Monthly Archives: April 2012

Most Beautiful Beaches

Here are some of the most beautiful, picturesque beaches we love…

McWay Falls at Julia Phieffer Burns State Park – Big Sur, California.                                     (Photo:; Photo credit: Stan Russell.)

Llandudno Beach, Camps Bay – Cape Town, South Africa.                                                         (Photo:

Lovers Beach – Baja California, Mexico.  (Photo via

Positano Beach – Amalfi Coast, Italy.  (Photo via:  Synergizethis blog.)

Capri, Italy.  (Photo via

Phuket, Thailand.  (Photo via

Crane Beach, Barbados.  (Photo via GlobalGrasshopper blog.)

Bandon, Oregon beach under the moon.  (Photo via Photography match website.)

Chic White Dresses

Summer white dresses….how do we love thee?  Let us count the ways….  Here are some of our favorite white dresses for Summer 2012.

Vera Wang Spring Summer 2012.  (Photo: Vera Wang via

Anne Hathaway in stunning white lace crotchet Alexander McQueen.  (Photo:

Chanel Iman in Dolce & Gabbana lace dress.  (Photo:


Jenny Packham Spring Summer 2012.  (Photo:

Kate Beckinsale wearing Gucci Resort 2012 white dress.  (Photo:

Narciso Rodriguez Spring 2011 white dress.  (Photo:

Ralph Lauren Black Label Summer 2012  Racerbak Dress.  (Photo:

White linen maxi dress by Diane Von Furstenberg.  (Photo:  Saks Fifth Avenue.)

Angelina Jolie in Versace for Salt Premier in Cancun, Mexico. (Photo via In Style.)


Modern Concrete Beach House in Cape Town

This private residence near Cape Town, South Africa designed by Greg White Architects is stunning.  Its called the VK1 House and we can’t get enough of it!  Loving its gorgeous indoor-outdoor design that perfectly blends modern architecture with a relaxed, but sophisticated, vibe.  Enjoy!



(Photos Greg Wright Architects via / Photography credit:  Adam Letch.)


Modern Bohemian Moroccan Chic

Some of our favorite, more laid-back design ideas a la Moracco!

Moroccan wedding blanket at the Parker Palm Springs by Jonathan Adler.  (Photo via

Kate Hudson’s Pacific Palisades master bedroom with Moroccan wedding blanket – Design by Parker Williams.  (Photo:  Roman & Williams; W Magazine.)

Modern daybed with moroccan wedding blanket and rug.  (Photo via TableTonic.)

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Natural color palette with bohemian modern flare…. love the geometric coffee table, the creamy polished concrete floors, and the beautiful textured quilted sofa. Color and texture are always naturally modern.  (Photo:  House to Home UK via

Riad Joya, Marrakech.  (Photo:

Riad Joya, Marrakech.  (Photo:

(Photo via Importsfrommarakesh.)

The White Room at the P’Tit Habibi in Marrakesh.  (Photo:

Guest room at the Riad Tarbel, Marrakesh.  (Photo:  Riad Tarabel via

Palias Rhoul & Spa, Marrakech.  (Photo via

(Maryam Montague home in Marrakesh.  Photo via Elle Decor.)

Crystal Hotel, Marrakesh.  (Photo via:


Design with Nature: Fiddle Leaf Figs

Adding a tree or plant to the design scheme of a room gives it life, literally!  We’ve loved seeing fiddle leaf figs in all kinds of designs from modern to natural to sophisticated.  Beautiful!

(Photos above all credited to  Elle Decor.)

(Photo via Inspirationfordecor blog.)

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Soak Away…. Amazing Bathtubs

Who doesn’t love a deep soaking bathtub?  We picked a few of our favorites to share with you.  Check out the photos below for some beautiful, modern tubs, each with something added to the design to give it a natural, organic feel.

