3 Steps to a New Bedroom Look

Last week my decorating article discussed taking advantage of the January Whites Sales to update your bedroom’s linens. This week I would like to focus on three ways that you can easily create a new bedroom look:

1. Add Artwork

Choosing artwork can often be intimidating, or I find clients only want to fill a space. Understanding the proper size and selecting a piece that reflects your interests are important. My suggestion is to know how big a piece you need, take into account if the artwork will need to be framed as that will add further dimension. Keep in mind custom framing can be quite expensive and there are many ready-made frames available, have sizing in mind when you begin shopping.

It is imperative to create your furniture arrangement first, then add artwork and finish with accessorizing. I find people like to center a piece of artwork in the center of the wall space, which sounds practical. However, art should be hung, so it aesthetically ties into what it hangs over.

How to find affordable art sources:

Society 6 – Quirky and unusual artwork.
Art.com – Prints from your favorite artists.
Minted – Offers artwork from independent artists and a styling service if you are unsure of what you are looking for in a piece.
Etsy – If you would like a customized sign, or choose from many wall hangings, and unique hand-crafted items.
Zatista and Saatchi Art – Offer original artwork where you search based on price range and size.
Artfinder – Offers original artwork.
Ikea – Offers large and over-sized pieces.
iCanvas – Pick from existing artwork or create your own and decide the size.

2. Add dimension in Layers

2018 is the year of warm and comfortable according to Amy Astley, editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest. To add a unique look to your bedroom without changing the comforter or duvet is to add layers on top. These are the layers and their respective order:

  1. Sheets – bottom sheet, top sheet
  2. Blanket or thin cover
  3. Pillows, European Shams (26×26), decorative pillows
  4. Comforter / Duvet
  5. Throw

Photo from Houzz:  Martinique HeadboardMartinique Headboard, Ivory, Full Queen

Click here to view tips on how to layer your bed from Pier1. Do you have an artist in your home? You can upload a file to Spoonflower where they create your image into fabric! Create customized fabric for your unique decorative pillows.

3. Add a Pop Color

Complete the look with a lovely  chair in a pop of color that ties into your decorative bed pillows, or a bench at the foot of the bed.

Photo by HouzzSearch bedroom pictures
Note:  In my last decorating article I covered adding light to your bedroom if you need to update your bedside lamps, click here to learn more about making the right choice.

Redesign Right, LLCIf you need help with your bedroom redesign, picking color options, furniture or maximizing your space give me a call 610.955.8202 or email to set up your 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. Featured photo from Houzz:  Leaf Floor Covering-Shaw Flooring

Take Advantage of January White Sales

As we start the New Year, January is the perfect month to update the look of your bedroom. This month specializes in white sales as stores are looking to clear out their inventory. It’s also a great time to lighten up your bedroom since the winter month’s offer less light. For ideas on how you can quickly update your bedroom, guest bedroom, or any bedroom in your home keep reading. Look forward to more bedroom decorating ideas in the future.

Update Your Linens

Take advantage of the fabulous sales going on and update your linens and towels. Buying sheets are not all about thread count; you also need to consider what they are made of and what you are looking for in a sheet set.

Understand types of fabric:

  • Percale comes in 100% cotton or cotton/poly blends usually with a thread count of 180-200. Poly/Cotton blends are usually less expensive, run hot because of the polyester yarn, and don’t wrinkle as much as the 100% cotton.
  • Pima and Supima are high-quality cotton from the Southwestern part of the US (Pima) and Egypt (Supima) and are very soft with a thread count of 200-300.
  • Organic cotton is often chosen by people who want to avoid chemicals; however, cotton is processed with chemicals, and you will want to look for a seal of GOTS or OEKO-TEX certification. To understand fabrics that are classified as organic and genuinely what that means, click here.
  • Note, sheets made of bamboo are rayon. The process of turning bamboo into fabric requires the use of chemicals; therefore, don’t think this is a healthier or more “natural” choice (as is often depicted on the labeling of the sheets.)

Online retail sites for white sales:

If you want to change your color scheme and your old sheets are in good condition, consider donating them to The Salvation Army, Goodwill, or Habitat for Humanity ReStore. If you have very used towels or blankets that you plan to replace, many animal shelters will take these items for their animal care.

