Inside Joss Stone’s VERY middle-class kitchen:

Inside Joss Stone’s VERY middle-class kitchen:

At first glance, this stunning kitchen looks like it could belong to any Hunter-wearing, Barbour-clad countryside mum, with its £16,000 burgundy AGA, exposed beam and wood-top island.

But if you look a little closer you can see signs of a former hippy. The word ‘Peace’ hangs from the wall, there’s pink and purple bunting above the oven – even a fairy lights attached to the oak beam.

It is of course the home of former teen soul sensation Joss Stone, now 34, who stunned viewers after appearing on Lorraine yesterday with a brand new look. Gone is her shoulder-length brunette curly locks, which have been chopped off in favour of a sleek blonde mum-bob. 

She’s also ditched the nose ring, hipster clothing and heavy eye make-up, instead opting for a natural, relaxed look, a cosy white T-shirt that looks like it could be bought at M&S. 

Joss shares her home in Devon, the same one she grew up in, with her American boyfriend Cody DaLuz, and their daughter Violet Melissa DaLuz, who turns one this month. They also have three rescue dogs.

The Masked Singer winner purchased the countryside cottage from her parents after they split. From North Kingstown, Rhode Island, Cody is a former Marine, who has previously shared his support from Donald Trump and been vocal about ‘loving life’ in the UK. 

Interior design expert Benji Lewis told FEMAIL:  ‘The first thing that’s clear is that this is a kitchen belonging to a home maker.

‘It’s a really welcoming space, the owner being unafraid to leave on display the functional realities of culinary life, with strong overtones of visits to the weekly food market, the smell of muffins baking in the oven and rescue pooch sleeping in front of Aga, post cross country walk.’

Joss Stone shares her home in Devon, the same one she grew up in, with her boyfriend Cody DaLuz, and their daughter Violet Melissa DaLuz, who turns one this month. They also have three rescue dogs. Pictured: 1. Vintage-inspired accessories 2. Aga 3. Dualit mixer 4. Natural oak beams 5. Bunting 6. Microwave 7. 1920s style lamp 8. Toadstool trinkets 9. Moka Pot coffee maker (in cabinet) 10. Dated laminate wood countertop 11. Country style cabinets with new handles

Wow: Joss Stone was unrecognisable as she presented a cooking segment on Lorraine on Wednesday

Before: She is pictured in 2005

Wow: Joss Stone was unrecognisable as she presented a cooking segment on Lorraine on Wednesday (pictured left on the show and right in 2005)

Showing a love for the simple, slow-paced life, Joss has filled her kitchen with vintage gadgets. Her baking scales are non-digitised and even her microwave is manual. She also has an eclectic mix of gadgets, a Moka pot - the Italian device for making countertop coffee which cost up to £60- sits on the shelf while she also bravely places a 1920s-style lamp atop the microwave

Showing a love for the simple, slow-paced life, Joss has filled her kitchen with vintage gadgets. Her baking scales are non-digitised and even her microwave is manual. She also has an eclectic mix of gadgets, a Moka pot – the Italian device for making countertop coffee which cost up to £60- sits on the shelf while she also bravely places a 1920s-style lamp atop the microwave

Joss Stone, now 34, stunned viewers after appearing on Lorraine yesterday with a brand new look. Gone is her shoulder-length brunette curly locks, which have been chopped off in favour of a sleek blonde mum-bob. She is picture on Lorraine in her new kitchen

Joss Stone, now 34, stunned viewers after appearing on Lorraine yesterday with a brand new look. Gone is her shoulder-length brunette curly locks, which have been chopped off in favour of a sleek blonde mum-bob. She is picture on Lorraine in her new kitchen 

Joss shares her home in Devon, the same one she grew up in, with her boyfriend Cody DaLuz, and their daughter Violet Melissa DaLuz, who turns one this month. They also have three rescue dogs.

Joss shares her home in Devon, the same one she grew up in, with her boyfriend Cody DaLuz, and their daughter Violet Melissa DaLuz, who turns one this month. They also have three rescue dogs.

