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YOU DO IT YOUR WAY: A TRIBUTE TO THE RAT PACK

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. Skye is living up to its heritage as a Hollywood playground — an enclave offering a dream community that will only get better over time — in part thanks to the striking midcentury styling and updated designs Chameleon Design infused into this discerning community, showcased by this Residence 2 floor plan.

Chameleon Design struck a bold departure from other model interiors to pay homage to Desert Modernism, postwar Palm Springs’ rich midcentury modern architecture. The design evokes the bygone elegance of the Rat Pack and other Hollywood icons who favored this desert oasis as their swinging playground. A vintage avocado-and-aqua palette is enriched with velvet throws and faux fur; gold and brass accents add glamour.


Skye is living up to its heritage as a Hollywood playground, earning the Gold award for Best Detached Community of the Year, an honor Chameleon Design shares with Woodbridge Pacific Group, Hannouche Architects, Roxburgh, Professional Design Associates and Outdoor Dimensions. The Nationals also honored Chameleon Design with the Gold award for the Best Interior Merchandising of a Model priced over $1.5 million and a Silver award in the same category.

Artful interplay between indoor/outdoor space is evident in the lounge, which draws attention to the lavish pool court — where a signature sculpture and suspended seating basket elevate otherwise versatile furnishings. Unadorned sliders also permit seamless transition to outdoor leisure.

Although nostalgic, the design feels thoroughly fresh; Chameleon Design catered to sophisticated buyers who prize their homes as entertainment centers. With extravagant light fixtures and adjacent cocktail lounge, the crisp white kitchen boosts an open island design, ideal for entertaining. A great room with hearth and media wall completes the hospitality spaces. Large-format porcelain tile flooring unites the whole design, and retreats are equally distinctive. Book-matched marble, cantilevered cabinetry and recessed mirrors dramatize the master bath. Textural linens and wall coverings, and locally produced art and accents highlight all bedrooms.

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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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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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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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Trending: Light Up Your Life with Geometric Design

Summer calls for geometric-shaped lighting to give your space an uncomplicated glow. These sleek shapes, cool metals and pin-point angles will light up your life – casting their brilliance across entire rooms or brightening only the corners you choose. A simple triad of hanging fixtures offers plenty of shine without adding bulk to a modern space, or mix shapes by styling with cones, cylinders and spheres to give standing, hanging and pendant lighting a schooling in modern design.

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Must-Haves for the Modern Family

Just because modern families operate at dizzying speeds doesn’t mean there isn’t time to incorporate classic styles into contemporary homes – and timeless doesn’t have to echo time warp when approached with chic interpretations of perennial favorites. Rock the ages with cheeky destinations and updated materials for oversize mirrors, accent chairs and hanging terrariums.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Classic mirrors reflect modern families when styled to add sparkle to otherwise staid areas. Consider that mirrors reflect natural light; wield them at whim to make any space feel ample and bright. The secret to creating effortless entryways is to stage a bespoke welcome – transforming guests into friends, and friends into family – with an oversize mirror. Or spotlight living on the edge with a long, beveled style in the living room.

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Invisible Seating

As clear as day and ready to play, acrylic accent chairs work hard at looking good. These translucent wonders triumph in a kitchen or dining room by providing extra seating without the visual clutter. To coax their transparent thermoplastic fibers into creating curiosity in any space, try pairing an acrylic chair with a timeless wood stool or perching a see-through seat under a bathroom window and piling it high with books or a plant. Cozy desks pair just right with ghosted chairs, too.

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Hovering On High

Invite the wonder of nature to reside indoors – in a modern casing, of course. The iconic terrarium is back to wow, this time trending as gilded-edge glass or hanging orbs inviting wonder. Get a jump on the updated aesthetic with tabletop terrariums blooming with tiny plants. For a classic presentation, perch them in a group along with treasured books or prints, or send low-lying shrubs on high with hanging terrariums.

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