The Private Collection: Indigo House

High on the mountainside overlooking Plettenberg Bay Lagoon, designer Yvonne O’Brien’s beach home embraces a Mediterranean palette of blue and white.

House Yvonne Obrien , Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. Client: The Private House Company. Stylist: Cathy O’Clery. Photographer: Mark Williams.

White walls and fixtures frame sand coloured natural wooden floors and soft furnishing in shades of Indigo blue. North African fabrics and artworks evoke daydreams of wooden dhows and sun bleached sails, while touches of bamboo, pearlescent shell and glassware perfectly finish the relaxed spaces.

House Yvonne Obrien , Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. Client: The Private House Company. Stylist: Cathy O’Clery. Photographer: Mark Williams.

Inspired by the natural light and sea vistas, this restoration project was a labour of love. Outdoor spaces were designed to encourage reading and afternoons that slip into long warm evenings.

House Yvonne Obrien , Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. Client: The Private House Company. Stylist: Cathy O’Clery. Photographer: Mark Williams.

The bathroom is both modern and streamlined in white with woven accent basketware. A double sink in a built-in unit evokes a sense of luxury living. Modern window shuttters and big mirrors add reflective qualities to this space, while fresh greenery lends an inviting, pared back and relaxed ambience.

House Yvonne Obrien , Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. Client: The Private House Company. Stylist: Cathy O’Clery. Photographer: Mark Williams.

It is all about relaxation along the coast. A casual sophistication was achieved with built in day beds, white slipcovers, Yvonne’s collection of Matisse prints and woven pendants for texture.

House Yvonne Obrien , Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. Client: The Private House Company. Stylist: Cathy O’Clery. Photographer: Mark Williams.

Harmony is achieved in the open plan spaces with a muted palette and accents of blue throughout. The home is bathed in natural light and we can’t help but peek outdoors to embrace those immaculate views!

House Yvonne Obrien , Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. Client: The Private House Company. Stylist: Cathy O’Clery. Photographer: Mark Williams.

There is certainly an organic feel about this spacious designer retreat. Natural materials work together, offset by a white backdrop, to create a cool, calm and relaxed atmosphere. Decor is kept fresh and organic too and ties into the overall theme of this stylish abode.

House Yvonne Obrien , Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. Client: The Private House Company. Stylist: Cathy O’Clery. Photographer: Mark Williams.

The Private House Company is comprised of a small team of phenomenal women – pioneers and designers – who each contribute to making the company what it is. As a proudly African design firm, the company takes great pride in creating rooms that are understated, personal and quietly refined.

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