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Why You Should Add a Statement Piece to Your Home

The purpose of a statement piece is fairly self-explanatory: it makes a statement. The right pieces can make a big impact and dramatically change the look of a room, with just one new addition. How great is that? Do you have a room in your home that is fine but could use a little pizazz? Whether it’s the living room or the guest room, a simple addition like a statement chair or piece of artwork hung on the wall can give you just the boost you need. Here are some things to help you decide if you should add a statement piece of your own:

You Have Too Much of the Same
This can happen when you furnish a room in your home with multiple pieces from the same store or have a minimalist look. The space may look sleek and fluid but you’ll likely get bored with it really fast. A statement piece of home décor can easily solve this problem, helping an otherwise bland interior while also reflecting your personality and style.

Photo: Martha Mulholland

You’re Lacking Color or Pattern
If your statement making piece has a pattern on it, it may be just what your room full of neutrals needs. This will help to create balance, while adding color and interest to your space.

Photo: Chameleon Design

Photo: Chameleon Design

You Need a Focal Point

There are certain pieces that are more secondary such as an end table, mirror, or nightstand and those become more of a supporting element. If you’re looking for your statement piece to really up the wow factor make sure it’s a main part of the room, you need to go for something larger such as a bed or console.

Photo: Chameleon Design

Photo: Chameleon Design

You Want More Character

Without a doubt a statement piece adds character and a wow factor. It draws your eye in when you enter the room and stands as a conversation starter when guests come over. It can be bold, unique, eclectic and anything from a distinctive piece of furniture or a bold painting to an incredible vintage rug to anchor the room.

Photo: Chameleon Design

Photo: Chameleon Design

Best Furniture Pieces for Small Scale Spaces

In a smaller room, you want to maximize your space as much as possible and how you decorate is everything. A few of the wrong pieces can overtake the room and throw the balance off entirely making the space feel small and cramped. However, that same room can feel open and larger if you select the right pieces of furniture, including some that do double duty eliminate the need for extra pieces. Below are our top picks for making your smaller rooms feel comfortable:

Bench
A backless bench is a highly versatile piece that can easily be moved from room to room. In the dining room it can be used for seating and tucked under the table when not being used. It can also be pulled into the living room or family room when guests are over and you find yourself without enough chairs, or even used in the bathroom against a wall to stack extra towels.

Chameleon Design Bathroom

Photo: Chameleon Design

Settee
A small settee, or love seat as it’s also known, is perfect for areas that aren’t large enough for a full-size sofa or two bulky chairs. And just like the bench, it can also be pulled up to a dining table for added seating.

Photo: West Elm

Photo: West Elm

Nesting Tables
When you have guests over, tabletop real estate to place drinks or food on is hard to come by. But a set of nesting tables or pedestal table will solve the problem in a snap. When they aren’t in use, they stack together or can be tucked neatly into a corner.

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Large Mirror
It’s not news that a mirror is one of the easiest tricks to make a small space appear larger. Don’t forget this simple and affordable addition to make your room appear bigger and brighter. Bonus points if you can hang it across from a window to boost the natural light.

Photo: Domaine

Desk
You might not use a desk for working daily, but a smaller Parsons desk or floating desk are both great for smaller rooms. Both can double as extra table space and a floating desk has a table portion that flips down, opening up space when not in use.

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Pouf/Ottoman
Poufs and ottomans come in a wide variety of sizes and colors and are also typically very affordable. They can be use as footrests, extra seats or side tables so they are great to have around.

Photo: Chameleon Design

Photo: Chameleon Design

 

Chameleon Design Featured Project: Celadon at 9th & Broadway // San Diego, CA

Chameleon Design is proud to announce that a new project- Celadon in San Diego- just won a special SoCal Award for Community Space! We are so excited to be recognized for “Best Community Amenity Feature” for this building that’s also a model of sustainable design.

Located in a redeveloping urban area on a former parking lot, Celadon at 9th and Broadway from BRIDGE Housing features an eco-roof garden with drought tolerant planting, sustainable landscaping and open spaces, a solar photovoltaic system built as a vertical façade on the south side of the building, and a solar hot water system above the roof. The indoor lounge spaces in the multi-purpose rooms on the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th & 15th floors offer various types of seating groupings with TV viewing, dining and game tables. The outdoor lounge areas offer a variety of comfort seating with views of downtown, PetCo Park and the Coronado Bridge.

