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A Master Bathroom Retreat at #LugbillLanding

The master bathroom concept came very easy to me, but the details took a painfully long time to finalize. I was basically flying by the seat of my pants as things were getting installed. I hate feeling rushed on decisions, but it is SO HARD to find time to dedicate to my own project when I’m so busy 9-5+ working on everyone else’s projects. I’m lucky I work great under pressure, I have put that skill to the test during this season of life!

 

As a designer, there is a certain pressure to create something innovative and fresh with each new design. I’ve designed so many bathrooms that I’ve adored and would love to call my own- but I wanted something different than I had done before. It’s a bit scary to have carte blanche and know there is no one to point my finger at if I’m not happy with the results. 

 

I went out of my comfort zone and took several risks in the master bathroom. I wanted to create an elegant, timeless, bright, spa like retreat without being too fancy. I love natural materials and the depth they add to a space. Calacatta marble has warmth and dramatic veining, but is a huge risk as a tile material. Marble is generally considered a final sale item, and you are stuck with what you get. Each lot of marble is dramatically different in both color and veining. Despite the huge risk, I decided to go with a large scale 12”x24” honed calacatta marble on the floor. I ordered 25% overage and hoped for the best. 

 

I have never met a tile installer that truly sees my vision before installation and therefore I never leave it up to the tile installer to select which pieces of stone make the cut. When going with a natural stone tile, I highly recommend going through each box and sorting through prior to installation. I follow a similar process to a hoarding tv show… I make a pile of my favorite pieces that need to be showcased, a pile of pieces that are OK and a 3rd pile that are all rejects (can be used under the toilet, tub or vanity). Depending on the type of natural stone, I have been known to go to the extreme measures of taping out the actual footprint and labeling each tile with North/South/East/West instructions. I get extremely specific when I want the veining to continue through several tiles. It is an annoying (and filthy) process, but it pays off every time.

Sorting through the tile

 

Erica sorting through the tile

 

Part of my vision for the space was a line of chevron that started on the floor and continued vertically onto the vanity wall. I thought this would pull your eye up and add something special to the vanity wall. Tiling the whole wall felt over the top for my style.  I wanted to keep the chevron in the same calacatta material so it was subtle but still elevated the design. I searched high and low for the right size of calacatta to create the chevron with no success. I had my heart set on this chevron, so I was going to make it happen even if I had to cut the tile myself. In the end, I decided to have my countertop fabricator cut the custom chevron pieces to the perfect size on their huge machines. The pieces needed to be precise and it would have taken forever to cut each piece down individually onsite.

 

Creating a template for the Chevron cuts

 

Chevron tile template

 

This installation was extremely complicated, and needed to be mapped out perfectly prior to starting. Getting the chevron to line up perfectly with the center of the vanity and hit the tub where I wanted on the floor took about 4,000 iterations to the design, but it was worth it.

 

Figuring out the exact placement of the chevron detail with a laser

 

Floor tile progress

 

View of the chevron continuing from the floor to the wall, vertically before vanity installation

 

Because I’m a designer and I like to make things even more complicated (ha!), I decided that I wanted the vertical chevron accent to be flush with the drywall. This was another risk, I wasn’t really 100% sure what this would look like installed, and if they would be able to finish it to my liking. I think this risk paid off, it is such a custom look. It is such a subtle difference but I love the way it turned out.

 

Chevron detail after installing an additional 1/4″ drywall to make it flush with the wall

 

Flush chevron detail – after the cabinets and counters were installed

 

I went through all of the tiles individually, but made the mistake of not going through the chevron pieces after they were cut. Of course there was one piece that had to come out. It was bright white and all my eyes saw when I looked at the wall.  Lesson learned!

 

The picture I sent to my tile installer…this tile had to go

 

I could tell my husband, Justin, wasn’t in love with the calacatta when it was first installed. He thought it was too cold and a little busy. I was anxious as the bathroom started to come together to see if my vision would work in reality and I really wanted this bathroom to top our last bathroom. 

 

 Last week he told me that he has loved the bathroom more and more as each new finish/fixture is installed. He said each new layer adds a new dimension to the space. It felt like one of the best compliments I’ve ever received on a design, coming from my spouse. I had so much fun (and anxiety) creating this master bathroom retreat for us to share! If you need me, I will be in my new bathroom for the rest of 2020…

 

I love the contrast/warmth of the walnut combined with the calacatta marble…two of my favorite things

 

Tips for a marble tile bathroom:

  • Always order more overage material than normal so you are able to be selective in the pieces installed (this also ensures you aren’t stuck with a different lot if you run out of tile). I recommend 25% overage while the standard is 10-15%
  • Sort through the boxes prior to installation
  • Don’t forget to seal your tile!
  • Select a honed finish for a more casual/lived in look and polished for a more elegant look

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.

