Evanston Change of Pace

Evanston was the scene for one of our favorite projects in 2019. She wanted a change of scenery and purchased an extremely dated condo in a peaceful complex that was removed from the hustle of downtown. We loved this project because we had the opportunity to fully reimagine and refresh every corner of this basic condo. The client was so lovely to work with, and her two grown daughters gave a ton of input which is always welcome. They have great style and wanted the finished space to feel peaceful, bright and airy. This condo was a complete fresh start, almost nothing was brought over from her old condo.

 

Due to COVID, we were just now able to take the professional photographs. We wanted to give you a little background on the project while we anxiously await the proofs to hit our inbox!

 

We made a slight floorplan change that created a huge impact. Our client didn’t need the enclosed bonus room off of the main living space, so we decided to blow out the wall. Here is an overview of the floorplan and changes we made.

 

Original Floor Plan

New Floor Plan

 

Kitchen Before

Kitchen Before – Different Angle

 

Dining Room looking towards living room.

 

Guest Bathroom – Before

 

Master Bedroom – Before

 

Master Bathroom – Before

 

New Kitchen – 3D Version

 

Another small change that had a huge impact on the finished space was removing the dreadful popcorn ceilings! We used furring strips and low profile LED lights to integrate recessed lighting into the ceiling and eliminate the track lighting. The existing ceilings were low, but we decided the seamless lighting and clean ceilings were worth giving up 1.5” of height. 

 

Progress Photo – View looking from the living room towards future office built-ins (where walls were removed).

 

Kitchen After Demo

 

Kitchen – Clean Slate

 

Fireplace after new firebox installation and build-out

 

Fireplace after drywall

Our client needed an occasional work space, but didn’t want to dedicate a whole room to it. Her daughters’ request was to find a way to hide the clutter and not let the workspace take over the room. We designed custom built-ins that allowed for a comfortable/bright/functional workspace that could easily be closed off when not in use. There are large sliding doors that can cover the workspace and reveal the decorative bookshelves!

 

Office built-in progress photo

 

The bathrooms are small, but we maximized the space and utilized bright/soft finishes to complete the look. The transformation in the bathrooms was dramatic!

 

Master Bathroom after demo

 

Master Bathroom – progress photo

Master Bathroom – progress photo

 

Guest Bathroom – progress photo

 

Fireplace and new flooring sneak peek

 

View From Kitchen looking towards dining room

 

We can’t wait to share the completed space with you. It is so bright and layered with different monochromatic tones and textures. Stay posted to see the reveal!

 

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

 

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!

 

Floor Plan Upgrades at #LugbillLanding

Today I wanted to walk you through the first level layout at #LugbillLanding, where construction is progressing beautifully.

 

I knew the home had the perfect floorplan for our family based off of the listing photos. I love how the space is open, with just the right amount of division. There were a couple of tricky areas that weren’t functional in their current form so I ended up breaking a couple rules.  I don’t regret it, though!  Before we get into my rule-breaking, here are the things I needed to solve for:

 

  1. Convert the sunroom into usable space
  2. Find space for a half bathroom on the first floor- I can’t be bothered going up or down a flight of stairs when nature calls
  3. Remove the wall between the dining room/kitchen- even with it being partially open, this wall was non-negotiable (despite Justin’s hesitations)
  4. Integrate more kitchen storage – it had a great footprint, but not a ton of storage 
  5. Make the ceiling height change work between the sunroom and kitchen (more on this later!)

 

With these things in mind, here are the “Design Crimes” I committed:

 

  1. I covered up a window. Not everything is about aesthetics.  Good design ensures optimal functionality.  To that light, because there were so many windows in the sunroom, the kitchen couldn’t be extended. The space is WAY more functional with that window gone, and there is still plenty of light!

 

  1. I put a toilet right off the kitchen. This was the only spot for a toilet, which is very typical for Chicago homes. This wasn’t the first offence on the premises.  There were old plumbing stubs already in the pantry space, so someone else committed the same crime at some point.

