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Imagination Station: Kids’ Bedrooms

It’s October and we’re heading into the dress-up and decorated months of the year (our favorites!). We express ourselves and tell stories in our clothing and costume, and there’s no good reason why our homes shouldn’t do that too. In the spirit of make-believe and pretend play, kids’ rooms can be an extension of their personalities and style. Like grownups, they deserve a thoughtfully created space they can call their own. Unlike other rooms in your home where you might proceed with caution in design, kids’ bedrooms invite an adventurous ‘go for it’ attitude. They present an opportunity to experiment with vibrant color, pattern, and shape. Need a creative nudge? Start with a theme – one of their hobbies or interests will do – or even a fun piece of statement furniture. Bold walls are next, like bright color, a mural, decals, printed wallpaper, and stencils for unique paint accents. Don’t stop there — you’ll need places to keep their toys and books. And in a kids’ bedroom, simple storage simply doesn’t cut it. Fancy it up with a woven basket or two or shaped shelving and cubbies (clouds, houses, and geometric shapes are good bets). Before too long, they’ll enjoy a bespoke bedroom that’s as playful as their imaginations!

 

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forest themed kid’s bedroom by Chameleon Design

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shark themed kid’s bedroom by Chameleon Design

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yellow and blue nursery by Chameleon Design

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skateboard theme kid’s bedroom by Chameleon Design

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classic blue and white beach kid’s bedroom by Chameleon Design

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dog themed kid’s bedroom by Chameleon Design

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rabbit themed kids’ bedroom by Chameleon Design

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blue wallpaper with cloud mirrors in nursery by Chameleon Design

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camp theme kid’s bedroom by Chameleon Design

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bright blue accent wall in dog theme kid’s bedroom by Chameleon Design

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yellow and white horse theme kid’s bedroom by Chameleon Design

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dinosaur theme kid’s bedroom by Chameleon Design

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blue abstract rug in living room by Chameleon Design

Rugs That Have Us Floored: Bold is Better

Staring at the floor will be your new favorite hobby once you set your sights on that gorgeous area rug in the room! Rugs are essential as they blend function and style in space. They provide a softer surface to walk on, offer noise insulation, and protect hard flooring from foot traffic and spills. But beyond that, they can be design superstars by adding dimension to a room through color, texture, print, or pattern. A well-placed area rug can define a space, create a sense of intimacy, and add character, especially in open floor plans. Transform a neutral living room into a calming oasis with a bright blue area rug or elevate your sectional with a bold patterned rug and complimentary throw pillows. Slide a rug under the bed in a bedroom for texture and softness underfoot. You can place one outdoors as well to define and add color to a deck or patio. When selecting a rug, consider how its size, material, and color work together in the room’s design. Pay attention to scale too. A rug that is too small can visibly shrink a room, so don’t be afraid to go up a size or two to ensure it fits beneath most furniture! Layer one on any floor for even more texture and dimension to break up the wall-to-wall look. Like art for your floors, rugs can be focal points, conversation starters, or finishing touches, and we love how they tie our clients’ rooms together in a way nothing else can.

Accent Chairs that Sit Pretty

You might need to take a seat after hearing all about why accent chairs are the standout style icons of 2021. Accent chairs are that perfect combination of function and form since they not only provide extra seating, but they also have the potential to define a room. Their smaller footprint creates an opportunity to go big and bold with design, from shape and color to material and texture. Modern, traditional, minimalist—there’s an accent chair for every style. When selecting accent seating, consider its purpose and location. Keep its height consistent with existing furniture for cohesion, but don’t be afraid to mix things up. Play with scale, texture, and style. Go sculptural to make a statement or modern with a metal-framed chair. A wingback chair can be dramatic and bright for an unexpected pop in a classic space, while a barrel chair softens a space with its curved design. For material, feel free to deviate from the sofa’s look and have fun with texture. Leather, suede, velvet, rattan, and faux fur are all great options. Don’t forget to use accent chairs to elevate your outdoor space, too, and create a stylish open-air oasis!

