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Features at the Mansions

By | Mansion in May, Outdoor Lighting

There are many ways to explain how we design a lighting scene. It’s like painting a picture in many respects and I strive to layer the illumination using various techniques or “brushes”.

As in any complete scene, there should be a focal point and sometimes, there may be more than one. The key to successfully lighting these features is to strike a balance of light levels, thereby drawing the viewer in, but doing so without any glare or over-lighting which might be distracting.

Here is some eye candy collected from previous Mansions in May:

2006 Ross Farm – Classic Urns

2006 Ross Farm - Feature

These classic black iron urns marked four corners of the bowling green at Ross Family Farm.

Elegantly planted by Laurel Aronson (available through Classic Home & Garden), they stood proudly at more than six feet tall.

Each was treated to cross-lighting using two narrow-beam spotlights to control spill and allow shadow and light so details weren’t flattened.












2010 Fawn Hill – The Crowning Jewel

2010 Fawn Hill - Feature

Atop the porte cochere sits a cupola with a weathervane displaying the deer for which the property is named. The perfect crowning jewel for our space, “Welcome Home”.

Illuminating this very important feature was a task not to be taken lightly (ha ha).

As in theater, two spotlights provide the depth and evenness that front-lighting can’t offer. In this case they were mounted to the gutters of the structure, achieving just the effect we were aiming for.

















2008 Froh Heim – Majestic Lions

2008 Froh Heim - FeatureAs with Alnwick Hall, Froh Heim was also guarded by a pair of majestic lions.

In a difficult location, we were able to position only one light fixture to illuminate his head and face, recessed into the driveway.

The very reflective limestone caught enough spill lighting from the nearby architecture to outline his silhouette.

 

 

2012 Glynallyn – The Tallest Feature

2012 Glynallyn - FeatureThe chimney at Glynallyn exemplified what is often the tallest architectural feature of any home, even if it’s not a castle!

We treated this spire much like we’ll approach the turrets at Alnwick Hall, with several tight-beamed spot lights to ensure we get all the way to the top.
















2010 Fawn Hill – Color, Texture and Dimension

2010 Fawn Hill - Feature 2The blacksmith, Charlie Spademan, created quite a few pieces of sculpture featured in Bruce Davie’s garden in 2010.

This one hung on a beautiful stone wall, providing excellent contrast in both color and texture.

By grazing the wall from beneath, the sculpture casts an interesting shadow adding an element of dimension not seen during the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Michael Deo 1Michael Deo has been creating works of art using outdoor lighting for over 10 years. Based in Millington, New Jersey, NatureScape Lighting is the leader in exclusive, creative and environmentally responsible residential landscape lighting design and installation. His unique combination of lighting expertise and landscaping knowledge results in outdoor spaces that provide the ultimate finishing touch to your property.To get in touch with us, please message us here or call 908 647 8004.

The Mansion After Dark

By | Mansion in May, Outdoor Lighting Design

Mansion in May is now Open!

2017 Alnwick Hall – The Abbey After Dark

Mansion in MayArchitecturally, the Abbey is a mansion unlike any other.

Extensive ornamental moldings accentuate every window and door. When washed with light, these intricate yet bold details produce intense shadowing which present a unique opportunity but also the risk of visual confusion.

Subtle balance was the key to success.

The second lighting challenge is the almost orange color of the facade. If overcorrected, the mansion could end up looking like an enormous pumpkin!

This risk was mitigated by the use of high CRI (color rendering index) LEDs that downplay the extremely warm tones of the brick.





Mansion in May – 30 Cents Per Night to Light

Mansion in MayThe entire mansion was illuminated with a total of 52 fully integrated LED fixtures that consume less than 300 watts.

This is 70 to 80% less power consumed than if we had used halogen and costs less than 30 cents per night to light for 6 hours!

Beauty and savings! We believe you don’t need to choose!

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Michael Deo 1Michael Deo has been creating works of art using outdoor lighting for over 10 years. Based in Millington, New Jersey, NatureScape Lighting is the leader in exclusive, creative and environmentally responsible residential landscape lighting design and installation. His unique combination of lighting expertise and landscaping knowledge results in outdoor spaces that provide the ultimate finishing touch to your property.

To get in touch with us, please message us here or call 908 647 8004.

Outdoor Living Spaces at the Mansion

By | Mansion in May, Outdoor Living Space

If I had to choose, Outdoor Living Spaces would be my favorite lighting design assignment.

