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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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

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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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Home Décor Ideas Inspired by Movie Interiors

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Movies provide great inspiration for home decoration. Wondering what you could adopt for your next interior design project? Here’s a lineup of the awesome movies that can give you a couple of home decor ideas that you can try.

1. The Grand Budapest Hotel, 2014

What we love about it: Pastel Colors and Patterns

The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Directed by Wes Anderson, this 2014 hit film embodies the whole of Wes Anderson’s aesthetics in directing a film. He intensively used a beautiful palette of pastel colors in the hotel interiors, while strikingly bold colors adorned the interiors of Madame D’s mansion. Classic patterns from the beaux-art, art-deco and gilded age that pair well with pastel colors were also exhibited. The play of colors and patterns made each scene look like a beautiful portrait or classic design with a storybook-like twist.

2. Amelie, 2001

What we love about it: Bold hues with good contrast

Amelie

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Perhaps only one of the few films that did well in pairing green and red in immense saturation. This film depicts an eclectic Parisian life. Amelie’s bedroom is a celebration of eclectic design, which is made strikingly unique with the combination of a wrought-iron bed frame, quilted bed sheets & green pillows set on a red damask wallpaper with eccentric artworks. Her room is bleeding in red but the perfect balance is achieved with green and blue hues here and there.

3. The Great Gatsby, 2013

What we love about it: Aside from geometric floor patterns, the patterned design by Martin

The Great Gatsby

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The film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel about the jazz age shows movie interiors awashed with lavish art-deco design and ritzy champagne accents. The movie interiors are inspired by the Art-Deco of the Roaring ‘20s which is characterized by luxurious designs. Catherine Martin, the award-winning set designer for the film, made use of geometric patterns typical during the jazz age, e.g in marquetry floor. But one thing you can adopt from the film are the velvet and cream lounge suites in Daisy’s sitting room and rugs designed by Martin.

4. Her, 2013

What we love about it: The wooden floors and huge glass window that provides skylight.

Her

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The 2013 film that features a futuristic romance between man and an operating system shows a subtle twist to the future of minimalist design. The lead character’s apartment is said to characterize “an airy, friendly, colorful environment.” K.K Berret told the New York Times “It was an empty set of white walls with a beautiful skylight.” It is an expansive space of wood-furnished flooring with only a number of furniture. What will strike you the most are the huge glass windows that permit natural light to warm the space–not to mention the beautiful cityscape backdrop it provides.

5. Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

What we love about it: Monochrome palette and geometric patterns in wallpapers, fabric and rugs.

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

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If you want a classic black and white rendition to your home that’s not short of elegance and timeless style, you should watch Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky. The film is set in the 1920s country house of legendary designer Coco Chanel. Unsurprisingly, the home décors exude the state and style of Chanel. Her signature monochromatic pallet of black, greys and white in structured patterns and soft lines are featured in her interior design The celebration of patterns, and striking contrasts of whites and blacks make this film very attractive.

6. The Help

What we love about it: Warm tones in floral patterns for fabric, wallpaper, curtains and rugs.

The Help

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What comfort and warmth could have been better than a southern home in the 60s. The 2011 film about a white journalist’s intrepid journey against racial segregation with the help of black nannies is set in a southern home amidst lush green fields and warm sun. The film features several homes depicting a close recreation of the 1960s decor. Pop of colors in pink, orange, greens and yellow can be seen throughout  the film. The movie interior is also awashed with floral patterns in wallpapers, curtains, and  rugs. And of course, the signature plastic furniture in fun colors are worth mentioning, too.

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