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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!

5 Kitchen Backsplash Trends

There are many unique kitchen backsplash ideas available now, and I wanted to highlight some of them for you. If you have ever watched the HGTV show, Fixer Upper, you are familiar with the white subway tile in a farmhouse kitchen. Though a clean look, it may not be for everyone. Check out these 5 fabulous ideas:

1. Unique tile patterns:

This kitchen takes colored glass tiles and creates a herringbone pattern, adding interest to the wall and sleekness.

Looking for a tile that’s distinctive, check out this scallop pattern:

Or this fun pattern with emerald green cabinets is stunning:

2. Wider and longer tiles:

The trend is headed toward larger sized tiles that are longer and wider, in sizes such as 4×8” or 4×12”.

Photo by Eric Aust Architect

3. Painted Glass Backsplash:

Have you heard of this? If you want a sleek look and no grout, this is an attractive option.

An example of a backsplash with large glass tile:

4. Quartz backsplash:

5. Wood-like tile backsplash:

Redesign Right, LLCWhen redoing your kitchen, or adding a backsplash, it may feel overwhelming with all the choices available to you. My recommendation is to use Houzz as a tool and create IdeaBooks of kitchens you like. If you need help picking a color palette for everything in your kitchen, paint, countertop, backsplash, and flooring, Redesign Right can help! Call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email to set up 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.

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5 Tips for a Fabulous Deck or Patio Area

As we head into summer and have the ability to spend peaceful time outside on our deck or patio, is your outdoor seating area what you would like for it to be? For a fresh look, enjoy these five tips to help you achieve the look you want for your outdoor seating, entertaining and eating area.

1. Bring the comforts of the indoors outside.

In a sunny area, add a solar powered lamp that you can make yourself! Click here to see the step-by-step instructions; you will be amazed at how easy this is to create!

2. Warm up your setting with the soft glow of candles.

3. Any space, small or large, can get a fresh look by the use of pops of color and patterns.

In this example, the seating area is pulled together with a lovely shade of blue in the pillows and accessories.

On this balcony, red is a fantastic color to make this small space shine with comfort and interest.

4. Incorporate plants into your outdoor area.

You will want to vary the height of the plants to create your conversation areas and add potted flowers for color and beauty. If you are placing pots in a full-sun area you will want to choose heat-tolerant plants, click here to review a list of options. Use a potting soil that will help maintain moisture if you are not a consistent person that waters, such as MiracleGro’s Moisture Control Potting Soil. If you already have the potting soil add the “water storing crystals” to the soil, link for more information.

5. Paint your furniture a new color.

I recently had a client, inspired by my latest articles on furniture transformation, sent me photos of her latest DIY project. She transformed a bistro style table and chairs with new paint colors.

Furniture before being painted:

Bistro Table Before Painted

Furniture after being painted:

Deck Furniture Bistro Style Painted

What a difference! She didn’t like the color it was and used Rustoleum’s Paint + Primer in Satin Espresso, and finished it with Rustoleum’s Metallic Flat Burnished Amber for a slight metallic sheen. A couple of tips that she offered:  Your hand gets tired from spray-painting, to help, use the Rustoleum Spray Paint Can Soft Grip to prevent hand fatigue. Wear gloves; nitrile is the strongest won’t tear as easily. Now all she needs to do is figure out some fun pillows! The best part of any redesign, the accessories! Thank you for sharing your fabulous project with us!

Redesign Right, LLCIf you require help selecting a color palette for any area of your home, or any home decorating question, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email, we can come to your rescue!

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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.

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Is Your Home Driving You Nuts

Do you find yourself tired of a room and not sure what to do to change it? In an ideal world, we would get rid of everything and start fresh, right? Unfortunately, that’s rarely the case, and we have to work with what we have. You would be amazed at what you can do with what you already own and a few tweaks. Let’s figure this out.

What don’t you like?

What is the one thing in your room or home that you love that brings a smile to your face? The things we love offer us inspiration. Let’s say it’s a rug, a beautiful pillow, a cherished vase or piece of art. How can we draw from that and carry that feeling of “love” into a room?

Pick a theme

Choose a color and material combination that you like. For example, if you love the look of metallic, why not pair your favorite metallic with a color you like, then sprinkle that look in the pillows, throws, candles, vases throughout the room. As in this stunning bedroom where gold metallic and black offer a completed look:

Look at What you Own Differently

Can you take what you own and modify it to look completely different? For example in my article, Desk Transformation, I took a timeworn dark wood desk, had it cut down and painted to fit into a new space. Another example detailed in, How to Transform Old Furniture, I took my old mahogany bedroom furniture and had it painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to give the room an entirely fresh and new look.

