Posts in property
Style Queen

Lynda Gardener has an infectious enthusiasm. Her eyes light up as she describes a house she is styling or the new small hotel she is working on. The interior stylist, with her broad smile and signature mane of untamed hair, is an unmissable part of the local business community. She and partner Mark Smith have the carefully styled but refreshingly casual café and homewares store Trentham General (37A High Street, Trentham), housed in an old bank in the historic town. Using a blend of old and new furniture, found and built surfaces, random and organised objects Lynda has made a store that showcases of her skills not only as a curator of homewares but her ability to transform an old building into a hospitable dining room. 

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Good Things Take Time

With our small screens filled with reality shows creating makeovers in 48-hours, we could be forgiven for thinking that renovating houses is something that is done at a blistering speed with little to no experience, no professional tradies and for a ridiculously tiny budget. As long as everything looks good in the photos, who cares?

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