The Week before Thanksgiving Checklist

One week before Thanksgiving! Though I love this time of year, staying organized and balancing work and fun requirements can sometimes drive me nuts. Because of that, I wanted to create a week before Thanksgiving checklist that will help offer tips and direction for those last minutes needs.

The week before Thanksgiving Checklist:

  1. Finish your grocery list and purchase whatever you can now that doesn’t need to be fresh, save those items for the last minute run.
  2. Do you have a craft to keep the kids busy or games to play? While you are working, keep the kids occupied making place tags that can be as easy as using stickers, stock paper, and markers. If the kids are older they could look up gratitude quotes and create inspirational notes for each guest. If you want something printed, click here for printable place cards, all you have to do is insert the name! Whatever you plan, keep it simple with minimal mess.
  3. Do you have an after-dinner activity planned? I know there’s usually a football game but if you are not a football watching family you may want to include a family-friendly movie. One of my favorite things to do is watch old home movies, play Tripoley or start a difficult puzzle and leave it on a table for all to walk by and try!
  4. If this is your first time hosting Thanksgiving at your home, click here for fabulous recipes and tips for a traditional Thanksgiving that will keep you organized and on track.
  5. If you are still unsure how you want to decorate the serving table and need some inspiration, click here to get some ideas from Pinterest.
  6. If you are unsure how to set the table, please click here to review the guides for the various table layouts. If you want the kids to help, click here for a printable of the table setting from Emily Post that they can use.
  7. If you are dealing with a frozen turkey, click here to understand how long it will take to safely thaw (in your refrigerator.)
  8. Do you want to serve appetizers? Since you are eating a big meal, you don’t want anything heavy, hard-to-make, or time-consuming. Personally, I like a platter of veggies and dip, nuts, and cheeses anything that can be prepared ahead of time and quickly set out as the guests arrive. Be sure to have cocktail napkins available! Another option is to ask a friend or family member to bring an appetizer.

Have a wonderful holiday with your friends and family! Enjoy yourself and don’t spend all your time working. Relax, grab a glass of your favorite beverage and connect, after all that is what this holiday is about, giving thanks for times together!Redesign Right, LLC

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.

Helpful Thanksgiving Planning Tips

I love this time of year, all the beautiful colors, family, food, and fun! As we are a couple of weeks away from Thanksgiving, I wanted to offer a few tips to help take the stress away and have a little fun.

First, create your to-do list. I don’t know about you, but I can’t operate without a prioritized list. Be realistic about what you want to get done and list shortcuts if you run out of time. If you need a dessert and baking isn’t your thing, it’s ok to run to Trader Joe’s and grab a box of their Apple Cranberry Tarts. Add fresh whip cream or ice cream, and it will be delicious!

Do you plan to get a fresh turkey? If so, be sure to order it from your favorite market now. The rule to go by has always been one pound per person. That may be too much turkey, and you will have leftovers with all of the other items you plan to serve. If you want tips on planning a menu or recipes, click here for information from Epicurious.

Put together your shopping list and purchase all of your dry and frozen goods this week.

Decide on the decorating theme you want for your table setting or buffet. Now is the time to pull out any time-cherished items and use them. If you have a set of silver from your grandmother, pull it out, polish it and get it ready.

Personally, I like to see the person across from me and don’t enjoy centerpieces that get in the way. Grab an assortment of flowers from your local grocery store, selecting the color theme of your choice and mix in greens (or use cuttings from your yard), and create a lovely arrangement, click here for how-to instructions. For ideas decorating your table with pinecones click here, or to use fruits click here.

Take a moment and walk around your dining area and remove any extra things that may be taking up needed space. Do you have a bar cart? Now is the time to consider getting it ready and stocked with whatever you wish to serve to your guests. If you need help with ideas on pairing wine with your turkey, click here. If you do plan on serving wine with dinner, be sure to have a non-alcoholic beverage perhaps a Cranberry-Mint Water, not only does it taste delicious it’s beautiful!

Remember what’s important to you, relaxing and enjoying your time with friends and family!

Redesign Right, LLCBy Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.

