Huntervention™: Breathe new life into the living room.

The living room is the hub of our homes. It should feel warm, cozy and inviting. Memories and traditions are often made in this room, and after a long day, there’s nothing better than kicking up your feet in a comfortable space.

In our latest Huntervention™, Ashley Toney—interior designer and owner of First Fruit Collection—took a dull living area and transformed it into a welcoming space with a quick and simple makeover. For this living room, we wanted comfort to meet style. We hope these inexpensive and easy steps can help inspire your own Huntervention:

1. Warm things up.

Neutral warm hues will make the entire room seem cozier, while still keeping the space feeling open and fresh. We chose Sherwin-Williams’ “Agreeable Gray” for this reason. Warm grays are also extremely versatile, so whatever your style—traditional, contemporary, or something completely different—these colors won’t clash with your furniture.


2. Find the perfect size.

Choosing the right ceiling fan and light really enhances your room. The Crown Park is the perfect grand statement piece. With large, decoratively carved wood blades, this fan demands attention. The simple, yet elegant design features an intricate three-light fixture that offers plenty of light, even for a big room. The right fan will keep the room feeling comfortable, while adding aesthetic interest at the same time.


3. Texture talks.

Placing a rug on a wooden floor conveys a sense of dimension in your space. The woven texture of a jute rug complements the other warm neutral hues and helps make the room more inviting. Choosing the right size for your living room is crucial. We chose an 8 x 10 rug that was large enough to fit under the front legs of the sofa and chairs, giving the sitting area a more put-together look.


4. Finish strong.

Last but certainly not least, add some finishing touches to your room. Make sure your patterns don’t compete with each other, but don’t be afraid to add some color. This is where you really make it your own. Have fun and it’ll add to the personality and coziness of your home.


See the full Huntervention from beginning to end, and then start your own!

Product Details:

Fan: Hunter Crown Park

Paint: Sherwin-Williams’ “Agreeable Gray”

Couch & Chairs: First Fruit Collection

Accessories: First Fruit Collection

Katie Toombs Painting: First Fruit Collection

For more Huntervention inspiration ideas, check out our master bedroom and patio transformations.


Huntervention™: Bringing the indoors, outdoors.

Patios are all about entertaining. They should feel fun, inviting, and above all, festive. But not all of them do. In our latest Huntervention™, we were joined once again by Ashley Toney – interior designer and owner of First Fruit Collection – who helped us transform a drab outdoor space with a quick and simple makeover.

For a patio with a more fun, vibrant feel, we focused in on a few easy steps that didn’t require much time, money or effort. So go ahead and use them to guide your own Huntervention. Now let’s take it outside…

1. Stretch the sky.

Painting your patio ceiling a light blue like Sherwin-Williams’ Sea Salt enhances the outdoor atmosphere and extends the sky. Plus, it even helps keep the bugs at bay!

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2. Go with the flow. 

A ceiling fan can give you a gentle outdoor breeze no matter what the forecast says. The light colors and subtle design of the Hunter Matheston brings the indoors, outdoors, while letting the natural environment be the hero of the space. It’s also damp-rated so you never have to worry about humidity or rain.

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3. Refresh and revive. 

To keep your patio feeling bright and lively, consider a fresh coat on your pergola. Then hang up string lights to add to the festive ambiance.

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4. Comfort in color. 

Neutrals on outdoor pillows hide dirt better, but you’ll also want some bright color in there to liven things up.

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5. Go green. 

To help bring more of the outdoors into your patio space, head to your local nursery and gather a lush balance of flowering plants and evergreens.

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Watch our full Huntervention unfold. Then it’s time to make plans of your own!

Product Details:

Fan: Hunter Matheston

Paint: Sherwin Williams ‘Sea Salt’

Pergola Stain: Olympic’s ‘Autumn Brown’ Solid Color Stain

Seating Cushions: At Home

Throw Pillows: Home Goods

Plants: Lowe’s

In the mood for more Hunterventions? Check out our master bedroom transformation here.


Design Inspiration · Huntervention

Huntervention™: Let’s master the master bedroom.

We’re excited to kick off Huntervention™, a new series all about the small things that you can do to your room to make a big difference.

Most of us have that one space in our home that needs a little more love. The trick is to liven it up without spending a lot of time or money. That’s where a Huntervention™ comes in.

Our first challenge was to help transform a master bedroom. As soon as we entered the room, our team immediately saw the potential with its abundant natural lighting, smooth tray ceiling and blank walls. Plus, we were thrilled to team up with Ashley Toney – interior designer and owner of First Fruit Collection, a home furnishings and accessories boutique in the Memphis area.

We were looking to give this master bedroom a calm, relaxing feel. And we did it with just a few quick and easy steps that could help inspire your own Huntervention™:

1. Paint perfection.

Choose a color with a calm, earthy effect. We went with Sherwin Williams’ “Comfort Grey”, which immediately opened up the room.


2. Fan up.

Help your room come alive in both form and function. We chose Hunter’s 1886, a two-bladed fan with an intricately-designed motor house and romantic detail. Then we applied the “Comfort Grey” paint to the center of the tray ceiling with white trim around the edges. By giving careful thought to the ceiling, we helped the entire room to feel warm and cozy.


3. Start with a clean slate

Consider white bedding so you have the flexibility to change up pillows with different accent colors.


4. Hang it high.

Installing curtains high helps open up your room by giving it a taller ceiling effect.


5. Let it shine.

Add some pop with a few shiny metallic accents.



See the full Huntervention™ from beginning to end, and then start your own!

Product Details:

Fan: Hunter 1886

Paint: Sherwin Williams

Quilt: Target

Euros & Throw Pillows: Home Goods

Throw Blanket: Target

Sherrill French Painting: First Fruit Collection

Lamps, Candle, Vintage Books & Trinket Box: First Fruit Collection

Design Inspiration · Huntervention

Virginia Beach living room gets rustic coastal Huntervention

patrick-oconnell-hunter-blogMichele Olive and her family have been living in their Norfolk, Virginia, home for five years, and just haven’t gotten around to fixing up the living room.

Between balancing her job as a clinical psychologist for a non-profit helping displaced veterans and being a mother to three sons (plus two yellow labs), you can see how she might not have the time to redecorate.

We heard the call and headed to Virginia Beach to help Michele redesign her living room as a part of our first Huntervention™ of 2017. Michele gives so much of her time giving back to veterans, we wanted to help her and her family.

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I knew she needed this space to be good for entertaining but also good for living in.

To brighten up the space, we put a lighter color on the walls and painted the fireplace white. If you have older looking brick or brick that’s stained with smoke, a coat of white paint will not only make the fireplace look a little more modern and cleaner but the whole room will look a little brighter and a little bigger.

All of the wood surfaces we made sure were a rustic finish not only for aesthetic reasons but also so they could take a hit from Michele’s energetic kids. We also made sure to get washable slipcovers.

We chose the Hepburn ceiling fan in matte black to complete the rustic coastal look of this living room. It has some traditional elements like the round globe glass but it’s unmistakably a current modern updated version of traditional.

Shop the Hepburn ceiling fan, available in matte black or white with modern brass



It was great to see Michele and her family’s reactions when we revealed their newly redesigned living room. It was so gratifying to see her face light up when she came into the room.

A home is such a personal thing and we wanted Michele to love the room as much as we did. When the whole family curled up on the couch together with smiles on their faces, we knew we had nailed it.

Patrick O’Connell is the Design Director for Hunter Fan Company.