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Catalan at Allevare Defines Casual Luxe

This elegant Catalan model home at Allevare by Toll Brothers elevates everyday living with thoughtful touches and refined features. The composition plays with contrasts layered with neutral hues and natural elements in this cozy and modern single-level home in Buckeye, AZ. Dark and light, hard and soft, and lines and curves mix with wood furnishings and nature-inspired textures. Dramatic wall paneling at the entry immediately sets the tone and draws the eye inward. Similar black paneling extends into the great room to unify both spaces and serve as a feature wall that houses both a fireplace and TV. Mid-century furnishings like a marble-topped hexagonal cocktail table, dining table and chairs, and buffet connect the kitchen, living room, and dining spaces. Area rugs, soft textures, lighting, and wall art establish a distinction between each room while showing the spaciousness of the smaller floor plan. When it comes to art, don’t be afraid to add a large-scale piece, like the abstract artwork we curated for the kitchen. It creates a stunning statement that elevates the feel of the room.

A large covered backyard patio traverses the length of the home and creates a seamless transition from inside to outside. Our team made every square inch count with multiple areas for dining, lounging, and socializing. The backyard is also accessible from the primary bedroom suite continuing the home’s modern and sophisticated styling. Textured grid wallpaper, a linen duvet, and an upholstered chaise lounge soften the masculine undertones of this comfortable retreat. Wallpaper is having a moment, and the team used patterned selections for impact in the home office and laundry room among honey and walnut tones and textural features. Who says these super-functional spaces can’t be cool!

Dining Room at Catalan Plan at Verrado by Toll Brothers Arizona

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Blue foyer with table at Catalan Plan at Verrado by Toll Brothers Arizona

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Great Room at Catalan Plan at Verrado by Toll Brothers Arizona

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Living room with fireplace at Catalan Plan at Verrado by Toll Brothers Arizona

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Laundry room at Catalan Plan at Verrado by Toll Brothers Arizona

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Mud room with shelves at Catalan Plan at Verrado by Toll Brothers Arizona

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Home office at Catalan Plan at Verrado by Toll Brothers Arizona

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Master bedroom at Catalan Plan at Verrado by Toll Brothers Arizona

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Master bathroom with dual sinks at Catalan Plan at Verrado by Toll Brothers Arizona

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Guest room at Catalan Plan at Verrado by Toll Brothers Arizona

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Backyard with pool at Catalan Plan at Verrado by Toll Brothers Arizona

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4 Pandemic Design Insights Here to Stay

The pandemic has inspired us to think differently about our homes. For more than a year, homes have assumed many different functions, often all at the same time. We’re in the middle of a collective reimagining of what home is and what it could be as we continue adapting and prioritizing our lives. Throughout this shift, we’ve been sharing trends and insights that are evolving from this cultural pivot. And now, as the country’s vaccination efforts continue and state restrictions ease, there are several pandemic-inspired home design trends we predict are here to stay.

With many employers making remote work long-term or even permanent, families are opting to relocate from urban areas to the suburbs for larger homes and backyards. Outdoor living spaces are getting a luxe refresh with pools, kitchens, gardens, and kids’ play areas, offering safer spaces for friends and family to gather and socialize. There’s a rising interest in unifying indoor and outdoor spaces to create even more functional living areas. Functionality is a top priority, and people are seeking out homes that offer a good balance of shared and private areas that help achieve work-life balance. Rooms that only serve a single function are out, and multi-purpose spaces are in. As such, expect even more interest in built-ins and stylish storage pieces that control clutter.

The pull for authentic and natural materials offers breathing space from our hyperconnected and technological lives. Expect more non-porous and organic surfaces and furnishings that limit the spread of germs and are easy to clean. Color has also come back in a major way to create a mood or vibe. There’s a real ‘go for it’ feeling as people desire to channel their personalities through color. Palettes are bolder, brighter, and saturated. There’s also a movement toward more distinctive design styles like retro, maximalism, grand millennial, and cottage core styling. As designers, we’re thrilled to see more people loving on their homes and creating spaces that authentically reflect their personalities!

