‘Tis the season to give thanks and eat as much as possible! Before we text the Santa Clauses in each of our lives with our must-have wish lists and embark on the journey to find the perfect outfit for the last seconds of 2017, we get to appreciate the little things in life, like friendship and homemade cranberry sauce. Whether the term “Friendsgiving” came from a TV show episode or an ad campaign, the definition is pretty obvious: a time to gather ‘round and eat the beloved recipes of Thanksgiving with your favorite social circle (and avoid those slobbery kisses from Great Aunt Mira.)
While Friendsgiving may be more light-hearted, there’s still much to be done to host or attend the low-key squad event. What to bring? What to bake? What kind of décor?
Thankfully, team Mitzi is here to break it down (we’re not going to dance, we promise). Check out this checklist to plan a fun, festive Friendsgiving.
PLENTY OF WINE
Red, white, or rosé—one can’t be without a fully stocked bar cart for festivities. Beyond having plenty of wine for guests, impress them with a few specialty Thanksgiving cocktails. Teas and coffees are good to keep around too, for some post-stuffing, nonalcoholic digestifs.
Solange’s latest album A Seat At The Table is a mix of celebration, adventure, and confidence. The title goes beyond its literal meaning, but it can remind us of the importance of a seat at the table. Don’t leave any guests out this season — you never know when someone is going to spring a surprise plus-one.
DESSERT FOR ALL
Dessert is sure to be everyone’s favorite part of the meal. Double-check for any food allergies in your crew and include some gluten-free and vegan options so everyone feels included!
Speaking of Solange, why not throw some songs from A Seat At The Table onto a celebration playlist? If you’re arms deep in attempting to make homemade gluten-free stuffing, we got you. We’ve pulled together a Friendsgiving 2017 playlist that hits all the right notes and will keep everyone’s ears as satisfied as their taste buds and tummies.
KEEP IT (WELL) LIT
Make your Friendsgiving the envy of everyone else’s by having the best décor. Whether it’s DIY, or requires a Target-run, it’ll be well worth it for you and your friend’s Instagram accounts. Lighting is key to those Instagram snaps and illuminating the effort put into the delicious food and amazing table scape. If you’re above-table lighting is lacking; let us introduce you to Astrid! Astrid is an 8-light chandelier with adjustable arms, meaning you can move her light wherever you need it most. She’s super sleek and rather than stealing the show, she’s simply there to enhance it.
We all know the three magical Rs: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle! And yes, we feel a pang of guilt when leaving the faucet on while brushing our teeth. But we began to wonder, what else could we do in our homes to support a positive, eco-friendly motive? Below we explore four easy ways to not only refresh a space, but to go green (with happiness, not envy.)
Go Tree Free.
Got bamboo? Bamboo is technically a grass material and can endure many types of climate, not needing pesticides or herbicides to grow well. The list of ways to use it is an impressive one, but an easy way to incorporate this wonder-grass is by replacing paper products with bamboo-based ones. Rebel Green, founded on the idea that being eco-friendly can be chic, creates household items that are good for us and the planet. Their tree-free, bamboo toilet paper is a great way to introduce your bathroom to an environmentally-friendly “planet party,” and don’t forget to check out the “paper” towels.
Organic Sleep: Sheet Edition
According to Coyuchi, a sustainable home textile company, 10 million tons of textile waste end up in landfills each year — linens being one of the most difficult home products to recycle. When it comes to bedding and other linens, Coyuchi offers a subscription program that helps cut back these statistics. One can order new, organic bedding and send it back in a provided return kit. Coyuchi then will renew, upcycle, or recycle them.
Aside from Coyuchi, Apartment Therapy’s “10 Best Organic Bedding Sources” is a great resource for exploring what kinds of organic linens are available. Resting in beautiful, organic sheets while helping the environment? Yes, please.
LED (light-emitting diode) illumination sources are about 80% more efficient than incandescent lights, converting 95% of their energy to light and wasting only 5% as heat. An LED bulb will last for years, unlike its incandescent counterpart. While they cost more upfront, they actually save you money in the long run. If that’s not enough of a reason to flip the switch (pun alert!), we point you to the fact that LED lights contain no toxic elements (such as the hard-to-dispose-of and potentially dangerous mercury found in fluorescents). Today’s average LED bulb will use 6 watts to an incandescent’s 60 watts to put out the same amount of light in roughly the same warmth and with equal color rendering. That’s like working out less and losing more weight, right?
