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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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Charlotte Huntervention™ refreshes farmhouse patio

Hunter Industrial Designer, Claire McRoberts, had the opportunity to lead our latest Huntervention™ in Charlotte, NC, which also happens to be her hometown.

Read along as she shares her heartwarming Huntervention experience with the Sanchez family.

Being from the Charlotte area, it was fun to be able to come back home for such an exciting reason: a hometown Huntervention!

I had the opportunity to meet Gabriel and his parents last November when they came for a tour of our corporate office. Hunter ceiling fans are Gabriel’s most favorite thing in the world, and his parents wanted to do something big for his 16th birthday. They drove all the way from Charlotte to Memphis and we gave them a tour of the design studio.

During the tour, Gabriel’s mom, Bethany, shared that he’s been staring at ceiling fans since he was a toddler. When he played with Legos, he’d make ceiling fans; and whenever they need a new fan they know to go to their son for recommendations.

A year later, we were pleasantly surprised when the front porch we chose to redesign for our latest Huntervention™ happened to be for Gabriel’s family’s home.

Choosing a ceiling fan

Bethany loves modern traditional décor, so we wanted to give the family porch an updated farmhouse look. I chose the Mill Valley farmhouse ceiling fan because it’s a revitalized vintage design; it’s a nostalgic look that’s reminiscent of old barn style lighting, but features current lines and technology.

Ceiling fans provide modern farmhouse inspiration

It ended up being everything I’d hoped for in this space! The red on the fan really creates a statement; you notice it from the street and it sets the tone for the entire home’s curb appeal.

The other reason I chose the Mill Valley is because it’s an outdoor rated ceiling fan. That means it can withstand the North Carolina heat and humidity; it’s designed to not have blade droop or rusted finishes because of the elements.

A ceiling fan in a space is particularly important: You see a lot of things low to the ground, but to really round out a space – artistically speaking – you want to keep your eye moving around the room, which means you have to look up at some point.

To create balance and movement in this space, I added a handful of red accents. Everything else was neutral.

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Creating the updated farmhouse design

The grey gingham pillows and grey end tables complimented Bethany’s dark grey shutters and also captured that farmhouse feel without being too country. The striped rugs added a modern feel, grounding the space. I went with white rockers, a white swing and painted the front door white to brighten the space and create contrast off the brick.

The rocking chairs are another example – along with the Mill Valley – of modern farmhouse design. The spindle detailing is a traditional element while the lines on the back of the chair are clean and modernized.

To feel comfortable in an outdoor space, you want it to feel like an extension of your home, and it’s easy to do that with textiles. Because their porch is so long, I added the outdoor rugs to help define the seating areas. And there are three seating areas!

Red Mill Valley pendant inspired ceiling fan on farmhouse porch

The Huntervention reveal

That was another great thing about this space: We gave Gabriel not one but four Mill Valley ceiling fans! When we revealed the space to Gabriel he kept saying how excited he was.

This experience was one of the most emotional moments of my life. As a ceiling fan designer, you don’t always consider that your designs will make a significant impact – other than helping make a home beautiful. My job takes on a lot more meaning knowing that when Hunter Fan Company releases new ceiling fan designs every year it gives Gabriel something to look forward to.

Watching this family fall back in love with their home and their front porch was absolutely heartwarming.

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Hunter Mill Valley red farmhouse ceiling fan on rustic front porch

Mill Valley red farmhouse ceiling fan by Hunter Fan Company

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Hunter Mill Valley farmhouse ceiling fan on front porch with rockers

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Ceiling fans provide modern farmhouse inspiration

Ceiling fans have evolved beyond basic and functional. Today’s fans add the perfect designer accent to your modern farmhouse interior.

Along with state-of-the-art features and exceptional energy efficiency, they come in an array of statement styles that perfectly complement every room in your rustic home, from open concept kitchens and living rooms to modern farmhouse porches.

Wingate

The Wingate rustic ceiling fan’s straightforward design and simple rustic elements create a transitional look that quietly blends with your modern farmhouse space. Does your farmhouse bedroom call for a modern touch? The brushed nickel would be the best match. For a more simple yet industrial designed room, the noble bronze is the perfect fan.

