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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)

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.

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.

Ways to Hide Your Kitchen Appliances

Over the years, kitchen design and available options have gone through a significant evolution. Your choices in products, appliances, and beautiful countertops and tile are unbelievable. One of the biggest areas of change has been storage options. In this article, I wanted to focus primarily on ways to store your appliances.

Have you heard of or seen an appliance garage? You can put your things away and out of sight in a creative and visually streamlined look. In this example, the cabinet goes to the countertop level, and you slide the appliances out when needed, or click here to see an example with built-in slides.

Here is an example of a vertical lift cabinet door to hide away your appliance:

Wall Appliance Garage

Find the perfect kitchen cabinetry on Houzz

This traditional French kitchen has plenty of space and a place for everything in this over-sized cabinet. If you don’t have space for a large cabinet, consider using the idea and adding one on a smaller scale. The goal is to have a place for everything you need in your kitchen. I love the pull out drawers:

Photo by The French TraditionDiscover kitchen design ideas

If you have a kitchen with a blind corner cabinet, consider adding a tray mechanism to enable easy access to the recessed area:

KITCHEN BLIND CORNER WITH TRAY CABINET

Shop kitchen cabinetry on Houzz

Consider adding a lifting arm to an existing cabinet for your mixer with this product from Rev-A-Shelf:

Redesign Right, LLCIf you need any creative ideas for your kitchen design or picking out colors for your paint, backsplash, tile or flooring, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email, and we can get to work making your kitchen dreams come true!

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 Marc Coan Designs on Houzz.

Desk Transformation

In my last decorating article, How to Transform Old Furniture, I showed you the before and after of how my old mahogany bedroom furniture was updated with a brand new look. I love the idea of using old furniture, updating it with a fresh look and incorporating it differently in your home. This week I wanted to share with you the before and after of my desk transformation.

Let me show you how my large, cherry desk looked before the change:

It served me well for many years; however, I wanted a new look and a new location. That new location happened to be a bay window. The dilemma, how to fit a rectangle nicely into a bay window? I found someone who would cut down and modify my desk to make it fit in the window area! Brilliant idea, right?!

After the modification, I wanted a fresh new look. I had it painted a lovely white (SW 7006 Extra White) to fit with my decorating style and updated the hardware and topped it with glass for durability. I’m very pleased with the way that it turned out! My new work area is bright and cheery, and I’m ready to get to my design and decorating work!

Top View of Finished Desk

If you have an area of your home that does not bring you joy, and you would love a fresh new look, yet unsure how to achieve it, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email, and we can discuss how you can achieve what 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.

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How to Transform Old Furniture

I love the idea of taking something already owned and repurposing it with a new look. With that in mind, I wanted to share some photos of old mahogany furniture of mine that I had transformed. What a difference! If you are happy with the bones or shape of your furniture, you would be amazed at what a fresh color can do to make it new again! I reached out to Patty Oakes, of Oakes Redesign and asked for help with this project.

Annie Sloan Chalk paint created this transformation! If you are familiar with DIY projects, you know about this paint. This finish is not the same as chalkboard paint and has a smooth finish. For those of you who have never heard of it, read this excerpt from the Annie Sloan website:

Chalk Paint® is a decorative paint developed by Annie Sloan 25 years ago. It very rarely requires any preparation, such as sanding or priming, and can be used indoors or outside, on just about any surface. It can revitalize old furniture, walls, ceilings and floors with ease. It’s easy, fun and makes amazing results accessible to everyone.

With a color palette inspired by 18th and 20th Century decor and design, you can easily mix the colors together to extend the range. Add a little water to it to make it smooth, thicken it up by leaving the lid off, make it into a wash by adding even more water.

Patty shared with me that she used a mix of “Annie Sloan Coco chalk paint and added Annie Sloan Honfleur chalk paint to give it a deeper depth of color.” I loved the shape of the hardware on my dressers yet wanted a new look. Patty came to the rescue and used Annie’s White Chalk and clear wax. I love the result!

My old dark mahogany furniture:

My beautiful furniture after it was transformed:

I am very pleased with the result, and the look in my bedroom is exactly what I wanted! Thank you, Patty, for doing such a fantastic job! To contact Patty with a furniture transformation project you have in mind, click here.

