Living Room Update: Ceiling Fan Swap

Since busting out the paint cans and rollers in our living room a few weeks ago, I set out on a massive ceiling fan hunt. Like no-turning-back-til-the-perfect-one-smacks-me-in-the-face kind of hunt. I know ceiling fans get a bad rap for being all “womp-womp”, but the one we finally chose has turned out to be the cherry on top of our living room. And it’s a miiiiighty purdy cherry.

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I have a confession though. I splurged. Which I never ever ever do.

But with using only half of our budget we alotted for living room furniture by finding an amazing set at IKEA, reusing a rug we already owned from our old master bedroom, massively transforming the entire room with just a couple of coats of paint, and using really inexpensive Craigslist finds for the rest of the space, Robert convinced me to choose what I really wanted.

And I could not get this Caneel Bay fan by Casablanca out of my head, so I didn’t really put up a fight.

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(Pay no mind to the wild cord situation on the mantel and the dirty brick. We’re working on that.)

Once this fan was installed, it was like a brand new room in here. I mean… I know the paint and furniture helps a lot but that little piece of ceiling candy is somethin’ else.

Don’t let this room fool you. All of the other rooms in the house are absolute chaos with stacked boxes and scattered tools and Rubbermaid bins exploding all over the place, but I’m so relieved to have a space where we can escape at the end of the day.

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It’s still hard to believe it looked so different a month ago…

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It was completely by accident that the raw wood blades of the fan match our gallery wall frames perfectly! (I shared the free printable set of those botanicals earlier this week if you want to snag them for one of your walls.)

We’ve been able to wrap up most of our breakfast nook too, which you can see a little peek of here…

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I’ll share more about all of that later though.

If you’re curious about any of the other sources in this space so far, you can find all of it here: (Affiliate links are provided below for convenience.)

We still have a little bit left on the to-do list for in here before we call it finished though…

  • Hide TV cords with cord covers
  • Build a window seat bench to house cable box
  • Hang curtains? (Still undecided on that)
  • Lime wash or German smear the brick fireplace

But for now we’ll probably be taking a break on this space until we get a few more rooms painted and furniture in place and boxes unpacked. Fair warning: if you come over, you might be put to work. 😉

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36 Comments

  1. Are you happy with this fan still? It doesn’t get very good reviews. Lots of people say it scrapes or wobbles. It’s really gorgeous, but for the price, I’d hate to buy it if the quality isn’t there. Gorgeous room BTW!❤️

    1. The trick is making sure you tighten all of the screws the exact same number of turns on the blades when putting it together. It’s a trick our electrician taught me. We love it! The light could stand to be a bit brighter, but we have lighting in other spots in the room, so it works for us. 🙂

    1. I do! We’ve had them about 4 months now and they’re still in great shape. Someone mentioned theirs were wobbly, but ours are solid as a rock. They’re on the more firm side as far as the cushion goes, but still comfortable and you can’t beat the price, in my opinion.

  2. The only thing you did not mention was a fan remote. We know on those lazy evenings on the couch we just can’t get up the energy to pull a chain ( I did not see a chain ) or jump up and change the fan setting on the wall. So a remote works well for us. What do you think? LB

    1. Thank you! I should have mentioned that! Yes, ours has a remote. We just keep it in a tray on the coffee table and can switch the settings without getting up. 😉

  3. Look wonderful and I especially like that you made it look great without spending a fortune. We also have the Ikea Stocksund furniture and love that the covers come off for cleaning. Do you by chance have a link for the wall clock in your eating area?

  4. I will always have a fan in livingroom , bedrooms, and close to the kitchen., the house looks great!!

  5. You can get an infrared sensor to attach discretely to the tv and hide you cableboxes and etc. in a closet…but you probably already know this. We did it to our LR and works great. Love the look of the entire room!

  6. Love the fan! I know you’re gonna be redoing the fireplace.. can’t wait to see it! I agree with the previous comment about whitewashing the brick…and maybe going for a natural wood mantel?! Looks good so far! Congrats on the house 🙂

  7. I cannot believe how much you have done already. It looks great. I vote yes for curtains, the final layer and finishing touch and to soften the starkness. You are awesome!

  8. Love it! How did you know our eyes were going to the cords and the brick? LOL. Nice job.
    I would whitewash the fireplace..so easy.

  9. Love the fan! I agree with Beth above. Charcoal on the mantel like the doors and white on the bricks. I think just painting the bricks white now would be too much white but the charcoal mantel would really pop.
    Just an idea…
    Love, love, love the botanicals above the neat bench and the dining area is beautiful too!

  10. I love it all! I agree with the light wisp curtains! I love the rug and have it on my ‘maybe’ list for my living room- thank you for the idea.

  11. The fan looks fantasic – perfect choice. Oh, how I love your black painted doors & windows. I have almost the exact same set up in my living room, but my DH won’t budge on painting the white french doors & windows – the man has no vision!

  12. I am thinking that you might want to consider painting your mantel black to match your doors and window trim and then whitewash the brick. Right now, it just seems to disappear and I think the dark paint would make it pop! Love the new fan! We splurged on the fan for our family room when we built our house and I am so glad we spent the extra money!

  13. I have been stalking this very ceiling fan for our family room for MONTHS, especially since we have the Cartwright pendant from Birch Lane in our kitchen dining area, which is open to our family room. In the end, our ceilings are just too low to accommodate this, so I pulled the trigger yesterday and ordered the Channelside fan from Hunter. It’s like this fan’s less cool cousin. I hope I don’t regret it!

    1. I almost went with that one too! It was just a tad too small for this space. Thinking the Channelside might end up in one of our bedrooms eventually though. 🙂

  14. You found a fan that has character! Whoa 🙂 It looks great. If you want window treatments, could you go with the wispy thin white panels from IKEA or some DIY cornice boxes? I certainly understand why you wouldn’t want to cover the windows, they are such a great focal point!

    1. That’s exactly what I was thinking! Light, airy IKEA curtains will probably be the route we take if we do hang some.

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