Category Archives: Tips and Ideas

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

Shortcuts

  • 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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5 Quick Bathroom Updates

Woman doing WorkAre you tired of looking at your old builder’s bathroom? If you want an update and don’t have the resources or time to do a complete renovation there are five things you can do this weekend to offer a brand new look!

Remove the Builders Faucet

There are many options available, and you can go to your local home store and find something that you like. If you know how to turn your water off this project may not be as complicated as you think! For online options, click here for ideas from FaucetDirect.com.

Add a new Hardware Set

Replace that old hardware with a new and updated look! Wayfair has some beautiful online options, click here to view. If you need some help installing holders and towel bars, click here for step-by-step instructions. If you have the old brass or silver builder light, consider spray painting it to match your new hardware set. Replacing the light is not a big cost item, click here to view some options. I found this idea from an online decorator where they replace the strip light unit Hollywood bulbs with Edison bulbs for an original look.

Add a Shower Curtain

If you have an old builder’s shower door, cover it up with a tension rod and shower curtain! There are many lovely options in any color combination you could imagine! Click here to view ideas from Overstock.

Add or Replace Cabinet Knobs

If your builder cabinets do not have knobs, adding them to compliment your new bathroom hardware set adds a nice touch. For some unique options, visit these online sites Hobby Lobby or Anthropologie.

Frame that Mirror

Do you have one of those builder’s mirrors? You can transform that mirror with a frame! I found a resource online that offers beautiful framing options for standard size bathroom mirrors click here to view. If you are handy, this is a project you can complete yourself by using molding from your local home store, click here to see DIY instructions from HGTV.

Redesign RightAll of these items can be done in a weekend and transform a drab bathroom into a fresh and updated look! If you have the time and resources, consider a fresh new paint color! For some paint color inspiration, click here to view ideas from Pinterest. If you need help with a redesign, 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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Home Decorating Tips to Make Life Easy

home decorating tipsFor this decorating article, I am focusing on questions often heard and offer some tips to help you. If you have a favorite suggestion or time-saving advice, please feel free to share in the comment area of this article.

How do I deal with my long narrow room?

I’ve worked with many different types, sizes, and arranged homes and one of the most common problems are bowling alley rooms and homeowners rarely knowing how to deal with them. Often they will keep all of one area together and not know what to do with the in-between area. A long and narrow room needs to be broken up into two functional areas serving purposes of their own. I would not create a “wall” between them as it will feel closed off; instead, you can use see-through screens, plants and group furniture based on purpose. For example, one end of the room could be arranged with comfortable seating, lighting, and TV watching. Next to that could be a game area for kids with decorative storage for games and toys.

I have the opposite of a green finger, what kind of plant can I grow?

PothosOne of the easiest is a pothos. As it grows, you can easily cut off what you don’t want and maintain the preferred size. It thrives in many different rooms with various light and temperatures! If you are looking for a small table plant, consider an English Ivy. Super easy to care for, it won’t grow large and bushy, and you can trim to maintain to your preferred size. Another idea that adds interest is an air plant. Have you seen the lovely hanging or table terrariums? Click here to learn how to care for air plants.

How can I choose colors that will work with my décor?

Have you ever had the experience where you purchase a pillow or throw with the color (or colors) you love only to get it home and discover it doesn’t quite work with your décor? Understanding the Color Wheel and how colors work together is the place to start. For a fabulous explanation of the Color Wheel, click here to view a video from BHG. After seeing the video, you will have a better understanding of how colors work with each other in a harmonious way or in a complementary way to create a dynamic look.

What size rug should I get and how should I place it?

This topic is one I often hear from clients who either don’t know what type, color or size throw rug they should purchase for a given space. The first question to answer is, “What is the purpose of the throw rug?” The answer will determine the size. Throw rugs add comfort to wood flooring, tie together a sitting area, and often it can complete the decorative style. If you are unsure, you can always measure off and tape (using removable painter’s tape), an outline on the floor, to see how the proposed rug will work. For detailed tips on picking a rug size, click here to view an article from Wayfair.

