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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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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.

 

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What Kind of Paint Best Hides Wall Blemishes?

In this video, Erica Lugbill, owner of Lugbill Designs a high-end home remodeling and interior designs firm in Chicago, covers what paint to choose when you’re trying to hide a blemish on the wall.

According to Erica, a flat finish paint is always the best choice because flat paint does not pick up the light that may draw attention to the blemish.

If you worry that you can’t wash it or take care of it especially when you have kids or dogs who might dirty up the wall, try to use flat enamel paint. It is a great product that’s washable and long-lasting.

There are a lot of available paints in the market but if you’re up for something that hides wall blemishes, flat finish paint should be on top of your list.

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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.

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Quick Guide to Kitchen Under Cabinet Lighting

Quick Guide to Kitchen Under Cabinet Lighting

Under Cabinet Lighting is the most suitable choice for your kitchen countertops. Not only does it illuminate the backsplash on your wall, but it is also ideal for food preparation and cooking. A lot of lighting designers are talking about under cabinet lighting as it creates “layers of light” for your kitchen.

However, there a lot of available options in the market. How will you know which style of under cabinet lighting is perfect for your kitchen?

We hope this Quick Guide to Kitchen Under Cabinet Lighting helps.

Types of Under Cabinet Lighting Fixtures

1. Puck Lights

Puck lights are by far the most popular type of under cabinet lights. They are circular lights that deliver focused lighting to the space below it. Aside from serving as a good task lighting, it can also be used for accent lighting by orienting it toward the backsplash to get an ambient glow.

Puck lights are easy to install and affordable, hence they are user and budget friendly.

On the other hand, the space that is lighted by puck lights is limited to the space they are pointed at. Thus you have to buy several units and install them with regular spacing to achieve best results.

2. Light Strips

Light strips are available in several lengths and can be customized according to your cabinet length and shape. Compared to puck lights, they deliver lighting more evenly. And compared to rope and tape lights [below] they emit more luminous light.

You can buy this in LED or fluorescent options. LED being longer lasting and energy efficient, while fluorescent has less initial cost.

3. Tape Lights

Tape lights are the most space-saving under cabinet light, because its thin strips are flexible and can fit into corners and tight spaces. It is made of LED lights fixed in a strip of flexible peel-and-stick adhesive tape. It delivers functional light to aid your kitchen task while staying low-key and inconspicuous. But note that tape lights are not a good stand alone under cabinet lighting. It only works well when matched with more functional lights.

However, it can be complicated to install this fixture if you want to hide the wirings. It is best to hire a professional if you want to properly install tape lights.

4. Rope Lights

Rope lights are a type of linear lighting fixture alongside tape and light strips. It is made of LED lights strung inside a tube, thus it is a bit thicker than tape lights. The two, however, shares almost the same advantages. It is also a space saver and is more affordable.

Like tape light, it doesn’t give off much light. So, it is best matched with good task lighting. It is also less flexible than other linear lighting.

 

Things to Consider when Buying Under Cabinet Lighting

Now that you know the type of under cabinet lights you need, here are the details that you have to consider when you buy one.

Amount of Light

Under cabinet lights are only an addition to a kitchen that is already well lit. Overhead lighting should primarily deliver the most amount of light. However, if you want to add more illumination you can choose task lights like puck lights as they deliver a bit more light than other under cabinet lights.

Color Temperature

Aside from the amount of light, you should also be concerned with the color temperature. Different kitchen designs, including the color theme and materials used, call for a particular color temperature. Hence, you should be particular with this.

Kitchens with wooden cabinets and tones are best lit with lights in the warmer spectrum.

Modern kitchens, on the other hand, with glass or steel fixtures and cabinets call for cooler lights.

Bulb Type

LED (Light Emitting Diode) –  is the most energy efficient choice is LED. It doesn’t emit as much heat as other bulb types and it lasts up to 50,000 hours. It costs more than halogen and xenon lights, but the cost pales in comparison to the amount of light and energy efficiency of this bulb.

