Monday, July 14, 2008

A Study in Black & White - One Designer's Home

I really wanted to share this amazing Victorian home done
completely in dramatic Black and White in South Africa. It's
difficult enough to decide on different room colors and let alone
design a home completely in monochromatic colors. You'd
have to love the look and color a whole lot!

Let me introduce you to John Jacob Zwiegelaar of John Jacob
Interiors. He is a wonderful designer that comes from Capetown,
South Africa. He found this very old Victorian Home and completely
turned it around with his bold play on Black and white.

Isn't the living room just fantastic? His choices
in furnishings is absolutely flawless.

Zwiegelaar explains, "Decorating with black and white requires an intiricate
study in balance. If you have too much of one the other will fall flat."
I think this is true of any monocrhomatic scheme but probably especially
true of black and white since the contrast is so starck and apparent.

The back of the home have wonderful french doors
on both floors with the ground floor leading out to
a cozy garden area.

His bedroom is absolutely jaw dropping.

The bathroom is even more stunning with soft gray walls
as a palette for his black and whites. Fireplace, wing chair,
clawfoot tub...what else could one ask for?

The other side of this gorgeous bathroom.

The guest bedroom also in black and white.
Love the black walls!

The head sculptures look so fitting with
the black and white theme.

He managed to even make his kitchen
charming in black and white. I am totally
impressed by this designer.

My favourite faux bamboo chairs.

I would imagine that this would be the guest bathroom.
I think if I were a guest at his home, I might just never leave.

Did I mention that John Jacob is only 30 years old, very
talented and a total cutie as you can see here.

Hope you enjoyed this home as much as I did.
For all of you thinking about decorating a room in
black and white, this is great inspiration.

All photos from Conde Naste House & Garden
South Africa magazine and John Jacob Interiors.


TheDecoDetective said...

Total cutie, I agree! The decoration is super-stylish also. Very House and Garden! Wonder if one would tire of it after some time, though. On the other hand: if he works with colour all day these rooms probably are very therapeutic. Like working with music and turning off the radio at home.

Anonymous said...

I love this favorite ever! I have a blk and wht lvg room and dining area in my cottage that has a very similar look. When I get hungry for color, one just has to pop in your favorite color de jour with a few accessories. He is a cutie and you are too for sharing this with us. Ginny

Paris Hotel Boutique said...

Stunning, striking, gorgeous! Wow. The bathroom is my favorite, although it's all fab. Beautiful post!

annechovie said...

This is such a gorgeous home, Karen. I love all the contrast - so crisp and stylish. Have a great week!

Fifi Flowers said...

First, I could move right in and not change a thing... LOVE... no... ADORE... black and white decor!

Second, Do they still have House and Garden magazine in Sud Africa?
I want them to bring back House and Garden HERE!

Last and most important, nice POST collection as always... have a Great Day! Fifi

Fifi Flowers said...

First, I could move right in and not change a thing... LOVE... no... ADORE... black and white decor!

Second, Do they still have House and Garden magazine in Sud Africa?
I want them to bring back House and Garden HERE!

Last and most important, nice POST collection as always... have a Great Day! Fifi

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thrilled by the thought said...

That's so brave to do, but it looks great. I love the gray walls in the bathroom.

I don't think I could live in that. I love color too much. But I do like how much a little color pops because of the black and white. Like in the kitchen, the green plants stand out so much and look really beautiful.

FancyPants-design said...

just amazing!! Can't believe he managed to do it all in black and white!!

Suzy said...

It's stunning, but I particularly love the bathroom.

SimplyGrove said...

Wow!! Gorgeous! He created the most PERFECT black and white abode!

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Jessica @ The Love List said...

So bold! So graphic! And the chippendale chairs! Agh! Your tag "amazing homes" is totally appropo here.

Melissa Lewis-Off The Wall said...

I am so a color girl, I didn't think I would like only black and white in every room. But I really LOVE this. It's still so warm and so chic at the same time. The kitchen is AWESOME!

coco+kelley said...

oh my!! it definitely takes balance to achieve that look. while i think i'd tire of just black and white after a while, i adore the kitchen and living room! thank you for sharing this amazing home! great inspiration and lessons to be had :)

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j u s t i m a g i n e said...

absolutely amazing.............I adore those chairs as well......really fab !!

TonicHome said...

What an amazing designer to think about all of the intricate details to make this look really work. I kept going back to that first photo - I love the porthole mirror leaning against the fireplace. How fun!

Soothing Walls said...

Love it, still deciding about the bathroom, but everything else is stunning!

My Notting Hill said...

That living room is fantastic. Wow.

pinkstilettos said...

Oh, How beautiful is this home. I am really loving that bathroom! It's all gorgeous though! Daisy~

Jackie Von Tobel said...

I just want to know how you can acquire such a sophisticated palette and style ( not to mention the house and possessions ) at 30 years old - it blows my mind!! Absolutely gorgeous!!!!

Jessica Claire said...

the kitchen is to-die-for!!!!

T. Allen said...

Karen, I sooooooooo love this house! You're right he is cute! Cute and talented a great combination! Thank you so much for sharing this post with me.


Willow Decor: said...

He is so talented!! I just love the kitchen. I love all the black cabinetry. Great post!

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I like the idea of black and white bathroom and some other rooms, but am not sure if I could live in a similar estate, it is just too boring for every single room in the house, although this is very nice and well done design

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