Monthly Archives: June 2012

Montréal International Jazz Festival

The Montreal Jazz Festival is in full swing from June 28 through July 7.  This is of of the best, if not the best, jazz festivals in the world.  Legend after legend have graced this modern, jazz festival:  Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, Louis Armstrong, Diana Krall, Oscar Peterson, Ron Carter, Ray Charles, Pat Metheny, Wynton Marsalis, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennet, James Brown, Dave Brubeck, BB King, Buddy Guy, Sting, Norah Jones, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Prince, and more!

Ranked as the world’s largest jazz festival by Guinness World Records, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has been synonymous with a passion for music for over three decades. Every year, North America’s French-speaking metropolis welcomes global music fans to 10 days of jazzcentric celebration, where fans of all types of jazz-related music rub shoulders with aficionados of the genre in its purest form. The Festival hosts some 30 countries, 3,000 musicians and public entertainers, 1,000 concerts and activities—two-thirds of them free – in 15 concert halls and on 8 outdoor stages, welcoming more than 2 million visitors to the city, from noon to midnight! And it all happens on a unique site designed to meet festivalgoers’ every need, in the heart of Montreal’s downtown core, in an area off-limits to car traffic! There’s no doubt – Montreal is the heartbeat of Planet Jazz!

via About – Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.

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Malibu Modern Beach House – Case Study in Use of Space

This house is simply stunning!  Modern architecture, using natural materials, and complemented by the natural surroundings of the beach, this is truly a naturally modern dream home!   We also love that it is relatively small in comparison to other Malibu “mansions” in the area. This modern house has 1,700 square feet of living space with an open-floor plan throughout.  Guest bedroom with bath on the first floor; master suite on the second. Perfect use of space.  Conceived by Los Angeles firm W+D, this Malibu house plays out as a case study in the efficient use of space and a inspiration for anyone trying to balance a love of the outdoors with the need for quiet and privacy.  The LA Times just did a feature on it and we’re so in love with the combination of modern architecture built into the beach setting, we had to share it with you!

“There isnt a room that I dont feel like is a great room.”As seen from the beach, the house is meant to be a streamlined white box set atop a rustic base — “a juxtaposition between hard lines and soft lines,” W+D founding partner Brett Woods said. “Pure geometry coming off this rugged hillside.” A beacon of sorts to all who pass by, he said. The first-floor deck cantilevers over the hillside thanks to new steel beams set over an existing foundation…  “You can still have your coffee and look at the ocean but not feel like youre hanging out for everyone below to see.”

W+D rear view

W+D sky

The view toward Point Dume.

(All photos via / Credits:  Ricardo DeAratanha)

Read the LA Times article here:  Malibu modern: New house makes most of every inch, every view –

Windows to the World – The Waterfront House in East Hampton

Take a look at this incredible modern home by Michael Haverland made of floor-to-ceiling walls of glass windows.  The concrete walls are made from sand from the site, establishing a contextual connection with nature and the land.  We love houses made of concrete, steel and glass – so timeless.  The house keeps a modern sensibility with the repeating horizontal and vertical lines of the architecture, while complementing the natural surroundings.

(via / Photo credits: Laurie Lambrecht and Paul Warchol)

via The North Elevation: Spaces: Michael Haverland: Waterfront House: East Hampton, NY.

Celebrity Kitchens

Here are some of our favorite modern, beautiful, celebrity kitchens….

Gwynth Paltrow’s Tribeca Kitchen.  (Photo:  August 2010 Vouge via

Meg Ryan’s Martha’s Vineyard Kitchen.  (Photo:  Elle Decor via

Courtney Cox’s Malibu Kitchen.  (Photo:

Jennifer Aniston’s modern gourmet kitchen (Photo via

 Matthew Perry’s Kitchen (Photo via


Naturally Modern Redwood Chair by Bellboy

When we saw this amazingly gorgeous modern chair made out of old growth redwood and almost fell over in our own chairs!  Beautiful modern design – gorgeous natural redwood – a perfect combination.

Seeing old growth redwood in person is a spiritual experience.  We visited a small mill in a remote part of the wine country area in Northern California and the owner kindly showed us his redwood.  The owner salvages old redwood trees from rivers and other areas where they have fallen down or been damaged by fire.  The experience was surprisingly a lot like wine-tasting…. you are seduced by the whole experience – the aroma of the redwood, its beauty, its texture, its natural wonder.  The color and vertical grain of the wood in old growth redwood is especially intoxicating.

We love that this chair is made from reclaimed redwood from a NYC water tower  – hence the name the “Water Tower” Chair.  If it seduced us this much just from a photo, we can only imagine seeing it in person!

(Photo via BELLBOY / Photograph by Joshua Dalsimer.)

Modern Mediterranean – The Dodge House in West Hollywood

The Dodge House in West Hollywood: All that’s left is the architect’s genius and a cautionary tale.

 (Photo via the

We came across an article by Jeffrey Head in the Los Angeles Times about the Dodge House in West Hollywood.  Apparently this house was the first to translate Mediterranean and Mission architecture in Los Angeles throughout Southern California.We were a little spellbound by the subtle Hollywood glamour in the photo of the house, but there was also a melancholy to it.  The house was designed by legendary architect Irving Gill in 1914!  Pretty progressive design for 1914.  In the article for the Times, Head writes:

“Designed in 1914 and completed in 1916, the masterwork by architect Irving Gill made a profound break from the traditional pitched-roof, symmetrical house design. Gill had the radical notion to elevate reinforced concrete to the “architectural importance of stone,” but perhaps more important than the house’s form — a horizontal box lacking roof overhangs, surface details or other ornaments — was a revolutionary vision of what a modern Southern California house could, and would, be.

