If you've ever come across the online homeware and furniture store, Monsoon Living, not only will you have discovered a delightful shopping experience,
but you will have captured just a glimpse into the exquisite world of Tash Ireland and David Naylor.
Owner and chief sourcer for Monsoon Living, Tash first had thoughts about opening a homewares and furniture store following her time living and working
as a TV Producer in Hong Kong, a city that opened her eyes up to the world of Asia and beyond. Travelling extensively from Hong Kong, Tash said
she just fell in love with it, and when the opportunity came to return home she was determined to continue having the best of both worlds.
First opening Monsoon Living whilst living in the Hunter Valley, the shop became Tash’s way of living in Australia and benefiting from all the beautiful
things Oz has to offer, yet still having a good excuse to do loads of travelling.
The journey for Monsoon Living took a little break whilst family came along, and it was during this break that Tash and her family also made the decision
to leave the vineyards behind and head to the beach where they found their perfect shell in which they could build their dream home.
On arriving at Tash’s home the exterior still holds true to its original Californian bungalow style, yet taking but a few steps inside an ever so gradual
transformation takes place with the home opening up to reveal a complete modern conversion.
Whilst "modern" maybe the most appropriate descriptor, there’s nothing cold or industrial about this refurb.
Through the use of a range of timber inserts, such as the precisely constructed herringbone cross timber ceiling and original turpentine wharf
timber pylons that were sourced from Pyrmont Bay, a warm and homely feel has been crafted. Tash has a laugh when she recalls how throughout
construction visitors would often ask when they would be gyprocking over the woody bits.
When asked what her favourites are within her home Tash said,
“It’s the architectural pieces, especially the Indian architectural elements like the antique Indian window frame with shutters which provides
the perfect privacy screen. David and I sourced these directly on one of our buying trips in Rajasthan, India for Monsoon Living.”
“Because my original base was in Hong Kong I first started doing most of my travel to China which has provided that mix, but then it’s really nice not
to be hemmed into one particular style. People generally feel a little overwhelmed by that, so a nice mix of things, plus, I quite like the new verse
"I really think, and it sounds quite clichéd but if you really love everything that you bring into your home and relate to it, then it comes together,
if you’re a bit confused yourself as to what your passions are and what you like, that’s when you see a disarray with decorating. But somehow when
you bring things into your home that you love, or that tell a story or mean something then it somehow comes together. That and a bit of schoozing and
What’s most to love about Tash’s home is how the project has been a family affair, with her husband David and father Peter working together to create much
of the home's magic. The lounge room's beautiful herringbone ceiling, built from oregon timber, was a result of this team effort with Tash saying that,
“David and I wanted that warehouse herringbone ceiling look and an old work mate of dad’s, Darren Philip from Wollombi, was on hand to help. He was only
on site for a few days but left us with one of the home's most stunning features.”
In addition to the bigger more theatrical pieces Tash also has a knack for popping in those little incidentals that create the detail and add the quirk.
Our favourite was the beautiful ceramic tray designed by Fabienne Jouvin, a designer and illustrator from Paris. A pop art version of Puyi, The Last
Emperor, Tash stocked a range of Fabienne Jouvin designer homewares in the past and there were a few pieces that she couldn't bear to part with.
The open lounge room space with its 3m high ceilings exude light and fresh flowing air and would make for what we can only imagine to be the most fantastic
entertaining space. The muted tones and loungy feel extends fluently into the garden area which is spectacularly framed by the pièce de résistance.
An antique Indian Palace Door that they sourced from Rajasthan, India.
Sometimes referred to as Elephant Doors due to them needing to be large enough for the Mahārāja travelling on elephant to pass through. Tash wanted to
create a stunning feature at the end of their garden but also doubled as an access to their garage. Standing at 3.2 m high by 2.4 m wide, the effect
was more than achieved.
Upstairs is the parents retreat, with Tash creating a loft type space that houses more of her beautiful imports. An antique Indian triple arch takes centre
stage, all hand carved from teak hardwood and once again sourced from Rajasthan. Tash said she wanted to keep an open plan feel in the master bedroom
but also wanted a divide between the bed and shared office space. The triple arch fitting all the requirements.
Standing on Tash’s back deck surrounded by greenery and sky high bamboo you could easily think you had escaped to some exotic island retreat. This spectacular
home is beautifully complemented by a gorgeous woman and her family.