Can you believe we are FOUR weeks in to the One Room Challenge, friends!? If you missed the announcement, I’m jumping in on the fall One Room Challenge (a 6 week room makeover challenge) as a guest participant and making over my daughters bedroom. This makeover is both necessary and much requested. We are closing in our garage which means moving her window and doing some drywall work in there anyways. Plus- we are reflooring our whole main floor so her room is getting that at the same time AND did I mention her light stopped working and she was doing things with a flashlight for a couple weeks before this challenge started? So yeah… it was overdue. It is also the first time she will ever have a room to her self. She’s always shared with brothers and so has never had a girly space. She’s been requesting pink this and pink that and I can’t wait to give her everything she’s been dreaming of. If you missed it… you can catch the whole design board for the space RIGHT HERE, some tips on design a room WITH your kids… not just FOR them RIGHT HERE, and lastly, you can find our update on what we’ve gotten done (not a lot!) RIGHT HERE.
This week? This week I want to talk about the light fixture that we chose for her space. And yeah… we chose a fan! I feel like this is a kind of controversial choice and so I wanted to talk about WHY we made this choice and how we are SO so happy with it. Here’s the back story if you didn’t catch this on my Instagram stories…
Our boys’ bedroom has an awful, retro fan. We thought having a fan in the boys room because there will be three of them would be a great idea though, so pretty much the week we moved in, we got a catalogue from Emerson Fans and were looking at the different options. There are some AMAZING modern rustic fans that would have looked stunning in there but as we learned… boys in bunk beds (especially an extra tall one like we have) in a bedroom with a fan… is just not a great idea. These wild ones were spinning it as fast as they could, hanging precariously off the side of the bunk bed… and I’m sure you can imagine other things. So we decided that we definitely were not going to replace it with a new fan. For the sake of my stress levels.
But since we had the catalogue, my little shopper Aubrey had decided that she must have a fan. Not just any fan. The pretty white and gold one that you see here. It’s called the ‘Ideal’ and the colourway we chose isn’t on the website, but is satin gold and white. You can see it in their catalogue here. She brought it up often and adamantly. We kind of put it off until…
Aubrey’s light stopped working a while back. We changed the lightbulb… it worked for like a week. Then it stopped working again and wouldn’t start even with a new lightbulb. UGH, right?! My sweet girl would come in to my room and ask to borrow my phone to use it as a flashlight every morning to pick out her clothes and make her bed. It was too funny not to laugh but also so darn sad. So we decided to run with the fan that she’d fallen in love with and use the white and gold in her makeover as a jumping off point. Well, that and the pink paint she was set on.
So why don’t people like fans in homes? I’ll be honest. When I was first chatting with Emerson Fans about putting a fan in our home and sharing it, I wasn’t sure I liked fans. I mean the only fans that I’d seen were at best non-offensive. So they sent a catalogue and YOU GUYS… there’s beautiful fans in the world these days! I was so impressed with how far they’ve come from what I immediately pictured when I heard ‘ceiling fan’ and how modern and pretty they really can look. For the boys room, I was eyeing this one. I’m still trying to let go of that dream. But there is a finish to match pretty much any style of decor you have going on. I don’t know why I didn’t think that fans had advanced in style… but I don’t think I’m the only one.
And practically? They’re so functional. They save on energy in heating and cooling the home (did you know you can reverse them to help circulate the heat back down in the cooler months?!) and if you get one of the Emerson ones, you can adjust your light dimness to automatically turn on at a beautiful soft light look instead of industrial bright.
So after this experience… I’m team ceiling fans. Like… all the way. Except around my boys’ bunk beds because I don’t trust those monkeys ;) They get a flush mount for sure. I honestly would put one of these in almost any room in our house. I can’t wait for it to warm up next summer to see how much it helps circulate the air in there too. So far, we’ve been using it on reverse and it definitely helps keeps the room an even warm temperature.
So that’s been our experience so far- I would definitely recommend them to you as well. Before I wrap this up, I did want to tell you a story from our installation because it made us laugh. Installation was really simple- no different than swapping out a light which we do often. But when we got it all hooked up and turned it on using the fancy switch plate of controls? NOTHING HAPPENED. Power on. Power off. Shane would change something, double check the wiring, do it again… still nothing. He was getting frustrated and I’m suggesting that maybe there’s something wrong with the wiring to the fixture since we had issues with our last light too… then I read the directions as he’s fiddling with wires. And we just had to run the set up on the switchplate (a remote of sorts). So I’ve learned that like every other man in the world… my husband doesn’t read directions either. Ha! I loved being able to ‘fix’ this one by holding the button down for three seconds after he’d been struggling with it so long.
Alright… I’ll leave it at that. This week behind the scenes we’re working on framing in Aubrey’s new window and covering up that old one. I got it out and framed the old one back into a wall last night with my Dad and we’re hoping to cut the new window in tomorrow! Time is running out on this 6 week challenge though and we’ve had some family things come up that are limiting the time that we have to work on it. So we could use all those good vibes, please and thank you ;)
Tell me… do you have any ceiling fans? Are you a fan? If not… would you try one?