|December 6, 2012||Posted by naturally modern under All Posts, Color Palettes, Decor, Fashion, Naturally Modern, Wedding|
We’ll be listening to Miles Davis “Blue in Green” in 2013 thanks to the lovely inspiration from Pantone’s 2013 color palette. We love it!
How to pair:
Pair African Violet with Poppy Red, a seductive, sensual and celebratory shade.
Pair Dusk Blue with the intensity of Nectarine for an unexpected mix.
Try pairing Linen with Grayed Jade or Dusk Blue.
Pair Monaco Blue with Poppy Red and Linen, or Monaco Blue and Emerald for a fresh collegiate look.
From Pantone’s lips to our ears:
The prevalence of green this spring is undeniable. Similar to the many shades in our natural surroundings, this season’s greens offer a stunning foreground or the perfect backdrop for all other hues.
- Tender Shoots, like the first signs of spring, a vibrant yellow-green, is invigorating, active and cheerful.
- Grayed Jade, a subtle, hushed green with a gray undertone, brings about a mood of quiet reflection and repose.
- Sophisticated Emerald, a lively, radiant green, inspires insight and clarity while enhancing our sense of well-being.
- Dusk Blue offers a calming sense of serenity akin to its green counterpart, Grayed Jade. Both of these colors act as the season’s newest neutrals.
- A warm neutral, Linen is light and airy, providing a nudelike basic that is a must have for spring.
- Exotic African Violet is a statement color that brings a touch of intrigue to the palette, as purples often do, and can be incorporated into many unexpected combinations.
- Exuberant Poppy Red, a seductive, sensual and celebratory shade. Whether it’s a knockout dress or a kiss on the lips, every woman’s wardrobe and beauty essentials should include this spirited, true red.
- Nectarine, a bright, effervescent citrus orange with coral undertones, provides a tangy burst of flavor.
- Lemon Zest brings out a piquant taste with its refreshing, spritely greenish cast.
|November 11, 2012||Posted by naturally modern under All Posts, Decor, Furniture, Naturally Modern|
We love the Dragnet chair from Kenneth Cobonpue. It is is a sculptural piece of art sure to complement the modern home. Plus, it is incredibly comfortable. You lean back and feel enveloped by the “net” you’re in, yet you can see out so it doesn’t feel like a cocoon. Its modern magic!
Made of fabric twisted and wrapped on steel, the collection’s dynamic forms and patterns evoke an excitement that stimulate the senses. With its vibrant color choices, Dragnet instinctively adds a contemporary chic flavor, leaving any space caught in its net of style. via Kenneth Cobonpue : Collections : DRAGNET.
|October 21, 2012||Posted by naturally modern under All Posts, Architecture, Decor, Indoor-Outdoor, Interior Design, Naturally Modern|
We will never be able to get enough of architecture and design that brings the outdoors in. The indoor-outdoor lifestyle may not work all year long in some parts of the world, but nothing beats it when the weather is temperate. The rest of the time we settle for just seeing it…. walls of glass do that perfectly.
Here are some of our favorite design examples of how to bring the outdoors in all year long.
Solarium in center of the home – Photo from Homedsgn.com via NModern Pinterest Board
Breezway / Hallway with invisible walls via glass siding. Photo from TheCoolHunterUK via NModern Pinterest Board
Living room interior design incorporates large indoor plant and crossed steel structural beams to mimic and compliment the trees and natural environment outdoors. Photo from Mobile.Bebitalia.com via NModern Pinterest Board.
Living room with retractable wall. Photo via Cococozy.com
Indoor outdoor pool with retractable door/window by CCYArchitects.com
Enclosable deck area keeping flooring the same through indoor and outdoor. Photo from Ccca.co.nz via NModern Pinterest Boards
The good kind of glass ceiling lets the outdoors in. Photo from Archdaily.com via NModern Pinterest Boards
|September 7, 2012||Posted by naturally modern under All Posts, Color Palettes, Decor, Interior Design|
Whirlpool Corp., the worlds largest home-appliance maker, recently introduced its “Ice Collection” of appliances, including glossy white. “White is the new stainless,” a Whirlpool news release says. (via Is this the end of a 25-year run for stainless steel? – Yahoo!. Photos above: 1-Dreamhome-design bloogspot; 2-Yahoo.com.)
