Known for their work on award-winning projects like Etch Restaurant, the Adelicia Building, Twelve Twelve and Emma at the Trolley Barns, Casella Interiors is no stranger to beautiful, modern design.

Designers Laret Casella and Jessica Langdon sat down with us for a one-on-one interview about the inspiration behind Nashville’s newest downtown luxury condo building, CityLights.

Q: Describe the overall aesthetic of CityLights?

LC: It is a modern, sophisticated interior that is inviting to owners and their visitors.

Q: What inspired the spaces at CityLights?

LC: Nashville is known for being a welcoming city to visitors and new residents alike.  CityLights has great views of the heart of Nashville, and we wanted to try to capture that welcoming feeling Nashville is known for in the interior of the building.

Q: Tell us a little bit about the finishes you selected for CityLights.

LC: The finishes have a variety of texture, both visual and tactile.  The limestone inspired tile in the lobby combines with rich wood, quartz and a 3 dimensional wall tile to greet you as you enter the building.  The owner’s lounge has a beautiful wood floor and a rich wallcovering that counterbalance the glass exterior walls that capture the views that surround the building.

Q: What makes CityLights special from other projects you have worked on?

JL: One of the most unique aspects of CityLights is its location.  The building is in the heart of downtown and close to all the activity, from concerts to restaurants to Titans football.  It presented the opportunity to design spaces that will be used as an extension of Nashville’s vibrant entertainment scene

Q: As you know, CityLights is located on Rutledge Hill overlooking downtown Nashville. Did you draw any inspiration from the views and feel of the city?

JL: The surrounding areas and views provided excellent inspiration.  Elements throughout the building’s design reinforce the CityLights theme.  We incorporated materials and lighting that are abstract representations of typical elements found in urban architecture.

Casella Interiors, established by Laret Casella in 1997, is committed to providing the highest level of professional design services to all clients. The design experience of Casella Interiors encompasses a wide variety of project types and sizes, including large corporate offices, high-end residential condominiums, religious facilities, educational institutions, athletic programs, and even custom furniture. 

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