Category Archives: Holiday 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!

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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

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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.

Time Saving Tips for the Holidays

Tips for the HolidaysI know your life is very busy right now and I wanted to offer some last minute time-saving tips to help ease some of the holiday stress you may be feeling. Enjoy!

Gift Wrapping and Bow Making

Most large stores have gift wrapping areas, always ask for a gift box and wrapping options it could save you time in the long run. King of Prussia Mall has an area just for gift wrapping, click here to learn about its location.

Creative wrapping ideas:

Easy and Festive Appetizers

Shortcuts

  • Not up for cooking or preparing? Outsource! Both Wegmans and Whole Foods can cater what you want!
  • Purchase an already arranged bouquet at your local grocery store add a lovely ribbon and use as a hostess gift.
  • 5 Holiday Appetizer Table Decorating Tips
  • If you have guests arriving this week, click here for tips to get your Guest Room ready including a checklist of things you may have forgotten.
  • Unsure how to set the table correctly, click here for tips from an expert!

Redesign RightI hope your week goes smoothly and you have a fantastic holiday celebration with your friends and loved ones!

For all your home decorating, paint consultation, home staging, or training needs give me a call 610.955.8202 or email. I look forward to working with you soon!

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Home Decorating for the Holidays

Holiday DecoratingWelcome to the beautiful month of December! On the east coast, this time of year always brings a variety of weather from surprisingly warm temperatures to ice and snow. Regardless, I wanted to offer you some decorating tips to help you create lovely home décor through this holiday season.

If you are planning to have a holiday tree, there are a variety of different ideas for large trees, small trees, table top trees, anything you could imagine! If you are looking to purchase multiple trees, consider visiting Produce Junction which has various locations in PA and DE where you can pick up trees for as low as $35! For tree decorating ideas, go to one of the following links to be inspired:  HGTV, Country Living, or House Beautiful.

If you are looking for instructions on how to add beautiful ribbon to your tree, click here to view a video. It’s not as complicated as I thought!

I love the idea of creating a decorating theme that can easily be transformed into a “winter” theme. Since we are dealing with winter through February, it is good to keep the sparkle and shine of this season through the winter months. The best way to do that is to use a color that will sparkle! Choose from one of the metal tones, silver, gold, or bronze. Krylon offers high gloss metallic paints for wood, metal, glass, or plastic! You can usually find it at your local craft store or online. Create a winter wonderland look by integrating snowflakes, frosted glass and various lights. Use fairy lights that have timers and incorporate them anywhere to add light. To create your magical winter wonderland, combine elements from the outside using pine cones, branches, and other organic materials. Layer the sparkle of metal, with white, or a beautiful velvet or faux fur in pillows and a throw that will last you through the winter in comfort and beauty!

If you are looking for ideas on how to decorate your mantel, check out my Pinterest board by clicking here.

Have fun getting your home ready this holiday and winter season! Also, be mindful to keep your pets safe! Click here to view some safety tips from PetMD. If you need help getting your guest room ready, or any room in your home before guests arrive, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email to set up your consultation today!

Redesign RightMy first Interior Redesign & Home Staging class of 2017 is a high-demand split weekend course, February 17-19, 25, 26. If you or if you know of someone who loves home decorating, working with color and would like to learn more about the techniques of design for personal enhancement, to supplement your realtor career, or to start your business click here to find out more.

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 Instagram.

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What to do this Holiday Season

Holiday Season ActivitiesAs we go from November to December, I wanted to help you out with fun activities available in the Philadelphia and surrounding areas. There’s nothing worse than having a household of family or visitors and not sure what to do! To help you I’ve put together a fun activity checklist, enjoy:

Fun for anyone:

Fun things to do with kids:

Looking for an adult activity that has nothing to do with a holiday? Take a cooking class:

Sur La Table in King of Prussia, PA or Kitchen Workshop in Paoli, PA.

Redesign RightI hope this quick list helps you out in your time of need when everyone is complaining about being bored! If you need help with getting your house ready for visitors, 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 and .