Finding the Right Wall Sconces: Your Complete Buying Guide

Have you just given your home a makeover with the help of a renowned interior designer? You might be looking for a finishing touch that provides light at the same time. A set of lovely wall sconces may be just what you need!

In essence, a wall sconce consists of a light source affixed to a wall. However, there is a huge variety of wall sconces to match your desired aesthetic. If you want to find the sconces that can complete your home, you’ll need a guide to help you weigh your options.

Here’s an infographic that will surely come in handy. This complete buying guide lists down your options for types, designs, power sources, and lighting configurations for wall sconces. You can have a clearer idea of what kind of wall sconce you’ll be looking for!

 

Finding the Right Wall Sconces

Your Complete Buying Guide for Wall Sconces

From Hard-Wired to Solar: 5 Power Sources for Your Wall Sconces

Where do you plan to place your sconces? Your answer will directly affect your choice of power source. This also works in reverse–the power source can affect the location of your sconces. Read up about the available power sources to prevent any inconvenience down the line!

1. Hard-Wired

These sconces are connected to your home’s internal electrical wiring. They can simply be turned on and off with a light switch. 

Since their wires are hidden inside the wall, hard-wired sconces have a clean look to them. However, this also limits where you can place them.

2. Plug-In

As their name implies, plug-in sconces are powered through outlets instead of being connected directly to internal wiring. This gives them a wider range of possible locations, although you still need to place them near power outlets. They may also look slightly less clean because of their visible wires.

3. Battery Operated

Because they run on batteries, these sconces can be placed virtually anywhere! All you have to do is replace the batteries every now and then. 

Battery operated sconces tend to be cheaper than their hard-wired and plug-in counterparts.

4. Candle

Sconces which use real candles can be placed wherever you want. You just need to switch out the candles whenever they run low. In return, you’ll get a welcoming ambiance for your home.

Some homeowners opt for battery-operated candles, which don’t have to be replaced as much.

5. Solar-Powered

Some outdoor sconces are solar-powered. Aside from adding flexibility to your sconces’ placement, solar power also serves as a renewable source of energy.

 

Up or Down? 3 Essential Lighting Configurations of Wall Sconces

Wall sconces will direct light in a given direction to achieve a certain effect. Because of this, they can be grouped into three different lighting configurations.

    1. Up-Light

  • Directs light upwards
  • Can help make a small room look more spacious
  • Suitable for entryways, living rooms, and hallways

    2. Down-Light

  • Directs light downwards
  • Adds coziness and warmth to expansive spaces
  • Great for bedrooms and large living rooms

    3. All-Around Light

  • Directs light both upwards and downwards
  • Creates a feeling of balance
  • Generally provides more light

 

8 Basic Types of Wall Sconces for Your Home

There are so many ways that home décor brands can interpret “a light affixed to a wall.” This has resulted in different types of sconces, which build off the basic concept for a variety of interesting structures!

1. Armed Sconce

In an armed sconce, the light is attached to an arm which extends from a plate on the wall. Some of these sconces are fixed, while others are foldable and adjustable. Armed sconces are great for offices, bedrooms, and reading nooks.

2. Spotlight Sconce

This specific type of armed sconce directs its light to highlight an object or area. Spotlight sconces often have down-light configurations. There are further subtypes of spotlight sconces, including:

    • Picture Lights. With a long, slender light source, this sconce is specifically used to illuminate artwork on display in your home. 
    • Sign Lights. These armed sconces light up wider areas, like signs or murals. 

3. Flush Mount Sconce

This sconce is directly mounted flush with the wall, seemingly washing it with light. Flush mount sconces have a compact, low-profile look to them. They are ideal for accent lighting.

4. Half-Moon Sconce

This specific kind of flush mount sconce features a light source surrounded by a half-bowl. Look hard enough and you’ll find half-moon sconces that are as minimalist or as ornate as you wish.

5. Wallchiere

A blend of the “wall lamp” and “torchiere,” the wallchiere is tall and slender with unique decorative elements. They direct light upward like torchieres while conserving floor spaces. Wallchieres are a prime choice for opulent displays.

6. Recessed Sconce

These sconces seem to radiate light from within the wall! All recessed sconces are hard-wired, which means homeowners may need to be creative about their placement.

7. Corner Wall Sconces

Corner wall sconces are designed to fit into the corners of a room. Aside from that, they can cross over with any of the previous types.

8. Candle Sconce

These sconces can either be wall-mounted candle holders or electric/battery-powered light sources that look like candle holders. The bulbs of imitation candles may take more time to replace, but they’re still relatively easy to find at hardware stores near you.

Candle sconces have been around for centuries, way before gas lamps and electric lighting were invented. 

TIP: The location of your wall sconces should also influence the type of sconce you choose. For example, a spotlight sconce may cast undesirable shadows if installed beside a vanity mirror. Flush mount or recessed sconces are more suitable in this case.

