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Home Decorating Q&A

Periodically I like to do articles on decorating dilemmas; often they are issues that I encounter when helping clients with their redesign. Here are a few I have dealt with recently:

How do I hang things on a curved wall?

There are a couple of ideas that you can use. Instead of a standard picture, think of hanging a structural item that is 3D since it sticks out from the wall it won’t matter that the wall behind it is curved. You can use picture hanging wire and one or two hangers depending on the weight of the item. Another idea is to use a special hanging system that has designed wall track that can adapt to curved walls, click here for information.

Curved Wall

How to create privacy when an entrance has sidelights?

You may not like the openness of the windows surrounding your front door. Though there are panel options for privacy, you may not like the traditional style. Another idea is to add a privacy film to the window so that the light can still come in and it doesn’t take away from the décor inside of the house.

How do I decorate an empty or vaulted wall?

Many newer homes have walls that are vaulted, and clients don’t know what to do with them. They like the open feel of the room yet they don’t understand how to tie the artwork with the elements in the room.

I often go into houses where the artwork is hung centered on the wall or is hung too high for the size of the artwork. The “eye level” (hung at 57-60”) rule does not always apply. You have to take into account the furniture that will be arranged by the wall. I find that people don’t use the correct size of artwork or they try to use many small items, and the look does not pull together.

If you are hanging artwork above a side table, buffet, mantle or another element, generally the bottom of the frame should be between 6-8” above the top of the item. If you want to do multiple pictures you need to arrange the items on the floor and consider them as one whole item when thinking about how and where to hang them. When hanging the framed pieces arrange them pleasing to the eye. You do not want to hang everything symmetrically. Be daring and try creating unexpected visual interest to a room.

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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. Feature photo from Houzz:  Collins & DuPont Design Group, Doug Thompson Photography.

Indoor and Outdoor Plant Ideas

It’s that time of year when we think about plants and gardens. I’m not a gardener but enjoy plants and love the colors that they can bring to any space. With that in mind, I wanted to offer a few indoor plant ideas that are easy to care for and anyone can find success:

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Surviving a Kitchen Renovation or Remodel

This article is part three of my kitchen renovation series and focuses on how to live without a kitchen during a renovation. If you missed the other two articles here are the links:  “2018 Kitchen Trends” and “You Want to Remodel your Kitchen, What’s Next.

The first step is to determine what you will need during the demo and construction phases. Also, ask your contractor for a schedule of expectations, that way when delays occur you have documentation. Understand that you need to have all of your fixtures, colors, elements selected and purchased before the remodel begins. If you add extra items or work that are outside of the contract scope, this can cause delays in completion.

Be patient and realize you will have a beautiful kitchen when you are done!

Discuss with your contractor how they will minimize the mess and dust during construction. Be sure your kitchen is ready for the workers. Therefore, your kitchen will need to be emptied. Take this opportunity to get rid of things that are old or that you do not want or need. Give away what you no longer want, store what you want to keep, and keep daily used items in bins.

5 Steps to create your temporary kitchen area:

  1. Set up a table that can hold your necessary small appliances: coffee maker, toaster or toaster oven, microwave. If you don’t have an extra table, you can pick up a folding table inexpensively from Target. Or purchase a cart for your needs that can be later repurposed in another room, or incorporated into your new kitchen.
  2. If you plan to replace your refrigerator and will be removing it from the house, see if your contractor can move it to an area where you can continue to use it and have them remove it when the job is done. Or find a mini-frig on your local Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist if you don’t want to buy a new one.
  3. Stock up on Biodegradable Products: Plates, utensils, cups. Clean up will be a breeze!
  4. Use boxes or plastic bins with lids marked for day-to-day use.
  5. Have ready meal options: Think sandwich fixings, peanut butter, healthy snacks (protein bars), dried fruit, nuts, soup. Plan to use your grill for dinners, buy ready-made salads at your grocer.

If you are stuck pulling your design elements together, I can help you pick the right colors and accents, so you do not make costly mistakes or feel like you have to live with something you don’t like. Call me Redesign Right, LLC610.955.8202 or email, and I can help you create the beautiful kitchen of your dreams!

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:  Witt Construction.

Things to Do this Holiday Season

Regardless if you are entertaining people this holiday season or simply want to try something different many fun things are happening in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. To keep everyone entertained and happy, here are a few appealing activities:

Visit one of the many art museums in the Philadelphia Area:

Things to do with kids:

Have a fantastic holiday season! I look forward to and am excited to see all the fabulous home decorating trends that 2018 will offer!

Redesign Right, LLCBy 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.

Things to Do

Often the week of Thanksgiving is filled with visitors. To help you out I decided to put together a comprehensive list of things to do in the Philadelphia, PA area this week. If you are hosting friends or family, this activity list will come in handy to keep everyone busy and happy. Have fun!

