Similar to the way that I knew my wedding dress was the one from the first time I tried it on, I knew that we were going to purchase this house from the first time we took a walk through it. It just felt... right.
Of course the previous owners had done a sly job staging everything well and having soft music playing; I'm pretty sure there were even nice-smelling candles around to complete the irresistible package. But that didn't matter, I still couldn't wait to move in after the closing date had come and gone.
With their personal items out, it became time to put our own stamp on things... which allowed me to look at what was left (colors, lighting, etc) to see if it was actually our style. Some things? Not too bad. Others? Not exactly.
Fortunately, there are great sites like ATG Stores that offer so many options in home furnishings and decor that I am able to find a whole list of items that work perfectly to make this house us.
If you're not familiar with ATG Stores, you're missing out on some amazing shopping. Started in 1999, the Allied Trade Group, Inc. launched its first website, LightingUniverse.com, and has since grown to over 500 websites throughout multiple home furnishing categories. From FixtureUniverse.com to DecorUniverse.com to HomeFurnitureShowroom.com, there is something for everyone.
But more than just general shopping, ATG Stores has sites like SportingGoodsCentral.com, NewBabySupply.com, OutdoorLivingShowroom.com and CookingandTableware.com so that you can narrow down your search and find exactly what you're looking for quickly and easily. With over 3 million products available from the name brand manufacturers that you know and love, chances are that you're sure to find what you're looking for when you shop with ATG.
Therefore, I knew that they would have just the thing to put an end to me looking up at my bedroom ceiling year after year and cringing when I saw this:
Our house is contemporary and modern, with clean lines... and we're in the Midwest. This fan would be great in a home on a coast, something decorated with a beach theme where the seashell detailing wouldn't stick out like a sore thumb. But in here? It just doesn't go.
Fortunately, ATG Stores not only has a large selection of ceiling fans, but they made it especially easy for me to find their category of Contemporary and Modern Ceiling Fans so that I could find something just right for our room. It didn't take long before the Canarm OCEANBREEZE BPT Oceanbreeze Ceiling Fan Fixture in Brushed Pewter jumped out as the perfect choice.
The combination of the curved blades and the brushed pewter not only grabbed my attention, but the fact that the Oceanbreeze CF42 included a dome light sealed the deal. As our current fan didn't have a light, it was something that was definitely lacking and I knew would make a difference that we would enjoy.
Thanks to the fast shipping of ATG Stores, this ceiling fan arrived quickly... much to the dismay of my husband. As neither of us are very handy when it comes to household tasks, he was fully prepared to not attempt to put this up for as long as possible.
However, after I was able to sit back and survey the pieces and instructions, I had confidence that, as long as we turned off the electricity, even us novices would be able to handle this project.
Although there was a time or two that I scratched my head at the manual, we were able to successfully (and quite proudly, I'd say) remove the old fan and get the new one hooked up in its place. After an estimated two hours, I was able to look up at something that finally matches the rest of our decor.
This ceiling fan has already been great! The light has been a welcome addition and the choice between the three speeds and two directions is very convenient. Even better, Canarm includes a remote control with this fan to ensure that if I want to enjoy a cool breeze this summer that I can do so without having to get up out of my chair.
ATG Stores prides themselves on maintaining the highest level of personal and corporate integrity, as well as providing the best selection of products at a great value for their customers. Their prompt and professional service, longstanding history of quality and their HUGE selection of everything you need for your home or business makes their collection of sites a great stop for the Mother's Day gifts on your list.
Thanks to their generosity, one person will be able to surprise Mom (or themselves) with a way to build, remodel or beautify their home as well, because...
One lucky person will win a $100 gift certificate to ATG Stores!
To enter to win: Visit ATG Stores and LEAVE ME THE LINK to an item that you might purchase if you won this gift certificate.
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Giveaway will end on May 13th at 11:59pm CST. Do me the favor of leaving an email address or making absolutely sure it is visible in your profile, I have to have a way to contact the winner. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to contact me or respond to notification or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only (no P.O. boxes). Anyone who is currently hosting an ATG Stores product review or giveaway on their blog is not eligible to enter and you are only eligible to win an ATG Stores blog giveaway 3 times in total.
A big thank you to ATG Stores for providing a Canarm Oceanbreeze CF42 for me to review as well as a $100 gift certificate for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.