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A Deeper Dive Into Lake Shore Restore

We’re excited to introduce you to #LakeShoreRestore, an active, exciting project we’ve been working on recently. This is a special job for us, not just because we get to completely transform an awesome condo with an amazing view, but because the project comes from a repeat client. In the previous project, we only renovated their kitchen, but we have much bigger plans for the new condo. Here’s a look at the old project:

Before picture of kitchen in the old condo.

 

The renovated kitchen from the first project we did for this client.

 

Old Project

Renovated kitchen in old condo.

 

Different angle of the renovated kitchen.

 

We’re planning a completely new look and feel for their new kitchen, so be sure to follow us on Instagram to see the progress. 

 

After seeing this unique space, which was once two separate units now combined into one, our client jumped at the opportunity to buy it and own another condo in the same building. We can completely relate to relocating just a few floors because we too purchased another condo in the same building after living there for 5 years.

 

We couldn’t be more thrilled to help transform their new home from drab and dated to fresh and beautiful! Our big plans for this space includes:

 

 

  • Opening up the kitchen by taking down the wall separating the kitchen from the living room (see previous post with some visuals for how we are accomplishing this)
  • Relocating the laundry room
  • Transforming all the bathrooms

 

 

We’re planning on posting the floor plans, layouts, and some of our initial designs in the coming weeks (along with the why behind our decisions), so stay tuned.  To whet your appetite, here’s a sneak peek into the unit.  As you can see, it is full of potential!

 

View of kitchen/living room of new condo.

Kitchen and dining room full view of demo with walls taken down

 

Different angle of kitchen/living room before construction.

Living room into hallway

 

Floor Plan Upgrades at #LugbillLanding

Today I wanted to walk you through the first level layout at #LugbillLanding, where construction is progressing beautifully.

 

I knew the home had the perfect floorplan for our family based off of the listing photos. I love how the space is open, with just the right amount of division. There were a couple of tricky areas that weren’t functional in their current form so I ended up breaking a couple rules.  I don’t regret it, though!  Before we get into my rule-breaking, here are the things I needed to solve for:

 

  1. Convert the sunroom into usable space
  2. Find space for a half bathroom on the first floor- I can’t be bothered going up or down a flight of stairs when nature calls
  3. Remove the wall between the dining room/kitchen- even with it being partially open, this wall was non-negotiable (despite Justin’s hesitations)
  4. Integrate more kitchen storage – it had a great footprint, but not a ton of storage 
  5. Make the ceiling height change work between the sunroom and kitchen (more on this later!)

 

With these things in mind, here are the “Design Crimes” I committed:

 

  1. I covered up a window. Not everything is about aesthetics.  Good design ensures optimal functionality.  To that light, because there were so many windows in the sunroom, the kitchen couldn’t be extended. The space is WAY more functional with that window gone, and there is still plenty of light!

 

  1. I put a toilet right off the kitchen. This was the only spot for a toilet, which is very typical for Chicago homes. This wasn’t the first offence on the premises.  There were old plumbing stubs already in the pantry space, so someone else committed the same crime at some point.

 

Location of Powder Bath

Powder Room off the kitchen.

 

Wall that must go!

The Wall That Had To Go!

 

During Demo

During demo…..Looking better already!

 

Progress photo of the Kitchen

Progress off the new kitchen with the wall gone.

 

View from Kitchen

View from inside the kitchen looking towards the foyer.

 

For those of you that are floor plan junkies- here is the layout of the first floor: 

 

Lugbill Landing’s Original Floor Plan

 

Lugbill Landing’s New Floor Plan

 

To wrap this up, remember if you are working on your own renovation there is always a balance between the aesthetics and the function.  In addition, you should always be thinking about how the changes you’re entertaining will impact resale value. Not every decision should be made based on this, as you have to consider the enjoyment and use you’ll get out of it.  However, it is an important variable to consider.  Last, take it from an interior designer that does residential remodels for a living:  The right thing for your home doesn’t necessarily need to follow the rules.

Replacing Tired Hardwood Floors (#LugbillLanding on IG)

Over the years, I’ve had a hand in replacing countless creaky, tired, dated floors with updated, fresh varieties.  Personally, I’ve owned three homes, and one of the first things to be updated has always been the floors.  New flooring has an uncanny ability to breathe life into a home and really transform a space.