Xenon – is the best choice if you want warm lights, as it gives off the warm glow comparable to that of incandescent lights but with less heat and longer life hours. It can last up to 8,000 hours compared to 2,000 hours lifespan of incandescent bulbs. While it emits less heat than incandescent, it has a higher heat emission level than LED and Halogen bulbs.

Halogen – is much like the incandescent bulb, but it emits brighter illumination and it lasts longer. It can last up to 4,000 hours. Compared to LED, it is less expensive, but it emits more heat. Accurate fitting and proper placement is important, as it can burn very hot.

Fluorescent – emits cooler light than halogen and xenon lights. Along with LED, it is also energy efficient and emits functional, bright illumination. On the other hand, its initial cost is hefty, and it must be properly handled because it contains mercury vapor that can risk your health.

Power Source

Here are three main power source options you have for your under cabinet lights:

Battery-powered is easy to install and convenient but can be unreliable especially when you drain the battery charge. You may need to replace the batteries too often when you’re busy at the kitchen

Plug-in requires an accessible outlet, and as such the wirings can be too obvious. If you use many kitchen appliances, this may not be your best option. On a lighter note, it only requires simple installation.

Hard-wired lighting fixtures are directly connected to the power source. It is a good permanent solution for a seamless under cabinet lighting fixtures. However, its installation is the hardest, requiring professional service.

With all these important information under your belt, you can now plan the remodeling you want for your kitchen. Not confident enough? Call a professional interior designer.

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What Wall Color to Paint With a Black Comforter?

What Wall Color to Paint With a Black Comforter?

In this video, Erica Lugbill, the owner of Lugbill Designs provides tips on choosing a wall paint color that goes well with black beddings or comforter.

What’s good about black is it’s neutral. This means you can’t go wrong with any wall color. However, Erica advised to avoid going too dark of a color on the wall.

In choosing a wall color to paint with a black comforter, what you want to achieve is a good contrast between the beddings and the wall. Pairing dark paint color with the already dark bedding will make your room like a cave.

For best results, choose paint colors in light to medium tones. With neutrals, lighter shades of grey are most preferable.

The color that you choose to paint your wall can have a huge impact in your room’s overall interior design. Know the colors that blend well with your existing furniture to achieve an impressive outcome.

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How to Keep Rugs From Slipping on Wood Floors

How to Keep Rugs From Slipping on Wood Floors

In this video Erica Lugbill, owner of Lugbill Designs, a Chicago-based residential remodelling and interior design firm, gives tips on how to keep rugs from slipping on the floor.

Some rugs come with a rubber non-skid backing on that keep them in place, but others don’t. This means having a difficult time to keep them from slipping  on the floor.

But while it seems like a problem, there are actually several options that you can try to keep rugs from slipping.

Add a layer underneath your rug

What Erica Lugbill personally uses is a felt rug pad with rubber backing to layer underneath your rug. It is nice, thick and plush option. Not only can it keep your rugs in place, it also adds luxury to the height of the rug, so it is softer when you step on it.

Use a carpet tape

Another option is to use a carpet tape, but you have to be careful when using it. It is only advisable to use if your wooden floor has a very strong finish or if you have a laminate flooring. Simply put a double sided carpet tape on the floor, peel off the top and securely put down your rug.

Rugs that don’t stay in place are safety hazards. Much more, they can ruin the orderliness in your home and prevent you from achieving a flaw-free interior. However with several techniques to try, you can easily keep rugs from slipping on the floor just fine.

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Energy Efficient Home Trends of 2016

Energy Efficient Home Trends of 2016

In the previous part of this article series, we discussed the various home design options that you can choose to achieve a complete energy efficient home. Having covered design types from log homes to Efficient-manufactured homes, in this last part of the series we give you the top energy-efficient home devices and appliances of 2016.

1. Connected Homes

Connected homes contributes to conserving energy. This type of home lowers down energy cost due to automated devices or appliances that automatically turn off when not being used. Home owners with learning devices e.g smart heater can save up to 50% of energy cost.

