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14 Ceiling Fans that Don’t Look Terrible!

Our house does not have central air, and Chicago summers are hot and humid. I was a little concerned that we would be uncomfortable as the temperatures rose, but it hasn’t been too bad. A shady porch for enjoying a breeze helps. 10′ tall ceilings inside and transom windows above the bedroom doors help. Window A/C units help. Portable fans help, and though I’d rather choose fixtures for looks alone, ceiling fans help. There are four in the house already, and we’re planning to add at least two more.

14 Ceiling Fans that Don't Look Terrible!

Here’s what I’ve been looking for in a fan:

  • simple and classic, early vintage style, or industrial-inspired

  • nothing too modern or so simple that it looks cheap

  • light kit optional (depends on the room — lamps/sconces are adequate in bedrooms)

  • four or five blades

  • no gimmicks (gyro fans, palm leaves, etc.)

  • black, bronze, or brass (in another house I might prefer white, but here I don’t think the color works as well)

  • roughly 48″ across, give or take a little

Some of these are available in several finishes, but I tried to stick to black or dark bronze for the roundup so they could be compared more readily by shape and style than by color. Many are also adaptable to house a light kit, and the down rod can often be adjusted for height.

14 Ceiling Fans that Don't Look Terrible! | Making it Lovely

Classic Bistro Style

  1. 52″ Harbor Breeze Classic Outdoor Ceiling Fan, Lowe’s, $80

  2. 42″ Progress Lighting Airpro Builder Ceiling Fan, Lowe’s, $111

  3. 52″ Sea Gull Lighting Quality Ceiling Fan, Lowe’s, $171

  4. 43″ Gemma Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan, Home Depot, $242

  5. 52″ Bistro Ceiling Fan, Restoration Hardware, $289

  6. 54″ Ainsworth Ceiling Fan, House of Antique Hardware, $310

  7. 52″ Heron No Light 4-Blade Ceiling Fan, Rejuvenation, $450

  8. 52″ Hunter Original Ceiling Fan, House of Antique Hardware, $463

Industrial-Inspired

  1. 52″ Progress Lighting North Park 4-Blade Ceiling Fan, Lowe’s, $214

  2. 42″ or 52″ Lapa Ceiling Fan, Barn Light Electric, $446

  3. 42″ or 52″ Machine Age Polished Copper Ceiling Fan, Barn Light Electric, $475

  4. 52″ Industry Ceiling Fan, Restoration Hardware, $499

  5. 60″ Peregrine Industrial No Light 4-Blade Ceiling Fan, Rejuvenation, $500
    also seen in the leading image, with an LED light

  6. 52″ Earhart Ceiling Fan, Restoration Hardware, $579

p.s. I totally should have had two matching post titles in a row.

Just a Few Totally Normal Pillows

I was rooming with Nole from Oh So Beautiful Paper at Alt Summit, and I was laughing as I read an email submission. I’m skimming the press release, seeing things like “premium lamb’s wool” and “broad range of textiles including velvet and linen…” and then I get to the photo. Nowhere in the copy did it mention that the pillows had drawings of boobs on them. Oh, hello!

So then Nole was telling me about a pillow she saw from an Etsy seller at the National Stationery Show that had strippers on it. She had somehow forgotten, until I pulled up the picture of them on her blog, about the penis patterned pillows alongside it. So now we’ve got ourselves a little theme here, and while not nearly as naughty, I thought the winking eye pillows I added to our bedroom recently would fit well here stylistically.

Body parts! And a bonus ‘boyfriend.’ Enjoy.

Cheeky Pillows

  1. Wink Wink Pillow, People I’ve Loved

  2. Brostette Boob Pencil Pillow, Creating Cozy

  3. Black Outline Pillow, Creating Cozy

  4. Boyfriend Pillow®

  5. Dick Pillow, Lark + Raven*

  6. Pinstripper Pillow, Lark + Raven*

* Available in 6-8 weeks. They’re being made now!

So You Need a Leather Dining Chair

Leather Dining Chairs

There’s a leather chair, with a certain shape and metal legs, that has been popping up here and there lately. Have you noticed it, too? Sort of a cushier version of Charlotte Perriand’s les arc chairs. After coming across one for the fourth time, I took it as a sign to round them up and present them to you, for you may have need of a good looking leather dining chair. I try to be helpful like that.

Four Leather Dining Chairs

  1. Roadhouse Leather Chair, CB2, $249 (also shown in the first photo)

  2. Leather Schoolhouse Chair, Rejuvenation, $219

  3. Fernando Chair, Jayson Home, $695 $566

  4. Giron Brown Leather Chair, ABC Carpet & Home, $745

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