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Faded Glamour in Melbourne

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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.

Kitchen; Simple white shelves hold two of Lyn’s favourite collections: objects made of milk and Depression glass.  Platters, bowls, vases, and butter dishes create a harmonising feature to Lyn’s all-white kitchen.  The crystal chandelier from the 1930s highlights the salvaged crystal tap handles. 4.	home office area 

Lyn’s work space, where she sorts through her finds before they make their way to Empire 111.  The cupboard housing the vintage fabrics, ribbons, buttons and buckles was once a dental cabinet.
left Kitchen; Simple white shelves hold two of Lyn’s favourite collections: objects made of milk and Depression glass. Platters, bowls, vases, and butter dishes create a harmonising feature to Lyn’s all-white kitchen. The crystal chandelier from the 1930s highlights the salvaged crystal tap handles.
right 4. home office area Lyn’s work space, where she sorts through her finds before they make their way to Empire 111. The cupboard housing the vintage fabrics, ribbons, buttons and buckles was once a dental cabinet.
10.	linen cupboard

The linen cupboard, an old country find, is overflowing with vintage quilts, hand-beaded cardigans, mohair scarves and bed linen. A 1950s cocktail frock hangs from a door leading to a large roof-top sun deck. 
 Part of Lyn’s everyday wardrobe: vintage beads, flowers, corsages sit together in an old French shoebox.
left 10. linen cupboard The linen cupboard, an old country find, is overflowing with vintage quilts, hand-beaded cardigans, mohair scarves and bed linen. A 1950s cocktail frock hangs from a door leading to a large roof-top sun deck.
right Part of Lyn’s everyday wardrobe: vintage beads, flowers, corsages sit together in an old French shoebox.

Images: Mikkel Vang via Taverne Agency. Styling: Christine Rudolph

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