This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

'The Apartment' by Lynda Gardener

Homes

Some people just have a gift for creating beautiful spaces, and one of those people is Melbourne based designer, decorator and creative entrepreneur Lynda Gardener.

The Apartment’, completed last year, is Lynda’s latest project –  a lovingly decorated one bedroom rental apartment in a grand old 1920s building in St Kilda. This serene space, which Lynda originally purchased more than 16 years ago, channels a distinctly European feel.

5th July, 2017

the living area
-

The Apartment, interior designer/decorator Lynda Gardener’s Airbnb in St Kilda.  Above – the living area with couch by Bisque Interiors. Lynda has combined layers of fabrics, textures, cushions, collections and artwork with simple touches of greenery. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Hallway
-

The beautiful hallway and front door of Lynda’s third floor apartment. ‘The wonderful thing about old apartments,’ tells Lynda, ‘is the high ceilings and spacious rooms – even the hallway is roomy!’ Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

reading corner
-

A cosy reading corner in the lounge room. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Lynda Gardener
-

Interior designer and decorator Lynda Gardener in The Apartment, her Airbnb in St Kilda. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

dining table
-

The dining table, adorned with more simple collections, overlooking the communal gardens and tree tops. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

gardens
-

The home includes communal gardens. ‘I feel so lucky to have the gardens, in the heart of St Kilda, as most large spaces in apartments have been used for parking’ Lynda explains. ‘It’s a totally private and peaceful place to relax away from the busy street’. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

kitchen
-

In the kitchen, the amazing 1920s arched windows make a statement, as do the original walls. ‘It is quite original in character, with those walls and floor tiles,’ explains Lynda. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

cupboard
-

Peeking into the kitchen from the living area. The cupboard (from HK Living) houses the things Lynda likes to hide, like the TV, and other essentials. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

The bedroom
-

The bedroom, featuring HK Living rope light. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Textures
-

‘I painted the apartment pure white and layered it with simple natural timbers, textured throws and a layering of rugs, it’s very serene and almost has a summery feeling all year round,’ tells Lynda. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

art deco arches
-

Symmetrical art deco arches lead to the staircases of the 1920s building. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Lucy Feagins
Wednesday 5th July 2017

‘I think this apartment was really influenced by my many travels to Amsterdam, and their great aesthetic’.

Having been in the design and styling industry for 35 years now (hard to believe I know!) Lynda Gardener has built a reputation as a supremely talented designer, stylist and creative businesswoman, with a very distinct aesthetic. Though she is ridiculously modest and down to earth, Lynda’s projects and properties are well known, having featured consistently in the media over the past 30 years, both locally and internationally.

We featured Lynda’s Fitzroy home a couple of years ago, but today we’re thrilled to document her latest project – ‘The Apartment’. This serene one bedroom apartment in St Kilda channels a distinctly European feel.

The apartment was, in fact, purchased by Lynda more than 16 years ago, and because she is one seriously savvy businesswoman (a more than a little nostalgic!) she has held onto it all this time.

Part of a charming old 1920s building, miraculously, Lynda’s apartment has needed very little renovation work over the years. ‘Thankfully, the apartment was in perfect original condition, so all my changes have been cosmetic’ Lynda outlines. These have included painting all floors, walls and ceilings in various shades of white (the original walls were all terracotta and the floorboards black).

Shutters were installed on the windows, and new cabinetry doors added to the old kitchen cupboards. Amazingly, the overall layout, sweet tiled flooring and aged walls in the kitchen are all original. ‘It was quite an easy renovation, when the bones are this good…!’ Lynda enthuses!

It was the architecture and style of the building that first attracted Lynda to the property. ‘It totally commands attention as soon as you drive up the street, it’s very striking with wonderful old circular staircases, and it is from a very beautiful era of apartment architecture which I have always adored’ the designer says. ‘The apartment itself is so spacious, with lots of room, which sadly you don’t come across more these days’. Indeed, one visit quickly makes you realise that they really don’t design apartments like they used to.

Of course, Lynda’s intuitive knack for styling has also been a big part of the transformation of this space. Her exquisite collections of old and new artworks, furnishings, cushions, layers of rugs, and beautiful linen lift this sweet abode to the next level. ‘I’m always inspired by Dutch and Nordic spaces that feel fresh, simple, open and not too cluttered’ Lynda muses. ‘I think this apartment was really influenced by my many travels to Amsterdam, and their great aesthetic’.

