How to Set up Modular Furniture

In this video, Erica Lugbill, owner Lugbill Designs, a Chicago-based high-end residential remodeling and interior design firm, discusses how you can set up a modular furniture.

Erica said, “When you go to a furniture store to pick out your sectional, it’s helpful to have an actual floor plan or dimension of the space” so you can be sure that the piece you’re choosing fits perfectly within your space.

And when deciding on the actual placement of the furniture it’s good to keep the sectional as open as possible. Some modular furniture comes with sectional connectors. But if you don’t have you can find them at your local hardware store or online.

To use it, just screw the connector onto the bottom of the furniture. Its mechanism is such a way that you can push one section in and it will keep the pieces in place. And when you remove them, just lift one section and then you can move them around again.

Did you find this article helpful? Share us your thoughts by commenting below.

URL:http://www.lugbilldesigns.com/videos/modular-furniture.html

Youtube: https://youtu.be/HvytEMB_roc

How to Hang & Display Artwork

In this video, Erica Lugbill, owner of Lugbill Designs, a high-end residential remodeling and interior design firm in Chicago, covers how to hang and display an artwork.

When deciding where to hang an artwork, you want to center it both vertically and horizontally in the space. For light artwork, you can hang it on the wall by a nail mounted on the wall. Use carpenter’s level on the top edge to make sure it’s perfect in the space. Then, adjust the piece until you find the perfect level.

You know you frame up the artwork well on the space when the spaces on top and bottom, and both sides are equal. Another simple way to hang your artwork is by using saw-toothed hangers. Just tap them with the hanger onto the back of the painting or the frame.

And last is with the use of c-rings. Mount two of them on your ceiling and two at the back of an artwork. Then, use rope or twine to suspend the piece. For industrial loft-type spaces, use thin wire.

Did you find this article helpful? Share us your thoughts by commenting below.

URL: http://www.lugbilldesigns.com/videos/display-art-work.html

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH6OSavhsFY

 

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.

 

Did you find this article helpful? Share us your thoughts by commenting below.

 

URL: http://www.lugbilldesigns.com/videos/color-painting-brightness.html

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GINE1JMsBs8

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.

 

Did you like this blog post? Share us your thoughts by commenting below.

 

 

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.

My Design Philosophy

All design firms specialize in something. They have something that sets them apart.  At Lugbill Designs, we believe in creating beautiful homes that are functional and represent our client’s lifestyles and personal tastes. Our end goal is to transform a home into a space that is visually stimulating and luxurious, while staying livable and comfortable.

How do we do this?  We use our trained eye to combine unexpected patterns, materials, textures, and interesting color palettes to create a truly unique end product.  The truth is, every person is different.  Each person has their own preferences when it comes to paint colors, furniture, and accessories, and so on.  There is no avoiding that fact.  Each person requires different functionality.  Many people have the functionality part down, but design suffers because of it.  We fuse functionality with stellar design.

We believe that each person deserves inspired and individualized design. We work alongside you to create a space that reflects your unique lifestyle and personality, while staying within your budget and time frame. We can find the materials, source the contractors, pull the permits, and manage the entire project from start to finish.  From the initial planning process, to construction, deliveries, furniture, artwork and accessories selection- we are there every step of the way.

Our clients keep returning to us for our passion for design and our ability to make the design process fun and engaging, while getting the job done.

Lugbill Designs offers custom artwork creation. It is a great way to personalize your space.

Did you know?  Lugbill Designs offers custom artwork, created to go perfectly with your space.

We work with all interior design and remodeling projects.  Please love us because of our:

  • Our laid back, interactive approach to interior design
  • Our ability to create a luxurious, yet livable space
  • Our ability to connect with our clients and translate their personality into their home
  • Our upfront pricing that gives you options on where to save, and where to splurge.

 

 

 

How to Hang Curtains and Liners

Custom Window Treatments

Custom window treatments are a great way to put the finishing touches on a room.

No matter where you live, one thing is generally constant. Each home has windows, and they pose an excellent opportunity to personalize your space. Unfortunately, window treatments come in all different shapes and sizes. Because of this, some people have trouble taking concept, to installation. If you use store-bought panels, things are a little more straightforward. However, if you decide to create custom window treatments, you’ll need to deal with the design, measuring for fabric, picking the fabric, finding a seamstress, and last but not least, installing your creations.

Explaining all of the ins and outs of custom window treatments goes beyond the scope of this article. However, check out the below video to watch Erica give tips on how to properly hang window treatments, curtains, and liners.


How to Hang Curtains & Liners — powered by ehow

Read more

Home Staging 101: Resources, Tips, & Tricks

To anyone getting ready to sell their home, the idea of staging can be an intimidating thought that conjures ideas about feng shui or concepts of interior design. But this need not be a complicated task, and when done correctly staging the home can help give it a much-needed advantage in a difficult marketplace.

