Category Archives: Interior Redesign

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.)

Redesign: The Quick Solution for your Home Decorating Dilemmas

As we begin October, it’s a good time to look at your home checklist before the crazy holiday season begins. What does that look like for you? Take stock of your home, walk around and with fresh-eyes ask yourself, “Am I happy with the way my home looks?” If you find you need a new look, consider a home redesign! Fortunately, Redesign Right offers an hourly option for the do-it-yourself project or a one-day full-service package. You decide what would work for you and your budget; no project is too small or large for us to handle!

We can help with:

  • decorating a single room or an entire home.
  • space planning.
  • recommendations for furniture arrangement, lighting, artwork, window dressings, accessories and finishing touches.
  • support with remodeling choices for additions, kitchen and bath renovations (tile, flooring, countertops, etc.).
  • paint color and color palette selection.
  • shopping assistance available with or without you (furniture, window treatments, lighting, artwork, and accessories).
  • incorporate your cherished possessions and current furniture into a lovely design.

Let Redesign Right get you started in the right direction before the holiday frenzy starts and help give stale rooms a strong foundation that flows correctly and have the proper accessories for pop and excitement.

Here are examples of Before and After photos from the Redesign Right team:

Learn more about about Redesign Right’s decorating options by clicking here. Contact Debbie to set up a consultation soon 610.955.8202 or email.

Recent testimonial:

Hiring Redesign Right was the best decision that I made, and I’ve been blessed with Debbie’s guidance styling two homes. I first met Debbie when we were considering downsizing.  She quickly & expertly went room by room to advise staging ideas; our house sold in 4 days! She has exactly what I was looking for–energy, enthusiasm, great ideas and a wealth of knowledge and access to anything and everything in the design space. She got me to step out of my preconceived idea of what I thought I wanted for our space. I am so happy she did! Six months later, my husband and I moved into a smaller home and needed to combine styles, with less furniture and décor, for a fresh new feel. It seemed a daunting task to us but not for Debbie! She was instrumental in helping my husband, and I finish several rooms. We had a lot of the core furniture, but the room did not feel “done.” She came up with a game plan, incorporated some of our existing furniture and some new items such as window treatments, rug, lighting, etc. She’s patient and when we didn’t like something, would come back with new options.

I am so impressed with her knowledge and style. Debbie has impeccable taste and an incredible ability to envision how space should be reconfigured and redesigned. She’s easy to work with and is always mindful of our budget. She is flexible in coming up with creative solutions and helping us prioritize, and I especially appreciated the times that she sat us down, explained the motivations behind her design choices, and was honest about the negative ramifications when we were about to deviate from the design specs. Her honest guidance and advice helped us reach a better result than I could have imagined, and I know for sure that I will be contacting Redesign Right first and foremost for my future projects. We are truly enjoying the lovely home we’ve created together. It brings us beauty, comfort, and joy! I highly recommend her and am grateful for her continued support. – Karen S.

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-Step Guest Room Makeover

I know it’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving will be here soon, is your home ready for guests? I always think it is a good idea to walk into your guest room and look around with fresh eyes and ask yourself, “If I stayed here overnight would I be comfortable? Do I like the room, does it make me happy and peaceful?”

If your response is not what you would like it to be, let me help you. I can completely take all the stress out of this pre-holiday situation. In a consultation, I can meet with you, and we can decide:

  • what you want to change,
  • what you have to work with and what should be added, and
  • we can discuss paint color if needed.

After the consultation, you will have an itemized list of things to do and exactly what to shop for to complete the look you want. Interested in checking this stress off your list, click here to contact me.

For a 3-step guest room makeover without spending a fortune, consider the following ideas:

  1. Add a Duvet:  If you don’t like your current bedspread, consider covering it with a duvet! Click here to view some attractive options from Pottery Barn.
  1. Add a Table Lamp:  If your guest room only has an overhead light, add a beautiful night table and reading light. The lamp could tie in with the new duvet’s pop color, or add a touch of sparkle by picking a metal such as silver or gold. Click here to view ideas from Kirkland’s.
  1. Add a touch of comfort:  Add a cozy throw at the foot of the bed that complements your new duvet and lamp color! As a bonus, you may want to include a few decorative pillows (be sure to have space for these pillows to be stored in a basket or spot in the closet.) For a soft and cozy look add a bit of faux fur, click here to view some beautiful pillows and throws from Pier1.

For a detailed 15-item checklist to ensure that your guest room is ready for the holidays, read my decorating article titled, “Is Your Guest Room Ready for Visitors?

If you are concerned about not being ready for your guests, let Redesign Right help you so you can concentrate on cooking and shopping! For all your home decorating, color and fabric choice suggestions, contact Debbie Correale 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 and .