Here at Mitzi HQ, we love us some LED. Two fixtures that embody the Mitzi motto “designed with thoughtful simplicity” are the Zena table lamp and Layla floor lamp — and they happen to both use a special LED bulb called a G9. The G9 bipin bulb is smaller than the rest of the LED gang, allowing our designers to bring LED to creative places, like inside the glossy opal-etched diffuser in Zena or along the interior of Layla’s hooded shade.
Zena and Layla save energy in style, both pairing finishes like Aged Brass, Polished Nickel, and Polished Copper with a sleek matte black. Layla’s base is an incredibly smooth concrete, adding some serious sophistication to your space. Enjoying an LED glow is beneficial for the planet and for the home. To make matters even better, the G9 and all other LED bulbs Mitzi uses are completely dimmable, so you can still set the mood just right. Go G9.
(To learn more about LED, lighting technology, and the scales and terms by which light gets measured and discussed today, check out the user-friendly blog post our parent company, Hudson Valley Lighting, did here. As a final note, many Mitzi fixtures actually come with specialty incandescent bulbs, the aesthetics of which are an essential part of the design. These bulbs can all be replaced by LED versions of the same bulbs.)
Rug It Up!
Calling all maximalists out there, this eco-tip is for you — minimalists and in-betweeners, don’t scroll just yet, this tip can work for everyone, we swear. According to HuffPost, using rugs on wooden floors saves 4-6% on energy bills, and we’re all about saving that dough. Rugs can be a fun touch to any space, adding a burst of color or hint of eclectic charm. Wayfair has a guide on choosing a rug, which makes it easier when deciding what rug type fits best in a space.
Hook & Loom is an eco-friendly rug retailer with textiles that contain zero dye, chemicals, or latex. They recycle old textiles and turn them into beautiful, noteworthy rugs, with a wide variety to choose from.
Aside from these four tips, there are numerous other ways to create an eco-friendly, sustainable place that keep it both stylish and smart for the planet (all while being fun and creative, of course). While it can be a little intimidating, after this exploration we are excited to try an environmentally-sweet style.
Ever wonder why you tend to be a little stubborn or wind up dating someone whose birthday is within a certain month? #Same. Maybe it’s preference, but many believe our personalities and journeys in life are guided by our astrological charts. Most people know their “sign” which refers to the 12 constellations of the zodiac, often featured in print and digital publications. Simple statements about love, money, and career are the most-clicked and most-read, giving us hope or inspiring us to make a change.
A fan favorite for horoscopes online is the mystical sister-duo behind AstroStyle. Twin sisters Ophira and Tali Edut have names that convince us they can read our life’s purpose from the stars. Their website covers everything from compatibility to careerscopes and we check it on the daily, but these two zodiacpreneurs left out one very important identification: the right light for our sign. It dawned us on here at Mitzi that if we’re relying on horoscopes for every other part of our world, shouldn’t we know that our sconce or pendant is compatible with our sign’s moods and preferences? We did some research and tried our best to pair every sign of the zodiac with a Mitzi fixture we felt was its match made in celestial paradise. Find your sign below and see which fixture the stars think should illuminate your life.
December 22nd to January 19th
Capricorns are hardworking, straightforward, and loyal. The Fiona portable will never let you down and her mixed-materials design is very to-the-point. Compatible with the Leah floor lamp, the Ashleigh semi-flush, and the Sophie flush mount.
January 20th to February 18th
Ah, Aquarius. Aside from being a title of the hit song from the Broadway show Hair, Aquarius is known for being innovative, admired, and trend-setting. The Angie pendant’s bias-cut shape is trend-setting and sure to be admired. Compatible with the Heidi flush mount, the Winnie Pendant, and the Mia portable.
February 19th through March 20th
Pisces are intuitive, artistic, and caring. The Astrid sconce is as creative as they come and with her duo Edison-style bulbs and vertical design, she will care for your space. Compatible with the Leah floor lamp, the Riley sconce, and the Sophie flush mount.
