|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Neighbourhood |||Vancouver Lower Mainland|
|Getting There |||Bus 20|
|Cross Street |||Napler Street|
Profile Last Updated: April 21, 2009
Imagine creating a bedroom akin to an Indonesian palace, complete with a hand-carved canopy bed with airy curtains and colourful, luxurious cushions. Your design dreams can come true at Blue Terra, where you’ll find all the ingredients to create an exotic living space. The furniture and home accessories boutique sells an assortment of hand-carved furniture made from reclaimed Bali teak wood — everything from sideboards to stools. Many pieces are one-of-a-kind. To enhance your furnishings, there are all kinds of home accessories, such as vases, wall carvings, curtains, statues and sculptures. And if you want to leave the house and take the Blue Terra look with you, there’s a stunning selection of handmade scarves, purses and jewelry featuring shell and bone. Absolutely everything in the shop is handmade in Indonesia.
Blue Terra is one of those places you walk into and proclaim, “That’s what I want my bedroom/dining room/foyer to look like!” The shop is set up exquisitely, and offers excellent ideas for home décor, from the dining room table that’s set for a feast, to the bedroom that makes you want to curl up and write in your handmade keepsake journal (available in the shop). Blue Terra also boasts an impressive colourful collection of lanterns and lighting fixtures that glow brilliantly on the walls. In addition to the boutique, Blue Terra has a warehouse across the street full of other pieces. Customers on the shop’s contact list get notification when new shipments come in every season, and can make appointments to see what’s in store before everyone else.
Connecting with the community
After a visit to Indonesia, Garth Fleming was inspired and decided to open Blue Terra in 1998, and offer Balinese artists a Canadian forum for their work. Fleming now spends more than half the year in Bali, connecting with the artisans from whom he buys directly. If you’re looking for a specific piece, Fleming is always happy to take requests and keep his eyes open for you. Blue Terra is also dedicated to the environment and promotes sustainability by teaming up with locals to plant teak trees in Indonesian villages.