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Life is all about seating and lighting.
– Graydon Carter, journalist
Let’s face it. Lighting is the center of every good design—it just sets the mood. From the famous chandeliers at the Metropolitan Opera in New York to the Biblical creation story to Galileo’s pendulum epiphany after watching the swinging chandelier in church, lighting plays a pivotal role.
At Hudson Valley Lighting, there is a firm belief that how you choose to illuminate your life is key to how you live it. There’s something about great lighting that elevates the mood. (You can’t walk into the chandelier-festooned Halls of Mirrors at Versailles and not feel something.) Enter Mitzi, the newest line, from Hudson Valley Lighting, which is filled with fun, irreverent lighting choices.
The line began as a way to let the company’s young design team flex their creative muscles and explore edgier materials and designs. At the same time, there’s a true appreciation of the past. After all the brand name is an homage to Hudson Valley founder, David Littman’s grandmother, Mitzi. A painter and master antique-hunter, she had an unmatchable creative aesthetic. Like the original, the Mitzi lighting mixes classic and contemporary in a way that is show-stoppingly unique.
The force behind the Mitzi line is in the use of materials like concrete, marble and wire and in their configuration. Each piece is thoughtfully streamlined. Making the brand motto—”Think Less Clutter, More Creativity”—self-evident.
By utilizing Hudson Valley Lighting’s manufacturing expertise, the team is able to keep the costs of the Mitzi collections reasonably priced without sacrificing any of the quality that is a hallmark of Hudson Valley Lighting brand. Meaning that your decor statement piece doesn’t have to be out of reach.
And this is definitely statement lighting. If you’ve never given a thought to updating your overhead lighting, this is the one thing that can make a giant impact. Swapping out lighting fixtures is easier than you might imagine. (You can DIY it with YouTube videos or if the thought of electric current makes you nervous, you can certainly get an electrician) With such a huge visual payoff, just be forewarned. Once you update one room, you’ll be hooked.
If you’re feeling ready to take the lighting update plunge, there are a few consideration that will make any room dazzle:
- Make sure that each room has ambient, task and accent lighting. Ambient lighting is going to provide your overall illumination (chandeliers or ceiling fixtures). Task lighting helps you accomplish a specific task – like a desk lamp or sconce. And then finally, accent lighting brings in the pizazz—maybe it illuminates a painting or is a beautiful sculptural piece.
- Dimmers are your best friend. You’ll get the most out of your lighting if you install a dimmer. If you went the electrician route for your light fixture, then this is an easy add-on. Otherwise, search for a tabletop dimmer, to give you a little more lighting control over any lamp that plugs into an outlet.
Ready to jump into the world of lighting? Shop Mitzi’s modern collection of pendant lamps, chandeliers, table and floor lamps, and sconces right here.