Category Archives: Outdoor Decorating

5 Tips to Add New Life to Your Outdoor Containers

As we go from summer to fall here on the East coast, some of the plants in our containers look shabby or have died. I have a few ideas to help you give them a fresh look as we go into Fall. The first thing you need to do is remove all the dead or dying plants and assess what is salvageable.  Here are five ways you can keep your outdoor containers looking great:

1. Add ornamental grass for height and color.

If your vines still look good and all your annuals are gone, replace them with a lovely ornamental grass. One of my favorites is the Purple Fountain Grass because of its beautiful color, texture, and height.

2. Fill empty spots with branches or twigs.

If your container needs instant height, take some cuttings from your trees and strategically place them in the center of the container to add interest. If you want a particular color, use spray paint. My recommendation, keep the colors based on the colors of the season. If you don’t have trees to cut from, go to your local craft store and go through the dried or silk floral area and find the shape, height, color that you want to use to fill in empty spots.

3. Add late blooming plants.

Go to your local garden center to find the best options. In our area, Cone Flowers, Black-eyed Susan, Zinnia, and Pansies continue to bloom into the fall. Though it may seem too early for Chrysanthemum, you will see them in your garden centers, incorporate them into existing pots to add color and interest! There are also cooler weather succulents that you can add, again check your local garden center for options.

4. Fill in bare areas with accessories.

Does is sound crazy to add accessories to your containers? Why not! Think about adding a Mirror Globe gazing ball that will reflect the colors from existing plants and fill up space. Or, add a solar-powered lantern for interest during the day or night. If you already have a lantern you want to use, add an outdoor battery-powered candle (that has a timer). Do you have a favorite yard statue or a garden gnome? Consider moving it to the bare area of your pot for a whimsical look.

5. Reshuffle your pots and arrange them for interest.

Move your pots around to create a color interest. Consolidate containers to maximize interest in one pot. If all the flowers in small pots have died, consider placing them in the center of a larger pot, based on color and insert tree cuttings or twigs to achieve the desired height.

Photo by Singing GardensSearch patio design ideas

I hope these five tips help you enjoy your outdoor time as long as possible this summer season! If you need home decorating or home staging assistance, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email, I would love to help!

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:  Kim Gamel.)

5 Tips for a Fabulous Deck or Patio Area

As we head into summer and have the ability to spend peaceful time outside on our deck or patio, is your outdoor seating area what you would like for it to be? For a fresh look, enjoy these five tips to help you achieve the look you want for your outdoor seating, entertaining and eating area.

1. Bring the comforts of the indoors outside.

In a sunny area, add a solar powered lamp that you can make yourself! Click here to see the step-by-step instructions; you will be amazed at how easy this is to create!

2. Warm up your setting with the soft glow of candles.

3. Any space, small or large, can get a fresh look by the use of pops of color and patterns.

In this example, the seating area is pulled together with a lovely shade of blue in the pillows and accessories.

On this balcony, red is a fantastic color to make this small space shine with comfort and interest.

4. Incorporate plants into your outdoor area.

You will want to vary the height of the plants to create your conversation areas and add potted flowers for color and beauty. If you are placing pots in a full-sun area you will want to choose heat-tolerant plants, click here to review a list of options. Use a potting soil that will help maintain moisture if you are not a consistent person that waters, such as MiracleGro’s Moisture Control Potting Soil. If you already have the potting soil add the “water storing crystals” to the soil, link for more information.

5. Paint your furniture a new color.

I recently had a client, inspired by my latest articles on furniture transformation, sent me photos of her latest DIY project. She transformed a bistro style table and chairs with new paint colors.

Furniture before being painted:

Bistro Table Before Painted

Furniture after being painted:

Deck Furniture Bistro Style Painted

What a difference! She didn’t like the color it was and used Rustoleum’s Paint + Primer in Satin Espresso, and finished it with Rustoleum’s Metallic Flat Burnished Amber for a slight metallic sheen. A couple of tips that she offered:  Your hand gets tired from spray-painting, to help, use the Rustoleum Spray Paint Can Soft Grip to prevent hand fatigue. Wear gloves; nitrile is the strongest won’t tear as easily. Now all she needs to do is figure out some fun pillows! The best part of any redesign, the accessories! Thank you for sharing your fabulous project with us!