March 21st through April 19th
Aries are known for being optimistic, independent, and brave. Heidi is a semi-flush that combines contemporary with classic, adding positivity to any space with her cutting-edge design. Compatible with the Winnie pendant, the Jasmine pendant, and the Angie pendant.
April 21st through May 21st
Taurus is a very down-to-earth sign that has high-caliber taste and an ambitious attitude. There’s no better match than the Leah floor lamp, a grounded and design-savvy fixture that leaves a room feeling bold. Compatible with the Riley sconce, the Ashleigh semi-flush, and the Fiona portable.
May 21st through June 21st
Geminis are a very expressive sign; dynamic and multi-talented, just like Winnie. Winnie’s exterior pins hold her interior bulb in place, all while remaining poised and diffusing a warm glow. Talk about multi-talented! Compatible with the Angie pendant, the Jasmine pendant, and the Heidi flush mount.
June 22nd to July 21st
Cancers are intuitive, sensitive, and practical. Riley has a pull-chain and a plug, allowing her to be installed in every home, including a renter’s place -- very practical (and sensitive of her). Compatible with the Leah floor lamp, the Ashleigh semi-flush, and the Sophie flush mount.
July 23rd through August 22nd
Leos are creative, popular, and warm. We felt the pendant Jasmine, with her creative basket-weave shape and warm glow was the perfect match. Compatible with the Heidi flush mount, the Winnie pendant, and the Zena portable.
August 23rd to September 22nd
Virgos are successful, creative, and clever, thus making Ashleigh perfect to pair with this sign. Not your typical semi-flush, Ashleigh’s creative shape will leave your ceilings feeling clever, providing an accented touch that is just enough to enhance your space. Compatible with the Leah floor lamp, the Riley sconce, and the Sophie flush mount.
September 22nd through October 23rd
Libras are adventurous, romantic, and always try to find the balance in life. We feel Mia not only looks like Libra’s traditional zodiac symbol, but embodies the qualities of this end-of-September sign. Compatible with the Winnie pendant, the Jasmine pendant, and the Zena portable.
October 23rd through November 21st
Scorpios are charming, wise, and self-reliant, just like a flush mount should be. Sophie’s simple design charms ceilings and is a smart addition to room decor. Compatible with the Riley sconce, the Ashleigh semi-flush, and the Fiona portable.
Images by the talented Asime Dika
November 22nd to December 21st
Sagittarius tend to be open-minded, like our Zena portable. Her design is courageous, we feel, in the world of portables and represents Sagittarius in the best light. Compatible with the Heidi flush mount, the Jasmine pendant, and the Mia portable.
Did your sign’s light shine positively on you? We hope so. Finding the right fixture for your space can be an elaborate process, and our Mitzi Astrology is a fun way to make some crucial decor decisions. To explore more, head back to our Products page and use your inner zodiac to guide you. For the rest of those tricky decisions in life, we leave that to the universe….and the AstroTwins.
Tiny things are cute, this we know. We all love to scroll a good listicle that shows us an array of tiny animals,
especially tiny animals with tiny objects
(we’d love for that turtle to cook for us, just sayin’). There is even an
adoration for tiny food, as Miniature Space, a Youtube channel dedicated to
miniature kitchens cooking miniature food,
has created an adorable phenomenon.
But what about where we live? The hot architectural trend of tiny houses has exploded — bloggers, social media feeds, television,
tradeshows, how-to sites — these mini homes are everywhere,
they’re even delivered by Amazon now. Bitten by the curiosity
bug, tiny houses are our thought du jour and we wanted to explore this shrunken world to see if we could ever downsize our way of living.
According to The Tiny Life, the tiny house craze is a social movement where people are willingly downsizing space to live in. People join the movement
for many reasons, including environmental concerns, financial considerations, and the desire to have more time and freedom. With 76% of Americans living
paycheck-to-paycheck to afford their dwellings, it may be nice on the wallet (and the nervous system) to scale back.
