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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.

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.

colorful seating area with art and vibrant wallpaper

The Secrets of Open Shelving

We’re loving open shelving as a functional design element in minimalist interiors. This trend has grown in popularity in recent months, and it’s easy to see why. Mounted wall shelves, stand-alone multi-tier bookcases, and built-in shelving add personality and modern style to any space. We aim to highlight opportunities future residents have to showcase their own, personalized aesthetic, and these decor elements do just that. The units encourage the tasteful display of each homebuyer’s favorite trinkets and provide easy access to frequently used items. A great, dimensional application is a built-in bookshelf that frames a fireplace or wallpaper feature wall. Shelves help to balance and frame a wall, while also providing space to display coveted accessories like art, sculptures, plants, and vases. This customizable element complements a variety of design styles and has the ability to set the tone for a room’s spatial aesthetic.

white living room with blue suede furniture and checkered rug

A Dash Of Drama ft. Dark Wood

Pristine, white interiors had their moment in the sun, but now we’re seeing dark and moody spaces taking the spotlight. While soft, Scandinavian shades and blond woods have been a favorite in recent years, we’re embracing high contrast interiors with dark wood tones that envelop and welcome you. Deep brown colors evoke sophistication and bravado, and when paired with soothing houseplants, can have a calming effect. This style beautifully complements contemporary aesthetics and furnishings, which playfully aligns with the resurgence of modern home decor. We are careful to ensure the space doesn’t become overly dim by incorporating light, contrasting elements. In a kitchen, dark wood cabinetry looks great in conjunction with a pale-colored island and countertop. However, this effect isn’t limited to cabinetry or any other finish in the home. In our projects, we’ve used porcelain tile with the appearance of natural wood across an entire wall as an accent wall, and the effect it has is showstopping and unique! We’ve also used wood veneer wallpaper to create a feature wall for a similar effect. Dark, dramatic wood undertones stylishly elevate any interior, and provide a handsomely grand vibe.

colorful living room, green sofa, decorative house plants, colorful rug, blue and green lounge area

Hop On the Velvet Love Train

At Chameleon Design, we have a longstanding love for velvet fabric. It’s one of those comfortingly cozy, textural elements that can be used in design styles ranging from modern, to bohemian, and even minimalistic. This dramatic material is often underused and can be seen as heavy and overwhelming, but when incorporated in the right ways, velvet becomes the grounding focal point of any room. While it looks chic and subtle in a neutral hue, it vividly transforms the vibe when chosen in bold, bright colors like vibrant green, cobalt blue, turquoise, or burnt orange. Some of our models with the most vibrant color schemes incorporate an ottoman, sofa, or accent chair in a crushed velvet fabric, and the elegance it adds to each space is unmatched. If we only want to incorporate a small touch of velvet, we tend to do this in the form of throw pillows, alongside pillows in other materials for a fun mix of textures. It’s a delicate balance, but working with this popular fabric is well worth the effort when you see the luxurious results.

bright living room with blue and yellow area rug and colorful throw pillows

Colorful & Groovy at Nova Plan 4

University Park is a new, spirited community by Woodbridge Pacific Group, centrally located in Palm Desert, CA. One of the newest neighborhood additions, Nova Plan 4, takes a nod to mod with its influential design style and bright color palette. Plan 4 at Nova is on trend with groovy, curvy shapes and furnishings highlighted by splashes of turquoise, pink, lime, and black throughout. Pops of color get their moment with the help of contrastingly clean, white walls and flooring. The main living area is a sight to behold with a standout patterned throw rug and matching bright yellow accent chair. Colorful abstract art adorns the walls in the bedrooms, and accent walls of bright blue and green make each room a fresh, new experience. Residents at University Park have access to top-tier schools and amenities like tennis, pickleball, bocce ball courts, and resort-style pools for cooling off in the hot desert sunshine. Take happiness into your hands and experience the beauty of desert living, no matter the season.