We don’t know if white will unseat stainless when it comes to appliances, but white definitely feels fresh in design right now. Light, clean, modern and fresh. We dedicated one of our Pinterest Boards to the hue – check out our board “In the White” and let us know your favorites. Here are a couple of our favorites:
|September 5, 2012||Posted by naturally modern under All Posts, Decor, Furniture, Interior Design, Naturally Modern, Outdoor Design|
GardenDesign.com published a great review of outdoor furniture from the Milan Furniture Fair. We particularly like the press given to the idea of outdoor furniture as both functional and artistic. Why should the modern indoor-outdoor lifestyle be anything but beautiful and practical? We also like the trend in outdoor furniture becoming more richly upholstered – when you spend so much time “living” outside, why shouldn’t your outdoor furniture be on par with your indoor furniture? Our favorite here is the Ligne Roset Serpentine chair (pictured above). Can we say gorgeous enough?
One of life’s most fundamental acts, sitting, took on new meaning at the fair, especially with trends in outdoor furniture design. We saw many richly upholstered pieces for outdoor use—some with practical applications, others with elements of fantasy and whimsy. B&B Italia paired its retro line of Husk Outdoor recycled (and recyclable) plastic chairs with plush but decidedly eccentric waterproof cushions, a look that would work well poolside. Ligne Roset debuted its own equally arresting quilted and tufted Serpentine chairs by Eleonore Nalet.
Cabanas and tents seem to be ceding their traditional roles and evolving instead into true outdoor rooms, the most alluring example being Patricia Urquiola’s Cottage for Kettal—an inviting, pitched-roof structure with echoes of vernacular Polynesian architecture. (via All Dressed Up: Outdoor Furniture | Garden Design.)
Want your outdoor area to feel more like a true outdoor room? Here are a few tips from us at Naturally Modern:
- Furnish your outdoor space with high-quality, beautiful pieces consistent with those that furnish your interior spaces.
- Use textures including richly upholstered outdoor pieces, pillows, blankets, umbrellas, etc.
- Landscape, landscape, landscape – whether minimalistic in design or not, make the landscaping in your outdoor area like the artwork displayed in your home.
- Do not underestimate the power of outdoor lighting – whether small ambient lighting dotting a pathway, or embedded in a fence… to full-on outdoor lamps and overhead lighting. We especially like lighting on dimmers to create just a “glow” when you don’t need the full light spectrum. Candles can also not be underestimated – tea lights can be your friend.
Good luck with your design. We’d love to hear your tips for luxury, modern outdoor living!
PS: If you like the look and design of the Ligne Roset Serpentine shown at the top of this post, you might also like the new richly textured and upholstered pieces from Kenneth Cobonpue called “Rapunzel” – see below:
|July 3, 2012||Posted by naturally modern under All Posts, Color Palettes, Decor, Interior Design, Naturally Modern|
We love the combination of creams, greys and darker woods. This version of a neutral color palette lends a slightly “moody modern” aesthetic to a design while wood accents add enough “natural” to keep a room inviting. This is a naturally sophisticated modern design concept and we can hardly get enough of it. Here are some of our favorite examples of this beautiful design concept.
(Photos above: Capoferro Design Build Group/ Capoferro.com via the company’s Houzz.com profile.)
Bark Design Architects – Pool House. (Photo: Bark Design Architects via Dailyhomedesign.com.)
Fearon Hay Architects. (Photo via Fearon Hay Architects / Photogrpahy – Richard Powers. )
The Serra Barn in Malibu, California by Architect Michael Kovac / Interiors by Vanessa Alexander. (Photo via Curbed.com.)
|June 25, 2012||Posted by naturally modern under All Posts, Architecture, Decor, Interior Design|
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 Thenorthelevation.blogspot.com.au / Photo credits: Laurie Lambrecht and Paul Warchol)
|May 31, 2012||Posted by naturally modern under All Posts, Decor, Interior Design|
Using a variety of textures in bedroom design can give the room a sense of luxury and dimension, especially if you’re going with a neutral color palette. Adding natural textures to an otherwise modern room can also help to give the room a sense of balance. Certain textures, like the linen bedding we’re so madly-in-love with these days, can help promote a restful sleep, while floor-to-ceiling windows let the outdoors for a sense of awe and inspiration. The only thing left a bedroom needs is fun… and you bring that part! This is the second in a our series on Naturally Modern Bedrooms (see our first post here). This post is dedicated to textures – we hope they inspire you to create a natural and luxuriously modern bedroom that makes you feel wonderful!