As  modern architectural enthusiasts here at Naturally Modern, we wondered why we weren’t more familiar with this beautiful home.  Apparently, it is because the house was demolished in the 70’s to make room for a new apartment complex to be built.   Looking at the old photo of the house, I can only imagine it in its full-color splendor, with the gardens alive and the warm Southern California breeze.  I would have liked to attend a garden cocktail party here.  I bet this place definitely saw its share of good times during its life from the 1920’s through into the 1970’s.  It is almost as if it was there just for the Hollywood jet set during its heyday – it was for them.

Read the entire article here: Dodge House in West Hollywood: All that’s left is the architect’s genius and a cautionary tale –

Liven It Up With a Tangerine Tango Dress

“Tangerine Tango” was named the Pantone Color of the Year for 2012, making this lovely hue naturally modern for Spring.  After a dreary winter, this fresh burst of color is a bit of a saving grace.  Its also temperature rising, fever inducing, straight sexy.   Wear a long tangerine dress and be bold… or incorporate it into accessories for a more subtle look. Check out some of our favorite Tangerine looks for Spring and Summer 2012 right off the runway.

Haute Hippie Halter Dress in Tomato. Revolve Clothing – $333.  (Photo:

Alberta Ferretti Spring Summer 2012.  (Photo:


BCBGMaxAzria Sophia Halter Dress in Paprika.  Bloomingdales – $298.  (Photo:

Nina Ricci Spring Summer 2012.  (Photo:


Narcisco Rodriguez Spring Summer 2012 red-orange dress – Ashley Green from Twilight movies.  (Photo:  Narciso Rodriguez Spring 2012 via


Bill Blass Spring Summer 2012.  (Photo:


Amanda Wakely Spring Summer 2012 dress or cover-up.  Brilliant!  (Photo:  London Fashion Week.)

Beyonce is right on the pulse of this bright hue at the 2011 MTV Music Video Awards.

Diane Von Furstenberg Liluye Dress in coral.  Sakes Fifth Avenue – $498.  (Photo:


Jennifer Aniston in stunning orange Vivienne Westwood dress at Sephora promotion event. This look was such a sensation, perhaps Jen’s tangerine dream is one of the reasons Pantone chose the color for 2012.  🙂





Win a Weekend Getaway at Big Sur’s Post Ranch Inn

Big Sur is one of the best places on the planet – at least we think so.  It is one of the ultimate natural beauties with its jaw-dropping picturesque Pacific Coastline, hidden beaches, old growth redwoods, myriad of rare birds flying around in the sky, fresh-fresh-fresh air, and… oh, yes, modern architecture.  Ok, we admit that most of the lodging in Big Sur is more cabin that couture, but not so with at the Post Ranch Inn.  This place is amazing.  You can win a free weekend get-a-way at the Post Ranch Inn through the California Home + Design website (apparently through a Mr. & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection partnership).  An entry would be well worth the opportunity to win.  To learn more about the contest and enter to win – read more via Win The Ultimate Retreat to Big Sur’s Post Ranch Inn | California Home + Design.

Amazing High-Tech Homes

The homes go beyond integrating your home with your iPad.  Check out this Forbes article on the most amazing high-tech homes.

Take, for example, the $12.9-million, six-bedroom mega-lodge located within the ski sanctuary of Telluride’s Mountain Village. It might look like a rustic nature retreat from the outside, but inside, all of the home’s systems are controlled by iPad, including in-floor radiant heat (it gets chilly up in snowy Telluride), room humidification and temperature controls, multi-room audio-visual control, alarm systems, and outdoor video monitoring. All can be controlled remotely, allowing the homeowner to pre-heat the floors and cue up a serenade of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by the time guests stamp the snow off their boots….Read more via Amazing High-Tech Homes – Forbes.

Fodor’s 10 Best Luxury Hotel Spas

Fodor’s just published their list of the “10 Best Luxury Hotel Spas” with some great resorts from around the world included.  The list includes spas with indoor-outdoor therapeutic treatments, herbal and natural healing treatments, Ayurvedic and holistic treatments, oceanfront treatments, and of course all of the best massage and pressure-point treatments one can enjoy on regular basis.  Best of all, the list is populated with modern, luxurious, design-oriented resorts.  So there is no need to sacrifice your aesthetic sensibility to get a good spa-treatment.

Sandra Ramani authored the article at Fodor’s and sums it up when she writes:

Historically, wellness retreats and destination spas weren’t concerned with things like posh furnishings, gourmet eats, or locker room freebies, focusing instead on their (sometimes strict) health and lifestyle programs. Now that luxury hotels and resorts are in the spa game, though, things have changed: These days, spa aficionados are likely to find extras like homemade organic snacks, private treatment villas, and high-tech facilities (think indoor “snow rooms”) to complement the therapeutic services. Below are some favorite five-star spots that take pampering to a whole other level.

via 10 Best Luxury Hotel Spas | Travel News from Fodor’s Travel Guides.


Phulay Bay, Ritz-Carlson / Krabi, Thailand (Photo via

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