Find the Perfect Rug

Nothing ties a room together quicker than the right rug and the correctly sized rug. That is usually the issue I have found with clients; they don’t realize how big a rug should be. Review my decorating article on How to Buy the Right Rug for more information on this topic. I believe this comes down to what you like. Houzz offers an excellent guide for matching furniture to rug styles, click here to view. However, you can mix styles if you maintain a theme or a way to tie all the design elements together.

Paint the Walls

A fresh coat of paint can completely offer you a new look and is a good start to any redesign. What color to choose? If you are unsure and want something that will go with anything, “greige” may be your best option. Greige is a warm combination of gray and beige and the spectrum in that range can go from light tan to dark gray. You will want to try the paint in your room, with your lighting before making a choice. A few paints that have been popular are:

Benjamin Moore 2137-60 Gray Owl:

Benjamin Moore 11548 Classic Gray

Benjamin Moore HC-172 Revere Pewter

Sherwin Williams Kestrel White SW 7516

I know the DIYer loves to take on these projects; however, if you find yourself stuck, something just doesn’t feel right, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email for a color consultation. In an hour or two I can help answer your questions and coordinate wall, flooring, fabric, furniture, and accessories for a perfect 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.

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Desk Transformation

In my last decorating article, How to Transform Old Furniture, I showed you the before and after of how my old mahogany bedroom furniture was updated with a brand new look. I love the idea of using old furniture, updating it with a fresh look and incorporating it differently in your home. This week I wanted to share with you the before and after of my desk transformation.

Let me show you how my large, cherry desk looked before the change:

It served me well for many years; however, I wanted a new look and a new location. That new location happened to be a bay window. The dilemma, how to fit a rectangle nicely into a bay window? I found someone who would cut down and modify my desk to make it fit in the window area! Brilliant idea, right?!

After the modification, I wanted a fresh new look. I had it painted a lovely white (SW 7006 Extra White) to fit with my decorating style and updated the hardware and topped it with glass for durability. I’m very pleased with the way that it turned out! My new work area is bright and cheery, and I’m ready to get to my design and decorating work!

Top View of Finished Desk

If you have an area of your home that does not bring you joy, and you would love a fresh new look, yet unsure how to achieve it, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email, and we can discuss how you can achieve what 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.

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How to Transform Old Furniture

I love the idea of taking something already owned and repurposing it with a new look. With that in mind, I wanted to share some photos of old mahogany furniture of mine that I had transformed. What a difference! If you are happy with the bones or shape of your furniture, you would be amazed at what a fresh color can do to make it new again! I reached out to Patty Oakes, of Oakes Redesign and asked for help with this project.

Annie Sloan Chalk paint created this transformation! If you are familiar with DIY projects, you know about this paint. This finish is not the same as chalkboard paint and has a smooth finish. For those of you who have never heard of it, read this excerpt from the Annie Sloan website:

Chalk Paint® is a decorative paint developed by Annie Sloan 25 years ago. It very rarely requires any preparation, such as sanding or priming, and can be used indoors or outside, on just about any surface. It can revitalize old furniture, walls, ceilings and floors with ease. It’s easy, fun and makes amazing results accessible to everyone.

With a color palette inspired by 18th and 20th Century decor and design, you can easily mix the colors together to extend the range. Add a little water to it to make it smooth, thicken it up by leaving the lid off, make it into a wash by adding even more water.

Patty shared with me that she used a mix of “Annie Sloan Coco chalk paint and added Annie Sloan Honfleur chalk paint to give it a deeper depth of color.” I loved the shape of the hardware on my dressers yet wanted a new look. Patty came to the rescue and used Annie’s White Chalk and clear wax. I love the result!

My old dark mahogany furniture:

My beautiful furniture after it was transformed:

I am very pleased with the result, and the look in my bedroom is exactly what I wanted! Thank you, Patty, for doing such a fantastic job! To contact Patty with a furniture transformation project you have in mind, click here.

If you have a room that you are not happy with, and in need of a new look, and unsure what to do to accomplish a fresh look, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email, and I can help you fall in love with your home all over again!

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.

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7 Tips to Sell Your Home to Millennials

In my decorating article last week, High Point Market-Spring 2017 Highlights, I wrote about the furniture industry looking forward to a large boom in millennial furniture purchases in the upcoming years. As reported by Realtormag, a recent Fannie Mae Economic report stated, “Millennials’ accelerated rate of departure from their parents’ homes bodes well for housing demand.” With the market primed to sell your home, now may be a fantastic time if you are planning a move.

