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…)
Posted 30 October 2011
I am the first to admit that my blogging entries are ‘few and far’ between! Which is why I have decided to try and introduce a regular entry, in which I give you an overview of styles I love and how to achieve them. I hope that I can inspire you with some beautiful images I have spent hours searching for – I know they really inspire me, sparking a new energy to keep updating my own home!
Posted 24 September 2011
Boy have we been busy! Danny and I have just returned from a quick trip to China to find more beautiful pieces to bring home! It seems that every time we go, there are always pieces that completely ‘wow’ us and we get so excited about how good they will look in the shop and in some of your houses! It’s always nice to know that each piece is original and tells a story too, it makes our purchases so much more meaningful.
Posted 08 September 2011
I guess you’ve been wondering where we’ve been for the last few weeks – our blog entries have been quite sporadic. Sorry! Well as it turns out, we have just arrived home from a 2 week buying trip to India! What an adventure that was, and an exciting one for us!
Posted 20 July 2011
Well one of the best things about getting married is the nice holiday you get to have after the big day. In our case it was definitely one of the best things and a great way to start our new life together. It was all a bit last minute (the honeymoon destination, not the wedding – well maybe that too! The planning anyway!) but we decided to visit Turkey. When I say ‘we’ decided, Tara was very persuasive in the decision.
Posted 26 June 2011
Well we just thought we’d share a photo shoot we did. We grabbed most of the stock we have and set them up in one of our family’s houses (My brother Craig and his wife Kylie) in Manyana on the south coast. It has a beautiful polished concrete floor with beautiful light all day giving us the blank canvas we needed to show our wares in a way that could do them justice, away from the shop where they compete for floorspace with other stock.
Posted 15 June 2011
The finished effect after over-dying is unique to each carpet. The dye reacts differently depending on the original fibres. What makes them so beautiful is that the original pattern remains, still retaining the essence of its original design, with the over-dyed effect creating a solid colour with dimension. An old traditional carpet has now been given a new lease on life and has become a contemporary work of art.
Posted 10 June 2011
How would I best describe my wedding day? In one word… magical. The sun was shining, the sky was clear, the beach was looking spectacular and the moon stood high in the sky. The air was crisp and cold, but I was too nervous (and excited at the same time!) to notice. Preparations began at 10:30 at my Mum and Dad’s holiday house ‘Whitewash Cottage’ in Huskisson (you should take a look – it’s absolutely gorgeous – not to mention a fantastic place for a relaxed holiday!) http://www.stayz.com.au/83946. I thought this would be the perfect place for my ‘getting ready’ photos to take place, with all the nice little details in the background.
Posted 12 May 2011
Saturday the 14th of May will be our BIG day! And the weather is looking… acceptable. Possibly blowing a gail and freezing cold, but not raining, so that’s great news. It’s been a whirlwind getting organised and trying to manage and run both of the shops. Talk about hectic. Our only day off will be on Friday the day before to make sure that all the small things are taken care of and everything will fall into place.
Posted 19 April 2011
Our last trip was so fun. We both got to go this time and it made the whole process so much smoother and of course having company was good too. What we didn’t expect was just how cold it would be. It was freeeezing! We were definitely not prepared for just how cold it was and how hard it made it to do our sourcing in cold, old buildings with no heating. We would have killed for a simple pair of gloves each. Despite this minor setback each day we still managed to find treasure. We stayed a few more days this time as well, which allowed us to travel farther and wider than previously….which we think shows in the variety of pieces we found.
Posted 04 February 2011
It is going to be the year of travel for Few and Far we hope. Our importing has been successful for us in so many ways and we hope to not only continue but build on what we are doing so far. It was always our intention to travel as much as we could, to bring back furniture and decor from faraway places built by creative minds.
Posted 10 December 2010
I just thought I would write with my excuse as to why we haven’t written a blog for SO LONG!!!! I’m very sorry! BUT, the exciting news is that we now have 2 stores! We have just opened another exciting venture – across the road in Huskisson (sorry to all of you who wanted to know if we have a store in Sydney – we’d love to open one – maybe this could be our next adventure – but Danny just said he would kill me!). Harsh. Our new store is called ‘Indigo Love’ and is a hand picked collection of mens and ladies clothing, footwear and accessories, and also an assortment of cool little homewares and curiosities.
Posted 11 October 2010
Hello, Hello! We’ve been waiting and waiting for the right time to introduce a big member of our family, our beautiful Newfoundland Girl “Keelah” (Hawaiian for big and beautiful!).
We’d love her to be a shop dog, but at the moment she has way too much love to give and Can’t resist making new friends – dog lover or not. For now she is still doing her apprenticeship and practising at home. She is very low energy, but being so big (all 64.5kg) that happy go lucky waving tail can be a weapon of mass destruction in a delicate store like ours.