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Outdoor Decorating Trends

shutterstock_286718537I love this time of year, warmer weather, longer days and a time to think about outside entertaining. Is your deck or patio ready for guests? Just as there are trends in indoor décor, you will see the same in outdoor decorating. There are some new trends this year I wanted to share with you.

Indoors Goes Outdoors

The concept of creating a look outdoors that appears like the indoors isn’t new, the amount of items and accessories available is more readily found and at an affordable price. Just as we like a cozy and comfortable indoor, we have the same expectation outdoors. You will see more options in rugs, ottomans, side tables, outdoor lighting and all the accessories to complete a comfortable and stylish outdoor seating area.

The options for brightly patterned and colored cushions and pillows are plentiful, click here to view some options. You will see more furniture made of natural items such as rattan, wicker, and teak. This style from the ‘70s will make a big comeback with a mixture of these materials, incorporating weaving and a “crochet” look.  Click here for an example of mixed materials in outdoor seating.

You will need an option for storing your throws and candles and anything you would not want to be exposed to nature all the time. I love this idea from Target, it uses the look of wicker and serves as a coffee table and storage area, ideal for a small deck or patio.

Finish the Look

  • Pick the pop color you wish to use in your outdoor seating area and incorporate it into garden stools that will serve as side tables.
  • Add a beautiful rug to create a conversation area.
  • Add lighting. Use table lamps constructed for outdoor use or string lights, whatever fits your style.
  • For some inspiration check out my Pinterest board displaying seating arrangements and accessories.

If you are not in the market for new furniture and want to bring life back to your old furniture here are a few tips:

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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, and .

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Front Door Refresher Tips

Springtime Front DoorAs we prepare for Spring, it’s a good time to reevaluate your front door and overall entrance impression. I decided to take a fun approach to this topic that I find fascinating. In Feng Shui, the entrance of your home is considered important as your house receives energy, or Chi, from this entry. What is Feng Shui (pronounced “fung shway”)? The phrase is comprised of two Chinese words feng meaning wind and shui meaning water. The thought is that wind and water are the two elements essential to humans. These key elements are carriers of chi, life force or life energy. Mind Body Green offers this explanation:

Feng shui is a powerful method of experiencing more balance, joy, and inspiration in your life. The ancient Chinese art and science of feng shui give you the tools to create balance and harmony in your surroundings, which helps you to move forward with ease and inspiration. One of the basic tenets of feng shui is that you are influenced by everything in your outer environment. So, if you arrange your environment in a way that properly circulates life-force energy, you will flourish.

In conclusion, if your front door has good health and is balanced the better the result you will have in your home. On that topic, here are a few ways to ensure good Feng Shui for your entrance:

  1. Remove the clutter from your entrance and clean all debris, wash windows, to increase the flow of energy to your home.
  2. Check the way your door looks. Does it need to be painted? Is the hardware rusted and need to be replaced?
  3. Add proper lighting.
  4. Note, the direction that your front door faces determine the paint color you should use, click here to read an article on picking the proper front door color using Feng Shui guidance.

As I have been in the Interior Decorating and Home Staging business for over 15 years, I know that the impression of the front door is critical and sets the tone for how someone feels when walking into the house. I take homeowners through the step of looking at their front door with fresh eyes, at the door, and from the street view. They are both critical when you are trying to sell your home and make a good impression. Here are a few of my personal recommendations:

  • Add appropriately sized pots with tall, healthy plants (that you can see from the street) at the entrance; they should not block your way.
  • Add a new and clean welcome mat.
  • Clean your front door, add fresh paint, and hardware.
  • Add a springtime wreath that is welcoming.

Redesign RightMay your home bring you peace, joy, prosperity and happiness! If you need help with your interior decorating, picking paint colors, tile colors, countertops or fabric 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, and .

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10 Item Fall Checklist

shutterstock_184252874-resizedWe are in that transitional time when the temperatures during the day remain warm and the evening temperatures are cooler. The days are shorter than they were, and it is officially autumn. With the change of seasons, I wanted to give you a quick reference, a checklist of ten items to ensure your home stays in its best health.

