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A Monochrome Dream at Zest Plan 4

Nothing is sweeter than the new community of Zest by Trumark Homes. Nestled on the grounds of a former historic California citrus factory in the prime SoCal location of Covina, this community offers customizable flats and townhomes. The coolest residence yet is Plan 4, which features a dramatic black-and-white color scheme with minimalist touches of soft gray. Contemporary and rounded furnishings adorn each room in this home, tastefully accompanied by a variety of patterns that play off one another. We’ve layered these intriguing elements with eye-catching focal walls that draw you in—like the bold black millwork statement wall in the master bedroom. This home design is perfect for a young professional wanting an edgy yet sophisticated abode. The flex space offers comfortable quarters for working at home and is also a great space to create an exercise oasis. This retro-contemporary home has it all—enticing boldness with all the comforts of home.

monochrome living room with modern art

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white and gray living room with modern furniture

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monochrome kitchen with black pendant lights

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white and gray dining room with sliding doors

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bedroom with black paint millwork statement wall

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gray and white bathroom with small geometric tiles

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black and white flex room with neutral accents

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monochrome bedroom with black accents

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Redefine Your Style with Sherwin Williams’ Redend Point

Sherwin Williams has announced its color of the year for 2023, and we’re loving it! Sherwin Willimas’ Redend Point SW 9081 offers a refreshing take on the new year by paying homage to subtle desert hues and highlighting nature-inspired interiors. While it’s quite different from Pantone’s bold and vibrant Viva Magenta, we think this warm and versatile color is in a league of its own. A vision of beauty inspired by connection and depth, this blush beige is the perfect mid-tone neutral. One of our favorite ways to use this shade is on an accent wall, or as a complementary layer of bedding. Trends in recent years have been moving toward earth tones, and we’re watching greens take a backseat to awe-inspiring sunset pastels and clay hues. Redend Point works great as a companion to soft, cool neutrals like grays and browns, and when mixed with wood tones that exemplify this color’s natural roots, SW 9081 really shines in a calm, cozy, and earthy way. This soft color is the perfect addition to any space when you want to freshen up your home for the new year!

pink accent wall with daybed and modern light fixture

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bedroom with gray wall and pastel decor

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baby room with white crib and pink paint stripe

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bedroom with paint decal and rattan chair

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bright great room with gray sectional and wood detailed flooring

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bright bedroom with pastel furniture

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bedroom with charcoal gray wall and modern art

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bright dining room with sleek modern furniture

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modern kitchen with orange tile backsplash

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blue gray and peach paint bedroom with rattan headboard

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bright kids room with gray bunk beds and pink curtains

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modern living room with pink and orange accents

Pantone’s 2023 Color of the Year: Viva Magenta

The wait is finally over; Pantone has announced their color of the year for 2023: Viva Magenta! This color is an unconventional hybrid of red and pink that’s rooted in the natural sunset hues we’re all familiar with. Signifying strength and optimism, this year’s color is a bold shift from 2022’s lighthearted pastel, Veri Peri. Viva Magenta is bold and joyous—exactly the mindset we aim to keep as we go into this bright new year. This pink and red hue is fabulous for interiors because it encourages self-expression, confidence, and joy as it captivates the attention of a room. It works best as an accent due to its visually loud nature, and when mixed with other colors, it’s ideal for large-scale applications like wallpaper. We have also used this shade for upholstery on furnishings, such as a small desk chair and a headboard. The effect this color has is beautiful, especially when used in small, tasteful touches, be it accent pillows or artwork. We can’t wait to take this fearless shade into 2023 and make a statement with its empowering energy as we take on an exciting new year!

