This house, overlooking the beach on the west coast of South Africa, has long been a favourite of mine. It was decorated by well known South African decorator, John Jacob Zwiegelaar.
I love the giant clock casually leaning against the wall. Although in my house, it would have been knocked over long ago!
According to Zwiegelaar, this is not a ‘decorated’ house. It was really all about procurement and he spent two years hunting for items that were reminiscent of the happy childhood summers the client had spent on the once deserted beach. The holiday home had to suit its setting as well as a client who appreciated the provenance of the objects around him.
A lovely double volume space.
The cream, stone, blue and grey echo the colours of the seascape.
A casual arrangement of Proteas.
I love the open fireplace.
Dried "fynbos" in wicker baskets - so simple. I think I might copy this idea.
The main bedroom and open plan bathroom occupy the upstairs space.
A fireplace in the bathroom is such a luxury.
I love the exposed trusses and light fittings.
This looks like a lovely spot to relax with a cup of tea and a good book.
A glass of South African red wine enjoyed while looking at the wonderful beach view - heaven.
Because you patiently scrolled through all these pictures, I'm going to reward you with another West Coast beach house. This one is more modest, but absolutely charming.
House and Leisure magazine describes the house as follows "Situated in an idyllic setting on the West Coast, Morning Tide is a perfect weekend hideaway for exhausted urbanites seeking pared-down luxury. The open plan living space and kitchen invite constant interaction among guests. Soft comfy sofas, cushioned loungers, and two ample dining areas create an atmosphere where lounging and socializing happen naturally. The bedrooms are beautifully appointed in weathered woods, shell chandeliers, and Josephine’s signature duck-egg walls. An occasional burst of soft red enlivens the space, breaking the easy feel of the predominantly neutral color palette and lending a sense of warmth. As the home is in a conservation community where electricity is scarce, “come sundown, candles and paraffin lanterns provide flickering holiday light” Come experience the magic."
I am completely in love with that red light fitting!
Till next time
Images source 1st house : www.johnjacobinteriors.com/
2nd house: http://www.josiehemingway.com/interiors/view/3