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April 25, 2013  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

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I have known two people in my life that used the word “fantastic” really frequently and with a lot of enthusiasm and now, when I say, “fantastic”–it’s more like, “faaannnntassstic!!!!!!” in their voices which is funny to me, but now I think I might be that person to those who hear me.  Anyway, this post is about a fan. :)
There was nothing wrong with the ceiling fan that was in place in our living room when we bought this house–well, I take that back.  Actually, the only thing written in the seller disclosures was that the light for the ceiling fan in the living room was not working. Having no overhead light in that room, Chris was anxious to get it working and spent a few hours fiddling with wires and re-coding the frequency of the remote to the van and he actually got it to work!  The funny thing is–the light was so completely dim, we laughed for a solid 7 minutes when it finally turned on and was mimicked a night light hanging nine feet from the ground–at best.
But, besides that–nothing wrong with the fan.  It has just never been our style.  It has also not been a huge priority to replace it, but we have been casually browsing for the past two years for something that would be a good fit for us–and never really pulled the proverbial trigger on anything. Then, three weeks ago, I got an email from Fanimation asking us if we’d be interested in using one of their ceiling fans in our home.  Now, I’ve gotten emails like this numerous times, but the previous fixtures and/or fans never really felt like our style either.  So, I casually and unenthusiastically clicked over to Fanimation’s site and was impressed.  They had a lot (a lot!) of really, really good-looking fans.  A mecca.
Chris and I both liked the same fan immediately–The Andover (this one was a close second!).
It’s traditional with a modern twist–our style. This is the second fan we replaced in our house (the first was in our bedroom), and we average about 90 minutes from taking down the old fan to having a new one fully installed.
Installation is definitely a two-person job–at least for us. Chris, thankfully knows how to wire so that’s all him, but fans are heavy and it’s good to have an extra person there to help hold it up while the other tightens screws, or someone to read (and re-read) the instructions, hand over tools and get the blades mounted and ready to install–I’m good for those things. 
This beauty also came with a remote to adjust the fan to one of three settings and also flick on the light–which we were happy to see was nice and bright.
Obviously I didn’t bother picking up or styling this room before I snapped these pictures, but we have some more updates coming up in here in the next few days that I am excited to show you–and hey! maybe I’ll clean up for those pics.
 
Ps.  While Fanimation sent us the fan, we chose it and they didn’t pay us or tell us to write a positive review.  In fact, they didn’t ask us to review it at all.  That was all me.

What do you think?

  1. Love it! We really need to get the wiring to have an overhead fan or light in our living room. It’s all table lamps right now.

  2. Hi! Been following for a little while… Love the site design and everything you all post!!

  3. vicks27 says:

    One time, I got hit in the head with a ceiling fan in Julie Russin’s kitchen, and it left a long bruise on my forehead. Been afraid of ceiling fans ever since :)

  4. DoublClik says:

    The only person I know who uses “fantastic” is Sarah Jessica Parker when she talks about Sex and the City.

  5. That looks awesome! My husband really wants a ceiling fan in our bedroom so I may need to look into this site!

  6. I’m in the market for 3 ceiling fans and these fit the bill perfectly! I can’t stomach the price of it but I’ll add it to my “when I win the lotto” wish list :)

  7. brandilyn says:

    I wouldn’t have thought myself one to have an opinion on ceiling fans, but I FREAKING love that one. Nice choice!

  8. Shannon says:

    Love the modern, yet warm look of the fan! Great choice!

  9. Love that Fan choice….I’m doing a master bedroom reno right now and a new fan was slated. I’m so handy wiring but for some reason the fan’s scare me? Does Chris have any other tips…aside from turning off the power..hehe. Saving money on an electrician would make me so happy!

    • We turn off the power and it is honestly like any other fixture. Our fans have both come with detailed wiring instructions, too. You can do it!

    • Hi Katie! Turning the power off is definitely the most important. :)
      Outside of that, there are a couple things to know with fans. First, most light boxes in ceilings are not designed to hold a fan. So it’s important to check and make sure your box is mounted properly to support the extra weight. If you’re replacing an old one, then I’m guessing you’re fine (though it doesn’t hurt to double check, in case the previous owner didn’t know what they were doing). Another thing to note is that you may have some extra wires, depending on the fan. You only need to worry about this if you’re hooking your fan to one switch, and the light on the fan to another. If you’re trying to do something like this, I would do some additional research and contact the fan company to make sure you do it the right way. If you’re not going to have them on separate switches, then you’ll connect the extra wire to your black wire from the fan, and connect both to the black wire in the box – though this may be different with each fan so you’ll want to check with the manufacturer to make sure. I hope that helps!

  10. Callie says:

    Gorgeous fan!! A light that suits you is such a great topper to the room. I re-did the fan to our living room last year (by renovating the old fan) and I still smile to see it :) Not to spam you with a link but I love the result:
    http://house-capades.blogspot.com/2012/09/ceiling-fan-restoration.html

  11. So nice!! I love the style. Your living room is so gorgeous!

  12. Looks great! Modern but warm…perfect.

  13. Sarabeth says:

    My parents have the fan you replaced in their living room, and you are right about the dim light! Although my mom hates overhead lights so it isn’t a issue for them. The new one seems to match your style much better!

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