Bringing natural light into a space has many benefits: For one, it’s a bona fide mood-booster that increases productivity while lowering energy costs. Here, we spotlight a trio of projects—a hotel, a home, and a restaurant—that embrace light in remarkable ways while providing a summery sense of escape.
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The Drifter Hotel, Nicole Cota Studio For this revamped 1950s New Orleans hotel, interior designer Nicole Cota dreamed up a retro concept that comes through via modern furnishings that complement floral accents, tropical textures, and clean, natural finishes.
Amagansett Residence, Ronen Lev We wouldn’t mind spending a long weekend in this charming open-plan beach house in the Hamptons. The home’s soaring windows usher daylight indoors while the interior designed by New York–based firm Ronen Lev includes furnishings and materials that reflect the surrounding environment.
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A California coastal vibe emerges from this sun-drenched eatery and bar in Chicago. The exposed kitchen opens up the space, while a Midcentury-inspired pitched roof lets light and air inside. Tableware, made of brass and colored glass, mingles with foliage to imbue the restaurant with an fresh, organic quality.