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Debbie Correale - FRSR, RESA, IDS, ADE FRSR Certified Redesigner/ Home Stager + Professional Trainer, RESA Redesign + Home Staging Training Provider Hi! I'm Debbie, and this site is inspired by my love for creating beautiful homes! I have always been interested in interior design and love sharing my success stories with current and future re-designers! I am always amazed with what we can create in a home using what we already own! If you have any questions or are interested in information about a Home Staging and Training course feel free to email me at debbie@redesignright.com or apply on www.RedesignRight.com Thanks and happy decorating!

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.

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.