 

Location of Powder Bath

Powder Room off the kitchen.

 

Wall that must go!

The Wall That Had To Go!

 

During Demo

During demo…..Looking better already!

 

Progress photo of the Kitchen

Progress off the new kitchen with the wall gone.

 

View from Kitchen

View from inside the kitchen looking towards the foyer.

 

For those of you that are floor plan junkies- here is the layout of the first floor: 

 

Lugbill Landing’s Original Floor Plan

 

Lugbill Landing’s New Floor Plan

 

To wrap this up, remember if you are working on your own renovation there is always a balance between the aesthetics and the function.  In addition, you should always be thinking about how the changes you’re entertaining will impact resale value. Not every decision should be made based on this, as you have to consider the enjoyment and use you’ll get out of it.  However, it is an important variable to consider.  Last, take it from an interior designer that does residential remodels for a living:  The right thing for your home doesn’t necessarily need to follow the rules.

7 Kitchen Design and Remodeling Trends to Inspire You

Whether you just want to refresh your kitchen or you are getting your home ready to rent or sell, investing in some kitchen upgrades is always a good idea. Most people spend a huge amount of time in their kitchens so it makes sense to make this place in your home warm, inviting, and styled to mix aesthetics and functionality. 

Want to know how you can update your kitchen without having to do a full kitchen renovation? Check out the trends below.

1. Switch to Custom Cabinets

There is nothing like custom cabinetry to make your kitchen more functional and more stylish. Custom cabinets are built to fit the space you have in the kitchen. It will completely improve the functionality of your kitchen, as well as the look of the space. 

You can choose gorgeous natural wood or use on-trend reclaimed wood to create one of a kind cabinets that match your kitchen. Colored custom cabinets are also very trendy right now. They are a great way to add personality to an otherwise bland all white kitchen.

2. Update All Hardware and Light Fixtures

The small details in your kitchen really make a difference in the look and style of the space. Upgrade those old drawer pulls and cabinet handles with modern metallics. You can also add bright pops of color for a very easy and affordable way to update the look of your kitchen. 

New light fixtures can take your kitchen from old and sad to bright and modern. Go bold with a unique modern metal light fixture or go for some glam with a light and reflective chandelier if you want your kitchen to have some real personality.

3. Add a Kitchen Island

Kitchen islands can double the amount of functional space in your kitchen. They also are the best way to turn your kitchen into the primary gathering spot in your home. Having a custom island built is the ideal way to make the best use of space you have in your kitchen. 

If you don’t want to invest in a custom island, a pre-built island can have almost the same dramatic impact. Add some comfortable chairs or stools to invite people to sit down and chat or as a space for the kids to sit and do homework while you’re cooking.

4. Choose The Right Flooring

The days of the all linoleum kitchen are long gone. Thanks to the durability and beauty of modern materials, you can have a kitchen flooring that is built to absorb a lot of traffic and is also stain and wear resistant. 

New updated tile floors are easy to clean and will give your kitchen a modern look. Distressed hardwood floors will transform your kitchen into a rustic farmhouse style kitchen that is so trendy right now. Not only is it beautiful, it is also inviting and comfortable.

5. Add a Unique Pantry Door

Prettying up the pantry is another way to add some style to your kitchen without reducing the functionality you need. Glass inset doors are a classic choice. Or you can choose recycled sliding barnwood doors if you prefer the rustic look.

6. Use Under Cabinet Lighting

Under cabinet lighting is an easy upgrade that homeowners love. If you’ve never had under cabinet lighting you will be amazed at how much style and function it gives your kitchen.

It can cut your energy bills because you won’t have to use the main kitchen lights as often. If you have kids or pets or if you have to get up early in the morning, under cabinet lighting makes it safer and easier to get some water at night or make that all important coffee in the morning.