 

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multi-functional living spaces by Chameleon Design

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multi-functional and sophisticated bonus rooms and living spaces by Chameleon Design

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multi-functional play room, patio, and garage space by Chameleon Design

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authentic and unique decor in chic living spaces by Chameleon Design

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authentic and luxurious decor pieces by Chameleon Design

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colorful wall art, rugs, and furniture by Chameleon Design

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yellow and blue home decor by Chameleon Design

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living room in Plan 2 at The QUE by Woodbridge Pacific Group

Chameleon Takes Home the Gold for Plan 2 at The QUE

It’s time to celebrate! This year, our work for Plan 2 at The QUE by Woodbridge Pacific Group took home gold at The Nationals Awards in the category of Best Interior Merchandising of a Model Priced $500,000 to $600,000! The Nationals is the pre-eminent awards and honors program in homebuilding and interior design, representing some of the most creative and forward-thinking talent in both industries. It’s our version of the Academy Awards, and we can’t think of a better way to spread the cheer, than to revisit this fantastic award-winning home in beautiful Palm Springs!

We gave this three-bedroom model a bright white palette so the desert sunlight becomes an elemental design feature that bounces off surfaces and furnishings. Textural neutrals play up the sophistication with warm wood furnishings, like a glass-topped tree trunk cocktail table, striking driftwood sculpture, and chandeliers in bamboo and rattan that play up the volume of the ceilings. The open kitchen is clean and modern with clean white oak luxury plank porcelain pairing perfectly with two-toned cabinets in white and greige. The upstairs is full of opportunities for reflection and repose while enjoying a favorite cocktail as per Palm Springs lifestyles demand. Layered neutrals continue upstairs in both bedrooms. We kept the loft understated so its large windows bring the San Jacinto Mountain views into the space, creating a wondrous mural-type effect that blends the indoors and outdoors. With its refined luxury and modern desert vibe, it’s no surprise this coveted plan sold out quickly, and we couldn’t be happier that it’s been recognized with the highest honors by our industry peers!

living room in Plan 2 at The QUE by Woodbridge Pacific Group

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living room in Plan 2 at The QUE by Woodbridge Pacific Group

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living room and kitchen in Plan 2 at The QUE by Woodbridge Pacific Group

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neutral armchair in Plan 2 at The QUE by Woodbridge Pacific Group

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white kitchen in Plan 2 at The QUE by Woodbridge Pacific Group

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loft in Plan 2 at The QUE by Woodbridge Pacific Group

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sideboard and mirrors in Plan 2 at The QUE by Woodbridge Pacific Group

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master bedroom in Plan 2 at The QUE by Woodbridge Pacific Group

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secondary bedroom in Plan 2 at The QUE by Woodbridge Pacific Group

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How to Accessorize Your Home With Intention

“The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.”
– Clairee, Steel Magnolias

Accessories provide the finishing touches for a home and give it soul and character. They allow your personality shine through and round out furnishings through color, size, texture, and placement. Whether you go bold and vibrant to add fun focal points or warm and neutral for layered sophistication, the important thing is to be intentional about quantity and placement on tables, open shelves, counters, and bookcases (we LOVE a well-styled bookcase). Go for a curated look to avoid creating clutter and to give your eye freedom to move around the room. White space (aka negative space) is your friend and necessary to establish cohesion. It’s especially important in model home interiors—a good designer will balance the decor theme with negative space to help buyers imagine living in the home.

