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The opulent curtains draped throughout the house are made from simple painter’s canvas. The paintings above the fireplace are from Andre du Toit’s series and the round Recency mirror is an antique-shop find

An interior design maven set up shop in the country and transformed an historic building into a showcase for his collections.

In the latest Winter Issue 96, we visited the historical home of  Cobus can Niekerk, an interior designer who has masterfully transformed the old town post office into a majestic space that is all at once clubhouse, museum, office and playground.

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The front facade of the home

I wanted it to look like the home of an Argentinean family who had suddenly come into money and wanted to splurge to impress the neighbours.

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The otherwise neutral palette of the house is accented with pops of orange, Cobus’ favourite colour

My home is my playground where I allow myself the freedom to play, too make mistakes and be creative.

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Sanded wooden floors, shutters and furniture are combined in this airy dining area. The Culinary Lights above the dining room table are made by the owner and sold at the Stanford Trading Store
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An incurable collector, Cobus has filled his house with beautiful antiques.

Home Stanford | Elle Decoration South Africa

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Cobus picked up the plaque, mimicking that of a national monument, in a junk store to tease the neighbours | His front stoep
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Cobus van Niekerk

Get the latest issue to find out all about this interesting man and his house. We also show you how to recreate Cobus’s ‘Argentinian’ home with checkerboard, gleaming copper and wooden pieces befitting a villa.

 

Photographs by Bielle Ross