Charlotte, Huntingdon 35, Georgian Rectory in Dorset
Wanting to create a light and airy space to dine with her family and friends, Creative Director of Interiors company Velvet and Dash, Charlotte Starling chose a Huntingdon 35 in ivory to add a twist on the traditional stove that complements her country chic décor.
Charlotte Starling, Dorset
January 16, 2017
Q. Where does your wood burner live and what did you want from the space?
A. The Huntingdon Stove is in our breakfast room. We knocked through from the kitchen to make a kitchen / breakfast room / dining room. The room is south facing, so lovely and light. As we don’t have a dining room, the room is used for everything from breakfast to dinner parties, so it has to lend itself to everyday family meals as well as to parties and more formal occasions.
Q. Which stove did you choose?
I chose the Huntingdon because I fell in love with the ivory colour, which seems very elegant in comparison to more traditional black stoves. The room is painted in Farrow and Ball Pointing, a beautiful milky white tone, so the look of the stove works beautifully with this light and bright scheme.
Q. What kind of difference does it make to your home?
A. Coming from a warm London terrace house to a Georgian Old Rectory in Dorset with 12 foot high ceilings and uninsulated sash windows, we were not prepared for quite how cold it can get, so we love the stove as it throws out a lot of heat in winter and makes the room feel really cosy. My greyhounds Velvet and Dash love it too, as they lie on the sofa next to it!
Q. How did you go about installing it?
I have to admit that at that stage I was new to wood burning stoves, so I took the advice of my builder Mark Chutter from DJ Chutter who recommended this make to me, and it has been nothing short of brilliant. The colour and the look of it have also been complimented a lot. I regularly get asked where it is from. I think because it is quite unusual to see an ivory stove as opposed to black.
Q. Was there anything you learned from the project?
We had to line the chimney before installing it, and a big mistake I won’t ever repeat is painting the room first. There was quite a lot of soot during installation and we had to re-paint quite a bit.
Q. Your home has some lovely traditional features – what influenced your interior style choices when you were decorating it?
The house is grade II listed Georgian, so I’ve tried to stay true to the age of the house and its classic elegance, but combined this with a more contemporary, casual feel, which is suitable for a family with dogs, children and lots of mud!
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Huntingdon 35 Multi-fuel Stoves
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