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Front Patios

The front patio has evolved along with the quickening pace of everyday life. Patios and porches were originally designed to create an extension of the living space, but as houses, neighborhoods and air conditioning evolved, families headed indoors or to the backyard instead. Today, the front patio is making a comeback as homeowners look to use the space to not only improve the look of their home, but also to better the quality of their lives as they spend more time with family, friends and neighbors. The front patio is just another limb of the house. It’s important to remember that it can be used many different ways, and its use should be specific to your needs. Here are some ways to use the area as it was originally intended.

Front patios are essential to helping create community in a neighborhood.  Using your front yard more proactively as part of your functional space on your property is a great way to be able to see what’s going on in your neighborhood and in your community.  A front patio can help you watch over the neighborhood, and a safe neighborhood is a happy and comfortable neighborhood. Parents know more than anyone how important it is to have a safe place for raising kids. Just by sitting on the patio you can help deter crime and unwanted activity.

Create an inviting walkway to the front door. This will excite your visitors and give your home great curb appeal. Consider using pathway lights for when you get home after dark. Lighting is one of those features many people think about at the end, but it should be an early design decision, since it dramatically changes the feel of a porch. It’s easy to just pull into the garage after work and walk straight inside. Start walking through the front door when you get home instead. Not only will you get a little more exercise, but you’ll get to see your front yard, too. It will give you the chance to see all the things you’ve been missing.

The best way to make sure you use the front patio is to turn it into an outdoor room. As a transition space, your modern patio should feel like an extension of the home’s interior.  If you have a large space, it’s easy to put out enough furniture that whole family can use. This is a great way to expand the house and create a new living room. Even if you think your area is too small, odds are that it can still suit you and some company just fine.

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Photo: Houzz

Photo: Houzz

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Photo: Pinterest

Home Design Trends // Faux Antlers

Antlers have been popping up everywhere lately, prompting some to see the trend as a hipster fad. But wall-mounted antlers have been around since the days of Victorian parlors.  Take a look at the many ways designers have been putting them to use:

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Photo: Elle Decor

Photo: DWR

Chameleon Design Featured Project // 2013 SoCal Award Winners

Chameleon Design is proud to share that we won several honors at the 2013 SoCal Awards this past weekend! Capri Plan 5 took top honors in the Best Interior Merchandising for a Detached Home, 1,500-2,500 Square Feet category. Located in the Brightwater community in Huntington Beach, Capri Plan 5 is a great room concept floor plan with four bedrooms and three and a half baths. The “natural beach chic” look has a color palette of creamy white, sand and aqua accents. Beachy, organic textures completed the look.

Nook Kitchen

Kitchen

Huntington Room 3

Great Room

Living room

Living Room

Artis Plan 1 took home second place for Best Interior Merchandising for an Attached home under 1,750 square feet. The three bedroom/two and a half bath home with a super modern vibe, is perched on the edge of Elysian Park, near Sunset Blvd. For this one we used a lot of white with pops of bright colors for a fun and clean look.

Great Room

Office

Master Bedroom

And last but not least, our very own website also took home a silver in the category Best Website for a Builder Partner!

Open Versus Closed Kitchens

For centuries, the kitchen was regarded as strictly a workspace. Tucked away, it was never seen as a statement piece in a home. But today people tend to favor a very different approach, making the open concept the more popular choice and turning the kitchen into the heart of the home. However, some homeowners still embrace elements of the past and prefer a closed off layout. At the end of the day, it’s all about choosing what’s right for you. Having a conversation with a designer will help if you’re having trouble deciding. Start with a list of needs and wants, and go from there. In the meantime, here are some initial thoughts to guide you in the right direction:

Open Kitchens

The main reason homeowners prefer an open concept kitchen is because it allows them to spend more time with family and friends while cooking and cleaning.  When the walls come down, the kitchen becomes the main hub of the home- the room that everything else revolves around. This style is particularly popular for families, as it allows for optimal multitasking- parents can make dinner, keep an eye on the kids and help with homework, all at the same time. Another major benefit of an open kitchen is to show off the investment that often goes into it! From counter tops to gorgeous back splashes to stunning appliances, there are many design elements worthy of showing off with an open kitchen in your home.

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Closed Kitchens

While most clients do prefer an open-concept kitchen today, some do still like a closed-off space; it ultimately comes down to personal preference. If you want to leave your smells and mess behind when serving meals, a closed layout could be for you. Some people don’t want to worry about keeping their kitchen clean and organized all the time and would prefer to have their kitchen closed so that it’s not a major focal point in the home.  In those homes, the kitchen can still be a beautiful room, just not a room that’s on center stage. And for homeowners who’d rather invest in other parts of their kitchen, reworking the layout may not be worth it.  When it comes to allocating your kitchen budget, which is more important- an efficient, functional kitchen with better appliances, or an open layout? Don’t forget that you CAN get creative with a closed kitchen, too.  If space allows, a small booth, fold-down table or rolling bar can make a closed kitchen more of a social space.

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Home Design Trends // Driftwood

The casual look of driftwood continues to “wash up” as a strong trend in home fashion. Mix in a driftwood table or lamp for an easy, updated look for home or office. The soft colors, textures and natural shapes look relaxed and timeless.

