Thursday, 9 July 2009

interior designer + shop owner lyn gardener

If you've spent anytime with me recently you'll know that I haven't stopped talking and dreaming about Lyn Gardener's feature in the latest Vogue Living. I love everything about it. The sofas in the living room. The industrial lights. The bedlinen. Everything. But, perhaps, what impresses me the most is that the English-inspired space is quite a departure from Lyn's well-known shabby chic, vintage look, which has been featured in many magazines, including Real Living. When I was talking to Real Living's style director Jason Grant about the new-look Daylesford house - where you can book to stay! - he told me that he met Lyn at the start of his career and that she was just as amazing then as she is now. I had to find out more about. (Oh, and keep an eye out the next day or two as I'll be posting more interior eye candy.)

Which five words best describe you? Passionate, creative, dedicated, caring, a little over energetic!
What was your first job and what path have you taken since then? My first job was working as a secretary at Levis Strauss but I quickly moved into a visual merchandising role, setting up all their concept stores around Australia... purchasing props, from all around the country and making sure the stores were absolutely perfect for opening day! I was there for 12 years and loved every minute of working for such a large corporate company.
What’s your proudest achievement? I have many, some are really small, but still just as important to me! Opening my own store 15 years ago and still going strong, all of my interior decorating work, particularly my latest project The White House Daylesford, having my homes over the years featured in books and magazines around the world.
What’s been your best decision? To step out on my own and achieve everything I have so far!
Who inspires you? People all around me, artists, decorators, stylists, creative people.
What are you passionate about? Everyday things... watching my dog run around in the park chasing birds with his forever wagging tail, time that is spent with my friends/family, the next project I will be decorating, travel, dinners, my home, enjoying life to the fullest and the list goes on and on and on.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt? To relax... it has taken me a long time to actually learn how to sit and just take the time to do nothing.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? My list would change daily, but let's start with Coco Chanel.
What dream do you still want to fulfil? So many dreams, build up my interior business, continue to travel each and every year, perhaps another country house, a book... opening up another business? I never stop thinking of new ideas.....
What are you reading? Mainly interior books/magazines... and most recently a little book by Pia Jane Bijkerk, PARIS:made by hand.

Images courtesy of Lyn Gardener


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Josephine Tale Peddler said...

Thanks. I have to check out this feature. I love her style and I also love her shabby-chic vintage home as well.

Porchlight Interiors said...

I just love Lynn's style...this feature in Vogue Living was absolutely stunning! Tracey

Shannon Fricke said...

Great interview Nat,
I love Lyn's style

Kate James said...

Gorgeous. Looks like somewhere in France.


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