How can you capitalize on the millennial market? Here are seven things to consider when selling your home to this growing pool of buyers:

  1. Strive for the “less is better” concept of decorating.
  2. Choose furniture that is large and fewer pieces; for example, large lamps, art, and accessories.
  3. Minimize the “eye noise” by not offering lots of little things to view. If you have a large collection of items, consider packing them up and placing in storage. Too many “things” take away from the house which is where you want your prospective buyers to focus.
  4. Take down outdated
  5. Paint the interior of the home in a neutral color; for example, a gray in the warm spectrum mixed with a beige.
  6. Since Millennials often do not have a budget for home upgrades, they want to move into a home with an updated kitchen and baths. If you cannot update this space, do what you can to give a facelift. Change out the knobs on the cabinets, replace the counter tops, install new lighting to a sleek look (definitely remove all fluorescent overhead lighting.)
  7. Replace outdated and dirty carpets throughout either with a neutral carpet or preferred low-maintenance wood flooring or tile.

Keep in mind that the best salesman in a room is the way the furniture is placed. Make sure the key Rooms:  Family room, Living Room, Entrance, Kitchen and Master Bedroom and Bath are professionally staged showing prospective buyers the many possibilities. They need to be able to see themselves living in this space.

Call 610.955.8202 or email to set up a consultation so we can get your home staged to get top dollar for your home!

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.

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High Point Market-Spring 2017 Highlights

High Point MarketTwice a year the world supporting and creating furniture gathers at the High Point Market in NC. This year, the spring market, highlighted the following five trends in furniture:

  1. Fringe and geometric patterns.
  2. Gold elements – simplified and elegant.
  3. Natural elements – fun material compositions.
  4. Neutral tones – texture – colors are more neutral with warm gray overtones fitting into traditional designs.
  5. Organic and refined – natural forms – whimsical and unique accessories.

You can look forward to seeing more of these design elements in furniture and home decorating décor in the upcoming months.

There are two takeaways about this show that I wanted to highlight. The first one is amazing! Print the Future, currently looking for investors, envisions the possibility where you can print your furniture “ideas on demand.” They are using 3D printing technology to create side tables, coffee tables, whatever you can imagine. How cool is that! To see how this works, click here for a video from the Market Show.

The second highlight worth noting is that the furniture industry is looking for big growth as a large group of millennials are settling down in homes, and purchasing furniture. I mention this takeaway as it has an impact on the real estate business. You can expect millennials to be the largest home purchasing group in the upcoming years. If you plan to sell your home, you will want a designer aware of what millennials want to handle your home staging to get top dollar!

Each year the Pinnacle™ Awards are given out after the fall market, which will be held October 14-18, for excellence in retail home furnishings. Stay tuned for the results! Also, I put together a Pinterest board of some of the beautiful displays and products from the spring show, click here to view.

Redesign RightFor all your home decorating, color consultations, or home staging needs, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email. If you or a friend are interested in pursuing a business in interior redesign and home staging, now is a fantastic time since it is a burgeoning market! Click here to view my upcoming hands-on schedule, all training located in Glen Mills, PA.

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, and .

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5 Reasons to Sign Up for the Redesign Right Program

StudentsHave you reached a point in your life where you are now ready to do something for yourself? Are you eager to start making money at something that you love? I have offered a successful Interior Redesign and Home Staging Training program for close to 15 years now. In that time, I’ve heard all the reasons why someone wants to take a training program, and their hesitations. If you are someone who has tossed around the idea that you would like to pursue a career in interior decorating, let me address some concerns you may have.

5 Reasons why you should sign up for the Redesign Right Training Program:

  1. The class size is capped at six students; each person is guaranteed personalized training and hands-on experience. In other words, you are not watching with a group of 25 students as one person is the only one with a hands-on activity.
  2. In each 5-day course, there is classroom training, learning techniques of the trade, working with real fabric swatches, paint chips, and accessories and working onsite, redesigning three local client homes.
  3. As a ten-time award winning interior redesigner, home stager, and trainer, running a successful Interior Redesign and Home Staging business with over 15 years experience I have a proven track record as a professional in this field which places me in a perfect spot to be your mentor.
  4. You will walk away from the 5-day class understanding how to get started and be a successful business owner. What does that entail? You will learn how to market yourself and work with potential clients and find out how to ask for the money that you deserve. Remember, because you have a natural talent that comes easily to you does not mean that you should not charge, it means you should be making money doing what you love to do!
  5. As the owner of Redesign Right, I do all of the training and working with you during the class. I am available to you to ask questions long after the class is over.