set of two blue accent chairs by Chameleon Design

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creamy beige accent chair in living room by Chameleon Design

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saddle leather and wood armchair in living room by Chameleon Design

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black leather and wood armchair in bedroom by Chameleon Design

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set of two cream accent chairs by Chameleon Design

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gray chaise lounge in office by Chameleon Design

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rattan accent chair in living room by Chameleon Design

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white reclining accent chair in bedroom by Chameleon Design

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nailhead and wood armchair in living room by Chameleon Design

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leather Eames style chair in loft by Chameleon Design

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gray leather and metal armchair in living room by Chameleon Design

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set of neutral armchairs in living room by Chameleon Design

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beige director’s chair in bedroom by Chameleon Design

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rattan and white lounge chairs on covered patio by Chameleon Design

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white accent chair in bedroom by Chameleon Design

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gray wingback accent chair in living room by Chameleon Design

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chartreuse accent chair in living room by Chameleon Design

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rattan and wood dining set on patio by Chameleon Design

Let’s Take This Outside – Why a Cozy Patio is Essential

It’s time for an escape. . . to your soon-to-be amazing outdoor oasis. You may have used your patio during this past year as a makeshift office, Zoom background, or a place to take a break from the kids for a few blissful minutes (no shame in that game!). Necessity is the mother of invention, but now’s the time to level up your outdoor space. Open-air and sunshine are proven to make us happier and increase our sense of wellbeing, so harness that with a patio that is soon to become your new favorite hangout spot. To kick off your new open-air retreat, start with some lounge-worthy furniture that is just as comfy as your living room sofa. Invest in a sectional with thick cushions and be sure to layer on the pillows. For all those cool evenings outdoors, don’t forget to keep a blanket or two nearby to keep warm! You can also add a market umbrella or another sun-blocking feature for those sunny summer days, as well as a dark outdoor rug to define the space and add texture. If you really want to set the mood, add a Wi-Fi extender so you’re always ready with some ambient music. Ready to entertain? A bar cart keeps you outdoors with the margaritas flowing, surrounded by all your favorite people. Cornhole, croquet, and other lawn games are always a good idea if you really want to up the entertainment factor. To fully take in the evenings, add in a fire pit that you can lounge next to while stargazing. Summers are meant to be enjoyed slowly, and there’s no better place to do so than your own stylish backyard.

rattan and wood dining set on patio by Chameleon Design

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wood rocking chair and yellow stool on patio by Chameleon Design

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water feature in backyard by Chameleon Design

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concrete bench and aqua accents on porch by Chameleon Design

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outdoor chairs and table on porch by Chameleon Design

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woven chairs and metal dining table on patio by Chameleon Design

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teak bar cart on patio by Chameleon Design

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outdoor dining set and water feature on covered patio by Chameleon Design

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woven outdoor chairs and concrete table on patio by Chameleon Design

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outdoor sofa with colorful cushions on porch by Chameleon Design

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pool and lounge seating in backyard by Chameleon Design

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woven chairs, table, and bar cart on deck by Chameleon Design

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outdoor sectional sofa and garden stools on patio by Chameleon Design

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teak hammock in backyard by Chameleon Design

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kelly green chairs and white table on patio by Chameleon Design

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dining set, sofa, and pergola on patio by Chameleon Design

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outdoor sofa and rustic table on deck by Chameleon Design

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pool table and deck/outdoor patio area by Chameleon Design

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outdoor wicker chairs and wood table on patio by Chameleon Design

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outdoor sofa, wicker chair, and tables on patio by Chameleon Design

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woven chair, wood slice table, and bar cart on deck by Chameleon Design

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Nature and Nurture—Japandi Design

