Category Archives: Interior 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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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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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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How to Buy the Right Couch or Sofa

Couch TypesRecently, I have been looking for a new couch and decided it would be fun to do a decorating article on the topic of finding the right one. Walking into a furniture store can be overwhelming, and I would recommend doing some online shopping before visiting a store. A couch or sofa sets the tone for a room and can be a significant investment, and you will want to make the right choice. To help you, let’s review the three areas to consider before you head out shopping:

What is your desired style?

If you decide you want the couch to be a statement or a focal point in the room you will want something bold. Or you may choose a neutral-colored upholstery that could compliment any decorating style. Choosing leather is a great option for those of you with heavy traffic from kids or pets. If it is a piece you intend to keep for a while, choose a neutral fabric (think beige or gray tones) that can easily be changed by adding different pillows, throw, and accessories. If you are unsure about your style type, click here for a fun quiz. To see a list of style types, click here.

I have often encountered situations where the homeowner wants a new couch but doesn’t want to stay in the same style as all the other furniture in the room. They want something new with a new look. You can mix pieces and make it work. The easiest way to pull a room together with different styled furniture is to pick one color or element (think metal, wicker, glass) and repeat it throughout the room. If you choose a color this can be used in pillows, throw, vases, curtains, lamps. Or you can decide to repeat a pattern, using the same fabric in multiple areas of the room. If you choose to purchase a couch with patterned fabric, often you can order additional fabric by the yard to have on hand for matching pillow or chair covers.

What size couch do you want?

Depending on how many people you want to seat, and the size of your room will dictate the couch size. A standard 3-seat sofa is 35″ deep and 84″ wide; however, there are very large sectionals that come in varying sizes. Take measurements of the space where you want to place the new couch as well as your doorways and hallways to get it into your home. Before you buy anything, click here to view a guide to help you take all the necessary measurements to ensure that you can get the furniture into your home.

What is the function?

If this is the room used for TV watching, you will want comfortable seating for everyone in your family. Here is an example of a room I redesigned for a large family, and the goal was to have a cozy spot for everyone to be together. If the room is not used frequently and only as an area for guests to talk, you may consider a smaller option such as a loveseat and chairs that can be moved around as needed. Familiarize yourself with how to determine quality furniture by clicking here for tips.

Oversized Sectional

If you need help determining your style, color choice, or how a new couch or sofa will work in your space, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email for a Decorating and Color Consultation to ensure you will be happy long-term.Redesign Right

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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Add a Fresh Look with Pillows

Decorating with PillowsAt the beginning of this Spring season, I find myself motivated for a new project. In my case, that usually means a room makeover or redesign. A redesign may sound like a lot of work and time, have no fear my decorating friends this is the easiest way to make a big impact in a room. How? Pillows! Here is my 3-step process:

Step #1:  Find Inspiration

In every room, you need a source of inspiration that thing that you love. It may be a piece of art, a beautiful vase or accessory, rug, or your furniture. If there is nothing in a room that you love, find inspiration in other areas, like magazines, online, or check out my Houzz Ideabook for ideas.

Step #2:  Decide on your Decorating Goal

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Are you looking to compliment an existing look?
  • Are you looking to WOW your guests?
  • Are you looking to hide a piece of furniture?
  • Are you looking to resurrect an old chair or worn fabric?

Once you have determined what you like (found your inspiration) and you understand your decorating goal, it’s time to find your pillows.

Step #3:  Find Your Pillows

Fortunately, there are several shopping options available for finding your perfect pillow combination.

Shopping ideas:

Easy Pillow-Mixing Rules

If mixing patterns in pillows causes you stress, pick a neutral background color (white, beige, gray, light blue, light pink) and be sure all the pillows you choose have this same color as a neutral and the pop color that you are trying to add. You always want to add pillows in odd numbers – therefore an 84” standard sized couch should have a minimum of three pillows to five. Keep in mind, if pillows share the same style, for example, all modern with geometric themed fabric, you can easily mix them. Pillows with different texture may be put together if they are in various shades of one color. You can add a leather or fur pillow to transition from one pillow look to another.

Check out this couch transformation using pillows:

Redesign RightIf you need help adding a fresh look to a room, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email to set up a redesign 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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Add Hygge to Your Life and Home

Hygge Style“Hygge is not a thing or something you buy…hygge is a state of mind.” – Morten Georgsen

Have you heard this term “hygge”? It is becoming more and more mainstream in America. The concept originates in Denmark and describes a way of life. It’s pronounced “hoo-ga” if you were wondering.

The Danish exemplify this way of life, every day. The Word Happiness Report voted the Danes as the happiest people, and this is the reason their hygge way of life is catching on everywhere. So, what does it mean? Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, states, “Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe.” In his book titled, “The Little Book of Hygge,” he recommends:

  1. Get comfortable and prioritize comforting textures.
  2. Be present at the moment not distracted by technology, take a break and relax.
  3. Use proper lighting, use candles.
  4. Build and connect relationships, invite friends over, create memories.
  5. Enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh tea, coffee, or the smell of a baked item.

