Almost exactly one year ago, we installed a ceiling fan in our bedroom. We had a pretty ugly one in there for years and I was determined to find a pretty chandelier to hang in its place. But the truth is, we love sleeping with a light breeze and a modern, beautiful ceiling fan was what we needed. We have been so happy with the one we chose and don’t regret it for a second. For light, we currently use our lamps, but we do have plans to add recessed lighting.
The more I think about it, the more silly it is that so many in the design world are nixing ceiling fans so quickly in favor of a pretty light. Sometimes, a ceiling fan is a necessity! Sometimes it’s just a want. And thankfully, these days they are showing up more and more in beautifully designed spaces and there are many brands designing really pretty options. Ceiling fans can be a beautiful, functional addition to any room.
If you aren’t able to hardwire a fan in place, or like the ease of portability, or maybe you’re just a seasonal fan lover–portable fans can actually be very good looking, also. Both of our daughters have grown up with a small fan on their dresser to provide white noise and a little breeze.
Here are 12 of our favorite portable fans (many under $100 and even less than $50!) that can double as a design element in any corner you like a little breeze.
Anyone else glad we’re seeing a shift in the design world to more practical, functional living?
We designed the Charly line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans with perfect proportions for comfort — with wide arms, a loungey depth, and stylish and practical lumbar pillows. Available in 70 kid-friendly, pet-friendly fabrics, this line was created with families in mind.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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Even when you don’t want to rip down a wall, you can make that space in your home better. Right now.
Over the weekend Brooke (our social media manager) and I went to the Parade of Homes in the Raleigh area and it was so fun to get a feel of how other people in our new area are living and living large! The purpose of the parade is so that home builders and designers can […]
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