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Technology at Home

In this day and age, we’re welcoming new innovations in technology into our lives everyday. As interior designers that means we have an endless array of new elements that we’re able to integrate into the design of a home. This design movement grows from the

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integral role technology now plays in our lives and the majority of American homes, and it makes our lives easier, which makes us happy.

Chameleon Design has become pros at the blending of technology into the overall design of a room to create functional, stylish and unique environments that work well and look great. From lighting panels with computerized systems that control all the lighting in a home, to entertainment systems that rival the local movie theater, we’re embracing all of it!

This system controls the lights, the thermostats and the whole-house audio system.

Chameleon Design Featured Project: Belmont Plan 3, San Diego

With Belmont Plan 3, Chameleon Design’s aim was to create a warm and memorable home that would appeal to young buyers with a family.  We anchored the design with grey, weathered wood furniture and paired it with traditional upholstery, French flour sack accent pillows and dark iron and metal accents.  Warm wooden plank floors and cabinetry rounded out the look.

For decorative accents, a collection of white pottery and plates were placed on the open shelving and mirror in the dining area.  Botanicals created a headboard in the master and playful fashion sketches made a great back drop in the girl’s room.

 Living Room
Family Room
Family Room Detail
Kitchen
Dining Room
Dining Room Detail
Master Bedroom
Girls Room

Home Design Trends: Designs for the Digital Age

Furniture designers are finding many creative ways to adapt to new forms of technology and the common household uses of devices like the iPhone and iPad.  The traditional alarm clock of yesterday has become irrelevant and there’s always a need for another USB charging station.  Welcome to the modern home!

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 This alarm dock turns an iPhone into a nightstand alarm clock.
Rich Neeley Designs via Etsy.com

Rich Neeley Designs via Etsy.com

The book acts as housing for a charger (it’s a solid unit), and means there’s no losing the cord behind your nightstand or desk.
 
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This table flips open to store a laptop or iPad inside, and is low enough to use as a work surface while sitting on the couch.

Home Design Trends: Colorful Front Doors

Homeowners are less afraid of color these days. Experimenting with color on your interior walls is one thing, but a little pop of color on the exterior will give your home an instant splash of style. We’re talking about the front door! And you don’t have to worry that it will turn off the neighbors, or potential buyers if your home in on the market. If you’re not sure where to start, look at your plants and pots for color ideas. Also consider your architecture, as not every color works with everything. Lastly, always use a high-gloss finish if possible.

Chameleon Design Featured Project: West Grove, Anaheim

For West Grove, we wanted to create a functional space for an established family.   The style we used was clean, mixed with a “West Elm” sensibility, which is appealing to buyers.  We used a simple, clean soldier-course tile layout, alternating mirrors on the long entry wall and neutral backgrounds.  All of those helped to expand the space, which has a living and dining room that’s on the smaller side and no established entry.  Organic elements and hints of goldenrod color added pizazz and special attention to the scale of furnishings helped with the size challenges. We also paid special attention to details such as Mom’s office in the kitchen and the “launch pad” re-charging station in the mud room.

 

 

 

 

Bringing in Nature

Chameleon Design has been always inspired by nature in our design work. Natural elements contain a unique beauty that can’t be replicated and we love to integrate them in our home design projects. Natural design lends to a clean and modern feel and works well with many styles. Even in modern spaces, a touch of nature can introduce a certain softness and balance to sleek surfaces and angular corners. Some of our favorite elements to use are reclaimed teak and stone, which pair nicely with glass and forged steel. We also like to work with natural woods, textural fabrics, natural concrete, and patina metal.

For an interesting take, pair industrial finishes with natural elements and organic textures. For example, nature-inspired accessories and organic textures against a metal coffee table and muted gray walls would look amazing. Linen and linen-like fabrics on windows, pillows, and furniture also convey a natural feel. Houseplants add a little color and help the room lean more toward organic than industrial. Homeowners can also bring in just a touch of nature by using various woods, seashells and natural grasses in their decor.

Home Design Trends: Argyle

An argyle pattern is made of overlapping diamond shapes, and comes in any color combination you can dream of. It dates all the way back to 17th Century Scotland where it was commonly used for kilts and socks. Today, though we still love a good argyle sock, the diamond design is popping up in everything from light fixtures to landscaping. We love the sense of three-dimensionality, movement and texture it lends to any space.

Photo: Houzz

Photo: Houzz

Photo: West Elm

Photo: West Elm

Photo: Houzz

Photo: Houzz

Chameleon Design Featured Project: Lexington Plan 3, Valencia

The design and decor of Lexington Plan 3 in Valencia was geared towards the entertainment industry buyer. The plan is a family home with great rooms but no formal spaces. Chameleon Design took a modern eclectic approach with styling, which we know is great for active families.

The red brick wall in the flex space study creates a focal “moment” upon entry. Brick is already on the exterior and repeated inside as well on the family room fireplace. Concrete looking tiles, light taupe walls, warm espresso wood tones and lots of color pops create a modern, spunky, eclectic design. This home is perfect for a family with teenage kids, for it lends to a vibe that’s elegant and casual at the same time.

Family Room

Family Room 

Dining Room

Dining Room 

Kitchen

Kitchen

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom 

Master Bedroom Sitting Room

Master Bedroom Sitting Room 

Office

Office 

Teenager's Bedroom

Teenager’s Bedroom 

Bonus Room

Bonus Room

A New Spin on Laundry

Laundry rooms off the kitchen or in the mud room used to be the norm in home design. However, more and more new residential designs of today are mixing things up and putting the laundry room upstairs instead!

Thanks to new and quieter machines, the upstairs laundry room is pefect for homeowners who want their laundry as close as possible to the dirty clothes and bed linens.   The linen closet is often built directly into the laundry room so that you  don’t have to take your bedding and towels into another closet area.   Home builders are always looking for new ideas like this that make homeowners’ lives a little bit easier.

Photo:Lennar Homes

Photo:Lennar Homes

 

Photo: Houzz

Photo: Houzz

Photo: Houzz

Photo: Houzz

Home Decor Trends: Paisley

Paisley is showing up in surprising guises, from fashion runways to home accessories. The pattern represents movement, energy and variety which reflects the emerging mood which is bolder and ready for action! If you’re looking to punch up your decor without doing a total overhaul, adding a few paisley accent pieces will make your home look absolutely modern without leaving you absolutely broke.

Photo: DesignSponge.com

Photo: DesignSponge.com  

Photo: CostPlus.com

Photo: CostPlus.com 

Photo: Marye-Kelley.com

Photo: Marye-Kelley.com