10 Home Items to Check this Fall

  1. After all the leaves have fallen, clean out the gutters and downspouts, inspect joints, and tighten brackets if necessary.
  2. Caulk around windows and door frames to prevent heat from escaping.
  3. You can quickly add a new look to the outside of your home by changing the color of your front door or shutters. Click here for directions on how to paint your front door be sure to use an exterior paint.
  4. If your roof is older than 15 years, have it inspected for damage.
  5. If you have a wood burning fireplace, clean out all ash and have your flue and chimney inspected by a professional. Click here for an article on chimney cleaning and inspecting.
  6. Seal your driveway every two to three years to fill in any cracks and extend the life of the asphalt through winter.
  7. Heat rises so you will want to reverse the direction of your ceiling fan. You want the ceiling fan to create an upward draft that will redistribute warm air from the ceiling.
  8. Change the filter on your humidifier.
  9. Have your heating system checked by a professional. Replace your furnace filter; click here for help from Consumer Reports.
  10. Pick up yard waste and leaves. Remove dead and old plants and add some beautiful Chrysanthemums in their place.

Tip:  If you are planning on selling your home this fall, read my article titled, “Outdoor Home Staging,” to ensure your home presents well. If you need help with home staging, contact me.

Redesign RightIf you are looking for a way to freshen up your home, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email for a redesign to give your home a cozy and warm look this fall!

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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Do You Want to Build a Tree House?

shutterstock_359503529-resizedDo you have kids or grand kids that you want to encourage to play outdoors? Consider building a tree house! The popularity of tree houses has only increased over time. There are programs on cable such as The Treehouse Masters on Animal Planet and the upcoming Treehouse Guys which will premiere on the DIY Network July 14th. What a fun summertime project to do with your child or grandchild! For some inspiration on some very incredible tree houses for both kids and adults click here to view my Pinterest board which also includes some fun decorating ideas.

Plan

What should your tree house include? Here’s a list to consider:

  • Slide
  • Swing
  • Hammock
  • Climbing Wall or Climbing Net
  • Bridge
  • Telescope
  • Pirate Ship Wheel
  • Mailbox
  • Bucket and Pulley system
  • Lighting – electricity, solar lanterns
  • Periscope (Click here to view instructions on making your own.)

Instruction

For some online sites to review check out these resources:

Be sure to include games for the kids and plastic containers for found treasures! Visit Longwood Gardens to view some exquisite examples of tree houses. Have fun with your project, snap a photo and share on the Redesign Right Facebook page!

Redesign RightFor all your paint or fabric selection, redesign, accessory selection, home staging or training needs give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or email.

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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4 Ways to Liven Up Your Deck or Patio

shutterstock_286718537Are you getting ready for summertime parties and dining outdoors? Is your deck or patio in need of a fresh look? If you already have the furniture consider changing or adding the following:

  1. Lighting
  2. Rugs or Flooring
  3. Shade (if your deck or patio is in direct sunlight)
  4. Color

Outdoor Lighting Options

There are situations where you may not want to worry about real candles burning. In these cases, I suggest an outdoor LED candle available in many shapes and sizes. Personally, I prefer candles with timers (because who ever remembers to turn the candles off?) and find the candles that require two type AA are longer-lasting than those that require three AAA batteries. Another option is to use the white string lights or fairy lights, I have many saved ideas in my Outdoor Pinterest board, click here to view. If you have a lot of sunlight on your patio or deck, consider using fun solar powered lighting, such as these from Gardeners.

Outdoor Flooring Options

If you have a cement patio and wish you could change it, try instant flooring! Click here for an idea from Ikea to use outdoor floor tiles. Keep in mind that these instant floors can be utilized in an apartment or rental balconies where you want to add a different look as they “float” on top of the cement. Add a colorful rug to tie together conversation areas such as these ideas from Overstock.

Shade Options

If your deck or patio is in direct sunlight, you will want some shade. Add a table that can support an umbrella or if you have space, add a retractable awning or install a pergola. If you’re interested in the construction of a pergola, click here for instructions from DIYnetwork. Even if you live in an apartment or have a very small space to work with you can still have shade to make your outdoor area more enjoyable by using a half umbrella, click here to view an option from World Market.

Color Options

I saved my favorite topic for last! Use the same rules inside your house as you do outside! Don’t be afraid to use color which can be achieved in your furniture, pillows, throws, rugs, containers, or wall art. If you have vinyl siding, you will not want to put a hole through the siding to hang something! Instead, click here to view an option for hanging things from vinyl siding without affecting the siding. There are many options available to you for outdoor wall art; such as canvases, metal artwork, decorative ironworks, or rustic cottage-styled items. To view some ideas for inspiration, click here.

