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When Design Clashes with Real Life

July 8, 2013

Hope everyone had a very red, white and blue weekend! We spent our holiday weekend grilling out and shooting fireworks.  We also spent some time checking things off  of our spring (summer?) cleaning to do list. Which consisted of items like,

  • cleaning under the washer and dryer
  • cleaning blinds
  • cleaning baseboards
  • cleaning windows/doors
  • cleaning the sliding door track
  • AND cleaning this dirty old ugly ceiling


This ugly thing is what started it all. Admittedly, it was waaaay over due for a cleaning and when a couple of balloons got caught in it we were forced to tackle this dreaded task.

I had already planned on spray painting the blades and gold accents white in hopes of making it “blend in.” Of course just until we figured out what we wanted to replace it with.  However, once I saw the thing come apart, I realized how bad it looked and how much I want it gone but before I could go any further Bill quickly reminded me that the fan is a very efficient way to keep the air circulating and requested to keep the fan under consideration.

I’ve looked endlessly for some inspiration pictures where a fan fits into the design and I just can’t find one.  I think it is also much more difficult for us because our living room has 17′ ceilings and a fireplace with a mantle that goes all the way up to the ceiling. So, I always feel like the ceiling fan is stealing the show, and not in a good way, from the fireplace and the two-story ceilings.

For now, though, the fan is back up because that is our only source of lighting but this may just be the thing that we sacrifice for design. Don’t judge we’ve all done it! 🙂 As matter of fact, I’d love to hear what you have sacrificed in the name of design or even fashion.

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