Monthly Archives: July 2014

Summer Sponsorship

Summer Sponsorship

At Joseph & Kingsley, we’re committed to fostering local talent, both in terms of utilising regional suppliers and designers for our luxury kitchens, and through our sponsorship of talented young English dancers.

We are proud to report on the progress of three promising young ballet dancers as they embark on summer training. Lucy Waine, who we have supported during her school year at the Royal Ballet School, is attending the prestigious Yorkshire Ballet Summer School on a two week scholarship. Molly Rees, who has completed five years’ training at the Royal Ballet School and will shortly be moving on to the English National Ballet School, is currently in Monaco at the Princess Grace Academy. She will finish the summer with two weeks at the Palucca Dance School in Dresden (a world-renowned academy), joined by fellow Royal Ballet School pupil Daniel Myers. Joseph & Kingsley have been pleased to sponsor them both for this summer school.

Molly was kind enough to provide us with an update whilst she was dancing away in Monaco. Here’s what she had to say about her ballet adventure:

‘I arrived in Monaco on Sunday 20th July, ready for classes (which began on Monday and ended the following Saturday). I had classical class every morning with Michel Rahn and contemporary every day with Olivier Lucea. I also studied technique every evening with Carole Pastorel – a mixture of class work and pointe – and Pilates three times during the week with Asier Uriagereka. I enjoyed my time there and thought that the teachers were excellent! It was really interesting to learn a slightly different balletic style and gain experience of an alternative ballet school.’

We would like to take this opportunity to send warm wishes to all three dancers – we hope that they enjoy a refreshing (though rather studious) vacation!

Design Inspiration: Blue Blitz

Stormy weather aside, nothing says ‘summer’ quite like blue. Fortunately for those of us who adore the colour, it’s proved a firm favourite in Spring/Summer 2014 collections.

The important thing to remember is not to stick to just one shade of blue: a myriad of hues, and combining such in your design, are popular this year. Navy, turquoise, cerulean, cobalt: paint yourself an electric palette by accenting blue with more blue – from accessories to soft furnishings to cabinet doors.

Kate Tansley, creative director at Multiyork, advises mixing blue shades for a stylish, sociable feel: ‘A warm shade, such as navy, azure or cobalt, is the perfect choice for sociable spaces, such as the living or dining room, as it creates a cosy, inviting feel, while retaining a hint of elegance.’

The latest alternative to neutral tones, blue can make an impact even if used sparingly: try introducing blue glassware or crockery to solid oak kitchens, or make a statement with a duck-egg painted island and navy linens.

Design Inspiration: Blue Blitz
Design Inspiration: Blue Blitz

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Design Inspiration: Blue Blitz

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Bring natural class to your bespoke kitchen design with solid wood kitchen worktops

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Prime Zebrano Worktops
Super Stave Wenge Worktops

In both modern and traditional bespoke kitchen designs, the pairing of solid oak cabinetry and stone worktops is commonplace, creating a sleek and stylish feel.However, a similarly modern look can also be produced through solid wood kitchen worktops – often at a more affordable price – whilst gesturing toward the trend for natural textures that is so fashionable at present (for more on this general design trend, please view our recent blog, ‘Design Inspiration: Timber Tones’)

Here are a few of our worktop favourites (we could not whittle it down to one!):

Super Stave Oak Worktops: a classic timber in a modern, opulent form. These worktops benefit from wide planks of timber that run the full length of the piece: a stunning presentation of oak, which is an enduringly popular timber due to its striking grain, inviting golden tones and natural durability. Ideal for bright, farmhouse kitchens or as a central island in a modern scheme.

Prime Zebrano Worktops: a unique and eye-catching choice. Our zebrano worktops are made from premium sections of solid timber, highlighting the smooth toffee surface colour and chocolate brown grain patterns that give zebrano its distinctively exotic, ‘zebra-like’ appearance. Perfect for contemporary kitchens with dark colour schemes and stainless steel accents.

Super Stave Wenge Worktops: an exotic and luxurious material – known as the timber equivalent of granite – that is given an outstanding showcase through this sought-after worktop construction. The staves, or solid wood sections, are at least 90mm wide each and run the full-length of the worktop, creating a seamless and uniform appearance; indeed, wenge’s exquisite figuring and deep colour are shown to unparalleled effect. A truly versatile worktop, wenge is superb when paired against mint greens, earthy tones and bold, geometric design.

Choosing a worktop can be extremely difficult: it is essential to achieve the right balance of function and form. With this in mind, we offer a convenient sample service, allowing potential customers to view fully-finished sections of worktop before making a decision; moreover, there are many worktops on display in our Cheltenham showroom, which is situated within the popular Montpellier district.

Design Inspiration: Timber Tones

For the last five years, the unique charms of wooden furniture – particularly in kitchens – have proved most popular in interior design.

However, where we’ve previously seen designs that favour rich, dark woods, such as black American walnut or wenge, a noticeable shift is now occurring. Brighter, honey-coloured hues are increasingly popular, and as such cherry, oak and even maple are perfect choices for luxury kitchens: their gorgeously delicate colouration brings a sense of lightness to any space, whilst the rustic qualities afforded by these timbers can create a welcoming, homely finish.

Design, durability and aesthetic appeal combine in our collection of Prime Cherry wooden worktops and Prime Oak wooden worktops – we highly recommend a closer viewing if you are considering a kitchen refurbishment that is in line with this new trend.

Design Inspiration: Timber Tones

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Design Inspiration: Timber Tones

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Design Inspiration: Timber Tones
Design Inspiration: Timber Tones

Superb solid oak kitchens now on sale: 10% off in July & August!

Superb solid oak kitchens now on sale: 10% off in July & August!

Enjoy a spot of affordable luxury this summer with Joseph & Kingsley’s seasonal sale.

Our superb collection of kitchen furniture – including solid oak cabinets, frontals and timber worktops – can be purchased with impressive savings across the entire range. We can also offer a ten percent discount on an excellent collection of appliances from acclaimed providers such as AGA Rangemaster, Mercury, and Perrin & Rowe. To take advantage of this discount, please enter ‘SUMMER2014’ at checkout or quote this code to one of our sales advisors.

To learn more about our stunning solid oak kitchens, please browse our ‘Kitchen Styles’ pages: Chatham, Cotswold or In-Frame. Customers are also welcomed to view recent examples of our work in the Case Studiessection.

For more information on the sale, please view our terms and conditions or contact us; our friendly, expert team look forward to discussing your kitchen project with you. The sale will run until the end of August only, so do get in touch soon!