White on White: The Chicago Interior Design Trend to Dominate this Year

First came the greenery, the 2017 Pantone color of the year that is a shade of zesty yellow-green. Then came the eccentricity that encompassed the use of different patterns and textures to create a cohesive interior design. All these and more reigned in the past year–and you’d surely want to know what’s in store for 2018.

This year 2018 appears to be completely different with the foreseen reemergence of white-on-white scheme in the Chicago interior design industry. Here’s what to expect from the interior design trend to dominate this year.

White on White is In

As people move toward minimalism, an all-white scheme seems to be an obvious choice. It has always been in the limelight in the past years, only that many have put more emphasis on its limitations: it can appear a little too sterile and dull.

But, Chicago interior designers have given a new perception on a white-on-white scheme by reintroducing the then-flat color in various shades, patterns, and textures. Today, the color is now associated with a clean, simple aesthetic that lends a calming effect for those who dwell in them.

Possibly the most advantageous benefit of an all-white scheme is that it gives the illusion of space while providing an excellent contrasting backdrop for bold accents. You can easily incorporate furniture pieces, French linen beddings, and artworks too without worrying that it might compromise its minimal effect.

 

If you’re looking to jump in on this white on white trend, contact an interior designer in Chicago today!

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How to Keep Rugs From Slipping on Wood Floors : Design Tips

In this Video, Erica Lugbill, owner of Lugbill Designs, an upscale home remodeling and design firm in Chicago, gives you several different options to keep your rugs from slipping on wood floors.

To relieve you from worrying about constantly pulling your pesky rugs back to its place, here are some tips from Erica:

Use thick felt rug pad with rubber backing under your rugs. It’s thick and plush which adds height and cushion to the rug so it’s softer when you step on it.

Another option is to use a double sided carpet tape. Once you put it directly on the floor, just peel off the top, put down  your rug and problem’s solved. However, take care when using the tape. It’s only advisable for wood floor that has a strong finish or laminate flooring.

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Dos & Don’ts of Painting Tray Ceilings

In this video, Erica Lugbill, owner of Lugbill Designs–an upscale residential remodeling and interior design firm in Chicago–discussed the dos and don’ts of painting a tray ceiling.

Tray ceilings come in all shapes and sizes and are oriented at different angles. So there’s no tried and true rule in painting a tray ceiling. For Erica, she always paints the top surface of the tray ceiling and depending on the angle. “If the tray is angled up, then I paint the angle portion also, then I leave the flat ceiling white,” says Erica.

If there’s a crown molding, always paint it trim white or stick to the color of the trim you have in the room e.g wood stain or a specific color. In the video, Erica also showed that she included a “90-degree portion that’s painted the wall color to emphasize the crown molding.”

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How Do I Choose an Accent Wall Color for Interior Painting?

In this video, Erica Lugbill, owner of Lugbill Designs–a high-end residential remodeling and interior design firm in Chicago–covers some tips on how you can pick a color for your accent wall.

Before anything else, the first thing to evaluate is the size of your room. Erica said that if your space is small you may not want to choose an accent wall. In this case, an accent wall will break the flow of your limited space and can make the whole room feel smaller.

Likewise, if your space is large enough, look at the main color of your walls. The undertones will guide you through selecting the perfect accent color. For instance, if the walls have grey undertones, look at your color deck and choose colors with the same undertones. And if your wall colors have a more brown undertone, then go to warmer colors.

Erica advises: “the trick is to not have too crazy or wild of a color.” You want to choose a color that can work with the main wall color of your space.

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How You Can Find a Mattress For Your Antique Bed Frame

Antique bed frames can be gorgeous and romantic, but there’s a downside: it’s not always easy to find a mattress to fit them. Often, antique bed frames don’t conform to standard mattress sizes, so buying a mattress to fit is not as simple as it is with a regular bed frame.

However, there are mattress options for antique bed frames, including custom-made mattresses, online mattresses, and bed frame conversions.

 

The Unusual Size of Antique Bed Frames

Antique bed frames don’t always conform to standard sizes or even sizes that are commonly found among antique bed frames. Some conform to the three-quarters size, which is easier to find than a bed frame that isn’t any kind of standard size at all.

If you’re shopping for an antique bed frame, it’s a good idea to learn about standard mattress sizes. That way, you can measure your bed frame before you buy it and see if it will fit a standard mattress, or if you need to look into other options.

 

Mattress Options for Antique Bed Frames

If your bed frame fits the three quarters size mattress, your options are easier. Although this size of mattress is not typically stocked by retailers, it is available online from specialty retailers and can be ordered when you purchase your bed frame.

If your bed frame is a particularly unusual size that doesn’t fit a standard mattress or the three quarters size mattress, you will have fewer options. It is possible to have a specialty custom mattress made to fit the frame, however, these can be costly.

 

Using a Box Spring on an Antique Bed Frame

In addition to a mattress that fits your antique bed frame, you’ll need to find a box spring. Typically, older frames require a box spring or foundation to support the mattress, unlike bed frames today that often come with slats or bars that you can set your mattress on directly.

Low profile box springs conform more to the antique look than a high profile box spring, as they are more subtle and won’t make your bed sit higher than it is intended to.

 

Antique Bed Frame Conversion

If you can’t find a mattress that fits your bed frame or don’t want to invest in a custom sized mattress, you can convert your bed frame to fit a mattress made in a standard size.

Using a bed conversion kit, or creating a DIY solution, you can change the size of your bed frame so that it can be used with a standard sized mattress. This is a good long-term option, as you may keep your antique bed frame for the rest of your life, while mattresses should be replaced approximately every eight years. This can also solve the problem of finding a box spring that will fit with your bed frame.

Some antique aficionados shy away from the bed conversion option, however. Although it is practical, altering your bed frame may decrease its value as an antique piece.

 

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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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