How to Remove a Wall Baseboard Without Damage

In this video, Erica Lugbill the owner of  Lugbill Designs, a high-end interior design firm, discusses how to remove a wall baseboard without damage.

“It might seem tricky and complicated. But with the right tools it is very easy,” she said.

First, use a utility knife to slice right on the top of the baseboard and in between the wall. This ensures that you remove any paint or caulking present so that when you break away the baseboard it won’t pull off the wallpaper.

Then using a putty knife, loosen the grip by placing it between the baseboard and the wall. Tap it down with a hammer.

Finally, pull off the baseboard with scrap wood and pry bar. Use a scrap wood at least 6″ to protect your wall when you use the pry bar in pulling off the baseboard. Put the wood against the wall then use the pry bar to pull the baseboard.

Removing a wall baseboard is tricky and can leave damages. However, with the help of an interior design professional, the right techniques will work for the most efficient removal.

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How to Decorate a Kitchen Using Earth Tones

Here’s a how-to video by Erica Lugbill, the owner of Lugbill Designs, that discusses ways to decorate a kitchen using earth tones.

Nothing beats the combination of rich warm woods with earth tone colors. You can’t go wrong with this combination because it is warm and inviting.

When decorating your kitchen, the key is to aim for a perfect contrast. Start with your cabinetry samples and match them with the earth tone paint color that you like.

Another way to decorate your kitchen with earth tone is with the backsplash tile and earth stone counter top. If you have a window in your kitchen, you can also match the earth tone theme with the wooden shade.

Using earth tones for a kitchen’s interior design can bring impressive results, especially with the help of a professional. Check out this video for further instructions in decorating a kitchen using earth tones:

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11 Tips to Find the Right Remodeling Contractor

One of the most important things to a successful home renovation is the remodeling contractors you select. The important question that you must answer is, how to make the right choice?

Hiring a remodeling contractor is nearly always a better option that going it alone.  Inconveniences, low quality of work, and legal problems are just some of the factors that make this a bad solution.

If you are planning an expansion or renovation, this article presents some useful tips that will guide you in hiring the right remodeling contractor for your project.

How to Find the Best Remodeling Contractor

#1. Set your goals

First things first. In remodeling projects, you have to know what you want to achieve. Have a clear vision of the look that you’re aiming for, the amenities you want added, and other important modifications that you want done. This makes it easier for you to communicate your plans that the contractor will execute.

#2. Ask for referrals

A friend or relative who has successfully completed a remodelling project can provide good referrals. Ask for tips on how they found their contractor, or better yet ask them to refer you to a reliable professional who can complete your remodelling task according to your preferred budget and time.

#3. Do background checks

In hiring a remodeling contractor, establish the credentials of the person that you are eyeing to hire. Check for licenses and insurance coverage. Secure their license and policy numbers and see to it that they are current. Be sure to check reviews on sites like Houzz and Yelp as well.

#4. Choose a specialist

Always go for an experienced specialist to handle your project.  You don’t want your project to be where they learn the tricks of the trade.  Even if it costs a bit more, it is worth it.  Trust us.

#5. Look for a licensed local contractor

One of the easiest ways to get the right contractor is to find remodelling or interior design professionals in your area who are reputable and have been in business for a long time.  One of the biggest values adds in hiring a designer, is that you can utilize their network of trusted contractors.

#6. Set an interview

Set a time to interview a remodeling contractor. The initial interaction between you can give tell-tale signs based on how they communicate throughout the project. Some of the signs to watch out for include impatience, rushing, and rude remarks. These are characteristics of people who are difficult to work with and once they surface, it’s time to move on to the next candidate.

#7. Set a meeting

Before getting any work started, definitely meet your contractors in person. This will allow you to evaluate the candidate and personally judge if someone looks personable and reliable enough to give you the peace of mind you need while the project is in progress. These meetups are crucial in establishing a good working relationship.

#8. Look at their previous work

One of the best ways to see the quality of someone’s work is to ask for before and after pictures of their previous projects. Take it a step further and call their past customers to see what they have to say.   Some of the points that you need to establish include:

  • Quality of work
  • Efficiency / Adherence to Deadlines
  • Personal Demeanor  
  • Integrity
  • Quality of Crew

#9. Keep track of bids and other details

Keeping a spreadsheet that has all of the pertinent information is a definite must.  Remodeling projects are very tricky, and there are a lot of moving parts.  Keep a multi-tabbed spreadsheet that outlines the various aspects of each contractors’ bids, along with the other components of the remodel

#10. Get everything in writing

To make sure that your expectations are met, make it a habit to put all of the project details in writing.  Even if you feel good about the contractor up front, knowing that everything is written down and agreed upon will give you peace of mind.

