Monthly Archives: May 2014

Enjoy Some ‘Royal’ Indulgence with Our Bespoke Kitchen Designs

‘Royal’ Indulgence with Our Bespoke Kitchen Designs

Visitors to our website may have noted a recent ‘reshuffle’ of the various kitchen categories; for ease of use, customers may now browse our kitchens according to the three door styles (Chatham, Cotswold and In-Frame), with relevant case studies and examples from our ‘Inspirations’ range also included for their perusal.
In addition to this, we have added new Inspirations to the collection to give more insight into our products – and to provide some creative stimulus for customers who are just beginning their kitchen journey.

Our newest Inspiration, ‘Royal’, is a wonderful celebration of subtlety and sophistication. A design that is simple at heart, this kitchen pairs the elegant textures of super stave maple worktops with sleek In-Frame doors hand finished in Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue. As with all of our Inspirations, this ‘template’ is seen as a starting point for customisation: our designers would be very happy to work with you to adapt this design – or any other – to your exact taste, taking favourable elements from the Royal aesthetic to create unique bespoke kitchen designs for you.

If you would like to discuss your kitchen project with one of our team, please contact us or feel free to pop in to our Cheltenham showroom. We are open between 9am-5pm on weekdays and Saturdays, though out-of-hours appointments can be made by request.

Design Inspiration: Floral Motifs

This week sees the return of the popular Chelsea Flower Show, a much-celebrated annual festival of horticultural design.

Little makes a space seem more seasonal than some fresh blooms; but why should this be limited to the garden? Floral motifs are a fantastic way by which to bring a hint of summer into luxury kitchens – and there are many ways to incorporate this on-trend aesthetic.

Printed crockery can be both elegant and opulent; we particularly like the Eliza collection by Ralph Lauren home, while Cath Kidston’s nostalgic offerings are also appealing. British company Aurina have produced a beautiful ‘Vintage Floral’ set of kitchen linens that would make a wonderful, subtle accompaniment to your chosen design.

But if you’re looking for a ‘flora and fauna’ feel, prints aren’t the only option. Here are some other quick and easy ideas:

  • Be creative with fresh items. Flowers floating in glass bowls or a single stem in a thin bottle are a great alternative to the traditional vase, for instance.
  • Don’t let houseplants pass you by – calla lilies, potted roses and orchids all flower to stunning effect and can last for years if tended correctly.
  • Jazz up afternoon tea within your kitchen by interspersing your cakes and scones with some beautiful blooms, all displayed on a dainty cake stand.

Design Inspiration: Floral Motifs

courtesy of Elle Decor

Design Inspiration: Floral Motifs

courtesy of Berry Red

Design Inspiration: Floral Motifs

courtesy of UKTV

Design Inspiration: Floral Motifs

courtesy of Elle Decor

Design Inspiration: Floral Motifs

courtesy of UKTV

In-Frame Frontals: Perfect for Sleek Oak Kitchens

White Tie painted In-Frame kitchen doorsThe ‘in frame’ style has become increasingly popular in modern kitchen design; indeed our Joseph & Kingsley designers have made use of this door type frequently in recent times, most usually as a bespoke item. As such, due to the demand for this frontal range, we are proud to have introduced this as a ‘standard’ item and will now sell the In-Frame option alongside our established Cotswold and Chatham door ranges.

Our In-Frame kitchen doors are constructed from superb solid oak and are available in a number of presentations (lacquered, hand finished in Farrow & Ball paint, or sanded) as with the other door options in our catalogue. The design, however, is quite unique: the visual frame of the door is in fact part of the door itself, creating an outstandingly sleek, stream-lined finish.

Visitors to our website will note that when browsing our Kitchens category, one is now directed to browse three kitchen ‘styles’ more in-depth; these are classified by door type – Chatham, Cotswold, and In-Frame – and clicking on the corresponding image will take visitors to the dedicated page for each frontal. As well as information about the frontal itself, each page contains links to a number of relevant oak kitchen case studies and examples from our ‘Inspirations’ collection, which also provide valuable supporting information.

We hope that this improved website layout and the expanded information on each door option will make it easier for our customers to gain insight into the Joseph & Kingsley furniture collection; however, should you have any further queries on our new door collection or any other aspect of our service, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Design Inspiration: Exotic Flair

Bring a sense of the unknown into your interiors by investing in some exotic knick-knacks. Ethnic prints and upholsteries are set to be particularly popular this summer, and can be easily incorporated into an existing design scheme: the odd accessory is all it takes to update your look.

Bold patterns, such as those seen on our prime zebrano worktops, are integral to achieving a cosmopolitan aesthetic, as are authentic materials. Hunting down a piece that combines both qualities is certainly worth the effort – such items can be great conversation-starters and really make an eye-catching statement. But you don’t have to buy something big to make an impact: from the biggest statue to the smallest utensil, the opportunities are endless – even an array of spices in ornate jars can have a dazzling effect.

With a kitchen as exciting as this, who needs a holiday?!

Design Inspiration: Exotic Flair

courtesy of House to Home