Reversible fan blades let you control the look of your room. The washed wood and rustic wood reversible blade finishes provide the perfect accent to your farmhouse chic spaces that let you change the look as often as you change your mind.

Ceiling fans add a designer touch to any room

Whether your dream design is coastal or rustic, Wingate provides exceptional design as well as comfort. The included stylish handheld remote gives you cooling and lighting control at your fingertips. Use it to change the fan speed if the competition is heating up in the game room or dim the lighting in the living room during a house party.

Wingate rustic ceiling fan in guest bedroom at Southern Living Idea House

Mill Valley

The Mill Valley farmhouse ceiling fan is the fan you’d expect to see in farmhouse style open concept kitchens in Texas. It makes a statement with a fresh feel, to elevate your casual farmhouse lifestyle. The open hood light is reminiscent of casual country farmhouse design, complete with a white hood reflector designed to maximize light output.

The barn red finish is a perfect pop of color in farmhouse spaces and really makes a statement! Complement the red finish with grey and white gingham pillows and white rockers on updated traditional front porches like the one at our Huntervention™ in Charlotte. Matte black or matte silver works with clean yet modern farmhouse kitchens with white subway tile and black industrial inspired metal chairs.

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This pendant ceiling fan is engineered to resist rust, so it’s ready for patio life in the South. It’s at home on covered farmhouse porches, verandas, and sunrooms. The ultra-quiet three-speed WhisperWind® motor will give you a breeze on cue during the hot summer days.

Mill Valley red farmhouse ceiling fan on traditional porch

Key Biscayne

Liven up your modern rustic spaces with a fresh breeze from the Key Biscayne coastal ceiling fan. The clean lines and pronounced nautical tones on this fan adds style as much as a comfortable beach inspired breeze to your favorite farmhouse rooms.

Aptly named for the Florida village, the Key Biscayne’s fresh coastal feel is perfect for indoor or outdoor spaces. Hang it above your light-filled sunroom or centered on your coastal covered porch. The unique finishes in Onyx Bengal bronze or Weathered Zinc provide interesting options for creating a unique farmhouse look. The weathered and barnwood inspired reversible blades pair well with other rustic wood finishes in your space.

Mother Nature can bring her best because this fan was engineered to withstand the elements. This damp-rated fan’s stainless steel hardware removes any doubts about taking on coastal weather.

Key Biscayne coastal outdoor ceiling fan by Hunter Fan Company

Brunswick

Traditional and trendy coexist from room to room in your farmhouse inspired home with the Brunswick ceiling fan collection.

The Brunswick is a fresh take on turn-of-the-century design that is at home in clean industrial or modern rustic rooms. The cast iron inspired housing complements other industrial inspired hardware in the home like dark sink faucets and worn metal inspired cabinet handles. The vintage inspired LED Edison bulb and clear ribbed glass add to the casual yet rustic look of any room.

The variety of sizes and finishes in the Brunswick Collection let you keep a cohesive design throughout your home while tailoring it to the look of each room. The white finish keeps a clean look in master bedrooms with white nightstand lamps and a bed finished off with white and cool-toned textiles. The natural iron finish complements dark wood finishes or hardware in modern industrial living rooms.

This transitional design maintains a trendy look to complement your farmhouse décor while also appealing to your tech savvy side. The 60” Brunswick is a part of Hunter’s SIMPLEconnect™ Collection of ceiling fans, offering Wi-Fi enabled options to connect your smart home applications. Use a voice-command with Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant, or Apple® HomeKit™ to change the fan speed or brighten the light. Convenience is always in the palm of your hand with the handheld remote control or your smart phone.

Hunter’s SIMPLEconnect smart home ceiling fan collection is growing

Brunswick rustic white ceiling fan in Southern Living Idea House bedroom

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Our favorite spaces: The updated home gym

The home gym used to be a treadmill in the basement or a spare bedroom that ended up being used more as a clothes hanger. These days people are taking fitness more seriously, creating a space that inspires and encourages a workout that fits them. Whether you have a large home gym or a small exercise nook, here are 5 easy tips for how to design your home gym:

1. Consider your style

No need to settle for an ordinary fitness room; create a stylish home gym that inspires you to push through the pain to achieve your goals! Hunter’s design team suggests a modern look for home gyms that are machinery heavy and a more eclectic, bohemian look for casual home gyms.