Rectangular Freestanding Soaking Tubs:

Love this tub from Seattle interior designers at NB Design Group. This bath completely captures the relaxed, naturally modern feel with its concrete tub and weathered teak wall and accenting bench. (Photo:

Pretty hard to beat a fireplace next to your tub on one side and an open-air balcony on the other.  The fire and the outdoors-brought-in give this bathroom an earthiness, a natural quality, to soften the modern, angular lines of the tub.  The horizontal lines in the stainless steel cable on the deck railing mimic the naturally occurring horizontal lines in the stone wall.  Natural meets modern all the way around!  (Photo:  Studio William Hefner.)

Another gorgeous stone and wood  bath design. Imagine soaking away in this luxurious tub with breeze from the open doors gently cooling you down.  The slatted wood doors add a natural texture to the room, but still keeping the modern lines consistent throughout.  Brilliant! We also love the modern, muted color palette – perfect serenity.    (Photo:; La Casa Jardin del Sol.)

Don’t you just love this bath?   The long stainless steel tub underneath those beautiful wood beams is such a nice match of textures.  The angular concrete platform with a bed of rocks completes the trilogy of materials.   We especially love that each element – wood, steel and stone – equally hold their own in the room and compliment each other to form the whole.  The  lit candles soften and balance the masculinity of the room.   Natural harmony!  (Photo:; William Wright Photography.)

Here is a wood bathtub inspired by the Japanese soaking tubs, or Ourfus.  We love the presentation of wood, concrete, stone, and a peek to the outdoors.  Naturally modern! (Photo:

Another Japanese tub… so beautiful to be made in wood. Once again we see the use of stones around the base of the tub to absorb the excess water from the tub.  Very spa-like.   The use of wood and stone gives this bath such a natural, organic feel, yet still so modern.

Ahh the lovely Starck X bathtub.  You simply can’t go wrong with an all white bath.  The natural wood platform is a nice contrast and it softens the space without compromising its integrity as totally modern.  We imagine its also pretty nice to step on when getting out of the bath. 🙂  And, oh dear, that gorgeous view…  Beautiful!  (Photo:

Moroccan tub.  (Photo:  Riad Dar Sabri, Marakesh.)

Oval Freestanding Soaking Tubs:

This pretty freestanding soaking tub by Waterworks is a little piece of perfection with its creamy white color palette and simple, modern sculptural shape.  The lush little tree breathes in just enough “natural’ to give life to the space without overwhelming it.  (Photo:  House Beautiful.)

Stunning black outdoor tub in St. Barth’s private residence by  architect Wolfgang Ludes.  (Photo via

Just looking at this freestanding oval tub from Castello Baths is a treat – such a beautiful piece in its own right! We’re particularly in love with the the Oceanus therapy bath whirlpool jet system shown here.  Surrounded by a mix of stone and woods in a natural color palette make for a naturally modern sanctuary if we ever saw one!  Keep those candles lit baby!  I hope there is a sauna right next door – wouldn’t that be divine?  (Photo Castello Baths.)

Gorgeous tub private at a Monique Loft residence in Seattle.  In addition to the beautiful bathtub, we love the stone wall and partially-transparent glass divider door system.  (Photo:

The Sala Samui Pool Villa tub.

The Sala Phuket Pool Villa tub.  

This bathroom is just sooooo pretty.  Can’t imagine having a care in the world when soaking in this gorgeous outdoor tub.  The lush greenery and neutral color palette softens the modern lines and the various stone textures.  With the his and hers vanities on either side of the tub, we’re guessing this is a soak for two.  🙂  (Photo: Sheraton Ocean Villas.)

This outdoor garden soaking tub should be called the honeymoon tub!  Seriously, is this paradise or what?  Those pink petals in the tub are tempting us….  (Photo:  Villa Infinity in Bali;

Sunken Tubs:  

While we love the modern luxury of a freestanding bathtub, there is also something very special about leisurely stepping into your own private sunken tub.  Here’s one from the Sala Resorts.

The Sala Samui One Bedroom Pool Villa Suite – sunken tub.  