Of the 250 apartment units in this 17-story building, 25 will be reserved for youth aging out of foster care and adults under the MHSA program and 63 apartments will serve frail seniors under the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

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Lobby

Lounge

Cafeteria

Classroom

Patio

Home Design Trends // Black Hardware

Move over brass and copper, there’s a new metal shade taking the wheel. Black hardware with a matte finish is having its moment. From sink faucets to sconces to cabinet pulls, black hardware feels unique and special and looks incredible against white such as marble. Take a look at the inspiration images below with your own home in mind.

Photo: Stylelingual

Photo: Hecker Guthrie

Photo: Ace Hotel, Los Angeles

Cabinet Pull, Lowes Hardware

Wall Sconce, Currey & Company

Wall Sconce, Currey & Company

 

How to Transition Your Home From Summer to Fall

It’s always bittersweet when Labor Day weekend rolls around, as we know that means it’s time to say goodbye to summer. However, fall has an appeal all its own and the fact that it ushers in the holiday season makes it a special time. It’s also a natural time to transition your home for the cooler temps that will be here before we know it.  With simple things like swapping out textures and colors and adding natural elements into your décor, your home will be beautiful, comfortable and ready for the cooler days ahead. 

Layer Your Home
Just like we begin to layer our clothes come Fall, you can do the same with your home. Use differing but complementary colors, patterns and textures to add instant warmth to any room. Double up on pillows to make couches and beds extra cozy and try throwing sheepskins on your summery printed chairs, for texture and to create a warmer vibe.

Photo: Homepolish.com

Swap Out Your Bedding
When you feel that first chill in the air, it’s a great time to freshen up your bedding for the fall season. If you had lightweight cotton bedding for the summertime, incorporate luxe, cozy textures like cashmere or a soft flannel for fall. Fresh shams and maybe a few new throw pillows in richer tones will complete the look.

Photo: Chameleon Design

Ready Your Fireplace
Most of us don’t use the fireplace at all during the spring/summer months, so it’s likely that it could use a good cleaning to prepare for the cooler nights fall will usher in. A contractor of fireplace inspector will sweep the chimney and check for possible safety hazards, which is good to do once a year. If you prefer not to use your fireplace, you can create a beautiful and warm feeling with white pillar candles in varied sizes.

Photo: Chameleon Design

Prep Your Patio
Don’t neglect your favorite summertime space when the seasons begin to change. As fall ushers in, we experience some of the best weather of the year and evenings spent outdoors are lovelier than ever. Look into inexpensive fire pits if you don’t have a built-in and throw some machine-washable blankets on the outdoor furniture to fight that slight chill.

Photo: Chameleon Design

Pay Attention to Your Plants
One of the prettiest and most inexpensive ways to decorate for the fall season is to put foliage, flowers, and produce on display. Bring in an armful of cut branches or fill bowls with apples, pears, pomegranates, and nuts. Pumpkins and gourds are perfect in October and November.

Photo: Florali.com

Dim the Lights
Candles add a perfect touch to fall decor. As the days get cooler and we want to curl up with blankets, good books and warm cups of tea, a candle-lit room creates a perfect fall ambiance. Change the fragrance of your candles so they have more of a holiday feeling. Go for a warmer, muskier scent- we love Le Labo’s Santal 26 and Diptique Fig.

Photo: Barney’s NY

 

Home Design Trends // Layered Rugs

Layering area rugs is an easy way to add color and texture to your floors, while bringing dimension and interest to a room.  You can layer multiple rugs to create a custom size or if you can’t afford to get the large area rug you really want, buy it in a smaller size that you can afford, and put an inexpensive large rug down as the base. It’s also a easy way to incorporate mixed patterns and lend a relaxed bohemian style to a space that can easily be changed up later.There are no set-in-stone rules when creating this look- just make sure the bottom rug pokes out below the top rug to show off the layering effect.