We’ve talked a lot about bold color this year as a way to express and celebrate personality in the home. But for those who gravitate toward a more understated feel and calming neutrals, there’s a new trend in town that blends some of our favorite themes. Japandi design (Japan + Scandi) fuses Scandinavian hygge and Japanese design elements, and we’re more than a little obsessed. Its connection to the outdoors and its focus on simplicity, comfort, and eco-friendly materials is cozy and rustic, adding an undeniable sensory appeal. Open, uncluttered spaces with clean lines and soft curves work in harmony with light neutrals and pops of darker tones. Natural light and greenery are essential and accentuate the indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Sustainable materials like wood and stone, together with found objects and a less-is-more approach to furnishings, create a curated look that is both warm and perfectly imperfect. We’ve included some of our favorite spaces where we’ve incorporated Japandi design features, and be sure to visit our Pinterest profile for even more inspiration. There, you’ll find boards of ideas and resources to get your creative juices flowing for your next projects. Happy pinning!

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Fall in Love With Spring’s New ‘It Color

Maybe it’s spring or maybe we’ve hit a pandemic wall, but there’s something about the promise of warmer weather that has us daydreaming in color. After what seems like a yearlong hibernation, people are ready to begin sprucing up their homes for spring and summer. A color that’s on our radar and that’s been getting a lot of attention is green. Like a sprout pushing up from the sidewalk crack demanding its time in the sun, green is adorning wall paint, tile, accessories, art, and fashion in its many attractive shades, from light mint to a rich hunter shade. Symbolic of life itself, green’s vitality calls up images of growth and renewal, a kind of starting over that inspires a breath of fresh air. We love incorporating shades of green in our projects because they’re at once calming and full of life. Kelly green chairs strike a sophisticated feel when paired with a high-contrast black and white. Saturated and bright hues like bursts of lime or clover are a natural fit with wood furnishings and punch up an otherwise neutral palette. Shades of green are attributes of biophilia, another design style that’s having a moment, which connects the home to nature. Play with unexpected pops of color on a bed frame, pillows, a succulent wall, or patterned wallpaper to stimulate the senses with this versatile color!

green chairs and coffee table at Residence Two at Skye

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decorative bedroom pillows and painting at Residence Two at Skye

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patio with green chairs at Plan 3 at Bayberry

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bar counter with green stool chairs Residence Two at Skye

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great room at Plan 3 at Bayberry by Brookfield Residential

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green plant wall decor

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master bedroom at Plan 3 at Bayberry by Brookfield Residential

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green kids room at Plan 3 at Enliven

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green couch and blue poufs at Plan 3 at Enliven

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guest bedroom at Residence One at Flair by Woodbridge Pacific Group

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living room at Plan One at Compass Bay by Dover

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great room at Plan One at The Villages by William Lyon Homes

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green powder room at Plan 3 at Bayberry by Brookfield Residential

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guest room at Plan One at Compass Bay by Dover

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green kids room at Plan Three at The Covey

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patio with wicker furniture and decorative pillows at The Covey

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guest bedroom detail at Plan Three at The Verge by William Lyon Homes

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bedroom detail at Plan One at Compass Bay by Dover

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nursery gallery wall in Plan 3 at Modo

No-Fail Gallery Walls

If you’ve been following our blog, you know we love a good gallery wall. They instantly dress up a blank space and provide clues about the personality and character of a home’s inhabitants. There’s also a lot of design paralysis around gallery walls, so we’re here to take away the overwhelm.

