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Virginia Beach living room gets rustic coastal Huntervention

patrick-oconnell-hunter-blogMichele Olive and her family have been living in their Norfolk, Virginia, home for five years, and just haven’t gotten around to fixing up the living room.

Between balancing her job as a clinical psychologist for a non-profit helping displaced veterans and being a mother to three sons (plus two yellow labs), you can see how she might not have the time to redecorate.

We heard the call and headed to Virginia Beach to help Michele redesign her living room as a part of our first Huntervention™ of 2017. Michele gives so much of her time giving back to veterans, we wanted to help her and her family.

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I knew she needed this space to be good for entertaining but also good for living in.

To brighten up the space, we put a lighter color on the walls and painted the fireplace white. If you have older looking brick or brick that’s stained with smoke, a coat of white paint will not only make the fireplace look a little more modern and cleaner but the whole room will look a little brighter and a little bigger.

All of the wood surfaces we made sure were a rustic finish not only for aesthetic reasons but also so they could take a hit from Michele’s energetic kids. We also made sure to get washable slipcovers.

We chose the Hepburn ceiling fan in matte black to complete the rustic coastal look of this living room. It has some traditional elements like the round globe glass but it’s unmistakably a current modern updated version of traditional.

Shop the Hepburn ceiling fan, available in matte black or white with modern brass

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It was great to see Michele and her family’s reactions when we revealed their newly redesigned living room. It was so gratifying to see her face light up when she came into the room.

A home is such a personal thing and we wanted Michele to love the room as much as we did. When the whole family curled up on the couch together with smiles on their faces, we knew we had nailed it.

Patrick O’Connell is the Design Director for Hunter Fan Company.

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Hunter and the St. Jude Dream Home

All across the country, dream homes are going up for a great cause. Through the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway program, thousands of people get a chance to win the home of their dreams—with ticket proceeds funding St. Jude’s research and treatment efforts in the fight against childhood cancer.

We had the opportunity to be part of this wonderful program right here in Memphis. For the 2014 Memphis St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway, we donated eleven fans to the Dream Home at Canterbury Manor in Eads, Tennessee. What better way to transform a dream house into a home than with Hunter ceiling fans? Just like our fans, the Dream Home showcases the very best in design, quality and craftsmanship. By creating comfort and functional beauty in every room, our fans truly complete a living space—changing how people feel in their homes for the better, every day.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is saving children’s lives, and we’re so pleased to play a role in fulfilling dreams and creating hope—especially in our very own Memphis community. Making a living space an even better place has never meant so much—and we’re really looking forward to contributing to the Dream Home of 2015.

Learn more about the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway.

 

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Mint? Why not! Designing the Cranbrook

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Mint colored throw pillows? Sure. But a mint colored ceiling fan?

“We said ‘why not’ a lot while designing this fan,” said Hunter Fan Designer Patrick O’Connell about the Cranbrook.

When designing this mid-century inspired ceiling fan, Hunter Fan’s Design Team wanted to push the boundaries on typical ceiling fan design.

“Just falling in love with some of the Scandinavian modern furniture designs, kind of never really having seen a good ceiling fan that could fit into that European look, Scandinavian modern; never really seen a fan with any color on it,” said O’Connell, adding this was the first fan he designed after starting at Hunter Fan.

The Cranbrook is available to buy now in mint or black

 

He and the design team researched what colors are trending in the home fashion mint Cranbrook modern ceiling fan sketchmarketplace, going back and forth between aqua, mint, grey… O’Connell said the list was “arm length long.”

After seeing mint pop up more and more on numerous fashion blogs, websites and home fashion shows, the team ultimately decided mint was the color for this fan.

The next test: Editors at the top home fashion magazines in New York. Vogue, Elle Décor — Were we nervous? No way! (Okay, maybe a little bit.)