2. Improved Heating Efficiency

Unlike cooling or heating appliances, heat pumps distribute heat instead of generating it. This means you save 25% of heating or cooling operating cost by using heat pumps. To further illustrate, you can save between $1,000 and $2,000 annually in energy cost. Next time you look for heat pumps, look for these features:

  • Two-speed compressors —  reduces compressor wear and minimizes electric consumption
  • Variable-speed or dual-speed motors — maximizes energy saving
  • Desuperheater — recovers waste heat for water heater
  • Scroll compressor — long lasting and way quieter to operate

3. Magnetic Refrigerators

The use of magnetic field is revolutionary. Instead of using refrigerant gas, it uses water-based coolant that changes temperature as the magnetic field changes.

Magnetic refrigerator is environment friendly, requires half the usual electricity requirement and requires very low level of maintenance.

4. Window Technology

There are emerging technologies that incorporates sensors and microprocessors inside the windows. Automated shutters and shade are helpful in keeping the outside air from slipping indoor, and controlling the intensity daylight.

To maximize energy efficiency, a popular material of choice is fiberglass. It is stronger than vinyl and can last a lifetime without shrinking or wearing out like wood or aluminum.

5. Insulation Advancements

A good and complete insulation has always been the most practical way to conserve energy. Air-sealing the attic floors, pipes, wiring, chimney, and light fixtures is important to save heating and cooling cost. A well-insulated house can save up to 40% in energy cost.

6. Reflective Roofing Materials

As the roof catches all the sun’s rays, its temperature surface can rise to over 100°F. With reflective roof material or paint, it can reduce the amount of heat absorbed and thus, helps cool your house. Also, fitting your roof with reflective materials also enhances its durability.

7. LED and other Energy Efficient Light bulbs

Energy efficient lightbulbs e.g LED, compact Fluorescent CFL and halogen incandescents only consumes 25%-80% less energy while emitting same or even superior amount of light with your traditional ones. It also lasts up to 25 times longer and altogether saves you $75 each year/5 lightbulbs. If you’re going to purchase one, look for the ENERGY STAR seal, to ensure high standards and safety.

8. Environment-Friendly Construction

According to the Passive House Institute, Passive house can save you up to 90% on energy consumption. Passive homes are a brainchild of superior ingenuity as it leverages the environment to provide comfort to your home. With proper room orientation, layout and design, passive home can leverage natural energy sources like the sun and wind for cooling, heating, ventilating and lighting the interior.

Having a passive house is a holistic approach to conserving energy and saving  money. Good to know, refashioning your building or home into “passive” one costs only a little or none.

9. Solar Power

Having your home powered by solar panels is a multi-thousand dollar savings. According to Cost of Solar: The average 20-year savings for Americans who went solar in 2011 were projected to be a little over $20,000.” The amount could climb up to $65,000 savings.  Solar power is a reliable source of energy that you can be sure this world will never run out of. And didn’t we mention, that  the installing a qualified solar energy panel can write off your income tax?!

This list of energy efficient appliances and materials concludes our Energy Efficient Home Trends of 2016 series. If you want to learn more how you can conserve energy and save money while enhancing the beauty of your interiors, contact us at Lugbill Designs.
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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 Draw Interior Design Plans

How to Draw Interior Design Plans

Here, Erica Lugbill, a professional interior designer and the owner of Lugbill Designs, Chicago’s high end residential interior design and remodelling firm, shares tips on how to draw interior design plans.

With a graphing paper, triangle and pencil, she draws a 17 ft by 13 ft room. To keep the scale readable and workable, she used 1 square per 6 inches, that makes 2 squares per foot. After scaling, she outlines the plan with triangle and pencil.

In the plan, include the windows and door openings along with door swings so you would know how it all interact with the space and the flow of the room. Then trace out the furniture onto a separate graphing paper using the same ratio with the floor plan and cut them out.

After which, you can finally place the cut-out furniture on the floor plan and arrange them the way you want it. One good thing with this technique is that there’s no erasing, the pieces are movable and you can try out several different furniture layouts.

 

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