On average, the standard American home today is 2,500 square feet, where as a tiny home is 500 feet. Decreasing our lives by 2,000 feet? What?! What are we even
doing with that extra 2,000 feet? Though it may sound small, according to Newser, the average size of a home was only 1,048 square feet in the year 1920, which
is not too far from a tiny house of today. This number makes things a little less overwhelming, as we start to play the “keep/toss” game in our heads of what we
could bring along to decorate our potential smaller space. In fact, that has been our most important question since the beginning of this tiny house deep dive — how do we decorate?
The Tiny House Movement, the acclaimed #1 source for Tiny Homes on Instagram, is a great virtual mood board for decorating a tiny home. From lofted beds to interior wooden walls,
bohemian bedspreads to simple white linens, our excitement has taken new heights, (within 13.5 feet, of course!).
Though tiny homes can be built differently, many of them seem to have shed roof shed roof which creates a slant ceiling inside, allowing for a dangling pendant in the kitchen/living room area. Would our pendant Riley, with her bell-like shape make for a tiny space? We think so.
Riley can be paired with another Mitzi pendant or hung solo, as she is an independent fixture and needs no man! We kid — Riley is for everyone. But seriously, how perfect is her form for any-themed tiny home décor? She comes in Aged Brass, Old Bronze, Polished Copper, and Polished Nickel, making Riley fit in perfectly with whatever color scheme or theme a tiny home embraces. When we dream-pair her with this tiny home from Canadian-based tiny home pros Cabinscape, we can’t help but get giddy — there’s something about Old Bronze and rustic wood paneling, you know?
Considering a tiny home can cause big questions. How is it built? Where is it put? Is there legit plumbing? We refer you to The Tiny Life again, as they provide assistance with these concerns and then some. Aside from this resource, there is an abundance of websites and blogs dedicated to this subject, so if we chose to venture into the tiny house world for real, we know we could do it with confidence.
If you’re spending a decent chunk of your day at a desk or some sort of work space, it’s time you start considering Feng Shui.
Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing yourself with your surrounding environment. In theory, better Feng
Shui will bring positive energy to your work space, resulting in higher productivity and overall happiness with your work.
According to Laura Cerrano of Manhattan Feng Shui, there are 4 simple ways to Feng Shui your office.
De-clutter. In a perfect world your desk would always be tidy and clean with only a few essentials out.
However, desks are meant for working and we’ve all had those projects that require several stacks of paper
and total chaos. It’s important that you keep your desk as clean as possible and after chaos strikes make
sure your desk doesn’t stay like that forever. Try to tidy up your space at the end of each work day.
Add plants. When it comes to desk décor that provides good Feng Shui we recommend air purifying plants.
Adding a plant of some kind, maybe in an attractive container, to your desk such as a plant is great for
positive energy and also gives you something nice and calming to look at during stressful situations.
Air-purifying plants not only add life and Feng Shui to your desk, there are also scientific health benefits
to having them around. According to Bayer Advanced, a study from the Agricultural University of Norway claims
that using plants in interior spaces decreases the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats, and dry coughs.
Add Artwork. This can range from landscape photos to inspiring quotes that help you power through your work day.
If you’re looking for a creative outlet outside of work, create your own artwork and put it on your desk.
Sit in a commanding position. A commanding position means facing the door.
This arrangement symbolizes being able to see opportunities as they walk through the door. If you work in a shared or
open office space, Cerrano suggests putting a small mirror on your desk to reflect anyone coming into your space.
Creating a better work space also has a lot to do with where you place things on your desk. Organize your desk with
attention to how you feel at it. Does it have a nice sense of flow? Is it a place where you feel safe and as stress-free as possible?
Position your planner or to-do list so it’s not haunting you all day, which is sure to lead to procrastination.
Your to-do list should act as a gentle guide for your day, not a terrifying list of demands. Keep your day planner
easily at hand but tucked away as you focus and check off one task at a time. This way you can give your full attention
to each to-do, without being distracted by everything else on your list.
When it comes to your workspace, lighting is more important than you’d think. While some people prefer working in darker
settings, it’s important to always have some sort of task lighting so you aren’t straining your eyes. It also helps, even
when you have plenty of light, to make you feel more at home at your desk, giving it a sense of warmth and intimacy, even
in an open shared workspace.
