Good and clean and fresh

“We don’t fol­low trends, we do what we feel looks right,” say the cre­ative own­ers when de­scrib­ing the de­sign of their unique home.

Home Renovations - - Hello - By Frieda le Roux Pho­to­graphs Elza Cooper Styling Suretha Jansen van Rens­burg

A“A Euro­pean farm-style villa” is how Ruben and Tracey le Roux de­scribe their home in the south of Jo­han­nes­burg. And if you think that’s a mouth­ful, lis­ten­ing to Tracey de­scribe their in­flu­ences, in­spi­ra­tion and the many places they sourced the ma­te­ri­als they’ve worked with will con­vince you that it’s not far off the mark.

“We had a ba­sic idea of the lay­out but when it came to the in­te­rior, each room would ‘tell us’ what would work in it,” Tracey says. “It’s been an or­ganic project. From the be­gin­ning, the whole idea was for our home to look like an old French farm­house that’s been re­stored, even though we built from scratch.”

The Le Rouxs spent a lot of time and en­ergy de­sign­ing their dream home and at last they had the op­por­tu­nity to use items they’ve bought over the past 30 years and on their many trav­els.

The use of nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als such as cop­per, cast iron, leather and wood cre­ates warmth and move­ment. “Be­cause the ma­te­ri­als aren’t new, they have scars and mark­ings that show char­ac­ter and his­tory,” says Tracey. This im­me­di­ately cre­ates a lived-in qual­ity not of­ten seen in a newly­built home. >>

The north-fac­ing stoep of­fers a lovely view of the sur­round­ing Klipriv­iers­berg Mu­nic­i­pal Na­ture Re­serve. “It’s ac­ces­si­ble from the kitchen, lounge and din­ing room – when all the fold­ing doors are open, it be­comes one big area,” says Tracey.

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