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How to Buy a Ceiling Fan for Your Home

Your Definitive Guide to Choosing Your Next Fan

A ceiling fan is a must-have home appliance for summer. Whether you’re a first-time ceiling fan buyer or you’re looking to replace an existing one, the choices can be overwhelming. Here are 7 tips to help you avoid buyer’s remorse and help you choose the right fan for your home.

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Top Five Tropical Ceiling Fans

Island Ceiling Fans

Summer is in full swing and the heat may have you trying to seek solace in a cooler climate. There’s no better way to cool off than grabbing a fruity, frozen drink and relaxing beneath the cooling breeze of a tropical ceiling fan. The right ceiling fan will take your mind off of the scorching summer temperatures and have you completely relaxed while you watch the sunset on your back porch or take a snooze in your outdoor hammock. These five tropical ceiling fans will help you create your very own tropical paradise that will have you welcoming the summer heat and relaxing in no time!

The Great Escape Fans

Fall in love this summer with the Fanimation Louvre. This 52” ceiling fan features five hand carved blades that have been intricately designed to resemble tropical island leaves. The rich, elegant color of the blades promotes serenity and relaxation, and the UL Damp rating makes this fan perfect for both indoor and outdoor locations. Create your own personal spa at home by placing this fan in a bathroom or in a room where you can decompress from the stress of the day.

Fanimation Louvre Ceiling Fan

 


 

Totally Tahiti Fan

Nothing quite says paradise like being fanned while you relax and enjoy a tropical libation. Turn your fantasy into a reality with the Ellington Tahiti ceiling fan. The beautifully shaped blades are designed to resemble luscious palm leaves found in exotic locations. This fan’s ample 16° blade pitch provides a cool, calm breeze that will leave you feeling peaceful and pampered. A UL damp rating makes this ceiling fan ideal for both indoor and outdoor areas, allowing you the freedom to choose where you want your private utopia.

Ellington Tahiti Ceiling Fan

 


 

5 Ways to Illuminate Your Outdoor Wedding

Say 'I Do' to These Radiant Outdoor Lighting Fixtures

Your wedding day is undeniably one of the most important days of your life and you’ve planned every aspect of the event – the décor, menu and party favors, but have you given much thought to the lighting? The right illumination can transform any outdoor space, and make you and your guests look stunning.

 

To have and to hold, to love and to cherish and to better light your big day, check out these five radiant light fixtures. We promise to make your walk down the aisle outdoors an unforgettable event. Our top outdoor wedding lighting picks will have you asking, why didn’t he put a ring on it sooner?

 

1. Vintage Wedding Lighting

The Lyndon pendant by Kichler Lighting is a modern take on the classic Edison bulb. The vintage-inspired pendant features clear seedy glass, popularized in colonial times, and an architectural bronze finish, which is ideal for a nostalgic wedding. The single-light pendant emits warm halogen light and is UL approved for damp locations. Stagger multiple pendants over the bar and dining area for a distinct look.

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DIY Lamp Shade: Fabrics Edition

Learn how to make an inexpensive nautical DIY fabric lamp shade.

 

We adore taking something excruciatingly plain and transforming it into a fabulously stylish piece of art. One of our favorite ways to spice up a home is by occasionally updating the color palette and swapping curtains, throw pillows and lamp shades for new trendy looks. This is also a great way to add simple decorations for holidays.

 

One of the easiest (and least expensive) ways to accomplish this is through do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. See our step-by-step guide below.

 

We chose this nautical design for our new lamp shade because it is summer and nautical is always in style, also, the red, white and blue goes great with the fourth of July.

 

Time: 15 minutes

Cost: $10-$20 depending on the shade and fabric you choose

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5 Easy Ways to Modernize Your Ceiling Fan

Give your Old Spinner a New Look with These Affordable, Easy-to-Follow Tips

Ceiling fans, while purposeful, are not always stylish. Perhaps your ceiling fan came with your home or you purchased the fan a long time ago and your décor has changed significantly since then. Whatever the case may be, you’re no longer happy with the way the fan looks. Before you consider trading in your old spinner for a newer model, here are some affordable and easy tips to modernize your ceiling fan.

Change the Fan Blades

1. New Blades

Ceiling fan blades can fade and warp over time, causing the fan to look shabby. Replace the outdated fan blades with a new blade set, preferably from the same manufacturer as the fan to guarantee a good fit. Skip the standard issue reversible blades and opt for blades with hand-carved and textured details. Choose natural finishes like dark mahogany, dark walnut and Spanish Oak that show off the grain. Fan blades range in price from $50 - $200 depending on the manufacturer so there are plenty of options for any budget.

Paint the Ceiling Fan

2. Paint Job

Just as the blades lose their original luster so does the motor housing and hardware. You can quickly restore the fixture’s patina with an inexpensive paint job. For the fan hardware, choose a paint color that complements the hardware such as the door hinges, door knobs and appliances. For the fan blades, choose a paint color that complements the furniture, doors and woodwork. See our previous article on how to paint a ceiling fan, which we completed for about $15, for materials and instructions.

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