1. Vintage-inspired accessories 

Joss Stone's love of vintage and vintage-inspired pieces is clear in her kitchen. In the corner of the shelf over the Aga there is an old-fashioned weighing scale.

In the cabinet visible on the right-hand side their is a vintage sugar pot.

Joss Stone’s love of vintage and vintage-inspired pieces is clear in her kitchen. In the corner of the shelf over the Aga there is an old-fashioned weighing scale. In the cabinet visible on the right-hand side their is a vintage sugar pot.

Joss Stone’s love of vintage and vintage-inspired pieces is clear in her kitchen. In the corner of the shelf over the Aga there is an old-fashioned weighing scale. In the cabinet visible on the right-hand side their is a vintage sugar pot. 

‘There’s a clear suggestion that this kitchen belongs to someone with a strong and confident enjoyment of cooking and home making,’ interior designer Benji Lewis said. 

‘The accessories on display certainly suggest as much – the weighing scales, the pot of wooden spoons, the mismatched mixing bowls and the chopping knives.’

2. Aga

Joss’ four-oven burgundy AGA has trays for roasting, a simmering, a baking and a warming oven, which is described by the company as ‘an indispensable helping hand in a busy kitchen, allowing you to multi-task with the minimum of effort’. They cost around £16,000 if purchased new.

The AGA oven, one of the 'simplicities' wanted by Kate Middleton rather than being famous, is a cast iron cooker that will set you back at least £8,000. Invented in 1922 by Nobel Prize winning Swedish physicist Gustaf Dalén, the UK's oldest working model is still standing and cooking 90 years later, and each one is built to order in the company's factory in Shropshire. Pictured is the AGA model in Joss' kitchen

The AGA oven, one of the ‘simplicities’ wanted by Kate Middleton rather than being famous, is a cast iron cooker that will set you back at least £8,000. Invented in 1922 by Nobel Prize winning Swedish physicist Gustaf Dalén, the UK’s oldest working model is still standing and cooking 90 years later, and each one is built to order in the company’s factory in Shropshire. Pictured is the AGA model in Joss’ kitchen

Joss’ four-oven burgundy AGA has trays for roasting, a simmering, a baking and a warming oven, which is described by the company as ‘an indispensable helping hand in a busy kitchen, allowing you to multi-task with the minimum of effort’. They cost around £16,000 if purchased new. 

Benji said: ‘I love the inclusion of the burgundy coloured AGA. It’s such a great choice and notably confident given the investment it would have been, when so many people would opt for something safe like grey. 

‘The AGA has multiple ovens, and in the event of that being turned off in the warmer months, she’s got the back up not only of her hob but also the microwave on the sideboard. 

The AGA oven, one of the ‘simplicities’ wanted by Kate Middleton rather than being famous, is a cast iron cooker that will set you back at least £8,000. Invented in 1922 by Nobel Prize winning Swedish physicist Gustaf Dalén, the UK’s oldest working model is still standing and cooking 90 years later, and each one is built to order in the company’s factory in Shropshire.

Each oven includes a roasting oven, a simmering oven, and one or two hot plates. Some models also feature up to five ovens, and the option to swap the hotplates for a gas or ceramic electric hob. Compared to your conventional range cookers, they can last you for decades, it provides heat to the room it is in and offers more choices of fuel. Aga also claims that the cooking quality is far superior to other ovens, in that its radiant heat locks in the flavour and moisture of food rather than drying it out.

It is popular with owners of country houses, which led to the term ‘AGA saga’ becoming a thing in the 1990s, referring to fictional family sagas with middle-class country lifestyles in Britain.

3. Dualit mixer 

In her hand is a £75 Dualit mixer, which Joss used to whip up her tasty treats at home. In keeping with Dualit's classic British styling that consumers have come to know and love, the Hand Mixer is not only sleek and stylish, but it is built with the very latest technology.

In her hand is a £75 Dualit mixer, which Joss used to whip up her tasty treats at home. In keeping with Dualit’s classic British styling that consumers have come to know and love, the Hand Mixer is not only sleek and stylish, but it is built with the very latest technology.

