Many of us are drawn to the calming environment created by an all-white interior. But what makes it work? We take a stroll through the diary of an expert on the key elements to consider and find that it's all in the edit.
Decorating in all white has been a passion of interior decorator, stylist and boutique accommodation owner Lynda Gardener for as long as she can remember.
With her inimitable eye Lynda can create warmth in a room using an all-white palette and the textures of faded architecture, paint finishes, fabrics, collected pieces and the odd pot plant. It's a style that is much admired in it's ultimate simplicity but the challenge to successfully carry it off cannot be overestimated. We talk to Lynda about her latest inspirations, interiors haunts and how her style has endured.
“I absolutely love white," says Lynda, "But you can get very confused with whites once you start looking – it’s tormenting! Is it too creamy? Too white? Too much of a blue-white? So when paint company Bauwerk Colour called me about a collaboration, I jumped at the idea. I have now released my own small range of whites – just two – through them. Based in Perth, Bauwerk Colour uses all-natural, non-toxic ingredients."
Lynda's little black book of where she's hanging out in her local Melbourne and on Instagram.
1. via martine
“Martine is a wonderful photographer who I found by chance on Instagram, which is, of course, where we all find so many great people, products and stories. All her prints are mainly from [her] own shots – she shoots simple model faces and portraits – and I’ve framed quite a few for The Apartment in St Kilda. I just love what she does. It’s so beautiful and so simple and quite striking. I usually mix her work up with collections of old and new art, which I tend to do with all of my interiors.”
2. Scout House
“I’ve known the owner, Orlando, for a long time. He’s very clever at mixing old with new (clearly something I do myself). His aesthetic is absolute perfection. He collects from markets around the world for Scout House. It’s one of those stores where you walk in and always find something beautiful to take home. I get excited as soon as I walk in the door.”
Visit: 161A Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Vic, (03) 9525 4343
Open: Daily, 10am-5pm
3. Slow Wanderings
“This is my brand new Instagram find. Hanlie is a South African stylist and photographer who prints her own photography onto linen. It’s so simple and unique. I just received my first order and literally had it hanging on the wall as the postman was leaving.”
4. Kara Rosenlund
“I love everything about [Brisbane-based] travel photographer Kara’s work. I’ve been working on a few coastal homes lately, and what she does fits in so beautifully as a feature piece – so I’ve been ordering the largest prints she can create, to make a statement. Kara is bubbly and friendly and we clicked instantly. I enjoy supporting like-minded people.”
For a walk through Lynda's Melbourne studio holiday listing, click here.