Category: Interior Design
|November 11, 2012||Posted by naturally modern under All Posts, Architecture, Beach Houses, Houses We Love, Indoor-Outdoor, Interior Design, Naturally Modern, Notable Real Estate Sales, Outdoor Design, Vacation Homes|
Modernist architect Rudolph Schindler used movable concrete forms to create El Pueblo Ribera Court. This concrete, glass and redwood unit is one of six with views of legendary surfing beach Windansea.
Location: Windansea Beach, La Jolla 92037.
Year built: 1923
Architect: Rudolph Schindler
House size: Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, attached 2-car garage, ocean-view deck, bonus studio suite. 1,400 square feet.
Features: Redwood-beam ceilings, 1,500-square-foot deck, roof deck soaking tub, San Diego historic site designation, Mills Act property tax reduction. (via In La Jolla, a Schindler with a view – latimes.com.)
We love the way Rudolph Schindler designed this home for indoor-outdoor living. The home is U-shaped around the patio/courtyard with all the doors and windows opening up to truly experience the outdoors as an essential part of living in the home. The polished concrete floors shine with the overhead tech lighting system “floating” in between each of the redwood beams overhead. This house was definitely modern in 1023 and it is still modern by todays standards. The owners did an amazing job of adding their design sensibility with the furnishings (Kenneth Conbonpue) while letting the house itself continue to be the star.
(Photos: Jason Michael Lang Photography)
|November 6, 2012||Posted by naturally modern under All Posts, Architecture, Home Spa, Interior Design, Naturally Modern|
Here is our pin of the week! The indoor, built in-ground, concrete hot tub. We love how the rim of the tub is seamless with the floor. It looks like you could walk on water. And the horizontal fireplace built into a wall of stone the length of the tub is perfection of design.
|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 18, 2012||Posted by naturally modern under All Posts, Architecture, Home Spa, Interior Design, Naturally Modern|
Few things are more relaxing than being enveloped in the heat of a sauna. Whether you’re sweating it out after a work-out or just relaxing your body and mind, partaking in sauna time is good for you. The only problem is if your sauna design doesn’t give you the same peace of mind as the sauna itself. To us design minded folks, it matters. Here are some beautiful, modern saunas to inspire you when you go to design the sauna for your own home.
|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 26, 2012||Posted by naturally modern under Architecture, Houses We Love, Interior Design|
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.”
(All photos via LaTimes.com / Credits: Ricardo DeAratanha)
Read the LA Times article here: Malibu modern: New house makes most of every inch, every view – latimes.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)
|June 23, 2012||Posted by naturally modern under All Posts, Architecture, Houses We Love, Interior Design|
Here are some of our favorite modern, beautiful, celebrity kitchens….
Gwynth Paltrow’s Tribeca Kitchen. (Photo: August 2010 Vouge via Hookedonhouses.net.)
Meg Ryan’s Martha’s Vineyard Kitchen. (Photo: Elle Decor via Shelterpop.com.)
Courtney Cox’s Malibu Kitchen. (Photo: Currb.com.)
Jennifer Aniston’s modern gourmet kitchen (Photo via Frontdoor.com)
Matthew Perry’s Kitchen (Photo via Zillow.com)