Interview: Empire Vintage Owner, Lyn Gardener

You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone as genuinely warm and delightful as Lyn Gardener. Owner of the iconic store, Empire Vintage, Lyn has a bowerbird-like eye for unusual, decorative, and functional vintage pieces. She also runs a prop and hire business and has three homes so perfectly decorated they give me heart pangs. You can even stay at one of them – The White House in Daylesford – and completely indulge in a little Lyn magic!

Recently I spoke with Lyn to find found out a little bit more about this vintage maven:





Lyn’s Empire Vintage store…


My muse is so many other decorators/designers/stylists, not really any one person in particular!

I’m happiest when… I am working on a new project for myself….and curling up on the couch in our country property with my boyfriend and dog jack with the fireplace roaring on a very cold winters day!

A day in my life…up early, a styling job for a linen company, a meeting with a decorating client, picking up props, many phone calls, thinking of new projects….home to meet my boyfriend at our local bar to catch up on the day just passed….never enough time to fit everything in…….the next day, totally different again….





One of Lyn’s dreamily decorated homes…

I describe my aesthetic as…vintage, rustic, a little industrial, my style carries through everything I do including all of my interiors, my store.


My ultimate project is….to design and decorate a boutique hotel.

You can never have enough….laughter and happiness!

My guilty pleasure is….buying items that I just cannot leave behind and not always having the room for them…I sometimes even end up changing the entire room to make it work or fit in!



Take a peek inside The White House in Daylesford…


My most treasured item….my dog Jack

I’m passionate about…almost everything….I can get excited over a old book or a piece of vintage fabric!

I escape to…my country house in Daylesford or overseas when I can.

My golden rule is…A quote by Coco Chanel…“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”

Ps: Don’t forget to enter the jane iredale giveaway!
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