Category Archives: Interior Decorating

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.

How to Create a Comfortable Home

As we head into fall and the weather gets cooler here on the east coast, we long for warmth and comfort. What does that look like for you? There are many trending concepts to support a simpler, back-to-basics, way of life. To name a couple:

Hygge, pronounced “hoo-ga”

Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and author of “The Little Book of Hygge,” 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.”

Wabi-Sabi

Photo by Designdock LakberendezésDiscover living room design inspiration

There are various meanings to this Japanese term, here is an explanation from Leonard Koren, author of Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers:

“Wabi Sabi is the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete, the antithesis of our classical Western notion of beauty as something perfect, enduring, and monumental.”

Photo by Designdock Lakberendezés – Discover living room design inspiration

These concepts embrace the idea that your home should be a place of sanctuary in a simple and clutter-free way. Think about colors found in nature, weathered materials that are truly weathered-by-age. Pull out that old family frame or chest, regardless of the imperfections and add it to a room. The theory is that items loved by time have more meaning and add a peaceful feel to a room.

How can you create a simple, cozy, sanctuary-like area in your home?

  1. Remove the clutter. Create a no-technology zone where you and your guests can take a break and relax.
  2. Get comfortable. Create a comfortable area for you and your guests, with the proper pillows, fun textured throws, and various candles to burn.
  3. Embrace nature. Bring interesting branches or cuttings from your yard into your home, place in a vase as part of a centerpiece, use the colors of the season.
  4. Incorporate old and weathered items into your space.
  5. Have friends over and entertain in a relaxing environment. Have a movie night or a game night, having friends over does not have to be complicated. Think warm drinks such as tea or coffee, and plenty of relaxation.

It’s all about creating a peaceful area in your home, regardless of what is happening in your world, your home should be a sanctuary that is comfortable for you to enjoy and make new memories. If you need helRedesign Right, LLCp picking the proper colors for your home or need a home decorating refresh, call 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. (Featured Photo from Houzz:  Hoedemaker Pfeiffer)

5 Quick Home Decorating Tips under $50

Do you find that sometimes you just want a change in your home decorating? I have childhood memories of moving the furniture around in my room to create a new look; the need for decorating change started young for me! For all of you looking for a home decorating idea, I have five tips, and the bonus is that they can be done for less than $50!

1. Add a fun mirror.

If you have an area in a room that may be drab or dark, consider adding a mirror. For a modern look, click here for a 47” round mirror from Target. Hang it above a book case, small wall table, in a dark hallway, or anywhere needing a fresh look.

2. Add a plant.

Plants are fabulous for instant home décor, and they offer health benefits by purifying the air.  You can fill an empty spot with a lovely color of green. You can pick up affordable palms that can be found at your local home store such as Home Depot. Now is a perfect time to purchase decorative pots as many are on end-of-summer sales. Philodendrons are a good choice for inexpensive indoor plants as they do well as table top plants to add a spark of life to your table décor.

3. Add a new pop color by painting a piece of furniture.

Depending on what type of furniture you are painting will depend on how it should be painted. You can quickly transform a small piece into an unexpected pop of color in the room. Pick a fun accent color.  Perhaps your inspiration color is already present in your couch, rug or art.

4. Add decoration with a fun tray.

If you need a quick coffee table arrangement, add a tray to tie a vignette of accessories together. Transform a tray you own, or pick one up at your local craft store and grab the paint you will need while you are there. For inspiration, click here to view ideas on Pinterest.

5. Add a stunning pillow.

Choose from one of the many embellished, beaded, faux fur, beautiful embroidered pillows that can be quite expensive. Because you are buying only one as a pop of color or texture to an existing room, it’s a fun way to add interest and a flash of panache to a drab chair or love-seat.

Redesign Right, LLCExperiment and have some fun!  Or give me a call 610.955.8202 or email and we can think outside the box together!

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.

Beautiful Bathroom Trend – Gold and Brass

In the past, we have seen bathrooms using whites, creams, and beiges mixed with gold and brass fixtures. There is a new look trending now in bathroom design where you use tones of dark gray or blue with brass or gold fixtures, and the results are stunning! Here are a few fabulous examples:

If you love the idea of adding a touch of gold or brass, check out this bathroom where they mixed polished chrome fixtures and aged-gold accents in the handles on the cabinets, mirror, and light fixtures. The result is beautiful:

Photo by Sophie Burke DesignMore bathroom ideas

Do you love the look of shabby chic? If you are a do-it-yourself type, consider turning a cabinet into a bathroom vanity. Be inspired by this lovely bathroom:

Photo by Cupic Custom Homes LLCBrowse bathroom ideas

For instructions on how you can turn a cabinet into a bathroom vanity from HGTV, click here. If you decide to go this route, you may want to give Annie Sloan paint a try, click here to view instructional videos on her YouTube channel.

Redesign Right, LLCFor all your color, home decorating, and home staging needs, contact Debbie 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 Image from Houzz:  Hunter Douglas.

Paint Your Staircase Railing

I love decorating changes that can be made in a weekend or less and have a big impact on the overall feel and look of a room or area. Assuming you live in a multi-level home, one way to make a significant design change is by changing the color of your railing on your staircase. Personally, I have a favorite color that I recommend to my clients Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams offers the perfect black.

