Room We Love: A Rooftop Lounge in Wesley Heights
Designer Christina Britt Lewis creates a relaxing space
When Christina Britt Lewis and her husband, Tim, downsized from a house in the suburbs to a townhome in the city, the empty-nesters planned a rooftop lounge where they could read, nap, watch football, and enjoy skyline views. But under a stay-at-home order and with their son home from college, the couple, who own The Redesign Company, fast-tracked the project. “It does not have to take forever and cost a fortune to love coming home,” Christina says. “We learned that having only what you need and love is a great way to live.”
Christina chose a coastal color palette to make their outdoor space feel “cozy and comfortable … like you’re on a vacation.” Plush blue pillows rest against white love seats from Frontgate, wool-wrapped ottomans from CB2 encourage conversation, and a blue stitched rug from Joss & Main complements the couple’s pottery vase and adds a layer of softness.
You see the skyline from every seat. “We can see the Jumbotron at the stadium and the fireworks after baseball games from our roof,” Christina says. She chose warm accents like a drum-style coffee table and overhanging string lights to enhance rather than obscure the views. “It’s so lovely being able to see the city,” she says, “and having those extra lights makes it feel very ambient.”
The Lewises, who love watching sports and movies on weekends, left space for an outdoor bar. They installed a 60-inch flat-screen TV above a 6-foot sideboard from Four Hands with plenty of storage for snacks and drinks. Christina added hand-woven Buhera baskets and a sheepskin from Iceland for texture, and a gold planter makes the lounge feel like an extension of the interior. “Being outside never felt more important,” she says. “We have never lived in a smaller home, and we have never loved a home more.”