2018 Training Schedule

2018 Interior Redesign and Home Staging Training Program Schedule with Redesign Right, LLC

Monday-Friday

  • March 12-16 2018
  • May 14-18 2018
  • June 11-15 2018
  • August 20-24 2018
  • September 17-21 2018
  • December 3-7 2018

Weekend Classes

  • February 2-4, 10, 11 2018
  • July 13-15, 21, 22 2018
  • October 26-28, November 3,4 2018

Interior Redesign and Home Staging Certification

To learn more about this 5-day, hands-on design and decorating program, click here.

Create Your Dream Home Office

I recently had the opportunity to redesign the home office of Melanie Cerone, Ph.D., who offers Canine Behavior Consulting. First, I want to dispel some myths you may have about a home office:

  1. They do not have to consist of furniture that no one wants.
  2. Your home office should represent you! If you want a feminine look, go for it, and create the vision you have in your mind.
  3. Your home office can be practical and beautiful!

Melanie wanted a feminine yet professional look using a color palette of taupe, gray, pink, and white. The result is stunning!

If you need help creating a room in your home, please give me a call Redesign Right, LLC610.955.8202 or email, and we can get started!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.

Interior Redesign and Home Staging 2018 Schedule

According to the latest Houzz Renovation Barometer Report, design and renovation professionals are optimistic about the demand for their services based on work they have done. Also, this level of confidence has not fluctuated too much over the last several years. What does this mean to you? If you are the go-to friend who offers color and decorating advice, love HGTV, Houzz, or Pinterest you may want to consider starting your own business in Interior Redesign and Home Staging.

As this field has a proven record of steady growth, there is potential for anyone who wants to start a decorating business. What’s the first step? Align yourself with the proper training program that applies hands-on training with classroom education and step-by-step information on how to launch your new business.

Redesign Right offers a 5-day, hands-on class where you will gain the education, preparation, and confidence to start your own successful decorating business. Not only do you spend time learning the techniques in a classroom environment you also work hands-on at three client sites, redesigning a space using the homeowner’s elements putting your classroom education to practice. During this time, because the class size is limited to six, you have one-on-one instruction. Click here to view what past graduates have said about this program.

5-Day Classes are still available for 2017:

  • November 6-10
  • December 4-8
  • Split weekend: December 1-3, 9, 10

2018 Interior Redesign + Home Staging Training Program Schedule

5-Day Interior Redesign + Home Staging Training with Redesign Right, LLC – Monday-Friday Schedule

  • March 12-16
  • May 14-18
  • June 11-15
  • August 20-24
  • September 17-21
  • December 3-7

5-Day Weekend Classes

  • February 2-4, 10, 11
  • July 13-15, 21, 22
  • October 26-28, November 3, 4

3-Day Interior Redesign Training – Monday-Wednesday Schedule

  • March 12-14
  • May 14-16
  • June 11-13
  • August 20-22
  • September 17-19
  • December 3-5

3-Day Weekend Classes

  • February 2-4
  • July 13-15
  • Redesign Right, LLCOctober 26-28

If you have any questions about this program, give Debbie Correale a call 610.955.8202 or email, and you will be contacted. Click here to learn more and invest in yourself and your future in this fun and informative training program offered in the Glen Mills area of Pennsylvania.

Get a New Look and Decorate with a Rug

One of the most frequently asked questions that I receive during a redesign consultation has to do with choosing a rug for a given room. What color, what size, what works with the furniture, all of these are elements to take into consideration when looking for a rug. Let me offer five tips, and then I will provide you with some ideas and inspiration. Personally, I like to choose a rug after the furniture is placed!

Tips on adding and decorating with an area rug:

  1. Get the right sized rug. Too often I go into a home, and the homeowner loves a rug they got that is 5’x7’, and they are trying to use it in a room that is 16’x18’. You want to use a rug that creates a conversation area. In a living room, for example, the front legs of the large pieces of furniture (couch, big chairs) should all be on the carpet.
  2. Layering rugs is a fantastic way to add flair to a room. If you have plain colored wall-to-wall carpet, or perhaps it’s old, and you are unable to replace it, consider a beautiful area rug over the top!
  3. What wear and tear will the carpet get? If you have kids, pets, the potential for spilling and stains is high, you will want to purchase a rug constructed of a material that is easily spot-cleaned. Click here to learn about different rug materials.
  4. If you already have a beautiful fun rug use it for the inspiration and focal point in your room!
  5. If you have older furniture and want to modernize a room, find a great modern rug and repeat its theme and colors with accessories.