7. Upgrade Your Countertops

The countertops are the largest surface area in the kitchen so upgrading those will have a huge impact on the look of your kitchen. Durable countertops that are easy to maintain are countertops that modern homeowners want. 

Quartz countertops will give you a durable option that’s easy to customize. Quartz and granite offer a huge range of colors available, including ones that mimic the natural veining of marble, so they add style but are also very affordable and durable. Choose from classic white, blacks or gray countertops, or go bold with red or a marbled look.

 

ALSO READ: 12 Zero-Waste Essentials for Your Modern Kitchen

 

Simple updates in your kitchen can turn the kitchen that you have into a trendy gathering spot. Best of all, you can do that without costing a fortune or requiring long renovation. For best results, contact Lugbill Designs for all your interior design and remodeling needs.

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6 Tried and Tested Natural Toothpaste Recipes for a Sustainable Bathroom

You might be using homemade cleaning solutions as part of a sustainable lifestyle, but have you considered making your own natural toothpaste? With more people realizing that store-bought products often contains harmful substances or comes in disposable packaging, natural toothpaste is now on the rise.

Whip up your own toothpaste, and you can have control over what goes into the recipe. Some of the ingredients may even come from your own kitchen. It helps that these organic recipes can be stored in reusable jars, which are more sustainable than disposable tubes used for commercial toothpaste.

If you want to achieve a truly modern bathroom and an eco-friendly lifestyle, you can give homemade toothpaste a try. To start you off, here are 6 natural and organic toothpaste recipes to choose from.

 

6 Natural and Organic Toothpaste Recipes to Try

 

1. Baking Soda and Coconut Oil Toothpaste

This natural toothpaste recipe combines the cleansing power of baking soda and the antibacterial benefits of coconut oil. Its sweet and minty taste comes from organic ingredients, too.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp softened coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp stevia
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

Simply mix all ingredients together and store them in a reusable container.

To use, you may dip your brush into the toothpaste or scoop it out with a popsicle stick.

Recipe from The Pistachio Project.

2. Vegan Toothpaste with Vegetable Glycerin

Concerned about animal glycerin in store-bought toothpaste? Here’s a natural toothpaste recipe that specifically uses vegetable glycerin for guilt-free pearly whites.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp vegetable glycerin
  • 4 tbsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp guar gum
  • 8 tbsp water
  • 5 drops peppermint, clove, or citrus essential oil (pure)

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except for the oil in a pot.
  2. Cook on low heat for five minutes or until the mixture becomes a paste. Stir frequently.
  3. Let the paste cool, and then add your choice of essential oil.
  4. Store the toothpaste in a sterile jar at room temperature.

Recipe borrowed from Mother Nature Network.

3. Natural Toothpaste with Bentonite Clay

Say hello to bentonite clay, which polishes the teeth and helps remineralize it while destroying bacteria all in one go. This recipe mixes bentonite clay with real sea salt, among others, for more scrubbing action and antibacterial power.

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp bentonite clay
  • 2-3 tbsp filtered water
  • 1/2 tsp real sea salt
  • 10-15 drops peppermint, cinnamon, or spearmint essential oil
  • A few drops of liquid stevia (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine coconut oil, clay, and salt. Add one tablespoon of water first.
  2. Cream the ingredients together with the back of a spoon. Add more water to adjust the consistency, as well as some stevia to taste.
  3. Add in your choice of essential oil and then mix until the toothpaste is well combined. Keep the toothpaste in an airtight container.

Originally posted on Thank Your Body.

4. Natural Whitening Toothpaste with Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a classic tooth-whitening ingredient. Coconut oil and essential oils cover its faint, unsavory taste, though you can add a few drops of stevia for a sweeter flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 6 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (liquid form, warmer than 76°F or 24°C)
  • 10 drops peppermint, clove, or citrus essential oil (pure)

Instructions:

  1. Put the baking soda in a bowl, and then add the other ingredients. Mix until it forms a paste.
  2. Add baking soda if the mixture is too runny, or coconut oil if it’s too thick.
  3. Store in an opaque container, which keeps the hydrogen peroxide from decomposing.

