Biography

Amanda Henderson-Mark’s career in interior design started after she finished studying in Australia and moved to England. She worked as an in-store decorator for Liberty on Regents Street in London and later as a decorator for the iconic fabric and wallpaper company Osborne and Little in Chelsea. “My experiences in London were life changing for me as a decorator. I learned anything is possible when decorating. There are no rules.”

Amanda became interested in European decorating styles where old was mixed with new in a very different way to what was being done in Australia at the time. Amanda also worked for various fabric companies in Melbourne including Wardlaw and Mokum Textiles, and specialised in textiles, furniture and all soft furnishings.

Lyn Gardener is well known for her store, Empire Vintage, in Albert Park, which she has owned since 1994. In addition to sourcing an amazing range of one-off vintage pieces for Empire Vintage, Lyn has styled, refurbished and renovated two huge warehouses in Melbourne in strikingly distinct styles, as well as The White House in Daylesford, a luxuriously unique guesthouse.

Gardener and Marks have worked together for many years decorating and styling a variety of commercial and domestic spaces. Their most recent projects have been The Local Taphouse in St. Kilda, Melbourne, and The Local Taphouse in Sydney.

Gardener and Marks are passionate about good design. Their combined talents and broad-ranging experience give the accomplished pair’s projects a unique and distinctive feel.

“We love what we do and have so much fun sourcing pieces and creating amazing interiors.”