Rug Ideas and Inspiration:

Don’t be afraid to use color!

Photo by Kia DesignsSearch living room design ideas

If you want cozy and comfortable add a rug with a high pile. Keep in mind that may not be a long-lasting or sturdy rug to use in a high-traffic area, assess your use pattern before making this decision. To learn about rug pile heights, click here.

Photo by HomewingsMore living room photos

If you have neutral colors on your walls and furniture add some pizzazz in a fun geometric shape.

Don’t be afraid to mix colors and patterns, have some fun. If you stick with colors and patterns that you love and have a general theme, such as in this photo red, blue, and gray tones, it can blend beautifully.

Online Rug sources:

Note Be sure to get the right floor pad for your rug and your flooring to prevent slipping, staining, and marking. For some tips on how to choose the right pad, click here.

Redesign Right, LLCIf you need help with picking an area rug for a room, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email for assistance on choosing the size, color, and balance to give your home the fresh new look you want!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. (Featured Photo from Houzz: D.K. Boos Glass, Inc.)

Do friends say you should decorate for a living?

If you are like me, you love all topics having to do with home decorating! Are you the go-to person everyone asks what color they should paint their living room or what furniture they should buy? If the answer is yes, it may be your time to follow your decorating passion and make a living at it. When you do what you love to do in life, work is a pleasure. Let Redesign Right help you do what you love and make money too!

Redesign Right offers a Certified 5-Day Interior Redesign and Home Staging Training class that is intense, exciting and prepares students with the foundation to start a successful redesign and home staging business.

Class entails:

  • Classroom Lecture and Hands-on training with paint, fabric, and accessories.
  • Physically Redesigning and decorating three client homes.

Benefits:

  • Class size is limited to 6.
  • Live, Active, Hands-on class where you learn by doing (this is not a “virtual” online class.)
  • Teaches all aspects of Home Decorating and Staging.
  • You will learn how to create a business model so you will feel confident working with clients, find out how to attract them, and get paid what you are worth.

Upcoming Fall / Winter Training Schedule:

  • November 6-10
  • December 4-8
  • December 1-3, 9-10

I want to share some of the comments I have received from past graduates of the Redesign Right Interior Redesign and Home Staging Program:

“I am a delighted recent graduate of Debbie’s Home Redesign and Home Staging Training program. This turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life as well as one of the best weeks of my life! Debbie is a gifted teacher and warm, encouraging person. She exudes passion for her field and makes classroom and field training FUN! I am getting started in my own Redesign business and now have ALL the tools I need, as well as a terrific cheerleader in Debbie. I give my highest praise and recommendation for the teacher and the class!” – Kristin H.

“I knew my prayers were being answered when I encountered Debbie’s five-day course on the internet! I was born to do redesign and staging. Debbie was like my midwife helping me to birth my future endeavors. She helped me through the fork in my road by sharing her expertise and knowledge in this business. Her love of helping others has been infectious and overwhelmingly effective. My heavy seems lighter, and my darkness seems brighter! Thank you for giving me information and advice on several levels. I will always remember the life-changing encouragement given in such a short amount of time.” – Richelle B.

Watch this brief video to learn more about the Redesign Right program, and click here to read about the program. If you have any questions, I would love to answer them, give me a call 610.955.8202 or click here to email.

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.

Redesign: The Quick Solution for your Home Decorating Dilemmas

As we begin October, it’s a good time to look at your home checklist before the crazy holiday season begins. What does that look like for you? Take stock of your home, walk around and with fresh-eyes ask yourself, “Am I happy with the way my home looks?” If you find you need a new look, consider a home redesign! Fortunately, Redesign Right offers an hourly option for the do-it-yourself project or a one-day full-service package. You decide what would work for you and your budget; no project is too small or large for us to handle!