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Color Me Cozy in 5 Easy Steps

Cozy Reading AreaAs we go from October into winter, the days shorten and my desire to curl up with a good book or movie intensifies. Do you have a spot you call your own in your house? If not, let’s create one in five easy steps:

First, you need to find the right place in your home, by a window or use a portion of a room where you think you could have some peace.

1. Find the Perfect Chair

This chair should be one that is comfortable for you, not your kids, not the dog, no one but you! If you don’t have a chair that you can repurpose from another part of your house, check home stores in your area or online sites. You can create your cozy area without spending a fortune, take your time to find the right pieces.

2. Comfortable Pillows

Let’s face it, there are plenty of gorgeous pillows but are they right for you in your cozy space? You want it to be the right contour, flexibility and made of soft materials not itchy or rough.

3. A Cozy Throw

You may want to purchase your pillows and throw at the same time so you can coordinate them. There are many options available from faux fur, wool, chenille, to a comfortable knit.

4. Side Table

The space that you need to set your book and a cup of tea doesn’t have to be very big.  Walk around your house and see if there is something you could repurpose. For example, a lovely garden stool, stacked beautiful boxes, a narrow bookcase, or a plant stand (it should not be too tall, as tall as the arm of the chair.)

5. A Floor or Table Lamp for Reading

If you have a side table that is big enough, you can use a table lamp that is designed to give you enough light to read. Or you may consider a floor lamp, and there are many options and styles available, click here to view ideas.

To give you some inspiration and product ideas I created a Pinterest Board, click here to view. For a list of online resources to check for affordable options for the list above check out:

Redesign RightIf you need help pulling your home together and figuring out how we can create a cozy space just for you, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or email. For a complete pre-holiday, fix-it consultation, Redesign Right can help!

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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Let a Redesign Take Away Your Stress

Redesign RightAs we head into the last quarter of this year, we enter one of the busiest and enjoyable times of the year. A time for beautiful home décor, fantastic food, and fun with friends and family. Is your home ready for guests and entertainment? If you are over-worked, feeling frazzled, and need to give your home a fresh or settled look, consider a redesign!

If you have friends or family arriving, the stress of preparing your home, so it is guest-ready with everything else that you have to do may be overwhelming. Wouldn’t you love not to have to say, “I tried to get my house ready, but I ran out of time.” Honestly, with all of our responsibilities is it worth the stress? Why not outsource this task? A Design in a Day may be just the ticket! Imagine leaving your house in the morning and coming home to a completely redesigned and arranged home!

Redesign Right’s stress-free Design in a Day process:

  • We start with a one-to-one consultation to establish your lifestyle, tastes, hopes and dreams.
  • We specialize in giving stale rooms strong foundations that flow and accessories that create pop and excitement.
  • We start with and incorporate your cherished possessions into the design scheme.
  • Our home decorating, interior redesign and design services are affordable and can be customized to fit your needs.
  • No job is too big or too small.

I enjoy Fall home decorating as it nicely flows from October through Thanksgiving. If you would like some fall decorating ideas and tips, click here to check out my Pinterest board. A redesign is also a fabulous gift for that special friend or relative that has everything as it’s a quality of life gift. If you would like to learn more about Gift Certificates with Redesign Right, click here.

Redesign RightContact Debbie 610.955.8202 or email to schedule your consultation soon!

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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Ready-Move-Design Package

Redesigned Living RoomDo any of these questions apply to you?        

  • Are you planning on moving soon?
  • Did you move in last year and still feel unsettled in your home?
  • Wouldn’t you love to have a fully decorated home; not worrying about furniture or accessory placement?

Did you know that Redesign Right offers a convenient design service to help you take the hassle out of moving into a new home!

Here’s how the Ready-Move-Design Package works:

  1. Schedule a consultation with Redesign Right. If it is a local move, we recommend visiting both the present home and the newly purchased home so we can better assess belongings and space planning.
  1. During the consultation, we will discuss the move-in schedule, details, and review your decorating style and expectations. We will discuss additional decorating requirements and wall color as well as a color scheme for the new home. We will talk about the overall personality of the home making sure to incorporate unique artwork and family heirlooms into the design.
  1. Once we determine a plan, the client secures their favorite movers and moves in! Once everything has arrived, and boxes are unpacked, it is time to schedule your one-day Redesign!
  1. DAY OF REDESIGN – Redesign Rights arrives in the morning with trained designers and magically works all day creating beautiful spaces based on your criteria and wishes. At the end of the day you return home for the big reveal (just like on TV)! You enter into an entirely settled, beautifully decorated home! What we do is magical!

I recently helped a client who had just moved into her home, and she was thrilled with the result and stated, “Debbie turned my house into a home in less than six hours.” Let Redesign Right do the same for you!

