Love and light. Light and love. In my world, they are mutually exclusive.
Without one the other can’t exist. So, last summer, when I took my girlfriend on an evening adventure to visit one of my landscape lighting designs, it felt like a make or break point in the relationship. She saw first-hand the extreme passion I have for lighting. Lucky for me, it was not a deal breaker. I felt like I passed one of those complicated Cosmo relationship questionnaires. Perhaps lighting brought out the best in me, the way lighting designers use light to bring out the best in the landscape and create romance between people and their outdoor spaces. “There is one fundamental fact about lighting: Where there is no light,, there is no beauty.”
– Billy Baldwin Close your eyes and imagine sitting in your backyard after dusk. What do you see? If the view is nothing but dark and discomfort, it’s time to embrace the world of landscape lighting. Imagine basking in the warm allure of a deck space or outdoor kitchen lit for function and soft ambiance. Consider taking a nighttime stroll under the trees through dramatic and, seemingly, natural moonlight. Or, be swept away by the view of silhouetted greenery underscoring the depth and texture of the entire property. Illuminate the highlights of your property, and you’ll frequently find yourself outside soaking up the nighttime atmosphere.
Lighting can also open up potential for a whole new experience with that special someone. Much like my lighting experience with my partner, you and yours can light up your love life under the comfortable glow of well-lit surroundings. It begins with an elegant dinner outdoors complimented by a soft luminosity to set the mood. Then, swing in the hammock while shimmering light brings you closer together. Or roast s’mores over an open fire while sipping from a glass of red vino and surveying the gorgeous evening glow of your property. The perfect nighttime lighting is the key to setting the mood. Let your love light shine.
When the colder season hits, you’ll find yourself daydreaming as you peer out at that vista. Even in the dead of winter it will still look ever-so graceful and inviting. Grab a wool blanket and settle down beside the fireplace to reminisce about the warmer times outdoors. You’ll long to light up your love life over and over again. For those fortunate enough to have a hot tub in the backyard, well, what are you waiting for? Never before has this picture been so beautiful. Never has the time been so right. With the right light, romance awaits just outside your door.