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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.

living room with stone fireplace

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.

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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.

blue bedroom with green abstract curtatins

An Ode to Organic Textures and Textiles

Organic interior design is nature-inspired and blends mid-century modern or Boho-style with the concept of using natural materials. This design theme uses different representations of nature’s colors, textures, and whimsical beauty to create showstopping interior palettes. But we want to focus specifically on the fabrics and textiles that help create inviting, globally-inspired spaces—like fringe, crochet, tassels, and macrame. When applied to pillows, curtains, and throw rugs—either singularly or in combination—an engaging, layered look is achieved. Natural materials like leather, cotton, wool, flax, bamboo, and jute mix well with wood and stone elements to create beautifully organic aesthetics that soothe the senses. We absolutely love the extra level of texture and playfulness these pieces add to a space. A tasseled throw blanket strewn across a bed, or woven baskets of different heights sequestered in a corner add an unparalleled level of depth and dimensionality. These textiles come across as earthy and cozy, particularly when used in tasteful, neutral shades. Utilizing natural textures and organic textiles is a great way to elevate a space that looks cold and uninviting to one that feels just like home.

earth tones and desert hues in living area

WPG and Chameleon: A Beautiful Partnership

Chameleon Design and Woodbridge Pacific Group have had a fantastic working relationship and mutual appreciation spanning over 26 years. Our first project together in 1996 was Fairway Estates in Dove Canyon, and we’ve worked together ever since! Bradley Davis, the Marketing Director at WPG, states, “The Chameleon team is second to none, and I could not imagine working with anyone else for our design needs. Their eye for design speaks for itself, and the level of service they provide is outstanding. They push us to take risks, are flexible when we throw them curveballs, and are never satisfied with good enough. They are one of the most important pieces of the Woodbridge Pacific team, and it’s a privilege to work with them.”

The process of working with Woodbridge has always been an inspiring one, and our respective teams work closely on all aspects of the design process—from design inspiration to installation—and we share a mutual love for the homes we design, bring to fruition, and sell out! Over the years, our teams have had the honor of being chosen as finalists and receiving many top awards for the interior design of these model homes, sales offices, and communities. Having participated in award shows like the SoCal MAME Awards, The Nationals, and the Gold Nugget Awards, it’s clear that the collaboration between WPG and Chameleon Design is a beautiful one.

At this year’s 2022 MAME Awards, six of our model home designs for Woodbridge Pacific Homes—at University Park and Signature PGA WEST®—are finalists for the gold award. With interior design, trends are ever-changing, and it’s a top priority to make sure the home designs appeal to the target buyer. There are a few current trends we love talking about that, we think, helped us snag the judges’ eye! You can head over to the Woodbridge Pacific Group blog to see our top trends, but here are three to give you a sneak peek:

Earth Tones and Desert Hues

As demonstrated in Plan 7 at Citrine at Signature PGA WEST®.

White Interiors

As demonstrated in Plans 1 and 2 at Jewel at Signature PGA WEST®.

Slab Door Cabinets

As demonstrated in Plan 7 at Citrine at Signature PGA WEST®; Plan 2 at Nova at University Park; and Plan 1 at Jewel at Signature PGA WEST®.

bold living room with yellow couch and black and white striped rug

Nova Plan 2: A Refreshing Desert Oasis

When life gives you lemons, you’ll find yourself making lemonade at Nova Plan 2 at University Park by Woodbridge Pacific Group. This bright and stylish 3-bedroom home is perfect for a young family eager to experience the best of desert living. Centrally located in Palm Desert, this fresh and vibrant model sports a classic black and white aesthetic with bold pops of lemon-yellow throughout. Accent walls add visual appeal in the living room and secondary bedrooms, while natural textures and patterned tiling keep the space intriguing at every turn. We’ve added a little zest to the space by incorporating fresh, lively pops of green via house plants, especially in the dining room. Nova Plan 2 includes an entertainment-ready bar in the lounge area, coupled with open shelving for holding and displaying housewares. Residents of the Nova neighborhood have access to a variety of community amenities like pickle-ball and bocce courts, an event lawn, and even a spa, making University Park a thriving desert oasis for homebuyers.