Prepare Your Guest Bedroom for the Holidays

My last decorating article, Prepare your Guest Bathroom for the Holidays, offered tips on getting the guest bath ready for holiday visitors. This week, I wanted to provide tips on getting your guest bedroom ready or any area that you plan to put your guests. If you are new to your place of living and want to host guests and have nothing, you can easily and on a budget pull this together.

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Prepare your Guest Bathroom for the Holidays

As we head into November and the time when many people have overnight guests, I wanted to focus my next two posts on tips for getting ready. This week let’s focus on the bathroom guests will use.

Towels and TP

Have a couple of fresh towel sets accessible; you may want to consider getting a new set if your towels are thin or discolored. If you do not have a linen closet in your bathroom, use shelving or add a cabinet. I love this decorative storage ladder from Pottery Barn, or this over the toilet ladder where you can use baskets to hold all the extra items.

Always provide extra TP, if you are limited in space, consider a free-standing holder. Be creative with storing and displaying bathroom necessities, as in this example where a wire basket becomes a shelving unit:

Wet Towels

If you do not plan to do laundry every day, have a place where guests can hang up their wet towels. If you have no space for a towel bar or wall hooks, add a stand-alone quilt rack, or an over-the-door hanger.

Toiletries, Soap, Lotion

How many times have you traveled and forgotten your toothpaste? I always like to provide a small basket of the basics:  new travel size toothpaste and brush, mouthwash, sensitive skin makeup remover wipes, deodorant, Q-tips, dental floss. Display a neutral to no-scent hand soap and body lotion on a lovely tray by the sink. If you have no bathroom counter space, add a floating shelf above the sink.

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Always have available unscented tissues and a wastebasket. For a seasonal personal touch, add a small vase of fresh flowers that display colors of the season. Have fun getting your home ready for this exciting time of year!

Photo by Yvonne McFadden LLCLook for powder room design inspiration

If you need help re-imagining your home, give me a call Redesign Right, LLC610.955.8202 or email and let’s get the consultation scheduled soon! 

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:  Smart Design.

5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Change your Decor

Whenever the seasons change I get that itch to change something in my home, it could be simple, or I want to remodel a room completely. A budget is a constricting factor, and I wanted to offer a few tips on how you can quickly change an area of your home, in a budget-friendly way.

1. Kitchen Lighting

Do you have recessed lights over your island and looking for a different style? For less than $30 you can convert a recessed light into a pendant light by purchasing a conversion kit at Home Depot, click here to view.

2. Add 3D Artwork

Do you have a large spot that is crying out for a piece of art and you don’t know what to do? Consider this DIY project:

Photo from Houzz: It’s The Little Things That Make A House A Home

If you have a spot you are trying to cover or want to incorporate a metallic into your décor, click here for an affordable option from Target. I found these 3D flower shapes on Amazon, selling for $10! They come 10 in a pack and are white plastic, if you have a color you would prefer, or want to bring in a touch of gold, silver, or copper to your décor a can of spray paint is the solution. You cannot beat that price!

3. Add Storage

You may wonder how adding storage will help you with your décor. In my experience, one of the issues that people have with their homes is either too much stuff, or not a place for everything, which creates clutter and makes you feel unhappy with your home. By visually reducing the amount of stuff around you, you begin to feel lighter and at peace with your home. For example, by adding a storage chest or bench at the foot of your bed, you offer a decorative item to the room and a place to store extra sheets and blankets.

Add lovely baskets, or decorative boxes to your living area where you can store extra throw blankets and pillows:

4. Add Fall to Winter Decor

Add a fall centerpiece to your table or to a tray on an ottoman or a side table to add fall colors to your home decorating that can transition easily to winter and holiday decor. Create a simple and elegant look with a vase you own, and select a swooping branch of any arching foliage that uses the color you wish to emphasize in the room. Crate and Barrel have some lovely examples where they combine ginkgo stems combined with an eggplant bud branch, click here to view. I also like the orange lantern plant mixed with oak leaves with acorns, click here to view. Run by your local home decorating store that always accepts coupons, and you can purchase dried or very alive looking replicas for your setting.

Fall Decorating
Composition with an autumn apples, flowers and rowan, selective focus

5. Dining Area – Add New Placements

Placemats can be very pricey; however, they don’t have to be to make a statement. Regardless of who is eating at your table, kids or adults, messes and spills will occur. You will want something that you can clean. I found these lovely faux maple leaf placemats at Pier1 for $5.99 each! What a beautiful table setting they would make! Home stores such as Home Goods and Homesense offer many affordable seasonal options; it may be worth a visit!

If you are tired of an area of your home or want to change it and give Redesign Right, LLCit a fresh look before the holidays, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email for a consultation I can help!

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:  Savvy Seasons.

Small Bathroom Floor and Bath Tile Remodel

Recently, I was working with someone who wanted to remodel their guest bathroom. It was your standard builder tub with drab tile in the shower area. She wanted a contemporary but not trendy look, and I decided it would be fun to share this experience with you and offer some tips. The dilemma is how to update a small old bathroom with no window to have a contemporary but not trendy look and easily compatible for resale. Here are a few ideas:

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Transform and Use your Fireplace

Do you have an old wood-burning fireplace that you never use because of the hassles involved? I want to offer some alternatives so that you can make that space useful and transform it into a used feature in your home. There are various fireplace insert options available that can be fitted into your existing firebox and they include:  electric, pellet, and gas.

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5 Fall Decorating Ideas for your Entrance

I love adding new decorating elements and accessories to my home, and with the change in seasons, there are plenty of fun shopping options to pull in colors of the season. This weekend, one of the quickest ways to add fresh autumn colors is to decorate your front entrance.

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3 Ways to Display your Kid’s Artwork

With the start of September and the start of school, it’s time to come up with a decorative way to display your kid’s artwork. As a parent of four kids, we always encouraged art projects, painting, and clay in our home. We always tried to instill self-expression through some form of art or crafts. When they were little we had a large bulletin board in our laundry room, and each child got to decide which one or two pictures they loved the most, and they hung it proudly. Through the years, I collected folders per year of their best artwork. Even though my children are in their 20’s and early 30’s they still enjoy the extraordinary paintings, papier-mâché and pottery pieces we have saved through the years. Some are beautiful, and some are hysterically bad!

One of my children, Rachel, went on to art school, and I am very blessed to have several large pieces of hers hanging in my home. The featured photo on this post displays one of my favorites!

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Are you tired of your couch?

I often hear from my clients one of their biggest frustrations is not-liking their old couch. The issue is that they are holding out for the right look, waiting for their kids to be a bit older, or it’s not in the budget. Whatever the reason, if you find yourself tired of the look or color of your couch here are 3 things you can do to quickly change the look and add a fresh style to an old piece.

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