Color can come from beautiful flowering plants and various sizes and heights of containers. I also love the idea of hanging gardens, click here to view an idea. My Outdoor Pinterest board includes many ideas for vertical gardens and screening, click here to see.

Note:  With all of the viruses that mosquitoes carry you will want to manage them in your yard as much as possible. Click here for a Special Report: Moderating Menacing Mosquitoes from radio host, Mike McGrath from “You Bet Your Garden.” To view a report from Consumer Reports, click here for repellents that can be used by people.

Redesign RightHave fun with your deck or patio refresher! If you need assistance, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or email for all your color consultations, redesign, home staging, or training needs.

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 .

12 Item Checklist for Outdoor Staging

Beautiful YardAre you planning to sell your home soon? If so, you will want to take a good look at the outside of your home and be sure that it presents as nicely as possible for a potential buyer. The majority of buyers will first view your home online which means you will want quality photos done after you have prepared the outside of your home. Next, if the potential buyer lives locally, they will do a drive-by of your home.  You want to make sure the exterior of your home entices the buyer so much she calls for an appointment to see the rest of your home!

Let’s go over a 12 item checklist of must-dos to get you started on your exterior:

  1. Clean your entryway of all debris.
  2. Check your porch light(s); it’s the easiest thing to change out and offer a fresh look.
  3. Paint your front door, click here for instructions on the best techniques. If your house has shutters, do they need a new coat of paint as well? Keep in mind that your front door and shutter paint color do not have to match, but they should complement each other and go with the style of your home (and observe any Homeowners’ Association rules that may apply.)
  4. Do you need new hardware on your front door? If you plan to paint your door, this is a perfect time to remove and replace any hardware.
  5. Add a spotlight to illuminate a walkway, or add a featured focal point.
  6. Remove all toys, garden waste, etc.
  7. Plant beautiful seasonal flowers and mulch your beds.
  8. Trim your bushes and trees.
  9. Have your house and sidewalks power There should be no signs of mold!
  10. Seal your driveway.
  11. Add a new and inviting solid black Welcome mat.
  12. Add vibrant colored (ensure that they can be seen from the roadway) flowers to your entryway.

Do you know what the three top most desirable outdoor elements are for potential buyers? According to the 2015 American Society of Landscape Survey out of 581 respondents the top three most popular outdoor design elements include:

  • Fire pits / fireplaces – 78.0%
  • Lighting – 72.0%
  • Grills – 63.0%

What significance does this have? If you have any of the elements mentioned above, you will want to feature them! For example, if you have an outdoor fire pit, before showing your home arrange chairs around the fireplace or pit and display with colorful pillows that make the potential homeowner look at it and say, “Wow, I really like that!”

Redesign RightFor all your home staging needs Redesign Right has got you covered! Or if you need color, fabric, and home decorating, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 for a consultation or click here to email. No job is too big or too small!

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 .

Outdoor Springtime Clean Up

debbie-deck-2-500I love spring time and the prospect of what is just around the corner – summer! With summer fun in mind, I wanted to focus this week’s article on sprucing up the outside of your house. If you are planning to sell your home, or already have it on the market, you will want to review my article, “Outdoor Home Staging” that will help you get the outside staged for sale. Let’s open the windows, get some fresh air flowing and the sun in, get outside and see what we have to do to be summer ready!

Entryway Springtime Checklist:

  1. Clean your entryway of all debris.
  2. Check your porch light(s); it’s the easiest thing to change out and offer a fresh look.
  3. Paint your front door, click here for instructions on the best techniques. If your house has shutters, do they need a new coat of paint as well? Keep in mind that your front door and shutter paint color do not have to match, but they should complement each other and go with the style of your home (and observe any Homeowners’ Association rules that may apply.)
  4. Do you need new hardware on your front door? If you plan to paint your door, this is a perfect time to remove and replace any hardware.
  5. Add a spotlight to illuminate a walkway, or add a featured focal
  6. Add a new and inviting Welcome mat.
  7. Add a lovely spring wreath to your front door. Click here for some beautiful ones from Terrain in Glen Mills, PA.

