This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

A Coastal Family Home Without Any Coastal Cliches!

Architecture

Designed for a young family as their permanent residence, interior design and architecture practice Mim Design have avoided coastal cliches in this new home on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. 

This contemporary family home appears modest from the street, opting for a low-lying design reminiscent of mid-century architecture. However, the sleek, modern interior represents the interests and lifestyle of the owners, who run popular furniture and lifestyle label Coastal Living.

23rd November, 2020

The architectural form of this Mim Design house was conceived as a series of connected pavilions orientated to optimise light and vista across the sloping block. Photo – Tom Blachford 

A staggered hallway on entry reveals the home’s split levels. Photo – Tom Blachford

James Ross Landscape Design designed the gardens. Photo – Tom Blachford

Concrete in the house was completed by Concrete by Keenan Harris. Photo – Tom Blachford

In the kitchen, the balanced proportions of an oversized pendant reign over a stone island bench. Photo – Tom Blachford

Tonal greys and whites in the kitchen. Photo – Tom Blachford

Brooklyn bar stools from Jardan facilitate casual dining around the island bench. Photo – Tom Blachford

Every area in the home has its own outlook to the outdoors. Caydon sofa by Coastal Living. Ivy coffee table by Grazia and Co. Photo – Tom Blachford

Photo – Tom Blachford

Dark brick brings dimension to the living space. Photo – Tom Blachford

Contemporary details in the living room, including the Caydon sofa by Coastal Living. and Ivy Coffee Table by Grazia and Co. Photo – Tom Blachford

The interiors draw on the relaxed, casual style of the clients’ furniture and homeward brand, Coastal Living. Photo – Tom Blachford

The Togo sofa from DOMO brings relaxed style to the living room. Vintage art print from In Good Company. Photo – Tom Blachford

Contemporary bathrooms offer comfort and style. Photo – Tom Blachford

Photo – Tom Blachford

The bedrooms are calming spaces are set away from the living areas.  Photo – Tom Blachford

A dedicated study overlooking the pool allows the clients to run their business from home. Photo – Tom Blachford

Concrete contrasts with the bright, light blue of the pool. Photo – Tom Blachford

The home balances the needs of family and business in an idyllic setting. Photo – Tom Blachford

Pavilions are defined externally by differing materials. Photo – Tom Blachford

A curving breeze block wall encloses a courtyard at the front of the home.  Photo – Tom Blachford

Outdoor living. Photo – Tom Blachford

Exterior materials include zinc that riffs off charred timber, to painted brick, and off-form concrete. Construction by Made Build. Photo – Tom Blachford

Amelia Barnes
Monday 23rd November 2020

‘It’s a coastal home without any coastal cliches.’ – Miriam Fanning

Coastal Pavilion, as it’s known, is a new house designed by Mim Design on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. 

The family home belongs to Lou and Ross Nichols, owners of much-loved local furniture and lifestyle brand Coastal Living. Drawing on the relaxed, beachy style and pared-back palette of their design brand, Mim Design principal Miriam Fanning, director of architecture and Luca Vezzosi, and project architect Stella Lien, set out to create an authentic, timeless home to support contemporary living.

Miriam describes the house as a series of pavilions over split levels that respond to the site’s sloping nature and rear views. These pavilions are defined externally by differing materials, from zinc that riffs off charred timber, to painted brick, off-form concrete, and a curving breeze block wall.

A staggered hallway on entry reveals the home’s split levels separating the quiet and communal areas. ‘As regular entertainers, the design needed to integrate a private retreat at the front of the residence with a generous entertaining space at the rear,’ says Miriam. 

Furniture wise, the home contains many luxe, comfortable pieces from Coastal Living, Domo and Grazia & Co., which soften the palette of tonal greys and whites. The placement of everyday items such as artwork, paired with pieces from the client’s own furniture business, enrich the house with sentimental values and personality. ‘There’s a sense of permanence signalling people really live here,’ says Miriam.

Striving for design longevity, this project is characterised by simplicity and restraint, while also leaving room to evolve and become more layered over time as the family grows. ‘What we love about this project is that it’s a coastal home without any coastal cliches,’ Miriam says. 

This Week

Architecture

A Timeless New Home In Ballarat, With Lake Views + Mid-Century Vibes

With American ‘Brady Bunch’ house vibes (!) this new home in Ballarat by Kennedy Nolan channels mid century design, with a sleek, contem...

On The Market

This John Lautner-Inspired Sydney Home Is MAJOR House Goals (+ It’s For Sale)!

This dream house in Sydney's Castle Cove designed by Terroir architects and Pascale Gomes-McNabb is for sale!

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life Of Chrissy Lafian, Founder And Creative Director Of Suku

With teams in both Melbourne and Bali, Chrissy lets us in on how she runs the lifestyle brand she's built from scratch!

News

Extend The Lifecycle Of Designer Furniture And Lighting With Cultivated

Cult relaunches Cultivated during Melbourne Design Week – a buy-back, refurbishment and recycling service that aims to create a sustainabl...
Sponsored

News

Shop The Megan Park Archive Of More Than 10,000 Pieces!

Legendary fashion designer Megan Park has kept one of every piece she has designed over the last 22 years – and now, she’s opening h...

News

The Magic And Art Of Beekeeping With Honey Fingers

Mud Australia is hosting an exhibition and in conversation event with legendary urban beekeepers Honey Fingers, moderated by artist Stanisla...
Sally Tabart

Architecture

A Surprise Garden Brings This 'Pop-Up' Home To Life

Figr creates a unique language between architectural and landscaped spaces to truly maximise this small footprint home for a family of three...

Stays

The Fabulous New Store And Apartment From Colour Queen Chela Edmunds!

