What Kind of Paint Best Hides Wall Blemishes?

In this video, Erica Lugbill, owner of Lugbill Designs a high-end home remodeling and interior designs firm in Chicago, covers what paint to choose when you’re trying to hide a blemish on the wall.

According to Erica, a flat finish paint is always the best choice because flat paint does not pick up the light that may draw attention to the blemish.

If you worry that you can’t wash it or take care of it especially when you have kids or dogs who might dirty up the wall, try to use flat enamel paint. It is a great product that’s washable and long-lasting.

There are a lot of available paints in the market but if you’re up for something that hides wall blemishes, flat finish paint should be on top of your list.

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Recommended Curtain Rod Length

In this video, Erica Lugbill, interior designer and owner of Lugbill Designs, an upscale home remodelling and interior design firm in Chicago covers how to decide the final length of your curtain rod before installing them.

The good thing is that there is no right or wrong answer. The idea of having a curtain is to draw attention to the window and make them feel larger and more dramatic. Typically, you want your windows to be the focal point in a room as they are a great feature of the room.

What I do is to extend the rod about 12-14 inches beyond the window trim to have a good spot to hang the drapery. Good thing about placing the drapery on the edge beyond the window trim is that it makes the room feel more open, bright and airy. According to Erica, the rule of thumb is to add 12 to 14 inches from the outside of the window trim to complete your window hardware.

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25 Easy Christmas Decoration Ideas for your Home

Christmas is surely an exciting time for homeowners to decorate their homes. Houses, whether big or small can be embellished with simple or DIY Christmas ornaments. You can try nautical Christmas, classic white Christmas, rustic Barn styled Christmas or elegant winter wonderland. If you can’t seem to pull off a themed Christmas decoration, here are 25 easy Christmas decoration ideas to consider for your home.

 

  1. Welcome guests with an Outdoor Christmas tree

Tired of the usual holiday wreath? Display spruce or an artificial Christmas tree next to your main door.

  1. Create a Christmas Tree Wall Art

Adorn your empty wall with crafted “tree” using craft materials like yarns & papers, fabrics, washi tapes, twigs and many more.

  1. Fill your bookshelf with Gifts

If you have too many gifts under your tree, hide the books for a moment and decorate your shelves with beautifully wrapped Christmas presents.

  1. Decorate doorway or bannister with garland

The classic evergreen garland works best to adorn doorway and bannister. Hang Christmas ornaments and surround it with light strings to add some sparkle.

  1. Save Space with Christmas Boughs

For small spaces, use boughs of spruce, fir or pine branches as an alternative for a Christmas tree.

  1. Christmas Balls Centerpiece

Take out your extra fabulous shiny ball ornaments and place them on a bowl cushioned with greens or not.

  1. Pinecone Dangles

Hot glue pine cones with red ribbon and let it dangle from every cabinet door. Use it as an alternative to curtain tassel too!

  1. Faux Moss Holiday Greeting Banner

Greet your neighbors with cardboard letter cut-outs crafted with faux moss on your front door.

  1. Repurpose Wine Bottles

Make beautiful use of your old wine bottles this Christmas. Spray silver, gold or your preferred paint color. Cover with white glue up to the level of your choice and sprinkle with lots of glitters.

  1. DIY Christmas Tree Cones

On a budget? Start working on these easy DIY tree cones. Using either a poster board, light cardboard or even decorative paper, glue the paper cone in place. Cut the uneven edges so the cones would stand flat. For that final touch, wrap around your choice of ribbons, laces or feathers!

  1. Hand your guests with Christmas Treats

Transform your colorful mittens into candy holders.

  1. Hang those Stockings

Instead of buying Christmas socks, hang your stylish winter socks instead for a more personalized decor.

  1. Oversized Paper Snowflakes

Hang oversize snowflakes of your desired colors from the ceiling.

  1. Christmas Balls Wreath

Decorate your wreath with shiny ball ornaments of varying sizes. Combine matte, silvery and glittery balls together.

