Zimkita Sidumo and Siyabesho Thutha use Scandi-style to bring a sense of space to a smaller place.

Point a magnifying glass at this Jozi bachelor pad and you’ll discover that the makeover is a story of self-belief. 

When Zimkita Sidumo placed third in S3’s Win A Home Designer Challenge, she didn’t fret at not winning. She and her design partner took it as the springboard to a now buzzing interiors business.

The old friends started out in finance and had a shared passion for interior design. Egging each other on, they one day decided to take a leap of faith and now the ideas they once discussed over tea-breaks are ones they now practice daily.

For this project, they were commissioned to create a modern, comfortable and inviting home fit for a stylish bachelor.

The brief in terms of the overall look was short but specific, Scandinavian chic. A style known to be clutter-free and practical yet and comfortable and homey. 

The Blaque Pearl duo achieved this with a blend of local and imported design items along with carefully selected artworks from local artists. 

Included in the home is a textured monochrome charcoal piece that was commissioned by Greatjoy Ndlovu, the visual artist hailing from Zimbabwe. The artist’s current body of work renders a focus on the portrayal of masculinity, proving an appropriate choice for a bachelor pad.

Another is by Solomon Omogboye, the contemporary impressionist painter whose work too has attracted much local and international attention. 

Last year the duo styled the Miss South Africa apartment and in the same vein used it as a  chance to champion fellow creatives.

The team accomplished their look by creatively using light, muted shades and pops of colour, textures and mix metals to give the space an industrial edge – but in a soft and inviting kind of way. 

Outdoors, as much as in, punches above its weight – compact as the pool area is. Again, it incorporates the minimalist styling found indoors, but this time adding durable pieces and chic rope details to bring out the industrial element. 

The bedrooms and study compliment the rest of the space well. From the textured wallpaper, soft tones and touches of blush and violet in the guest bedroom, to the wooden accents and intertwined leather headboard in the main bedroom. The day bed and neutral  colour palette coupled with an inspiring collection of photographs finishes off the space tastefully. 

As career choices go, financial stability is important but Siyabesho and Zimkita show that following one’s passion also brings rewards.

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