Thursday, August 7, 2008

FAN tastic barn

The dog days of summer are here. Stuffy apartments, hot houses, even an old barn need cooling down. When my mother converted her barn, she made sure to install additional windows, not just for added natural light, but strategically placed for lovely cross-breezes when summer arrives. She also knew she'd be needing some fans for air cirlculation. The first fan to move in went over the stairwell. Hot air rises and the last thing my mother wanted was a studio too uncomfortable to work in. I can't tell you how long we debated which fan to install, but we are both happy with the Altus from The Modern Fan Co.


You might remember fan # 2 from previous posts. I found it through a local antique dealer last winter... it had the barn written all over it. I knew nothing about it, except that it was in working order. Well, this fan turned out to be quite a mid-century collectible with many repros available from the original company, click here for more details. I love how powerfully it blasts air...but I'd never call it kid-friendly (unlike the re-makes for today)...how did children of the 50's hold onto their sweet fingers with fans like this around? We keep it unplugged when kids are at the barn!

Fan #3 is another lovely, vintage find that works perfectly, looks beautiful, and keeps the kitchen delightfully cool.

..an original Robins and Myers.

Fan#4 is an old General Electric, used for display only. We love its simplicity and style. I don't think I need to tell you why we'd never plug it in! A little antique puppet from India reminds us not to put our hands too close!


Fan #5 was my mother's most recent purchase. She needed a safe way to cool off her visiting grandchildren.
She was inspired by Remodelista's feature on fans earlier this summer, and thought it would be an affordable and good fit. Click here for details.

Hope you're all staying cool! Pin It

15 comments:

  1. I grew up with the sounds of fan blowing in our bedrooms. Now where we live, we need fans a few times a year. I actually miss them. I loved seeing each of the vintage fans. Neat post.

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  2. And what a FAN-tastic post! Love the light in the barn, and I can imagine the cool breezes and low purr of the fans!!

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  3. What amazing fans! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. As usual I come here and am blessed with beautiful images and inspiration. And rats I missed the give away while we were on vacation!!

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  5. I love that you're using old vintage fans. How wonderful!

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  6. Your fans are excellent but what I really noticed was your floor! That's some floor you've got there. In one picture the boards look lovely and wide -- yep, I'm a sucker for a good floor!

    Thanks for visiting ZUKZUK and for your words of encouragement!

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  7. love the fans and the mix of old and new-perfect of course!

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  8. what a fantastic done up barn! and i love all those vintage fans!

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  9. Following the barn progress, and leaving the test comment for you.
    I hope it shows here and you ge it!!!

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  10. the fan in the first picture is my favorite

    you have a good eye for vintage

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  11. Great Collection of old fans! And that loft/studio looks like a great space. I live in an 80s contemporary with no central air and despite the high ceilings and multiple windows, fans are key. We just bought a new one last looks like an old fashioned wooden version of an airplane propeller - we love it!

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  12. These fans are great...I have to say I love the old vintage fans the best.

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  13. I loved all your comments! Thanks for loving the fans so much. A reader and flikr friend asked about the stainless steel dispenser on the kitchen counter. My mother found it at a yard sale and it's a Stanley thermal jug. Maybe you can hunt one down on e-bay.

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  14. How beautiful! This was such a delightful peek into a gorgeous home filled with vintage fans -- such a weakness for me. Thank you so much for sharing! I love how these fans keep giving and giving decade after deacde.

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  15. Gorgeous collection! How wonderful that they're put into use and appreciated so much. They're really lovely.

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