the white house: daylesford
Posted in australia, interiors February 13th, 2009 by piablog

It’s Friday afternoon. Time to escape for the weekend. But where? Follow me. I have JUST the place for us. It’s tranquil. It’s über stylish and filled with the most gorgeous vintage furniture. Like 1930’s club chairs. And clawfoot baths. And chandeliers from France. There are open fireplaces. And a private garden. And yes, there are hand-painted wallpapers by Deborah Bowness. Welcome mes chers amis, to The White House in Daylesford, Australia…

The White House is an 1850’s brick miners cottage, newly reburbished with interiors and design by none other than our favourite vintage collector whom I featured just the other day – Ms. Lyn Gardener...

Lyn has filled the house with all her favorite vintage pieces. Every room in this house screams sophistication but is loose and natural, making you feel welcome and rested. Yes, I can see myself lounging about in here and never wanting to leave…

My knees are weak and I feel giddy. Are you feeling the same? and then, as if those visuals weren’t enough, there is the garden studio…

Lyn’s White House is in walking distance from the convent gallery, sunday market, vincent street, botanical gardens and daylesford lake. and it’s only a short drive to Hepburn Springs and Spa. For those of you who don’t know this area, basically this means it’s in the centre of heaven.

and. and? yes, AND! the best news of all is that Lyn created this incredible space just. for. you. and me! And, well, who else would like to join us on a glorious weekend retreat? It would make the perfect blogging girls weekend away.


For more information, please click here. (It’s a beautiful website so by sure to click away.)

Photographs courtesy of the talented Tim James.

Thank you Lyn for sharing your new project with me. I will certainly be visiting when I am back in Australia – so book me in sweet Lyn!! Hmm, at this rate it looks like I’ll be taking a little road trip from Sydney to Daylesford, then Melbourne, and onto Rodney and Severine’s Agrarian Kitchen in Tasmania. Wow, I can’t wait for this!


PS Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Have a wonderful day, whatever you get up to. I’ll see you on Monday with some more visual treats. I’m thinking I should make time to go through my photos of my last trip to Sydney – my tan has faded but my memories have not. Shall we do that next week? Shall we see what I got up to in Sydney last month?

PPS I really don’t know what to make for dinner tonight. Any suggestions?

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  1. Meg says

    omg!!! beautiful beyond belief! bloggers week-end away – here i come!!! 🙂 i’m making ina garten’s parmesan chicken skewers and broccoli bowtie pasta for dinner. the foodnetwork website has the best ideas. of course… i rarely venture from beyond a ‘barefoot contessa’ recipe. i’m hooked!!! have a lovely week-end, pia!!! happiest of valentine’s…

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  2. Abigail Leigh says

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this house…..decorated so very nice. I’d love to live in a house like this!!!!

    Abigail Leigh

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  3. ani says

    this is the house of my dreams. so incredibly perfect.

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  4. Diane bronstein says

    This is wonderful… my blogger friend Karin and I are planing a week retreat for women in the Outer Banks in the USA .. this would be wonderful for another retreat… I will look into it… check out the retreat on my blog to see what we are up to if you have a minute.

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  5. Clare says

    How very gorgeous. I think I would have to be dragged out of that Garden Studio, kicking and screaming! I have never actually stayed at Daylesford, although I have driven through a couple of times, but I too have heard it is a fantastic place to relax with some great little shops to browse. Thanks for letting us in on this gem.

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  6. dwellings and decor says

    Thanks for the tour! Gorgeous spaces!

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  7. emily says

    Those photos make my knees go weak too. Lovely! Thank you for shareing. On might where I don’t know what to make for dinner we make breakfast. Eggs and toast or pancakes. A bowl of cereal even tastes better when its eaten at dinner time.

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  8. Cafe Fashionista says

    Lovely; simply lovely.

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  9. joanna goddard says

    what a lovely space. make chili! 🙂

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  10. Yoli says

    Happy Valentine’s Day my sweet lovely dreamer!

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  11. Anniken Zahl Furunes says

    Sooooo nice blogg you have!!! Thanks for all inspiration you give me!!!

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  12. Kerry says

    I can’t believe you just posted this! My husband and I have just spent the weekend there for our 10th wedding anniversay (we got married in Daylesford). And its all that and more. Lyn does an amazing job and is a great ‘host’. We always come back to Melb dreaming of buying a house in Daylesford. One day…..

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  13. diana strinati baur says

    Pia, I came over to look, and am so happy I did. I am in the process of designing a guest room which is being built. It will have a white-washed open cathedral ceiling. I have been struggling with the lighting and the photo of the bedroom with the hanging pendants is very inspirational. I am seeing more and more that pendant lights (one time reserved for work spaces and eating spaces) are being used more flexibly. I do like it.

    Everything is so gorgeous. It makes me know there is life after construction, which we seem always to have going on. But that means things are always happening, right? … and that’s a good thing. Buona Domenica (happy sunday)

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  14. ROOM design studio says

    I absloutly adore it.. and I am so happy I found out about your blog.. it just makes me inspired and happy in general!

    I also bloged about this post cz I like it so much! come over and see 🙂

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  15. geisslein says

    Such a nice post! I really LOVE Lyn´s style SO MUCH!!!! I´m a big fan from vintage things and she creates such beautiful living spaces…great great great! I wish I could visit her store!!! snowy greetings from germany, geisslein

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  16. pia says

    I love your dinner suggestions for my Friday night, thank you! We ended up going to our local Indian which was predictably delicious, but I’m eager to try all your suggestions this week.

    Emily, your breakfast for dinner is on my mind and might end up being on tonights menu!

    I’m glad you all love Lyn’s place as much as I – wouldn’t a blogging girls weekend away there be LA CLASSE!


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  17. Pravina Studio says

    That place is absolutely amazing!! If only I lived anywhere near Australia…

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