These are the areas where our clients dine and entertain family and friends, or simply enjoy a glass of wine and a quiet moment at day’s end. Sometimes these spaces are an extension of the home, but could also be an escape from the house and more in touch with nature.

Whichever the case, warm comfortable lighting is key to comfort and enjoyment and several Mansions afforded us the opportunity to illuminate Outdoor Living Spaces.

Here are some of my favorites:

2006 Ross Farm – Espalier Grill

Espalier Grill 2006Susan Cohan’s “Espalier Grill”, a perfect escape for cooking and dining and just a short stroll form the main house of the Ross Family Farm.

A half dozen path/area light fixtures shed just enough illumination to define the perimeter of the space while accenting the lower plantings and stonework.

Highlighting the espalier apple trees trained on cedar treillage provided a perfect vertical element and “green wall” which helped to make the space more intimate.








2010 Fawn Hill – The Blacksmith’s Cottage

Davies with Tree 2“The Blacksmith’s Cottage”, a collaborative effort led by Bruce Davies and inspired by a Longfellow poem, is a fine example of how lighting can set the mood in a secluded and private sanctuary.

Pathlights were used sparingly but chosen to echo the curving shapes of the wrought metal furnishings and sculpture.

Illumination grazes the original stone walls and accents the wall hanging, while specimen trees offered the perfect vertical elements to uplight, providing a sense of space and comfort.

The entrance to the garden is moonlit from above, where shadows cast by the hand built arbor welcome visitors to this tranquil outdoor living space.



2012 Glynallyn – Garden in the Glyn

Rill GardenWorking with Dan Chomuk and Beth Pellegrini of Cording Landscape Design on their “Garden in the Glyn” was an experience in transformation.

This overgrown, ugly duckling of a space offered only a glimmer of hope when the process started but truly became the beautiful swan.

The rill and reflecting pool perfectly mirrored the illumination we tucked into the stone niche. The walls were grazed with soft, warm light to accentuate the textures, plantings and structures.

An outdoor living space we would all covet, this garden epitomized the idea of surrounding oneself with nature and lighting proved to be the key to its after-dark use, as it became the ‘break room’ for this Mansion’s landscape comrades!










2012 Glynallyn – The Lady’s Garden

White Garden“The Lady’s Garden”, designed by Susan Olinger of Sterling Horticultural Services to ‘offer feelings of peace and serenity’ offered us some simple and wonderful lighting opportunities.

A small patio with table and chairs surrounded by a delightful garden packed with blooms and a trickle fountain for acoustic soothing.

A few key upright trees were highlighted at the entry and along the perimeter, while the mature oaks offered a structure for us to install tree lights, providing the soft, natural moonlight needed to enjoy this space after dark.

Susan’s choice of white flowering Rhododendrons was perfect for the lighting treatment and are highly recommended, along with other white varietals when planning a garden that will be lit from above.


Michael Deo 1Michael Deo has been creating works of art using outdoor lighting for over 10 years. Based in Millington, New Jersey, NatureScape Lighting is the leader in exclusive, creative and environmentally responsible residential landscape lighting design and installation. His unique combination of lighting expertise and landscaping knowledge results in outdoor spaces that provide the ultimate finishing touch to your property.

To get in touch with us, please message us here or call 908 647 8004.

Lighting the Mansion: A Decade of Collaboration

By | Mansion in May, Outdoor Lighting

2006 Ross Farm – Our First Mansion in May

Ross Farm 8The first time NatureScape Lighting participated in the highly regarded philanthropic event, we were invited to illuminate the garden designed by Susan Cohan.

As we worked on her “Espalier Grill”, we met other professionals who also had illuminating wants and needs.

It didn’t take long before we were lighting several areas, including the foundation garden and front architecture of the historically significant homestead, originally constructed in 1771.

White on white is always a lighting challenge but this big pasty Mansion introduced us to the Women’s Association Morristown Medical Center (WAMMC).







2008 Froh Heim – A Unique Structure

Froh Heim 4We so enjoyed the experience of working with a great group of volunteers, I once again agreed to participate in the MIM show house held, this time, at Froh Heim in Far Hills.

An interesting structure, the architecture offered us the chance to illuminate stone and stucco as well as several fantastic garden spaces that greeted visitors as they traveled along the driveway.











2010 Fawn Hill – The Warmth of LED Lighting

Fawn Hill 3This entry allée lined with mature Kousa dogwood trees captured my attention on first visit that dreary winter day.

After partnering with our friends at the past two Mansions, this was the first time NatureScape Lighting submitted an independent garden design for our own space.

We added flowers in pots and urns and benches to sit, but most importantly we showed how LED landscape lighting need not be cold and blue.