We can help with:

  • decorating a single room or an entire home.
  • space planning.
  • recommendations for furniture arrangement, lighting, artwork, window dressings, accessories and finishing touches.
  • support with remodeling choices for additions, kitchen and bath renovations (tile, flooring, countertops, etc.).
  • paint color and color palette selection.
  • shopping assistance available with or without you (furniture, window treatments, lighting, artwork, and accessories).
  • incorporate your cherished possessions and current furniture into a lovely design.

Let Redesign Right get you started in the right direction before the holiday frenzy starts and help give stale rooms a strong foundation that flows correctly and have the proper accessories for pop and excitement.

Here are examples of Before and After photos from the Redesign Right team:

Learn more about about Redesign Right’s decorating options by clicking here. Contact Debbie to set up a consultation soon 610.955.8202 or email.

Recent testimonial:

Hiring Redesign Right was the best decision that I made, and I’ve been blessed with Debbie’s guidance styling two homes. I first met Debbie when we were considering downsizing.  She quickly & expertly went room by room to advise staging ideas; our house sold in 4 days! She has exactly what I was looking for–energy, enthusiasm, great ideas and a wealth of knowledge and access to anything and everything in the design space. She got me to step out of my preconceived idea of what I thought I wanted for our space. I am so happy she did! Six months later, my husband and I moved into a smaller home and needed to combine styles, with less furniture and décor, for a fresh new feel. It seemed a daunting task to us but not for Debbie! She was instrumental in helping my husband, and I finish several rooms. We had a lot of the core furniture, but the room did not feel “done.” She came up with a game plan, incorporated some of our existing furniture and some new items such as window treatments, rug, lighting, etc. She’s patient and when we didn’t like something, would come back with new options.

I am so impressed with her knowledge and style. Debbie has impeccable taste and an incredible ability to envision how space should be reconfigured and redesigned. She’s easy to work with and is always mindful of our budget. She is flexible in coming up with creative solutions and helping us prioritize, and I especially appreciated the times that she sat us down, explained the motivations behind her design choices, and was honest about the negative ramifications when we were about to deviate from the design specs. Her honest guidance and advice helped us reach a better result than I could have imagined, and I know for sure that I will be contacting Redesign Right first and foremost for my future projects. We are truly enjoying the lovely home we’ve created together. It brings us beauty, comfort, and joy! I highly recommend her and am grateful for her continued support. – Karen S.

Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.

10 Tips to give your Home a Fresh Look

Often as the season’s change, I find myself wanting to change something in my home. If you find yourself feeling this way my advice is first to clear stuff out. I’m not a fan of continually adding things to a home without removing things. To give your home a fresh look first, you have to declutter and focus on the elements that you love. Though this may sound like a big project, here are ten areas to tackle to get you started. Let’s get started! First, create three boxes, labeled:  Recycle, Sell, Donate. Have everyone in the house participate as a family project, and reward yourselves with a special treat when completed!

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  1. Broken Electronics

Find all old CD, DVD or VHS players, TVs, Cell Phones, broken electronic game consoles or toys. Best Buy will responsibly recycle your electronics, click here to view their guidelines and what they will accept. Please note they will take old tube TVs 32″ or smaller. They will take Flat Panel TVs:  LCD, Plasma, LED smaller than 50″. If you recycle your cell phone, be sure to erase or wipe it of all your information by resetting it, look up how to do this for your particular phone. Click here to view recycling tips and resources from the EPA or Recycle Nation. You don’t want these things filling up our landfills releasing bad things into the environment.

  1. Old cables and wires

While you are getting rid of broken and unused electronics, also get rid of their cords or cables. If you find a box of these, and unsure what they belong to, take them to your local Staples or Best Buy location as they will recycle them.

  1. Old bills and paperwork

There is no need to hang onto old electric statements from your first apartment! Check with your financial adviser if you are unsure what you should keep and what you can safely recycle. Click here to read an article with some tips on this topic. Staples offers a paper shredding and recycling service to help you safely and responsibly get rid of potentially secure information on paper. To read more about this service, click here.

  1. Near empty bottles

Look in your cabinets in your kitchen, bathroom, and garage wherever you keep your cleaning items and check if you have multiple bottles of the same thing, consolidate and recycle. Also get rid of old toiletries, makeup, hair products, or hotel samples. If they are new you may be able to donate to shelters in your area, click here to view a list of places to contact.

