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Chamelon Design Featured Project: The Villages, Plan 1 // Pittsburg, CA

Located in a highly desirable Pittsburg location with easy access to Highway 4 as well as the BART, living at Villages ensures an commute easy for working professionals, especially those whose work takes them to San Francisco.

Villages will offer 3 floorplans ranging from 1,538 to 1,945 square feet with 3 to 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Each plan has a two-car garage. These single family, detached homes boast large open living spaces where kitchens and great rooms flow into each other and large kitchen islands provide ample food prep space. Some plans even have an optional loft space. The master bedrooms in each plan have huge walk-in closets.

Located in a highly desirable Pittsburg location with easy access to Highway 4 as well as the BART, living at Villages ensures an commute easy for working professionals, especially those whose work takes them to San Francisco.

Villages will offer 3 floorplans ranging from 1,538 to 1,945 square feet with 3 to 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Each plan has a two-car garage. These single family, detached homes boast large open living spaces where kitchens and great rooms flow into each other and large kitchen islands provide ample food prep space. Some plans even have an optional loft space. The master bedrooms in each plan have huge walk-in closets.

– See more at: http://lyonhomes.com/blog/2013/09/05/Coming-Soon-The-Villages-at-Vista-del-Mar#sthash.hyzBoGqF.dpuf

Located in a highly desirable Pittsburg location with easy access to Highway 4 as well as the BART, living at Villages ensures an commute easy for working professionals, especially those whose work takes them to San Francisco.

Villages will offer 3 floorplans ranging from 1,538 to 1,945 square feet with 3 to 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Each plan has a two-car garage. These single family, detached homes boast large open living spaces where kitchens and great rooms flow into each other and large kitchen islands provide ample food prep space. Some plans even have an optional loft space. The master bedrooms in each plan have huge walk-in closets.

– See more at: http://lyonhomes.com/blog/2013/09/05/Coming-Soon-The-Villages-at-Vista-del-Mar#sthash.hyzBoGqF.dpuf

Located in Pittsburg, CA, just outside of San Francisco, the Villages are perfect for working professionals and first time home buyers. The single family, detached homes are available in three floor plans ranging in size with 3 to 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths.  They all boast large, open living spaces where the kitchen and great room flow into each other and two of the plans have a great loft space that can act as an extra bedroom or office.

Plan 1 is done with neutral, taupe walls and chocolate cabinets which give it nice, warm feel. Pops of color come from the blue sofas and accents of green and grey.  The crisp, white pieces and drapery add a contemporary look to the overall style.

Great Room

Living Room

Master

Why We Love Midcentury Modern Design

Midcentury modern is everywhere and Chameleon Design has been using this style in many of our newer models. Its emphasis on pared-down forms, contemporary patterns, natural materials and a seamless flow between indoors and out create a medley of functional comfort and chic style that has a very wide appeal. Here our some of our favorite things about this look and how to get them:

Indoor-Outdoor Flow
It may sound like the norm now, but back in the ’50s, the idea of indoor-outdoor living was revolutionary for the average American. Midcentury modern homes took advantage of the new passion for bringing the indoors out and vice versa: wide windows, sliding doors, patios.

Photo: House Beautiful

Iconic Furnishings
Midcentury style is unique in that it’s largely driven by innovative mass-produced furniture and accents. Perhaps no other period produced the same volume of household-name artists and designers as this era: George Nelson, Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen and dozens more. Their singular furnishings and accents drive and define the look, and though they come at a price, you can find knockoffs and reinterpretations that will give you the look. Or invest in one authentic signature piece to anchor the space, then layer it with others that complement the look but aren’t necessarily true to the period.

Photo: Pinterest

Photo: Pinterest

Statement Lighting
Sputnik chandeliers, Bubble lights, Arco floor lamps: classic midcentury lighting pumps up a room’s drama. Although its forms are sculptural enough to double as art, function remains paramount.

