Laura, open plan living, Stovax Riva 66 wood burner
Laura’s striking home caught our eye on Instagram, so we wanted to hear more about her interior style and why she chose a Stovax wood burner.
April 17, 2020
Tell us a bit about your home and your interior style.
My home is a white render and red brick house built in 1910. Purchased in 2009, my husband Gav and I decided it was the house for us within the first couple of minutes of viewing. It had loads of untapped potential inside and a huge garden!
My style has evolved over the years, but sits very much in modern meets traditional. I try to use quality materials and craftsmanship where I can, but also like a bargain. I love mixed materials, texture, and a limited colour palette.
What’s your favourite room in your house and why?
My favourite room is definitely our open plan extension, which was quite a major undertaking for us in 2018. We extended out into the garden to create additional square footage, and knocked through into the existing kitchen, living room and dining room to make a large open plan space. It’s given us the social family space we’ve always wanted.
How do you go about choosing interior themes?
When designing a room at home, I always start with a must have item that I will not compromise on. For the kitchen, I wanted an island with stools, for the dining room a huge table, and for the lounge a real fire. Everything else was designed to complement these “must haves”.
Why did you want a wood burner in your home?
My husband and I used to live in a new build home, where a real fire wouldn’t have been an option. When we bought this house, the bedrooms had their original fireplaces, but sadly the lounges did not. This gave us the opportunity to choose the fire we’d always wanted.
Which fire did you go for?
We chose the Riva 66 inset multi-fuel stove. This was recommended by our installer as a great option to heat our space, look amazing, and provide flexibility with fuel options.
What drew you to a Stovax product?
There are lots of manufacturers out there and the range of choices can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you are like us and had never purchased a stove before. We were guided very much by our installer, who has fitted Stovax products for years. We were very attracted to the companies reputation for quality and the fact the stoves are designed in England.
Who was your retailer/installer, and were there any challenges they overcame during the installation?
We used a local independent installer, who we found through word of mouth. I had visited local fire showrooms, to get an idea of what I wanted but it was chatting to friends about their stoves that brought us to Mark at Cottage Fires.
Where do you get your design inspiration?
I find interior magazines to be a valuable source of inspiration, as well as Pinterest and Instagram. Pinning and saving images helped me to decide on the colour palette and materials I liked best, and that gave me focus when actually choosing things for the space.
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