Chances are you already have many of the ingredients for your display. Well-loved art, photographs, mementos, or memorabilia are all good places to start. Keep things to a single color palette for a curated look or freewheel it with color for a fun informal vibe. Frames can be the same size and color for uniformity or you can use complementary colors with varying orientations. Plan your layout on the floor first, starting with the largest piece as a visual anchor, or keep things neat and tidy using a grid formation. When planning your image gallery, think beyond the wall, too. Create a layered look by leaning frames along an open shelf or bookcase, or make it more three-dimensional by layering pieces, such as a mirror, sconce, or other mounted decor. Your gallery, your choice!

nursery gallery wall in Plan 3 at Modo

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blue gallery wall in Plan 1 at Verge

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family photo gallery in Plan 3 at Modo

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open shelf photo gallery in Plan 1 at Origin

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black and white gallery wall at Riverstone Information Center

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mixed media gallery wall in Plan 4 at Dover at Compass Bay

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line art gallery wall in modern living room

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bedroom gallery wall in Plan 1 at Hideaway

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layered gallery wall in Plan 2 at Trend

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abstract gallery wall in Plan 3 at Enliven

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teen room gallery wall in Plan 4 at Citron

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Time to Shine—Drop Zones and Mud Rooms

We rarely read design accolades of a mud room/drop zone, and we think it’s time to give this workhorse of a space its due! If you’re fortunate enough to have one in your home (if not create one!), a mud room or drop zone is a place to shed the day away and drop all goods and go. It’s a transitional space, one where the family passes through for a brief moment on their way to the kitchen or family room or out the door. Make organization part of the design with a custom built-in or storage cabinet, a bench for putting on shoes, baskets, and wall hooks. Create a spot for mail, keys, and small odds and ends. All items should have a home that’s within easy reach when rushing in or out the door. Don’t forget to personalize it and make it your own! Add art, greenery, a rug, and objects that speak to you and align with existing decor. Make it a place you want to be in, even if only for a short time as you go on about your day!

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Beauty Between the Lines in this Minimalist Art Trend

It’s always interesting to see artistic styles that dominate the collective and how they evolve over time. One trend that’s adorning many gallery walls right now is line art. True to its name, line art is a deliberate display of straight or curved lines against a plain or neutral background. The foundational element of artistic expression, the line’s representation in its most basic form is elegant in its singularity. Long, short, narrow, or thick. Straight, angular, or full of curve – line art often alludes to familiar silhouettes or abstract shapes. Pieces are minimalistic in nature as they embrace empty space with clean and bold lines with no or minimal shading.

While most express images in black and white, we’re seeing more color pop up in this trend as well as negative space drawings with white lines on a dark canvas. Its beauty also resides in its versatility, as these abstract forms complement any room in the home, from the family room and dining area, to the bedroom, bath, or home office. Break up your gallery wall and create some visual breathing room with this understated art trend. Here are some images from our own work to spark your creativity!

 

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Happiness Hack: How to Tell Your Story in Home Design

Designer hot take: Want to know how to truly make your home your own and a happy place you’ll love every day? Make it all about you! A home that’s full of character is one that authentically reflects the personalities of its inhabitants. And one of the things that makes people who they are is the stories they tell about themselves, like past experiences, achievements, relationships, and interests. If you’re not sure how that all translates into a cohesive and put-together home full of beautiful spaces, try asking yourself a few of these questions:

What was your favorite vacation?

What’s your favorite mantra or affirmation?

What item in your closet do you reach for the most?

Where would you live if money weren’t an option?

What sorts of activities make you lose track of time?

Use your answers as a jumping off point for your creativity. Create a mood or Pinterest board with color palettes, themes, photos, and mementos. There are many fun ways to incorporate these things to reflect what you love and create happiness every day. Arrange a vignette on a console table with a beloved collection, photo gallery, or aspirational signs. Surround yourself with those you love the most with a large family and friend photo wall. Entertain in style with a fun bar cart al fresco or a next-level game room with all the embellishments. Show off your personality using interesting paint details, like colorful ombre stair risers or mood-boosting horizontal stripes. If you love the outdoors, bring some of it inside with a heart-shaped succulent wall. Big or small, these individual touches tell your unique story and make your home a source of happy moments. Our homes should joyfully reflect the stories of our lives, so make the motto, do more of what makes you happy, your design mantra!

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