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It’s that time of year when holiday parties and get-togethers with friends and family are in fill swing. If you’re looking around the house and wondering if there’s anything you can do to make things look better before guests begin to come over, then keep reading! We’re sharing some secrets that will work miracles without much expense or effort.

Dress Up a Table: Refresh an old favorite or give an inexpensive one a grand look with fabric. A draped table appears inviting and you just have to change the material to mix it up. For a formal touch, let the edges pool and for a tailored, clean look cut the hem so it skims the floor.

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Turn Your Kitchen Into a Showplace: Domed-glass cake stands look elegant, especially when used in multiples. We like to display greens or fresh fruit such as green apples, lemons or artichokes.

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Wallpaper the Ceiling: Craving a jolt of color or pattern? Set your sights overhead by papering just the ceiling of a room such as the guest room. This will give you a wow factor that guests will remember.

Photo: Parker Palm Springs

Bring the Outdoors In: There’s something so romantic about an olive tree indoors. The leaves have a feather-like quality that softens a space. Select one that’s tall enough to graze your ceiling and ground it by

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placing it in an oversize basket or pot. Fiddle leaf fig trees are another designer fave.

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Master the Stack of Books Trick: In almost every story in a decorating magazine, you’ll spot a pile of books crowned with an object or two. Designers love this look, which not only brings personality to a room but also can be used to break up the library-neat rows on a bookshelf or create a stylish vignette on a coffee table. To do it right, gather similar sized volumes in a favorite palette and top them with a large shell or patterned bowl. You don’t need numerous objects; pare down your choices to one to three items that have meaning for you.

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Home Design Trends // Hexagons

A hexagon is a geometric shape with six equal sides. Since they fit together without any space between them, bees use them to make their honeycombs, so you’ll also hear hexagons referred to as a honeycomb pattern. These days, hexagons are making a comeback with a more modern, hip twist.  From flooring to pillows, rugs, lighting, wallpaper, furniture and accessories, hexagons are everywhere and we think this fun shape is the bee’s knees!

Honeycomb Bud Vase, ABC Home

Towel Ring, Urban Outfitters

Brass Knob, Nest Studio 

Wallpaper Do’s & Dont’s

Wallpapering has become increasingly common for the everyday homeowner. It’s expensive, but there’s nothing like it in terms of bringing color and texture to a room.  There are many beautiful options on the market now, but if you’re new to the world of wallpaper, you’re probably wondering where to start. And once you have the perfect rolls in hand, where should you go from there? Once you’ve made the commitment to wallpaper, refer to our do’s and dont’s to help you get the result you’re looking for.

DO: Consider the Room You’re Wallpapering
If it’s a bedroom and you want a romantic look, try delicate damasks and florals with fine lines in muted, soft colors. I don’t recommend using wallpaper in your bathrooms due to the moisture but in a powder room where you’re not dealing with steam it can be stunning and adds a point of interest to what would be an ordinary room.

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DO: Consider an Accent Wall
Choose a dramatic, bold pattern to highlight an area of a room, such as behind a bed or sofa. Designs with a hint of metallic or gloss will give a classy, glamorous touch.  (See our recent post on this: https://www.chameleonoc.com/blog/2013/08/home-design-trends-wallpapered-accent-walls/).

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DO: Call in a Professional
Good wallpaper ranges from $60-$150 per single roll.  At those prices, it is recommended that you hire a professional paper hanger & choose a pattern you can live with.  A good installer makes a huge difference.  It is not as easy as the experts make it look.  If it’s off just a smidge you will know and your eyes will zero in on it every time.

DON’T: Go Overboard
If you’re going with a bold print, make sure the space can handle it. If you put that bold print on all four walls of a small room, you’re going to overpower the room and make it feel very small. Finding a print you like the first step, but make sure to think about the end result.

DON’T: Censor Yourself
Wallpaper removes in full strips, so it’s not a lifetime commitment. Without going overboard, pick a pattern that shows some personality!

Photo: Kelly Wearstler

Chameleon Design Featured Project: Azurene, Plan 6 // Brightwater, Huntington Beach

Azurene is located in the Brightwater Master Plan in Huntington Beach.  For Plan 6, we were inspired by Cat Deeley’s home, which was featured in a recent issue of InStyle Magazine. The decor is eclectic modern, with Moroccan and mid-century modern elements, subtle jewel tones and polished finishes. Rustic elements like the stacked stone wall in the dining room and the refined, smooth elements create a nice balance of textures that are both fun and interesting. We love the great room in this home, which was planned to seat the entire family comfortably and then some! Using a lot of space for seating effectively can be tricky and means that even thought the room may be large, there’s still a warm and inviting feeling.

Great Room

Kitchen

Dining Room

Master Bedroom

Huntington Room

Backyard

Exterior View

Exterior

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

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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

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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