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You Want to Remodel Your Kitchen, What’s Next?

It’s exciting and daunting when you start down the road of a remodel, especially when it’s your kitchen. Since the kitchen acts as the central hub of the household, it’s a challenge when it’s out of commission. This article helps you to create a plan to get you started.

What do you want?

Have a family meeting, discuss and decide what you do not like about your current kitchen. I would suggest having a separate notebook or folder where you keep your kitchen remodel documentation.

Ask yourself and all family members what they think they need in the kitchen, and be sure to document this information. The next step is to prioritize the order of the items you do not like. If you need direction, HGTV offers worksheets you can print out:  How do you use your kitchen? and What are your kitchen goals?

Next, determine what style you want in your kitchen. The number of products and colors can be intimidating so you will want to be prepared with ideas and a plan when you talk with a contractor. Save ideas and pictures in an IdeaBook on Houzz of all the features that you want in a kitchen. Determine your timeline. Custom kitchen cabinets can take three months or more to get to you; prebuilt cabinets may take up to six weeks.

What is your favorite kitchen style?

In my experience, this is where people seem to get bogged down in the process. If you have ever walked into a kitchen store, you are overwhelmed by the choices, unsure how to pull it together. Go through these photos to get an idea of things you like, and reach out to me for a consultation to help you pick the right elements. Making the right choices can save you money and aggravation. Keep on the latest kitchens trends as detailed in my last post, “2018 Kitchen Trends.”

Create a Budget

The hardest part is matching what you want with your budget, that’s why it’s important to sit down and create a list of what you want from your kitchen. The types of remodels that involve changing plumbing, adding new electrical wiring, structural changes all mean higher costs. Understanding the cost of items will give you some idea of the overall project scope. According to HomeAdvisor, the basic rule is that a remodel should cost no less than 5% of the home’s value and no more than 15%.

Breakdown of the budget by Home Advisor and the National Kitchen & Bath Association:

  • Cabinets 30%
  • Countertop 10%
  • Flooring 2-7%
  • Appliances 14%
  • Plumbing – keeping the pipes intact 4-5%
  • Electrical 5%
  • Generally, labor is 20-35% of your budget. That tells you if you can do it yourself, try to. Always save a portion of your budget toward the things that will bring you the most joy.

Get Quotes

To find a Kitchen Remodel Contractor you can use the Find a Pro feature in Houzz, and they will contact you. Another idea is to reach out to your neighborhood on Facebook and ask if they would recommend a contractor or ask your friends.

Next week I will offer some ideas as to how you can survive a kitchen remodel. If you need help picking the palette of your kitchen walls, Redesign Right, LLCcabinets, backsplash, countertop, and flooring colors give me a call 610.955.8202 or email for 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. Featured photo from Houzz:  Right Arm Construction.

2018 Kitchen Trends

Are you planning on a kitchen renovation or remodel this year? Houzz released their US kitchen trends study, and I wanted to give you some of the highlights that may help you with your decision making process. They surveyed 1,734 homeowners about their kitchen renovation projects and here are few of the results:

  • Engineered quartz is the most popular countertop material over granite in urban and suburban areas.
  • Regarding kitchen style, more homeowners are choosing a transitional style with contemporary and farmhouse styles.
  • One of the homeowners’ biggest issues was dealing with clutter. They wanted fewer things on the counter and more built-in areas to store appliances and ways to remain organized.

The cost of remodeling varies on many factors such as the size of your kitchen, the extent of your renovation, and where you live. Houzz offers some cost information so you can compare in your area, click here to download the full survey results. Another resource worth visiting is Home Advisor, they offer costs for each area of the project, click here to review.

Overall, of those surveyed, the most popular kitchen included stainless steel appliances, engineered quartz countertop, wood floors, and white shaker-style cabinets. The white backsplash is still popular as homeowners want a clean look in their kitchen, also, the most popular wall color, gray.

Examples of popular kitchen designs:

Now that I’ve got your creative thoughts going, next week I will offer the steps to take to get your project started!

Redesign Right, LLCFor all your redesign, color consultations, and home staging needs give me a call 610.955.8202 or 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. Feature photo from Houzz:  Dijeau Poage Construction.

New Kitchen and Bath Products 2018

The Kitchen & Bath Industry along with the National Kitchen & Bath Association held their 2018 industry show in early January, and it’s always fun to see the fantastic products that will be coming our way soon. First, a brief explanation of KBIS:

“KBIS, in conjunction with the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), is an inspiring, interactive platform that showcases the latest industry products, trends and technologies. KBIS is the voice of the kitchen and bath industry and has been for 50 years.”

Each year they select the “Best of KBIS” products, and I wanted to share that information with you, here is the rundown:

I have created a Pinterest Board for the products so you can easily see and read about them, click here to view the Best of KBIS 2018 Award Winners. The list:

I also wanted to share a technology highlight from the show. Have you always wanted a magic mirror that you could talk to in the morning? Your wish has come true with Kohler’s Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror that has a built-in Amazon Alexa system.

Verdera Lighted Medicine Cabinet, 40"x30"

Find the perfect medicine cabinets on Houzz

Other technology news from the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 also held in January highlighted Samsung for their next generation of refrigerators, the Family Hub series that monitors what’s in your refrigerator and helps to manage your food, shopping, and communications it’s all part of making our homes “smarter.”

I know this won’t surprise you, they’ve advanced the Family Robot system, Buddy, the family assistant. What next?

Next week you can look forward to an article on Kitchen trends, designs, and product choices.

