This is not a ‘decorated’ house. It was really all about procurement, says decorator, John Jacob Zwiegelaar, of the two years he spent hunting for items to contextualise the house for a client who had spent happy childhood summers on the once deserted beach, which the building overlooks. In front of it, and about a kilometre away, is a tiny 19th-century lighthouse at the tip of a rocky peninsula while behind it is the tawny barren Sandveld that stretches far away to the Piketberg and the interiors. The holiday home had to suit its setting as well as a refined client who appreciated- indeed looked for- the provenance of the objects around him. He didn’t want a ‘decorated’ solution.