And, of course, we still partnered with several of our professional friends.


2012 Glynallyn – Our First Castle!

Glynallyn 2Our fourth Mansion in May, but our first castle!

This event was special in every way. From the location, to the history, and the comradery, not to mention the stately Linden trees lining that driveway.

This allée was a must for us, so I submitted a plan for our own space again. Go big or go home, right?

NatureScape combined uplighting with moonlighting and then we illuminated the facade of the castle, and Bruce Davies’ foundation garden, too. This one will always be remembered fondly.




2014 Blairsden – The Haunted Mansion

Blairsden 1After years of rumors and stories of the haunted Blairsden, just about everybody in the Somerset Hills area and beyond couldn’t wait to get into this mansion.

The Women’s Association greeted record crowds and raised two million dollars.

At the request of our friends on the committee, we happily illuminated the spectacular entry, taking full advantage of the reflecting pool and celebrating participation in our fifth Mansion in May.






2017 Alnwick Hall – The Abbey

Alnwick-Hall-1After years of driving by “the Abbey” on Madison Avenue and thinking how much fun it would be to light that building, we will finally get our chance.

The warm tones of the brick will love our soft LED illumination.

From the turrets to the porte-cochere, this architecture has plenty to highlight.

Watch for nighttime photos as the lighting plan comes to life.





Michael Deo 1Michael Deo has been creating works of art using outdoor lighting for over 10 years. Based in Millington, New Jersey, NatureScape Lighting is the leader in exclusive, creative and environmentally responsible residential landscape lighting design and installation. His unique combination of lighting expertise and landscaping knowledge results in outdoor spaces that provide the ultimate finishing touch to your property.

To get in touch with us, please message us here or call 908 647 8004.

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Landscape Lighting and the Love to Create

By | Landscape Architecture, Outdoor Lighting, Outdoor Lighting Design, Outdoor Living Space

I was recently interviewed for a story on how got I started, it was fun to look back and share my perspective. Here is the excerpt on my love for landscaping lighting design.

As I approached my 40th birthday, I had what some may call a midlife crisis. I wanted to get out of the manufacturing world and while I always had an interest in architecture and some artistic ability, I wasn’tOutdoor landscape sure where it could take me. My first stop in this discovery process was to pursue a landscape design certificate. I had become a “plant geek”, so when I got my certification and started out with NatureScape Gardens, I was headed in the right direction. Soon after, I was introduced to and fell in love with, landscape lighting. That’s where I found my passion and NatureScape Lighting was born.

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Pool House Lighting

By | Outdoor Lighting, Pool

We love when clients come to us not only for landscape lighting but the entire experience that professionally designed lighting can bring to any space. That’s how it started with the owners of this Hardyston, New Jersey timber framed pool house.  They were not only looking for their own weekend escape but wanted to bring family, friends, employees and clients to a place that felt like an exotic resort. Read More

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Case Study: Outdoor Lighting Design Project

By | Outdoor Lighting

We are often called upon to illuminate outdoor living spaces which is one of our favorite assignments. Happy to be involved in this bespoke project, we are incredibly proud of what we accomplished with this outdoor lighting design.  Our clients are extremely passionate about their home and love to entertain family and friends.  It was important to them that this outdoor addition maintain a warm intimate ambiance. Read More

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Art of Moonlighting Your Landscape Design

By | Moonlighting, Outdoor Lighting, Outdoor Lighting Design, Sustainable LED Lighting

With each passing day, we linger outdoors a little more to enjoy the comfortable temperatures and great weather.  Many gardens, thoughtfully designed to include a variety of interesting features, are usually draped in darkness at night. The view from inside the home has vanished but moonlighting can help accentuate the outdoors, creating artwork of your well designed landscaping.

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3 Tips for Incorporating Lighting in Your Landscape Design

By | Landscape Architecture, Outdoor Lighting, Outdoor Lighting Design, Outdoor Living Space

It is our favorite time of year again….spring! We truly believe that the right landscape design, complimented with the right lighting design makes your outdoor living space a home – standing out in the pack. The right landscape lighting allows you to accent certain parts of your yard.  A lighting designer takes that to the next level. The designer will highlight and accent areas that you may not think to focus on, thus beautifying your home.

We have heard from clients about how much they love their outdoor living space and how it looks after dark.  The lighting really showcases the amazing design of nature at night. Think about that for a minute, our clients really love how their landscaping looks in the dark.

Here are 3 Tips for Incorporating Lighting in Your Landscape Design.

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