Stylish ceiling fans for every room in your home

For modern or industrial style home gyms, we like a simple neutral color palette. The Apache industrial inspired ceiling fan’s exposed hardware complements the utilitarian look of exercise machines. For the yogi’s home gym, use pastel colors to create a zen ambiance and accentuate it with a jute rug, bohemian patterned pillows, and a ceiling fan with rustic finishes like the Brunswick or Coral Bay.

Apache industrial ceiling fan in fitness center

2. Be smart about storage

Especially for small home gyms, you need to take advantage of every nook and cranny you can. Storage benches are a great place to keep yoga mats and weights. Hang jump ropes, headphones, and towels from a coat rack.

Take a bookcase from IKEA, paint it, and add some decorative wallpaper to the back to make stylish, inexpensive shelving for your yoga blocks, weights, gym towels, and shoes. Add storage baskets to keep magazines, books, and even your workout plans.

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3. Add a home gym ceiling fan

No need to overheat during a workout! A home gym ceiling fan will keep you cool during sweaty HIIT sessions (like this one).

The way a ceiling fan cools people down makes it perfect for home gyms: Ceiling fans create a wind chill effect that makes you feel cooler, kind of like when you have an open window in a moving car. So while you’re heating up, the fan’s breeze will help you feel cooler.

Symphony smart home ceiling fan in a home gym

Do you have a Hunter fan in your home gym? Share it with us on social media with the hashtag #itsahunter.

Connect your smart ceiling fan like the Symphony to your smart thermostat, and schedule the fan to turn on when the temperature in the room gets too hot. You can also connect it with your smart devices like Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant so you can ask it to turn up the fan without interrupting your workout.

You don’t want to hit your hands on the ceiling fan or ceiling fan blades, so consider your ceiling height along with how far off the ground your treadmill will have or you how high your arms go in jumping jacks. A low profile ceiling fan like the Dempsey hugs close to the ceiling to allow for plenty of head space (and arm space during jumping jacks) while still providing powerful, efficient cooling.

Dempsey flush mount modern ceiling fan in casual home gym

4. Mirror, mirror on the wall

You need mirrors to make sure you’re maintaining proper form during your strength training exercises or cardio barre workout. Invest in one large mirror to have installed on your wall, or if you need a more economical solution buy a few full length mirrors (you can usually find them for between $15-40 to hang yourself).

5. Keep cleaning supplies close

Breaking a sweat during a workout is gratifying, but the bacteria on the machines and mats from that sweat isn’t so much. That’s why it’s important to keep cleaning supplies handy in your home gym.

For the machines, Merry Maids suggests combining equal parts water and distilled vinegar into a spray bottle and use with a microfiber cloth. They recommend using warm water and a couple drops of dish soap to wipe down weights and yoga mats (add a few drops of lavender essential oil to your yoga mat cleaning solution for a touch of zen).

Tips for cleaning your ceiling fan

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Hunter’s SIMPLEconnect™ smart home ceiling fan collection is growing

Brunswick white ceiling fan with wifi in a rustic open concept roomTechnology doesn’t have to be intimidating: Hunter’s SIMPLEconnect™ collection of Wi-Fi enabled ceiling fans makes it easy for you to step into the smart home environment. Hunter Fan Company is the only brand in the industry with smart home ceiling fans compatible with the three major smart home integrations — Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Google Home.

Set timers and schedules for your ceiling fan and ceiling fan light by using your existing smart home platform and the Hunter SIMPLEconnect ceiling fan remote app. Coming home late? The remote integration allows you to turn on your ceiling fan light before you arrive to avoid walking into a dark house. Left your house in a rush? Hunter’s smart ceiling fans can be turned off remotely to help you save energy.

Use voice control through your smart home applications to operate your ceiling fan on/off and speed functions.

You can coordinate the SIMPLEconnect™ Wi-Fi enabled ceiling fan with other Wi-Fi enabled devices like smart thermostats or light bulbs through Apple HomeKit by creating “scenes” and “conditional triggers.”

From mid-century modern to rustic, Hunter’s SIMPLEconnect collection of smart home ceiling fans is available in a variety of styles to appeal to every design taste.