The idea of staging is to clean and arrange the home in a way that makes it most attractive to buyers. While there are countless websites or books that can help with this topic, at its heart it is simple—turning the home into a blank slate of sorts, a place potential buyers can imagine their own details. The first step is to take a thorough examination of the home, looking in every room and try to see it as a buyer would. If it helps, bring in a friend or family member to give you a fresh perspective, someone who wouldn’t be afraid to make difficult suggestions to you.

Home Staging ChicagoWhen it comes time to start the staging, address the basics first. The house needs to be clean and free of clutter. Potential buyers want to be able to imagine themselves living in the home, but if all they see are the dirty dishes in the sink and piles of laundry, they might not even finish the visit. Eliminating the mess also makes the house seem larger, more open.

Once you have cleaned, it is time to get rid of all the clutter as well. For those who have lived in a home for a long time, this can mean addressing years or even decades of accumulated things that are no longer used and this alone can be stressful. So keep it simple and don’t try to get rid of everything at once. Take a room-by-room look at clothing or boxes, and use the general rule that de-clutter experts suggest—if you haven’t used it or worn it in the past year, get rid of it. Separate things into piles for the garbage, for donation and the last for a garage sale. Don’t think you can just throw everything into a box and shove it in a closet, because potential buyers will want to see what kind of storage space your house has as well. If you have a spare room or other space that is being used as a storage space for all this clutter, move it out and give the room a new purpose like a sitting room or library for your extra books. If it helps keep you motivated, think of the move ahead and how much easier it would be without having to move all the junk you don’t use anyway.

Now that it’s time to stage the house, keep in mind that you want it as a blank slate for the buyer to fill in with details. Remove bulk furniture, big pictures and the other things that might be taking up space. If you have unused space, try to fill it creatively with plants or bookshelves—if you can use something from another, more cluttered room, that’s an even bigger bonus. Some people think that placing all the furniture against the wall will showcase the size of a room, but staging experts say that placing them together in small groupings makes the space seem friendlier to users. Finally, be sure everything is clean, freshly vacuumed and neatly arranged.

Try to keep the rooms simple as well. If your choices of paint color are too bold or personalized, change to a neutral paint. Take a careful look at lighting as well, replacing light bulbs with tints that seem most attractive or adding new blinds that let in more natural light.

Megan Gates is an active blogger who provides written work to the blogosphere pertaining to Nassau Rental Properties, Hamptons Real Estate, home improvement and the latest architecture, design and fashion. Follow her on twitter @MEGatesDesign.

West Loop Bathroom Remodel… post #2

Today I wanted to share some of the design elements that are going into this Chicago bathroom remodel I am doing for a client in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. The bathroom uses bathroom tile and finishes that are some of my favorites. If I were to remodel my own condo’s bathroom right now, it would turn out very similar to this modern loft bathroom remodel!

The main bathroom tile that was used for a majority of the floor is from Daltile. We are using large 12″x24″ pieces in a brick pattern on the floor. We are also using the large pieces on two walls in the shower, as well as on the shower floor. This creates a clean, consistent look throughout the entire bathroom. If you are ever working on a bathroom remodeling project and you have a small space, remember that it is best to keep all of your finishes unified. If you chop up your tile work, it will make the space appear smaller.

Modern Bathroom Remodel Picture

Daltile Fabrique in gris linen

In the coming weeks, one of LD’s bathroom tile contractors will tile the shower’s back wall with exceptionally beautiful glass mosaic tile. I love the linear quality to this tile and the soothing color palette.

Glass Mosaic Bathroom Tile

Mirage Glass Mosaic Tile- Cane Series

The plumbing fixtures are all Hansgrohe, set in a brushed nickel finish. I love the quality and the design of their fixtures.

Hansgrohe Faucet

The sconces that will flank the custom medicine cabinet are from George Kovacs. I love the vertical lines and the simplicity of these fixtures! We needed something very narrow to work with the design of the medicine cabinet, and these fit the bill perfectly.

George Kovacs Sconce

The counter top is made from honed Lagos Azul limestone and has a 3″ face. Our counter top installer mitered the top portion of the limestone (at the edges) to give the appearance of a thicker stone. This is a great bathroom remodeling tip for those involved in their own remodeling projects!

Limestone Bathroom Counter top

Lagos Azul Limestone

Below, you’ll see an elevation view of the bathroom vanity wall. The tile behind it is a 2″x16″ solid gray glass tile.
BathroomDrawing
Stay posted to see the progress and updated photos!

Designer Bedroom Pictures by Lugbill Designs

Hi Everyone,

Ever wonder what some of the other projects look like? Well, starting with this post, we are going to try and do a better job of filling you in on some more of the Chicago interior designer remodels that we have done. This week, we’ll start with the bedroom designs that Lugbill Designs has completed. Enjoy!

@ 2019 Lugbill Designs   Downtown 211 W Wacker Dr, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60606   North Side 7005 North Glenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626-2812    (773) 572-9049