14 Foot Ceilings

Did you know…
September 12, 2009, 1:26 pm
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That ceiling fans aren’t always hideous?  I know, this was shocking to me as well.  You see, I always had to deal with really ugly ceiling fans in any rental apartment I had.  You know that I’m talking about…brass, wood, those awful lights that blind you.  And they shake, they ALWAYS shake.  But, they do serve a good purpose, so they can be a necessary evil.

Well, not any more.  They can be really nice looking, and they don’t always HAVE to have lights!

See above.  We were looking for something to go in our loft, that would help circulate air, and push down the warm air in the winter, as our vents are up high.  Like really high.  When you move, much time is spent at Home Depot or Lowe’s, looking at all sorts of stuff.  Like ceiling fans.

These babies happen to be 5 feet across, but you’d never know by looking at them, since they work so well in the space.  I have really liked the super old school industrial types, but they tend to be expensive and kind of small.  We got two of these, one for the front, and one for the bedroom.  They might look like they’re barely moving, but they push that air around all right.

My husband installed them himself, which isn’t always recommended, unless your handy dandy spouse really knows what they’re doing.  And mine pretty much does.  Well, at least he claims to.  I vacated the premises when he was working on these, because he made me nervous.

They come with a remote, which is great, because they have 3 speeds.  He also somehow fixed it so that the same remote can control the chandelier in the dining area, and even can dim it.  He likes to show anyone who comes into our place that feature.  We all ooh and ahh for him.

But now as you can see, ceiling fans actually do serve a purpose, and they don’t have to have palm fronds and awful lights on them.


Fab Find – Fan
August 4, 2009, 5:03 pm
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My latest find to share with you happens to be a vintage (and working) GE fan.  My guess is that it is from the 50’s or so, given the fact that it is not safe by any standards today.  But that is part of it’s charm.  It is in perfect working condition, and in fact, we use it all the time!  It’s nice and quiet, and pretty powerful.

We happened across it at Salvage Chic, in Pembroke, MA.  If you happen to have a car and live anywhere in the Boston area, it is totally worth a trip down there.  Christine, one of the owners, has tons of fabulous finds, and I don’t think I saw a piece of furniture in there for over $300.  During my staycation next week I hope to make a trip down there, because it’s a fabulous place to go.

Some of her stuff is totally quirky, there is tons of vintage, and Christine is super nice to boot.  She’ll even keep an eye out for certain items you might be hunting for.

This fan happened to catch our eye not only because it is fabulously vintage, but my husband also happens to work for GE, so it seemed fitting that we should get it.  The fact that it works is a bonus (although he would have wired it up to work had it not), and at $45, it was a total steal.