NOTE: As much as you may want whiter teeth, you’ll have to choose a different recipe if you have dental fillings. Hydrogen peroxide can cause your fillings to leach mercury.

Recipe also taken from Mother Nature Network.

5. Remineralizing Toothpaste for Fighting and Healing Cavities

Your teeth can stay cavity-free or heal from tooth decay faster with the help of a remineralizing recipe. Check out this toothpaste recipe which includes the trace minerals that your teeth need.

Instructions:

  • 6 tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 5 tbsp calcium carbonate
  • 1-2 tbsp bentonite clay
  • 20-30 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 5-10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 30 drops trace minerals
  • Filtered water

Instructions:

Simply mix all the ingredients together and store it in a glass jar afterwards. If your toothpaste is too hard or thick at first, just mix in some filtered water.

Originally posted on The Healthy Home Economist.

6. Three-Ingredient Natural Toothpaste

You might have noticed xylitol among the ingredients of several brands of toothpaste. And no wonder–it fights cavities, helps remineralize teeth, and acts as a sweetener all at once! Just try to look for xylitol which is non-GMO and sourced from birch trees instead of corn cobs.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp xylitol
  • 5-10 drops peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Slightly warm up the coconut oil.
  2. Put all ingredients into a jar or bowl. Mix until they’re fully combined.
  3. Store the toothpaste in a small jar.

Recipe taken from Scratch Mommy.

NOTE: Sharing your homemade toothpaste with the rest of the family? You might want to have one toothpaste scoop or jar per member to prevent contamination. Also, do your best to keep water out of the toothpaste jar, or else the water may become a breeding ground for bacteria.

These 6 tried and tested natural toothpaste recipes can give you clean and healthy teeth while doing away with disposable containers or harmful ingredients. Try switching to natural toothpaste in your bathroom, and you can be a step closer to a zero-waste lifestyle!

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The Great American Interior Designers

One fact of life is that while you cannot be great in all career fields, you can be successful in one–this is what the 5 greatest interior designers of all time have proven.

The most recognized or highest-paid professionals in the interior design industry are inspired by the greatest. If you want to know them,  this article brings you America’s best interior designers of all time –those whose works have set a high-standard in the profession and whose names everyone in the industry recognize.

The Best Interior Designers in the US History

1. Elsie de Wolfe

1865 – 1950

Born in New York City, Elsie de Wolfe is revered as one of the first interior designers in history. Her style is best distinguished by her distaste for the overstated and formal Victorian architecture. Thus, her approach to designing is all about decluttering so it results to a spacious, streamlined look we all love today. Among her most noteworthy works include designing a host of elite social clubs, Hollywood mansions and spaces for names like Condé Nast, Cole Porter, Paul-Louis Weiller and more.

“A house should be a synthesis of comfort, practicality and tradition.”

2. Albert Hadley

1920 – 2012

Tennessee-born, Albert Hadley is celebrated as the dean of American decorators. He has mastered the modern design approach, in which he deftly pieced together a mix of styles to create a harmonious space. High-society names such as Rockefeller, Getty and much more make up his portfolio but, despite the influence, he remains firm in his principle to create liveable spaces that balance functionality and flair. Later in his career, Hadley has collaborated with Sister Parish, another icon mentioned in this list.

“The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live.”

3. Sister Parish

1910 – 1994

The other half of the Parish-Hadley Associates, Sister Parish was a designer and socialite regarded as the mother of American Country aesthetic. She had a taste for classic European furniture that adds a dose of inviting elegance and character to every interior she touched. Along with Hadley, she was tapped to decorate the family quarters of the Kennedy White House. She is remembered for pushing a tea cart around a room, taking out things she deemed unnecessary, before starting.