If all this feels overwhelming, follow a few simple guidelines to artfully accessorize your home. Play with size, scale, and shape and mix contrasting colors, textures, and materials. Break up large surface areas with layers and incorporate natural materials. Running out of decor ideas? Repetition of objects looks wonderful, too, especially if it ties into the theme of a room. Accessories are a fun and low-commitment way to make your interiors come alive; simply move them around or swap them out for a different look!

green accessories in Plan 1 at Flair

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neutral accessories in Plan R1 at Origin

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kids decor in Plan 2 at Dover at Compass Bay

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wood accents dresser decor in Plan 2 at Celadon

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lavender vignette in Plan 1 at Trend

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bar accessories in Plan 1 at Dover at The QUE

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greenery and decor at Loden

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kids decor in Plan 1 at Center House

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white accessories in Plan 4 at Skye

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office space at Allevare

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pet storage in Plan 1 at Skye

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colorful glassware in Plan 1 at Skye

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black mirror in Plan 1 at Origin

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black and white decor in Plan 6 at Verge

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console table styling at Loden

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cocktail table decor in Plan 1 at Skye

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black and white gallery wall in Plan 6 at Verge

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console table styling at Loden

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nursery gallery wall in Plan 3 at Modo

No-Fail Gallery Walls

If you’ve been following our blog, you know we love a good gallery wall. They instantly dress up a blank space and provide clues about the personality and character of a home’s inhabitants. There’s also a lot of design paralysis around gallery walls, so we’re here to take away the overwhelm.

Chances are you already have many of the ingredients for your display. Well-loved art, photographs, mementos, or memorabilia are all good places to start. Keep things to a single color palette for a curated look or freewheel it with color for a fun informal vibe. Frames can be the same size and color for uniformity or you can use complementary colors with varying orientations. Plan your layout on the floor first, starting with the largest piece as a visual anchor, or keep things neat and tidy using a grid formation. When planning your image gallery, think beyond the wall, too. Create a layered look by leaning frames along an open shelf or bookcase, or make it more three-dimensional by layering pieces, such as a mirror, sconce, or other mounted decor. Your gallery, your choice!

nursery gallery wall in Plan 3 at Modo

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blue gallery wall in Plan 1 at Verge

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family photo gallery in Plan 3 at Modo

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open shelf photo gallery in Plan 1 at Origin

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black and white gallery wall at Riverstone Information Center

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mixed media gallery wall in Plan 4 at Dover at Compass Bay

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line art gallery wall in modern living room

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bedroom gallery wall in Plan 1 at Hideaway

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layered gallery wall in Plan 2 at Trend

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abstract gallery wall in Plan 3 at Enliven

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teen room gallery wall in Plan 4 at Citron

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Multi-Functional Spaces at Dover at Compass Bay’s Plan 4

The Plan 4 model at Dover at Compass Bay is a little modern masculine and a lot of casual luxury situated in the desirable city of Newark on the San Francisco Bay. Upon entry, you look through the dining area and into the great room. There is a lovely play of comfort, laid-back luxury, and masculine sophistication with the use of gray, black, and tan. Balanced with contrasts of textural and smooth, raw and refined that play off one another and encourage the eye to dance around the light-filled open-concept floor plan. A dramatic inky black wall and wood slice decor welcome you down the hall towards the garage entry/drop zone and beyond to the home’s main living areas.

Upstairs in the master bedroom, striking black tongue-and-groove paneling takes a turn three quarters up the wall, warm wood bedside cabinets, and a frosted glass chandelier offer moments of relaxation and repose. It wouldn’t be 2021 if we didn’t include some creative use of space, and multiple master closets allowed us to seamlessly integrate a stylish and cohesive workstation that can be more private when you close the black-framed sliding doors. The study room for parents and kids is a multi-purpose design done right. Kids can make the most of its layout with multiple workstations, a Zoom-worthy floating desk, and contemporary art background. The secondary bedroom and laundry room continue the calm and cool palette with warm wood touches, making this three-bedroom floor plan by Trumark Homes a welcoming retreat many families would love to call home.

