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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.

Best outdoor ceiling fan for rustic patio design

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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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.

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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.