Monday, July 6, 2009

Unbelievable Room(s) Envy

Porchlight Interiors recently featured the work of South African designer John Jacob Zwiegelaar of John Jacob Interiors. I then spent the next hour+ immersed in the firm's portfolio. The designer is only in his early 30's and the work is impressive. This room is my absolute favorite. The back wall is covered in a brown grass cloth. Notice the two lamps on both sides of the fireplace; that's something I haven't seen before. Love the mutiple rugs scattered over the hardwood floors. (all images from John Jacob Interiors)

Bright white with green accents makes for a crisp, clean aesthetic. This lantern looks to be an exact match of the one in the living room. Click here to read more about this project in the Nov. 08 issue of House & Garden South Africa.

This is the designer's own home in Bantry Bay. In an article he says that the key to black and white schemes is provenance, otherwise "black and white can seem viscously plastic." The round mirror in the fireplace and the mirror panels flanking the fireplace are my favorite features in this room. Well, love the rug and the greek key trim too.

Such a civilized kitchen!



Thank you Porchlight Interiors for featuring John Jacob Zwiegelaar. To see more of the firm's work, click here. Just be sure you have a spare hour!

25 comments:

Red Door Home said...

Simply beautiful! Each room is more wonderful than the next.

Style Redux 2 said...

I remember seeing his work before-it is stunning. I especially love the round mirror in the fireplace and the first kitchen.

Renee Finberg said...

this guy has some fabulous 'EYE'!

AND a sense of color & balance that beats most.
i am impressed, and i love being impressed by such awesome talent.
thank you

xx

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I love the black and white kitchen!

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

I see what you mean - I could LIVE in those images!
Don' think I've ever seen B&W done with such elegant coziness. Interesting that the designer/owner states to do the opposites-attract colorscheme, one should go higher-end. I've always heard you can get away with lower-end items if you stick to the neutrals - Ha!

Lovely, lovely post - Thank You!

Vitania said...

What a fabulous introduction to this designer ! It's so nice to see rooms that have "stuff" in them. It's beautiful stuff. Interiors are often so minimal these days we forget about all those wonderful pieces that create character.

Very nice
Thanks for the intro

Vitania

Tiina of LiviaConcept said...

those black and white stripes are gorgeous!

Linda/"Mom" said...

* Must have drooled "OH, OH, OH, OH, OH" for a FULL 5 MINUTES upon seeing that FIRST, TO-DIE-FOR PIC just now!!! I absolutely LOVVVVVE that space!!! ( Yes,I am simply "IN LOOOVVVE" w/ John Jacob Zweigelaar's interiors!!!). EVERY SINGLE SPACE is magically enticing!!!~~~

Can't THANK YOU ENOUGH for "MAKING MY DAY"!!!!!!!!!

Linda in AZ *

Alicia said...

His kitchen is IT for me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Everything about it screams perfect right down to the rooster. Im saving the image...and again thanking you.

Ann said...

The black and white living room looks really awesome ... it is so hard to pull a stylish look with black and white as the color scheme yet the designer succeeds in creating a warm and chic looking space.

Daly Essentials said...

that black and white living room is gorgeous!

Blue Muse said...

oooh I could curl up on that sofa in front of that fire and never leave that beautiful room ... except to wander into that GORGEOUS kitchen for some snacks!
Mmmm!
xo Isa

Lauren said...

I'm inspired...just lovely!

sophiedahydesigns said...

Oh, I am absolutely in love with that kitchen!

Jen @ GreetQ.com said...

Not a big fan of b/w in the main room but the kitchen is amazing. There's something timeless and classic about the tiled floors. The bedroom is very 'Out of Africa.' Truly lovely work!

Porchlight Interiors said...

He has an amazing sense of style - thanks for the mention! Tracey xx

pve design said...

one of my friends had a chic beach home all done up in black and white, and natural...and splashes of green. I love those rooms....

LindsB said...

Stunning, just stunning- I love everything about them- thanks for introducing me to a new favorite :)

Lisa said...

Just wonderful. I had the kitchen pic in my files & passed it on to my mother in Phoenix. She is using it for inspiration on her kitchen re-do this summer. Thanks for showing us the rest of this beautiful place. The mirrored panels grabbed me too! And I love the mirror at ground level. So many are hung above the mantel & reflect nothing at all. This is an interesting approach. Always great to visit with you.
Lisa

Michelle said...

STunning interiors! I like the two lamps on each side of the FP too!

The windows and doors in all of these pics are amazing! The night time photography really makes the first room glow...I wonder how that is done.

Thanks!
Michelle

JMW said...

Oh, to have that kitchen!

Lauren said...

oh just so beautiful!!! i can't get over the white room with punches of green!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE

Ludvigsdal said...

I just love this home! The black and white.....hope your having a nice summer over there! Anette

Grant K. Gibson said...

OMG!
I think that I have died and gone to heaven!
DIVINE!!!
I love love love all of it!

Unique Unique Design said...

Wow, what a great designer. It'd take to long to list the things I love. Thanks for sharing these.
marcie

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