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!