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Coral Bay adds final design touch to craftsman bungalow porch

Coral Bay rustic outdoor ceiling fan on front porchKristy Alley, a Memphis mother of four, looked to Hunter Fan Company for the best outdoor ceiling fan. A pair of our newest rustic fan design, Coral Bay, worked wonderfully on her craftsman-style bungalow porch.

My family spent most of last summer house hunting. As we searched, I thought a lot about the way we live in a home, and the rooms that would become our favorite spaces to enjoy family time. We made a list of must-haves, and right at the top were a formal dining room and a front porch. Sure enough, when we finally found “the one,” it had a big, open dining room, but the craftsman-style bungalow porch may have been what sealed the deal. Wide, deep, and shaded, inspired visions of lazy hours spent talking, reading, and sharing a cool drink with friend. We moved in just as July ended, hung the porch swing, and got ready to enjoy outdoor living.

Unfortunately, August in Memphis means the dog days of summer. This porch was fabulous, but it was missing something essential: ceiling fans. We would make our way to the porch in the evening, only to be driven back inside by mosquitoes and the lack of a breeze. We vowed that when spring came, we would have outdoor fans installed and turn the porch into the haven we knew it could be. We spent the winter dreaming, once again, of warm and lazy evenings on the porch. Since it goes across the entire width of the house, we decided to install two fans for balance and coverage. And as spring drew near, I started doing my research.

Having seen the drooping blades of indoor fans incorrectly installed on neighbors’ porches, I knew we needed an outdoor ceiling fan. It didn’t take much searching to figure out that the best damp-rated fan meant a Hunter outdoor ceiling fan. After browsing their selection of gorgeous outdoor fans, we decided on the Coral Bay. The vintage look of dark bronze paired with a seeded glass, lantern-style light with Edison LED bulbs was perfect for our historic home, and the reversible barnwood/drifted oak blades gave us options for the overall look of the fan. The remote control with preinstalled receiver was icing on the cake.

Just as we expected, having fans on the porch has made a huge difference. Weekend mornings, my husband and I settle in with our coffee and a book or the Sunday paper. Our late-sleeping teens drift out gradually, insisting we make room for them on the swing or the daybed. We wake up slowly, talking over plans for the day or recapping who did what the night before. Evenings we head out to the porch after dinner, winding down as we chat and laugh together. Our outdoor ceiling fans create a breeze when there isn’t one and keep the mosquitoes at bay. They keep us sitting and talking just a little longer, enjoying our time together as a family.

Now, remember that big, open dining room I mentioned? It’s situated in the very center of the downstairs living spaces in our craftsman-style bungalow, and it also functions as the center of a lot of family time. Because of our preference for historic homes, we have never had great eat-in kitchens, but we’ve always had great dining rooms. That means we eat most meals at the dining room table. Early in our marriage, I surprised my husband with a solid oak Mission-style dining table for Father’s Day, and we envisioned all the meals our growing family would enjoy sitting around it together.

That vision has certainly come to pass. Sitting down to meals with four children is a decidedly informal affair, and our “formal” dining rooms have always become an informal setting for all those breakfasts and dinners together. Food and comfort go together in our dining room, and we wanted a ceiling fan that would fit the way we use the space as well as our aesthetic. I also needed to solve a problem: the existing light fixture hung low in the center of the square room, but we prefer to have the table offset to the side for better flow between rooms. That meant that anyone passing from the living room through the dining room on the way to the kitchen was likely to have a run-in with that light.

Once again, I turned to Hunter to find the best low profile ceiling fan to fit our needs. Since both the house and our dining room furniture are craftsman style, I looked for an updated take on a traditional look. The room itself is light and airy, so I wanted a fan that would complement that feeling. We chose the Bennett low profile fan with LED light, and it couldn’t be more perfect. The fact that it mounts close to the ceiling means no more bumped heads, and the WhisperWind® motor gives us the air movement we want without a sound, so we hear each other and not the fan. On low, the fan keeps us cool and comfortable at the table, and I love the way its higher speeds improve air circulation through all the main living areas no matter what room we’re in. I can worry less about the oven heating up the house in summer and focus more on enjoying cooking and eating together as a family.

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Coral Bay Hunter outdoor ceiling fan with LED light

Coral Bay outdoor ceiling fan with LED light

Coral Bay Hunter outdoor ceiling fan with LED lights for rustic patio design

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Our Father’s Day Gift Guide

Whether your dad is tech savvy or likes to spend time outdoors, we have the perfect fan for him.

For the outdoorsy dad

A patio ceiling fan helps keep dad cool while he’s grilling outdoors. For dads with a green thumb, the right ceiling fan will help create a well-rounded look outdoors. The red Mill Valley farmhouse ceiling fan is a great pop of color to complement vibrant landscaping while the Coral Bay outdoor ceiling fan enhances rustic and coastal covered porches. For modern patios, try the Cassius with the tonal blade side. We also have wet-rated fans that are perfect for pergolas.

