Evanston Change of Pace

Evanston was the scene for one of our favorite projects in 2019. She wanted a change of scenery and purchased an extremely dated condo in a peaceful complex that was removed from the hustle of downtown. We loved this project because we had the opportunity to fully reimagine and refresh every corner of this basic condo. The client was so lovely to work with, and her two grown daughters gave a ton of input which is always welcome. They have great style and wanted the finished space to feel peaceful, bright and airy. This condo was a complete fresh start, almost nothing was brought over from her old condo.


Due to COVID, we were just now able to take the professional photographs. We wanted to give you a little background on the project while we anxiously await the proofs to hit our inbox!


We made a slight floorplan change that created a huge impact. Our client didn’t need the enclosed bonus room off of the main living space, so we decided to blow out the wall. Here is an overview of the floorplan and changes we made.


Original Floor Plan

New Floor Plan


Kitchen Before

Kitchen Before – Different Angle


Dining Room looking towards living room.


Guest Bathroom – Before


Master Bedroom – Before


Master Bathroom – Before


New Kitchen – 3D Version


Another small change that had a huge impact on the finished space was removing the dreadful popcorn ceilings! We used furring strips and low profile LED lights to integrate recessed lighting into the ceiling and eliminate the track lighting. The existing ceilings were low, but we decided the seamless lighting and clean ceilings were worth giving up 1.5” of height. 


Progress Photo – View looking from the living room towards future office built-ins (where walls were removed).


Kitchen After Demo


Kitchen – Clean Slate


Fireplace after new firebox installation and build-out


Fireplace after drywall

Our client needed an occasional work space, but didn’t want to dedicate a whole room to it. Her daughters’ request was to find a way to hide the clutter and not let the workspace take over the room. We designed custom built-ins that allowed for a comfortable/bright/functional workspace that could easily be closed off when not in use. There are large sliding doors that can cover the workspace and reveal the decorative bookshelves!


Office built-in progress photo


The bathrooms are small, but we maximized the space and utilized bright/soft finishes to complete the look. The transformation in the bathrooms was dramatic!


Master Bathroom after demo


Master Bathroom – progress photo

Master Bathroom – progress photo


Guest Bathroom – progress photo


Fireplace and new flooring sneak peek


View From Kitchen looking towards dining room


We can’t wait to share the completed space with you. It is so bright and layered with different monochromatic tones and textures. Stay posted to see the reveal!


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 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:

30 Best Websites For Interior Design Inspiration

30 Websites for Interior Design

It used to be a lot more difficult to get home design inspiration.  20 years ago, inspirations had to come from magazines, furniture shops, homeware stores, and catalogs. In this digital era though, all you have to do is turn on your computer and have access the internet.  Here are 30 of our go-to websites for inspiration.


Top 30 Interior Design Blogs



  1. Houzz

If you are looking for plenty of ideas and inspirations for your home, Houzz is the best interior design website to visit. It offers images of the most coveted interior designs, that will make you want to transform your home into a similar one. They also provide local professionals that you can contact, online furniture store, and forum where you can find practical advice for your home.

Remodelista2. Remodelista

If you want a world-class inspiration for your interior design needs, you might want to check out Remodelista’s interior design website. It features numerous styling ideas for every spaces, along with its shops, and plenty of advises and decorating hacks too.

Sania Pell3. Sania Pell

The owner of this interior design website, Sania Pell, has a degree of textile design, and worked as a stylist and creative consultant for Elle Deco, The Conran Shop, and Marks & Spencer. This blog consists of invaluable tips and advice that offers more than what is available online. Moreover, the website also includes her portfolios, shop, and a compilation of her exquisite projects.

Design Squish4. Design Squish

This interior design website features photographs of eco-friendly interior art and design with a touch of retro style. Its minimalist and tranquil vibe will make you inspired to add something extraordinary in the aesthetics of your living space.

Bloesem Design5. Bloesem Design

Bloesem is a design studio founded by the Dutch graphic designer Irene Hoofs. This classy interior design website consists a mix of home-goals, handpicked home items, and curated image galleries.

Decor86. Decor8

Founded by a journalist, interior author and stylist Holly Becker, Decor8 is an interior design website that contains musings of the author such as inspiring interior ideas, DIY crafts, fresh finds on the interior market, and solutions for your home decorating needs.
Home Shopping Spy7. Home Shopping Spy

Owned by the editor of Ideal Home magazine, this interior design website provides shopping inspiration for anyone who needs stylish decorations to stuff their home. Home Shopping Spy also includes the latest trends in interior design, inspiration from the experts, and simple solutions to keep you a pleasant home.

Fine Little Day8. Fine Little Day

Fine Little Day is a Scandinavian interior blog that expresses their passion for handicrafts. Staying out of the modern approach for designing, this prefers rustic style, infused with vintage touches and cozy feeling.

Abigail Ahern9. Abigail Ahern

If you are looking for a blog containing the newest and sophisticated interiors, Abigail Ahern’s interior design website is surely worth a follow. Ahern is an interior style expert based from London, specializing in reinventing spaces and making your home look as exquisite as possible. Her blog chiefly contains before and after images, how-tos, and sourcebook.