For best Feng Shui, place your Mitzi fixture to your upper left, the wealth Feng Shui bagua of your desk. The perfect
desk mate for you depends on your style and needs; check out our pretty portables to see if one is right for you. We
love Bianca (pictured above): her marble details and sense of balance make her a high-style work companion, keeping
things harmonious. For more of a task-light, adjustable lamp, you might want to invoke mid-century Milla.
Happy Feng Shui-ing!
If you keep your finger on the pulse of fashion and culture news, you may have noticed a new home collection
has dropped from the Swedish multinational chain retailer H&M. Press has referred to it as affordable and pretty
and while we may wish it had been around during our Brooklyn-closet-sized-apartment-ramen-noodles-and-CheezIts-for-dinner
days, we have eyed the collection in all its bounty. After all, here at Mitzi, we are all about the attainable.
During our online perusing (does anyone else have specific songs they listen to while shopping the interweb?)
we couldn’t help but notice that something was missing. Did the Milo Flush Mount just go off over your head?
That’s right—there’s no lighting! This missing link has only added more joy to this journey, as we’ve daydreamed
a home décor wish list, picking our favorites from H&M Home and pairing them with some fabulous Mitzi fixtures.
It’s safe to say Mitzi plays well. Depending what other design elements are at work, Mitzi pieces can enhance a space or define it. Tie finishes into existing colors
or complement shapes in the room, add weight and material impact to a space with our marble and concrete-accented pieces, or let our more minimalist pieces add just the right accent.
These dream boards are here to inspire you. It doesn’t have to be H&M Home—use your designer instincts to pair Mitzi with home products from across the spectrum.
Whether accenting or anchoring a space, Mitzi pieces are those kind that, once they’re placed, allow you to let out of that big sigh of relief, confirming that yes, the room is complete.
What a relief!
Our very first #mitzimodel, Asime (pronounced Ah-seem-uh) is one of the lighting designers here at Mitzi. Just 25 years old, Asime has garnered a strong design portfolio, starting with her studies at Iowa State. Asime has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Industrial Design, experiencing some very niche internships and post-grad jobs along the way. Scroll to find out more about our youngest designer and her affinity for cheesy snacks and classic novels.
So you went to school for industrial design—are we safe to call you an industrial designer?
I would consider myself both an industrial and lighting designer. I began as an intern for GE appliances, then
switched to home décor and kitchenware with a company in Brooklyn with national distribution. Now, lighting!
You have New York roots. Tell us more about that.
I’m originally from Beacon, New York (a nearby neighbor of Mitzi HQ) but have been a bit all over the place. Texas, Iowa, Kentucky, and Florida — I consider that a lot for my age.
What would you say is your favorite Mitzi fixture from this collection?
I’d have to go with the Immo Sconce
. It has some history for me here. Immo was one of the first sconces
I sketched for Hudson Valley Lighting and I absolutely loved it! I had to send in preliminary sketches and I was too afraid to submit Immo, as she’s a bit
“off the cuff.” During the final days of designing for Mitzi, the head of the design team saw my Immo sketch and loved it, just like I had! Immo made the
cut and I’m happy to see her as part of the collection.
Bread and cheese! Any cheese – smoked gouda, goat cheese…
Dream vacation destination?
I’ve been lucky enough to travel to a lot of places for my age, but I haven’t been to Asia yet, so I’d say Asia…then, everywhere else!
Favorite Instagram account to follow?
@Designmilk for sure, or @the_coolhunter.
Favorite childhood book?
– I have that book memorized.
Dream paint color?
Okay — I’d love to pair navy blue walls with marble and hammered copper. Can’t you see it? Ah, it’s my dream bathroom!
Best form of exercise?
I’ve recently gotten into hiking, but it’s definitely not for me (laughs). I enjoy going to the gym and following a routine.
My sister is a personal trainer so she has helped me set up what exercises are best for me.
Cocktail of choice?
White Russian, no — a Bloody Mary. What’s the occasion? I have a few favorites.
Ryan, my boyfriend. Cheesy, I know, but you know me and cheese…
Ruby Rose, she’s so cool.