living room with fireplace and green accents

Seamless Elegance at Bald Eagle Point Plan 4

In the scenic, outdoorsy town of Eagle, Idaho, lies Bald Eagle Point by Woodbridge Pacific Group, featuring spacious waterfront homesites adjacent to the Boise River. Featuring luxurious finishes, pops of deep emerald green, and a high-contrast interior with on-trend dark wood flooring, the inexplicable elegance of Residence 4 is perfect for retirees who love to entertain. In the great room, the chocolate-toned wall beside the fireplace adds a touch of depth and drama and is a perfect representation of the resurgence of warm, brown tones. With a large butler’s pantry and wine room behind the main kitchen, this home truly makes staying indoors during winter a breeze. While luxe with plenty of velvet fabrics, this home incorporates neutral details that draw inspiration from the beautiful Idaho landscape through light stone accents. Sliding glass doors help embrace the seamless indoor/outdoor design and make this home a sight to see for Idaho home buyers.

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Fiery Fireplaces

A beautifully integrated fireplace can completely change the feel of a room, no matter the season. As a natural, central focal point, it is the perfect place to congregate with friends, family, and guests. Although it’s easy to relate a fireplace to a cozy and homey atmosphere, the styling and accompanying decor can also make this stunning architectural element luxe and modern. Beneath a TV, we love to add a linear, electric fireplace with a cantilevered hearth to achieve a sleek look. This style adds a layer of functionality with a ledge for unique accessories. Add extra intrigue with floor-to-ceiling tiling around the fireplace. When the tile plays off of the other furnishings, talk about a showstopper! Of course, tile isn’t necessary, and we do love adorning traditional wood fireplaces in a more classic style. Fireplaces are great, both indoors and out, and act as an inviting hotspot. When well-decorated, it can be a cozy, toasty area to hang out all night long. We love outdoor fireplaces adorned with natural-looking stone, as it draws the eye every time.

bedroom with beige wallpaper and modern art

Groovy, Funky, and Thriving With Retro Interiors

As we move into 2023 and reflect upon all the amazing gifts 2022 has given us at Chameleon, we want to look back just a bit further. Recently, there has been a resurgence of 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s-inspired design elements in interiors, and we’re loving it! There isn’t just one way to make a space “retro,” but we have a few tips and tricks from decades past that we love to incorporate into our home designs to achieve those epic looks.

When we want to add a bit of 50s style flair, we incorporate fresh pastels into our color schemes. These bright hues keep a space playful when combined with white tones. Bright white walls and pastel accents create a clean, modern touch without being too reminiscent of “I Love Lucy.” Adding a sleek Eames chair to a corner easily completes this 50s-style decor trend.

For a bit of a 60s groove, we like to use organic-shaped furnishings—whether that’s in the form of an accent chair, sofa, or even a glossy white dining table and chairs. Of course, we can’t mention this time period without incorporating midcentury modern design, which is trending once again. Warm colors like oranges, reds, and browns add depth and stylistic intrigue that align with this mellow era.

We get funky with a nod to 70s style by using lots of walnut-toned woods through furnishings and accent decor. Pattern is also a big inspiration from this era, and we channel the decade’s carefree spirit with retro, tiled backsplashes, patterned rugs, and abstract artwork.

While most people gravitate toward the 60s and 70s-inspired decor when going for a retro interior, certain 80s trends also greatly enhance this goal. Transparent furnishings, like acrylic chairs or coffee tables, offer an unexpected and unobtrusive addition to colorful spaces.

SoCal MAME Awards winners

Dripping in Gold from the SoCal MAME Awards

Chameleon Design is honored to announce that we have taken home the gold for three of our projects at this year’s SoCal MAME Awards! We are always so excited to attend this event—hosted by the Greater Sales and Marketing Council (GSMC)—that celebrates the best of the best in homebuilding. It was our honor to partner with GSMC to provide the interactive photo booth area and help capture memorable moments during this special evening.