Design*Sponge10. Design*Sponge

Design Sponge is a great source for those who want a touch of stylish contemporary living and Stateside homes. Moreover, there are also DIY, lifestyle, food and travel entries in the website.

Interior Stores

Atelier11. Atelier

Atelier’s interior design website provides inspirations suitable for homeowners who have the love for eclectic style immersed with global and cultural inspiration. Atelier includes their services, projects, and a wide selection of images for your home inspiration.

Rockett St George12. Rockett St George

Originated from UK, this interior design website is an emporium of Jane Rockett and Lucy St George’s cool crafts. It offers home accessories to wallpapers and furniture. It is a homeware website full of quirky and artistic interior finds. The website also features a look book, where you can grab some ideas for your own desire.Dwell Studio13. Dwell Studio

This is a web shop where the most coveted mid-century interior items are found. Their products are suitable for those who prefer high-end interiors. The site also have a section where users can organize their ideas, thoughts, and decorating advice to share with friends and family.

St Jude’s Fabric14. St Jude’s Fabric

The founder of the interior web shop, Angie Lewin offers premium fabrics and elegant printed items such as wallpaper and upholsteries. Also, this website features the artistic pieces of other young flourishing designers she is working with.

The Kellogg Collection15. The Kellogg Collection

This web shop features fresh looking interiors for those who enjoy the classic and homely feel. Aside from showcasing their shabby chic furniture,  The Kellogg Collection also offers lookbooks and tips for those who are in need of a simple yet elegant home inspiration.

Interior Bargain Hunters

Ikea16. Ikea Hackers

This is the best site to share creative ideas on how to modify and re purpose items found on Ikea. If you feel like you have an ability with tinkering and tweaking things into an innovative one, this site could be your main source of hacks and ideas for your home improvement.

Etsy17. Etsy

Etsy is a global online market having over 18 million customized products. It is a marketplace for artsy people to sell their crafts. You can find good items on Etsy, considering that these goodies are crafted with love and spilled with vintage touch and creativity.

Specialists Sites

Designer Pages Media18. Designer Pages Media

This website is suitable for interior designers that are looking for great products along with its manufacturers. It also provides a wide array of articles about interesting ideas for interior designing.

Little Big Bell19. Little Big Bell

Mentioning its achievement, Little Big Bell is a prestigious interiors, design, and lifestyle blog based in London which is founded by Geraldine Tan. Here, you can find professional tips, guides, and inspirations for a much stylish way of dealing with your interiors.

Lauren Liess Interiors20. Lauren Liess Interiors

Lauren Liess is an interior boutique and design studio based in Washington, DC. There are numerous articles in this blog where you can get ideas for a luxurious interior design inspiration. You can also check their portfolio for a dash of additional ingenuity.

Home Design Finds21. Home Design Finds

Home Design Finds is a web magazine that features the best architecture, furniture, interior design, lighting, and more that their team could find around the globe.

For Interior-Shopaholics

Pieces22. Pieces

This boutique based in Atlanta offers unique interior finds that are perfect for modern and elegant interior style. Their easy-to-shop site will allow you to have an easy access across all of their products.

H&M23. H&M Home

The fashion retailer also sells home interior products online. They offer a wide array of affordable pieces for all your interior decorating needs.

Rowen and Wren24. Rowen and Wren

Rowen & Wren is a web shop features textiles, ceramics, outdoor accents, and furniture which are all about refined and classic living. Scouring through this blog is worth of a daydream.

Zara Home25. Zara Home

Zara Home is another fashion shop that also sells trendy homeware online. They offer these chic yet affordable products included in their lookbooks.

Schoolhouse Electric26. Schoolhouse Electric

If you are a fan of colors and funky retro look, Schoolhouse Electric is a great source for affordable homeware, accents, and more. Check their inspirations tab for more tips and ideas. You can also find a compilation of insta-worthy photos there!

Vintage Touch


Skinflint Design27. Skinflint Design

If you’re so much into vintage lighting for your home, Skinflint Design is the perfect interior design website for you to visit. Moreover, you can check their blogs for guide and tips in lighting and buying homeware. Also, you can refer to their compilation of projects and consultancy services in case you are curious enough about their ideas and works.

One King’s Lane28. One King’s Lane

One King’s Lane is an interior web shop that will satisfy your antique addiction with the wide range of shabby chic and classic homeware options. What’s more is that they offer these finds for a great value.

Vintage Finds29. Vintage Finds

In this interior design website, you’ll find tons of tips, guides, and inspirations on how to restore and reinvent your home space. They also have a boutique that offers distinctive antique,  painted and distressed furniture, vintage pieces, and home furnishings all at an affordable price.

National Trust Treasure Hunt30. National Trust Treasure Hunt

This interior design website would be the one-stop blog for enthusiasts of history and restoration. National Trust Treasure hunt features the homes owned by the National Trust, along with its furnitures and the story behind them, and the process of restoring and preserving them. The richness of the culture and the old times is sure to hype the antique lovers.

Got any thoughts about our list of the best websites for your interior inspiration? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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