A Deeper Dive Into Lake Shore Restore

We’re excited to introduce you to #LakeShoreRestore, an active, exciting project we’ve been working on recently. This is a special job for us, not just because we get to completely transform an awesome condo with an amazing view, but because the project comes from a repeat client. In the previous project, we only renovated their kitchen, but we have much bigger plans for the new condo. Here’s a look at the old project:

Before picture of kitchen in the old condo.


The renovated kitchen from the first project we did for this client.


Old Project

Renovated kitchen in old condo.


Different angle of the renovated kitchen.


We’re planning a completely new look and feel for their new kitchen, so be sure to follow us on Instagram to see the progress. 


After seeing this unique space, which was once two separate units now combined into one, our client jumped at the opportunity to buy it and own another condo in the same building. We can completely relate to relocating just a few floors because we too purchased another condo in the same building after living there for 5 years.


We couldn’t be more thrilled to help transform their new home from drab and dated to fresh and beautiful! Our big plans for this space includes:



  • Opening up the kitchen by taking down the wall separating the kitchen from the living room (see previous post with some visuals for how we are accomplishing this)
  • Relocating the laundry room
  • Transforming all the bathrooms



We’re planning on posting the floor plans, layouts, and some of our initial designs in the coming weeks (along with the why behind our decisions), so stay tuned.  To whet your appetite, here’s a sneak peek into the unit.  As you can see, it is full of potential!


View of kitchen/living room of new condo.

Kitchen and dining room full view of demo with walls taken down


Different angle of kitchen/living room before construction.

Living room into hallway


Lugbill Designs Tops the List of 2020’s Most Popular Bathrooms on Houzz

The most popular bathrooms for the 1st quarter of 2020 have been featured in Houzz and this time, Lugbill Designs earned the no.1 spot!

For years, Houzz has been featuring  a compilation of the most-saved photos uploaded on their website. They just released an official list of the Top 10 Most Popular Bathrooms this year based on the number of saved bathroom photos from January to April 2020, and…drum roll please.

Lugbill Designs got the #1 1st Spot on the List of the 10 Most Popular Bathrooms on the entire site.

Lugbill Designs’ Watery Wall in Chicago ranks 1st among the bathroom designs featured in the Top 10 list. The requests for information on where the materials were from flooded the comments, as countless people wanted to incorporate this bathroom into their home.   The  blue tiled wall works perfectly in this space, no doubt..

Pro tip: This makes the space appear larger by creating a continuous sightline between the shower and the rest of the bathroom.

Another interesting aspect of the bathroom is the luggage rack for spare towels.

Read more about the feature, here.

Lugbill Designs is a Chicago interior design firm staple, with a 10+ year history of exceptional, functional design.  

Second Floor Upgrades at #LugbillLanding

Happy May!  Today we’re going to spend some time jumping into the second level floor plan. 


When we purchased #LugbillLanding, we knew that eventually we would end up renovating both the first floor and the second floor, not to mention the attic and the basement.   We originally were going back and forth between phasing out the first or second floor, versus ripping off the bandaid and doing the whole project at once. 


The logistics of phasing out the project would be very complicated with our 2 kids, so in the end we decided to go all in. Pre-kids, while renovating our last condo, we lived without a shower for a week. I don’t even want to imagine what that would look like now that we have kids!   While we didn’t love the idea of spending so much money at one time, the alleviation of future headaches, coupled with the cost savings from doing the entire home renovation in one pass, led us to go big.


So, without further ado, let’s dive in!


2nd Floor – Original Floor Plan


2nd Floor – Demo Plan


When we first walked up the creaky staircase during our initial visit with our realtor, there was a bathroom at the top of the stairs, with no true master bathroom. 


Original bathroom at the top of the stairs

Original bathroom at the top of the stairs.

Original bathroom at the top pf stairs, post-demo


When we walked into the master bedroom, we saw a giant room with a sitting area.  It felt very compartmentalized and dark with the location of the closets. 


Original Master Bedroom Closets


Original master bedroom closets during demo


The other room on this floor was the future bedroom for our two boys.  It was giant and had a small ensuite bathroom. We liked this space as is, although we didn’t love that their bathroom didn’t have a bathtub.  After 2.5 years of raising boys, I think it is safe to say that they play hard, with the dirt to show for it!


One of my favorite stages during a construction project is reworking the floorplan. The challenge of maximizing the space is like a complicated puzzle to me.  In situations like this, my first step is to sketch out the existing floor plan and use white out over the existing interior walls.  This gives me a baseline to work with.  It feels like a blank slate with endless possibilities! 


I often have a lightbulb moment when working on a new floor plan. For my 2nd level, that lightbulb moment happened when I decided to eliminate the existing closets and open up the whole master suite. The bathroom and closet layout immediately fell into place. I love the flow of the new floor plan, it is perfect for our needs!


The space feels so much better already!


If you remember from my list of must-haves, an amazing master suite was top priority. Our previous condo had a great master suite, and I didn’t want to downgrade. A true master bathroom that is connected to the master bedroom was also non-negotiable for me. 


