Summer Party Outdoor Lighting Tips
1. Lighting the Perfect Barbecue with Pendants
Pendant lighting will be all the rage this summer. Outdoor pendant lights showcase your unique style and personality. Pendants are also easy to install. For a temporary fix, you could make your own DIY pendants or see our outdoor pendant light fixtures for radiance that will last years to come.
Best Places to Use: Above seating and eating areas on decks, patios or porches. Also, in backyard cabanas and gazebos.
Quick Tip: Try to give an 18 to 22 inch clearance level from the bottom of the fixture to the height of the tallest person in your family.
Smart, Automated and Modern: the Haiku SenseME
Smart home automation is no longer a quirky phase of the 1950s. You can control the lighting, temperature and a plethora of appliances in your home from your smartphone or tablet. Now add the humble ceiling fan to that growing list. The Haiku SenseME by Big Ass Fans promises to revolutionize the ceiling fan with built-in occupancy and temperature sensors.
The Haiku SenseMe is one of the most unique ceiling fans in the market because it adapts to your unique behavior and environment. The innovative SenseME technology detects when you enter or exit a room and turns the fan on and off automatically. The device also monitors the room’s temperature and automatically adjusts the fan’s speed when there's a change in temperature and humidity. The Smart Mode learns your preferences and automatically adjusts the speed to what you find most comfortable.
5 Bright + Cool Father's Day Gifts
Poor dads, every year it’s the same scenario – cheesy ties, socks or koozies declaring him the “#1 Dad”. It’s a wonder many of you haven’t been disowned yet. This year, show your dad just how special he is by adding a bit of comfort and style to his everyday life. Here are five Father's Day gifts he is sure to love.
The Period Arts Fan Company’s Industry ceiling fan features a vintage-inspired motor housing with smooth maple wood blades. The rust finish has a weathered feel while the blade badges add an industrial element. This ceiling fan reminds us of a worn men’s sweater with elbow patches. This ceiling fan is ideal for bedrooms, offices, garages or man caves.
Father's day gifts should make your dad shine. Light up your dad's smile this Father's Day with the ET2 Eco-Task LED Floor Lamp features a sleek swing arm design as classic as Sinatra and martinis. The lamp’s integrated dimmer allows dad to enjoy the right level of lighting, whether he’s crunching numbers or reading his favorite book. The satin nickel finish complements most home decors. This lamp is ideal for offices, studies or reading nooks.
Pinspiration: Top 5 Summer Fans for 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 summer fans for 2014 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. Place this summer ceiling fan in 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).