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A Podcast Conversation With Interior Designer Mim Fanning


After a short hiatus, we’re back today our podcast, TDF Talks returns today. It’s so nice to be back!

Today we chat with Mim Fanning, one of Melbourne’s most successful interior designers. Mim launched her business, Mim Design, 20 years ago – which today is a dynamic studio of 29 people!

In this candid conversation, Mim chats to Lucy about her impressive career journey, and her role as ambassador for the Lexus Lifestyle Hub, a new online platform full of exciting ideas to celebrate The Lexus Melbourne Cup at home.

15th October, 2020

The home of Mim Fanning – ready for Melbourne Cup entertaining. Photo – Eve Wilson.

The home of Mim Fanning. Photo – Eve Wilson.

The home of Mim Fanning. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Lucy Feagins
Thursday 15th October 2020

Mim Fanning launched her business 20 years ago, and over time,  Mim Design has expanded to become one of Australia’s leading interior design studios. Recognised nationally and internationally, the studio’s diverse portfolio spans hospitality, residential and commercial interiors, always favouring understated, timeless design over fleeting trends.

Mim attributes a large part of her success to the incredible relationships she has built with her clients and collaborators over the years – and one of those relationships is with Lexus. Mim has worked with Lexus to design many of their Birdcage Marquees for the Melbourne Cup Carnival,  but this year, her involvement looks a little different!

Lexus have worked with Australia’s most creative minds, including Mim, to create the Lexus Lifestyle Hub – an online platform full of exciting ideas in food, music, entertaining, florals and fashion. Here you will find – floral inspiration from Saskia Havekes of renowned Sydney florist Grandiflora, fashion advice from Toni Maticesvski, mood-enhancing playlists from Flight Facilities, and many more ideas to bring your Lexus Melbourne Cup celebration to life, at home.

In this conversation, Mim shares how she’s built her business from the ground up, how she’ll be celebrating The Melbourne Cup this year, and ideas for refreshing your own home this Spring.


This podcast episode is supported by Lexus. 

As proud principal partner of the Lexus Melbourne Cup, Lexus have created the Lexus Lifestyle Hub – an online platform full of exciting ideas in food, music, entertaining, florals and fashion. Go to to get ideas for your own Lexus Melbourne Cup celebration.


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