A Ceiling Fan Design Challenge (Gulp)

Monday, August 11th, 2014

I’m not one who’s ever desired the spotlight on a design related reality television show (stress) or one to enter many design challenges but I got talked into one in June.

The challenge by Del Mar Fans was to get creative and design a space around one of their ceiling fans. The "gulp" part comes in because as always in design challenges you’re pitted against TALENT and I get nervous sweats thinking about it, but then they said they’d pay me some money to cover the rest of the room makeover (twist my arm) and that it was all in good fun and no one would be shamed or sent home or anything like that so I said yes.

Then Del Mar showed me the fan I’d be working with and I was like "Oh, hmmm. That’s really purty." Know that I have never uttered those words about a ceiling fan in my life ever. It reminded me of a sleek airplane propeller and its polished nickel + trio of cherry wood blades totally seduced me. Then I had visions of it in a bedroom paired with other pretty things and so I took the Design Challenge bait and agreed to create a budget guest bedroom.

design challenge kichler fan


So as all of you regular readers know I’ve been blabbing on and on about the home we’re remodeling in Las Vegas this summer and it is the desert and everyone here knows in the desert ceiling fans are a must because MY GOD the heat is intense and circulation necessary for sanity. Like if you committed a crime and your defense attorney proved it was because of THE HEAT you would be found not guilty. 

I was really judgy about ceiling fans before and now that I’ve lived in 100+ degree temperatures on a daily basis for a month I have come full circle. Now I would walk in a parade on behalf of ceiling fans or vote for them for President.

So back to the Design Challenge. I’m big time crushing on Palm Beach style these days, fretwork or geometric patterns paired with crisp white and vivid color. It completes me.

palm beach style coastal living

meg braff palm beach style

meg braff x 2

Also this favorite space featured in House Beautiful. Coral + white + botanicals + dark stained trad wood furniture = luscious and lovely.

palm beach living room house beautiful

palm beach living room


I have long loved this room by Thibaut, it is so "Pretty Palm Beach" to me and I adore the coral + aqua combo so I’m going with the same palette for the guest room.


Here is the room "before" and so far we’ve removed the popcorn ceiling, painted the ceiling and walls, moved the HVAC vent away from the fixture (will share that process soon), removed the old ceiling fan and window shades, and replaced the flooring with porcelain wood tile.

guest room before

We also installed the new fan.

Hey good lookin.

kichler fan installed


Here are the items I’ve assembled so far from my favorite sources: thrift stores, flash sale sites, Etsy, and discount retailers. I call it Transitional With a Touch of Tropical.

del mar fans design challenge bedroom plan

I’ve got seven days to pull it all together – tune in next week for the reveal and sources!

*Yes this is sponsored by Del Mar Fans. Opinions are my own. #ceilingfansforPresident


Mixing it Up with Melamine

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

This last few days of sunshine have me excited for warmer weather and for casual spring and summer table settings indoors and out. I’ve never been the matchy matchy type when it comes to dinnerware, I like to mix patterns from several sources old and new, it feels far more collected and original that way.

I’ve spent some dollars on collections of melamine plates over the years for serving up summer hors d’oeuvres or savory meals without worry. Melamine plates became popular in the 1950s and now this resin based dinnerware is again in vogue. Many retailers are now offering stylish yet practical collections of melamine plates and platters for casual appetizers, suppers, and impromptu picnics. Modern versions mimic their ceramic sisters but have the benefit of indestructability. 

A few weeks ago, I bought these melamine accent plates and last week these watercolor floral napkins in a fresh color palette with an aloha feel – together they’ll be lovely in spring and summer for dining al fresco in the courtyard.

yellow melamine blue and yellow watercolor floral


To inspire, here are a few favorite melamine plate + cloth napkin combos, layer them with your basic whites for a fresh look this season!

blue and black plate napkin


mod and jade mix


blush plate floral napkin


blue and yellow plate napkin


yellow and gray place setting


stripe and pattern plates

blue striped plate / intersect napkin / fanfare napkin / middleton platesblush plate / villa napkin / isola napkin / coral blue plate / yellow rosa plate / gray chevron napkin / striped napkin / bazaar plates/  

Are you a fan of melamine plates and platters too? Where have you found your favorites?