An ex-mattress factory in Fitzroy, Melbourne. I live here with my boyfriend, dog and two cats.
What do you do?
I own homewares store Empire Vintage in Albert Park, plus am an interior decorator and run a boutique hotel in Daylesford.
You’re an expert in…
Fossicking and sourcing unique and one-off finds … oh, and talking!
How would you describe your own design philosophy?
I am passionate about creating amazing vintage-inspired interiors. I love the beauty in all things old and new, but particularly pieces with a great history.
What’s your number one decorating tip?
Be consistent – carry your themes all the way from the front door to the back.
What are your best design tips on a budget?
Easy! Just head to any old market, op shop or thrift store! You don’t need to spend a lot to get great pieces. Another of my favourite tips is to stack or group a collection of items you love – for example, at the moment I am collecting old black-and-white sketches in all shapes and sizes to cluster together for a huge wall feature.
What are the three coolest vintage shops in Melbourne?
Empire Vintage – of course! We have an amazing mix of vintage offerings and I’m just finishing a huge renovation so the store is looking better than ever!
Tarlo & Graham – it’s always full to the brim of unusual items.
Industria – for quirky ex-hospital/industrial wares
What are your favourite design references?
I have collected Elle Decor for the past 15 years! They always have inspirational interiors that are quite achievable. I love the blogs What Katie Ate and The Food Department for their gorgeous photography and cooking! Stylist Jason Grant’s site is also fab – he’s a friend and has such great taste. And of course my own websites (empirevintage.com.au and gardenerandmarks.com.au), which I am very proud of!
You’re well known for your extensive library. Who’s your favourite author?
I love anything to do with interiors! At the moment i’m loving Sibella Court’s Nomad: A Global Approach To Interior Style. Martyn Thompson’s new book Interiors is also fab.