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Photo: Remodelista

Photo: Domaine.com

Photo: Homepolish.com

 

Chameleon Design + Greer’s OC

We’re proud to announce that our very own Eve Lowey is the newest guest contributor to Greer’s OC! The site’s new “Interiors” section will feature home design trends in a section called Design by a Chameleon. Make sure you look for us in the Daily Dose of OC e-newsletter!Picture+1

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Chameleon Design Featured Project: Canvas, Plan 2 // Lakewood, CA

The Canvas collection of attached homes are conveniently located in Lakewood, near Long Beach. The architecture and color scheme of the building exteriors are contemporary and we designed the interiors to compliment that style. Plan 2 has three bedrooms and two baths and was given a clean, fresh look with light wood flooring and darker wood cabinets and furniture. A neutral paint palette of cream tones covers the walls which provide a perfect canvas for colorful pop art placed throughout the space. Bits of turquoise and mid-century modern pieces finish off this fun look.

Family Room

Family Room

Kitchen

Kitchen

Bonus Room

Bonus Room

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Kids Room

Kids Room

Home Design Trends // Wire & Mesh

The industrial look continues to be a popular trend for interiors and recently there’s recently been a huge influx of wire and mesh furniture and accessories coming on the market. It’s stripped-back structure and subtle appeal that mixes well with any era or design style, makes it the perfect addition to any interior space. We’ve seen such a variety of pieces that we love, from woven tables and mesh chairs to light fixtures.

Wire & Glass Pendant Light, Pottery Barn

Vintage Brass Finish Iron Wire Accent Table, 55 Downing Street

Vintage Brass Finish Iron Wire Accent Table, 55 Downing Street

Woodard Wrought Iron with Mesh Settee, 1st Dibs

Woodard Wrought Iron with Mesh Settee, 1st Dibs

5 Drawer Mesh Wire Storage, Cheungs

Bertoia Barstool, Knoll

Bertoia Barstool, Knoll

Make Sure These Features Are Included in Your Plan

From the countertops to the closets to the flooring, there are many things to consider in the home buying process. You’ll find that it takes hours upon hours of working with the architect or building designer to ensure you get exactly what you want. There are so many details to check off the list, that some of the obvious items that buyers assume are included aren’t discussed and can lead to big surprises in the budget later on. Our advice is to make sure these things are specified and confirmed with the builder well in advance so you’re all on the same page. Below are a few of the main features that may be missing from your plan:

 

Flooring
The plan should specify the intended floor finish, such as wood, tile, carpet or polished concrete. Carpet is often left out of the building quote and since you’ll likely handle it directly through a supplier. However, other types of flooring, wood in particular, are a different story. Wood flooring is too general of a term, as it can include wood laminates, floating wood floorboards, bamboo and traditional strip flooring. With such a wide range of products and costs, it’s important to understand what the builder has allowed for to avoid any surprises.

Photo: Chameleon Design

Photo: Chameleon Design

Lighting
Lighting is one of the most common items to cause unhappy surprises in a buyer’s budget. The main reason for this is that an electrical plan is completed at the quoting stage. At this point, you’re likely still unaware of the lighting options available, as well as their costs. This can lead to prices being highly underestimated in terms of number and type of lights. Make sure you visit a showroom in the early stages of your project to better inform yourself about what the builder is quoting.

Photo: Chameleon Design

Photo: Chameleon Design

Woodwork
Homeowners are more and more likely to want built-in cabinets for storage and display solutions in a variety of spaces, including the bathrooms, laundry room, bedrooms and family room. Woodwork is easy to identify on a floor plan, but just like wood flooring there are so many options in terms of color, material, fittings, design detail and hardware, it’s very difficult for builders to quote an accurate cost for the item. It’s smart to enlist the help of an interior designer to develop detailed drawings for quoting or specify an allowance in your plan.

Photo: Chameleon Design

Photo: Chameleon Design

Closets
Custom closets are a must-have for many buyers these days. But there are many options for actually fitting out a closet, from wire racks and shelves to high-end custom cabinets. People tend to focus on the size of the closet and forget to consider the details of how it will be used. You can ensure more accurate quotes by including details in the drawings.

Photo: Pottery Barn

Photo: Pottery Barn

Wall tile
Wall tiling is another line item that is assumed to be included in the builder’s quote. However, it’s necessary that both the cost of the tiles and the extent to which they will be used is clear. For example, you’ll need to know the cost per square foot that has been allowed for the tiles (for both floor and wall), as well as whether the wall tiles have been quoted as full height, half height or even skirting tiles only. This may well vary from one bathroom to the next, so make sure to set out your expectations room by room.

Photo: Chameleon Design

Photo: Chameleon Design