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Last Minute Thanksgiving Planning Tips

Happy ThanksgivingWe have a few days before Thanksgiving, and it’s time to make our last-minute list of things we need to remember. To help you out here are five things you will need:

  1. Shop for all of your perishables vegetables, ice cream, heavy cream.
  2. Pull out and clean each serving platter that you want to use and decide if you are going to serve at the table or go buffet style. Be sure your turkey roasting pan or any other special tools are readily available.
  3. If you plan to use a table cloth or runner, pull them out and iron if necessary and decide which napkins you want to use.
  4. If you have overnight guests, do you have a plan for breakfast Friday morning? Since you’ve been in the kitchen all day Thursday, you may want to keep it simple and serve cereal, breakfast pastries, yogurt and fresh fruit and lots of juice, coffee, and tea choices.
  5. Pick up your flowers for your centerpiece, table settings, etc. You can pick up inexpensive options at your grocery and combine with greenery to create lovely arrangements.

Now for the fun part! Have you decided on your table décor? If you need table setting ideas, click here to view 15 stylish pictures from HGTV. Now you will want to create name cards for each place setting. For an idea of what kind you would like, click here to view some unique ones. For instructions on how to set the table click here to see instructions from Emily Post.

Looking for a fun way to fold your napkins? Click here for an option to fold as a turkey or other clever folding ideas.

If you have kids that will be running around on Thursday; you will want some activities planned for them. A favorite Thanksgiving movie or creative activity, for some ideas, click here from BHG.

Redesign RightI hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving with friends and family! For all your redesign and home decorating needs give Debbie Correale a call 610.955.8202!

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 Instagram.

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7 Tips to Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

shutterstock_222070243I like to have a plan for big dinners, I’m a list maker and have found much success with this type of organization. I come up with a timeline on what day I need to do what, so I’m not a harried mess on Thanksgiving day. We are less than two weeks from Thanksgiving what should we be thinking about to be prepared? This week and next I will be offering tips to help you out, enjoy!

  1. You will want to create a menu and collect all the recipes that you will need.
  2. If you have many family members or friends attending your dinner, assign projects to them to offload your work.
  3. You can order your fresh turkey or buy a frozen turkey and place in the freezer. For a helpful calculator on how big a turkey to order, click here. I like to use this information from Martha Stewart: “For a large party, you’ll need a big bird — say, fifteen to twenty pounds; figure one and a half pounds for each person. Smaller birds — twelve pounds or less — have a smaller meat-to-bone ratio, so allow two pounds per person. Remember that the larger the bird, the more likely you are to have leftovers for the next few days.” If you purchase a frozen turkey click here for a calculator to determine how long it will take you to thaw the bird. As an example, a 20lb frozen turkey will take five days to thaw, plan accordingly.
  4. There are many food alternatives to a Turkey for Thanksgiving, and you will want to serve your favorite dishes for your friends and family. If you are searching for ideas I like to use the Epicurious app as it offers me fabulous recipes, creates a shopping list, and I can keep my personalized recipe box on file. For more information click here, if you have a favorite app that you like to use I would love to hear about it, please share!
  5. Pick up drinks this week. You can plan on five servings of 5-ounce glasses of wine from one 750ml bottle. Always have non-alcoholic options for your guests and kid-friendly drinks when applicable. Click here for a fun non-alcoholic holiday drink that could also be used with alcohol for those who prefer; it’s an Autumn Chiller.
  6. Shop for all of your non-perishable goods now. If you plan to use already made pie shells, you can purchase all of that this week, or if you intend to make them you can do so this week and freeze them.
  7. Decide on your décor. I left this for last as it’s the most fun in my opinion! To inspire you, click here to view my Pinterest board for beautiful table centerpieces, etc. Gather your ideas this week, so you will know what you will need.

Redesign RightHave fun and enjoy this beautiful holiday of giving Thanks! If you need a last minute dining room redesign or tips on how to decorate your home for guests, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email for all your home decorating needs!

