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Chameleon Design Featured Project: Brightwater // Capri Sales Gallery, Huntington Beach

Brightwater is a unique new coastal community offering unobstructed views of the ocean in Huntington Beach. The homes are designed with an eclectic mix of Hampton, Monterey, Cottage and Traditional styles, with a casual, beachy feel. Of the three neighborhoods within the community, Capri has the smallest product type, making it a great option for younger buyers.

Chameleon Design recently finished the Capri Sales Office. The design concept was to create a “boardwalk” feel with the emphasis on living outdoors. The office has a collage wall with photos illustrating the Huntington Beach lifestyle: surfing, biking, walking trails, etc., as well as local landmarks. The floor plans and site plans can easily be viewed on flat screens in the middle of the room. We look forward to sharing photos of the models, which we begin installing next week, but in the meantime, here are a few of the sales office:

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Capri Office

Brightwater Sales Galleries, Huntington Beach, CA, 3/10/13.

Sitting Area

Brightwater Sales Galleries, Huntington Beach, CA, 3/10/13.

Sales Office

The Modern Bath

A bathroom is more than a room of necessity. It should be beautiful, as well as efficient and easy to clean. Modern bathrooms are distinguished by clean lines, simple geometric fixtures, and sleek surfaces. This forward-thinking style has emerged as a popular trend and it’s not going anywhere! It can be adapted to your distinct taste by mixing classic design principles with modern features for a transitional look. Or you can go for an all out modern/minimalist look by combining geometric shapes, glass, metal, and even concrete surfaces.

Something to keep in mind is that a lack of contrast will always give you a fresh and airy feeling, which many people favor for a bathroom. Sleek, white on white, Scandinavian design is a style that we love and it keeps us coming back for more. It’s modern and clean and but an an addition of wood can add warmth and the use of paint, tile, concrete and other stone products can add depth.  Whatever type of modern style appeals to you,  and no matter your space and budget size, your dream bath can be achieved with good design and thoughtful planning. Here are some of our favorite bathrooms that showcase the best of modern design:

Photo: Marmol Radziner

Photo: Marmol Radziner

Photo: Pinterest

Photo: Pinterest

Photo: Elle Decor

Photo: Elle Decor

Photo: Pinterest

Photo: Pinterest

Home Design Trends // Boho Chic

Bohemian style has been around for a long time, and now it’s better than ever. This look is all about color, shimmer, texture and finding new uses for old things. Boho has always been favored by artists, world travelers and free spirits and now the trend has tipped mainstream.  Boho chic decorating uses the best colors and fabrics from the past, and combines it with comfortable, well-seasoned pieces. Look for plush fabrics with strong colors and patterns with contrast and a luxurious feel.   Here are a few items that we’re lusting over:

 

Turkish Towel, Etsy.com

Turkish Towel, Etsy.com

Cotton Pillow, Haus Interior

Cotton Pillow, Haus Interior

Coffee Mugs, LeifShop.com

Coffee Mugs, LeifShop.com

Vintage Moroccan Rug, Haus Interior

Vintage Moroccan Rug, Haus Interior

Home Design Trends: Stripes

Stripes are a classic pattern and decorating trend that never go out of style.  Their bold look has a wide appeal and can be used just about anywhere in the home from walls, to floors to furniture.  Horizontal stripes help to unify a space by moving your eye around the room, while vertical stripes give the illusion of height and lend to a more traditional look.  As far as width goes, use thin stripes in small spaces and wider stripes in bigger rooms.  Here are some striped pieces that could work for your home:

Photo: Dwell Studio

Photo: Dwell Studio

Photo: Missoni Throw

Photo: Missoni Throw

Photo: Pinterest

Photo: Pinterest

 

Chameleon Design Featured Project: Avo Plan 2, La Habra

We featured a model at Avo, a gated community in Northwest Orange County, on our blog a couple weeks ago and have another one to share with you!  This model is also built as a family home but it has a different style and color palette, so there’s something for everyone. The design is casual eclectic, as we mixed modern and rustic pieces with Moroccan accents. The flooring is bleached oak, cabinets are white and walls are painted a soft tan shade. The color palette we worked with includes mocha brown, celery green, soft gold with white and grey accents.  The home has a warm but fresh look that feels very relaxed.

