posted 16 November 2011
We have FINALLY been issued with a construction certificate to start renovations on our new Indigo Love cottage shop! So as you can imagine, it’s all hands on deck and full steam ahead as there are only 5 and a bit weeks until Christmas! So we don’t have long, considering the amount of work that needs to be done on the old shack.
Posted 03 November 2011
Just a quick entry to let you all know that our new shipment of Chinese furniture will be arriving next week! And yes, next week of all weeks – Indigo Love needs to be dismantled and pulled apart, repacked and stored until the new shop will be up and running (which we still don’t have a construction certificate for! Time is ticking…)