Photo: Pinterest

Photo: Architectural Digest

Neutrals Paired With Brights
Warm and earthy colors, largely through the natural woods that predominate, are central to the midcentury palette. Yet it wouldn’t do for this look to come across as too quiet, and a few strokes of rich, saturated color give it strength and presence. The best thing about midcentury colors is that here aren’t a lot of rules. Want to pair persimmon and plum? Go for it. Or bring in rich teal, avocado, oxblood red, gold or all of the above — unexpected color combos suit this style.

Photo: Pinterest

Photo: Pinterest

Home Design Trends // Nailhead Trim

Not just for furniture, nailhead trim is also appearing on accessories. But it’s an ideal trend to embrace for larger investment pieces, such as upholstered chairs and sofas, because it’s timeless. The studded feature is prominent now, but even after the current obsession wanes, you won’t be stuck with something that looks dated.

Nailhead Dresser, West Elm

Nailhead Door, Pinterest

Nailhead Console, Pinterest

Nailhead Dining Chairs, Elle Decor

Is It Time for a Redesign or a Refresh?

Spring is certainly in the air and our thoughts turn to our own personal spring cleaning and editing, as well as to our clients who want to refresh their interiors. Here are a few of my “rules of thumb” and ideas for updating designs for those who aren’t really ready for a full new look:

Spruce up a room with a new rug
Perhaps you have a traditional oriental rug, why not try replacing it with a fun striped rug that will bring summer brightness to your room. Or a sisal blend rug can instantly freshen up a room.

Photo: Chameleon Design

Add some new color and patterns with pillows
Fresh, new pillows can make a great deal of difference when you want to spruce up a bit. There are lots of great sources that can provide a quick colorful update, at a range of prices. Choose pillows that do not match the upholstery fabric in order to add a different color and texture.

Photo: Chameleon Design

A fresh coat of paint
New paint is an inexpensive way to decorate for spring and can add a lot of color to your design. And don’t just think in terms of walls…what about a fresh new color on a dated piece of furniture. Re-upholstering a key item will give you a like-new piece for a smaller price tag.

Organize your library and arrange your books in a new order
Nothing is lovelier than a beautiful, neat library or bookshelf. Adding accessories to a bookcase updates the look, as does painting the back of the shelves in an accent color or using wallpaper along the back.

Photo: Pinterest

Consider a crisp new duvet cover and sheets
This gives us such a feeling of elegance and what a great way to pamper yourself! One of my favorite places to look for well-priced sheets is Bed, Bath & Beyond and the Bloomingdale’s Home Store.

Photo: Pinterest

Spruce up your guest room for summer guests
Update the linens, add some fresh flowers and consider a new reading chair or beautiful lamp on the bedside table.

Update your tabletops and china
New tabletop items, such as china, glassware, or linens can give an entirely new look to your breakfast or dining room for a reasonable cost.

Photo: Heath Ceramics

Editing is also a great way to update interiors
Sometimes it can be difficult to part with or put things away temporarily, but this effort can be very helpful in giving

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interiors a new look. I tell clients to go room by room and take out one or two things that they are tired of. And if you feel it looks empty replace it with something new, vintage, or antique…depending on your concept and willingness to mix.

Now that spring is here and your home has a fresh look, fill it with beautiful flowers from your garden or the local flower market and enjoy!

Home Design Trends // Rattan

Rattan is the name for nearly 600 species of palms that are native to tropical regions of Africa and Asia. While wildly popular in the 70’s, wicker furniture first became all the rage in England and America during the 17th and 18th centuries, and it’s coming back with a vintage vengeance!

Woven Cane Side Table, Mecox

Decorative Pillow, Horchow

Wegner Circle Chair, Danish Design Store

Chameleon Design Featured Project // Bethlehem Tower, Santa Rosa

Chameleon Design recently installed a beautiful Senior’s Apartment building in Santa Rosa, CA. Our client purchased the building and did a complete remodel of all of the units and common areas. The style is California Ranch with a pale aqua and sage green color palette. Rustic pine accent pieces warm up the various rooms and the floors were done in a laminate with a washed wood look, which not only looks great, but allows the seniors with walkers and wheelchairs to move through the spaces with ease.