Add Light!

  • Add more lighting, an additional table lamp, floor lamp, or wall sconce.
  • Change all of your lamp shades to white.
  • Update all your light bulbs to the maximum wattage with a crisp white light.
  • Add light colors to your bedroom. If everything is dark in your bedroom, consider adding a new duvet that would bring in light colors.
  • Change your artwork to something with a brighter theme or change the frames to be a lighter color. Keep in mind one large piece of art visually looks cleaner and is more pleasing to the eye than many small sized pieces.
  • Reduce stuff and clutter. The more things, the more you will feel surrounded and closed in.

Add Comfort!

Oliver and his ThrowNothing says warm and cozy like a soft throw or a knit pillow. Oliver and I have a personal preference for a lovely white faux fur throw that keeps us comfortable and elegant!

If your bedroom or guest room’s mattress doesn’t offer the desired comfort, add a mattress topper! To learn about the available options, click here.

If you know you want to change something in your bedroom and you are unsure what to do, check out my Houzz IdeaBoard below for ideas:

Redesign Right, LLCIf you plan to change the paint color in your bedroom, or if you need help choosing a color palette, give me a call to set up a consultation 610.955.8202 or email. Start 2018 with a fresh new bedroom look!

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:  A.S.D. Interiors – Shirry Dolgin, Owner.

Things to Do this Holiday Season

Regardless if you are entertaining people this holiday season or simply want to try something different many fun things are happening in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. To keep everyone entertained and happy, here are a few appealing activities:

Visit one of the many art museums in the Philadelphia Area:

Things to do with kids:

Have a fantastic holiday season! I look forward to and am excited to see all the fabulous home decorating trends that 2018 will offer!

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 Color Trends

As a Redesigner and Certified Color Consultant, I love working with color and helping people pick out the perfect color palette for their home or office. 2018 is going to be a fun year for home decorating based on the Color of the Year selections, here are a few reasons why:

Pantone Ultra Violet 18-3838

Pantone just announced that Ultra Violet 18-3838 was the 2018 color of the year. As stated on the Pantone website this color “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.” Purple is one of those colors that you love or you’re leery of using. To help you figure out how you can incorporate this color into your home decorating, check out my Idea Board on Houzz. To understand colors that pair well with this blue-based purple, Pantone offers a guide, click here for ideas.

Benjamin Moore Caliente AF-290

Benjamin Moore took a different approach to their 2018 Color of the Year and went bold with fiery red Caliente AF-290 and describes it as “strong, radiant and full of energy.” I love the catch-phrase by Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore & Co. “Harness the vitality.” Sounds captivating!

Behr In the Moment T18-15

Behr decided a calming color would be their color of the year. They selected a shade of blue In the Moment T18-15 as their 2018 color of the year. From the Behr website, “This cool, tranquil, spruce blue is inspired by nature and is a soothing, restorative coalescence of blue, gray and green. This comfortable color evokes a sense of sanctuary and relaxation amid our busy, always-on lives.”

Sherwin Williams Oceanside SW 6496

Sherwin Williams also took the peaceful route in their 2018 choice, a mixture of blue and green, Oceanside SW 6496. As stated on their website, this color selection “bridges together a harmonious balance of blues and greens that can be found in what’s old and new.”

You may or may not like the selected 2018 colors of the year however it is an indicator, if you love them, more home products will be available in the colors. What will you change in your home decorating scheme in 2018? If you could choose a 2018 Color of the Year, what color would it be?

Redesign Right, LLCIf you need help selecting a paint palette or adding a new color combination to an existing room, I can help with a redesign consultation. Call 610.955.8202 or email and let’s start 2018 with a new look!

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:   Photo by S&K Interiors and Home Staging.

Christmas Tree Decorating Tips and Ideas

I love all the decorations of this festive time of year and the various ways that people decorate their homes. As an interior decorator, I’m captivated by the lights and colors! I wanted to review some fun and different ways you can decorate your Christmas tree.

What’s the best way to begin?

