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.