Shopshoot - Empire Vintage

When I decided to visit Melbourne I thought it would be fun to do a shopshoot down there. But what place to visit? I haven't been to Melbourne for 3 years so my finger isn't really on the pulse of Melbourne design.

Last year, photos of The White House in Daylesford started appearing on blogs. I loved the decor and discovered the house was owned by Lyn Gardener. I'd read about and seen photos of Lyn Gardener's store Empire Vintage in Melbourne's Albert Park and thought it would be the perfect place to visit.

The suburb of Albert Park is new to me so I took a little trip on a tram from downtown Melbourne and it was easy to spot the store with it's cute sign. One of these days, as a personal project, I'm going to photograph what's left of those old painted advertising signs found on buildings before they're all demolished.

Unfortunately Lyn wasn't in the shop the day of my visit but Marina looked after me very well and let me roam with my camera. So what did I find? Well follow me into the store.....

Empire Vintage is a treasure trove and if you look hard enough you'll unearth some little jewels. I spied pretty china; tram prints from PPD Design; mercury glass; some sweet rose paintings; o-check papergoods; grain sack cushions; pretty fringed aprons; globes and the list goes on and on.

I could have spent hours in the store fossicking around.

I hope you all enjoyed my little visit to Empire Vintage. Thanks once again to Lyn for letting me play in her store.

I'll be back again on Wednesday, so until then,


2016 edit - Empire Vintage has now become Gardener and Marks.

Empire Vintage


  1. This place looks soooo dreamy!

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  2. Glad you like it. It is crammed with goodies - many more of the images I shot are featured on decor8.

    Check out Lyn's Daylesford property

    Happy weekend,



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