Monthly Archives: November 2014

Solid Oak Kitchens for Christmas

Solid Oak Kitchens for Christmas

Here at Joseph & Kingsley, we’re proud to work with our own collection of kitchen furniture, allowing us to supply solid oak kitchens with extremely quick lead-times – even in the run-up to Christmas!

Our designers work closely with customers to design unique kitchens and as such delivery deadlines are calculated on a project-by-project basis; however, we do work to the following general cut-off points with our own manufacturing facility:

5th December: Final date for ordering painted items (such as frontals) with pre-Christmas delivery.

12th December: Final date for ordering worktops that have been subject to special fabrications (bespoke sizes or edge profiles, for example) and unpainted cabinets.

18th December: Final date for ordering standard worktops.

19th December: Final delivery date in 2014.

If you are considering ringing in the New Year with a new kitchen, why not visit our  Cheltenham showroom over the festive period? We will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, but will open on the 27th, 29th, 30th, and 31st of December from 9am-5pm. Do pop in and see us!

Design Inspiration: Bold Monochrome

The use of black and white in interior design is nothing new; however, as the year draws to a close, we are seeing a move towards bolder and more striking uses of this contrast.

Trends in interiors often begin on the catwalk, and the use of stark graphic prints – often within monochromatic colour schemes – was prevalent throughout Spring/Summer 2015 collection previews (an example of which is the Carolina Herrera dress pictured below).

Carolina Herrera dress

courtesy of Carolina Herrera

A similar clean boldness could be used to great effect within the home. We particularly enjoy the use of geometric patterning or fun, textural graphics; equally, a minimalist look also works well within luxury kitchens – as we found with our Westbury-On-Severn Case Study.

Oyoy placemat

courtesy of jelanieshop

Danish Interior Design

courtesy of decorateblog

wardrobe designs

courtesy of econoloft

Kitchen Case Study

How to Make a Farmhouse Kitchen: Five Simple Steps

The farmhouse kitchen is enduringly popular, but this traditional kitchen design can be hard to incorporate successfully into a modern household. Below are our top tips for achieving this desirable look with minimal fuss:

Make use of open storage

1. Make use of open storage. To bring a sense of informality into your home – essential in a farmhouse kitchen – incorporate plenty of wall-mounted shelves and open cabinetry. Crockery and dishware will be easy to locate whilst also serving as an attractive feature. We can provide chunky solid timber shelving and open cabinetry from our own range of kitchen furniture, all of which is manufactured in Europe and finished within the United Kingdom.

Opt for a robust range cooker

2. Opt for a robust range cooker. The stove really is the heart of a farmhouse kitchen, so do be sure to consider the options carefully. For a traditional look, an AGA cannot be surpassed (and these come with plenty of modern quirks, too!); and there are also exciting, sleek designs offered by acclaimed providers like Falcon and Mercury. We work with a variety of suppliers on a regular basis and would be more than happy to advise you on the best choice for your kitchen.

Incorporate stylish flooring

3. Incorporate stylish flooring. The natural gleam of a wooden floor is perfect for a country-style kitchen, though black and white chequered tiles or flagstones are also enormously effective. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box where flooring is concerned – it really can make a big difference to your overall aesthetic. Consider sections of tiles in ‘accent’ colours or even painting your wooden floorboards for a unique, fresh finish.

Go vintage

4. Go vintage. Ornate lighting and other touches – such as pottery and coloured glassware – can add the perfect finish to a classic kitchen: but don’t forget your fixings. Porcelain sinks embellished with handmade vintage taps, such as those offered by luxury brand Perrin & Rowe, will enhance a farmhouse look beautifully – as will a carefully-chosen door handle or two.

Select solid oak doors

5. Select solid oak doors. Furniture of the finest quality is a staple of the farmhouse ‘look’, and the use of solid timber is particularly favoured. Our Cotswold doors tick both boxes: manufactured in Europe from superb solid oak, the chunky frame and delicate detailing capture the relaxed yet elegant mood that is characteristic of a farmhouse kitchen. Available in a traditional lacquered finish – showing off the natural figuring and rustic quality of the timber – or hand-finished in any colour from Farrow & Ball’s collection, these doors are an essential component for stylish country kitchens.

Design Inspiration: Window Sheers

Windows are an important focal point for any space, bringing a valuable sense of space and light to the room. It is no surprise, then, that a trend has arisen that allows designers to maximise on the simple benefits of this feature.

Sheer drapery or ‘window sheers’ have returned to popularity in recent months. Once considered fusty (and fussy), window sheers were traditionally rather extravagant affairs: frilly, lacy, and at times eye-catching for the wrong reasons! Fortunately new contemporary styles for sheer curtains have now been developed, allowing the natural beauty offered by windows to shine out in a subtle way.

For luxury kitchen designs, we recommend considering iridescent coverings made from unusual materials or transparent curtains printed with fashionable, contemporary patterns – these will certainly make an impact and can be used to contrast or accentuate an existing design scheme, revamping the look with minimal fuss.

Do you have a favourite window or curtain fabric to share with us? Do let us know on Facebook, Google Plus or Twitter – we’re always on the hunt for new sources of inspiration!

Architect oded lavi

courtesy of houzz

Room Divider & Loom Chair

courtesy of houzz