How to Hang Curtains & Liners

In this video, Erica Lugbill, the owner of Lugbill Designs, a high-end residential remodelling and interior design firm in Chicago, explains how to install drapery panels and liners.

Some curtains are already lined. However others need separate liners and have to be installed on a double rod set. For pinch pleated curtains, place the drapery pins on each end and on each pleat. Make sure it won’t hook through the curtain so the metal pins are not showing.

Make sure you have the same number of rings on the rod as with the drapery pins. Lastly, hook the pins on the rings. You can adjust the height of the panel by moving the pins up or down.

 

 

Color Psychology for Interior Design

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Color Psychology for interior design emphasizes the importance of choosing the appropriate color theme for any space. Your choice of paint colors, furniture and accents can affect the overall vibe of your home and alter your experience.

In this infographic from Lugbill Designs are interesting facts that will guide you in choosing the right colors to use for your interior design.

Color Psychology for Interior Design

 

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Problems Painting Kitchen Walls

In this video, Erica Lugbill, the owner of Lugbill Designs, a high-end residential remodeling and interior design firm in Chicago, discusses some of the problems commonly faced when painting kitchen walls.

As kitchen walls are a prime spot for grease and grime to build up on, “you want to make sure that this surface is washable.” says Erica. Flat paints (enamel or ceramic-based) are a good solution. These types of paints are easy to clean, using a simple rag and dish soap.

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Report: 8 Trends in Energy Efficient Home Design for 2016 – [PART 2] Energy Efficient Home

Report: 8 Trends in Energy Efficient Home Design for 2016

In the previous article, we discussed some of the benefits of living in an energy efficient home, along with things that reduce energy efficiency. For example, hidden cracks and low grade insulation mean that your heating and cooling system has to work extra hard to ensure comfortable indoor temperature, and as a result, costs more to maintain.

In this report, we’ll explore some of the best design types for residential homes.

1. Whole-House Systems Approach

This approach is ideal for extensive home remodeling or new house construction. The whole-house system approach ensures that home energy efficiency is optimized. This is achieved, as each part of the house work interdependently for the energy efficiency of the whole home-system. A home designed under this approach requires experienced design and building team to kick off and complete the project.

2. Ultra-Efficient Homes

The purpose of this design is to economize the use of home energy and utilize renewable energy systems available on site like solar energy. To achieve this, contractors incorporate state-of-the-art and energy efficient construction, appliance and lighting system. Another way to achieve an ultra-efficient home is by remodeling an existing one into a Passive Solar House (See details below).

3. Advanced House Framing

Also called Optimum Value Engineering (OVE), this design ensures energy efficiency by replacing lumber with other insulation materials without compromising structural integrity. Aside from reducing the amount of lumber used and wasted, it also improves the R-value of the whole wall, that is to say, heat flow is reduced.

This design benefits homeowners because it provides structurally sound home with less labor costs than conventional houses.

4. Cool Roofs

Because roofs are the first line of defense against sun’s heat, keeping it enforced to absorb less heat is key to keep homes cooler especially in places with hot climate. Cool roofs can keep the heat at about 50°F less than other types of roofs under the summer sun. This can be achieved with the use of sheet covering or highly reflective type of paints, tiles or shingles.

5. Passive Solar Home Designs

A passive solar home leverages the climate, the site of the house and materials used in construction to minimize energy use. This design efficiently diminishes heating and cooling loads while providing energy through solar power.

A well designed passive solar home has a properly oriented windows to collect sun’s heat and store it in thermal mass commonly made of stone, concrete, brick and tiles. This type of house is operated with a distribution system to ensure that the collected solar heat is transferred from where it is stored to other parts of the house. With all these features, the house is conditioned with a comfortable and consistent indoor temperature throughout the year.

6. Earth-Sheltered Homes

These homes are partially or completely underground and provide comfort, weather resistance and cooling cost efficiency. The two types of earth-sheltered homes are Underground and Bermed.

Underground. This type of earth shelter is a house built below grade of completely underground. It is especially good for sites in dense developments and noisy areas.

 

Bermed.  This earth shelter can be constructed above grade or partially below grade with earth covering one or more walls. The exposed elevation or face of the house typically faces the south to collect the light and heat from the sun while the earth-covered side serves as protection and insulation.

