Various tips and best interior design best practices for making your house or apartment look its best.

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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How to Lower the Brightness of a Color Painting?

In this video, Erica Lugbill, owner of Lugbill Designs, a high-end home remodeling and interior designs firm in Chicago, shares some professional advice on how to lower the brightness of a color painting to ensure that it blends well with your home’s interior design.

 

1. Use a Steel Wool or Sandpaper

You can use a steel wool or a sandpaper to achieve a nice aged effect. Just rub the painting at different spots to tone down the color and create that aged look.

 

2. Use a Sponge

One alternative to the previous technique is to use a sponge. Wet the sponge and soak up some of the paint on the canvas while the paint is still wet. This is an option that can be used to replace steel wool or sandpaper, depending on the finish of the painting that you want to achieve and whichever works best with your interior design.

 

3. Dilute a Brown Paint

Another option that you can try is to take a brown paint and dilute it with water. Brush the solution over the painting to dull down the painting and give it a more diluted look.

 

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What Curtain Colors Go With a Lavender & Purple Wall?

Have you experienced difficulty in choosing the right curtain to pair with a lavender or purple wall? You’ll never have to worry about that again.

In her video, Erica Lugbill of Lugbill Designs, a high-end home remodeling and interior designs firm in Chicago, shares some useful information in finding the right curtain colors to pair with a lavender or purple wall.

 

The Best Curtain Colors for a Lavender Wall

While many people will find a limited selection of colors to use with a lavender wall, Erica Lugbill presented several color options that can create a striking improvement in any space.

1. Soft Ivory

This shade is considered as the more appealing color to use with a purple wall. Choose a linen curtain in that color to create a fresh, airy and light effect that guarantees to brighten up any space.

2. Neutral Colors

Combining dark neutrals with the strong and intensely striking color of purple creates a strong impact. Use of lighter shades, such as medium gray or charcoal gray also delivers outstanding results.

3. Deep Plum

Last but not the least is a deep plum color. This shade can create a nice monochromatic tone-on-tone design in any room.

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10 Most Common Types of Home Flooring

Flooring plays an important role when designing your home. Not only will it add value to your property, but it will make your home more appealing as well.

There are a lot of flooring types available in the market. But while it is widely available doesn’t mean you will just settle for the cheapest. Choosing the right flooring material could be one of the most daunting decisions you have to make when decorating your house. Knowing your options will play to your advantage, because not only it will satisfy your style but could also prolong the lifespan of your flooring.

This guide explains 10 of the most common types of home flooring materials with their benefits, drawbacks, and vulnerabilities.

10 Most Common Types of Home Flooring

 

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8 Ways to Maximize a Small Walk-in Closet

Walk-in closets serve your need for an efficient storage system, but what if you can only work with a small space for all your things? If you love clothes, shoes, and accessories, it would be easy to find yourself surrounded by clutter. Without a streamlined closet, organizing gets extra difficult–and it just gets tougher with limited space.

To get out of this headache-inducing scenario, follow these tips for maximizing your walk-in closet.

 

1. Do Clear Outs Every Once in a while

Make space in your closet by doing clear outs

Closet clear outs can be done once a year or every six months. Not only will this practice save you space, but it will also keep your wardrobe updated.

 

2. Bring in the Baskets

Use baskets to maximize closet space

A basket is a go-to item to declutter and free up space in your walk-in closet. Baskets or storage boxes work best for storage systems that lack drawers. Here you can roll up your clothes, socks, and underwear–in which case it also makes a good storage system to keep hard to find items at arms reach. Lastly, to free up floor space, use stackable baskets as your primary choice.

 

3. Organize Your Drawers

Organize your drawers

At the beginning, you would see your drawers tidy and organized, but before the week ends, it always ends up in a chaotic jumble. To do away with this problem, you can use your shoe boxes as dividers so you can easily find your socks, ties, undies, and whatnot.

 

4. Make Use of Vertical Space

Fold your laundry neatly and keep them vertically

Hangers are notorious for eating up much valuable vertical space that is precious for those with a small closet. Shelves are more flexible than closet rod as they can be used for your accessories and shoes, along with folded clothes. To really save up space, go for a shelving solution that stands from floor to ceiling. Lastly, if you can’t let go of a hanger, keep it short and reserve only for overcoats.

 

 

5. But if You Need to De-Clutter, Use Hangers Efficiently

Make use of closet hangers

You can free up space if you group your short hanging clothes together. The space made available below these short hanging items can be used for storage boxes, additional drawer, or for a shoe rack. So next time you organize your hanging items, group them by length and use the space beneath the short ones for storage.

 

6. Get Some S and L Hooks


Make use of S and L hooks

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Make use of S and L hooks Make use of S and L hooks

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These cheap and small items are actually great space-savers. L shaped hooks work just intuitively when you want to use a blank wall such as the sides of your closet, the inside of drawers or just right up to the wall. It works best for hanging your tank tops, ties, scarves, and even your jeans. If you place a metal rod in between two hooks, you can make a closet rod to hang your clothes. The S hooks, on the other hand, can make your closet rod twice as useful. And when you run out of space to hang your S hooks, you can simply stick it up on your cubbies and shelves

 

7. Use the Corners Wisely 

Floating corner shelves with storage

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The most unused space in a walk-in closet are the corners. While many consider it a dead space, it doesn’t have to be especially when you need every inch of your space for storage. One way to maximize the corner is with the use of carousel for your shoes, coats, jeans, scarves and mostly anything. Another way to maximize the corner is to install a DIY shelf.