  1. Display Holiday Cards

Gather all your sentimental holiday greeting cards, secure them on a string and display in your home as a Christmas decoration.

  1. Family Portraits

Why not use family portraits as your Christmas tree ornaments?

  1. Fabric Ball Ornaments

Tired of the usual Christmas ball designs? Play with your favorite fabrics and cover your ball ornaments for a change. Tie it with a rubber band and hide it using shimmery ribbons.

  1. Christmas Marquee

Make a statement design with a wooden marquee & bulb letters on top of your Mantel.

  1. Rustic Crate for Gifts

Replace those stockings with wood crates under the Christmas tree.

  1. Have Fun with Christmas Pillows

Elevate your store-bought throw pillows by sewing felt cutouts or your favorite Christmas design fabric.

  1. Create a Mason Jar Snow Globe

Personalize your snow globe using mason jars.

  1. Crafty Candle Holder

Wrap your glass votive holders with Christmas themed ribbons or webbing to make a yuletide décor.

  1. Hanging Tree Limb Centerpiece

Hang a long tree limb on the ceiling above the dining table and hang Christmas ornaments for a festive vibe.

  1. Christmas Balls Window Curtain

Tie strings of Christmas ornaments like balls on the curtain rod to jazz up your curtain.

  1. Chair Back Ribbons

Embellish your dining chairs with Christmas themed ribbons with greeneries, pine-cones and cherries at the center.

 

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How to Tape When Painting Around Trim

In this video, Erica Lugbill, interior designer and owner of Lugbill Designs, an upscale home remodelling and interior design firm in Chicago shows how to tape when you’re painting around trim.

To start with, you need standard tools: a putty knife, x-acto knife, painter’s tape at least 1.5″ width and a rag or dry paintbrush for cleaning.

The first step is to clean and prepare the surface by using dry brush to remove dust and the grime so the tape can stick well on the wall. If you skip this step there would be leakage on the trim that paint will slip right through. If your baseboards are very dirty be sure to use cleaning rug.

Then place the tape from the edge and follow the line and press down as you go. Once you get to the corner, rip off the edge and take a putty knife into the corner. Then slice off the excess tape by following the edge of the putty knife. Leave the tape sitting out. Don’t press it down the baseboard so it covers the trim from paint splatter. Do this throughout the whole room that you’re painting.

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Fun Room-Painting Themes for Cream & Brown Colors

Are you in search of ideas on using cream and brown colors for your interior design? A Chicago interior designer shares some brilliant suggestions to bring dramatic improvements in your room.

Erica Lugbill, interior designer and owner of Lugbill Designs, an upscale home remodeling and interior design firm in Chicago took note of some fun room painting themes that you can try using the colors brown and cream.

These shades are classic favorites particularly in setting an interior design theme. Brown and cream complement each other and can go well with any accent color, making them versatile choices that can be used with other decors.

Brown and Cream Room Painting Ideas

For Erica, there are ways to use these hues in creating a fun theme for any room. She loves creating stripes with these colors. Here’s what the interior designer recommended:

“Do very large horizontal or vertical lines. Think like 2ft wide, 18inches wide. It’s is a very dramatic fun wall.”

Erica Lugbill cited another fun room painting theme that is especially suited for designing a kid’s room. According to the professional, brown and cream can be used to create a polka dots room design. With this, you can incorporate your kid’s favorite color such as pink, purple, blue or green into the room’s theme.  Furthermore, as their favorite colors change, their walls can still accommodate their preferences by simply adding new color accents.

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6 Rustic Kitchen Design Ideas

The charm of rustic interiors has taken the Internet by storm. It has that familiar and warm aura that evokes a comfortable atmosphere. If you want the same cozy feel for your kitchen, you’d be surprised to know that you don’t really have to bear the high cost of kitchen remodelling to achieve the look of this popular interior design trend.

You can get it done without breaking the bank. Below you will find 6 great kitchen design ideas that will bring the rustic vibe right into your kitchen.