Hunter’s SIMPLEconnect™ collection currently includes five design styles and 13 finishes starting at $200. All of our SIMPLEconnect designs feature LED lights and a preinstalled remote receiver for easy ceiling fan installation.

The Symphony modern ceiling fan features sweeping blades and elegant lines for a soft modern design. This 54-inch large ceiling fan is perfect for large indoor spaces. It debuted at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in 2016 in white and is now available in two additional finishes.

Symphony modern ceiling fan with smart home capabilities by Hunter Fan Company

Watch our Huntervention™ from Dallas, Texas, to see how we redesigned a family’s home to include the Symphony smart home ceiling fan in matte nickel.

The Signal transitional ceiling fan also debuted at CES in 2016 and features a sleek design with classic finishes. It features reversible blades so you can customize the look of your ceiling fan. The Signal indoor ceiling fan is available in three finishes.

Signal smart home ceiling fan with smart home capabilities by Hunter Fan Company

The Apache industrial design ceiling fan stands out with the twisting curves of its propeller-life blades that complement the exposed hardware, rustic finishes and textured glass.

Apache rustic ceiling fan with smart home capabilities by Hunter Fan Company

The Brunswick rustic ceiling fan comes in two finishes and is inspired by turn of the century design with the cast iron inspired housing, horseshoe blade irons and textured glass. The 60-inch Brunswick fan comes with Wi-Fi capabilities as well as two ceiling fan light fixture options and finishes.

Brunswick rustic ceiling fan with smart home capabilities by Hunter Fan Company

You’ll be able to shop the Advocate modern ceiling fan in Spring 2018. The Advocate collection will be available in three finishes as well as a variety of sizes and ceiling fan mounts to fit different rooms while maintaining a cohesive design theme throughout your home. The flush mount ceiling fan option will be the lowest profile connected ceiling fan on the market. Sign up for Hunter Fan Company emails and follow the Hunter blog to learn the latest about the Advocate’s availability.

Advoate flush mount ceiling fan with smart home capabilities by Hunter Fan Company

Have questions about installing and troubleshooting your SIMPLEconnect™ smart home ceiling fan? Hunter Fan Company offers FAQ and videos to help with your SIMPLEconnect fan.

Hunter’s SIMPLEconnect collection can connect to any 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network. No additional third party Wi-Fi hub is necessary.

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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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Hygge: Unfussy and uncluttered design for your space

Pinterest identified Hygge as one of the rising trends in 2017. So what exactly is Hygge other than a word that’s tricky to pronounce? (It’s pronounced HUE-gah, by the way.)

The Danish word doesn’t have an exact translation, but it’s used to convey a feeling of coziness and peacefulness. We have some tips on how to achieve the effortless design in your home.

COLORS

What’s more relaxing than the beach? Imagine the ocean view and bring those colors into your home. Warm, Nordic blues with hints of light greys and taupe will inspire calm and create an oasis to escape a stressful world.

We not only love this color palate on textiles and paint, but try a seaglass inspired backsplash or inky swirled coloring on dishes.

PATTERN

Pairing ocean-inspired colors with subtle nautical prints only seems fitting. While you might not live beachside, coastal patterns and stripes imply a sense of relaxation as if you were there.

Delicate botanicals in those same relaxing hues also add a pop of pattern to your Hygge inspired room. Think small airy blooms and scrolling vines.

TEXTURES

How many hours do we spend looking at a computer screen or typing on our phones? Trade tech for textures: Add finishes and textiles in your home that are calming to look at or are soothing to touch.

Satin copper, gentle burnished steel, soft oxidization – add pops of soft worn metals around your room. Rustic woods like a toasted oak or subtle white wash are stylish yet sensory surfaces that will lighten up your space.

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HUNTER FEATURES FANS WITH RUSTIC BLADE FINISHES LIKE OUR DONEGAN COLLECTION OR OUR APACHE WI-FI AND APPLE HOMEKIT ENABLED FAN.

The ultimate definition of cozy includes soft knits and even velvet (yes, velvet – we hear it’s making a comeback). Utilitarian fabrics, while they don’t always come off as cozy as knits, can convey an unfussy and uncluttered feel with clean lines for an airy industrial look.

Woven tiling and loose weaves in blankets resemble netting and can be a unique yet casual texture to apply in your space.