  1. Unused or broken kitchen equipment

If you were given an ice cream maker or bread maker as a wedding gift and you have never used it, now is the time to liberate yourself of them! Donate to a Habitat Restore in your area or sell in your communities Facebook group.

  1. Old towels, linens, and worn out bath mats

The quickest way to give your bathroom a new and fresh look is to add new towels and bath mat or rug. Give old towels and linens to animal shelters; they are always in need, click here to find one in your area.

  1. Outdated clothes or clothes that don’t fit

I would recommend adding shoes and handbags to this category. If they are quality items that you haven’t used in years, consider selling to a consignment shop. There are online sites such as Rebagg where you can sell your designer bag. Get rid of those old t-shirts from high school, or old promotional shirts from past jobs and sporting events! All of these items can be dropped off at your local Goodwill location.

  1. Children’s artwork

I know this is a challenging category, and I get it, you want to keep everything. After having raised four kids, all budding artists, the amount of artwork can be overwhelming. My suggestion, pick the best piece from a school year and create boxes or books for your kids that you can give to them as memory gifts. Create digital copies of the artwork and use online companies such as Snapfish to compile a customized journal of your child’s art. If you have sculptures or clay pieces, designate a display cabinet where you feature the best pieces from each of your children.

  1. Wrapping paper scraps, packing material, old boxes

If you have a pile of crumpled wrapping paper or packing material from your Amazon orders, recycle it in your local paper pickup. Save what is in good shape and create a storage area for your paper and bows, so they are useful for the future. For some creative ways to store things, click here.

  1. CDS or DVDs

Old computer programs, kid’s games, or old movies you will never watch should be given away or recycled. This plastic is a #7 you will need to confirm with your recycling center if it can handle this, if not click here to find a disc recycling center near you.

The next step, after you have cleared out the stuff no longer enjoyed or used, is to create a fresh flow to a room and decorate in such a way so that there is a focal point using colors and accessories that bring you Redesign Right, LLCjoy. If you need help with a home redesign or a color consultation, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email to get your project underway before the holiday season.

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. (Feature Photo from Houzz: Organized Living)

5 Home Decorating Trends this Fall

Though I adore summer and all the fun beach activities, I’ll have to admit; fall is my second favorite time of year on the east coast. A time for cozy sweaters, cuddling with my pooch and enjoying a delicious hot tea! Here is a list of 5 trends you will see this fall in home decorating:

1. Relaxed and Comfortable

More and more I find my clients looking to make their space useful, to maximize their homes to their lifestyle. I find people shying away from “formal” rooms and wanting space that have clean lines, yet relaxed and comfortable to support everyday life. Last week I focused on, How to Create a Comfortable Home, going over a few cozy decorating styles that you may want to revisit for more ideas on this topic. Consider adding floor pillows or as the Japanese use, the Zabuton.

2. Velvet

I love the soft and warm feel of velvet, the vibrant, intense colors, and variety of color. It offers a feeling of richness to any room instantly. Look for a mixture of synthetic and natural fabrics for long lasting velvet. If you don’t want to commit to a piece of furniture, add velvet pillows and throws and gain the benefit. Learn more about the various types of velvet by clicking here.

3. Woven textiles and Inspiration of Nature

Add a lovely tapestry, an arrangement that includes natural elements found in your area, or a piece of furniture that is hand-made. The trend is more toward artisan work and not mass produced. I know this can be expensive; however, think of adding a woven ottoman, for example:

4. Reclaimed Materials and Fabrics

Old wood, reclaimed fabrics and “retro” style prints are trending. Consider adding old wood in an area such as around your fireplace, or in a piece of furniture.

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5. Jewel Tone Paint, Furniture, and Accessories

You will find lovely jewel tone colors in all facets of home decorating this fall. From kitchen cabinets to accent walls and pieces, there are many examples of lovely jewel toned home decorating elements, click here to view.

Redesign RightIf your home is in need of a refresh this fall, perhaps a new paint color, or a way to pull it altogether call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email for a consultation.

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.