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The merchant traveller and gypsy

A love of travelling combined with a penchant for trading treasures sourced from exotic corners of the globe, inspired the festive décor of this home in the hills of Byron Bay in Australia. When it comes to travel, interior designer and antique tile trader, Sonya Marish and her husband Anthony Solomon, are definitely no tourists. Explorers or adventurers, are perhaps more apt descriptions of the couple and their off the beaten track expeditions to places like India, Tibet, Peru, Bolivia and Pakistan. ‘We love seeing how other people live,’ says Sonya, ’witnessing vastly different cultures to our own – their routines, influences and celebrations. You have to travel deep into a place to see these things – but it’s an experience that we never tire of.’ The couple have spent much of her life together exploring faraway places, with Sonya sourcing exotic wares and then trading her treasures at Sydney markets to further fund their expeditions. ‘I’m a collector from way back and so it was natural for me to want to hunt for and collect beautiful things,’ she says of her bowerbird tendencies, ‘It’s such a thrill to discover one-of- a-kind pieces in one-of- a-kind places. Finding exotic treasures – such as rugs, cushions and unusual trinkets – is my passion and has influenced all aspects of my life, work and style’. It’s in her home that Sonya shares with Anthony and their three children.

Over the years, the old shed has set the stage for a number of creative pursuits including its latest
incarnation, Jatana Interiors, a showroom for Sonya's antique and reproduction tile business.
A hanging trapeze in the old shed provides hours of fun for the girls who study Circus performance. Sonya's daughters, Jahlia and Taya sit elegantly in the old shed, the place where the family's interests converge.
Over the years, the old shed has set the stage for a number of creative pursuits including its latest incarnation, Jatana Interiors, a showroom for Sonya's antique and reproduction tile business. A hanging trapeze in the old shed provides hours of fun for the girls who study Circus performance. Sonya's daughters, Jahlia and Taya sit elegantly in the old shed, the place where the family's interests converge.
A colourful detail in the shed.
A colourful detail in the shed.
The living area was added to the main house eight years ago. Its recycled-timbered walls were sanded back for a more natural look. The beautiful, luscious rainforest landscape, which surrounds the home in Federal, provides a luscious canopy to live amongst. The bright, clashing colours in the stained-glass windows and much of the kitchen design were inspired by Sonya's trips to Mexico.
left The living area was added to the main house eight years ago. Its recycled-timbered walls were sanded back for a more natural look. The beautiful, luscious rainforest landscape, which surrounds the home in Federal, provides a luscious canopy to live amongst.
right The bright, clashing colours in the stained-glass windows and much of the kitchen design were inspired by Sonya's trips to Mexico.

Images: Prue Ruscoe via Taverne Agency  and Shannon Fricke.  Jatana Interiors

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