When we work on a rehab of an existing affordable seniors apartment building such as this, people often get worried that the new owner is going to raise the rent and they won’t be able to afford to live there anymore, but that is not the case at all. On the first day of our installation of furniture, art and accessories, we overheard a lady in saying to another, “oh my goodness, these new owners must really like us, this is beautiful.” It’s comments like that one that makes our job all that much sweeter! 

Lobby

Library

Social Hall

Rear Court

Home Design Trends // Chain Link

Chains are everywhere—from patterns on pillows to prints on plates, this is the must-have look of the moment. Check out some of our picks for on-trend, yet classic pieces for your home:

Paxton End Table, Arteriors Home

Betty June Mirror, Currey & Company

Chain Link Floor Lamp, Zinc Door

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Chain Link Curtain, William Lyon Design Studio

Is the Formal Living Room a Thing of the Past?

The formal living room, once the centerpiece of the American home, has been dwindling in size for several years. Now it’s being eliminated in many new home plans. Most new houses still have large rooms with deep seating and media, but they’re called great rooms rather than living rooms. And unlike their more formal predecessors, they’re usually open to the kitchen, the better to accommodate casual family activities. As a private, set-off area, the living room is losing its form.

In today’s homes, the kitchen is king. We no longer hide it; we open other rooms up to it. People work so much away from home, that when they are home, they want to relax. They’re still entertaining, but it’s less formal than it once was. Now, when you have company, everybody wants to stand in the kitchen near the center island. Today’s open floor plans help to foster togetherness for time-strapped families. When families are together, they want to be together, not separated in different rooms.

All that said, the living room still has its devotees. Some buyers will enter a model and ask, ‘where is the living room?” Though they tend to be more mature, and often they’ve accumulated a lot of beautiful living room furniture and need a place to put it. But even people who insist on having a living room are satisfied with much less space than in the past. Today’s living rooms are about as small as they can get- just big enough to hold a sofa, a chair and a coffee table. They’re not the big showcase they used to be.

What do you think-  is the living room dead? And how have you reinvented it in your home?

Photo: Chameleon Design

Photo: Chameleon Design (Gold National Award Winner)

Chameleon Design Featured Project: Mirador, Plan 5 // San Juan Capistrano

Mirador Rancho San Juan Plan 5 has a contemporary, elegant look. The decor includes modern, dark furniture, clean upholstery styling, large abstract art canvases on the walls and polished accessories with Asian accents. Everything was done with a color palette of chocolate, orange and white, which paired well with the creamy limestone flooring that’s extended throughout the home. The kitchen is one of our favorite rooms, with an island so big you could park a car on it! This model also boasts a home gym and a casista with a living room, bedroom and private bath for guests.  Plan 5 has everything a homeowner could ask for.

Kitchen

Living Room

Dining Room

Capistrano Room

Office

Theatre

Master Bedroom

Nursery

Gym

Front Exterior

Chameleon Design Featured Project: Mirador, Plan 4 // San Juan Capistrano

Plan 4 at Mirador Rancho San Juan has a casual, comfortable style that we feel is very appealing to many California residents. A soft color palette of aqua, pale green and creamy white helped us achieve the soothing, coastal style we were going for. Floors were done in a natural light wood and the wood cabinets in the kitchen are a worn, ivory color which have a nice, beachy feel. To take the look further, we incorporated other beach elements into the accessories and small touches throughout the home.

Front Exterior

Living Room

Living Room

Kitchen

Kitchen

Great Room

Great Room

Dining Room

Dining Room

Capistrano Room

Capistrano Room

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Master Bath

Master Bath

Loft

Loft

Rear Exterior

Rear Exterior