From the December/January 2011 Issue:

Rustic Wonderland

    Writer: Lisa Rackley | Photographer: John Martinelli | Designer: Jacqui Croft |

Christmas goes natural at a Moorestown home

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enlarge | The Crofts use their outdoor patio year round as weather allows. For the holidays, Croft adds lush greenery, lanterns, candles, and wreaths. Large garden containers are filled with seasonal plants, jumbo ornaments, and holiday flowers that add festive cheer to the already cozy lounging space.
Jacqui and Andy Croft look forward to spending time with friends and relatives during the holiday season,
and she takes pleasure in decorating their Moorestown home in anticipation of the celebrations.
Croft enjoys transforming the little nooks and crannies as well as larger spaces into a rustic wonderland.
(For more on the Croft residence, see “Continental Influences,” page 62, October/November 2010.)

Ski trips to Austria and Switzerland as well as Colorado inspired the rustic holiday decorations. In the foyer, for example, Croft, a member of Certified Interior Decorators International Inc., dressed a Christmas tree with nature- and wildlife-themed ornaments, shiny copper balls, and grapevine garland. She wrapped the staircase with greenery, white lights, and burgundy ribbon and bows. She placed a small faux tree, deer figurines, and candlesticks on the ledge above the front door and filled the niches on both sides with urns and wisteria branches. Wreaths with glass fruit hang above the closet doors.

Croft chose a chocolate brown theme for a monochromatic look in the living room. Deer, a recurring theme throughout the home, sit innocently on a bed of pinecones and glittering brown chiffon. Whimsical tree and angel figures complete the scene.

Silver and gold stockings hang from hooks shaped like wrapped packages and stars on the family room fireplace mantel. Deer figurines, two of which hold candles, sit on pinecone greenery along with gold and silver pillar candles.

Simplicity rules in the dining room, where Croft transformed a lazy susan into a centerpiece with gold and bronze trees, candlesticks, ornaments, and butterflies. Gold organza underneath adds a glow. The sideboard behind the table shows off a candle between poinsettias.

Two ledges overlooking the family room present differing scenarios. One is a crystalline display of decorative glass containers, angels, trees, and glass mosaic birds. The other is a winter wonderland of two rustic Father Christmases, a deer, a shaved-wood tree, and candles integrated with frosted greenery.


Jacqui Croft Design in Moorestown.