In her hand is a £75 Dualit mixer, which Joss used to whip up her tasty treats at home. In keeping with Dualit’s classic British styling that consumers have come to know and love, the Hand Mixer is not only sleek and stylish, but it is built with the very latest technology. 

It is less high-end than the KitchenAid mixers, favoured by many celebrities and the Great British Bake Off. 

But it still packs a punch with a 400 watt motor, four speed settings and has a sleek design which the brand describes as ‘classic British styling’. 

It is a lifelong investment, with the ability to replace parts when the time comes. Joss uses a limited-edition magenta-coloured mixer, with the website only offering Canvas and Chrome as their available colourways. 

Dualit found success after a history of building long-lasting toasters that churned out hundreds upon hundreds of slices of toast an hour for the Italian-style cafes that sprung up across Britain in the 1950s.

After this, a small electric toaster was created by German-born inventor Max Gort-Barten, and its fame has lasted to this day, featuring in the homes of many middle-class families. Their toasters are expensive, and can set you back up to £220 for a domestic one or £1,645 for a toasting conveyor fit for caterers. 

4. Natural oak beams 

The history of the Devon property is seen in the natural oak beams that frame the Aga. Joss has chosen to enhance this with a soft, duck-egg blue wall colour.

The history of the Devon property is seen in the natural oak beams that frame the Aga. Joss has chosen to enhance this with a soft, duck-egg blue wall colour.

The history of the Devon property is seen in the natural oak beams that frame the Aga. Joss has chosen to enhance this with a soft, duck-egg blue wall colour.  

The windows in the kitchen are also wood, although these have been painted a bright, crisp cream that lift the room. 

Oak beams often feature in period properties as a structural element, in recent years, they have also been used purely for cosmetic reasons to add that historical charm that is often in traditional English country homes and cottages. 

They are a nice natural touch to the skeleton of a room, and while they are simple to look at, they can be decorated beautifully like Joss has, with some bunting. The natural colour means the walls surrounding them can be whatever you like.

 They also work perfectly with the rest of the room, with the dated laminate wood countertop and country-style cabinets with new handles. 

As Benji explains: ‘The combination of soft blue-grey painted walls, vanilla cabinetry, natural oak beams and that pop of burgundy work brilliantly together, and of course allow for Joss to showcase herself into the setting perfectly, striking a balance between polished glamorous rock star and domestic goddess, yet the feel is distinctly unpretentious or threatening.’

5. Bunting 

Joss Stone's love of vintage and vintage-inspired pieces is clear in her kitchen. In the corner of the shelf over the Aga there is an old-fashioned weighing scale. In the cabinet visible on the right-hand side their is a vintage sugar pot

Joss Stone’s love of vintage and vintage-inspired pieces is clear in her kitchen. In the corner of the shelf over the Aga there is an old-fashioned weighing scale. In the cabinet visible on the right-hand side their is a vintage sugar pot

A mainstay of village fetes, middle-class birthday parties and twee country homes, bunting adds a playful touch and a splash of colour to the kitchen. 

Strung up across the wooden beams, the bunting is made from a mismatch of polka dot fabric in rainbow colours. 

Bunting was used as the flags on a ship, and on a navy ship, it was the sailor who’s job it was to raise the flags, and they were referred to as the ‘bunt’. 

The term ‘bunting’ used to refer to the material that makes the flags, while the triangular flags that sit on the length of string was called the ‘tammy. 

Now, besides being used as a celebratory decoration for weddings, jubilees, birthday parties and other public events, it also features in homes as a touch on country-style interior design, like Joss, who has silky bunting going across her wooden beams in pink, red, purple and yellow colours. 

6. Microwave 

The microwave glimpsed on the countertop behind Joss has no digital display, suggesting it is not a part of the kitchen that is much used.

The microwave glimpsed on the countertop behind Joss has no digital display, suggesting it is not a part of the kitchen that is much used.

Joss also has a 1920s style Tiffany lamp - bravely placed a top the white manual microwave

Joss also has a 1920s style Tiffany lamp – bravely placed a top the white manual microwave

The microwave glimpsed on the countertop behind Joss has no digital display, suggesting it is not a part of the kitchen that is much used. 