Hunter Ocala outdoor ceiling fan in rustic patio

Ceiling fans add a designer touch to any room

For the tech savvy dad

For the dad who likes the latest gadget, get him a smart home ceiling fan. Our Wi-Fi ceiling fans connect to smart devices like Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and the Google Assistant so you can use your phone, tablet, or voice command to control your ceiling fan and light. The tech savvy dad from our Huntervention in Dallas geeked out that our designers included the Symphony smart home ceiling fan in the weekend room refresh.

For the fit dad

Make sure your dad stays cool while his workouts heat up by getting a ceiling fan for his home gym. A flush mount ceiling fan is ideal for rooms with low ceilings to make sure his hands don’t hit the fan while he’s lifting weights. Connect a smart home ceiling fan in the home gym so he can use a voice command to turn up the fan speed without missing a rep. Read more about refreshing your home gym with a ceiling fan.

Symphony smart home ceiling fan in a home gym

For the gamer dad

Competition heats up whether it’s during a video game or a family Monopoly competition, so keep egos cool with a ceiling fan in the rec room. Match his style while also providing energy efficient cooling and ample light, from a fan with masculine detailing like the Apache rustic ceiling fan to the unique, modern look of the Vault caged ceiling fan.

Apache industrial ceiling fan in a mid century game room

Our favorite spaces: the family game room

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Stylish ceiling fans for every room

Calling all interior design lovers! A ceiling fan is not only a practical solution – it might be the piece of personality your space needs. Here are five unexpected spaces where a fan adds function and form.

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Ceiling fans add a designer touch to any room

With the addition of new styles and functionality, designer ceiling fans are becoming a focal point for any space.

Fans have graced the ceilings of sunrooms, living rooms, and bedrooms for some time. But the latest designer ceiling fan styles do more than just cool; they add a designer touch to any space. Here are a few favorite styles—and some advice on where to try them.

If you need: A pop of color
Try: Cranbook modern ceiling fan
Works great: in kids rooms, arts and crafts rooms, kitchens

Functional and fun, Cranbrook – especially in mint – is reminiscent of something you’d see in an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Yet its blonde oak mid-century inspired blades give it a contemporary edge. The low-profile housing is designed to work well in rooms with lower ceilings and in smaller spaces.

Find all of these styles (and more!) at itsahunter.com.

Cranbrook mid century modern ceiling fan in bedroom

 

If you need: A finishing touch for eclectic interiors
Try: Bennett transitional ceiling fan
Works great: In any room!

Bennett may have a traditional form, but it’s far from boring. The matte black finish includes a smoked glass globe for a touch of sophistication. If your aesthetic of choice calls for bold color or a mixture of furniture styles, this unassuming-yet-elegant fan is likely to fit right into the mix. Bonus: This ceiling fan comes in two different mounting systems to accommodate high ceilings and lower ceilings.

Bennett transitional ceiling fan in eclectic living room

 

If you need: To highlight vaulted ceilings
Try: Ronan caged ceiling fan
Works great: In the great room, living room or bedroom

Sporting minimalist looks with just a slight bit of shine, Ronan feels like the “it girl” of ceiling fans. This style feels at home in almost any space, whether your design aesthetic leans toward farmhouse, zen or cottage. The sophistication of the brushed gold cage adds a hint of glamour to any space.

Ronan caged ceiling fan featured in Elevate New York loft

If you need: A cool breeze on cue
Try: Mill Valley modern farmhouse ceiling fan
Works great: In living rooms as well as covered patios and porches

The Mill Valley is damp rated, meaning it can withstand the elements on your covered porches and patios but still look beautiful in indoor spaces like living rooms and kitchens. With the pendant inspired body and rustic ceiling fan blade finishes, the Mill Valley ceiling fan fits in rooms with farmhouse and rustic decor.

Huntervention with farmhouse patio and pendant light inspired ceiling fan

 

If you need: A stunning finish to your casual space
Try: Maybeck casual ceiling fan
Works great: Mudrooms, dining rooms, game rooms

Inspired by Mission craftsmanship, the Maybeck ceiling fan fits naturally with bungalow architecture. The Maybeck’s casual finishes play well with the warm tones of leather furniture and wood planked floors. This fan’s gorgeous light fixture makes it a chic addition to a room needing a touch of drama.

Maybeck craftsman inspired ceiling fan in open concept living room

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5 Simple Ways to Update Your Patio for Spring 2018

Spring is blooming, which means it’s time for a patio refresh! Here are five simple ways to get your patio spring ready.

1. Outdoor pillows and rugs

Outdoor pillows and rugs are a great way to incorporate accent colors and give personality to your space. Like your indoor spaces, pillows and rugs can change the look of your patio, plus they’re a fairly inexpensive update. Outdoor pillows and rugs are made to withstand the weather and dirt, which are many reasons people like to use outdoor rugs in kitchens and laundry rooms.

Huntervention with farmhouse pillows and rugs plus rocking chairs

2. Outdoor ceiling fan

Carry your interior decor to your patio with an outdoor fan from Hunter. With many styles including: farmhouse, industrial, modern and more- you can create a space that fits your stylish needs. Below are some of our top outdoor ceiling fan picks!