 

Most recently, the original red oak wood floors at #LugbillLanding were not only dark, but they were t.i.r.e.d. The 100+ year-old home had floors with spots that were basically worn to the subfloor. In other spots, you would step on them and almost fall through the floor joists.  OK – maybe that’s a bit dramatic :).   Following tradition, I knew when we signed the papers to close on the house, replacing them was at the top of my priority list.

 

Stepping back 6 years to our family’s previous condo, on day one, we ripped out the basic, generic factory-grade engineered wood flooring, added a plywood subfloor and installed ¾” thick red oak flooring.  The dark ebony stain that we went with was absolutely perfect for the condo.  This time around though, the space called for something different – something lighter. 

 

Old Condo Floors

Red Oak flooring with ebony stain

 

Pro Tip: The Red oak wood species is a great choice if you are looking for a medium to darker tone stain. It is a durable hardwood and stains beautifully.  However, when you try to stain red oak floors lighter, the pink tones are really prominent.

 

New Floors

New floors being installed in the boys’ room.

 

When installing new flooring, I always encourage people to ensure their flooring contractor includes a minimum of 3 onsite stain samples in their bid. Although it may not seem like it, the same exact floor stain can look completely different based on the lighting and batch of wood. For LD projects, these on-site samples are a must.

 

Here’s a peak at the 3 combinations I was trying to decide between:

 

3 Stain Colors

From Left to Right: Bona Birch 100%, Bona Birch/Sand Dune 50/50 mix, Bona Sand Dune 100% — the sample board on top was my original inspiration for color

 

3 Color Stains

Another view of stain colors

 

My favorite stain was the Bona Birch – no question. It was so beautiful, bright and fresh!  Contrary to what you’d expect (and most people have to fight against),  it isn’t always the best choice to go with their favorite stain.   Despite it being the most logical thing to do on the surface, there are almost always other variables to consider.  Here, my hesitation to go with my favorite stemmed from the notion that we plan (I know, I know, plans change) on staying in this home forever, and while you can refinish floors, it is a big investment, alongside it being an incredibly messy proposition.  The thought of trying to live through that messy, dusty upgrade with a family in tow seemed pretty overwhelming. As a result, my gut was telling me to go with a more timeless option.

 

I studied the samples, putting down the other finish selections and walking around the room to get a sense of the different ways the light interacted with the stains… which is a somewhat daunting experience while the whole flooring crew stares at you,  waiting for a decision so they can get on with their lives.

 

In the end, I went with a 50/50 mix of birch and sand dune. It felt like the perfect combination of fresh and bright, while still being warm. This color has great staying power and will go with a variety of colors as the fads cycle through over the life of the home.  Even though birch was my favorite color in the moment, I LOVE the birch/sand dune mix. It is so beautiful with the other finishes I have planned throughout the home. 

 

Final Stain Choice

 

Final Stain Choice

The final stain choice

 

Post-stain, I am so, so happy with the decision.  The contractor paper we had down to protect the floors while the remodel was in full swing,  just came up last week, and I absolutely adore the color.  I love how they turned out.

 

More updates to come.  Stay tuned!

 

Lugbill Designs Founder Named One of the 10 Best Chicago Interior Designers

Lugbill Designs founder and lead designer, Erica Lugbill, was recently recognized as a top 10 interior designer in Chicago. Decorilla, an interior design blog, hand-selected ten of the top interior designers from the town considered to be the global architecture capital for its bold structural design, many museums and art installations. Deservingly, one of them is the brain behind the high-end interior design firm, Lugbill Designs.

Here’s what Decorilla has got to say about Erica, founder and creative director of Lugbill Designs:
“As founder of Lugbill Designs, Erica Lugbill has been a strong name in Chicago’s design community since her start in 2010. She capitalized on specializing her service in both décor and full renovations. She strives to make communication the heart of the project making the end result a completely customized space that embodies the client’s personality and lifestyle.”

“With a network of independent construction companies and various vendors, Lugbill Designs provides competitive pricing and easy billing which results in a very low stress design process. Lugbill Designs also offers complimentary in-home consultations. They have consulted for many well-known TV networks such as DIY, HGTV, and Bravo.”

