Posts Tagged ‘Inspiration’

Stay Cool: Modern Ceiling Fans

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Warmer weather is here and summer is approaching fast! The season brings higher temperatures which is welcome for growing gardens and outdoor adventures however soaring temperatures can make it uncomfortable for lounging and sleeping indoors without the circulation of air that comes from a ceiling fan. Perhaps you’re thinking of upgrading yours?

No longer is there the need for ceiling fans to be an unattractive practicality and one that collects dust in the off season, today we’re fortunate to have access to plenty of contemporary stylish versions. I’m a fan of the three blade design because they mimic airplane propellers. I installed this one in a guest room and this one in the master bedroom last year, both are wonderful fans that provide circulation with a remote.

modern ceiling fan in bedroom

Ceiling fans are a necessity in homes in warmer climates, on my last visit to the desert it was already in high 80s in April which reminded me I’m in need of one more flush mouth ceiling fan for the upstairs bedroom so I started looking for another.

The lightless version of the one I used in the master bedroom is featured below in a living room, the curvy blades and koa wood make it an attractive option for multiple spaces from coastal to contemporary.

coastal living room with wood ceiling fan

allee design

Like a chandelier, a good looking ceiling fan can be a focal point in a room. Introduce contrast with a metal and wood combination suspended from a white ceiling; twisted nickel blades pop against the stained wood tray ceiling in the bedroom below; nickel is always a goes-with-everything option.

wood and black bedroom ceiling fan

apd architects

silver ceiling fan

spaces designed

aluminum fan pitched ceiling

clayton and little

You could go big and bold! I love the design of this customizable Essence fan (it reminds me of thin petal flowers, like the Stenopetala Plumeria that blooms in Hawaii.)

essence fan

big ass fans

If your preference is the opposite and you want your ceiling fan to escape attention, choose one that blends in with the ceiling. In these spaces the airy white blades recede into the background which allows for other accents to take the spotlight.

coastal living room

ashley gilbreath

modern white ceiling fan

 

white ceiling fan

baxter design group

Another option is to use directional fans, like pendants they are smaller and can be installed as a single or used as multiples to create breezes in different directions. 

directional fans

max crosby construction

If you’re looking for something a bit more contemporary for use in warmer weather and different than the basic five blade, consider these fans, most of them come in multiple finishes from white to wood to metal.

modern ceiling fans

 

cirque / minka aluminum roto / black twisted blade / fanimation zonixpancake / fanimation levon / minka aire aviation / nickel lapa / bronze directional / chrome directional

 

Covered outdoor spaces also require a ceiling fan to circulate air …

mod ceiling fan covered deck

wayne windham

for more inspiration, read my latest article at Lamps Plus featuring outdoor ceiling fan options certified for wet areas!

Five Ways to Update a Bathroom

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

I have renovation on the brain this month with two kitchens and two bathrooms in the works, so I’m dedicating this week to the topic of remodeling bathrooms! As we all know, updated bathrooms increase a home’s value and help sell your home quicker than similar houses in the market.

A fresh coat of paint on the walls goes a long way, and the quickest way to update a builder grade vanity is to refresh with a quality paint job. Bathrooms are personal spaces and an opportunity to inject your style, however most experts agree if you plan to live in the home for less than 10 years, take into account how the space will appeal to a future buyer when making permanent choices. Beyond paint, here are five ways to update a bathroom with some fantastic examples of great design !

Replace the Flooring. This is a big job which requires removing the toilet and sometimes the vanity if it’s a freestanding version. There are several options available for replacement, my favorite is tile, there are so so many gorgeous patterns available from elaborate to simple. As an upgrade, consider radiant heat flooring especially in climates where it gets cold! Vinyl planks are another option, versions that mimic wood warm a bathroom space. Sheet and peel and stick vinyl are budget friendly options and easier to DIY.

gray vanity marble chevron floor

elements of style

ceramic tile floor

better homes and gardens

gray tile floor

involving color

open shelf bathroom vanity

house of tubers

  hexagon tile floor

life in grace

   

Replace the Vanity. Vanities range in price from several hundred to thousands of dollars. With research, you can find many with a countertop to go with. Freestanding or floating versions are contemporary look which requires the tile extends underneath.

floating vanity

jillian harris

gray bathroom vanity

veranda interiors

bathroom remodel diy showoff

diy show off

blue bathroom vanity

house & home

 

Update the Mirrors. Wide span mirrors with clips are basic to most bathrooms but  ubiquitous. A framed modern mirror wonders to update a bathroom. You can frame the existing mirror in place with a DIY project or a custom version from Mirrormate. If replacing, removal of the large builder grade mirror is best done by a professional since it’s a dangerous process. Once removed, repair any wall damage and hang a new one with a modern shape!

gray vanity curved mirror

veranda interiors

beaded mirror above vanity

style me pretty

updated bathroom mirrors

remodelaholic

   

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