Richard & Paul, Stovax View 5T, Mid-century style

Seeing the unusual styling of Kenilworth House on Instagram, we got in touch with Richard and Paul to talk more about their design, and why they chose a Stovax View 5T for their living room.

Richard & Paul, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside
December 12, 2018

Tell us about your interior style.

We have a lot of modern, Danish design furniture and a love of mid-century and Bauhaus styles, hence our stripes and geometric shapes.

We were drawn to the original Edwardian features in this house, many having survived – particularly the abundance of stained glass in our windows and doors. The proportions of the rooms, the high ceilings and the natural light that floods in through the large windows has allowed us to combine dark colours and create juxtapositions of contemporary and period styles.

View 5T

What drew you to a Stovax product?

We wanted a contemporary stove – something that would complement the tiles we’d chosen and contrast the style of the fireplace, but quality was a key factor for us. Because of the proportions of the room and the fireplace, we wanted a taller, portrait-style multi-fuel stove. When we saw the Stovax View 5T we were drawn to the square corners, the large window and lack of legs, and knew that it would create exactly the look we were aiming for.

What were your heating requirements?

The house benefits from central heating, but having come from a solid fuel background, nothing beats a real fire. We wanted a stove to give a cosy feel to the room and supplement the central heating (the original 6m-diameter window is still single glazed!). Particularly in the autumn and spring evenings, we simply light a fire and leave the central heating turned off.

What was your vision for the renovation of this room?

We wanted to bring out and restore original Edwardian features in the room, including the 110-year old sash bay window, picture rail and tall fireplace, but marry them with our modern taste in furniture. As a room used mostly in the evenings, we wanted a cosy space, hence the use of dark colours, and why a stove was a key feature for us.

How long did the installation take?

From start to finish, removing the 1960’s fireplace, knocking out the inglenook, tiling and installing the stove took three days. We knew roughly what size of inglenook we’d end up with, but until it’s knocked out you don’t really know what you’ll find. Our local installer was on hand from start to finish so we were confident about the condition of the flue, and as we’d chosen a premium stove brand, they ensured that any accessories such as the flue liner were matched in quality.

What’s next in your home project?

Our next project is our kitchen & second living space. We’re combining the two rooms together to create a large, open plan room spanning the back of the house, which benefits from all-day sun and lots of natural light. It’ll be a space we’ll use for entertaining, when we’re at home during the day and when we’re using the garden. We’re already planning to install another stove in this room, also in the original inglenook.

Installation by WB Stoves, Whitley Bay

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