Redesign Right, LLCFor all your interior redesign, home decorating, color consultations, home staging and training needs, contact Debbie 610.955.8202 or 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. Feature photo from Houzz:  Rev-A-Shelf.

How to Transform your Fireplace

I recently had a question from someone on how to transform their fireplace. They were tired of what they had and wanted ideas, and I thought it would be a great topic to tackle in a decorating article, and I wanted to share tips I learned with you.

First, what exactly don’t you like? I have often found that changing the wall color, or adding decorative molding or a new mantel can make the world of difference. Go through these photos on Houzz and see which features you are drawn to and save them in an IdeaBook, this will save you time if you do have to call in a contractor and keeps all your ideas in one area for reference.

Issue:  You don’t like the color of your brick fireplace.

Solution:  You can paint it or use a technique to change the color. Click here to view some fireplace ideas from HGTV. For how-to instructions, Lowes offers the materials needed and the help. For further instructions and a kit, Brick-Anew provides a package.

If you don’t want to cover the brick entirely, you could consider a stain. However, that is only recommended on brick that has never been treated or painted. I would suggest that you go to your favorite home supply or paint store and ask their advice before making any decision. Things to consider when choosing paint or stain on your brick:

  • You will want low or no VOC or harsh chemicals since this will be inside your home.
  • Whatever you use, it has to be able to handle heat and a porous surface.
  • Consider the products requirements; for example, does it need a primer and a sealer.

Issue:  You don’t like your fireplace surface may it be brick, tile, or plain drywall.

Solution:  Cover it with a new surface. AirStone offers a lightweight product that looks like stone and goes on easily with an adhesive and is designed as a DIY product. Click here to view a video overview of the product. FauxPanels offers a stone lookalike that comes in panels for easy installation, click here to see their photos.

Another solution:

If you are not afraid to take on a construction project, cover it up with drywall, view instructional video and information on this topic.

Issue:  You don’t like your fireplace surround or mantel.

Solution:  There are many ready-made mantels that you can choose from, check out these ideas from Mantels Direct. There are many budget-friendly choices available, Wayfair even has options. Or, if you’re handy, follow these DIY instructions from This Old House to build your own.

If you would like to see some fireplace transformations, click here to determine what changes you may want to incorporate into your home. Click here to view another idea where the brick was covered with wood and painted.

I hope these ideas are useful for all of you wanting to take on this project, please post or send me before and after photos of your fireplace transformation so I can feature them. If you need help Redesign Right, LLCpicking out colors or a room redesign, call me 610.955.8202 or email to set up your consultation!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Featured photo from Houzz:  Jennifer Butler Interior Design.

3 Steps to a New Bedroom Look

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

1. Add Artwork

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

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

How to find affordable art sources:

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

2. Add dimension in Layers

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

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

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

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

3. Add a Pop Color

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

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

Redesign Right, LLCIf you need help with your bedroom redesign, picking color options, furniture or maximizing your space give me a call 610.955.8202 or email to set up your consultation!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Featured photo from Houzz:  Leaf Floor Covering-Shaw Flooring

Take Advantage of January White Sales

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

Update Your Linens

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

Understand types of fabric:

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

Online retail sites for white sales:

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

Add Light!

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

Add Comfort!

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

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

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

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

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Feature photo from Houzz:  A.S.D. Interiors – Shirry Dolgin, Owner.

2018 Color Trends

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

Pantone Ultra Violet 18-3838

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

Benjamin Moore Caliente AF-290

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

Behr In the Moment T18-15

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

Sherwin Williams Oceanside SW 6496

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

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

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

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Featured photo from Houzz:   Photo by S&K Interiors and Home Staging.

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.

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.)

5 Home Decorating Trends this Fall

Though I adore summer and all the fun beach activities, I’ll have to admit; fall is my second favorite time of year on the east coast. A time for cozy sweaters, cuddling with my pooch and enjoying a delicious hot tea! Here is a list of 5 trends you will see this fall in home decorating:

1. Relaxed and Comfortable

More and more I find my clients looking to make their space useful, to maximize their homes to their lifestyle. I find people shying away from “formal” rooms and wanting space that have clean lines, yet relaxed and comfortable to support everyday life. Last week I focused on, How to Create a Comfortable Home, going over a few cozy decorating styles that you may want to revisit for more ideas on this topic. Consider adding floor pillows or as the Japanese use, the Zabuton.

2. Velvet

I love the soft and warm feel of velvet, the vibrant, intense colors, and variety of color. It offers a feeling of richness to any room instantly. Look for a mixture of synthetic and natural fabrics for long lasting velvet. If you don’t want to commit to a piece of furniture, add velvet pillows and throws and gain the benefit. Learn more about the various types of velvet by clicking here.

3. Woven textiles and Inspiration of Nature

Add a lovely tapestry, an arrangement that includes natural elements found in your area, or a piece of furniture that is hand-made. The trend is more toward artisan work and not mass produced. I know this can be expensive; however, think of adding a woven ottoman, for example:

4. Reclaimed Materials and Fabrics

Old wood, reclaimed fabrics and “retro” style prints are trending. Consider adding old wood in an area such as around your fireplace, or in a piece of furniture.

Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table rustic-coffee-tables

5. Jewel Tone Paint, Furniture, and Accessories

You will find lovely jewel tone colors in all facets of home decorating this fall. From kitchen cabinets to accent walls and pieces, there are many examples of lovely jewel toned home decorating elements, click here to view.

Redesign RightIf your home is in need of a refresh this fall, perhaps a new paint color, or a way to pull it altogether call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email for 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.