The principal of Newport Beach-based DeJager Design Inc. is passionate about building and designing beautiful homes. Having worked for 30 years with world-renowned architects and builders, he’s managed to build a showcase of work that is as eclectic as it is elegant.
Early in life, Errol de Jager would scribble 3-D designs he’d then use to craft elaborate imaginary playhouses. He also recalls reorganizing the spaces in his parents’ home until it drove them crazy, moving furniture and redecorating weekly. “While I have a hard time remembering a phone number, I have been blessed with the gift of being able to visualize space from 3-D drawings,” he says. “When many see four lines on a piece of paper as a simple square, I quickly see a cube and then start wondering.”
De Jager went on to pursue a career that played on his passion for drawing, working as director of design for Fari International for more than 12 years before launching his own firm, DeJager Design Inc., in 2009. Now, he and his team work with leading architects, builders, and Realtors, primarily in Newport Coast and Laguna Beach, to design and build beautiful homes from the ground up. The result: elegant spaces incorporating an aesthetic that includes the unique and unexpected—from the use of natural stone or custom mosaic to an unusual cabinet door style or a custom-made door handle.
Although asking de Jager to select a favorite project from his vast repertoire is like asking him to choose a favorite child, his first major commission always will hold a special place in his heart—its inspiration a young family who relocated from Europe to Southern California and were looking to build a special home. “Their biggest concern was that it had to have a sense of authenticity to the Northern Italian style of the architecture . . . family-friendly, full of the unexpected, and most importantly, not an Orange County beige box,” he says. “The collaborative efforts with my client led to many buying trips abroad, flying crews in from Europe for specialty finishes, and resulted in an amazing home, and more importantly, an enduring friendship.”
Most recently, a trio of homes being built by developers in L.A. has allowed him to push design boundaries. Among them: a 26,000-square-foot Rob Sinclair-designed home in Bel-Air boasting six cascading, light-filled levels that flow seamlessly between courtyards, interiors, and terraces. Then there’s the 5,000-square-foot home in Laguna Beach, where the cliffs and ocean inspired de Jager to use a blend of textured stone and smooth surfaces to create a perfect balance of warmth and sophistication, complete with a stone courtyard featuring a 20-foot water wall with a stunning fire feature.
“I am often told that I am one of very few designers who have the holistic vision and ability to help navigate a project from concept, through architecture, construction, landscape and interior design,” says de Jager. “My contribution is truly collaborative, and always with the singular focus of delivering to my client a home that exceeds all expectations.”
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