The handles on the side are manual, suggesting it’s 70s-inspired, like many of the kitsch items. 

It appears to be more of a display platform for the antique-looking lamp and handful of trinkets. 

Perhaps Joss’s cooking is delicious enough to mean there’s no need for ready-meals. 

7. 1920s style lamp 

Joss also has a 1920s Tiffany-style lamp – bravely placed a top the white manual microwave.

The lamp has a black base green diamond style shade, it’s not clear where it came from or if it’s vintage, but it takes clear inspiration from Louis Comfort Tiffany lamps, which were part of the Art Deco movement.

 The real lamps are often part of museum exhibitions and sell for millions through top auction houses like Christie’s.

Not to be confused with his father Charles Tiffany, who founded the renowned jewellery house Tiffany & Company — Louis was an artist, decorator and designer, who died in 1933.

8. Collection of toadstool trinkets  

Royalty and aristocracy can’t resist a display of eccentric trinkets – and it appears Joss Stone is no different. 

Tucked away in a cosy corner of the room is a selection of small red-and-white toadstools, which add a whimsical touch to the interior. 

Perhaps a nod to fairy tales or Alice in Wonderland, the trinkets also include an oversized cupcake.

9. Moka Pot coffee maker

A Moka pot - the Italian device for making countertop coffee which cost up to £60. Popular in Italy and southern Europe, the device is a stove-top coffee maker that brews coffee by passing boiling water pressurised by steam through ground coffee.

A Moka pot – the Italian device for making countertop coffee which cost up to £60. Popular in Italy and southern Europe, the device is a stove-top coffee maker that brews coffee by passing boiling water pressurised by steam through ground coffee.

A Moka pot – the Italian device for making countertop coffee which cost up to £60.  

Popular in Italy and southern Europe, the device is a stove-top coffee maker that brews coffee by passing boiling water pressurised by steam through ground coffee. 

Named after the Yemeni city of Mocha, it was invented by Italian engineer Alfonso Bialetti in 1933 and has become a famous design, displayed in modern industrial art and design museums including the London Science Museum.

10. Dated laminate wood countertop 

Joss works with her ingredients on a large kitchen island with laminate wood countertops, a long-lasting kitchen-top surface which have a dated look to them in a natural wooden colour.

Joss works with her ingredients on a large kitchen island with laminate wood countertops, a long-lasting kitchen-top surface which have a dated look to them in a natural wooden colour.

Joss works with her ingredients on a large kitchen island with laminate wood countertops, a long-lasting kitchen-top surface which have a dated look to them in a natural wooden colour.

Benji said: ‘The worktops look like they might be a lookalike wood laminate, which would certainly date them and yet they suit the other soft textures in the room and the aesthetic as a whole’. 

11. Country style cabinets with new handles 

At the corner of Joss's setup, she has creamy coloured cabinets fit for a country cottage, with fresh new handles in a striking gunmetal colour contrasting against the wood

At the corner of Joss’s setup, she has creamy coloured cabinets fit for a country cottage, with fresh new handles in a striking gunmetal colour contrasting against the wood

At the corner of Joss’s setup, she has creamy coloured cabinets fit for a country cottage, with fresh new handles in a striking gunmetal colour contrasting against the wood. 

The doors above the countertop have clear windows to look in on the glassware inside. 

 12. Her second oven 

One oven isn't enough for Joss, who also has the luxury of a second countertop and oven for warmer months when the Aga is off.

One oven isn’t enough for Joss, who also has the luxury of a second countertop and oven for warmer months when the Aga is off.

One oven isn’t enough for Joss, who also has the luxury of a second countertop and oven for warmer months when the Aga is off.

Looking over the window to her garden, with a clear green view and often with flowers, it’s a great place to cook. 

A second oven is a sure sign of middle and upper classes,  

13.  Peace sign

Clearly still a hippy at heart, Joss has 'Peace' hanging across one of the beams. Made from a lighter wood, and in a cursive-style lettering, it's a nod to her past music.

