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.
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.