The Byron Bay home of Sonya Marish and family

You know one of the biggest challenges I have in sourcing content for this site is finding fabulous Australian Homes to feature every single week! For this reason I must say always appreciate a reader tip-off (hint hint!), particularly for interstate homes which of course are a little trickier to find! Today’s home is one such tip-off – the stunning NSW Coastal home of interior designer Sonya Marish was mentioned to me recently by Sydney-based Tina Clark, whose own Tamarama home I featured on the site many moons ago! (…Tina’s home has since been featured by Real Living and I think in fact can be seen in their current issue!)

Anyway I am so grateful to Tina for this one… because it sure is a beauty!

Sonya Marish’s house is more than just a vibrant happy home to her growing family – it’s also the perfect showcase for the stunning tiles she sources through her company, Jatana Interiors. Sonya sells the most incredible rare antique floor and wall tiles sourced from across the globe. It is just the most exquisite hand-picked collection.. and Sonya is also able to custom design tiles for a truly bespoke service – and a bathroom unlike anyone else’s! Many of Sonya’s favourite finds have been put to good use in her own home – just looking at these shots, it’s clear how passionate she is about these precious pieces!

Sonya has always been one to seek out unique pieces… she has spent years travelling the globe and picking up gorgeous items from far away places, and of course displaying them with pride at home to remind her of her travels. A while ago Sonya started to buy her special finds en masse with a plan to set up a little market stall at the local markets in Sydney and in the NSW North Coast.

It was her love of intricate and exotic patterns that first inspired Sonya’s purchases – whether those patterns were found in silver jewelery, on cushions, throws, quilts or clothing, Sonya says she ‘just loved the busyness, the detail, the life in the designs.’ This love soon transferred to an obsession with finding intricately patterned tiles for her own bathroom renovation. She had recently completed Interior Design training when embarking on her bathroom project, and was very excited to put her new skills into practice at home. It soon became apparent that her passion was in antique and reproduction decorated tiles – just like all her decorated fabrics, only in tile form, or as she says, in ‘hard copy!’

Sonya’s obsession with these tiles grew and grew as she accumulated and sourced more and more designs – ‘They are an artform within themselves and bring something special to a space, beyond their beautiful colour and patterns’ says Sonya. It wasn’t long before Jatana Interiors was born!

If you love her home, chances are you will also seriously love Sonya’s stunning collection of tiles… Do pop over and see the gorgeousness for yourself!

ps. Sonya also has a great little blog!

LOVE Sonya’s colourful sunroom

Bathroom – showcasing stunning Jatana Interiors tiles
Love the jewel-like doorknobs and those fabulous tiles framing the fireplace…

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