Things to do in Philadelphia – Family Friendly:

Things to do in the suburbs of Philly:

  • People’s Light Theater:  See a play a family friendly Panto at the People’s Light, this year they are featuring Aladdin.
  • Strasburg Railroad:  Take a holiday-oriented train ride with the kids and enjoy candy canes and hot cocoa.
  • Interactive Entertainment:  Bates Motel Escape Rooms in West Chester, PA where you reserve a room and as a team solve how to complete the task and get out of the room in 60 minutes.

Go Shopping

Volunteer

If you are not affiliated with a church community, and you are interested in volunteering over the holiday, click here to view Salvation Army locations near you.

See a Movie

Not sure what the latest movie is this holiday season? Click here to get some ideas and information from Fandango.

Be Active – Get Outside

  • Walk:  I love fresh air and if the weather cooperates take the family for a walk. Visit the rolling hills of historic Valley Forge National Park.
  • Ride:  Take advantage of the bike rental options in Philadelphia with Indego, and if you want to map out some ride ideas, click here for locations to visit.
  • Climb:  Interested in experiencing rock climbing? Visit Rock Gym in Downingtown or Doylestown.
  • Jump:  Take the kids to a trampoline park, Urban Air in Downingtown, or Sky Zone in Glen Mills. Want to be a little more adventuresome? Consider skydiving at IFly in King of Prussia.
  • Axe Throwing:  Have you heard of this activity? You can schedule as a group, and you throw axes at Urban Axes (must be 21+).

Redesign Right, LLCHave a fantastic holiday! Thank you for being part of the Redesign Right community!

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.

The Week before Thanksgiving Checklist

One week before Thanksgiving! Though I love this time of year, staying organized and balancing work and fun requirements can sometimes drive me nuts. Because of that, I wanted to create a week before Thanksgiving checklist that will help offer tips and direction for those last minutes needs.

The week before Thanksgiving Checklist:

  1. Finish your grocery list and purchase whatever you can now that doesn’t need to be fresh, save those items for the last minute run.
  2. Do you have a craft to keep the kids busy or games to play? While you are working, keep the kids occupied making place tags that can be as easy as using stickers, stock paper, and markers. If the kids are older they could look up gratitude quotes and create inspirational notes for each guest. If you want something printed, click here for printable place cards, all you have to do is insert the name! Whatever you plan, keep it simple with minimal mess.
  3. Do you have an after-dinner activity planned? I know there’s usually a football game but if you are not a football watching family you may want to include a family-friendly movie. One of my favorite things to do is watch old home movies, play Tripoley or start a difficult puzzle and leave it on a table for all to walk by and try!
  4. If this is your first time hosting Thanksgiving at your home, click here for fabulous recipes and tips for a traditional Thanksgiving that will keep you organized and on track.
  5. If you are still unsure how you want to decorate the serving table and need some inspiration, click here to get some ideas from Pinterest.
  6. If you are unsure how to set the table, please click here to review the guides for the various table layouts. If you want the kids to help, click here for a printable of the table setting from Emily Post that they can use.
  7. If you are dealing with a frozen turkey, click here to understand how long it will take to safely thaw (in your refrigerator.)
  8. Do you want to serve appetizers? Since you are eating a big meal, you don’t want anything heavy, hard-to-make, or time-consuming. Personally, I like a platter of veggies and dip, nuts, and cheeses anything that can be prepared ahead of time and quickly set out as the guests arrive. Be sure to have cocktail napkins available! Another option is to ask a friend or family member to bring an appetizer.

Have a wonderful holiday with your friends and family! Enjoy yourself and don’t spend all your time working. Relax, grab a glass of your favorite beverage and connect, after all that is what this holiday is about, giving thanks for times together!Redesign Right, LLC

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.

Helpful Thanksgiving Planning Tips

I love this time of year, all the beautiful colors, family, food, and fun! As we are a couple of weeks away from Thanksgiving, I wanted to offer a few tips to help take the stress away and have a little fun.

First, create your to-do list. I don’t know about you, but I can’t operate without a prioritized list. Be realistic about what you want to get done and list shortcuts if you run out of time. If you need a dessert and baking isn’t your thing, it’s ok to run to Trader Joe’s and grab a box of their Apple Cranberry Tarts. Add fresh whip cream or ice cream, and it will be delicious!

Do you plan to get a fresh turkey? If so, be sure to order it from your favorite market now. The rule to go by has always been one pound per person. That may be too much turkey, and you will have leftovers with all of the other items you plan to serve. If you want tips on planning a menu or recipes, click here for information from Epicurious.

Put together your shopping list and purchase all of your dry and frozen goods this week.

Decide on the decorating theme you want for your table setting or buffet. Now is the time to pull out any time-cherished items and use them. If you have a set of silver from your grandmother, pull it out, polish it and get it ready.

