Lyn Gardener, owner of Empire 111, a boutique store specialising in vintage collectables, in Albert Park, Melbourne, had a vision: “I knew one day I would create a very feminine white house,” she says. “I had a lot of things in storage from five, six years ago, waiting for a simple, open space.” As luck would have it, the dream was surprisingly close. Adjacent to Lyn’s previous home was a one-time mattress factory in a state of disrepair that came up for sale three years ago. Old factory lining boards have replaced the leaky asbestos ceiling and concrete floors were re-laid, polished and painted, completing the renovations two months ago. The result is a pure, clean, illuminated space that brings forth a ‘faded glamour’ sentiment distilled from her passionately selected collection. Lyn has mingled art, life and space to seductively express that beauty never really fades; it deserves to hold its place in the light. The house has an unfathomable charm: neither too decadent, nor too sophisticated, with a combination of space and vintage pieces that invite you to occupy and use them. It is testament to Lyn’s 24 years of collecting: “Everything here belongs,” she says.