ISSUE 8  |  Oceania

An Australian Idyll: Estate Trentham Near Melbourne

February 24, 2016 1:50 PM

BY Julie Carlson

Located an hour outside of Melbourne, The Estate Trentham is the latest venture from interiors stylist and vintage maven Lyn Gardener of Gardener & Marks. Gardener had been watching the Trentham property market for more than a year when she discovered a 1902 Federation-style house for sale; she made an offer on the spot and proceeded to revamp the property in a matter of weeks.

The three-bedroom boutique guesthouse with wrap-around verandah includes an events barn and a cottage vegetable garden. The interiors are done up in a mix of old and new curated pieces from European flea markets and Gardener’s bag of tricks.

Photography by Rhiannon Taylor for In Bed With (follow her at @inbedwith on Instagram), unless otherwise noted.


Above: “Layer, layer, layer,” is Gardener’s decorating mantra. “I mix lovely throws, chunky knits, cushions, rugs, floor cushions to make rooms cozy and inviting,” she told The Countryphiles.


Above: Gardener preserved the characterful original wood flooring throughout the house. A bamboo and khadi cotton Z5 Pendant Light by Nelson Sepulveda for Ay Illuminate ($450 from Lost & Found in Los Angeles) illuminates a corner of the living room.


Above: As a last minute design tweak, Gardener replaced the original wood mantels with custom concrete fireplace surrounds.


Above: Gardener describes her style as “a mix of old and new; whites, chocolates, natural timber, and raw materials like concrete.”


Above: A narrow, rough-hewn vintage table anchors the kitchen.


Above: Gardener added a peg rail at the entry for kitchen essentials. Photo via The Estate Tretham.


Above: A kitchen still life with herbs from the garden.


Above: The kitchen is stocked with vintage crockery, wooden  utensils, and chopping blocks.


Above: One of the three guest bedrooms, done up in shades of chocolate and gray with industrial lighting fixtures.


Above: A vintage painting propped on a narrow shelf over a bed.


Above: A refurbished bathroom with poured concrete flooring and a clawfoot tub.


Above: A ceramic washbasin is set into a vintage wood sink stand.

Like this project? Check out Gardener’s other property at Hotels & Lodging: The White House in Daylesford, Australia.