From the October/November 2010 Issue:

Continental Influences

  • Writer: Lisa Rackley
  • Photographer: John Martinelli
  • Designer: Jacqui Croft
  • Writer: Lisa Rackley | Photographer: John Martinelli | Interior Decorator: Jacqui Croft | Builder: D.R. Horton Inc. |

A Moorestown home reflects the lives of a well-traveled family


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enlarge | The Crofts gather in the family room to watch television after dinner, talk about events of the day, or play games. Croft designed the built-in cabinetry. The middle section houses the television, fabric-covered columns on each end hide speakers, and pull-out drawers store movies, video games, and additional electronic equipment. Lighted display spaces showcase favorite pottery and the paintings of Stuart Yankell, a native of Moorestown.
When you’ve traveled the world and lived on different continents, you have a wide frame of reference in designing your home. That was the case for Jacqui Croft, who was born and raised in London, moved to Brussels, crossed the ocean to live in Minnesota, returned to England for a home in Cambridge, and eventually came back to settle in New Jersey.

Along the way, she met and married her husband, Andy, while both were working in England, and they had two children, Alex, now 17, and Lauren, 15. After the birth of their son, Croft started to work from home, which led to adventures in painting, floristry, and drapery-making. The latter piqued her interest in interior decorating. She studied and gained certification in the subject at Penn Foster College in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and became a member of Certified Interior Decorators International Inc.

The Crofts decided to build a new home when they moved to Moorestown to be close to his job with Campbell Soup Co. They found a housing development under construction near preserved wetlands. The location offered serene backyard views of nature, and purchasing before construction allowed them to choose a floor plan with the spacious rooms and large, entertainment-friendly kitchen they had envisioned. Croft took her time decorating each room, personalizing the spaces with treasured art, antiques, and family photographs. She mixed the style of furnishings for an eclectic look, but kept things simple, comfortable, and functional.


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enlarge | Banquette chairs circle the pedestal table in the dining room, creating a comfortable place to talk and relax with guests even after dinner plates have been cleared. Croft put her design skills to work at the windows by having fabric added to the bottom of favorite drapes from a previous home and layering them over coordinating Roman shades.
Melding Cultures
European references abound throughout the Croft home. In the living room, for instance, the formal mood is a perfect setting for having tea with girlfriends and hosting relatives visiting from England.

In the dining room, Croft found special places for handmade wood and candle-like sconces, masks from Venice, and artwork from Brussels and Vienna, not to mention New York City.

Favorite dishes collected from travels around the world earned display space in built-in kitchen cabinetry, serving functional and decorative purposes.

The basement, meanwhile, features rustic references to ski trips to Austria, Switzerland, and Colorado. They include custom knotty alder doors, a solid hickory bar top, and a ledgestone fireplace wall with a mantel made of solid redwood (a theme repeated in the wine room). In addition to billiard and ping pong tables, the basement includes a lounging area, a gym, and an extra bathroom with a walk-in shower to accommodate guests.

“England is very beautiful, but we loved the idea of settling in New Jersey,” Croft says. “The weather here is more predictable, the beaches are great, and you can’t beat the proximity to New York City and Philadelphia.

“There is so much culture in one area. We hope we’ll be here for years to come.”

Note: See the Crofts’ home decorated for the holidays in the December/January issue of Design NJ.