Erica’s must-haves list


Knowing that the activity level (and subsequently, dirt level of our two boys would only increase in the coming years, we knew we needed at least one bathtub in the house. I didn’t think it was worth the financial and space investment to add a tub to the kids’ current bathroom.  I figured that we needed a tub for the young kid years, and having it in the master bathroom rather than their bathroom, wouldn’t be a huge inconvenience. 


Prior to moving in,  I was not a big bath person.Three weeks into living here, I may have had a conversion experience.  It. Is. Amazing.   


So – with those priorities in mind, here’s the new floor plan:


2nd Floor – New floor plan


So far, we are thrilled with how the second floor is coming together. We love the natural light in the master bathroom and bedroom and how open and airy the whole space feels. 


New master bathroom layout during framing


Prepping for tile!

Stay tuned to see what finishes we selected for the master bath.  We took a few risks so are excited to see whether those bold decisions paid off. We can’t wait to share the 2nd floor with you as it comes to life!


Lugbill Designs Founder Named One of the 10 Best Chicago Interior Designers

Lugbill Designs founder and lead designer, Erica Lugbill, was recently recognized as a top 10 interior designer in Chicago. Decorilla, an interior design blog, hand-selected ten of the top interior designers from the town considered to be the global architecture capital for its bold structural design, many museums and art installations. Deservingly, one of them is the brain behind the high-end interior design firm, Lugbill Designs.

Here’s what Decorilla has got to say about Erica, founder and creative director of Lugbill Designs:
“As founder of Lugbill Designs, Erica Lugbill has been a strong name in Chicago’s design community since her start in 2010. She capitalized on specializing her service in both décor and full renovations. She strives to make communication the heart of the project making the end result a completely customized space that embodies the client’s personality and lifestyle.”

“With a network of independent construction companies and various vendors, Lugbill Designs provides competitive pricing and easy billing which results in a very low stress design process. Lugbill Designs also offers complimentary in-home consultations. They have consulted for many well-known TV networks such as DIY, HGTV, and Bravo.”

What Decorilla loves about Erica? The blog says it’s “her keen eye to see what the design industry in Chicago was missing and capitalize on providing the absolute best possible service for her clients.”
This is not the first time Erica is recognized for her exquisite work. In 2016, she was listed as one of the 20 best Chicago-based interior designers by freshome.com website. The blog expressed confidence that the shortlisted professionals can turn your home into a work of art or a cozy getaway.

To know more about Erica Lugbill, log-on to her website: www.lugbilldesigns.com.

Lugbill Designs Founder Reveals Secret to Starting Interior Design Firm

In an interview with Voyage Chicago, Erica, founder of Lugbill Designs, was asked how things were when she was starting to pursue her passion. Here, she reveals her secret into building a successful Chicago-based interior design firm.

“It was a relatively smooth process starting Lugbill Designs,” Erica recalls. “We were able to start the business small and build a really great foundation which set us up for success.”

While starting the business was easy, Erica reminisces she is no stranger to long hours and short weekends. As with any startup, she struggled finding a work-life balance, all while building a network of trusted vendors and contractors. But, what makes it all worth it is seeing the business grow into what it is today.

Since starting Lugbill Designs in 2010, it has evolved into one of the most revered interior design firms in Chicago. It has acquired a depth of experience in designing and managing interior design across the metropolitan area, involving décor, full renovation and new construction projects.

The seven-year old firm has established a wide network of independent construction companies and vendors, enabling them to handle everything for their clients from consultation, design to installation and all that entails.

Lugbill Designs is distinguished for producing customized designs that embodies a client’s personality and lifestyle. The firm offers clients a “choose your own adventure” approach to interior design. For Erica, there is no one size fits all, what works for one client’s life won’t work for another.

“Building a relationship with clients so that we know the design will work for their life is essential,” Erica tells Voyage Chicago. “We’re passionate about making clients’ homes work for them in a way that only true customization can achieve.”

Interpreting a client’s style and determining the practical needs of a space influences the aesthetic direction of the project. Erica believes that it is her ability to connect with her clients and understand what they want make the process more relaxed and seamless from start to finish.

To know more about Erica Lugbill, log-on to her website: www.lugbilldesigns.com.

Erica Lugbill, Featured as One of 2017’s Top Influencers in the Home Design Industry

In a list compiled by Fixr, Erica Lugbill, owner of Lugbill Designs, has been featured as one of the Top 200 Influencers in the Home Design Industry.

Fixr, a independent resource with a network of thousands of service professionals, has recently released a list of the most notable professionals in the Home Industry around the U.S.

The list includes experts across the country within the home design industry. It consists of recognized interior designers, home stagers, home designers and other home design specialists.

Erica Lugbill, along with the other industry influencers featured on the list, will play crucial roles on where the home design industry is headed, influencing trends, best practices, and more.

The criteria for the selection of the Top 200 Home Industry influencers are their online presence, social media activity, and awards/recognitions won.

Check out this article to know the home industry influencers who made it to the top 200 list.

Learn more about Erica Lugbill and have a view of her interior design works by visiting Lugbill Designs.

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