1. Weathered Wooden Cabinets and Clapboard

Weathered Wooden Cabinets and Clapboard

Weathered wood and age-old stoneworks make up a quintessential rustic design. The weathered wood, chipped paints, and warm brick and stone are the basic ingredients to make a perfect homey rustic-themed kitchen.

If you don’t have an age old wood, you can DIY a weathered wood, click here to learn.

2. Tuscan Country Design

Spruce up your kitchen with vintage woodworks, warm color paints and soft floral fabric. This particular kitchen design features soft patterned fabric, heirloom wooden cupboard and white-washed walls.

3. Beautiful Stoneworks

Beautiful Stoneworks

Aside from weathered wooden furniture and cabinets, a touch of beautiful stoneworks can also make a good rustic kitchen. You can add an element of stone in your fireplace hearth or in the kitchen wall. For the countertops, you can choose quartz or granite. Matching stoneworks with wood is basically a handy way to achieve a rustic kitchen design.

4. Industrial Rustic

Industrial Rustic

A rustic kitchen design is not only for age-old homes. You can put a touch of rustic design in your modern home by thinking sleek, clean and minimalist. You can achieve a modern or industrial rustic kitchen design by pairing shiny stainless steel and rustic wood elements. Wood floors can also do great with this design, but you can also opt for polished concrete flooring. Then add a touch of accent color in your rather neutral wood colored kitchen.

5. Barn Rustic Kitchen

Barn Rustic Kitchen

You can never go wrong with dark wooden beams in your all-white kitchen. Dark hardwood beams like that in barns create a perfect contrast with your clean white kitchen design. The combination is perfect to achieve a clean, airy feel in your kitchen. Lastly, jazz up your rustic barn design with a pastel colored rag.

6. Rustic Cabin Kitchen

Rustic Cabin Kitchen

If dark hardwood looks too much for you, try a gentler wood stain like pine or white oak for your kitchen. Woods with lighter tones of brown fare well in creating a gentle warm feel in your space. This is a good choice for your ceiling, walls and floors. You can add contrast by using darker tones for your furniture and cabinetry.

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5 Essential Room Divider for Small Spaces

A good room divider for small spaces is one that does not occupy a lot of space or in case it eats up a portion of the floor area, it should at least serve multiple purposes.

Here are 5 room divider options you can consider to adopt for your home.

1. Wallpaper or Color Paints

Wallpaper or Color Paints
Left without space even for a divider? A tonal separation can do the trick. You can make an illusion of separating living areas by using different colors or texture on walls. A good contrast without compromising the unity of design is what you want to achieve here. For instance, a distinct wallpaper can signal the end of the vestibule.

2. Curtains

Curtains

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Curtains are a handy device to physically separate areas of your home. You can easily extend curtains to separate space and have plenty of privacy, or slide them out to dismantle the division and connect living areas. Its decorative element also allows you to spruce up your space with posh fabric or subtle patterns. Lastly, installation is a breeze. You don’t need to have carpentry skills to have them

3. Pony wall

Pony Wall
One subtle way to create boundary while not compromising the flow and continuity of space is by installing a pony wall. You can make a DIY faux pony wall by using common household items or create a real one using MDF as your basic wall.

4. Open-backed bookcase

Open-backed bookcase

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An Open backed bookcase is multipurpose that you can use to separate space, add more storage and decorate your space. A good-sized bookcase, when placed perpendicular to the wall, is a solution to layout your space. The best choice is a tall bookcase, however, you can choose whichever you want so long as it serves the purpose you want/hope to achieve.

5. Floor Contrast

Floor Contrast

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Much like using contrast in wallpapers or paints, floor contrast is also an effective way to differentiate rooms in your home. Again, contrast is key to perfectly signify boundaries or division. This is best if you want to set limits but still want to preserve the continuity of the space, for instance between the kitchen and dining area.

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15 Space Saving Bathroom Design Ideas

Next to the bedroom, the bathroom is the most comfortable part of the home. It is the place to relax and enjoy quiet time while pampering the body. However, this portion of the house is also one of the most expensive to remodel as it involves a lot of plumbing works and fixtures installation.