“People lit up when they saw it and said, ‘Wow! So you’re taking some risks here, you’re doing some really fun stuff here’ and that helped,” O’Connell said, “To get a reaction like that when you’re in the Hearst building or in the Vogue building, to get that feedback you go ‘okay, then we’re good here!’”

While high fashion interior decorators doted on the Cranbrook, O’Connell said everyone Mint-Cranbrook-low-profile-room-scenecan decorate with this fan.

“If you’ve got a modern sensibility with a clean, streamline sofa or sectional, this fan will go great in that room,” said O’Connell, “If you’re a fan of some of these shag, Scandy rugs that they’ve started to go nuts with out in the furniture market, this will be a good fan for a room like that.”

Adding a pop of color like mint is adventurous, but don’t get too color crazy (bright orange and mint may be too daring). However, it’s definitely a hue that will compliment similar color pops in your space.

“If you’ve got aqua chairs, this mint fan would go well. Or if you’ve got navy throw pillows in your living room, a mint version would go really well with that,” said O’Connell, “As long as you’re in that cool color palette complimenting the pop color of that mint you can mix and match with some different blue shades in there and it will all kind of tie together.”

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If you want to play it safe, we also offer it in black.

Low ceilings aren’t a problem: The Cranbrook is available for high and lower height ceilings

With a 52-inch blade span, the one-of-a-kind Cranbrook is the perfect contemporary ceiling fan for large dens or even an eat-in kitchen space. The vintage yet current fan is the centerpiece your home is looking for, featuring an open hood and tapered blades surrounding an exposed bulb.

We’re sure you’ll love it just as much as we do.

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Old industrial, new technology: Designing the Apache

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When old industrial meets new technology, you get Hunter’s latest addition: the Apache.

“As a concept, part of what makes this fan really interesting is it visually looks very turn of the century or 1930s, 1940s industrial, but at the same time it has very new world technology with the introduction of Wi-Fi,” said Hunter Fan Designer Alex Haggar.

The Apache is Wi-Fi enabled to support smart home integrations including Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa, allowing you to control this ceiling fan with voice command or a tap of a finger. The design team embraced the excitement of this technology and aimed to create a ceiling fan design deserving of waiting in line at 6 a.m.

Shop more of our SIMPLEconnect Wi-Fi enabled ceiling fans
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“We wanted to make sure that we were doing it in a way that the design of the fan deserved the technology inside,” said Hunter Fan Designer Patrick O’Connell, “We pulled together this statement piece that is an industrial with a holophane glass bottom. It’s got a twisted blade to it. It’s just an exciting, on trend fashion forward look.”

Shop the Apache ceiling fan now on Hunter Fan’s website

But why stop at integrating new technology? Our innovative design team tinkered with twisted, propeller inspired blades.

“One of the interesting things about this design is it moves quite a bit of air and part of that is because of the way that this blade twists: Because there’s a steeper angle closer to the housing, it moves more air and then creates less resistance on the outside where there’s a shallower angle,” said Haggar.

Form, meet function.

This industrial, glamorous fan took some twists of its own before arriving at the design we know and love today.

IMG_0778“This particular fan initially was a very simple brushed nickel finish and had a different light kit on it but it also screamed industrial, so we had to add the rustic finishes and the holophane glass to make it more complete,” said Hunter Fan Designer Christine Holmes, “We feel like with the finishes, it makes it even more exciting.”

The rustic finishes coupled with the harmonious combination of textured glass and exposed hardware make the Apache perfect for lofts or living rooms. (Our designers even suggested putting this fan in a brewery taproom. Or maybe they’re just after the free beer…)

“These exposed elements and the combination of the textured glass that is reminiscent of commercial lighting is what really makes this fan feel industrial in those small details. Then the addition of the finishes that was placed on it really makes it over the top,” said Hunter Fan Designer Claire McRoberts.

Along with Wi-Fi technology, this industrial inspired ceiling fan comes with an integrated LED light so you don’t have to hassle with changing the bulb.

Available in a rustic glam noble bronze, the Apache is available now to purchase online on Hunter’s website.