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Trending: Arabian Nights Meet California Dreaming

Dubai may not be on your travel itinerary this year, but you can capture the romance of a thousand and one Arabian nights by capitalizing on the Arabesque trend. Far from antique or Old World, Arabesque lends itself to modern interpretation with bold décor, including occasional furniture and pendant lights embellished with intricately carved geometric designs in brass, copper, silver and nickel. Even fanciful wallpapers allow would-be world travelers to embrace florals, geometric designs and impassioned color palettes.

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Project Highlight: Reverie, Plan 3, Rancho Mission Viejo, CA

It’s not a dream! Chameleon Design worked with William Lyon Homes to bring Reverie to life for homeowners drawn to comfortable, spacious living in Rancho Mission Viejo. We were inspired by Reverie’s farmhouse architecture and carried the style indoors.  To curate the right lived-in vibe, we mixed elements from traditional farmhouse as well as coastal design – including distressed furniture, a soothing palette of earthy neutrals and washed-and-worn blues, and natural materials – to convey comfortable casualness.

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Color Me Bold

Whether you like it spicy hot or black tie, you’re in luck because bold colors are back. Marking a distinctive departure from all things millennial pink and frothy, interior designs are awash with bold color this spring. Feeling saucy? How about painting a wall with a rich bold red like Caliente from Benjamin Moore that thrusts all hues of red and orange into the spotlight this season. Equally intense is a timeless slate of ebony-hued finishes – from lighting to doors to furniture – that lend elegance to any décor. Kitchens also get the royal treatment with expanses of moody blues, petrol greens and charcoals – creating a sophisticated backdrop for family gatherings and impromptu entertaining.

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Project Highlight: Skye by Woodbridge Pacific Group, Plan 4, Palm Springs, California

 The Skye’s the Limit in Palm Springs

Paying tribute to Desert Modernism, Skye by Woodbridge Pacific Group lies within walking distance of downtown Palm Springs and the foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains. Chameleon Design chose to boldly honor these icons when the developer extended the opportunity to model possibilities for this newly built luxury midcentury modern enclave. True to the design history of this former Hollywood playground, Chameleon Design embraced the indoor-outdoor entertaining by emphasizing exterior details, such as the many different types of entertaining areas in this pool and courtyard in the front of the home. Inside, a rich assemblage of warm neutrals and sleek finishes creates a masculine tone that is intertwined throughout. The lounge/bar is set off by a feature wall of large format 59″ x 118″ porcelain tile and the great room fireplace feature wall has two tiles that elude classic midcentury modernism. Throughout, you can find collections of original art from local artists and antique stores, minimal accessories and accents that create the sophistication of Desert Modernism. The design also makes the most of voluminous spaces, with oversized and specialty lighting that highlights kitchen, dining and retreat spaces.

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Trending: The Walls Are Alive with Color

The verdant colors of spring and summer can live all year long with greenery walls. This trend brings the outdoors in — framed as art, erected as room dividers and positioned to enliven forgotten corners. Greenery walls — also called plant walls, living walls or vertical gardens — allow urban dwellers to incorporate nature into their environments, satisfying their need to embrace the natural world and providing much-needed health benefits, including improved air quality. Some greenery walls, such as vertical planters that create organic separation between room or border conversation areas, make use of live plants when it’s convenient to provide the essentials of water, food and sunlight. Other décor choices, like framed gardens above fireplace mantels, rely on natural elements that don’t require much care, such as moss and cacti.

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Ceiling Is Believing

Just as ancient navigators gazed upward to find meaning, counting on the stars to guide them, modern homeowners can look up to find inspiration, allowing ceilings to serve as focal points of rooms. Consider ceilings as blank canvas, ready for personalization and transformation through the creative application of paint, architectural elements, wallpaper and or decorative lighting.

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Paint Misbehavin’

Perhaps the simplest way to transform a room is to wash ceilings in color, a technique that will seem to enlarge a space. Add a simple or ornate crown molding to really enhance it. Think of ceilings as a fifth wall and allow the color palette below to influence choices above. Apply decorative moldings, beams or paint bold geometric patterns to interject energy, select a single color to impart balance, or convey personal interests with painted murals of maps to dream of world travel or ethereal skies. A cool wallpaper is another option to  draw the eye upward — an especially cozy choice for bedrooms, reading nooks or conversation areas.