We love seeing a a sunken tub tucked into a relatively smaller-sized bathroom.  You don’t need a huge bathroom to have a luxurious tub!  Plus, we love the natural color palette and wood accents.  (Photo:  Coastal

This bath is designed with some of our favorite elements – concrete, steel and glass. We love the walk-in nature of the sunken tub – you don’t have to sacrifice luxury in a small space.  The floor-to-ceiling glass window frames the bath and gives the room such incredible architectural scale.  This sunken bath does a nice job of balancing both modern and natural design elements.  (Photo:  Garret cord Werner.)

This bath is so simple, natural and modern all at the same time, without trying.  We love the built-in nature of the tub with its carved out of one stone vibe.  It keeps the look simple, but also gives it a bit of that old-worldiness that feels so luxurious.  The natural bath sponges and floating candle give the space an warm, organic feeling despite it being relatively minimalistic otherwise.  I can just imagine this becoming one of my favorite places!  How do you go back to a regular bath after this?   (Photo:; Marie Claire Maison credit.)

Beautiful outdoor sunken tub in a private home on Koi Samui, Thailand.  Another honeymoon spot!  (Photo:

Another outdoor soaking tub…this time from a Deluxe Beach Villa at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.  We couldn’t resist the all white stone with the green of the palm leaves as sort of an altar to the space.  Beautiful!  (Photo:  Conrad Maldives.)

Private residence in Seattle.  Stunning! We love that the shag rug sort of mimics the texture of grass in the overall “picture” of the bath and its view.  (Photo via Designlabyrinth blog.)

Last, but not least, we want to share with you a very special outdoor “bath”….  The Ventanna Inn and Spa has the most amazing outdoor Japanese Baths!  Its like a little maze – you enter the bath via separate men’s/women’s changing rooms and you can just chill out in your private gender-specific area if you like… orrrr… you can swim around a couple of corners and find your way to the main bath area where it is co-ed. Its pretty amazing swimming in the hot baths through these tall wooden walls with the starry night sky above you, especially if you’re swimming to meet the one you love in the middle.   (Photo:  Ventanna Inn and Spa.)

 (Photo via Ventanna Inn and Spa.)

Modern Pantry Inspiration

The pantry is having its makeover party.  Once just a place for storage, the pantry is now becoming a design space.  One of the best parts about designing a modern pantry is that small kitchen spaces no longer have to suffer without.  We’re seeing some amazing designs creating a modern pantry almost out of thin air – tucking one into a nook and cranny, using design elements to define space for a pantry, or just using beautiful  materials to create an open, exposed pantry area.   So today we share with you some of our favorite modern pantry designs.

kitchen pantry hidden by interior sliding barn door

This modern pantry was created through the smart use of materials.  The clever use of a sliding barn door transformed a space that may have once simply consisted of open cabinetry into a space-smart modern pantry.  The mix of the rustic barn door and the  modern white and grey color scheme perfectly blend the natural and the modern.  The green chalkboard walls are smart, fun and add the right pop of color.  The little hints of stainless steel peeking out from the light fixture, the wine fridge and the dog bowl add a touch of sophistication to finish off the space.  Beautiful!  (Photo:

The b2 Kitchen Workshop by bulthaup makes for the perfect modern pantry.  Wow, organized is modern and beautiful!  Love the use of wood to give it a natural feel.  (Photo:

open pantry shelves lining hallway with glass storage containers

This is pantry is just so pretty.  It has the feel of a boutique pharmacy shop with its beautiful glass bottles and jars filled with all kinds of wares. We love that a hallway can be transformed into a modern pantry.  Love those glass lights and the mix of the natural jute rug and baskets.  (Photo:

We love the idea here – a hanging pantry!  This Arclinea “Convivium” kitchen offers a modern spin on traditional “upper” cabinets or open shelving traditionally affixed to the wall.  Hanging the open shelved “pantry” from the ceiling helps to define the kitchen space in this beautiful loft-like home without compromising light… or style.  🙂 Adding potted herbs/plants to the shelves, along with the use of wood in the dining area and a neutral rug, softens the stainless steel kitchen and polished concrete floors.  Perfect combination of natural and modern.  Love this!  (Photo:

The open shelving in this photo is another take on a modern pantry.  They gives the kitchen interest in keeping with the clean lines and angular design concept.  Displaying pretty green glass plats and bowls adds contrast to the stainless steel countertops to give it a more organic feel.  Without the open pantry shelving and stainless steel elements, this painted white wood kitchen wouldn’t  feel modern at all.  (Photo: via Country

Another example of how open shelves and a modern white color palette with pops of color can make such a pretty pantry.  (Photo:  Alice Lane Home via

This modern freestanding from Alpes Inox is a perfect solution for a pantry.  (Photo: Alpes Inox via

Love this idea for storage in a modern kitchen… a pocket door pantry!  Genuius!  The use of beautiful materials makes it luxurious while functional.  (Photo:  HGTV Dreamy Kitchen Storage Solutions.)

Another smart pull-out pantry idea for a modern kitchen by Gabanes, the “Pegaso”.  White and stainless design incorporating shelving on both the interior of the panty as well as the door itself.  Maximize the storage – Brilliant!  (Photo:


Naturally Modern Bedrooms

We here at Naturally Modern love designs that incorporate natural elements with a modern sensibility.  This is particularly true for the bedroom – the place in the home that should be serene and beautiful.  Here are some of our favorite naturally modern bedrooms incorporating an organic vibe, but still in keeping with an ever-so-modern design.  Enjoy!

A bedroom with a view….. and what a view!  This incredible bedroom is part of a private residence located near Carmel, California (Otter Cove).  We love how the color palette in the bedroom with its creamy white, sand, taupe and stone colors mirrors the rocky ocean shoreline below.  Its as if each space (the indoor and the outdoor) is a natural extension of the other.  The rugged coastal terrain and the softly modern furnishings are naturally complementary.   (Photo:  Sagan Piechota Architecture; Joe Fletcher; Via

Organic coastal bedroom with white linen bedding from Matteo, textured cream bedside rug and pale wood accents.  (Photo:  Lisa Romerein via Coastal Living Magazine.)

This light, breezy, natural bedroom is part of a private residence on the island of Salina.  Need we say more?  The monochromatic creamy color palette paired simply with wood beams and accents give this bedrooms such a natural, modern feel.  We’re already dreaming with that soothing creamy color palette.  (Photo:  Architectural Digest January 2005; Photography by Scott Frances.)

Actress Keri Russell’s bedroom as featured in Elle Decor magazine.  (Photo: Elle Decor.)

The combination of white, soft blues, and silvery blue velvet bench keep this room soft, cool and modern.  So restful!  (Photo:  Ellen Rakieten, Elle Decor.)

Beautiful glass bedroom in private residence in Oregon by Olson Kundig Architects and design.  The floor-to-ceiling glass windows allow nature to be a part of this otherwise modern bedroom.  Gorgeous!  (Photo:

We love that this bedroom is primarily white, but with subtle  natural accents with the wood bedside tables, linen pillows and the collection of beach and seaside photos above the bed.  The side table lamps give just enough patterned texture to complete the space.  (Photo via

This Italian farmhouse bedroom is naturally chic.  With the natural beauty and texture of the stone walls and the wood beams overhead, the bed is wisely kept very simple – white and clean.  (Photo: H. Henz via Reflexdeco blog.)

Rustic modern bedroom in St. Helena.  Beautiful texture with the wood posts, hanging wall covering, overhead fuzzy lamp and jute rug.  Sort of reminds us of a rustic-modern take on glamour.  (Photo:  Design credit- Erin Martin; Photo credit – Mariko Reed / via

Beautiful white bedroom with painted white teak carving of lotus flower as a headboard.  (Photo: Via


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