Some of the things that you’ll want to get in writing include:

  • Project start date
  • Date of project completion
  • Information about building permits and fees
  • Description of products and services that will be provided
  • Terms of payment
  • Subcontractor details
  • Consequences of default for both parties

#11. Set your expectations

There are important guidelines that a remodeling contractor must know, especially when it comes to matters that involve working in your home, and the building that you live in.  One thing is for sure – effective communication is key.  Make sure rules and expectations are clearly identified before the first task is checked off.  Examples of the points that must be discussed are areas of restrictions, time when work is most appropriate to start and end, or days when work may not be permitted.

Home remodelling is not an easy task and certainly, the smartest way to handle it is by choosing the right contractors to do the job. With the above mentioned tips, you can be assured of having a good working relationship with a remodeling contractor who can execute your plans.

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What Color to Put With Lavender Wall Paint in My Bathroom?

Erica Lugbill, owner of Lugbill Designs, a high-end home remodeling interior designs firm in Chicago, shares in this video some tips in choosing the right color to put with lavender wall paint in the bathroom.

It is very refreshing to see a spa-like, fresh, crisp and clean bathroom. And if right now, you are wondering how it can be done, there are some tricks that you must know starting with the paint on your wall.

With a lavender wall paint, it is best to stick with whites and grays to take advantage of the contrast that complements each other well. These three colors look great and work well together. You can pick this palette for your towels.

For the shower curtain, choosing a good pattern and color is a great way to add interest to the bathroom without breaking the bank. Erica Lugbill shows some samples for you to consider especially when creating a good focal point inside your bathroom.

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How to Hang Curtains & Liners

In this video, Erica Lugbill, the owner of Lugbill Designs, a high-end residential remodelling and interior design firm in Chicago, explains how to install drapery panels and liners.

Some curtains are already lined. However others need separate liners and have to be installed on a double rod set. For pinch pleated curtains, place the drapery pins on each end and on each pleat. Make sure it won’t hook through the curtain so the metal pins are not showing.

Make sure you have the same number of rings on the rod as with the drapery pins. Lastly, hook the pins on the rings. You can adjust the height of the panel by moving the pins up or down.



Color Psychology for Interior Design

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Color Psychology for interior design emphasizes the importance of choosing the appropriate color theme for any space. Your choice of paint colors, furniture and accents can affect the overall vibe of your home and alter your experience.

In this infographic from Lugbill Designs are interesting facts that will guide you in choosing the right colors to use for your interior design.

Color Psychology for Interior Design


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Problems Painting Kitchen Walls

In this video, Erica Lugbill, the owner of Lugbill Designs, a high-end residential remodeling and interior design firm in Chicago, discusses some of the problems commonly faced when painting kitchen walls.

As kitchen walls are a prime spot for grease and grime to build up on, “you want to make sure that this surface is washable.” says Erica. Flat paints (enamel or ceramic-based) are a good solution. These types of paints are easy to clean, using a simple rag and dish soap.

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Interior Design Hacks to Enhance Your Living Space

Little do many of us know that old household items and the things we normally throw on trash have potential to make our homes more interesting. With a little drench of creativity juices, you can create beautiful home decoration and transform old and bland items we had to new and trendy ones.

Prepare yourself for a next home design project. Do away with plain empty walls, cliche flower vases or uninteresting lamps and light bulbs. In this infographic from Lugbill Designs, we show you interior design hacks to prettify your home.

Interior Design Hacks to Prettify your Home

With these simple decoration hacks, adding color and fun to your home is handy.
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Things You Should Have in Your Interior Design Portfolio

In this post, Erica Lugbill, the owner of Lugbill Designs, a high-end residential remodeling and interior design firm in Chicago, shares some pointers on what to include in your interior design portfolio.

Showing her own portfolio as a young designer, Erica says that the resume should be on the first part of the portfolio. It has to be concise to provide an overview of your skills in writing. Be sure to put a compilation of technical skills such as CAD drawings and electrical drawings, as well. She noted that it is important to keep everything very sleek, crisp, sharp and clean to make it look professional. In a visual field like design, having pictures is highly, highly recommended.

She also advised to have a properly categorized portfolio, not forgetting to include correct categories displayed. Moreover, she also states that putting a miscellaneous category allows you to present more of your skills and talents. This category can really go to reflect your versatility as a designer.


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How To Protect Your Furniture When You’re Painting

In this video, Erica Lugbill, the owner of Lugbill Designs, a high-end residential remodeling and interior design firm in Chicago, provides quick and easy tips on protecting furniture when you’re painting your home.

Erica suggests moving your furnitures to the center of the room, in order to keep the perimeter clear so you can move freely in the space, which can save time, and paint splattering onto things it shouldn’t.

To cover furniture, you can use plastic sheets or canvas tarpaulins, available at local hardware stores, or chain stores like Lowes or Home Depot. If you plan to paint in the years to come, and have the space to store them, canvas tarpaulins are a great option, as they are reusable and durable, and you don’t have to worry of them ripping or tearing.

When covering a chair with a canvas tarp Erica suggests being sure to cover the feet of the furniture too. She recommends taping the tarp down to the floor using painters tape.


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