End Table, Crate & Barrel
Driftwood Lamp, Regina Andrew
Driftwood Mirror, Urban Outfitters

Chameleon Design Featured Project // Artis, Plan A1- Echo Park

Perched on the edge of Elysian Park, Artìs is ideal for those who want a bit of a suburban feel without being removed from the hustle-and-bustle of Sunset Blvd. Within walking distance of unique local restaurants and shops, Artis is a small community of fifteen new homes with the latest in energy efficiency and modern architectural design.

We had the pleasure of designing the model for Plan A1, a three bedroom/two and a half bath home with a super modern vibe. We used a lot of white with pops of bright colors for a fun and clean look. Mike Hixon of CADO Real Estate Group stopped by to check out the models and emailed us that he thought they were “memorable, engaging, emotional and perfectly targeted for the area buyer profile.”  Thanks Mike!

Front

Front

Great Room

Great Room

Kitchen

Kitchen

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Master Bathroom

Master Bathroom

Office

Office

Home Design Trends // The Modern Wingback

Timeless and modern, the wingback chair has stood strong for hundreds of years. Developed during the 1600’s in England where cold weather made the roaring fireplace the gathering spot of the house, the original purpose of this chair was to keep warm. Although the functional need to protect ourselves from drafts on chilly nights is long gone, the design of the ancient wingback chair has withstood the test of time. While some people may prefer a vintage mid-century piece, there are many options on the market- old and new.

 

Photo: Hamilton Chair, BoConcept

Photo: Harrison Wing Chair, West Elm

Photo: Papa Bear Chair, Hans Wegner

Photo: Milo Baughman Recliner, DWR

Simple Design Tricks to Make a Small Bedroom Look Bigger

Your bedroom is the one room in the house that should feel like no other.  It’s the place you go to relax and unwind from a long day and, most importantly, to get a good night’s sleep. If you’re challenged with a small space it can sometimes feel cave-like and uncomfortable, but it doesn’t have to. Your bedroom can go from cramped to cozy with a few simple ideas and tips. You’ll find that not only will your bedroom look larger, it will also be more functional. Here are a few tricks to help make the most of the space you have:

Let in natural light: While you should avoid blocking natural light in a small room, sometimes the only place that makes sense for a bed is right in front of the window. If that’s the case, try a low or see-through headboard to make the most of your sunlight.

Use a daybed: A daybed can help create the illusion that the room is more of a small sitting area, instead of a small bedroom that’s been taken over by a bed. Daybeds often have storage built in underneath too — another bonus for a small room.

Paint the ceiling: Painting the ceiling the same hue as the walls can help to erase the shadow lines that visually define a space. A white ceiling against a darker wall immediately shrinks a space — your eye can sense the room’s size right away. When the walls and ceiling are the same color, it’s harder for your eye to tell where the room’s parameters start and end, so the room looks larger.

Install pendants: Don’t take up precious bedside table space with bulky lamps and oversize shades; install pendant lighting instead. Hanging pendant lights from the ceiling creates a focal point while providing task lighting on each side of the bed. Pendants lights are also very on trend and you’ll have no problem finding a wide selection of stylish options.

Find Creative Uses for Storage: To help keep your bedroom clutter free, use decorative baskets in a bookshelf or wall unit to keep small items that don’t need to be seen tucked away. Storage bins under the bed are easily accessible, inexpensive and can store just about anything. And don’t forget to use your imagination when it comes to storage.  A small bedroom benefits greatly from multifunction pieces.  If you have room for a furniture bench at the foot of your bed, opt for one with a flip open seat with storage space inside.

 

 

Chameleon Design Featured Project // The Rows, Plan A

Plan A at the Rows in Milpitas, CA was designed for a young professional couple with a baby. The look is fun and fresh, with a new modern country design and a color palate that includes shades of blues and orange accents, as illustrated in the art grouping in the stair well. We incorporated lots of white and naturals to ground the scheme, such as the pine washed flooring and white horizontal paneling in the living and dining rooms, and the updated paneling detail with raffia wallpaper in the inserts!  These elements all lend to a very light and comfortable feel.

Family Room

Family Room

Dining Room

Dining Room

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Desk Detail

Desk Detail

Entry Detail

Entry Detail

Chameleon Design Featured Project // The Rows, Plan G

The Rows in Milpitas, CA is a townhome community is close to Silicon Valley. Plan G was done in a more natural style than the other plans, and it has a masculine feel to it. We called it the “dudes house” as its neutral tones, textures and wall treatments make the space fun and memorable.

The living and dining rooms have stacked stone walls, as does the powder room. Metallic wallpaper covers the accent wall in the guest room and an affordable decal applied to the wall in the large guest bath makes a bold statement. The study and comic-con themed boys room both have cork walls, and in the master we used an oversized, painted wood planking. Keeping with the neutral colors and fun textures, we chose a reclaimed teak root ball table for the living room that makes for the perfect centerpiece. The cork walls that are repeated throughout the home suggest a bit of a wine theme, so we when came across antique wine barrel tops we couldn’t pass them up and re-purposed them as art in the stairwell!

Living Room

Living Room

Dining Room

Dining Room

Powder Room

Powder Room

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Boys Room

Boys Room

Office

Office

Office Detail

Office Detail

Living Room Detail

Living Room Detail

Guest Room

Guest Room

Guest Bathroom

Guest Bathroom

Stairway Detail

Stairway Detail