Over the past 4 years as our little family has gone through this somewhat dramatic “style-shift” in our home, from deep tan and brown glazed walls, red accents and a sort of Tuscan decorating vibe, to a brighter, airier more personalized/stylized, yet functional look with whites, grays, blues and even golds (!), I can’t help but get really excited when I look around and realize that more of my house is actually now how I want it, than how I don’t. (eeeek!)
Now that our home sees less and less construction projects, and more and more finishing touches, it makes the butterflies soar in my belly. Will we ever be D.O.N.E, done?… nah. I’m too fickle and indecisive to ever say that I’m going to be “done” with any home I live in. Design is always and forever changing, so in some ways our home(s) probably always will be too.
Today though, I couldn’t help but share the story of our living room ceiling fan, one of the very last “old fixtures” in our home left.
Yes… you read that right, I said ceiling fan. And yes, it has a story.
When we first moved into our home our living room was equipt with the standard, builder-grade “boob-light” fixture in our open living room/kitchen area. (we had quite the collection of those babies if you remember) We knew the first few days after living here that we needed a fan in the space to help circulate air, so with very little thought, we picked up this dark brown fan on sale at our local home improvement store. Being absolute DIY newbies we grabbed our ladder, struggled for about 2+ hours trying to get it installed and then once it was up, flipped the switch and realized that while we had a working fan, we did NOT have any working lights.
(insert frustrated look and eye roll here)
Cason was so incredibly annoyed with the whole process, that he threw his hands up and told me that we’d just get back to it again another day.
3 kids, a blog, 2 jobs, 1 dog and 6 years later, I’m happy to report that we’ve FINALLY decided to tackle this ceiling fan project again!
(stop judging us).
As I’m sure you can guess, even in those darker decorating days, that big ol’ brown, monstrous fan on my ceiling was never really my favorite. It was way too much of a contrast against my nice white ceiling and almost demanded the attention of anyone’s gaze when they walked into the room, so I knew that it had to go. That being said, this entire year I’ve been keeping my eye out for the PERFECT fan for this space, to replace the one we had, but it wasn’t until about a month or so ago while scanning a Joss & Main sale, did I find it.
I’ve bought a lot of furniture and decor from Joss & Main, but never a lighting fixture. I was a bit nervous, but took the plunge anyway. This particular fan/light combo ran me about $250 (free shipping). Cason and I were both really impressed with the quality of the fan and loved it immediately! The only downside, was that we were missing a few screws that were suppose to be included to attached the fan blades to the body of the fixture. After a quick call to Joss & Main, they were reordered and sent to our house in about 7 days (free of charge of course).
image posted on our Instagram feed the day of install
Once we had everything we needed, the install started. Bad memories of hours on a high ladder, holding heavy fan motors and tiny electrical parts flooded Cason’s head, so I just stayed quiet and as helpful as possible… while snapping a couple of pictures of course.
If you want to read more about how Cason learned the best way to change out all of our old lights to new ones on his own, you can read our tutorial on DIY lighting install.
Unfortunately about halfway through the install I had to jet off to a meeting, but got a text from Cason not too long after that, with a picture similar to this one attached.
Below the photo was this grainy video that he took himself, with the following text underneath (which I added, taking a guess where it would be if he could have inserted it into the video himself)
I got a kick out of the fact that the ONLY word in the entire video is: “Yessssss!“ LOL.
I love that guy, AND I love the whole brighter, more-cohesive look that this awesome new fan and working light gives to this room!!!
Now, I feel that if our visitors were going to have any sort of interaction with our living room lighting fixture, it would go a little something like…