If you have a room that you are not happy with, and in need of a new look, and unsure what to do to accomplish a fresh look, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email, and I can help you fall in love with your home all over again!

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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Time Saving Tips for the Holidays

Tips for the HolidaysI know your life is very busy right now and I wanted to offer some last minute time-saving tips to help ease some of the holiday stress you may be feeling. Enjoy!

Gift Wrapping and Bow Making

Most large stores have gift wrapping areas, always ask for a gift box and wrapping options it could save you time in the long run. King of Prussia Mall has an area just for gift wrapping, click here to learn about its location.

Creative wrapping ideas:

Easy and Festive Appetizers

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  • Not up for cooking or preparing? Outsource! Both Wegmans and Whole Foods can cater what you want!
  • Purchase an already arranged bouquet at your local grocery store add a lovely ribbon and use as a hostess gift.
  • 5 Holiday Appetizer Table Decorating Tips
  • If you have guests arriving this week, click here for tips to get your Guest Room ready including a checklist of things you may have forgotten.
  • Unsure how to set the table correctly, click here for tips from an expert!

Redesign RightI hope your week goes smoothly and you have a fantastic holiday celebration with your friends and loved ones!

For all your home decorating, paint consultation, home staging, or training needs give me a call 610.955.8202 or email. I look forward to working with you soon!

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What to do this Holiday Season

Holiday Season ActivitiesAs we go from November to December, I wanted to help you out with fun activities available in the Philadelphia and surrounding areas. There’s nothing worse than having a household of family or visitors and not sure what to do! To help you I’ve put together a fun activity checklist, enjoy:

Fun for anyone:

Fun things to do with kids:

Looking for an adult activity that has nothing to do with a holiday? Take a cooking class:

Sur La Table in King of Prussia, PA or Kitchen Workshop in Paoli, PA.

Redesign RightI hope this quick list helps you out in your time of need when everyone is complaining about being bored! If you need help with getting your house ready for visitors, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email to set up your consultation!

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

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7 Tips to Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

shutterstock_222070243I like to have a plan for big dinners, I’m a list maker and have found much success with this type of organization. I come up with a timeline on what day I need to do what, so I’m not a harried mess on Thanksgiving day. We are less than two weeks from Thanksgiving what should we be thinking about to be prepared? This week and next I will be offering tips to help you out, enjoy!

  1. You will want to create a menu and collect all the recipes that you will need.
  2. If you have many family members or friends attending your dinner, assign projects to them to offload your work.
  3. You can order your fresh turkey or buy a frozen turkey and place in the freezer. For a helpful calculator on how big a turkey to order, click here. I like to use this information from Martha Stewart: “For a large party, you’ll need a big bird — say, fifteen to twenty pounds; figure one and a half pounds for each person. Smaller birds — twelve pounds or less — have a smaller meat-to-bone ratio, so allow two pounds per person. Remember that the larger the bird, the more likely you are to have leftovers for the next few days.” If you purchase a frozen turkey click here for a calculator to determine how long it will take you to thaw the bird. As an example, a 20lb frozen turkey will take five days to thaw, plan accordingly.
  4. There are many food alternatives to a Turkey for Thanksgiving, and you will want to serve your favorite dishes for your friends and family. If you are searching for ideas I like to use the Epicurious app as it offers me fabulous recipes, creates a shopping list, and I can keep my personalized recipe box on file. For more information click here, if you have a favorite app that you like to use I would love to hear about it, please share!
  5. Pick up drinks this week. You can plan on five servings of 5-ounce glasses of wine from one 750ml bottle. Always have non-alcoholic options for your guests and kid-friendly drinks when applicable. Click here for a fun non-alcoholic holiday drink that could also be used with alcohol for those who prefer; it’s an Autumn Chiller.
  6. Shop for all of your non-perishable goods now. If you plan to use already made pie shells, you can purchase all of that this week, or if you intend to make them you can do so this week and freeze them.
  7. Decide on your décor. I left this for last as it’s the most fun in my opinion! To inspire you, click here to view my Pinterest board for beautiful table centerpieces, etc. Gather your ideas this week, so you will know what you will need.

Redesign RightHave fun and enjoy this beautiful holiday of giving Thanks! If you need a last minute dining room redesign or tips on how to decorate your home for guests, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email for all your home decorating needs!

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, Instagram, 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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