7. Log Homes

While the efficiency of Log homes depends on the climate, the log’s natural property such as heat storage capability can provide good energy efficiency. Acting like a heat-battery, log homes can collect heat during the day and gradually release it at night.

8. Efficient Manufactured Homes

Manufactured homes can also be harnessed with energy efficient systems by means of remodeling or retrofitting. It is proven by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory that retrofit measures can result to a reduction in heating fuel usage by up to 31%. Some of the ways you can try to make an efficient manufactured home is to:

  • Install renewable energy system e.g solar panels
  • Replaced windows and doors with energy-efficient ones
  • Insulate the walls
  • Insulate the roof

 

Next up, know the top Energy efficient Home Trends of 2016 on the third and last part of this series. Stay updated with our blog for the latest and fresh interior design tips and hacks.

Interior Design Hacks to Enhance Your Living Space

Little do many of us know that old household items and the things we normally throw on trash have potential to make our homes more interesting. With a little drench of creativity juices, you can create beautiful home decoration and transform old and bland items we had to new and trendy ones.

Prepare yourself for a next home design project. Do away with plain empty walls, cliche flower vases or uninteresting lamps and light bulbs. In this infographic from Lugbill Designs, we show you interior design hacks to prettify your home.

Interior Design Hacks to Prettify your Home

With these simple decoration hacks, adding color and fun to your home is handy.
What are your thoughts about our list? Got anything to add to these interior design hacks? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

Things You Should Have in Your Interior Design Portfolio

In this post, Erica Lugbill, the owner of Lugbill Designs, a high-end residential remodeling and interior design firm in Chicago, shares some pointers on what to include in your interior design portfolio.

Showing her own portfolio as a young designer, Erica says that the resume should be on the first part of the portfolio. It has to be concise to provide an overview of your skills in writing. Be sure to put a compilation of technical skills such as CAD drawings and electrical drawings, as well. She noted that it is important to keep everything very sleek, crisp, sharp and clean to make it look professional. In a visual field like design, having pictures is highly, highly recommended.

She also advised to have a properly categorized portfolio, not forgetting to include correct categories displayed. Moreover, she also states that putting a miscellaneous category allows you to present more of your skills and talents. This category can really go to reflect your versatility as a designer.

 

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Tricks for Fixing Thin Curtains

Thin Curtain

In this video, Erica Lugbill, theowner of Lugbill Designs, ahigh-end residential remodeling and interior design firm in Chicago talks about how to fix your thin store-bought curtains. Read more

Paint Colors for a Bedroom Without Natural Light

Paint Colors for a Bedroom

Erica Lugbill, owner of Chicago high-end residential design and remodeling firm, Lugbill Designs, shares her expertise in picking the right color for your room, when you don’t have natural light in the space.
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Unexpected Color

I love when clients are bold and not afraid to take risks in their home. It really helps takes the space to the next level. Case in point: A client recently told me they’d be interested in adding a colorful, striped carpet runner in their home. We ended up using this custom Missoni stair runner. Their home is 3 levels, so we covered two staircases in this beautiful carpet.

We kept the overall color palette for the home very light and neutral so we could have fun with the finishing touches. I love the way the colors and pattern pop! It brings life and beautiful energy to their home, don’t you think?

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Top 20 Chicago Celebrity Houses

Top 20 Chicago Celebrity Houses

Chicago is popular for its amazing architecture, awesome views, and rich historical background.  All of these attributes attract a good amount of celebrities, which call the largest city in Illinois (and the Midwest), their home.  The city’s vibrant business environment, sports, and entertainment options means that residents are graced by movie stars, sports giants, and politicians alike.

A Peek Into the Homes of Famous Celebrities In Chicago

Barack Obama’s Home

Barack Obama's Home Interior

1. Barack Obama’s Home

Before he became president of the United States, Barack and Michelle lived in Hyde Park, located at the near south side of Chicago. Both of the couple’s daughters, Malia Ann and Natasha were born while the family lived in Chicago.

 

Ann Lurie Dearborn Mansion

Ann Lurie Dearborn Mansion Interior

 2. Ann Lurie Dearborn Mansion

The philanthropist and widow of Robert H. Laurie decided to sell her Chicago residence and move to Wyoming after her husband died. However, she lived in Chicago for many years. Their Dearborn mansion was listed for $18,750,000 – and is still on the market today for a cool $11,000,000 less.

