House Tour: Francois and Tracy's Wonderland

House Tour: Francois and Tracy's Wonderland

Liezel Strauss
Nov 27, 2008

Name: Francois van Reenen & Tracy Lynch
Location: Observatory, Cape Town
Size: 2200 sq.ft.
Years lived in: 1, owned


Visiting Francois and Tracy's colorful home means a trip into their creative souls. The moment you set foot through the front door, you enter a wonderland where ideas and inspirations explode in every room. Francois's art combined with Tracy's stylist touch creates the most beautiful and unusual interior. There is a lot going on, but the items are in perfect harmony, each piece is carefully curated and tells a story...


They have successfully combined fun with function, each room has a different look and feel, whilst still fulfilling the needs of the household. The kitchen is painted top to bottom in blackboard paint, the guest bedroom doubles as a workstation and inspiration corner for Tracy, and the walls proudly adorn the couple's own creations. To visit this home is reminiscent of childhood trips to a sweet shop... it is impossible to leave without a smile.
To see more of their work visit:
Francois van Reenen and
Tracy Lynch

AT Survey:

My/Our Style: Frank — Acid Pop. Tracy — Mary Poppins meets Louis XIV meets Shaka Zulu

Inspiration: Too many Espressos, Truman the French Bulldog, what ever is going at the time

Favorite Element: Strontium (its on the periodic table)

Biggest Challenge: The Screamer (our 10 month old baby)

What Friends Say: They think he's gay

Biggest Embarrassment: I wore non matching shoes in public, one boot one shoe. How does that actually happen in the real world? Well, I drive my car with a missing gas pedal spring, so I had to take my shoe off to hook the pedal with my toe. Eventually there where a couple of shoes lying on the floor and it was dark and voila! Only noticed it when I crossed my legs sitting down on a recliner in a well lit club, Ouch!

Proudest DIY: What's DIY?

Biggest Indulgence: Those pink cup cakes from Lasari's. (A renown bakery in Cape Town)

Best Advice: Listen to that little inner voice



Tracy cruises the 2nd hand stores for almost everything in our house

Artwork: Frank van Reenen mostly and Conrad Botes, Tracy Payne, Anton Kannemeyer

Paint: Local Hardware Store

Flooring: It came with the house

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