John Croft Design e-Newsletter: Christmas Edition

As the year draws to a close, we reflect on the busy and successful year we have had here at John Croft Design. The holidays are a time to be thankful, and to be spent enjoying the company of friends and family.

For this reason, we will be closed for the Christmas break from Thursday 24th of December 2015 and we will re –open on Monday 18th of January 2016.

We hope you have joyous and safe festive season.

The team at John Croft Design wish you the best of luck moving into the New Year, and we look forward all the challenges the New Year brings.

Happy Holidays,
The John Croft Design Team

Project Review: Gold Coast Holiday Home

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We are excited to reveal the results of a recent project with you. A client of John Croft Design recently purchased this luxuirous, Hamptons style 4 storey home right on the beach at Main Beach on the Gold Coast. The stunning home is available as a holiday rental, available by booking for elite holiday homes at: or 0408 483 086.

The home has become a bit of celebrity, it was featured on Channel 9’s ‘The Today Show’ on November 5th 2015.

The challenge with this project was the need to suit rental requirements. To do this we incorporated various sleeping arrangment options and practical, yet stylish upholstery and rugs complementing the home throughout.

The stunning home sleeps up to 13 people across 5 bedrooms. The home also features 5 bathrooms and a powder room, plus a lap pool, a spa, kids area downstairs and a cinema.

We couldn’t be more proud of this project.

Happy First Birthday Joseph and Ingrid

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We were excited to see Joseph and Ingrid featured in Village News in early November, read the transcript below to find out more about the cutest member’s of the John Croft Design Team, and follow them on Instagram @josephandingrid

What is your dog’s name and age?

I have two dogs from the same litter, Joseph and Ingrid, they are just 9 months old.

What breed is your dog?

Welsh Terrier.

What made you choose that breed?

I really wanted a happy dog. Welsh Terriers are the happiest of Terriers and they are a compact size and don’t shed hair, which is important as they are house dogs.

What sort of personality do you dogs have?

Joseph is a big loveable, happy boy and Ingrid is independent and curious, a little cautious and loves a cuddle.

What activities do you do together?

We work together, walk together and sleep together. Which makes for a happy family.

Can your dogs do any tricks?

They can both sit and we are working on drop… after months of training!

What’s the naughtiest thing your dog has ever done?

Eating the furniture.

Have you always been a dog person or are you a cat person, too?

Yes I have always been a dog person, but still like cats.

If you could compare your dogs to a celebrity, who would that be and why?

Ingrid and Joseph both have strawberry blondish hair… and they are only nine months old, so they are still puppies. Which is why I think Ingrid’s match might be… Taylor Swift: she’s smart, independent and shrewd, and she’s the boss. Don’t mess with Ingrid! Staying with the music theme, Joseph’s celebrity match might be: Ed Sheeran: he’s friendly, loveable and very sentimental – the boy next door. A real cutie.

If your dog could speak, what would he say about you?

I love you Daddy. Can I eat that?

They had ‘take your dog to work day’ recently and did you take them to work and if not why not?

Fortunately for Joseph and Ingrid, I own my own Interior Design business and therefore they get to come to work each day. Much to the joy of my staff.

What would you tell anyone else considering owning a breed like your dog?

I would tell them that the Welsh Terrier is a perfect house dog and a companion… once they get through the puppy stage.

What else can you tell us about your dog?

Their arrival was so anticipated they had an Instagram account before they were born. Check them out @josephandingrid

Staff Profile: Carmen Gioseffi

12-15 carmen gioseffiCarmen Gioseffi is our manager at John Croft Design and has been working alongside John for 34 years since the start of his business in 1981.

Over the years Carmen has worked behind the scenes with all aspects of the management and administrative side of the business.

She has been involved with the growth from our early days with a staff of two, to the busy design practice of nine that we are today.

When having a break from the responsibilities of managing John Croft Design Carmen loves nothing more to escape into the world of travel.

Carmen seeks out adventure and challenges, often combining her travels with her love of trekking.
In 2013 Carmen trekked the Kokoda trail in New Guinea, in memory of her father who served there in WW2.
Last year Carmen did the Milford Trek in New Zealand, and this year it was Cradle Mountain in Tasmania.
She is now planning and looking forward to doing the Mt Everest base camp trek.

New Stock

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New Stock 1: We have recently received these beautiful new artificial floral arrangements in an array of gorgeous vibrant colours

New Stock 2: Penshell and Mother of Pearl Blind Fretwork Inlay Box with Cast Brass Mounts by Maitland Smith

New Stock 3: Exceptional Chocolate Leather Rectangular Box with Finely Cast Sherwood Brass Mounts by Maitland Smith

New Stock 4: Beautiful Rock Crystal Bowl on Glass Base with decorative Amber Brass Accents

New Stock 5: Sourced from Cameroon, these fantastic wooden fertility dolls in bright colours are adorned with beads, shells and metals. They will make a wonderful collection

New Stock 6: This great little collection of ceramic accessories are mounted with bronze accents which would be perfect for a bathroom vanity

New Stock 7: Stunning Brulee Finished Decorative Brass Bookends on Cream Stone Inlay Bases

New Stock 8: We are bursting at the seams with a huge collection of blue and white ceramics

New Stock 9: This vibrant original artwork was painted for John by a local Brisbane artist after she was inspired by a John Croft Design Instagram post.

Decorating for Christmas

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This year we are favouring traditional Christmas colours and styles for decoration. Red and Green at Christmas is just like black and white, it always looks stunning.

If you are stuck for ideas for Christmas, The Prop house owned by Jano Dawes sells and hires out Christmas decorations so you don’t have to worry about doing it yourself!

Recent Installations

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Take a look at these projects we recently completed at John Croft Design. We love bringing a client’s vision by creatively utilising space, colour, shape and other elements.

Maintenance Services

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Did you know that we offer maintenance services to all of our clients? From reupholstering, and rug and carpet cleaning, to updating lamp shades, scatter cushions and artificial floral arrangements, we can help make seemingly small changes that will reinvigorate your home or chosen space. And for all of our existing clients, we will waive all consultation and design fees. So if you need help with maintaining the interior of your home, simply contact the office or your designer on (07) 3257 0633 to make an appointment.

Merry Christmas

We hope you have a joyous and safe festive season from all at John Croft Design.

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