“Innovation is often the ability to reach into the past and bring back what is good, what is beautiful, what is useful, what is lasting.”

4. Billy Baldwin

1903 – 1983

Billy Baldwin is probably the only interior design icon who resents being called an interior designer. He championed in the classic and modern American aesthetic at once, favoring the clean-cut instead of baroque. But, what truly sets him apart is his insistence on working with pieces his clients already owned, believing that Even when they are far from perfect, loved possessions add personality.” He was responsible for late columnist Diana Vreeland’s garden in hell blood red drawing room.

“Be faithful to your own taste, because nothing you really like is ever out of style.

5. Dorothy Draper

1889 – 1969

Dorothy Draper is an interior decorator who opened what is considered the first and most acclaimed design firm in the US. She has a taste for an elegant modern baroque aesthetic that extends to many establishments including the Fairmont and Mark Hopkins hotels in San Francisco and the cafeteria at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. But, her most celebrated work is her impressive renovation of the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia that now showcases a wild mash-up of colors.

“I always put in one controversial item, it makes people talk.”

 

Although it has been a long time since these interior designers passed away, they remain an icon to this day. No one can deny it, they have done more for the American interior design industry than anyone.  

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9 Shelving Ideas to Free Up Your Space

How do you turn a blank wall into a useful one? Simple–install a shelf system. This wall piece, or a furniture as you may call it, can be as beautiful as it is functional. There are a lot of shelves that could fit any kind of interior design. And there are many ways than one to install and stack them together. In this listicle, we give you nine ingenious shelf designs that will fit your style and needs.

 

  1. Adjustable Shelves

Adjustable Shelves

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This shelf idea from Apartment Therapy transforms your usual adjustable shelf into a pegboard-like one. In this shelf system, you can always add storage or free up space anytime you want using only plywoods and dowels.

 

  1. Floating Shelves

Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are a popular choice for a seamless storage system. What’s great about this shelving style is that it goes well with any design theme. You can work with wood planks, hardwood, log slices and whatnot.

 

  1. Modern Rustic

Modern Rustic

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Steel water pipe when paired with choice wood makes a modern rustic shelf. Aside from being a sturdy material, one good thing about water pipe is that it is built for twists and turns which definitely will suit whatever style you want. You only need joints to do this.

 

  1. Corner Shelves

Corner Shelves

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With customized shelves, you can turn your dead space corners into functional ones. This trick is useful just for every part of your home: for the walk-in closet, bathroom storage, for bedroom decor and others.

 

  1. Basket or Crate Shelves

Basket or Crate Shelves

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Aside from your usual wood planks, you can use a woven basket or wine crate for a shelf. Just place its base up against your wall. And voila! You get a rustic shelf design.

 

  1. Floating Book

Floating Book

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Stack up your favorite books afloat in your invisible floating bookshelf. One way to spruce up your floating shelves is to use your big hardbound books instead of your usual wood planks. This works best for your bookshelf. This DIY will guide you through building your own invisible bookshelf.

 

  1. Ladder Shelf

Ladder Shelf

Instead of throwing away your old wooden ladder, why not turn it into a great rustic looking shelf system. Be it a straight ladder or an A-frame ladder, you can turn them into shelves without the need for much carpentry skills. Just follow these DIY tutorials for Straight Ladder Shelf and A-frame Ladder shelf.

 

  1. Nautical Rope Supported Shelves

Nautical Rope Supported Shelves

For a nautical-themed shelf, use thick ropes to support and frame your wood plank shelf. This DIY is so easy, everybody can do this without taking much of your strength. And it works best to hold your decors, books and bathroom items.

 

  1. Window Shelf

Window Shelf

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This shelf system is designed to provide storage space just when you need it. This window type shelf designed by Malte Grieb lets you close the shelves when not in use. An ingenious design indeed, this shelf is perfect for every part of your home and for any items you want to use them for.

 

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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.

Youtube: https://youtu.be/B9gEocRH-j0

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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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