Monthly Archives: December 2013

Wishing You All A Merry Christmas!

The Joseph & Kingsley Cheltenham showroom doors have now closed for the holidays – we hope that you are all feeling relaxed and ready for Christmas.

Christmas Turkey
image courtesy of the channel 4

Your kitchen will surely be a hive of activity over the next few days; and though cooking festive meals is one of the pleasures of this season, it can be rather tiring too, for both you and your kitchen!

Once the chaos of Christmas has passed, you may wish to give your kitchen a bit of attention or indeed revamp it entirely. Our showroom will be open for visitors at various intervals throughout the festive period, allowing visitors to enjoy our stunning kitchen displays and receive advice from our expert staff, who specialise in luxury kitchen design.

We welcome visitors from 9am-5pm on the 28th, 30th, and 31st December.Our normal hours of operation resume at 9am on the 2nd January.

With best wishes from all of us at Joseph & Kingsley – have a splendid Christmas!

Achieve a Festive Look with Your Solid Oak Kitchen

Versatility is just one of the many wonderful benefits that can be enjoyed with solid oak kitchens. Whether your frontals are painted, lacquered, or sanded, and whatever your worktop material, the classic yet contemporary appeal of oak kitchen cabinets allows these items to be seamlessly integrated within any design scheme – be it temporary or permanent.

The idea of a temporary and seasonal new design scheme often crosses our minds as Christmas approaches; we wish to spread the festive cheer in every room of the house, and create inviting, cosy spaces to entertain and relax in as the nights draw in.

Christmas Treecourtesy of mumsintheknow

To this end, we have compiled a few of our favourite ‘Christmas design’ tips in this blog, to give some advice on how to achieve a natural and festive kitchen look with ease.

The Christmas Tree

While many of us choose to have our main tree in the hall or living room, it is still worthwhile investing in a secondary, smaller tree for your kitchen. A miniature tree on a kitchen countertop or windowsill can bring a real sense of earthy freshness into the room and can also be used as an unusual, seasonal centrepiece.

Ornamental Centrepieces

Use pretty leftover Christmas decorations to fill glass vases and bowls; or, for a more traditional look, use pine cones and winter fruits. Add a few sprigs of holly for a verdant finishing touch.

Wreaths and Garlands

Two versatile items that can be found in a number of different forms and displayed in a number of different ways. Wreaths can be hung from mantles, windows, and even from your cabinetry. A fresh evergreen wreath will accentuate the natural beauty of your solid wood kitchen, as will a garland of pine boughs along a breakfast bar, dining table or mantelpiece. Alternatively, if you desire a more modern feel, we recommend purchasing artificial garlands and wreaths with decorative pieces such as berries and gilded pine cones.

Christmas Centre Piececourtesy of comodoosinteriores

Accessories

The first three options in our list are very flexible and will fit into any design scheme. The beauty of accessorising, however, is that you can choose to highlight particular colours or textures that are present in your current design scheme; these elements therefore play an integral role in tying the entire festive look together.

There are many avenues to explore when it comes to kitchen accessories: from crockery to cutlery, to linen, storage trays and candles, there are endless choices. We particularly recommend investing in a special cutlery tray; our solid wood cutlery trays are a wonderful finishing touch and can even be stored on the table during the holiday season for ease of use and as an attractive feature.

Make the most of open shelving – such as that found within open cabinetry – and fill these spaces with your accessories. Artfully arranged or spilling over in a charmingly cluttered fashion, these finishing touches will bring the room to life. We recommended choosing a range of accessories in a traditionally festive colour, but one that will accentuate your existing palette for the kitchen: it is surprising how much of an effect the odd splash of silver, gold, red or green can have, both in terms of spreading Christmas cheer and freshening up your existing design scheme.