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.

Home Design Trends: Brass

Just when you’ve gotten caught up with 2012’s trends, ideas new and old for 2013 are here. One new old trend we predict you’ll be seeing a lot of is brass. It’s making a major comeback in structural elements, hardware and other embellishments for the home.

Its warm amber tone looks richly elegant in designs ranging from traditional to mid-century modern inspired. Here are a few that we approve of:

Brass and Marble Lamp:  ArteriorsHome.com

Brass and Marble Lamp: ArteriorsHome.com

Brass Bowls: DwellStudio.com

Brass Bowls: DwellStudio.com

Brass Kitchen Fixtures: Pinterest

Brass Kitchen Fixtures: Pinterest

2012 Favorites

Happy New Year from Chameleon Design!
Before we move on to a new year filled with new posts, we thought it would fun to look back at our most popular posts from this past year.  And here they are:

    How To: Choose The Right Window Treatment
    The Perfect Setting: Table Setting Tips
    Updating Your Fireplace
    How To: Combine Traditional and Modern
    Decorating for Dudes: Designer Advice for Creating a Handsome Home

In case you missed one, take a look at what our readers found most interesting last year:
How-To: Choose the Right Window Treatment

Updating Your Fireplace

How-To: Combining Traditional and Modern

Decorating for Dudes:  Designer Advice for Creating a Handsome Home

Home Design Trends: Emerald Green

Each year Pantone polls designers and brands about colors they’re featuring to aid in its decision for what hue will tinge the next 12 months. For 2013, the company has bestowed the honor of “Color of the Year” upon Emerald Green.

“Green is the most abundant hue in nature- the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said in a press release. “It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity- no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.” Eiseman said that emerald is easily applicable to fashion and to interior design and we’re excited to see more of this beautiful color!

 Lamp:  LampsPlus.com
Pillow: Pinterest.com
Coasters: Anthropologie.com
 Rug: MadelineWeinrib.com

The Great Room

Open and airy space is one thing homeowners can’t get enough of these days.  Smaller rooms can make a home feel broken up and cluttered, and tight spaces tend to send everyone to different areas of the house. Families today are quite busy and it’s not easy for everyone to be together all at one time, which is why great rooms have become so popular.

The great room is essentially an all-purpose room for the home. Most great rooms consist of the kitchen, living or family room, dining area and sometimes a computer or workstation area. It’s the room where the homework is done, the dinner is cooked, and the family can eat, entertain and enjoy different activities all while

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being in the same room!  This concept has become so popular that its beginning to replace the family room in many new homes.  Being that it functions as several or more traditional room spaces wrapped into one unified space, we’re not surprised!

 Photo: Chameleon Design
Photo:Chameleon Design
Photo:Chameleon Design

Home Design Trends: Velvet

There’s no denying that velvet is luxurious and beautiful, and this season it has home decor designers under its spell. You’ll find velvet fabric being used in chairs, pillows, drapes and more. Because it can be a bit showy, be careful to only add touches of it throughout your entire home. More than one or two velvet pieces in a room can begin to look overdone.

Updating Your Fireplace

The moment it’s lit, a fireplace becomes the glowing centerpiece of any room.  They provide warmth and a focal point that draws family and guests naturally.   Over the years fireplaces have gone from strictly utilitarian to completely modern and unique in their design and their function. From fireplaces that are portable to architectural features that demand a second look when you enter the room, they’ve  transformed how we decorate our interiors. If you’re considering a new face for your existing fireplace or thinking about going for new look completely, take a look at these varieties that will have you scratching your head as to which one to decide on!

 Chameleon Design’s Orange County Dream Home

Update your fireplace with modern tiles:

Photo: JohnLumArchitecture.com
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Create an architectural centerpiece:
Photo: CaliforniaHomeDesign.com
Don’t disturb your minimalist decor:
Photo: ArchitecturalDigest.com
Create a fireplace that blends in seamlessly:
Photo: ArchitecturalDigest.com
Photo: LonnyMag.com

Chameleon Design Featured Project: Belvedere Plan C1-B, Irvine

For Belvedere Plan C1-B at Central Park West in Irvine, a loft-style space, Chameleon Design went for a young, hip and urban feel. The space has two and half walls and a column located right in the middle of room, but we wanted to create a somewhat private area. We utilized a metallic sheer fabric on a track to mirror the curved soffit and create a “peek-a-boo” office/media room. The curtain can either remain open to watch the flat screen TV while cooking in the kitchen, or it can be closed to allow for a bit of privacy.

We went with a curved sectional sofa to create a love lounge for the man who lives here to serenade his girlfriend with one of his guitars. Brick veneer was added to the living and bedroom walls to make the home more loft like and warm wood flooring and paint with pops of color made the home sexy and memorable.



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.