 

8. Don’t Forget the Back of the Door

Make use of space behind your door

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Oftentimes, the door is left untouched, when in fact you can use its vertical space for hanging pieces. Your door makes a good space to keep your scarves, ties, handbags, and belts. You can also use the cabinet door where you can place L hooks for your accessories, tank tops, and whatnot if your walk-in closet door runs out of space. Also, the space above the door makes a good place to install a shelf for your winter boots, bedsheet linens, and other items.

 

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Nursing Room Project for Baby Girl

Are you expecting a baby girl? Apart from the physical and mental preparations, one thing you should also spend time on preparing is your nursing room. In this article, Erica Lugbill shares professional advice and design tips that you surely don’t want to miss.

 

Keep it Simple

Nursing Room Project for Baby Girl by Erica Lugbill

Interior Designer Erica Lugbill kept the color theme and design simple and adaptable for the changing mood of your little one. Here, Erica created a beautiful balance of cozy and warm feel with a subtle & playful touch of popping colors.

 

Natural Light is ImportantLet natural light fill your nursery

While you might want to do away with intense light in your a nursery, it’s still good to let in natural light in the morning. Soft morning sunlight is a natural source of vitamin D that’s essential for the growth of your baby. Controlled exposure to natural light also helps for the treatment of newborn jaundice. If you want to reap the benefits of natural light make sure to have blackout blinds or curtains to diffuse intense sun rays and to keep the room dark when need be.

Erica allowed natural light to let into the room by the wide window, with blinders. Apart from its use for noise reduction and keeping the room warm, the rug here played a good contrast to the pink nursery room.

 

Add Playful Decor Pieces

Add colorful decor to your baby's nursery Stuffed toy for your baby girl Colorful decoration in your baby's nursery Baby girl's toys and decor

Add fun to your nursing room by placing toys and playful decors here and there. Also, intimate and sentimental pieces like a memorable picture of baby, mom, and dad add a personal touch to the room.

 

Baby-Proof your Room!

Baby proofing a house, particularly the nursing room is a given for any expecting parents. Childproofing is the only way to keep your home a safe refuge for your baby. And the first thing to do to ensure the safety of your newborn is to get a sturdy and comfy crib that passed safety standards:

The Crib

Your newborn would spend most of the time in the crib. So you better be sure to choose the right one. Here are some tips for choosing a childproof crib:

  • Make sure the mattress perfectly fits the frame of the crib;
  • Choose a crib that has no drop-side;
  • Bars spacing should be no wider than a soda can;
  • Headboard and footboard are solid and sturdy without cutouts.

 

Area Rug

Placing an area rug also childproofs your nursery. Choose a rug with padding underneath to soften the floor and to add cushion if an accident ever happens. Another reason to love having an area rug is that it remarkably decreases the noise inside the room–and for a nursery, you sure do understand how important noise reduction is. Also, softly cushioned rugs keep the room warm compared to solid floors e.g tiles that could feel bitingly cold during winter. On top of these, choice rugs create a fun twist to a rather dull-looking room.

 

A special place for you in your baby's nursery

Your Special Place

Give yourself a cozy nook for you and your baby. As a mom, you’d be spending much of your time sitting on your nursing couch to breastfeed your newborn. As such, it is important to have a seat with sturdy and comfortable back support & armrest so you can comfortably rest your back and arms while breastfeeding or bonding with your baby.  A footrest is also a good addition for an added comfort.

 

 

Erica Lugbill chose a comfortable cushioned seat with a broad back support and soft armrest that’s best for when breastfeeding. The crib, on the other hand, is strategically located near the seat and against the wall to avoid the glimmer of the bulb and the light coming in from the window.

 

Changing Table with diaper pail

The changing table has three drawer storage for the clothes, diapers, wipes etc of the baby. Also, you can see that the diaper pail is aptly placed just beside the changing table.

 

Changing Table

As a mom, changing diapers would be your regular task for the first years of your baby. Opt for a changing table with storage space like the one shown in the image. Erica chose a changing table that includes compartment and drawers to keep wipes, diapers, baby blanket etc. And another great thing about this changing table is that it can be repurposed once your infant grows up.

 

Diaper Pail

Of course, you want to pair your changing table with a diaper pail to toss dirty diapers on the fly. Choose one that can trap the odor inside and that’s easy to open.

 

Clothes Hamper

Your baby would change clothes numerous times in a day, so it really helps to have a clothes hamper in the nursery. A matching clothes hamper also makes a good storage space to organize your laundry and avoid the clutter. Erica got these cute set of clothes hamper with animal print. It looks playful without compromising the theme and design of the space.


Add a pop of color to your baby's nursery Cute clothes hampers for your nursery

Here are cute clothe hampers with animal cartoons which can be reused and repurposed for when the baby grows up. A set of three is enough to do away with the clutter.

 

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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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