2.23.2012

Upping the cozy factor...

interiorLast week we finally started using our woodstove. Remember what that room looked like before? Yikes! It looks so much better now that that room is more integrated into the rest of the living room. We still have to paint the walls, and we're still working on a built-in bookshelf in the living room, so books are piled everywhere. The photo below gives you a better sense of scale. It's tiny, but has quickly become PRH's favorite reading spot.

renovationAs far as the woodstove goes, I have to admit that I'm more than a little terrified of fire. My parents owned an old farmhouse when my brothers and I were small, and it burned to the ground. It was an electrical fire and no one was hurt (we had gone to get ice cream), but watching the house burn and feeling the heat from the fire remains one of my most vivid memories from childhood. Everyone who comes to our house seems to love the woodstove though. It is pretty and does up the cozy factor, particularly on a snowy day.

Velma the cat clearly doesn't share my fire phobia. Here she is snuggled up on the living room floor. Do you have a fireplace or woodstove? Do you love it or hate it?

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20 comments:

alison said...

We just recently bought our first house and with it came a massive (at least to me) woodstove. At first I was hesitant but there's nothing like warming your toes by the fire! Buying a pair of good heat resistant gloves was key, although there are times after putting in a log that I feel the need to check my eyebrows and eyelashes to make sure they're still there...

Katie said...

So sad about your childhood home! When I was small, we also lived in a big old farmhouse in the midwest. Next door was another big old farmhouse where a little friend lived. Her house burned to the ground as well, and we were all so sad when they had to leave. I am also fearful of fire -- we have a fireplace in our bedroom, and I won't let my husband use it. I am such a chicken...

Anonymous said...

I love your blog and have never commented before, but I think I may have bookmarked every room you have finished in your lovely home!

Our last house had a woodstove which was our only source of heat. We loved it, especially when we had our system down pat of when to stoke the fire, when to let it die down a little, etc. There was nothing better than cozying up by a warm, roaring fire. Interestingly, it is the only thing my youngest (who was almost 2) remembers from that house. It is also the rest of the family's fondest physical memory.

Maybe one day, again!
Melissa (in Canada)

Lisa said...

We have a gas fireplace. I love it, as long as I don't have to turn it on or off. My house also burned to the ground when I was 4. I have bad memories of being in the hospital, I was there for a month or so.

Karen@oldbeginnings said...

Love it! There is no heat cozier. I've grown up with it though, so have gotten used to/respect it. Currently we don't have one & I miss it. When we move to VT this year it will be a must have. Can't wait.

The Belvedere-Alyssa said...

I've always been installed with a fear of fire- no candles could be left in a room without a person watching over it. That being said, my grandma lives in upstate NY and heats most of her house by fire- one fireplace on either side of the house. Shes done this for decades and has never had a scare or problem. I think as long as your vigilant you should be ok!

Nancy said...

Awh...what a great kitty shot:) I don't have one, but my dad has had one in his work shop for years. Nothing's ever happened but I totally get your fear!

White Lacquer said...

We had a wood stove growing up, it was fabulous. So many great memories cozy-ing up to it.

Very scary about your farm house growing up, thankfully everyone is ok. :)

Xx. Patience

Erika said...

No woodstove or fireplace, but I totally love yours :)

Skylark Studio said...

ooh I'm dying to get a woodstove back in our lives (need to knock down a wall for that to happen!)

Our family has had it's share of fires - barns, outbuildings, etc. But none related to a woodstove!

I'd be very vigilant about getting good dry wood, and making sure it's getting a good draft, that stove seems like maybe it sticks out? is that all good? and of course, get the chimney cleaned!

it is a heck of a good heat/cooking source when the power goes out! We were out for a week this fall, I was determined to get one in asap. I'd actually love a cookstove!

enjoy the coziness!

Anonymous said...

I would LOVE a fireplace (dream), and that looks like an awesome reading spot. I'm jealous of the cat.

Jamie said...

I grew up with a wood stove, with no bad memories, so I've always liked them. Current home had a huge fireplace that hubby would make roar (hated that part) but it didn't really heat the room well so we recently had a wood stove insert put in - much better! I miss being able to watch those beautiful flames a dancing, but this stove does feel safer. Can I recommend getting to know your wood stove and building a few fires so the fears are lessened?

Karen said...

Fire scares me too. I had a new natural gas insert installed in our fireplace last year (one of the last things on our ten year plan list!!) for back up in case we lose power in winter. It's become my favourite reading spot. The old one scared me so I had it disconnected until the new one was installed. I love your small cosy space.

Ana said...

Thank you for RTing and helping spread the word about Malia! I'm glad I clicked on your profile, I am totally smitten with your job. We bought our first house a year and a half ago, and we were so intimidated by the idea of fixing something up we went for a newish, non-fixer-upper type. Sometimes I wish we had been braver!

Anna said...

We have a wood burning fireplace insert (box-o'-fire inside a classic fireplace opening) and love love love it. We burn seasoned wood in small, hot fires to keep emissions down and efficiency up. In terms of safety, having a latching door on it makes me feel ok about the whole thing. No risk of rogue sparks except those moments that I open it. (And I'm sure you know to clean the chimney every year and not to burn pine...)


Also: be prepared for your cat to look at you indignantly on the days you don't fire it up.

leFiligree said...

in the house i grew up in, we heated with wood, so the smell of woodsmoke makes me all nostalgic...and the sound of a crackling fire. however, i hated having to haul all those cords of wood. and i recall the stove being too hot to really sit nearby.

our gas fireplace is just not the same.

i would kill for a soapstone stove!

CLK said...

I know multiple people with stoves in their homes and I. Want. One! They make it sooooo cozy and I adore the smell of wood burning. I'm coveting yours as we speak!

Weazie said...

OMG. I knew we were kindred spirits of sorts! My house burned down as a kid as well, also an electrical fire, and I've always had a fear of fire.
~Eilis (Amy's friend)

Anonymous said...

We have a woodstove. I like the heat which comes out. It is more cosy than central heating.
I am really impress to see how fast your are making up your place. I wish we would go as fast as you.
Thanks for your blog, I must admit I am addicting to it!
Séverine

Robin and Mould said...

We have one in a big inglenook fireplace and literally could not do without it now. It's been 6 years and not burnt the house down yet! I feel quite safe with the fire being behind doors!

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