Painted Black Railing

I love this idea where they painted the railing and spindles all gray:

Photo by Optimise DesignMore staircase ideas

In this example, they painted the spindles of their stairs Nantucket Gray by Benjamin Moore that is also the color of the trim. They left the rail wood stained to match the wood accents throughout the home, and the result is beautiful:

Photo by CK ArchitectsDiscover staircase design ideas

Depending on the size of your home and the amount of light you have, painting the railing and spindles all black makes a dramatic statement:

Photo by Edmonds + Lee ArchitectsSearch staircase pictures

Another idea is to replace your spindles with iron. There are many designs available and to keep the design from being too busy, you would want to map out visually exactly the look you want. For some idea of the variety in iron spindles, click here. Also, this could be a do-it-yourself project; however, the complexity depends on the type of staircase that you have and your experience; it may be a job left to the professionals. Click here for a PDF from Home Depot on how to install iron balusters.

For inspiration on how iron spindles look in a stair case:

Photo by Gast ArchitectsMore dining room ideas

Redesign Right, LLCFor all your color consultations, home decorating, and home staging needs call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email to set up your consultation. If you love home decorating, wish to turn your passion into a career, and get your dream-life going, click here to learn how to 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.

6 Kitchen Lighting Styles and Trends

To have the optimal lighting in your kitchen, you need the proper combination of task, ambient and decorative lighting. It’s important to have the light you need when you need it and ensure that space feels comfortable and not like an operating room when you want warm, soft light. In this article, I would like to focus on over sized decorative fixtures that are popular in kitchen lighting showrooms. The unusual aspect of this trend is that it creates drama in an area of the house that is usually drama-less in décor.

Be prepared to be inspired and wowed! If you are looking for a new light fixture for your kitchen or planning a remodel, you will have no problem finding the look you love. Create an IdeaBook on Houzz and save the photos you like for future reference.

Style:  Farmhouse

Style:  Industrial

Style:  Modern

Style:  Transitional

Style:  Contemporary

Style:  Traditional

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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.

3 Trends in Bathroom Design

I love the new bathroom products that are now affordable and available to homeowners. I wanted to review three spectacular trends in bathroom design.

1. Showers that are easily accessible to anyone are in demand.

The life-cycle shower does not have a threshold making it accessible to everyone with a clean and sleek look.

2. Calm and peaceful bathroom settings that have less stuff and are stylish with simple lines are trending.

You will see more showers that are frameless and easy to access.

An example of an expansive and frameless shower:

3. Homeowners are requesting low maintenance, and easy to clean bathrooms.

You will see bathrooms using large square or rectangular shaped tiles to reduce grout lines, and some are installing contemporary wall panels. Kohler’s Choreograph Shower Wall collection offers a variety of high-end wall panels, to view them click here.

Large scale and 3D tile, such as this Ona Natural tile from Porcelanosa:

An example of large square tile:

An example of large rectangular tile:

Even if you have a small bath area, you can achieve a sleek style using large scale tile and a stationary glass enclosure:

There are many configurations available depending on your bathroom size and requirements. For some inspiration, here are a few ideas to consider.

An example of a frameless style that slides instead of a door opening:

An example of a hinged tub door, using clear glass and chrome:

DreamLine Aqua Ultra 57-60"x 58" Hinged Tub Door, Chrome

An example of no door, stationary glass:

 
Tip:  You will see frameless shower doors installed with Clips and U-Channels. Both options support the stationary panels in your shower enclosure. Clips are the favored option because of the sleek look and clean style. The installation is more expensive as holes have to be cut into the glass for the Clips to stay in place. The U-Channel is easier and less costly to install.

An example of the Clips:

An example of the U-Channel:

 

Redesign Right, LLCIf you want to update your bathroom, and you need help choosing your bathroom colors, matching tile or choosing the proper finish for the hardware or lighting fixtures, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email. We will set up a consultation and help you to make the right choice the first time.

 
SaveBy 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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Kitchen and Bath Flooring Trends

Porcelain TileIs your kitchen or bath flooring looking tired and old? If you are ready for a change or considering a remodel for your kitchen or bath and struggling to decide, let me help.

From my experience, wood flooring is still the most popular flooring. However, kitchens and bathrooms are not the most conducive to handling real wood because of the water and high humidity issues. There are fantastic options where you can achieve the desired look and satisfy the limitations. Also trending are the wider plank flooring in colors of blonde or gray looking woods. I wanted to focus on two durable options where there has been an explosion of new products and looks:  luxury vinyl flooring and porcelain tiles.

Luxury Vinyl Flooring:

Luxury Vinyl flooring is different from standard vinyl in that it looks like it’s made of natural materials such as wood or stone. It is an excellent project for those who are do-it-yourself types as this flooring is easy to install compared to other types.

Beautiful contemporary kitchen featuring Armstrong Flooring Timber Bay-Barnyard Gray flooring:

If you are looking for DIY projects and interesting ways to lay vinyl tiles, click here for ideas and instructions from Armstrong Flooring.

Understand the difference between Luxury Vinyl and Laminate:

Laminate has a fiberboard layer and cannot get wet and is not recommended for Kitchen or Bath. Whereas, luxury vinyl can handle full liquid submersion without any issues. You will want to check the “wear layer” – the higher that number is, the more durable the flooring will be to foot traffic. This layer is of particular importance if you have kids or pets and need the highest durability rating. Another aspect to consider is that luxury vinyl is warmer than a porcelain tile under foot and is more forgiving if you are prone to drop things. (For further details read this article from Gohaus.com.)

Understanding Porcelain and Ceramic tile:

Porcelain is denser and less porous than ceramic tile and makes a good choice for flooring. To label a tile as porcelain it has to be certified as such, click here to read more about this topic.

Modern kitchen with porcelain tile:

Marble looking porcelain tile:

Porcelain tiles in wood and marble in a fun pattern:

Redesign Right, LLCIf you need help picking out a flooring product, trying to match it with existing colors, or wish to create a new color palette, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email and let’s save you time and aggravation and get this project 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.

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