Clearly still a hippy at heart, Joss has ‘Peace’ hanging across one of the beams. Made from a lighter wood, and in a cursive-style lettering, it’s a nod to her past music.

Clearly still a hippy at heart, Joss has ‘Peace’ hanging across one of the beams.

Made from a lighter wood, and in a cursive-style  lettering, it’s a nod to her past music. 

Writing on Instagram this week, she revealed she still has a peaceful vibe, commenting:  ‘Happy new year lovelies! Let’s kick of the year with a wholesome homely bang and do a little cooking’.

 14. Marble bust 

A feminine marble bust sits over the countertop of the second oven which looks out the window . The Greco-Roman style statue is one of the many trinkets Joss keeps in her busy kitchen.

A feminine marble bust sits over the countertop of the second oven which looks out the window . The Greco-Roman style statue is one of the many trinkets Joss keeps in her busy kitchen.

A feminine marble bust sits over the countertop of the second oven which looks out the window .

The Greco-Roman style statue is one of the many trinkets Joss keeps in her busy kitchen. 

The trend of keeping white statues in the home became popular with hipsters in 2018, and Joss has clearly kept it going in her country abode. 

This year they’ve made appearance in trend reports for EditorX, 99Designs, Medium and Behance.

 And elsewhere in the kitchen… 

Shabby chic! Joss Stone shows off the kitchen - complete with distressed floorboards and casual stools - on Instagram

Shabby chic! Joss Stone shows off the kitchen – complete with distressed floorboards and casual stools – on Instagram

Stripped and distressed floorboards 

Benji said: ‘The stripped and distressed painted floorboards are possibly period to the house, but in any case they instantly conjure up that blissful relaxed bucolic sentiment of barefoot comfort in the kitchen, The surfaces are all soft – with not a hint of limestone or granite in sight, so the feel is gentle and I should imagine the acoustics are accordingly good, i.e. not a clanking echo to be heard,’ Benji added. 

Relaxed kitchen bar stools 

Benji said: ‘Using a soft yellow or vanilla coloured paint on the units is gentle and of course the glazed unit allows for that glow of concealed ambient light. The bar stools are excellent for occasional informal seating

‘The fact of them being in a distressed painted finish adds a shabby chic feel and one of them having an upholstered top emphasises that the home belongs to someone unafraid to mix and match. I wonder if the cabinetry and door handles might not have been in the house when Joss moved in and the units given a once over with a paint brush subsequently.

Summery lighting

Benji said: ‘Artificial light has clearly been given thought to work harmoniously with the vibe as a whole. Joss has apparently concentrated on side lighting rather than overhead, for evening illumination; aside from the single pendant over the hob area, the lighting has been layered, so that the inside of the glazed wall unit is softly lit, the worktop gets a wash of light from the concealed downlight in the underside of the wall unit and then there’s a table lamp positioned on the microwave to provide an additional glow 

‘The summary is that this would feel like a lovely place to be once daylight has disappeared. The cabinetry itself is traditional Shaker style, a good safe choice for an old home like this

Hob in front of the window 

Benji said: ‘Interestingly the position of the sink – which most often gets placed in front of the window – is unclear but what Joss has done is place her hob in front of the window, views are accessible therefore and of course the tasks of stirring pots and the like are made more pleasurable, assisted by plenty of natural light.

‘The inclusion of an overhead velux in the pitched ceiling will not only provide additional luminosity from the outdoors, but has also been well positioned to direct light onto the work surface and the hob.   

Joss and Cody share the home - the same one the singer grew up in - with her three rescue dogs (pictured). She's a lifelong vegetarian and a supporter of PETA

Joss and Cody share the home – the same one the singer grew up in – with her three rescue dogs (pictured). She’s a lifelong vegetarian and a supporter of PETA

The gorgeous green hills! Joss has previously shared snaps of Devon saying how she 'misses it' while she's in America

The gorgeous green hills! Joss has previously shared snaps of Devon saying how she ‘misses it’ while she’s in America

The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Violet, in January 2021, she's set to turn one later this month

The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Violet, in January 2021, she’s set to turn one later this month