The two photos above are of a gorgeous private residence in Colorado by Robyn Scott Interiors. We especially love the Kenneth Cobonpue Ying-and-Yang Chair in the corner by the fireplace - its as if its floating in the air. So modern, so natural, so perfect for that spot. The soft, natural linen bedding, neutral color palette, a fireplace to die for, and the floor-to-ceiling windows letting the outside in all combine to make this bedroom the picture of perfection! (Though, if it were my bedroom, I would not have chosen the curved lounger to the the left of the bed. I’d rather see another KB Yin-and-Yang chair there, perhaps with an ottoman of the same design.) (Photo credits: Interior Design – Robyn Scott Interiors / Architect – Tom Cole / Via Houzz.com and Colorado Homes magazine.)
There are few things finer than linen bedding. The two photos above show how linen bedding can be pretty messy (as in the first photo) or more tailored and “made” (in the second photo). Either way – tailored or wrinkled and messy – its natural and beautiful and modern all at once. In the first photo, the tree just outside this giant floor-to-ceiling window really brings the outdoors in. Its almost as if the tree is a canopy for the bed, protecting those who sleep there. (Photo via Moderncountry.blogspot.com.) The second photo is from Restoration Hardware showcasing not just the beautiful linen bedding, but also those gorgeous moon prints! Very restful design idea for over-the-bed. (Photo via RestorationHardware.com.)
The photos above are great examples of how you can use texture to liven up a neutral bedroom. The first photo shows you can achieve a natural, but still modern, bedroom vibe even in a smaller city apartment. The varying, but complementary, textures in the linen bedspread, modern cognac leather chair, sheepskin rugs and wood floors really give dimension to an otherwise smaller room. Beautiful! (Photo via our Naturally Modern Pinterest Boards, with credits.) The second photo is another example of use of texture - even just the combination of linen and wood accents can subtly add a luxurious quality to a natural bedroom. (Photo, with credits, via our Naturally Modern – Modern Neutrals Pinterest Board.)
Ahh, finally, the texture of a soft canopy. Canopy beds aren’t exactly the first thing you might think of when you envision a modern bedroom, but if the rest of the elements have a modern sensibility, a simple canopy can create softness without detracting from the clean lines. The soft blue and sea green colors on the bed give the room a bit of a be achy or garden feel. Lovely.
|May 25, 2012||Posted by naturally modern under Architecture, Color Palettes, Decor, Houses We Love, Interior Design|
White, grey and taupe color palettes give spaces a fresh, modern feel. It’s relaxed, modern, sophisticated, and natural all at the same time. This color combination can be minimalistic, masculine, or it can be softened to actually give the space a simple elegance to its modern base. Here are some of our favorite examples of this naturally modern color palette making some of the best interior design.
Love the polished concrete floors and countertop – naturally modern. The white keeps things fresh and light and the wood accents soften the space perfectly. Private residence in Palm Beach. (Photo credit: Homelife.com / Photography credit: Prue Ruscoe.)
Modern parisian residence. (Photo via Vartnyahem.se / Photography credit: Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer.)
Love the aggregate showing through on these white polished concrete floors – beautiful! Private residence in Capte Town, South Africa by Greg Wright Architects. (Photo credit: Homedit.com.)
Private residence by Murdock Young Architects. (Photo via Designlabyrinth blog.)
(Photo: Courtney Cox Malibu home via Elle Decor.)
(Gorgeous taupe Arne Jacobsen chair by a grey stone fireplace – modern masculine! Photo via Maison-deco.com.)
Simple and stunning! Love the combination of the modern art and the natural wood floors. This room is perfectly balanced with the contrast of materials and flowing color palette. (Photo via 1.bp.blogspot.com.)
Tranquil bedroom in soft palette of white, taupe and charcoal with linen bedcover. Very simple – but the moody grey/blue art on the gallery-style headboard ledge adds a little drama so the room doesn’t feel plain. Rather, its simple and modern. (Photo via Blissfulbblog.)
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|May 23, 2012||Posted by naturally modern under All Posts, Architecture, Decor, Interior Design|
When a nook is done right, there are few things finer. When a space has elements for interior design to be, literally, built-in (as is often the case with a “nook”), the result is a harmonious simplicity that somehow makes just being and living in the space satisfying. Here are some of our favorite examples of modern, natural nooks. Or as we light-heartedly refer to it… your nook hook-up. ;)
All photos via our Pinterest / Photo credits: 1- x-po design; 2-via ivory-essence.tumblr.com; 3 – notmybeautifulhome.tumblr.com; 4 -stillinspiration.se; 5 – tatoosandcigs.tumblr.com; 6 – thefancy.com.