Outdoor Living Space

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.

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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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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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