Isn’t it your time to shine? Perhaps your kids have moved on, or you want to make money at something that you enjoy, or you are simply tired of the same job you have done for years and need a creative job that offers you the opportunity to earn a living. Whatever your personal situation is at this time, I guarantee that the Redesign Right Program can fulfill your requirements. Take a step, give me a call 610.955.8202 if you have any questions about the program. I would love to have you join us! Click here to view the upcoming training schedule. To see some of the past students and read their testimonials, click here.

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, and .

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Outdoor Decorating Trends

shutterstock_286718537I love this time of year, warmer weather, longer days and a time to think about outside entertaining. Is your deck or patio ready for guests? Just as there are trends in indoor décor, you will see the same in outdoor decorating. There are some new trends this year I wanted to share with you.

Indoors Goes Outdoors

The concept of creating a look outdoors that appears like the indoors isn’t new, the amount of items and accessories available is more readily found and at an affordable price. Just as we like a cozy and comfortable indoor, we have the same expectation outdoors. You will see more options in rugs, ottomans, side tables, outdoor lighting and all the accessories to complete a comfortable and stylish outdoor seating area.

The options for brightly patterned and colored cushions and pillows are plentiful, click here to view some options. You will see more furniture made of natural items such as rattan, wicker, and teak. This style from the ‘70s will make a big comeback with a mixture of these materials, incorporating weaving and a “crochet” look.  Click here for an example of mixed materials in outdoor seating.

You will need an option for storing your throws and candles and anything you would not want to be exposed to nature all the time. I love this idea from Target, it uses the look of wicker and serves as a coffee table and storage area, ideal for a small deck or patio.

Finish the Look

  • Pick the pop color you wish to use in your outdoor seating area and incorporate it into garden stools that will serve as side tables.
  • Add a beautiful rug to create a conversation area.
  • Add lighting. Use table lamps constructed for outdoor use or string lights, whatever fits your style.
  • For some inspiration check out my Pinterest board displaying seating arrangements and accessories.

If you are not in the market for new furniture and want to bring life back to your old furniture here are a few tips:

Redesign RightFor all your home decorating, color selection, home staging needs call Debbie 61.955.8202 or email for a consultation. Do you love home decorating and would like to learn how you can make money in the redesign and home staging business? Sign up now for one of my upcoming hands-on classes and get started on your new career!

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, and .

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What’s Holding You Back?

shutterstock_279486251Do you have an innate ability for decorating, choosing the best paint colors for your friends, and picking the perfect accessories? If you are that person with the natural flair for home decorating, let’s put that passion into action! How? Sign up for Redesign Right’s Interior Redesign and Home Staging class!

Benefits of this program:

Hands-On Approach – You will work with three client homes taking your classroom training and applying it to a real home. You will gain practical experience working with what the homeowner already owns and may have purchased.

Double Certification Program – You will earn a certificate in Interior Redesign and a certificate in Home Staging. You will gain the industry know-how to start your own business. If you are a Realtor, these credentials will assist you in staging homes to sell at top dollar.

High Standard of Quality – With over 15 years of running a successful Interior Redesign and Home Staging business, all of my experience has contributed to this 5-day program. As a respected trainer with three national industry associations, I have incorporated my business experience into a classroom setting to help you effectively learn through life-knowledge, book-knowledge, and hands-on training. The class size is limited to six students, and I am available to you long after the class ends.

What’s holding you back?

In my experience of running this business, I have encountered many people who want to sign up for my training program but are often either afraid because they don’t think they are creative enough or don’t think they are qualified to run their own business. Does this describe you?

Stop holding yourself back from doing what you love! Why spend your time wondering if this would be right for you and take the first step to following your dreams. Be assured, after you complete the 5-day course, you can succeed doing what you love, and the Redesign Right Training program will help you to see that. Check out my upcoming training schedule; classes offered in the Glen Mills, PA area:

Monday-Friday;
May 15-19
June 12-16
September 11-15
November 6-10
December 4-8

Weekend Classes;
August 4-6, 12, 13
October 13-15, 21, 22

To learn more about this program and hear from some of the past participants:

Redesign RightIf you have any questions about the Redesign Right Training Program, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email. Click here to learn more about the class, agenda, and registration.

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, and .

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