 

Vince Vaughn Palmolive Building Penthouse

Vince Vaughn Palmolive Building Penthouse Interior

3. Vince Vaughn Palmolive Building Penthouse

When the comedic legend Vince Vaughn purchased his 12,000 square foot, five bedroom penthouse on North Michigan Avenue, he paid $12 million for it in 2006. It is a spectacular triplex, with plenty of features. It has billiard room, a room for playing cards, a film screening room, two kitchens, four bedrooms and a master suite. It has wood paneled rooms, hardwood flooring, panoramic views of the city, and an office that belonged to Hugh Hefner when he worked there with Playboy Enterprises.

Jonathon Brandmeier River North Mansion

Jonathon Brandmeier River North Mansion Interior

4.Jonathon Brandmeier River North Mansion

Brandmeier, famed for his Jonathon Brandmeier Show, and his wife Lisa purchased their home in 2007 in River North. The house is 11,000 square feet with 5 bedrooms, 6 full baths, and 4 half baths with his-and- hers dressing rooms, a theater, gym, an in-unit elevator for accessing the home’s 6 levels, 6 fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen and formal dining room.

Kelsey Grammer Rented Gold Coast Apartment

Kelsey Grammer Rented Gold Coast Apartment Interior

5.Kelsey Grammer Rented Gold Coast Apartment

When Kelsey Grammer was filming Boss, in Chicago, he rented a Gold Coast apartment for $15,000 a month. He lived in Chicago during 2012, spending several months in the three bedroom condo. The show was cancelled in 2012 and the condo was listed for sale.

Harold Ramis Glencoe Mansion

 

6. Harold Ramis Glencoe Mansion

Harold Ramis, famous for his comedy, directing, and writing, was a native Chicagoan. He and his wife purchased the 8,357 square foot mansion in Glencoe in 1996 for $1.9 million. It has and has beautiful Palladian windows, two sun rooms, a great room, four fireplaces, a bonus room, and six bedrooms. Ramis died in 2014, and in 2015 his widow put the mansion sale on the market listed for sale at $2.5 million.

Mavis Staples South Shore Apartment

7. Mavis Staples South Shore Apartment

Mavis Staples and the Staples Singers are gospel pop legends. She has a Grammy lifetime Achievement award and her apartment walls are lined up with mementos of her 50 years of singing.

Walt Disney Birthplace

Walt Disney Birthplace Interior

8. Walt Disney’s Birthplace

Elias and Flora, Walt Disney’s parents, bought the empty lot on Tripp Avenue in the Hermosa neighborhood of Chicago, paying $700. Elias built it by hand and Flora designed it. It was a simple two story home, and brother Walt and Roy were born in it.

Hugh Hefner's Original Playboy Mansion

Hugh Hefner's Original Playboy Mansion Interior

9. Hugh Hefner’s Original Playboy Mansion

Hugh Hefner, a Chicagoan, bought the 1899 State Parkway manor in 1959 and lived there until 1970, when he moved to Los Angeles. Even after moving, his enterprise’s headquarters remained in the Second City. The original Chicago playboy mansion costs $400,000, complete with a basement pool. The pool was a bit of a challenge to build, as it took quite some time to convince city officials that the pool was purely for his personal use.

R. Kelly Olympia Fields Mansion

R. Kelly Olympia Fields Mansion Interior

10. R. Kelly Olympia Fields Mansion

R. Kelly is a famed singer with a net worth estimated at $150 million. He has a dream home in Chicago, valued $5 million. which has 11,140 square feet. It has 5 bedrooms and 7 baths. It features hardwood floors, a tropical themed swimming pool, outdoor tennis courts, entertainment area under a gazebo, and fantastic views of the lake and surrounding landscape

Billy Corgan Highland Park Chateau

11. Billy Corgan Highland Park Chateau

Billy Corgan, the lead performer in the Smashing Pumpkins, purchased the 9,606 square foot mansion in Normandy chateau style, which was a design of a Chicagoan, architect David Adler. It features 18 rooms on six acres, which includes Lake Michigan beach frontage.

12. Steve Harvey Luxury Penthouse

Steve Harvey rented a 6,400 square foot penthouse at the Trump International Hotel and Tower to film “The Steve Harvey Show”. His penthouse included three bedrooms, five and one half bathrooms, a chef’s kitchen, first class appliances, a butler’s pantry, three fireplaces and 16-foot-high ceilings.