Redesign RightRedesign Right services the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area including Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Lancaster and Lehigh counties, also select areas of Delaware and New Jersey. We have traveled to clients in the Northeast and would be willing to discuss any needs with you to see if we can help you out with your Ready-Move-Design Package! Call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email for more information!

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

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What happens during a redesign?

Sitting AreaIn my last Interior Redesign and Home Staging class, I hired a friend to come in and take photos during the redesign. Afterward, she was telling me about the things she learned, and I asked her if she wouldn’t mind writing an article for me that I could share with my readers. It’s fun to hear from an outside observer, and here are her words:

It’s hard work doing a redesign.

Have you watched those design in a day shows where they come in with new furniture and accessories and create a stunning result? Debbie’s challenge is that she works with what the homeowner already owns and has to produce a stunning result in a day! Debbie’s trained eye scans the house for any items, always looking for the right material, color and size to use in a room. The team of redesigners works with what the homeowner already owns, plus any items that they may have purchased for the redesign. Debbie updates the room and offers a fresh look, and the result is incredible to see.

There’s a reason when a room doesn’t look right.

There are rules for where things should and should not be placed. Never in my life have I seen people agonize over an angle of where the couch should go. There are good reasons for this level of striving to get it right; it affects the overall look. To you or I, we eyeball things and decide if it looks good or not. We may not know why or we simply are never happy with the way it looks. There are guidelines to use for size, color, and placement and though I don’t know what the rules are seeing the finished result from a professional redesigner has made me very appreciative of those rules!

Hanging items on the wall should be measured.

I watched a group of redesigners as they planned out, measured, and appropriately hung a gallery wall that looked stunning when completed. Each picture was measured and hung with specific procedures, it was incredible to see the process, and it made me appreciate that just winging it, which has been my general motto, is not the best way to hang anything.

The reveal is just like on TV.

Imagine leaving your house in the morning leaving everything bare, and all your accessories piled in one room and coming home to a different home. It was the most beautiful thing to watch the expression of absolute disbelief as they walk around their house, seeing all of their wonderful things, placed in a fresh and useful arrangement. I’ll have to admit, even a little emotional.

Redesign RightThank you for your contribution! I always love to hear from other people and listen to what they are thinking and seeing. If you would like to learn more about what a redesign can do for you or your home, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email, and we can discuss your needs! To read more about the redesign process, click here. If you would like to learn more about the class, click here, to read more.

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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Live or Online Design, which is best?

Select Fabric and Color OptionsI have been in the business of interior redesign and home staging for over 13 years now and in that time I have seen a lot of changes in this business. One change is virtual designing, and I wanted to discuss this topic in my decorating article.

With the increased use of mobile devices and web-based services, I have been asked about virtual designing. Many of these online services say that they are a good alternative to designers who are not able to handle your small job.

Redesign Right Bonus

At Redesign Right, there are no jobs too small or too big and we start the redesign with what you already own and within your budget. We get to know you and your home and gain a good understanding of your design style and lifestyle. Because we offer a certification program in Interior Redesign, the one-on-one meeting turns into a mini-design training session where the homeowner walks away with a new tidbit of decorating know-how.

You would be amazed at the number of times a beautiful item has been discovered during the consultation, either hidden or in storage, that could serve another purpose. Redesign Right helps you resurrect these great treasures to recreate your new space!

All designs are created to grow with you. Therefore, if we do a redesign on your living room, and you are not happy with your couch and cannot get a new one until a later date, the design is done in such a way that you can add the new couch without another redesign.

The Paint Color Question

You have no idea how many times someone has called me up and asked, “I need a paint color recommendation. Can you give me the best color beige?” The reason why this is challenging to do without being in the room is that many things can affect how a color looks in a room. For example, the reflection of light, the color of the rug, the color of the artwork or couch can all affect how a “color” will look to you. Have you ever painted a room that looked fabulous on the sample card and you were 100% sure it was what you wanted and then when it was on the walls it just didn’t feel right? Redesign Right can affordably help you avoid this problem in a one-hour consultation.

Redesign RightRedesign Right offers explicit directions including size, color, and shape of exactly what to purchase, or can go shopping with you if that’s what you would like to do, to complete a look. Redesign Right is an affordable option and can help you save money as you will not purchase the wrong items for a room. Give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or email and let’s create the room you want!

Testimonial:

“I cannot give a stronger recommendation for Redesign Right to anyone looking to upgrade their home decor. After being in our house for almost three years, our rooms still had an unfinished look. We needed expertise particularly with furniture placement and with accessorizing rooms. A friend passed along the name of Debbie Correale, and we could not be more pleased with the results. The first time that she came to our house, Debbie gave us some simple and easy suggestions for changes that we could make right away. In the weeks that followed, Debbie advised us on accessories that would compliment our style, and she redesigned our rooms to maximize comfort and conversation, using items that we already had and the new items that she suggested. We are thrilled with the results and have received several compliments from guests on our rooms’ new look. We plan to have Debbie return in the coming months to help with redesigning some additional rooms. In addition to doing great work, Debbie is a pleasure to work with; she’s friendly and outgoing and a true joy to welcome into our home.” – Eileen D.