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Big on Style Multi-Functional Spaces

It’s been a year since we’ve been mostly home-bound, and if you haven’t gone out and purchased a larger one, chances are you’ve looked for ways to maximize the space you have. Our needs have changed and expectations of our homes have evolved, and sometimes there isn’t room to expand. Multi-functional spaces are a trend that isn’t going away any time soon, but it can be a real challenge keeping these areas looking great when they have to accommodate various purposes. But there’s nothing a little necessity and creativity can’t solve! Approach these spaces with intention and an air of ingenuity so they blend with the home’s existing decor. Think about matching functions, like adding a school/study area to a playroom, or game tables to the garage for some family recreation. We’ve even seen some creative (and brave!) parents add their workspace to the playroom. In 2021 layouts are more informal, and main living areas are now offices and makeshift home gyms, so adding storage furniture for laptops, other office items, and workout equipment will keep clutter down. Set your Zoom ‘stage’ in the room with the best light and background (great wallpaper or artwork is a plus!). Create a transitional space from indoors to outdoors to expand your living area. Make the most of your patio or deck with comfortable seating for working in the afternoon and dinner al fresco with the family. Thoughtful execution is key to stylish spaces that work for everyone. See how we’ve created multi-functional rooms for our clients for some inspiration!

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Time to Shine—Drop Zones and Mud Rooms

We rarely read design accolades of a mud room/drop zone, and we think it’s time to give this workhorse of a space its due! If you’re fortunate enough to have one in your home (if not create one!), a mud room or drop zone is a place to shed the day away and drop all goods and go. It’s a transitional space, one where the family passes through for a brief moment on their way to the kitchen or family room or out the door. Make organization part of the design with a custom built-in or storage cabinet, a bench for putting on shoes, baskets, and wall hooks. Create a spot for mail, keys, and small odds and ends. All items should have a home that’s within easy reach when rushing in or out the door. Don’t forget to personalize it and make it your own! Add art, greenery, a rug, and objects that speak to you and align with existing decor. Make it a place you want to be in, even if only for a short time as you go on about your day!

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Beauty Between the Lines in this Minimalist Art Trend

It’s always interesting to see artistic styles that dominate the collective and how they evolve over time. One trend that’s adorning many gallery walls right now is line art. True to its name, line art is a deliberate display of straight or curved lines against a plain or neutral background. The foundational element of artistic expression, the line’s representation in its most basic form is elegant in its singularity. Long, short, narrow, or thick. Straight, angular, or full of curve – line art often alludes to familiar silhouettes or abstract shapes. Pieces are minimalistic in nature as they embrace empty space with clean and bold lines with no or minimal shading.

While most express images in black and white, we’re seeing more color pop up in this trend as well as negative space drawings with white lines on a dark canvas. Its beauty also resides in its versatility, as these abstract forms complement any room in the home, from the family room and dining area, to the bedroom, bath, or home office. Break up your gallery wall and create some visual breathing room with this understated art trend. Here are some images from our own work to spark your creativity!

 

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Moments of Calm: How to Create Them in Your Home

It’s always fun and eye-opening to review our most popular blog posts of the year, and looking back over 2020 we definitely noticed a trend. Posts that featured calming and soothing decor and ideas, like neutral paint colors, curved furnishings, soft textures, and moody bedrooms enjoyed the most views. And because 2020 was, well, 2020, it’s no surprise. With all of the upheaval and turbulence happening around us, it’s natural to want our homes to feel safe, serene, and peaceful. As we’ve turned our focus inward, our homes have become our safe harbors, places of refuge, and retreat to enjoy calm, quiet, and some much-needed zen. We’re seeing more interest in creating the resort or staycation experience at home, like private spaces for yoga, meditation rooms, pools, and spa-worthy bathrooms.

It’s also easy to add elements of calm without committing to a renovation or remodeling project. Consider the power of paint to set the mood of a room, from creamy whites and alabaster to luxurious dark hues. Wood furnishings warm up a room and create connections to the outdoors. Sheer curtains diffuse natural light and cast a lovely glow. Treat yourself to little luxuries that offer special moments of rejuvenation and joy. Make up the bed in ultra-soft sheets and a washed linen duvet and bring sumptuous and oversized towels to the master bath. And never underestimate the restorative potential of a well-placed candle, pillow, or potted plant. Elevate the every-day in the home to reground, uplift, and enhance well-being!

 

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