Everyone has a ‘thing’ when it comes to the home, don’t you think? For some it’s chairs, for others it might be rugs, or smaller items such as books, art and plants. What’s yours? I love all these pieces, but for me, it has to be lighting! I love the way it can be used to create an atmosphere. I appreciate how it’s vital for practical tasks such as cooking or reading. And I’m inspired by the way it can be used to highlight the things you love – and hide the things you don’t! You also can never really have enough lighting in a home (especially in wintertime), so I’m always on the lookout for something new.
Recently, I added three shiny new lamps to our living space – courtesy of Hudson Valley Lighting Group. You might recognise the name from the wall sconce in my sitting room. The international brand sells hundreds of lamps, offering everything from pendants to outdoor wall sconces, all with exceptional quality. I’m excited to share the ones I’ve chosen this time, they’ve certainly brightened up some dark corners of our house and cottage! I hope you’ll feel inspired / get some ideas for your own home too!
New lighting at the Cottage
Last time we were up at the cottage we installed the Barron lamp in aged brass over the sink. I felt immediately drawn to it since it’s inspired by the work of mid-century Danish architects who reduced the glare from electric lighting by applying layers and curved shades. The result is a soft, diffused glow, that immediately feels warm and cosy – or as the Danes would say hyggelig.
In Scandinavia, people love to place lighting in the window since it gives off a warm and inviting feel – which is why I chose this position over the sink. But I could also see it hanging in the corner of a room, or next to a sofa (I have a feeling this one might get moved around quite a lot!). But for now, there’ll be a lovely light shining from our cottage kitchen window!
New Lighting in our Home Hallway
A few months ago I shared my latest hallway update, but we were still missing lighting (cue: guests fumbling around in the dark for their jackets and kids emptying the entire content of the wardrobe to find a tennis racket… that sort of thing!). Needless to say, good lighting in the hallway is key, especially on darker days and nights. We were lucky enough to have the power source already, so all that was needed was the actual fixture!
I decided on the Estee semi-flush by Mitzi. It’s actually available in two colours: polished nickel or aged brass – but you know me, I love a brass look! Usually Per helps me out when it comes to DIY, but actually I did most of the installation myself, it was surprisingly simple (the round glass pendants just screw into place). Admittedly I was wise enough not to attempt the wiring though – being a Physics teacher, that’s definitely Per’s area!
I can’t tell you what a huge difference this lighting makes to our hallway – it looks way smarter than before, and the Estee emits a great light – which can also be dimmed down with the right switch if you want to make your hall / sitting room / dining area more cosy. Love that!
If you’re curious about this piece, you might be interested to know that there’s also a 6-arm version, which would be perfect for bigger spaces.
I recently installed a mirror and hooks in the narrow section of our hallway (more details here) – which have been great for bouncing around light and also providing space for a (daily) overflow of coats, bags, hats etc. But I really wanted to add some interesting lighting to the area – and the Angela in aged brass by Mitzi fit the bill perfectly.
I was pleasantly surprised by the weight (it’s quite substantial which makes it feel really high quality!). I also love the cable – which is why I decided to hang it this way using a hook – some cables are designed to shine!
It has a really cosy feel to it when switched on (especially if you use a dimmer switch like I have). Placed next to a mirror, the reflection immediately doubles the light source too, which brightens up this little corner of our home after dark!
Next step… the hallway tiles – but that’s a subject for another day!
For now, we’ll be enjoying the fact that we can actually see something when we arrive home or about to leave!
Did you have a favourite lamp among these? Or perhaps you’re after something different? If so, you can discover the full range of Hudson Valley Lighting Group lighting here.
Photography: Niki Brantmark (and my kids – where I feature!)
*This is a paid post in collaboration with Hudson Valley Lighting Group, however, all words are my own and I only ever work with brands I love and think you will too. Thank you for supporting the businesses that make My Scandinavian Home possible.