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Shopgirl Visits: Empire Vintage

Let’s take a vacation together, shall we? I say we all jump on our virtual plane and jet down to Melbourne, Australia to visit the shop of designer Lynda Gardener, whom I’ve talked about on decor8 before. Gardener is a creative genius and not shy in her decorating approach by any means — she is a bold, confident lady who displays remarkable talent and vision.

Empire Vintage

In her shop, Empire Vintage, her finds are lovingly curated and artfully displayed in a way that inspires creative ideas. Just to walk through is an experience whether you actually purchase something or not. Shopping at Empire Vintage seems to be quite an  experience and to me, that is what a store should do — transport, inspire and if those things are successful then sales are part of the deal because then one wants to bring home a treasure to remind them of that special experience. From early rustic to French country and vintage industrial, this gem has a little something for everyone.

Empire Vintage

As you look through these images, shot by the talented Jillian Leiboff of Jillian Leiboff Photography, try to be in the moment and imagine walking through this shop — what would you touch? How do you imagine this shop smelling? Like patchouli or lavender or perhaps vanilla and honey? Or perhaps you can smell orange blossoms? Imagine the music that you hear… is it French pop? A favorite soundtrack? Classical? I think that it’s good to pause as you are reading your favorite blogs to take in the images that you see, study them, and even put yourself into those images in order to fully experience them.

Empire Vintage

Empire Vintage

Empire Vintage

Empire Vintage

It’s nice to slip out of your “zone” for a moment to enjoy some time for yourself to meditate, reflect and relax and that is exactly what a beautiful retail experience can do — take you away to faraway places without the jet lag! Ah, escapism.

What do you see that you like? :) I love the vintage English eiderdowns, the bunting, linen pillows, antique books, white bone china and the colorful bracelets – I would like the blue and yellow ones, please!

Shop address: 63 Cardigan Place Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia.

(photos: Jillian Leiboff of Jillian Leiboff Photography)

Posted by decor8 in Shopgirl Visits on March 10, 2010

Your comments...

  1. Amanda commented
    March 10th, 2010 at 6:57pm

    I have that exact globe. My grandfather gave it to me when I was a kid and its in my china cabinet. Its a little bit broken as the plastic was brittle so it came off its axle but I still love it. I’m fairly sure it has the USSR on it and other countries that have changed.
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..Introducing BeadPile =-.

  2. Liss commented
    March 10th, 2010 at 7:19pm

    whoa, Im in shop heaven. this shop is just amazing!!! love it all
    .-= Liss´s last blog ..Thursday Giveaway =-.

  3. Liss commented
    March 10th, 2010 at 7:21pm

    and I just noticed its in Melbourne, I’m going to visit it this weekend!
    .-= Liss´s last blog ..Thursday Giveaway =-.

  4. Danielle commented
    March 10th, 2010 at 7:36pm

    Gorgeous, I’ve been meaning to go for years – you’ve inspired me to make it happen. Will add it to my next adventure via Chapel Street Bazaar and Acland St…
    .-= Danielle´s last blog ..The baby in the grass =-.

  5. Diana L commented
    March 10th, 2010 at 7:53pm

    Liss, have fun on you visit. I wanna come along. Not gonna happen tho… I’ll just have to dream. Love the baubles and beads. The utensil holder is sweet also. Heavy sigh… dreaming now…
    .-= Diana L´s last blog ..Blue Sea Glass Tear Drop Pendant =-.

  6. megmanionsilliker commented
    March 10th, 2010 at 7:59pm

    oh i want to shop there this minute!! awesome.
    .-= megmanionsilliker´s last blog ..a lime slice – [randomness] =-.

  7. MsUnreliable commented
    March 10th, 2010 at 8:32pm

    I haven’t been to Melbourne in almost a year, which is pathetic given it’s only a 1.5 hour flight away, so I think you’ve just given me the tiny push I needed to book some flights!

    xx Kit

  8. the domestic fringe commented
    March 10th, 2010 at 8:35pm

    Looks wonderful – all of it! I want to shop there.
    .-= the domestic fringe´s last blog ..Call me Velma =-.

