la Brocanteuse

Mar 8, 2011

My inspiration



Cape Town

 (Set to the back of a quiet cul-de-sac, the exterior of the house is distinctly London-esque in flavor; think of Chelsea Green or a mews in Notting Hill. But it is the interior that truly conveys Zwiegelaar’s passion for all things European. A statement reinforced by the astonishing two-and-a-half years it took him to finish the property, trawling the markets, antiques shops and warehouses of Paris and L’Isle sur la Sorgue in the south of France to find the unique, the fresh and the different. Color inspiration, however, originated closer to home. To the back of the property, the garden drops away into a shallow gully, dominated by lush dark-green foliage and trees reaching above and beyond the upstairs bedrooms. It was this scene that drove Zwiegelaar’s color scheme, as well as his use of French doors instead of windows throughout the house to maximize the view. ‘The intensity of the green is an essential part of this story,’ he explains, ‘and the reason why I chose such a monochrome range of grays and soft greens for the interior.’ 

It is a palette that perfectly offsets the designer’s of French finds, monastic 16th-century antiques, custom-designed pieces and glut enviably luxurious fabrics from Pierre Frey and de Le Cuona. The overall look is restrained yet infinitely elegant, something Zwiegelaar achieves through a tenacious need for quality.

I like how mirrors were used
 to the  left and right of the fireplace
it give's a sense of space

The day I found this image (Above) 
in a local magazine
 almost three years ago, was the day I fell in love
 with JOHN JACOB'S style..
I have been searching for a tapestry
 to use like JJZ have done here...
divided in the middle and hung above a interior entrance...(still searching...) 

Mirrors against the back wall-doubles the space.
a definite JJZ trade mark.

those mirrors again- creating a extra dimension 

I am so proud to share this
 South African designer and home with you




sharon santoni at my french country home said...

Hi Colette, I can understand your enthusiasm, this house is stunning. You can tell that years of collecting went into this one. Specially love the open sided bathroom and the last wall of framed prints.

Divine Theatre said...

My goodness! It is stunning in every regard!
Don't forget that you can order photographic backdrops imprinted with any design you desire! Muslin hangs very well...

Acquired Objects said...

OMG each and every image is stunning and so calming, I don't think I could pick a favorite one but I am going back to have another look! So many wonderful things to see!

Jacqui said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! Wow!

lvroftiques said...

It is really gorgeous! That picture with the tapestry as portières took my breath away too! Vanna

Dianne said...

Stunning decor ~ and the use of french doors add that extra touch of class and beauty ~ love it all.
"All Things French"

Sharon Lee Johnson said...

I am also a huge fan of JJZ. In fact, a mom from my son's school works with him and mentioned that his new home is absolutely stunning so I have been dying to see some pictures. The colour scheme is just perfect, and I notice that some of the platters on display are really inexpensive ones from Biggie Best and Mr Price, which just goes to show that it's how you put it all together that makes the difference. Just beautiful!

The House That A-M Built said...

Oh Colette, I love every single inch of this beautiful home. Thank you for taking the time to put together this wonderful tour. I think I might have to save every image in my inspiration file. Just glorious. A-M xx

Isabel said...

What a beautiful collection of photographs of this house..........really lovely! I'm glag to have found you.............I take some ideas for my house if you don't mind!
I'll follow you from my page!

bikim said...

take care,

Marcy said...

So many beautiful photos of this elegant house. I featured your blog on You have a great eye for detail!

WhiteWhispers2u said...

G'day~All the photos are beautiful!I Love a very large mirror myself.Thanks for the visit.I am off to visit with you some more~Cheers Kim

Fay said...

hi Collette Ill take the bathroom with the trees please delicious

fay xx

Sue Murphy said...

Beautiful images. The tapestry panels took by breath away. I will continue the search for some like them on this continent.Ha! So enjoyed my visit.

Book said...

I am so glad i found your site. Fantastic photos - thank you!!

alice said...

Gorgeous! I love this home. Each room is refreshing, interesting,and so inviting. That bathroom is one of my absolute favorites.

Anonymous said...

Hi Colette
I LOVE this designer and I have been following hos work for a couple of years now.....he really has a wonderful style and yet seems to make each property unique....