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Architectural Twists

Look up toward luxury with architecturally inspired elements that can transform ho-hum ceilings into high design. When applied to ceilings, luminous tile can be glamourous. Or perhaps you’re feeling nostalgic? Answer the call with ornamental ceiling medallions, metallic ceiling tiles or curvy molding that blend vintage with modern effortlessly. WE LOVE adding organic elements, such as wood beams and/or tongue & grove paneling on ceilings.

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Trending: At First Blush

Emote fall warmth with modern, magical pops of blush, and employ this on-trend rosy pink hue to create interior and exterior statements. Splash blush in the kitchen with artisanal cutting boards stacked in a mouth-watering presentation. Bookend vintage hardbacks between generous rose quartz stones. Indulgent blush cushions offer a relaxed take on the chaise lounge-turned-bench. Pair a duo of pinkish linen pillows in the mix. Reduce visual clutter while elegantly stashing throws or magazines in freestanding blush woven baskets but provide some eye candy by suspending flushed hardware pendants — or tickle your toes on a rug featuring a zigzap pattern of delicate-as-down blossom hues. Allow your countenance to mirror blush tones in and out of your residence.

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Pink Marble Tray, Spartan Shop

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Rose Quartz Bookends, Z Gallerie

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Wooden Daybed, Urban Outfitters

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Washed Linen Fabric, Serena & Lily

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Project Highlight: Celadon at Parasol Park, Plan 2, Irvine, California

A Midcentury Escape within the Great Park Neighborhoods

Meet Celadon at Parasol Park. Is it a midcentury escape or minimalist’s dream ensconced in picked-from-nature textures and colors? We believe it’s the best of both. Chameleon Design brought out the bones and beauty of these attached townhomes and detached condo-style homes in Irvine, accenting the crisp white shiplapped walls and light-embracing layout with a delicate desert palette of sand, linen, brown and white. Calming décor connect neutral silhouettes while anchoring wood and linen textures with metal pendant lights and lamps bases. Area rugs bearing geometric patterns break up an otherwise monochromic expression of midcentury-meets-minimalist design, just as sleek gray kitchen cabinets enhance porcelain limestone-look flooring. Residents can entertain guests in the spacious living room or outdoor on the hammock-hanging veranda.

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A Homeowner’s Suite Reward

Commanding the grandeur of royal retreats, owner suites provide everyday kings and queens with their own inner sanctuaries among even the most urban dwellings.  A daily retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern life awaits atop lush couches adorned with imperial throws — even the act of dressing becomes an art when enveloped in ornate walk-in closets.

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Regal Water Closets

Oversized owner suite bathrooms command more than space; these otherwise ordinary installments transform into sanctuaries when designed with rich textures and exquisite lighting. Behemoth marble tubs join throne-like vanities, especially when wrapped in chic materials — consider white Thassos, polished carrara or Artemis tiles — to elevate bathing into a ritual. Create a statement wall of passage porcelain or mix media with armour textures and stone accents. Spare no details when it comes to dual shower heads and sophisticated hardware for spa-like features at home.

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Project Highlight: Mason, Plan 2, Playa Vista, CA

Beachy, Dreamy and Extremely Modern

Meet Mason in Playa Vista. Is it a beach escape or a city enclave? We say both – although homebuyers in this Westside Los Angeles community simply call it a modern dream. Brookfield Residential engaged Chameleon Design to bring this coastal brownstone to life. We chose a spectrum of beachy colors to adorn the wood floors, linen upholstery, woven accents and exposed brick walls, and relied upon a shock of abstract art and a sampling of chandeliers and pendant lights for a modern take on coastal living. Residents can entertain effortlessly on the deck or retreat to a chaise lounge in their master bedroom. Even a blue barn door – a nod to the Pacific Ocean – is meant to evoke the natural wonders outdoors while providing privacy inside.

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