If you are starting out perhaps in a new apartment or home, and you want to create a new look, click here to view a fantastic how-to video from Pottery Barn. If you need some inspiration, click here to see my Pinterest Board on this topic. If you want to use ribbon on your tree, click here for a how-to video on adding variously sized ribbon. Also, be sure to pick up a lovely tree skirt to cover your tree stand. You can find them at any Home Goods store.

Pick a Theme!

Keep in mind a theme can simply be a couple of colors that you want to stick with or a favorite location theme, think the beach or the desert. One of my favorite ways to decorate a tree is to use cherished items. As a mother of four children we had plenty of crafted tree decorations, this is one of my favorite trees using hand-made ornaments by my kids:

Handmade Christmas Ornaments

Do something completely different!

Hanging upside-down trees have created quite the stir this holiday season, click here to learn why. It’s a great way to have a tree in a small space! If you want an upside-down tree, without hanging it from your ceiling, you can find them at Wayfair or Home Depot.

Have fun decorating your tree and your home!

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.

Is Your Home Ready for Guests?

As we head into December, you may have guests arriving and parties to host. To help you create the best experience possible for your visitors I have detailed some ways to freshen up a room and get your guest room ready.

Create a fresh entertainment area!

Why not do a quick change up in your entertainment area and add a pop of unexpected color! Pops of color can add interest, excitement, and ground color schemes in a room.

Is your guest room ready?

My suggestion is to walk into your guest room and try to view it from the eye of the visitor. Is it fresh smelling? Is there a place to put luggage, a place to plug in electronics for recharging, and a place to sit?

If you want to create a fresh look quickly without spending a fortune:

  1. Add a soft and cozy throw to the foot of the bed and a fun textured fur pillow.
  2. If your guest room does not have bedside tables or lamps, be creative and walk around your house and see if there is a table or lamp that can be used! Even if it is only temporary! Make sure to add appropriately sized lamps. When sitting in bed, the bottom of the lampshade should be at the top of your ear. Make sure lampshades and light bulbs match. I love using white or cream shades as they diffuse the best light in the room.
  3. If you find a great table or lamp base and it is the wrong color SPRAY PAINT them! Rustoleum Primer & Paint Spray paint is fabulous at resurrecting items and adding an unexpected pop of color to a room.

To ensure that your guests have a fabulous stay, click here for a 15-item checklist.

I hope these tips help you and you have fun decorating your home!  If you need any help pulling together some rooms in your home, please Redesign Right, LLCcall 610.955.8202 or email, and we would love to help you 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.

Things to Do

Often the week of Thanksgiving is filled with visitors. To help you out I decided to put together a comprehensive list of things to do in the Philadelphia, PA area this week. If you are hosting friends or family, this activity list will come in handy to keep everyone busy and happy. Have fun!

Things to do in Philadelphia – Family Friendly:

Things to do in the suburbs of Philly:

  • People’s Light Theater:  See a play a family friendly Panto at the People’s Light, this year they are featuring Aladdin.
  • Strasburg Railroad:  Take a holiday-oriented train ride with the kids and enjoy candy canes and hot cocoa.
  • Interactive Entertainment:  Bates Motel Escape Rooms in West Chester, PA where you reserve a room and as a team solve how to complete the task and get out of the room in 60 minutes.

Go Shopping

Volunteer

If you are not affiliated with a church community, and you are interested in volunteering over the holiday, click here to view Salvation Army locations near you.

See a Movie

Not sure what the latest movie is this holiday season? Click here to get some ideas and information from Fandango.

Be Active – Get Outside

  • Walk:  I love fresh air and if the weather cooperates take the family for a walk. Visit the rolling hills of historic Valley Forge National Park.
  • Ride:  Take advantage of the bike rental options in Philadelphia with Indego, and if you want to map out some ride ideas, click here for locations to visit.
  • Climb:  Interested in experiencing rock climbing? Visit Rock Gym in Downingtown or Doylestown.
  • Jump:  Take the kids to a trampoline park, Urban Air in Downingtown, or Sky Zone in Glen Mills. Want to be a little more adventuresome? Consider skydiving at IFly in King of Prussia.
  • Axe Throwing:  Have you heard of this activity? You can schedule as a group, and you throw axes at Urban Axes (must be 21+).

Redesign Right, LLCHave a fantastic holiday! Thank you for being part of the Redesign Right community!

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.

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.