Lighting the Mansion: A Decade of Collaboration

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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