Warm and cosy

Dimplex Opti-myst stove | Design Hunter

When we first moved into the studio one of the first things we said was how amazing it would be to install a wood burner. Sadly there's no chimney or flue though and we aren't allowed to make any structural alterations to the space, so we immediately shelved the idea.

But as it turns out Christmas has arrived a little early and I'm currently cosying up in front of our new Opti-myst stove from Dimplex. If you follow me over on Instagram you may have seen that I've been working with them this month on a takeover of some of their social accounts and a couple of weeks ago they sent over one of their fires for us to try out.

The studio is a lovely white space but the room lacked a focal point so it's been great to create this inviting little set up in the corner for those moments when we want to put the kettle on and take a break from work.

Dimplex Opti-myst stove | Design Hunter

We chose the Auberry model which has a lovely creamy white enamel style finish - perfect for fitting into a clean contemporary or Scandi inspired interior. There's also a similar model available in matt black.

If you're wondering how we got around the chimney issue, well here's the thing. It's actually an electric fire. So you can fit one almost anywhere - there's no need for a chimney or flue.

Dimplex Opti-myst stove | Design Hunter
Dimplex Opti-myst stove | Design Hunter

No installation is required you literally just switch it on so we had it up and running within minutes. The flame and smoke effect is incredibly realistic. It's honestly hard to tell that it isn't a 'real' fire. You can read more about how it works here, but essentially the effect is created using ultrasonic waves which atomise water to create an extremely fine mist.

While part of me loves the idea of a solid fuel stove and the whole ritual of lighting a fire, there's no getting away from the fact that wood burners can be messy and they require a fair amount of maintenance. Ash pans need to be emptied, grates need to be swept, sooty glass doors need to be cleaned and chimneys and flues need to be maintained regularly. So an Opti-myst stove is great as a simple to use and low maintenance alternative to a solid fuel stove. It's also a practical option for homes where there are very small children running around or where it's not possible to install a flue - in rented accomodation for example.

And one of the things I really like about it is that you don't have to have the heat on. We tend to use the flame effect on its own most of the time. You really do have to see this to appreciate just how mesmerising it is. With its cosy flickering glow it instantly creates the cosy atmosphere we all crave at this time of year and has completely transformed the space. 

Dimplex Opti-myst stove | Design Hunter
Dimplex Opti-myst stove | Design Hunter
Dimplex Opti-myst stove | Design Hunter
Dimplex Opti-myst stove | Design Hunter

Posted in collaboration with Dimplex.