Jennifer Hudson Burr Ridge Mansion

13. Jennifer Hudson Burr Ridge Mansion

Jennifer Hudson is a Chicago girl through and through. Her home base has been Chicago, even if she’s upgraded a bit since achieving stardom. Her current estate was built in the style of a castle. It has stone exteriors and rounded turrets on top, a floating spiral staircase, a movie theater, a laundry room, complete with exquisite Brazilian cherry wood floors. The warm woods are a beautiful contrast to the white grand piano in the music room. It is a 12,000 square feet of luxury surrounded by beautiful landscaping in the Burr Ridge area.

Oprah Winfrey Water Tower Place

Oprah Winfrey Water Tower Place Interior

14. Oprah Winfrey Water Tower Place

The 56th and 57th floors contain the 9,625 square foot former residence of Oprah Winfrey, located at Water Tower Place. Though it looks like a condo, it is actually a home with four bedrooms. It features two kitchens, several living areas, five bathrooms and two half baths, an entire floor dedicated to her master suite, and access to the Carlton Club at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. She sold the living complex in November 2015 for $4.65 million

Barack Obama Kenwood Neighborhood Home

15. Barack Obama Kenwood Neighborhood Home

Barack Obama’s home in Kenwood was his permanent residence before he assumed his duties as the 44th United States President. Barack’s home features a red brick exterior with white columns and window trim. The front entry door is arched, with beautiful white stone in Georgian styling around it. It is surrounded by lovely evergreens, and a black wrought iron fence. He was State Senator when he lived there, and many tourists now come there to share a bit of history.

Dwyane Wade South Holland Home

16. Dwyane Wade South Holland Home

He had a 7,800 square foot home with his wife and their two children, until he filed for divorce. His wife received a very large settlement and the $1.2 million home. The house features six bedrooms, seven baths, a home theater, a sauna and exercise room, a pool and a guest house with two bedrooms. The home recently went into foreclosure.

Cusack Family Evanston Home

Cusack Family Evanston Home Interior

17. Cusack Family Evanston Home

The family has owned the home for 40 years, and the famous actors grew up in it. It was built in 1910 and had five bedrooms. It sold for $940,000, after John’s father and famous filmmaker Dick Cusack died. The house has leaded glass windows, expansive picture windows, hardwood floors, beautiful crown moldings, two lovely sun porches and a large backyard. The staircase is original to the home, and the master suite is vaulted. There are also elegant fireplaces and beautifully crafted woodwork throughout. It is situated on the lakefront, with a quarter acre of landscape.

John Cusack’s Gold Coast Condo

John Cusack’s Gold Coast Condo Interior

18. John Cusack’s Gold Coast Condo

The actor previously owned a condo located on the 56th floor of the Elysees Condominium building. It is a 2,600 square foot stunner that has unit has three bedrooms, plus three baths, a party room, a fitness center and sauna, an outdoor pool and sundeck, plus 31 windows which reach from the floor to the ceiling.

Charles Edward Ringling Historic Mansion

Charles Edward Ringling Historic Mansion Interior

19. Charles Edward Ringling Historic Mansion

The famous Ringling Brothers Circus ringmaster built this home for his family in 1913, but it was used for nuns and priests for decades as well. The architectural features have been well preserved over the years. The home’s classic features include an arched entry way with beveled glass door, warm wood floors, an entry hall with craftsman style staircase, a sitting room with coffered ceiling and ornate fireplace, a private library with enclosed, beveled glass bookcases and a fireplace, a dining room with wood wainscoting and a beautiful chandelier, an island kitchen fully stocked with modern appliances and lighting, a breakfast room with built-in cabinetry, a sunroom lined with a row of windows and beautiful wood beamed ceiling, an upstairs billiard room, plus upstairs bedrooms and baths fitted with the finest cabinetry and moldings, plus a detached three car garage with upstairs apartments. The home is now for sale for the asking price of $2.9 million

Michael Jordan’s Mansion

Michael Jordan’s Mansion Interior

20. Michael Jordan’s Mansion

Though Michael Jordan purchased a new home in North Carolina, he still owns a spectacular mansion just outside of Chicago in Highland Park. Jordan lived in the mansion for about 20 years and raised his family there. The mansion was built in 1995 and features all the things you would expect from a basketball legend.
It has a regulation size basketball court, a large home gym, nine bedrooms, fifteen bathrooms, a cigar room and a garage with capacity for 14 cars.

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