Johannesburg - The Hermann home is a blend of contemporary and sleek fittings, with stylish, French-inspired accessories and eclectic, feminine touches which soften the masculine lines of the furniture.
Tzvia and Neil Hermann might differ when it comes to interior décor but they are perfectly in sync when it comes to the business. The couple started the award-winning Laser Beautique beauty chain in 2009. Tzvia discovered a pain-free hair-removal device that is taking SA by storm. It can also remove scars and tattoos.
Following a career in motor dealerships, Neil decided to join his wife in the beauty business and now heads the financial and management side of Tzvia’s non-surgical project. Laser Beautique now has eight branche
s. It has won two awards.
Their spacious house has neat finishes and quality materials, with modern bathrooms and expansive views of the garden where dogs Nonu and Layla play. The couple built the house themselves four years ago and chose the fittings, including installing an automated lighting and alarm system. “When we moved in Tzvia was heavily pregnant, my dog was pregnant and we had a one-year-old, plus a new business – it was quite a lot to deal with,” laughs Neil.
Glass and stone feature in the north-facing family home that captures the Joburg winter heat beautifully and brightens the many family photos on the walls.
The Hermanns have two children – aged four and three – who keep the rooms noisy and bright with toys. But Tzvia says she believes a messy home is a happy home. “I am a perfectionist, so not keeping things in order is tough.”
Neil agrees: “Tzvia likes a particular style and even though we initially employed an interior decorator, we decided that we wanted to do the house little by little.”
The couple used layers of white, grey and natural fabrics to complement the modern finishes. Elaborate lighting provided a wonderful atmosphere at night, and their dining table was made by Neil’s cousin and seats 14. “We often have large dinner parties – especially on Friday nights when it’s Shabbat. So the table is great,” says Tzvia.
All Neil wanted were comfy, grey leather couches and these are now in the lounge, where a large-screen TV and gas fireplace are the focal point. The open-plan kitchen has an eat-in area.
The fourth bedroom-cum-guest suite has a large en suite bathroom and is used as a playroom for the two children, who are celebrated in purposefully mismatched picture frames.
Samantha Hartshorne, Independent HOME
For more info: www.thelaserbeautique.co.za.