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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Redesign vs. Home Staging

Kathy Hughes afters (me)-00015-quoteI realized the other day that I use in my everyday vocabulary words like home staging and redesign all the time and have found that people do not always understand the difference or what they mean. This week’s decorating article will focus on the definition of these terms and how they can potentially impact you.

What is Redesign?

A redesign of an interior of a home or office is a change in the appearance, function, and potentially content. When you contact me to help you with fabric or paint selection, or to help you make a room more useful, appealing, and lovely all of those actions are part of a redesign. A redesign involves working with the items you have and perhaps suggesting items to purchase to complete a finished look. A redesign may include assisting you in shopping for the proper flooring, tile, accessories or furniture.

What is Home Staging?

Home staging involves getting your home ready for sale. Home staging is different than a redesign in that the goal is to amplify the strengths of your home for a potential buyer. Clearing out clutter, maximizing room flow, minimizing the amount of things that are displayed, reducing furniture, removing personal things. All of these activities are included in a home staging. The goal is to present the best features of a home to make the potential buyer walk away with a feeling of, “Yes, I can see my sofa there, I love it!

I put together a fun video showing you the steps in staging a built-in bookcase where few elements were used, and the result is pleasant to the eye, not distracting, and displays the potential of the bookcase beautifully.

Redesign RightIf you need help with a room redesign, or if you plan to sell your home soon and would like your home staged call Debbie 610.955.8202 for a consultation or fill out the interest form.

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 .

How to Setup and Decorate a Home Office

officeWe live in a time where more and more people are working from home. What is the state of your home office? If you find yourself living around a mass of clutter, it’s time to get your home office in order! Your office setup will consist of a work space for your computer, an area to keep books and notebooks, and an area for supplies and any archival filings. In general, everything should have a place.

I love the concepts taught by Marie Kondo in her “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up:  The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.” If you follow her rules, you will find success. Discard things first and think about storing them second. As you go through your office things, pick up each item and ask yourself, “Does this object spark joy?” If you have no use for an item and no longer need it, thank it and discard. When I say discard, if it’s an item that can be donated, please do so, and recycle your paper. If it’s too much for you or the paper has sensitive information on it, there are shredding centers that can handle this for you. Your local office supply store will offer a paper shredding option, click here for more information.

Once you have your things in order, you can get down to decorating! My favorite part! I set up an IdeaBook on Houzz for you to peruse and get some ideas, click here to view. If you are starting from scratch and need to set up your home office, click here to see some lovely furniture options from Pottery Barn. If you prefer a minimalist, and modern look (also affordable) click here to see options from Ikea. Keep in mind that your office does not have to be void of color, in fact, I highly recommend adding colors that make you happy, creative and inspire you. Check out these colorful filing systems from the Container Store, very fun!

5 Point Home Office Checklist:

  1. Add a fresh coat of paint and window treatments to let in natural light. If your home office gets afternoon sun, you will want a way to keep the sun out of your eyes. Consider a window option that lets light in without it being direct; such as shutters or blinds.
  2. Add proper lighting for your work and comfort; this will mean more than a desk lamp. The desk lamp serves as task lighting, and the ambient light will fill your office with a soft light. For an in-depth article on how to choose the proper desk lamp for you click here.
  3. Add a chair for guests and a new spot for you to sit if you need a break from the computer.
  4. Add a beautiful rug.
  5. Add artwork that brings you joy. The artwork could be a wonderful place you love to vacation, your kid’s artwork, or inspirational quotes. Incorporate whatever sparks your happiness!

If you are considering a new office chair, there are several things to take into account. If your job requires that you work in front of a computer, you will want the proper chair for your desk, click here to read a fabulous article from ApartmentTherapy.com on the six things you need to look for in an office chair. If you have problems with your back, neck, or posture consider a Balance Ball Chair, click here for more information. The Gaiam website states, “The Balance Ball Chair provides all-day ergonomic support for a stronger healthier back. By sitting on the ball, you’ll improve your posture and spinal alignment while getting a powerful core-strengthening workout.”

For tips on ways to hide cables, unsightly router or cable boxes, click here to view my Pinterest board. I also found this fabulous article on how to hide cables, click here to read.

Redesign RightIf you need help picking out the right desk, fabric, paint color or trying to arrange your office setup, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 for a consultation or fill out a contact email. I look forward to helping you be more productive and happy in your home office space!

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 .