Architecture + Interior Design

REL Residence by MIM Design

REL Residence by MIM Design
REL Residence by MIM Design

By Lisa De Petro

In one of the Mornington Peninsulas’ most revered locations and showcasing a clever design focusing firmly around symmetry and aspect, this coastal hideout is another impressive masterpiece by renowned Melbourne design studio Mim Design.


Intended as a gallery-esque pavilion style coastal hideout for a large family, this four bedroom, three-bathroom home in Portsea displays a sense of the handmade, despite its modern aesthetic. According to Mim Design Director Miriam Fanning, the owners of the newly built beach house wanted to walk in and immediately relax. The brief was to achieve a simplified sense of calm, rather than having something that feels cluttered. The interiors needed to suit short and long-term stays, and encourage a sense of close-knit family living, despite the large scale of the home. A further requirement was that every room had its own aspect, whether that be for the garden, outdoor entertainment and pool area, artwork, or of the custom joinery on show in every room.


To achieve the brief, the Mim Design team first reconfigured the floor plan, so the L-shaped building was divided into separate wings for adults and children. The adult’s wing encompasses a main bedroom with a bench nook, custom robes, built-in dresser and an extensive marble ensuite. The children’s zone features its own separate living room, and two spacious bedrooms with ample storage and access to a two-way ensuite, with a freestanding bath that overlooks a courtyard garden. The house also has a guest bedroom with an ensuite and a separate powder room. The extensive open-plan kitchen and living area features a fireplace, study alcove, walk-in pantry and separate laundry, with Miele appliances, and an island bench in ‘Portsea Grey’ natural stone.


When it came to the fittings, fixtures and joinery, the brief was to also create a casual, refined and modern beach house, with tactile elements that keep with the coastal location. To balance the building’s existing black cladding and window frames, the MIM Design team selected textural finishes such as super soft knotted wool carpets, slatted timber wall panels, timber veneer shelving, powder coated door handles and natural stone benches, all in a soft palette of grey, pebble, white ivory, pumice and black. From the homemade bathroom tiles, to the custom vanities, mirrors and joinery, everything is refined but with an artisan sensibility. The aim of the brief was to create a relaxing home, where a family could spend quality time together in a picturesque coastal environment that feels both sleek and soothing.

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With the clever selection of materials, quality craftsmanship and unique design, REL Residence is a pure reflection of Mim Designs experience in delivering projects with sophistication and refinement whilst portraying the clients personality and individual brand into the design and project. We can clearly see the brief being nailed here, with the striking balance between the sleek artisan design and the soothing coastal environment.

Let’s take a moment to enjoy this modern work of genius that you can still call home.


Photography by Sharyn Cairns.