 

5 Types of Outdoor Wall Sconces to Light Up Your Yard

Think your porch, garden, or backyard could use some decorative lighting as well? It’s a good thing there are wall sconces designed specifically for the outdoors! Here are 5 common types for you to choose from.

1. Lantern-Style Sconce

Welcome your visitors with a pair of these sconces mounted beside your front door! You’ll usually find them in traditional or rustic designs.

2. Barn Light Sconce

These are a bit more casual than lantern-style sconces. You can find green, white, and even bright red barn light sconces for a pop of color.

3. Floodlight-Style Sconce

Thanks to their broad and focused beams, floodlights are great for providing ample outdoor lighting. In addition, many of them use long-lasting, eco-friendly, and energy-efficient LED light bulbs.

4. Bulkhead Sconce

The durable geometric design of bulkhead sconces builds more on function than form. However, these lights can still add some nautical charm to your home!

5. Motion Sensor Sconce

These sconces only light up when they sense someone nearby, which can help you save on energy. They’re often built in floodlight-style designs for ample lighting. Motion sensor sconces can also offer security by alerting you to movement in a particular area of your property. 

 

5 Different Kinds of Wall Sconce Designs for Any Aesthetic

If you look hard enough, you can find wall sconces that perfectly match the look and feel of your home. It still helps to know the general design that you’re looking for, however! Here are the 5 common designs you’ll encounter while browsing or window shopping for wall sconces.

    1. Contemporary

  • Showcases a sleek, contemporary look
  • Mostly flush mounted or armed, though you can definitely find other types of sconces with a contemporary design as well
  • Usually features silver tones and may even be made of stainless steel

    2. Traditional

  • More ornate and formal with more ornamental details
  • Can add a touch of luxury to your home
  • Great for houses that have a traditional or antique feel

    3. Transitional

  • Sits comfortably between contemporary and traditional
  • Combines minimalist details with contemporary shapes
  • Can match almost any other type of décor

    4. Cottage Style

  • Features homey design elements
  • Often come in light neutral or pastel hues
  • Great for homes with a warm country look

    5. Rustic

  • Dark colors and animal motifs
  • Perfect for a log cabin aesthetic
  • Can add character to any home

The right wall sconces are a surefire way to provide perfect lighting and extra flair. Bookmark this buying guide, and you can have an easier time finding the best wall sconces for your home!

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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.

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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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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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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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How to Remove a Wall Baseboard Without Damage

In this video, Erica Lugbill the owner of  Lugbill Designs, a high-end interior design firm, discusses how to remove a wall baseboard without damage.

“It might seem tricky and complicated. But with the right tools it is very easy,” she said.

First, use a utility knife to slice right on the top of the baseboard and in between the wall. This ensures that you remove any paint or caulking present so that when you break away the baseboard it won’t pull off the wallpaper.

Then using a putty knife, loosen the grip by placing it between the baseboard and the wall. Tap it down with a hammer.

Finally, pull off the baseboard with scrap wood and pry bar. Use a scrap wood at least 6″ to protect your wall when you use the pry bar in pulling off the baseboard. Put the wood against the wall then use the pry bar to pull the baseboard.

Removing a wall baseboard is tricky and can leave damages. However, with the help of an interior design professional, the right techniques will work for the most efficient removal.

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What Color to Put With Lavender Wall Paint in My Bathroom?

Erica Lugbill, owner of Lugbill Designs, a high-end home remodeling interior designs firm in Chicago, shares in this video some tips in choosing the right color to put with lavender wall paint in the bathroom.

It is very refreshing to see a spa-like, fresh, crisp and clean bathroom. And if right now, you are wondering how it can be done, there are some tricks that you must know starting with the paint on your wall.

With a lavender wall paint, it is best to stick with whites and grays to take advantage of the contrast that complements each other well. These three colors look great and work well together. You can pick this palette for your towels.

For the shower curtain, choosing a good pattern and color is a great way to add interest to the bathroom without breaking the bank. Erica Lugbill shows some samples for you to consider especially when creating a good focal point inside your bathroom.

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How To Protect Your Furniture When You’re Painting

In this video, Erica Lugbill, the owner of Lugbill Designs, a high-end residential remodeling and interior design firm in Chicago, provides quick and easy tips on protecting furniture when you’re painting your home.

Erica suggests moving your furnitures to the center of the room, in order to keep the perimeter clear so you can move freely in the space, which can save time, and paint splattering onto things it shouldn’t.

To cover furniture, you can use plastic sheets or canvas tarpaulins, available at local hardware stores, or chain stores like Lowes or Home Depot. If you plan to paint in the years to come, and have the space to store them, canvas tarpaulins are a great option, as they are reusable and durable, and you don’t have to worry of them ripping or tearing.

When covering a chair with a canvas tarp Erica suggests being sure to cover the feet of the furniture too. She recommends taping the tarp down to the floor using painters tape.

 

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