Pinspiration: Top 5 Ceiling Fans for Summer 2014
The re-pins and hearts have spoken and dual ceiling fans are the winning choice for your 2014 summer cooling needs. Here's our top five ceiling fans for this summer as chosen by our Pinterest followers, along with some installation and decor tips.
1. Minka Aire: Gyro
The Minka Aire Gyro Collection has collectively received hundreds of re-pins and hearts. This chic collection is known for its dual-motored design. It oozes class and sophistication and is perfect for offices, bedrooms, living rooms and workshops.
See the entire Minka Aire Gyro Collection.
Colors: These fans go great with Earthy tones like browns, burnt oranges, deep greens or reds.
Textures: Blend this focal piece with brick, oak, cedar and tanned leather.
2. Matthews: Bianca Direcional
This unique fan has over four hundred re-pins on Pinterest. It’s stylish and designed to fit in even smaller rooms. The blades can be adjusted up to 180° for the perfect summer breeze. This fan is great for recreation rooms, gyms, foyers and kitchens.
View more of the Matthews Bianca Direcional Collection.
Colors: Use with neural colors like silver, grey, white and ivory.
Textures: This looks great paired with textures of lighter woods, metal and cloth furniture.
How to Make Paper Fans for Summer
The summer season is the start of many things - balmy temperatures, outdoor dining and entertaining, and fans. If you're a savvy host, you've already installed a decorative outdoor fan or plugged in a vintage-inspired pedestal fan to keep your guests cool. If you haven't, there's still a way to hold onto your great host status - paper fans.
Yes, paper fans. Handheld paper fans are an inexpensive way for guests to stay comfortable under the sun. They're cute and energy efficient, and did we mention they're super easy to make? Dust off your grammar school arts & craft skills or better yet, follow our quick tutorial below (adapted from Celebrate Always).
Drift Off to Sleep with Smart LED Lighting
What do a warm bath, a good book, and a smart LED bulb all have in common? They all prepare your body for a restful night’s sleep. The Drift Light by Saffron promises to help you fall asleep naturally by casting warmer lighting and mimicking the setting sun.
Some screw-in LED bulbs can help you save on your monthly utility bills, but they could also rob you of a good night's sleep. The energy-saving bulbs emit a blue hue that suppresses melatonin production, a hormone that promotes sleep and activates only when it's dark. Sleep or lack thereof affects mood, productivity, and health.
The Drift Light emits less blue light than traditional LED bulbs, producing instead a warm incandescent-like light. This allows users to enjoy the beauty of incandescent lighting and the energy savings of LED lighting without compromising their sleep.
The Drift Light features an innovative auto-dimming function that sets it apart from other smart LED bulbs. The bulb slowly dims over a period of 37 minutes, the average time of a sunset, gradually transitioning a room from light to dark. The idea behind the faux sunset is to encourage relaxation and increase melatonin in preparation for sleep.
Greenhouse Gases 101: 5 Easy Prevention Tips
Earth is estimated to be roughly 4.5 billion years old. Our atmosphere has been continually evolving ever since. An extraordinary balance of elements come together allowing life to form and thrive on this planet. It’s our legacy to protect this unique planet for future generations by reducing greenhouse gases. Learn how using these efficient lighting, fan, cutting excess, driving and gardening tips can reduce this generation's carbon footprint.
What is the greenhouse effect?
A very basic definition of the greenhouse effect is when greenhouse gases form a protective layer around the Earth that captures some of the heat rays from the sun, which keeps Earth from being a frozen planet and allows for organisms to grow.
The theory of global warming is that the more greenhouse gases we release into the air the thicker the protective layer grows, capturing more heat from the sun, ergo, Earth gets continuously warmer. Many worry Earth may one day become too warm to sustain life.
10 Spring Cleaning Tips for Summer Savings
Spring is a time of growth and renewal for many plants and animals. It’s also the ideal time to prep your home for rising summer cooling and lighting costs. Use these easy-to-follow spring cleaning, organizing, and decorating tips for a cost-saving summer.
Getting your home in shape for summer is no small undertaking whether you live in a studio apartment or a sprawling five-bedroom house, and it’s easy to be overwhelmed if you don’t know where to start. Make a plan and stick to it. Use a trusted pen and paper list or a cleaning app to help you stay on task and motivated (there's something very rewarding about checking something off a to-do list).
First, make a list of all the rooms in your home including outdoor spaces. Next, list the tasks you want to accomplish. Then, list the supplies and tools necessary to complete these tasks. Stock up on supplies such as all-purpose cleaner, wood cleaner, microfiber cloths, and scrub brushes. Pick up an extendable duster or a ladder for hard-to-reach spots. Use a bucket or a carryall apron to stow supplies so everything you need is within hand’s reach.
Spring cleaning takes time because you’re dusting, scrubbing, and rearranging spaces that are not part of your weekly housework routine. Allow yourself several days or even a week to complete the task on your list. Split large tasks into small chunks to make progress and avoid burning out. Focus on one room at a time, and don’t be afraid to ask friends and family for assistance with difficult tasks.