Backyard Springtime Checklist:

  1. Let’s move to the backyard and porch or deck area of your home. Again, you will want to clean everything, and the first thing to decide is if you have wood decking does it need to be re-sealed? If you plan to tackle this job yourself, click here to read some instructions on the best way to stain your deck by Sherwin-Williams. Once you have surveyed your entertaining area, let’s talk about some decorating ideas and get planning.
  2. Whenever I do a redesign, I review the “conversation ” Where will people be sitting and talking? Add an outdoor area rug to tie furniture together. For outdoor area rug ideas, click on the retailer names: Target, Ballard Designs, or Home Decorators.
  3. Clean your outdoor furniture and decide if it is in need of paint so it is entertainment ready. My decorating article, “Prepare Outdoor Furniture for Spring” offers tips on the best way to spruce up outdoor furniture.
  4. Plan out your plant containers and decide how many plants you will need to fill your pots. I have found that we are not safe here in the Northeast to put out annuals and fill containers until after Mother’s Day (May 8th). I can’t tell you how many plants I’ve lost due to planting too early and a frost! Now is a good time to look at your pots and see if they need fresh paint before planting. If you are interested in creating custom concrete containers, click here for a DIY project. Check out some of these fun container ideas from Overstock. Now is a great time to shop for garden items such as stools, that can be used to add height to a container arrangement. Click here for some ideas from Target.
  5. After checking your patio furniture, how about the fabric? This time of year offers many options for replacing your cushions and pillows, if you have shopped for them, you will find that they are not inexpensive to replace. Another idea would be to create new covers for your old pillows and use them as the insert. Go to your local fabric store, such as Joann Fabrics and purchase outdoor fabric that will run on average $30 a yard. You can always find a coupon online or in your local newspaper for Joann Fabrics, which can offer a 40-50% discount which is a significant saving. Or you could create custom coverings! Use a durable cotton fabric and a beautiful stencil and create your custom look! If you have any acrylic paint left over from prior projects, click here to learn how you can use that paint for this fabric stenciling project. Rustoleum offers a product, NeverWet, that allows you to treat your fabric so that it repels water if you plan to keep your pillows outdoors.

Redesign RightIf you need assistance with a home redesign or color consultation or planning to sell your home and need home staging help, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202. If you love all things related to home decorating and want to pursue a career in Interior Redesign and Home Staging, sign up for one of my upcoming classes and make your dream a realization!

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 .

End of Summer Outdoor Party Tips

Grilling at summer weekendAs we head into the last week of August, I know that everyone is getting ready for the kids to get back to school and changing from summer to fall routines. In this spirit I know I’m trying to take advantage of all of the fabulous options that summer has to offer. Are you considering throwing an outdoor end-of-summer party? If so, hop on over to my fabulous posts for some tips:  5 Tips for Dining Outdoors and 5 Tips for a Successful Outdoor Party.

Depending on if you are planning to have adults only, or a family party will depend on how you handle the seating, table settings, etc. However, you don’t have to give up style! For some beautiful inspiration, click here to view some outdoor dining ideas from House Beautiful. Though some of them may seem extravagant or too complicated, take a few ideas and incorporate them into your party! Personally, I love the color combination of crisp navy with a white setting and pops of summer flowers. I like adding large blue bottles of Saratoga Spring Sparkling Water that is a beautiful deep blue at intervals on the table. Combine that with clear crystal votives and vases, cuttings from your garden or grocery store purchased flowers and it’s very easy to create a lovely table. If blue isn’t your color, consider using green, adding large bottles of Pellegrino Sparkling Water goes with any summer combination since it is a color of nature!

I always struggle with how much food to get and always overestimate. If you are planning an outdoor barbecue, click here for a food calculator from the Food Network. Keep in mind that food should not be exposed to the direct sun so you will want to place under a canopy or simply don’t bring it out until it is service time. Keep food cool by putting ice on the bottom of a deep tray then place another tray on top of that tray, allowing the cold to chill the food and keep the melting ice water away. Be sure to cover your food with a clean cloth, plastic wrap, or food “tent” until you are ready to serve.

Enjoy this last week of August and I hope all of your end of summer get togethers are fabulous!

For all your design, color consultation, or home staging needs, give Debbie at call 610.955.8202 for an appointment!

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 .