The White House in Daylesford, VIC
This beautiful country home full of vintage treasure belongs to interior designer Lynda Gardener, owner of Empire Vintage in Melbourne’s Albert Park. “The White House was something I had always dreamed about; a country property and somewhere special. Daylesford is just that,” says Lynda.
“The house is an 1850s brick miner’s cottage and needed every wall, floorboard and most windows replaced. The four walls are really all that was kept. It had been renovated in the 1980s and for my eyes, ruined. It took months of a great team to bring it back to life and I am just so very proud of it now.
“It has a great feel and as I have now also turned it into accomodation, my guests feel the same. I have filled it to the brim with all my favorite vintage items, from industrial work benches and a claw foot bath to handmade union jack flag cushions, vintage artwork, old leather 1930s club chairs and so on. There is a divine garden room for guests to stay in too that is a pure white, linen filled room, once again filled with character and hand selected one-off items.
“The place is so loved, not just by me now but all the guests who stay, that it is booked out six months in advance most of the time. I’m very happy!”
Tune in tomorrow to meet the woman behind the White House, Lynda Gardener. She tells Interiors Addict about her work, her style and her top tips for making your own home fabulous.
Photography: Tim James