How can you add Hygge to your decor?

  • Simplify your decorating style. Remove clutter and surround yourself with only things that are peaceful to you and make you comfortable.
  • Embrace natural items. A cozy natural (cotton, wool, silk, linen) thread throw, incorporate plants in your room, bring nature from outdoor indoors in found items, cuttings, rocks, etc.
  • Decorate with and use candles. For information on the best way to burn a candle, click here.
  • Create a hyggekrog. I love this concept! The theory is that everyone should have their cozy corner, comfortable and snug place. I offer five tips on setting up a comfortable reading area in my article titled, Color Me Cozy in 5 Easy Steps, check it out for details.

I hope you can incorporate hygge into your life and make each Redesign Rightmoment feel special. For some inspiration, I created a Pinterest board, view by clicking here. If you need help streamlining a room and creating a simpler comfortable style, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or email and 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, and .

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Springtime Home Update

Springtime DecorNow that we have gained an extra hour of daylight you know spring is around the corner. That doesn’t mean we won’t have some unusual winter weather in the east; however, I’m thinking ahead! As the signs of spring begin, I am encouraged to look at my home and home decorating with fresh eyes. When I say this, I suggest that you walk through your house as a guest would, and look around and assess your home. What do you like? What would you like to change? What ultimately bugs you? This exercise is not a waste of time as the feelings you get from your home impact your life, so why not make it fantastic!

5 ways to quickly brighten your home for spring:

  1. The quickest and easiest way to bring a little spring into your home is by adding bright pops of springtime colors. You can do this in candles, vases, pillows, throws, artwork, and a vase of tulips purchased at your grocery store!
  1. Spruce up your outdoor entryway. Clean away all winter debris, add a fresh spring-like wreath, and a new cheery welcome mat. For an Outdoor Springtime Clean-up Guide, click here.
  1. Add air-purifying plants to your home, such as:
  1. Replace your kitchen towels, guest bath towels, or master bath towels to offer a luxurious and fresh feel.
  1. Replace your bed linens and add new throw pillows.

The Philadelphia Flower Show held March 11-19, is focusing on Holland as the theme. It is a spectacular show and offers home decorating tips, garden tips, and the fresh smell of flowers when you enter the show is amazing!

Redesign RightIf you need help with decorating a room, deciding on a new paint or fabric color selection, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email to set up your consultation for a spring renewal. Also, if you or a friend love home decorating why not join me for one of my new hands-on classes? To learn more about this opportunity, click here, I hope you can join us!

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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Bathroom Trends and Inspiration

BathroomAre you dealing with an old bathroom? Often I find people tolerating an unpleasant bathroom for years and then remodel it before selling it without gaining any benefits from a new bathroom. Why wait? There is planning to do before you do any project, why not go through the steps and assess your situation at least you will be making an informed decision.

Bathroom Remodel Plan:

  1. What is your goal? When answering this question consider things such as how long you plan to stay in your house and if there are any special requirements necessary to incorporate into the goal.
  2. Define Your Budget. Home Advisor offers a budget planning tool for your area and the type of work you want to complete, click here to review.
  3. Decide if you will hire a professional contractor, contract out portions of the project, or if it’s a complete DIY project.
  4. Come up with a plan, choose your features, materials, and colors. For a printable copy of a bath planner from the National Kitchen & Bath Association, click here. For an online virtual planner, click here. Focus on your personal lifestyle. According to the Houzz, mobile device usage is up 58% in the bathroom. If you can relate to this statistic, you will want to make the proper accommodations for lighting, power, storage, etc.

Let’s review some trends. In the Houzz Bath Trends survey done in 2016, the majority of the bath styles were traditional (30%) and no particular style (42%) and were updated to Contemporary (27%), Modern (17%), Transitional (16%), Traditional (14%). Regarding wall and cabinet color, Whites and Gray reigned supreme. If you were thinking of selling your home in the next year or two I would recommend going with the trends; otherwise, go with the color palette that will last the test of time, your tastes, and most of all make you happy.

Stand Out Products and Ideas

  • The 2017 HGTV Dream Home Bathroom featured a wood-look porcelain tile that is easy to clean and durable. You will see more of these options in the upcoming year.
  • At the 2017 International Builder’s Show, Daltile was the winner of Best in Bath Product for it’s Marble Attache line offering the beauty of the marble look on practical porcelain tile.
  • The way of the future is touchless and environmentally friendly. Check out these touchless toilets and faucets from Kohler or Juno Showers.
  • Check out my Pinterest Board for some ideas and inspiration and start creating your dream bath!
  • For the DIYer: Home Depot labels a job of installing porcelain tile as an “intermediate” project involving 5-7 days. Consider this information in your project. If you are unsure how many tiles you will need, measure the space you intend to tile and use this Tile Calculator.

Redesign RightOnce you have established your goal and budget, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or email to help select your colors.

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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