Monthly Archives: March 2015

Joseph & Kingsley Sponsored Ballerina Featured in The Times!

At Joseph & Kingsley, we’re committed not only to supporting local suppliers – utilising products within our solid oak kitchens like beautiful Gloucestershire oak worktops – but also to supporting local talent.

We are delighted to report that a young dancer that we sponsor, Molly Rees (who is from Eastington, a stone’s throw from our base in Cheltenham), was featured in The Times newspaper on the 24th March! The double page spread photo showed Molly demonstrating a beautiful jeté for young ballerinas, with a caption that read: ‘Someone to look up to: Molly Rees, 16, demonstrates her technique to junior dancers auditioning for the National Youth Ballet’s shows at The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks, Kent.’

After five years of training with the Royal Ballet School, Molly has been continuing her studies with the English National Ballet over the course of this school year – and we are pleased to see that her technique continues to come on in leaps and bounds (quite literally!) The question on all of our lips is: what will Molly do next? Perhaps a turn with the National Youth Ballet is also around the corner? We will have to keep you posted…

If you are interested in learning more about our sponsorship procedures or the regional talent that we are proud to support, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Solid Wood Worktops: Perfect for Modern and Traditional Kitchen Designs

Worktops are an integral proponent of any kitchen design: and with a huge array of materials to choose from – from stylish silestone to gorgeous granite to terrific timber – settling on one can be difficult.

Whilst we work with many different countertops throughout our bespoke kitchens, be these modern or traditional kitchen designs, we have a special place in our hearts for solid wood worktops. With such a wonderful choice of sustainably-sourced timber available, it is possible to purchase a luxurious, unique, and innately beautiful worktop for a surprisingly affordable price – and these are also versatile and easy to install and maintain. A winning combination, we feel!

Below are details of a small selection of worktops that are ideal for spring kitchens:

Super Stave Prime Oak Worktops: one of our most popular timbers, showcased to stunning effect. These worktops are constructed from planks of timber that run the entire length of the top, highlighting the even tones, distinctive grain pattern and warm colouring of oak. Pair with off-white cabinetry or cool pastel colours for a contemporary farmhouse look.

Prime Iroko Worktops: an exotic, rich timber that brings flair to any space. Iroko is naturally hygienic, due to its high oil content, and is blessed with a golden surface colour that matures to rich toffee over time. We adore this worktop when incorporated into a scheme that utilises bright bursts of colour – red or citrus shades, for example – for a truly modern look; it does, however, work equally well in a more classic, neutral design.

Super Stave American Walnut Worktops: an example of exquisite opulence, these black walnut worktops marry the luxury of a gorgeously decadent timber with the ‘super stave’ construction (utilising wide planks of timber that run the full length of the worktop for a seamless look). Perfect in any setting, the deep chocolate tones of this wood can be used to accentuate cream, off-white or cappuccino shades; or, for a bolder, contemporary look, can be set against stark blues, greens or gunmetal greys.

If you would like to see some examples of our worktops ‘in action’, do take a look at our Kitchen Case Studies section. Alternatively, you could request one of our superb brochures or even pop into our Cheltenham showroom and see our glorious timbers for yourself! We welcome visitors between 9am-5pm on weekdays and Saturdays.

Design Inspiration: Botanical Bespoke Kitchen Designs

The Pantone Colour Institute always wields great influence when it comes to interior design trends; it’s no surprise, then, that after a palette named ‘Botanicum’ featured in their 2015 colour predictions, other botanical schemes began to dominate home and fashion designs alike.

Natural wood worktops and oak cabinets are the easiest way to bring a hint of natural, earthy glamour to your bespoke kitchen designs; but there are other simple ways by which to introduce this fresh, vibrant theme. Brightly coloured glass, leafy prints and an abundance of green, verdant colours are just a few of the things to try – as some of the images below demonstrate!

Botanical living room

courtesy of M&S Home

Botanical cushion

courtesy of House of Hackney

Botanical print

courtesy of

Luxury Kitchens Confirmed at Cheltenham Food Festival!

If you fancy yourself a keen cook, a fan of fantastic produce or just a bit of a food fanatic, then – of all the festivals that Cheltenham has to offer – the Food and Drink Festival might be just the ticket.

Held each June in the beautiful Montpellier Gardens, the festival attracts visitors and food producers from all over the country, all keen to either exhibit or partake in the best that the British culinary scene has to offer. The festival also attracts a number of world-class chefs, some of whom take to the stage within the dedicated ‘Chef’s Kitchen’. Local and celebrity chefs mingle here, sharing tips and giving exciting demonstrations of creative cooking.

This festival is truly unmissable; it’s no surprise, then, that we are delighted to announce our involvement this year. Indeed, in June 2015 Joseph & Kingsley will be sponsoring the ‘Chef’s Kitchen’, and the chefs in question will be cooking from our very own custom-designed ‘kitchen theatre’ set!

More details will be available nearer the time; but, if you’re keen to witness some lovely cookery against the backdrop of equally lovely luxury kitchens, please be sure to drop by the Montpellier Gardens between 12th – 14th June 2015. And, while you’re there, don’t hesitate to pop into our showroom, which is conveniently positioned just across from the Gardens themselves.

Cheltenham food and drink festival