Sources

Overall: interior decorator, Jacqui Croft Design LLC in Moorestown; builder, D.R. Horton Inc. in Mount Laurel; front yard landscape design, Jacqui Croft with installation by Il Contandino Inc. in Voorhees; backyard landscape design, Jacqui Croft with assistance and installation by Father Nature Landscaping in Mount Holly. Family Room: built-in wall unit, designed by Jacqui Croft, manufactured and installed by William Baron Cabinetry in Claymont, Delaware; leather sofa, Macy’s in Cherry Hill, leather club chair, rugs, and ottoman, Pottery Barn; upholstered sofa and coffee table, Retrospect in Minneapolis, Minnesota; lamps near fireplace, Uttermost Co. in Rocky Mount, Virginia, through Jo Skymer Lighting in Pennsauken; paintings, Stuart Yankell of Yankell Fine Arts in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania; copper charger, jug, pail, and bell, Material Culture in Philadelphia. Dining Room: molding on tray ceiling, Home Trimwork in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania; pedestal table and banquette chairs, Kincaid Furniture through Horchow; antique rug, purchased at auction in Brussels, Belgium; Victorian English chair, purchased at auction and reupholstered by Window Concepts in Sewell; sideboard, Stanley Furniture in Stanleytown, Virginia, and refinished by William Baron Cabinetry; lamps on sideboard, Home Goods in Delran; chandelier, Kichler Lighting through Jo Skymer Lighting; wood and candle-like sconces, Schonbek through Jo Skymer Lighting with wood bases designed by Jacqui Croft and made by William Baron Cabinetry; draperies, designed by Jacqui Croft with Window Concepts; Capella pecan hardwood floors, installed through D.R. Horton Inc.; antique masks, shop in Venice, Italy. Living Room: mirrors, Home Goods in Delran and Marlton; animal hide chairs, wrought iron stools, glass side tables, sofa, and seashell lamps, Design Spree in Lawrenceville; silk lambrequin and poly-cotton drapes at window, designed by Jacqui Croft with fabric through Michael’s Textiles in Petersburg, Virginia, and Window Concepts; shag rug, Pottery Barn. Kitchen and Breakfast Room: maple cabinets in Oyster Vintage finish and chestnut island, Medallion Cabinetry in Waconia, Minnesota, supplied and installed by D.R. Horton Inc.; chocolate leather island stools, Mr. Barstool.com in Philadelphia; pendant lights, Sea Gull Lighting through Jo Sykmer Lighting; uba tuba black granite countertops, through D.R. Horton Inc.; backsplash, Mirage Glass Crystile Series in tan, Sant Agostino Elegance series glass liner in Moka Lucilla, Iridescent Oval Series by Ideal Tile, and StarQuartz grout in translucent citrine, all supplied and installed by Ideal Tile in Mount Laurel; refrigerator and stove, Jenn-Air; faucet, Price Pfister; sink, Kohler; woven wood blinds, Worldwide Window Fabrication in Philadelphia installed by Jen-N-Josh Blind Co. in West Berlin; built-in wood bench, designed by Jacqui Croft, made and installed by Friendswood Cabinetmakers in Moorestown; table, Pottery Barn; wicker chairs, Pier 1. Basement: general contractor, woodwork, tray ceiling, and lighting, Consumer Home Service in Cherry Hill; Mercier hickory floor, installed by AB Interiors in Burlington; Black Pearl countertop behind the bar, American Stone Marble and Granite in Stafford, Virginia; bar stools, Mr. Barstool.com; Recreation Depot pool table, Dicks Sporting Goods in Mount Laurel; fireplace ledgestone surround, Environmental Stoneworks in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, with installation by Robert Buniak Masonry Specialist in Mount Laurel; redwood mantel, Redwood Burl.com in Eureka, California; sconces, Minka through Jo Skymer Lighting. Wine room: stone flooring, Flooringstore.com in Cherry Hill; Buckeye stone wall, supplied by Chick’s Block Co. in Gibbsboro and installed by Robert Buniak Masonry; maple storage shelves, Consumer Home Services; redwood countertop, RedwoodBurl.com; framed artwork, Design Spree. Outdoors: porch and deck design, Jacqui Croft; construction and installation of Brazilian ipe deck, bluestone patio, post-and-beam ceiling, cedar roofing, and fireplace with black walnut mantels, Father Nature Landscaping; stained finish on deck, Windsor Woodcare in Plainsboro; Tennessee sandstone and cedar wood bar, G.W. Lippincott’s in Mount Holly, installed by Father Nature Landscaping; outdoor sofas, pillows, and cushions, Restoration Hardware; egg chairs, Pottery Barn; wicker table and chairs and fireplace screens, Patio World Home and Hearth in Moorestown, ceiling fans, Horchow.