The Mill Valley outdoor ceiling fan is great for a casual farmhouse patio! The Barn Red finish is the perfect addition to add for a fresh look.

Red Mill Valley pendant inspired ceiling fan on farmhouse porch

We love the Ocala outdoor ceiling fan, because it’s versatile with many styles. Pair it with bright coastal colors for a beach look. Or make it industrial with metals and darker colors. You can’t go wrong with the Ocala!

The Dempsey outdoor ceiling fan is our top pick for your modern home. The clean finish will keep your outdoor space looking sleek.

Keep in mind outdoor ceiling fans are have great functional features too, including:

  • Keeps a refreshing breeze going
  • Keeps bugs away from your food
  • Select an outdoor ceiling fan with a light for your main lighting source

While you’re here, check out the Cassius outdoor ceiling fan that was featured on HGTV’s Fixer Upper.

Shop ceiling fans for covered porches and outdoor pergolas

3. Lounge seating area

Lounge seating is a very important part of your patio. This is where guests will sit, kids will jump, and wine may be spilled. Whether you’re throwing a party or unwinding after a long day, having comfortable lounge seating is a must! In our opinion, this is our favorite place to sit and read a book.

Ocala rustic ceiling fan by Hunter Fan Company on a covered patio

4. String lights

Fun and festive is what you’ll want when you have patio parties. Adding string lighting around your patio will emphasize just how fun you are.

5. Add a fire pit

Though fire pits may be a larger investment for some people, they usually last a long time and will be the center piece at your party. Fire pits are a hit at any party and can easily compliment your décor and lighting (plus, we like the excuse to make s’mores). There are many different types of fire pits to choose from, so you will want to look at all of your options to select the one that meets you’re functional and décor needs.
Be sure to tag us using #itsaHunter to show us your patio refresh.

Group Of Friends Enjoying Evening Drinks By Firepit

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Huntervention™ tour shows how ceiling fans transform spaces

­Simple updates like paint, pillows and a new ceiling fan can make a room look brand new, and Hunter Fan Company’s team of designers showed how it’s done during the 2017 Hunterventions tour.  Our designers helped five families with a room makeover to show how small updates can make a big difference.

We began in Virginia Beach where a family of five (plus two dogs) needed help updating their living room, a project they just hadn’t been able to get to in the five years that they’ve lived there.

Design Director Patrick O’Connell brightened up the living room by painting the walls a light color as well as painting the fireplace white. To give the room an updated rustic, coastal look, we used wood surfaces with rustic finishes, blue décor accents and topped it all off with the Hepburn modern ceiling fan in matte black. This chandelier inspired ceiling fan is unmistakenably a modern, updated version of traditional design, and O’Connell especially loves the pendant inspired globe light.

The Charlotte Huntervention was a special one for us: 16-year-old Gabriel has loved ceiling fans since he was a little kid. Designer Claire McRoberts was excited to give their wraparound porch a fresh farmhouse feel.

The covered porch was a big space so she used rugs to define smaller spaces among the big space. To give it a modern farmhouse design, McRoberts used elements like white rocking chairs with traditional spindle detailing with clean lines on the back and added four red Mill Valley farmhouse ceiling fans. The Mill Valley is inspired by vintage pendant lighting with a hooded light with an Edison LED light bulb.

In Nashville, Designer Alex Haggar refreshed a kid’s bedroom for Jeremy’s daughter, Keylee. Their home was flooded in 2011, and the money Jeremy wanted to spend on Keylee’s room went to replacing the first floor’s flooring instead.

Alex updated the storage Keylee keeps her toys and dress closes in to be more elevated, modern and something she could grow up with through the years. He chose the Cranbrook mid-century modern ceiling fan in mint to add a subtle pop of color; the low profile ceiling fan tucks higher into the ceiling to optimize space while still providing quality and efficient airflow.

O’Connell met newlyweds Hayley and Hensley in Atlanta to update the master bedroom in their first home together. He wanted to blend their eclectic style with modern décor, so he decided on a bohemian-modern design, utilizing light woods, natural woven textiles and plenty of plants.

Hayley and Hensley live in an older home with small rooms. O’Connell selected the Aker, a small ceiling fan with mid-century design that would made their bedroom look bigger but still grand.

Our final Huntervention of 2017 took place in Dallas where McRoberts gave the Larmer family’s outdated living room an updated, modern look. Painting the brick fireplace and adding new décor gave the room a modern look. McRoberts also arranged the furniture to take advantage of the large space and be conscientious of the highly trafficked room.

Susan Larmer loves modern glam style while her husband Rick Larmer loves technology, so McRoberts chose the Symphony smart home ceiling fan in one of the new finishes. The modern design complemented the look of the room while the technology allows the family to control the ceiling fan with either the pre-installed remote, their cell phone or with Amazon Alexa.

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Huntervention™: Bringing the indoors, outdoors.

Patios are all about entertaining. They should feel fun, inviting, and above all, festive. But not all of them do. In our latest Huntervention™, we were joined once again by Ashley Toney – interior designer and owner of First Fruit Collection – who helped us transform a drab outdoor space with a quick and simple makeover.