I first learned about Regency Distribution when I was sourcing lighting for a client back in 2012 and to this day their products are one of my favourites. The Worlds Away range consists of hundreds of pieces that are influenced by the glamorous days of old Hollywood. Hollywood Regency is a personal favourite of mine and I recently sat down to have a conversation with
Bethany James-Best, the owner of Regency Distribution.
Kim: Thank you so much for your time Bethany. I love the products you sell and have them featured in several of my clients homes. For me when sourcing furniture the two most important elements are quality & uniqueness and Regency Distribution have the most stunning range of furniture, lighting & homewares.
Kim: Can you tell me how you came into this business and what you did prior to this?
Bethany: I was working as an Interior Designer and I couldn’t find the products in Australia that I liked. I discovered there was a gap in the market for Hollywood Regency style furniture so I took the plunge and set up a distribution business.
Kim: What makes your business unique?
Bethany: My business is unique because I am not influenced by what is happening here in Australia. I head overseas and I deliberately look for products that are fresh. I travel frequently, usually around four trips a year. I go overseas to see my suppliers and also to visit trade shows to keep on top of new trends. I feel it is my job to import products that inspire the interior design industry to move in new directions.
Kim: What do you consider to be the most important element of having your own business?
Bethany: “I feel like I need to be creative all the time and having my own business allows me to do that. I love having an idea and taking it to market and watching it grow. It feels extremely rewarding. It has it’s pros and cons of course. The first few years I worked extremely hard and earned very little but now that has changed and I also have the flexibility for school pickups and drop offs etc.”
Kim: What is your best seller and why do you think this is?
[THE PAGODA BESIDE TABLE & THE X STOOL IN GOLD LEAF FROM
REGENCY DISTRIBUTION ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE STYLE PROJECT]
Kim: What do you envisage for the future of Regency Distribution?
Bethany: This year we have just launched Retreat Distribution. This is a sister business to Regency but it has a more relaxed Hamptons style. In this website we have 5 new brands so we hope that this will add a whole new aspect to our business as we now represent two distinctive styles.
[THE ABOVE IMAGES ARE FROM RETREAT DISTRIBUTION
CLICK HERE TO VIEW MORE FROM THIS RANGE]
Kim: With a busy business how do you balance your work and home life?
Bethany: To be honest I find it very hard. I now have a fantastic team at Regency and this has made a huge impact on my personal life as I can step away from the business and know that it is in capable hands. I’m also set up to work from home, which is nice to do in school holidays so I can be with my son.
Thank you so much to Bethany for her time & inspiring range of furniture & lighting.
Click here to see the entire range & enjoy – it’s stunning!
Until next time
Yours in Style – Kim x
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