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, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

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5 Holiday Appetizer Table Decorating Tips

appetizer tableAre you planning a holiday get together? Appetizers and cocktails? Don’t forget to decorate your appetizer table! Here are a few tips:

  1. Start with a tablecloth. A tablecloth will help with clean up, protect your table, and offer a uniform backdrop for your appetizer display. I have seen people place craft paper, that you can purchase in a roll at any craft or office supplies store, on top of the table cloth and write the names of the appetizers or if you are serving different cheeses you can write the types of cheese. The beautiful thing about this idea is that you can be as fancy as your artistic ability wants to go!
  1. I suggest you plan out the placement of your appetizers ahead of time. If you have any hot appetizers that will need to be in a crock pot or chafing dish, you will want to protect your table from heat. Plan the position of power cords or extension cords to prevent any mishaps.
  1. Add varied heights to your display. By adding multiple heights, you can fit more on the table and make the presentation attractive. Use cake or plate stands, or any plate and bowl combination that you own. Be creative with this process and have some fun! You can place a bowl upside down and place a plate on top of that to create instant height. Depending on the base container, you can continue adding additional bowls and plates, going from a larger base to a smaller top creating an overall cone shape.
  1. Add holiday color and decorations! I suggest avoiding burning candles on the appetizer table and use battery-operated options or lanterns where the flame is concealed.
  1. If you are looking for a few appetizers and either are not interested in making them or have run out of time, I found a fabulous post detailing some yummy Trader Joe’s appetizers, click here to view. Or if you wish to see some new ideas that can be made in 25 minutes or less from Better Homes and Garden click here.

Redesign RightHappy holiday decorating, enjoy your holiday parties, planning, and season!

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

Decorating Your Dining Room for the Holidays

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It’s not too early to figure out your dining room holiday decorations and dinner plan. Defining what you need and what you plan to do now will help eliminate unnecessary last-minute stresses for your holiday dinner.

Come up with a Plan

I always suggest laying all of your serving utensils and settings to determine what you may need and what space you have to decorate on your dining room table. Adding a centerpiece to your holiday table offers seasonal fun, perhaps a splash of sparkle, or simply colors that you love and want to accentuate.

Centerpiece Ideas

The centerpiece may be as elaborate or simple as you prefer and anyone can create a beautiful look. I have put together a Pinterest board of centerpiece and dining room holiday decorating ideas, click here to be inspired!

Keep in mind that you will not want to block the guest in front of you; therefore, be mindful of the height of the arrangement. By doing a trial table setting run it will be clear how much space you have. Also, take into consideration the width of your centerpiece you want to be able to place the necessary serving items on your table.

It’s easy to add height to your centerpiece or arrangement by using tall wine glasses or glass vases, items you already have at home! Add fresh cranberries and candles with corresponding colored ornaments along with greenery cuttings (from your florist, grocery store, or yard) and you have a complete centerpiece! Note, if you plan to use fresh flowers be sure to purchase flowers that are not too fragrant that will compete with the yummy scent of the meal.

Tip:  If you have a very long table and don’t want to break your budget on a centerpiece, I have a fantastic tip to help you double the sparkle on your table. You have heard that adding a mirror to a room helps give the illusion of space and light? Apply the same rule to your table! Go to your local Home Depot (or home store) and purchase a pack of (generally six) 12×12 mirror tiles. Place the tiles down the center of the table where you can put candles directly on the mirror with cuttings and ornaments, and you have a sparkly, light-enhancing centerpiece!

If you need help trying to decide how to set your table, click here to get advice from Emily Post on a basic, informal, or formal table setting.

It will feel great to check the Dining Room Plan off your holiday checklist! Be sure to stock up on all of your non-perishables this week and next. You want to plan to purchase only your fresh items the week of your big dinner! Have fun and enjoy this glorious time of year!

Redesign RightFor all your redesign, color selection, or home staging needs call Debbie 610.955.8202!

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


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