Living Room

Living Room

Great Room

Great Room

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Loft

Loft

A New Spin on Staircases

If you are lucky enough to have a multilevel home, the staircase is a central part of traffic flow from the main floor living spaces to bedrooms and bathrooms, etc.  Staircases are fast becoming a priority for architects and developers, seeing the potential to add that “wow factor” to a home, be it a new design or a renovation project.  I am really attracted to the open staircases that I’m seeing a lot more of these days. The trend for light and spacious, open-plan interiors has led to a new trend in staircases with the more open look. They have such a major impact on the space, and a more open look creates an airy feeling, which is exactly what we’re all loving in residential design right now!

I also really like that this idea seems to work in a variety of different styles.   Modern is perhaps most common, but the style can work with anything, even Mediterranean!  Here are some photos that illustrate this cool look:

Photo: Quezada Architecture

Photo: Quezada Architecture

Photo: Urban Front

Photo: Urban Front

Photo: Pine Street Carpenters

Photo: Pine Street Carpenters

Photo: LineBox Studio

Photo: LineBox Studio

Photo: Rockefeller Partners Architects

Photo: Rockefeller Partners Architects

Home Design Trends: Polka Dots

Polka dots are great because they’ll blend into a modern or traditional setting, so any homeowner can experiment. A neutral color scheme with just a pop of color is a smart way to keep your decor sophisticated, but don’t be afraid to incorporate non-traditional colors when adding this trend to your home. Just remember that this is one of those trends where less is definitely more. You can’t go wrong with classic choices like black, white, or metallic ensure that your dot motif will remain chic for years to come. Here are some items we’re loving that make good use of this playful trend:

Photo: John Derian

Photo: John Derian

Photo: Fishs Eddy

Photo: Fishs Eddy

Photo: Bartsch Paris

Photo: Bartsch Paris

Chameleon Design Featured Project: Avo Plan 2 Alt, La Habra

Avo is a quaint, gated community in Northwest Orange County. This plan is a three-story home with plenty of room for a big family.  The first floor has a Great Room, Dining Room and Kitchen and an Office/ homework space at the landing.  On the second floor you’ll find three Bedrooms, including a Master, as well as a laundry room.  And a third floor has a Bonus Room that’s perfect for a kids play room. We designed it with a updated modern sensibility in mind, and included lots of color pops to add some fun. They’ve done really well since the models opened last November and there is only one more to sell!

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Kitchen

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Living Room

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Living Room Detail

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Bonus Room

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Bonus Room Detail

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Master Bedroom

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Nursery

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Office

Luxury Upgrades: The Kitchen

The kitchen is the other obvious place to spend your upgrade dollars, yet tackling a kitchen renovation can feel overwhelming with the wide array of choices available. We’ve helped narrow down the options to some of our favorite kitchen innovations today, some of which are quite pricey, others less expensive, but all of which are great investments for your kitchen’s future.

Granite is the most standard kitchen counter top we see and still very much in style, though some buyers are upgrading that to quartz. If you don’t have a back splash, consider taking your tile up the walls. Pretty kitchen back splashes are both popular and chic, but simple is better.  Clean color blocking is commonly favored over fancy tile work now. For cabinets, medium wood tones are the most popular right now, with darker stains coming in second and white being a close third.  Open shelving is also a big trend that we’re seeing a lot of and using ourselves.

Some useful updates that will make your life easier are pullout shelving, tip-out shelves by the sinks, and concealed pullout garbage and recycling containers.  Though cabinet exteriors are usually the main attraction in any kitchen, it’s well worth it to invest in their insides too. We recommend soft-close doors and drawers. They’re great because drawers don’t bounce back when you close them, and there’s no more slamming of cabinet doors. And don’t forget the appliances. You’ll be making a smart investment if you choose to purchase more luxe models.

Overall, look for ways to make your home special. These days, with resale competition fierce, it’s smart to plan ahead and upgrade wisely in ways that will make your home stand out.

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Chameleon Design Featured Project: Avant at Escena Plan 2, Palm Springs

Homebuyers who like a mid-century modern aesthetic but don’t want to put money and work into updates, now have the option to purchase a brand new home in the Palm Springs area! These homes are ideal for the buyer who likes to express their personal style and enjoy the serenity and relaxation of desert living. Each plan includes a large master suite with a walk-in closet and gourmet kitchen with upgraded stainless steel appliances and slab-granite countertops.  We had a lot of fun designing the interiors to match the mid-century style of the home’s architecture.