If merely the word ‘Noosa’ conjures up the same images of tropical tranquillity for you as it does for us, then this Noosa house by Mim Design is going to both demand your attention and potentially cause some envy. The once disconnected 1980s holiday home has been refurbished as a modern sanctuary that encapsulates its idyllic surrounds, aptly named ‘Edge of the Rainforest’. Tucked away in the foliage of Noosa’s National Park, it is now quite literally the best of both worlds; a home immersed in the treescape and seascape.
Across three levels Mim Design have revamped both the exterior and interior. The primary focus of the design process was to be considerate of the tropical environment, first addressed in the layout. Mim Design reworked the home to accommodate an expansive kitchen and a basement entertaining area, topped with a fourth bedroom and ensuite. Of course at no stage were the lush surrounds forgotten, instead they’ve been built into the kitchen clear glass splashback and linked by the balcony extension. The black-frame windows capture both the view of high palm branches and undergrowth, with unobtrusive shutters to appreciate fresh air and filtered natural light.
Stripping away the artificial and privileging the coastal throughout, Mim Design have complemented the striking greenery from the outside with a palette of the neutral and navy. To attune the home with its beachside locale, the interior relies on the smoothness of marble, smoked oak floors and white lining boards as joinery. It is a refined reflection of easy living and the perfect blend of shared and private, speaking with refreshing comfort in soft furnishings. There is no lack of quiet space, with cosy nooks ready for you to curl up, reflect and rejuvenate.
On the fringe of the forest we have found a truly humbling home, embracing the natural and its power to heal us from all that is fast and furious. Mim Design have carefully refurbished a place of retreat to relax, slow down and enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
The subway tiling is laid in a vertical pattern in the bathroom to subtly relay the scale of the surrounding palms.