It may take you by surprise, but designing the bathroom can tax you extra creativity and time–especially when working with limited space.

In this list, you’ll find 15 space-saving bathroom design Ideas to solve your remodelling dilemmas.

  1. Prioritize Function over Form

One of the guiding principles in space-saving design is prioritizing function over form or decoration. “Less is more” in small spaces. Hence a space-saving design is something that maximizes function and weeds out items that don’t serve a purpose. This, however, does not mean you cannot be stylish as you will never run out of useful and sleek items to use.

  1. Use Small Furniture

You have to let go of that bulky vintage wooden boudoir in your vanity and use small useful pieces instead. Placing large pieces of furniture can dwarf small bathroom. The key to picking bathroom pieces is to scale them to the size of the room. Few small useful furniture pieces are way better than elegant but bulky furniture in a small bathroom.

  1. Choose Vertical Storage

To save space in the bathroom, you want as much of floor space as possible to make the room look more spacious. To do this, you have to maximize the vertical space. So instead of large cabinets and racks, use wall mounted open shelving to utilize the unused space on the wall.

  • Wall mount crates for accessible and sturdy storage
  • Hang up mason jars for small items
  • Recessed storage for toiletries in the wet room
  1. Use Horizontal Design to Widen the Space

Another trick to make your bathroom look spacious is to use horizontal design. Decorate the wall with tiles or paint. You can also use half tiled wall with horizontal designs to also create the illusion of high ceiling.

  1. Design Using Tiles

Trick the eye by running the same tiles from the floors and across the walls. This will create continuity of space which is good for small bathrooms, to make them look wider. Also, tiling only half the wall will make the ceiling look higher.  

  1. Add Mirror and Pendant lights

Using mirrors is a good old trick to create an illusion of space in a tiny room. You might’ve tried this in your living room, why not take it to your bathroom. Not only can it trick the eyes, but it is also way useful for every member of the family. You can use wide mirror panel for one side of your wall or use a framed one with pendant lighting for an added mood.

  1. Use Recesses, Alcoves and Under Sink

There are a number of subtle ways to add extra storage that’s seamless without consuming floor space. One way is to use the wall recessed space for in-wall fixtures such as in-wall cabinet to hide your cleaning supplies and materials. Under sink cabinet also works wonders in saving up space.

  1. Use In-wall Cistern Toilet

Apart from looking sleek and modern, in-wall cistern toilet gives you extra space which you can use for other purposes.

  1. Use the Door Space

The space on and around the door is one thing often overlooked when saving bathroom space. To get the most out of your bathroom, try using the back of the door to hang a towel. You can also put a bookshelf above the the door to store your toiletry supplies, towels or cleaning supplies.

  1. Plan the Door Placement

Planning the placement of your wall is crucial in saving up space because you have to keep enough clearance. Hence it affects the orientation of your wet room & vanity along with the fixtures in the room. To save space, use sliding doors for the shower and doorless or open cabinet for your storage as they require no clearance to open.

  1. Maximize the Corners

If you want to squeeze in the luxuries you want for your bathroom, you might want to consider maximizing the corners which are always left unused. As mentioned, you can consider a corner tub, or a corner shower enclosure. You can also use an empty corner for shelving as storage for toiletries.

  1. Use Glass Instead of Shower Curtain

Instead of opaque shower curtain, use translucent glass to cover the shower. Shower curtain evokes enclosed space while glass makes space seem fluid and extended. Glass also adds a modern touch to your bathroom.

  1. Place the Bathtub Wisely

The bathtub could be the biggest fixture to consume space in your bathroom. That’s why it is important to place the tub wisely. Inset bath is a good choice as you can place it right against a wall. And if you can splurge, you can get a sunken bath that’s installed at the level of the floorboard. Another trick is to place a deep tub at the corner of the bathroom.

  1. Choose a Walk-in Shower Over a Bathtub

Bathtubs are the biggest space consuming fixture you have. If you have a tiny space, you need to consider ditching the comfort and perks of tub for a walk in shower in order to save up space and maximize the usability of your bathroom.