Personally, I like to see the person across from me and don’t enjoy centerpieces that get in the way. Grab an assortment of flowers from your local grocery store, selecting the color theme of your choice and mix in greens (or use cuttings from your yard), and create a lovely arrangement, click here for how-to instructions. For ideas decorating your table with pinecones click here, or to use fruits click here.

Take a moment and walk around your dining area and remove any extra things that may be taking up needed space. Do you have a bar cart? Now is the time to consider getting it ready and stocked with whatever you wish to serve to your guests. If you need help with ideas on pairing wine with your turkey, click here. If you do plan on serving wine with dinner, be sure to have a non-alcoholic beverage perhaps a Cranberry-Mint Water, not only does it taste delicious it’s beautiful!

Remember what’s important to you, relaxing and enjoying your time with friends and family!

Redesign Right, LLCBy 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.

10 Tips to give your Home a Fresh Look

Often as the season’s change, I find myself wanting to change something in my home. If you find yourself feeling this way my advice is first to clear stuff out. I’m not a fan of continually adding things to a home without removing things. To give your home a fresh look first, you have to declutter and focus on the elements that you love. Though this may sound like a big project, here are ten areas to tackle to get you started. Let’s get started! First, create three boxes, labeled:  Recycle, Sell, Donate. Have everyone in the house participate as a family project, and reward yourselves with a special treat when completed!

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  1. Broken Electronics

Find all old CD, DVD or VHS players, TVs, Cell Phones, broken electronic game consoles or toys. Best Buy will responsibly recycle your electronics, click here to view their guidelines and what they will accept. Please note they will take old tube TVs 32″ or smaller. They will take Flat Panel TVs:  LCD, Plasma, LED smaller than 50″. If you recycle your cell phone, be sure to erase or wipe it of all your information by resetting it, look up how to do this for your particular phone. Click here to view recycling tips and resources from the EPA or Recycle Nation. You don’t want these things filling up our landfills releasing bad things into the environment.

  1. Old cables and wires

While you are getting rid of broken and unused electronics, also get rid of their cords or cables. If you find a box of these, and unsure what they belong to, take them to your local Staples or Best Buy location as they will recycle them.

  1. Old bills and paperwork

There is no need to hang onto old electric statements from your first apartment! Check with your financial adviser if you are unsure what you should keep and what you can safely recycle. Click here to read an article with some tips on this topic. Staples offers a paper shredding and recycling service to help you safely and responsibly get rid of potentially secure information on paper. To read more about this service, click here.

  1. Near empty bottles

Look in your cabinets in your kitchen, bathroom, and garage wherever you keep your cleaning items and check if you have multiple bottles of the same thing, consolidate and recycle. Also get rid of old toiletries, makeup, hair products, or hotel samples. If they are new you may be able to donate to shelters in your area, click here to view a list of places to contact.

  1. Unused or broken kitchen equipment

If you were given an ice cream maker or bread maker as a wedding gift and you have never used it, now is the time to liberate yourself of them! Donate to a Habitat Restore in your area or sell in your communities Facebook group.

  1. Old towels, linens, and worn out bath mats

The quickest way to give your bathroom a new and fresh look is to add new towels and bath mat or rug. Give old towels and linens to animal shelters; they are always in need, click here to find one in your area.

  1. Outdated clothes or clothes that don’t fit

I would recommend adding shoes and handbags to this category. If they are quality items that you haven’t used in years, consider selling to a consignment shop. There are online sites such as Rebagg where you can sell your designer bag. Get rid of those old t-shirts from high school, or old promotional shirts from past jobs and sporting events! All of these items can be dropped off at your local Goodwill location.

  1. Children’s artwork

I know this is a challenging category, and I get it, you want to keep everything. After having raised four kids, all budding artists, the amount of artwork can be overwhelming. My suggestion, pick the best piece from a school year and create boxes or books for your kids that you can give to them as memory gifts. Create digital copies of the artwork and use online companies such as Snapfish to compile a customized journal of your child’s art. If you have sculptures or clay pieces, designate a display cabinet where you feature the best pieces from each of your children.

  1. Wrapping paper scraps, packing material, old boxes

If you have a pile of crumpled wrapping paper or packing material from your Amazon orders, recycle it in your local paper pickup. Save what is in good shape and create a storage area for your paper and bows, so they are useful for the future. For some creative ways to store things, click here.

  1. CDS or DVDs

Old computer programs, kid’s games, or old movies you will never watch should be given away or recycled. This plastic is a #7 you will need to confirm with your recycling center if it can handle this, if not click here to find a disc recycling center near you.

The next step, after you have cleared out the stuff no longer enjoyed or used, is to create a fresh flow to a room and decorate in such a way so that there is a focal point using colors and accessories that bring you Redesign Right, LLCjoy. If you need help with a home redesign or a color consultation, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email to get your project underway before the holiday season.

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: Organized Living)