Sarah, Stockton electric stove, Classic 90’s build
Sarah talks to us on the importance of finding an interior theme for your living space and what makes a home cosy!
January 23, 2019
Tell us about your home and what inspired you?
Our home certainly needed updating when we moved in two years ago, a classic 90’s build and it was a little neglected. We could see the potential of the property however when deciding on it for our ‘forever home’. I wanted our home to match our personalities and for it to have a certain feel about the place – I wanted it to feel ‘cosy’. So literally everything we bought for the house, before purchasing I asked myself ‘would this make it feel cosy?’ and only would buy if the answer was yes. I picked out a colour scheme that would run through the house, mainly greys and mink with dark wood furniture pieces. Lighting is a big deal – that can really turn a room cosy – so I have dimmed lighting where possible, twinkly lights, and of course – the fire on!
What do you love most about your home? What is your favourite feature?
Oh that’s a tricky one – I love so much. The conservatory ‘chill’ room, the bay window in the dining room, the long hallway as you enter, the gallery landing – but I would say my favourite is simply the living room. We spend most of our time in here and, and I love looking at our feature wall with our custom-chimney breast, our wooden furniture and our added extras such as the decorative logs. I look at that fireplace and feel proud – my husband and his friend made the stud wall themselves, we shopped around for a nice slate piece for the hearth (it was only £12!) and the wooden log for the mantlepiece. I feel proud that we probably saved ourselves £1k+ by doing it ourselves but still having a top range fire.
What drew you to our Stockton electric stove?
As you do when you move into a new home, I was obsessed with interior blogs, Pinterest, Instagram and saw many images of gorgeous fireplaces and I felt the Stockton stove had that look that I wanted – the log burner look! When moving into the house, I was disappointed when I found out we had to have an electric fire as I’ve always been used to gas fires in previous homes. You don’t normally see many ‘traditional’ looking electric fires at all so I was thinking I would have to go for a modern style. However, I was delighted to find the range of traditional looking, electric stoves that Stovax offered. And there were many advantages to the electric too – I can lazily turn the fire on using my remote from the comfort of my sofa! Win win!
What is your advice to anyone looking to renovate their own home?
I would say don’t just go for the expensive, easier option. You can save a lot of money by shopping around, being inventive with your ideas, speaking to the suppliers instead of the shops! And lastly, choose a theme and let it run through the whole home – ensure the theme is you through and through!
If you knew your retailer, can you tell us why you chose them?
Amberglow, based in Cheshire. They were our local retailer when finding our wanted stove online – but we were very pleased with the advice and service, so would recommend them to anyone.
Anything else you would like to add….
We absolutely love our fire, and will probably upgrade to a real log burner when the time is right! The electric fire not only looks the part, but it’s also safer for kids – and we currently have a crawling one year old, so it’s just right for our family and our cosy home.
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