  9. Cookie Cutter commented
    March 10th, 2010 at 9:41pm

    This shop is such a treasure trove! Everything seems to have so much character and to tell a story. I can imagine myself in there, wanting so many things, but aware that I have limited funds in my pocket, I’ll be painfully short-listing items :p
    .-= Cookie Cutter´s last blog ..Calm & Natural – Nutte =-.

  10. Alex commented
    March 10th, 2010 at 10:39pm

    AMAZING! Thanks so much for posting this… I love love love it!

  11. Annie commented
    March 10th, 2010 at 11:50pm

    Yikes – I want to go immediately!!!!
    .-= Annie´s last blog ..Pretty much perfect… =-.

  12. Kaylen commented
    March 11th, 2010 at 12:16am

    Oh my gosh. If I was walking down the street and saw that storefront, I would just die. Seriously. I want EVERYTHING in that store! Thank you for sharing!
    .-= Kaylen´s last blog ..Only Four Months to Go! =-.

  13. ashlina commented
    March 11th, 2010 at 12:40am

    absolutely love the photos of this store. i think i might need to go there!
    .-= ashlina´s last blog ..secret of domestic bliss #6…must add jewels =-.

  14. Silke Schmidt commented
    March 11th, 2010 at 1:20am

    I love stores like this, they are great and I could spend hours in there. Have you ever been to Dittmas in Hannover. Its great and you need hours in there. Unfortunately I forgot the streetname, but i think it is in Linden.
    Have a nice day,
    .-= Silke Schmidt´s last blog ..*NEU* Blue Hippie…. =-.

  15. Frau Mayer commented
    March 11th, 2010 at 1:45am

    The globe! It’s absolutely amazing…
    Thanks for the tour, Holly.
    .-= Frau Mayer´s last blog ..Real Living – an extra copy for sale plus new arrivals =-.

  16. Janine commented
    March 11th, 2010 at 3:40am

    Oh my, I would love to visit there! All that treasure… I want, I need!!
    xJanine (former BYW student)
    .-= Janine´s last blog ..Wild and Wonderful Paint =-.

  17. Sara commented
    March 11th, 2010 at 3:56am

    Amazing :)

  18. Cosy Home Blog commented
    March 11th, 2010 at 4:22am

    The shop looks lovely, thanks for the virtual tour! I’ve always fancied one of those fortune telling hand things….
    .-= Cosy Home Blog´s last blog ..Personalised handmade house name sign =-.

  19. Elizabeth commented
    March 11th, 2010 at 4:27am

    Lovely! Given the smattering of old books lying here and there, I imagine this shop smelling like a library…I just love the smell of books. Is that weird? Thanks for the posting this peek!

  20. Alison Gibbs commented
    March 11th, 2010 at 4:48am

    Ooh just the incentive I need to drive for just over an hour and head onto this gorgeous shop. Empire Vintage here I come
    .-= Alison Gibbs´s last blog ..WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE =-.

  21. paula commented
    March 11th, 2010 at 6:43am

    how beautiful! i live in argentina and this looks like our “Mercado de pulgas” (flee market) in Palermo! You would loooove this place, a big shed full of treasures. i have some great pictures to publish if you want. ill post them in my blog. i think these kind of objects have a deep soul, that speak for themselves. nice article!

  22. juliette commented
    March 11th, 2010 at 6:58am

    what a great tour! yet another reason to want to go to Oz…

    seriously though, it looks just like the storefront of a little shop where I used to live called The Empire Emporium It had just a bit of everything, just like this one. happy memories! =)
    .-= juliette´s last blog ..Miniature Worlds: Handcrafting for little people =-.

  23. Mel Design Heaven commented
    March 11th, 2010 at 8:04am

    Definitely putting this on the list of places to visit next time I am home. Thanks holly!
    .-= Mel Design Heaven´s last blog ..Dining room love =-.

  24. Jessica Zee commented
    March 11th, 2010 at 9:19am

    I’d never thought of that before, Holly, to really “browse” and immerse myself in a shop as I visit online. You’re right, though, with great photos and a gorgeous location like this, it’s pretty easy to pretend, and it makes the shop that much more charming.
    .-= Jessica Zee´s last blog ..Reference Books: What are your favorites? =-.