The Takeawei Ceramics founder shows us around her sunny new store in Fitzroy, and the cutest-ever apartment upstairs (yep, you can stay ther...

Homes

A Magical Alistair Knox-Designed Rental In Eltham!

The seriously dreamy 1970s rental home of Pop and Scott trade manager Lucienne Van Sebille, and her partner Sebastian.

Architecture

This Clever + Compact Bondi Home Feels Like A Never-Ending Holiday!

Fox Johnston architects managed to expand the footprint of this small and narrow Sydney site to create a generous, private haven!

Gardens

A Cultivated Wilderness In Inner Suburban Melbourne

Legendary landscape designer Phillip Withers completes a layered, three-tiered garden around a Toorak home designed by Cera Stribley.

On The Market

A Corner Store Turned Architectural Home Hits The Market In Brunswick

An 1883 shopfront turned architectural home with a pool and sauna is for sale in Brunswick!

Interiors

An Inspired Cosmetic Makeover Of A Perth Rental Property

This Cottesloe rental property has been majorly improved (with the landlord's agreement) by Ohlo Studio!

Gardens

A Slice Of Primeval Paradise In Bronte

Situated on a steep site in a sometimes blustery coastal location, the planting palette for this stunning garden in Sydney is both soft, and...

Interiors

A Crash Course In Renovating Your Own Home From Top To Bottom, With BuildHer Collective

Rebeka Morgan and Kribashini Hannon of BuildHer Collective bring us a new book containing all the info you need to embark on building or ren...
Rebeka Morgan and Kribashini Hannon

View Comments

Similar Stories

Architecture

A Family Home That Mirrors Nature

Moving through this sloping Red Hill home by InForm with Pleysier Perkins is designed to feel like a hike in the bush!

Architecture

This Non-Conventional Holiday Home Is Mostly Underground

This coastal home by Rob Kennon Architects was built three quarters of the way underground to overcome its challenging site.

Architecture

A Historical-Style Beach House That Expands With The Seasons

The Township Residence by Wolveridge is a new home, fully informed by Sorrento’s traditional vernacular.
Sasha Gattermayr

This Week

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life Of Chrissy Lafian, Founder And Creative Director Of Suku

With teams in both Melbourne and Bali, Chrissy lets us in on how she runs the lifestyle brand she's built from scratch!

News

Extend The Lifecycle Of Designer Furniture And Lighting With Cultivated

Cult relaunches Cultivated during Melbourne Design Week – a buy-back, refurbishment and recycling service that aims to create a sustainabl...
Sponsored

On The Market

A Corner Store Turned Architectural Home Hits The Market In Brunswick

An 1883 shopfront turned architectural home with a pool and sauna is for sale in Brunswick!

Architecture

A Surprise Garden Brings This 'Pop-Up' Home To Life

Figr creates a unique language between architectural and landscaped spaces to truly maximise this small footprint home for a family of three...

Architecture

This Clever + Compact Bondi Home Feels Like A Never-Ending Holiday!

Fox Johnston architects managed to expand the footprint of this small and narrow Sydney site to create a generous, private haven!

On The Market

This John Lautner-Inspired Sydney Home Is MAJOR House Goals (+ It’s For Sale)!

This dream house in Sydney's Castle Cove designed by Terroir architects and Pascale Gomes-McNabb is for sale!

Homes

A Magical Alistair Knox-Designed Rental In Eltham!

The seriously dreamy 1970s rental home of Pop and Scott trade manager Lucienne Van Sebille, and her partner Sebastian.

News

The Magic And Art Of Beekeeping With Honey Fingers

Mud Australia is hosting an exhibition and in conversation event with legendary urban beekeepers Honey Fingers, moderated by artist Stanisla...
Sally Tabart

News

Shop The Megan Park Archive Of More Than 10,000 Pieces!

Legendary fashion designer Megan Park has kept one of every piece she has designed over the last 22 years – and now, she’s opening h...

Gardens

A Cultivated Wilderness In Inner Suburban Melbourne

Legendary landscape designer Phillip Withers completes a layered, three-tiered garden around a Toorak home designed by Cera Stribley.

Architecture

A Timeless New Home In Ballarat, With Lake Views + Mid-Century Vibes

With American ‘Brady Bunch’ house vibes (!) this new home in Ballarat by Kennedy Nolan channels mid century design, with a sleek, contem...

Interiors

An Inspired Cosmetic Makeover Of A Perth Rental Property

This Cottesloe rental property has been majorly improved (with the landlord's agreement) by Ohlo Studio!

Gardens

A Slice Of Primeval Paradise In Bronte

Situated on a steep site in a sometimes blustery coastal location, the planting palette for this stunning garden in Sydney is both soft, and...

Interiors

A Crash Course In Renovating Your Own Home From Top To Bottom, With BuildHer Collective

Rebeka Morgan and Kribashini Hannon of BuildHer Collective bring us a new book containing all the info you need to embark on building or ren...
Rebeka Morgan and Kribashini Hannon

Stays

The Fabulous New Store And Apartment From Colour Queen Chela Edmunds!

The Takeawei Ceramics founder shows us around her sunny new store in Fitzroy, and the cutest-ever apartment upstairs (yep, you can stay ther...

Similar Stories

Architecture

A Family Home That Mirrors Nature

Moving through this sloping Red Hill home is designed to feel like a hike in the bush!

Architecture

This Non-Conventional Holiday Home Is Mostly Underground

This coastal home was built three quarters of the way underground to overcome its challenging site.

Architecture

A Historical-Style Beach House That Expands With The Seasons

The Township Residence by Wolveridge is a new home, fully informed by Sorrento’s traditional vernacular.
Sasha Gattermayr

The Design Files acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files – we would love to hear from you.

Please email us here.