  1. Add Some Sunlight

While it does not add space to a small bathroom, adding natural light makes a small space more comfortable and energizing. It is also conducive for things like applying makeup and cleansing nether areas while having a shower.

Working with limited space when remodelling a bathroom can extract your creativity. However, you should not back away from the challenges of the task especially with the space saving ideas to help you with bathroom design.

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8 Tips for Decorating your Home Office

Working from home comes with a lot of perks. That’s why many people have found this as a better alternative to the usual 9 to 5 job. However, along with the perks is the challenge of setting up your home office.

To help you get started, below are 10 fundamental tips for creating a pleasant and inspiring workspace.

  1. Find the Perfect Location

Are you expecting clients to visit? If yes, you’ll need a private room with ample space and enough seating to accommodate visitors. But if not, a corner nook in your living room will do.

However, it is advisable to separate the family area from your office space. You wouldn’t want your child running around yelling or crying while you work, right? You need to avoid unnecessary distractions to increase your productivity. If you can’t have a separate room for your office, you can settle with dividers.

  1. Create a Space Saving L-Setup

If you have a limited space to set up your home office, try to maximize the corner of the room. An L-shaped setup is a space saver. It maximizes the floor area and the arrangement gives you free access to the things you need at arms reach e.g copier, printer, vertical filer etc.

  1. Seek Natural Light

According to several studies, natural light greatly increases productivity. One of the most common mistakes people make when designing a home office is putting it up against the wall in a dark corner of a room. It’s good to stare at something other than your computer once in awhile. But if natural light from a window isn’t possible, make sure you have enough lighting from lamps to avoid eye strain and headaches.

  1. Add a Touch of Nature

Another way to keep your home office comfortable yet conducive for work is to add some ‘greens’ in it! There’s a wide range of potted plants you can choose to decorate your home office with. It can boosts your mood, make you feel happy, and can certainly reduce your stress levels.

  1. Hide Unsightly Wires and Cords

There are certain tricks to hide the cords and wires in your home office. First is to keep your devices close to the outlet. Second, you can use fabric cord covers to conceal the unsightly cords and wires. In your desk, use a grommet where cables and wires can pass through. You can also use wire organizers, cord winders and plastic wire covers to really keep them away from your sight.

  1. Keep Everything Ergonomic

You are most probably going to spend your whole day sitting in your office chair, so might as well invest in an ergonomic seat. A small reward for your hardworking self. When sitting, remember that your feet must rest firmly on the floor or on a footrest. Your computer screen should be at eye level or a little below to reduce eye fatigue.

  1. Add Patterns

To jazz up your space, try to use patterned fabrics for your draperies, rags, and pillows. Colors and patterns can create a lively feel inside your home office–a good choice especially for sleepy heads who want to stay active during work hours.

  1. Invest in an Efficient Storage

You’d want to maximize your space with cool storage pieces. A key to save floor space is to use vertical file folders and cabinets. Also, when choosing a storage piece, you’d want to make it accessible to you for convenience. Locked and secured storage, on the other hand, will keep your important things safe even when you’re away.

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How to Keep Paint Off of Glass When Painting Windows

In this video by Erica Lugbill, interior designer, and owner of Lugbill Designs, a highend home remodeling, and interior design firm in Chicago, you will learn how to keep paint off of glass when painting windows.

The truth is, there is no simple solution for this. But there are a couple of things that can make this project a little easier.

First off, you need painter’s tape–an old tried and true solution to protect surfaces from unwanted paints. Just tape it along the edge of the window. This process can be time-consuming.

A second option is to paint casually the trim of the window and use a razor blade to scrape off the paint on the glass. Scraping off dried paint with razor may need a little bit of elbow grease, in which case try to use Vaseline. Simply rub vaseline along the edges of the glass before painting. Then you’d be able to remove the paints with a razor blade or putty knife.

Keeping paint of glass is not as easy as you thought. But there are techniques that can help keep it mess-free and avoid unnecessary waste of effort and time.

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