  25. Lizzie commented
    March 11th, 2010 at 9:49am

    Wow this shop looks amazing, I love the way everything looks lived in and inviting, like you could pick things up and enjoy them because its not a ‘precious’ shop! I wish I could get my online shop to look that inviting! How inspiring.
    .-= Lizzie´s last blog ..Bargain hunting! =-.

  26. Jen commented
    March 11th, 2010 at 10:46am

    That shop is so lovely. I have a thing for owls and tennis rackets; I know random, but pleasing.

    Thank you for sharing.


  27. laura trevey commented
    March 11th, 2010 at 11:44am

    I could spend hours upon hours in there…
    .-= laura trevey´s last blog ..Giveaway – Alexia Admor Dress =-.

  28. monica from hola!design commented
    March 11th, 2010 at 12:11pm

    what an awesome shop!!! there’s something so appealing about vintage shops! I’d love to go to this one!

  29. Glenda Childers commented
    March 11th, 2010 at 1:14pm

    Thanks for the little holiday! Love love the white cup and saucer sets.

  30. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    March 11th, 2010 at 1:46pm

    Gorgeous…I would LOVE to have an hour or two in there! :)
    .-= Melissa de la Fuente´s last blog ..the little things: black & lace =-.

  31. Christina Diaz commented
    March 11th, 2010 at 1:53pm

    Wow, this place looks like so much fun! I just have to go to Australia! I love it!
    .-= Christina Diaz´s last blog ..Out and About =-.

  32. katrina commented
    March 11th, 2010 at 2:31pm

    that place is just like heaven. :)
    .-= katrina´s last blog ..Mr. Rabbit Sir Giveaway @ Thompson Family-Life =-.

  33. Jolette commented
    March 11th, 2010 at 3:11pm

    Jillian sure knows a thing or two about styling a good photo! Love the white letters on the wall (some word that ends in -ge) and the little owls.
    .-= Jolette´s last blog ..Turning on the charm =-.

  34. James Swan commented
    March 11th, 2010 at 3:55pm

    Few things are as lovely as layers of memory-prodding merchandise. Love the layers and the merchandise in this lovely trip down memory-lane.

  35. Penny Patten commented
    March 11th, 2010 at 4:03pm

    Looks like a wonderful shop!
    .-= Penny Patten´s last blog ..Alice and Wonderland costume video =-.

  36. Lindsay commented
    March 11th, 2010 at 4:20pm

    I just recently went browsing around some of my local stores… so nice to get out and enjoy a little adventure every now and then! This store is absolutely enchanting! Thank you for the sneak peek!!


  37. Meg commented
    March 11th, 2010 at 5:31pm

    Ah! treasures!! Looks great! I wish I was there right now!!
    .-= Meg´s last blog ..Bear boots Holder =-.

  38. Emma commented
    March 11th, 2010 at 6:24pm

    Love love LOVE Empire Vintage – you’re right Holly, shopping there IS an experience. Great to see some great Melbournian talent getting a plug! You should come to Australia Holly (namely Melbourne) to visit our amazing city ;)
    .-= Emma´s last blog ..{ New Singer Baby } =-.

  39. holly commented
    March 11th, 2010 at 6:39pm

    OH I would consider a trip down under to see EMPIRE VINTAGE…Loving it.
    Love the porcelain hand….the union jack banner….the books, the birdcage, the textures, colors, letters, layers, sporty touches, oodles of yumminess….THANKS for the loveliness….Made my day.
    .-= holly´s last blog ..FUN TO BE ALIVE Vintage Book 1950s =-.

  40. lovestuffs commented
    March 16th, 2010 at 8:14am

    love it all !!
    it’s very amazing place…

  41. Erin commented
    April 9th, 2010 at 12:09pm

    Beautiful shop! I believe it warrants a trip from the US to Melbourne!

  42. zaira commented
    June 22nd, 2011 at 3:26am

    I love this blog it is so inspirational!

  43. Blog adsl commented
    September 23rd, 2011 at 3:32pm

    Beautiful pictures… i love this ;)

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