Having previously leased the home to lovely tenants for many years, Lynda has enjoyed having the opportunity to reclaim and re-energise the home, and transform it in her signature style. It is now part of her stable of boutique accommodation properties – along with  The White House in Daylesford, The Estate Trentham, The White Room in Fitzroy. Each of these properties is available for accommodation, events and photoshoots.

Find The Apartment on AirBnB here.

View Comments

Similar Stories

Homes

A Photographer’s Rustic Country Home (With Its Own Private Bar!)

The charming Macedon Ranges home of photographer Marnie Hawson.

Homes

An Artist’s Art Deco Apartment With Incredible Views Of Bondi Beach!

Daimon Downey and Georgia Gorman share their colourful apartment, above a surf shop on Bondi Beach.

Homes

The Colourful Melbourne Home Of Two Art & Design Aficionados!

The owners of Melbourne vintage store Smith Street Bazaar reveal their wonderfully maximalist home.

This Week

Gardens

A Cascading, Compact Garden That Envelopes This Sydney Home

Greenery spills in from every angle in this suburban garden designed by Bell Landscapes!
Sasha Gattermayr

Stays

A Modernist-Inspired Getaway On The Mornington Peninsula

This architecturally-designed getaway nestled in the sand dunes behind St Andrews beach is your next holiday destination!
Sasha Gattermayr

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life Of Artist, Designer And Small Businesswoman, Rachel Castle

The bubbly, effervescent design icon takes us through a day in her heavenly Marrickville studio - plus how she built her business from the g...
Sasha Gattermayr

Creative People

Terrazzo Queen Tantri Mustika's New Shop + Studio!

The big-dreaming Melbourne ceramicist has just opened the doors to her new retail store in Collingwood Yards, Melbourne!

On The Market

A Charming Victorian Cottage, Turned Contemporary Family Home (With Two Rooftop Terraces!)

A sleek renovation in one of Melbourne’s most coveted inner city locales revives this heritage home - and it's on the market!
Sasha Gattermayr

Shopping

July Is Bringing The Sights Of Overseas Travel Into Your Home!

The Melbourne-based luggage company have teamed up with five Australian photographers to offer high-quality travel prints – framed and de...

News

An Architecture-Inspired Furniture Exhibition Opens This Week In Canberra

Two designers launch a collection of conceptual furniture inspired by the stylistic patterns of Japanese streetscapes!

Work Space

A Monumental New Headquarters For Fashion Trailblazers Incu

Take a tour of Incu's dreamy new headquarters in Sydney, incorporating retail store and head office, designed by Akin Atelier.
Sasha Gattermayr

News

Street Artist Rone's First Book Is Released!

Read all about it – a new book chronicles the prolific Melbourne artist’s two decades on the Australian art scene.

Family

Designer, Businesswoman and Mother Fatuma Ndenzako Weaves Dual Cultures Into Something Beautiful

We chat to one half of the sister-duo behind Collective Closets about motherhood, her thriving fashion label, and growing up African in Alto...
Ashe Davenport

Architecture

A Legendary Local Design Writer’s Renovated 1930s Home

Two art deco apartments in South Yarra owned by reverred Melbourne writer Stephen Crafti have been transformed into one unified home, by Rob...

Architecture

A Dazzling (Yet Inviting!) Family Home

Brutalist inspired architecture meets contemporary Australian style, in this WOW-factor Melbourne home by Kennon Architects.

News

A New Handmade Homewares Brand Launches With A Knock-Out First Collection!

Ancient artefacts and modernist interiors have inspired this experience local textile designer’s first homewares collection.
Sasha Gattermayr

Homes

A Photographer’s Rustic Country Home (With Its Own Private Bar!)

The charming Macedon Ranges home of photographer Marnie Hawson, and her husband Ryan.

Studio Visit

Ornate, Oozing Ceramics By Ebony Russell

A Sydney artist exploring the space between decorative art and feminine power.
Sasha Gattermayr

Similar Stories

Homes

A Photographer’s Rustic Country Home (With Its Own Private Bar!)

The charming Macedon Ranges home of photographer Marnie Hawson.

Homes

An Artist’s Art Deco Apartment With Incredible Views Of Bondi Beach!

Daimon Downey and Georgia Gorman share their colourful apartment, above a surf shop on Bondi Beach.

Homes

The Colourful Melbourne Home Of Two Art & Design Aficionados!

The owners of Melbourne vintage store Smith Street Bazaar reveal their wonderfully maximalist home.