Happy new year to all of our wonderful readers! We hope you enjoyed a lovely Christmas with your friends and family.
Now that the new year is upon us, it’s time to hit refresh, whether that be for your health (who can refuse Christmas pudding?) or for your home.
In this month’s e-news edition we’re talking luxury boat refurbishments, thirst-quenching cocktails, the ultimate destination for all things architecture and design, the beauty of glass accessories and our top tips for keeping your furniture looking good as new!
Sit back, relax and enjoy!
Boat Refurbishment Project
During 2014 John and Kylie worked on one of our clients’ luxury boat alongside the fantastic boat builders at Norman Wright & Sons. The boat has been completely refurbished from the inside out. It was initially dry-docked when the complete exterior was refinished and painted, then back into the water while the interior was attended to.
All of the bathrooms have been completely re-designed, while the kitchen and laundry benchtops were replaced, with major renovations to the two keel spaces below. John and Kylie completed the project with new furnishings throughout. The charcoal and neutral striped custom-made carpet was a dramatic addition to the boat’s interior.
We are incredibly lucky to have wonderful clients who give us the opportunity to work on such exciting projects. The refurbished boat was complete just in time to sail away in early December on a Christmas voyage.
Staff Profile – Lloyd Hodgkinson
Lloyd has been working for John Croft Design since 2006 when he completed his Diploma of Interior Technology. He began as a work experience student while still at school in 2003. This year, he heads into his ninth year working at John Croft Design.
“From a young age, I was very aware of my surroundings. I was constantly rearranging furniture at home and became increasingly obsessed with details, so making a career in interior design was a natural progression. I love being invited into a client’s home and being given the opportunity to create something that will affect their mood through beautiful surroundings. I am incredibly passionate about interiors and couldn’t imagine myself in any other profession.”
Here at John Croft Design we are constantly on the look out for new and exciting pieces to complete our interior design schemes. Below are just of few of the items that we recently purchased. Which piece would you like to have in your home?
Ceramics: We have just received a collection of absolutely stunning ceramics from French company Emaux de Longwy. Each piece is hand-made and glazed in real gold or platinum. John cannot help himself and has already decided to take one of them home!
Artwork 1: We have purchased more art from New York artist Matt Lively. We can’t get enough of his colourful, quirky and vibrant works of art.
Artwork 2: Fantastic prints featuring beetles in iridescent colours with silver faux bamboo frame.
Feature Chairs: These two absolutely fantastic feature chairs have just arrived at our showroom. The faux cowhide upholstered chair is particularly fun!
Limoges Vases: We just received a pair of stunning early 19th Century Limoges porcelain vases that John purchased. The artistic detail is amazing. It will be a very lucky client that welcomes these into their home.
Travel – MONA, Tasmania
Already dreaming about your next holiday? John visited Tasmania last year and stayed at one of the fabulous guest houses at MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) in Tasmania. The architecture was fantastic and the artwork at the museum incredible. An absolute must for all you art and design lovers out there!
Latest Blog – Decorating Your Home with Glass Accessories
What springs to mind when you think of glass in the home? Perhaps windows, doors or vases? Well have you ever considered incorporating glass accessories into your interior design scheme?
From your traditional vase, to candleholders, sculptures and bowls, glass accessories can come in all shapes, sizes, textures and colours. Elegant, timeless and versatile in their application, there are very few limits to how glass accessories can be used to decorate your home.
In this month’s blog, we share our top tips for using glass accessories in your home!
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.
Furniture Cleaning Tips
To extend the life of your furniture, you need to take good care of it. Many commercial cleaning products can actually damage your furniture, especially lacquered timber furniture, so take care when selecting your cleaning products.
During this humidity you may find that some of your hard surfaced furniture will develop mould. A tried and tested solution to fix this problem has been developed by Australia’s favourite domestic gurus, Shannon Lush and Jennifer Fleming.
To remove mould from hard surfaces:
1. Mix ¼ teaspoon of oil of cloves in a 1 litre spray pack of water.
2. Spray and leave for 24 hours before respraying.
3. Wipe surfaces with a clean cloth.
The best cloths to use for both polished furniture and glass are microfiber cloths.
Do you have any special cleaning techniques?