What Decorilla loves about Erica? The blog says it’s “her keen eye to see what the design industry in Chicago was missing and capitalize on providing the absolute best possible service for her clients.”
This is not the first time Erica is recognized for her exquisite work. In 2016, she was listed as one of the 20 best Chicago-based interior designers by freshome.com website. The blog expressed confidence that the shortlisted professionals can turn your home into a work of art or a cozy getaway.

To know more about Erica Lugbill, log-on to her website: www.lugbilldesigns.com.

Lugbill Designs Founder Reveals Secret to Starting Interior Design Firm

In an interview with Voyage Chicago, Erica, founder of Lugbill Designs, was asked how things were when she was starting to pursue her passion. Here, she reveals her secret into building a successful Chicago-based interior design firm.

“It was a relatively smooth process starting Lugbill Designs,” Erica recalls. “We were able to start the business small and build a really great foundation which set us up for success.”

While starting the business was easy, Erica reminisces she is no stranger to long hours and short weekends. As with any startup, she struggled finding a work-life balance, all while building a network of trusted vendors and contractors. But, what makes it all worth it is seeing the business grow into what it is today.

Since starting Lugbill Designs in 2010, it has evolved into one of the most revered interior design firms in Chicago. It has acquired a depth of experience in designing and managing interior design across the metropolitan area, involving décor, full renovation and new construction projects.

The seven-year old firm has established a wide network of independent construction companies and vendors, enabling them to handle everything for their clients from consultation, design to installation and all that entails.

Lugbill Designs is distinguished for producing customized designs that embodies a client’s personality and lifestyle. The firm offers clients a “choose your own adventure” approach to interior design. For Erica, there is no one size fits all, what works for one client’s life won’t work for another.

“Building a relationship with clients so that we know the design will work for their life is essential,” Erica tells Voyage Chicago. “We’re passionate about making clients’ homes work for them in a way that only true customization can achieve.”

Interpreting a client’s style and determining the practical needs of a space influences the aesthetic direction of the project. Erica believes that it is her ability to connect with her clients and understand what they want make the process more relaxed and seamless from start to finish.

To know more about Erica Lugbill, log-on to her website: www.lugbilldesigns.com.

Erica Lugbill, Featured as One of 2017’s Top Influencers in the Home Design Industry

In a list compiled by Fixr, Erica Lugbill, owner of Lugbill Designs, has been featured as one of the Top 200 Influencers in the Home Design Industry.

Fixr, a independent resource with a network of thousands of service professionals, has recently released a list of the most notable professionals in the Home Industry around the U.S.

The list includes experts across the country within the home design industry. It consists of recognized interior designers, home stagers, home designers and other home design specialists.

Erica Lugbill, along with the other industry influencers featured on the list, will play crucial roles on where the home design industry is headed, influencing trends, best practices, and more.

The criteria for the selection of the Top 200 Home Industry influencers are their online presence, social media activity, and awards/recognitions won.

Check out this article to know the home industry influencers who made it to the top 200 list.

Learn more about Erica Lugbill and have a view of her interior design works by visiting Lugbill Designs.

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.

 

 

 

LD Introduces How to Design Videos

Ever wish that you had some guidance when picking an accent wall color, or figuring out the best way to hang window treatments? Is it easier for you to understand a concept when you can physically see it? Well, you’re in luck. Lugbill Designs is happy to announce a new design how to video section on our website. Check out this section for practical advice on a variety of topics including:

Interior Design Videos

The Video section of LugbillDesigns.com

Painting, Kitchen & Bath, Bedroom Design, Furniture & Accessories, Home Improvement, Window Treatments, and Design Students.

From the obscure (What color to paint a bedroom wall with a black comforter), to the simple (How to best protect furniture when painting), to the practical (What other finishes go with chrome), we have a collection of over 30 videos, all hosted by top interior designer, Erica Lugbill. We plan to add more videos on a regular basis, so check back frequently, or follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, or Google+ to be informed when new videos are added. If you have a video that you would like to see us us create, let us know and we’ll put it on our list!

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.


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How To: Hang Lightweight Artwork

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

If you have lightweight artwork that you need to hang, have no fear! Lightweight artwork is easy to install, and shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes. You may not know it, but Erica (owner of Lugbill Designs), often creates custom artwork for her clients. Her preferred medium is canvas, which is very lightweight. Check out the simple instructions from none other, than Erica herself!


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