This award season, 12 of our projects were named finalists in five different categories, and we were part of the team for two finalists for Community of the Year. We humbly accepted these wins alongside three of our fantastic builder clients: Melia Homes, Woodbridge Pacific Group, and Brookfield Residential. Our three SoCal MAME Gold Awards were for:

  • Townes at Magnolia – Plan 4 by Melia Homes for Best Interior Merchandising of an Attached Home Plan Priced $750,000 and Above
  • Jewel at Signature PGA WEST® – Plan 1 by Woodbridge Pacific Group for Best Interior Merchandising of a Detached Home Priced $600,000 and Above
  • The Landing at Tustin Legacy by Brookfield Residential – Community of the Year (Hybrid)

As always, we are incredibly grateful for our clients, who work alongside us to create such memorable homes and spaces, and to the GSMC and Team PMP for putting together an event where we can come together and celebrate our fantastic industry!

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The Timeless Texture of Fluting

Fluting is a surface decoration technique that has historically been used in ancient architecture; however, it has increasingly been showing up in modern interior design, and we happen to love it! This design element features a series of convex grooves that cover the surface of a material and produce a ribbed texture. Fluting can be used on a variety of materials, making it a great addition in almost any form. It’s most commonly seen on hard surfaces like metal, glass, or wood and is applied to furniture like side tables, media consoles, credenzas, and dressers. Fluted finishes add a beautiful pop of drama and make the furnishings that they adorn the main event.

At Chameleon, we utilize this technique in small, tasteful touches since too much fluting in a space can be visually overwhelming and appear overdone when applied to more than a few elements. We like to incorporate fluting via the woven texture of a throw pillow or even with a stylish leather pouf. Fluting makes a piece inviting to the touch, and with the rise of textural trends, it is a timeless interior design element that can be used in both contemporary and traditional schemes.

living room with blue and emerald green accents

Elevate with Emerald Green

Modern environmentalism is taking the stage for interior design trends, and we’re seeing a bold shift to natural textures and forest-y tones. As we lean into soaking rooms in natural light and decorating with seasonal houseplants, we’re reminded that nature’s beauty is our true source of inspiration. Sage and moss greens are a soft, lovely addition to any space, but emerald green—their opulent, sophisticated sister—is attracting the spotlight this season. Emerald adds the perfect amount of depth and moodiness that complements the cold weather and the return of deep, fall-inspired hues. We love this shade in all its jewel-tone glory, whether it’s delivered in a bold splash of paint, a few simple accessories, or revamped upholstery. Naturally, like all the best things in life, emerald green is best appreciated in moderation. Rather than dousing all the walls of a room in this shade, we prefer to use touches of it where it can truly shine and have the grandest effect. For example, a boldly painted emerald green accent wall is an alluring pop of drama, while a velvety green accent chair can transform an ordinary room into one that’s rich, moody, and luxe. Surrounded by pale neutrals and a touch of gold hardware, this soothing, autumn-inspired color is the perfect upgrade to any room’s interior.

white kitchen with natural wood accents

Tranquil and Tropical – Strand Plan 1

In the beautifully scenic town of Oceanside lies one of Trumark Homes’ newest communities, Strand at Melrose Heights. It’s easy to live the California dream here, with convenient proximity to some of San Diego’s finest entertainment venues, schools, and historic destinations. The master-planned community of Melrose Heights is made up of four exquisite townhome and single-family home neighborhoods, yet Strand stands out for its aptly designed, three-story townhome floorplans with optional flex spaces and lofts.

At Strand Plan 1, fun seating areas in the backyard provide a great hangout space for family and friends, and the firepit is perfect for cool summer nights. A growing family will be delighted to find themselves in a relaxing space reminiscent of a modern tropical retreat. Modern furnishings meet pops of azure blue, teal, citron, and bright white for a fun and vacation-ready atmosphere. Palm-themed accents and natural rattan furnishings create fun, fresh, and outdoorsy surroundings. Woven light fixtures, a beautiful octagonal blue backsplash, bold patterned wallpaper, and beautiful finish carpentry details create plenty of points of interest in this home.