Redesign RightFor all of your color, rug, fabric, curtain or any home decorating needs Redesign Right has a solution! Call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email to schedule an appointment. If you or a friend love home decorating consider a hands-on Interior Redesign and Home Staging training program with Debbie, click here to learn 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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Laundry Room Makeover Tips

shutterstock_62175460Are you frustrated with your current laundry room situation? I have found with clients over the years that the amount of space and organization of a laundry room greatly affects their attitude toward doing laundry. My decorating article this week focuses on a laundry room makeover! I have found the laundry room the most neglected area of a home yet most often used. If you have children, I’m sure you are doing laundry practically every day!

You can have fun with your laundry room makeover. The first step is the clean-up and deciding what is needed. If there are items not pertinent to managing your clothes my recommendation is to remove those items. How often has this room become the dumping zone of stuff? I have created a board on Pinterest for inspiration and product ideas for you to get a sense of how your laundry room could look, click here to view.

The size of your budget will determine how extensive your laundry room makeover will be. Often, a makeover can be accomplished by cleaning, organizing and creating a new laundry system for yourself by adding baskets or bins. The baskets can be for each person or category:  Whites, Darks, Delicates, Towels, and Sheets. Step back and look at your laundry room, are you efficiently using the space? Is your unwashed and washed laundry area organized? Shelves and wall-mounted drying racks can make a significant functional improvement to your space. Also, consider placing small items, such as socks, to mesh laundry bags to keep them together by to make the sorting process organized and efficient.

For organizing, consider adding a cabinet that can be inexpensively purchased from your local home store such as Lowes. Depending on your space and needs, a wall-mounted system that you can customize may be the right choice. For example, look at the shelving system from The Container Store to keep your space perfectly organized, click here to view options.

Though first and foremost, your primary concern is having a functioning and organized laundry room; that doesn’t mean the room has to be boring! Use a bold and cheerful paint color! If you have little wall space don’t overlook the ceiling – it could be a fun color! I also love the idea of adding artwork to your laundry room to make it feel pleasing to you.

If you are in the market to replace your washer and dryer here are a few tips:

Note:  Redesign Right, LLC has no affiliate connections to any of the links listed.

Redesign RightFor all your color selection, redesign, home staging needs give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or email for a consultation and get your home spruced up this summer!

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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Bathroom Remodel Ideas and Costs

shutterstock_326724617Are you planning on renovating a bathroom in your home? In my last decorating article, “Planning Your Bathroom Remodel,” I offered tips on planning guides and bathroom trends. This article will focus on the various aspects of the bathroom and provide tips and information on replacing. Once you have the plan for your bathroom changes, you will want to understand the costs involved. Click here for an estimator from HomeAdvisor. Let’s review aspects of the bathroom you may be replacing:

Faucet, Shower Head, Toilet, Tubs

There is a new label that you will want to look for, similar to the Energy Star, called WaterSense. When a product has this label, these products “Are 20 percent more water efficient than average products in that category.” (EPA.gov)

If you don’t plan to install a new faucet, you can still save on water by installing a low-flow aerator. Click here to watch a video on how to install one on an older sink. Click on the one of the following topics for in-depth information:

Tile Ideas & Trends

To review the tile trends, click here to view information from Daltile.

In my article titled, “2016 Kitchen and Bath Industry Winners,” one of the winners, Walter Zanger, has beautiful and unique award-winning geometric tile designs. Check out their Sterling Row collection with looks of wood and marble inlay.

Flooring

To review detailed information on the topics below, click on the link:

Countertops

When choosing a bathroom countertop you want to understand how the bath will be used as certain materials are more prone to staining, scratches, etc. For a guide to choosing a countertop from HGTV, click here. To see some beautiful composite ideas from Silestone, click here. For a pro and con list of countertop options, click here to review an in-depth article that includes a cost analysis from Houzz.

Paint

With the paint colors of the year being Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue (Pantone), Simply White and Alabaster (Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams) the look this year is peaceful, crisp and clean. Check out my Pinterest board to review the trends. If you plan to do the painting, Consumer Reports suggests that you first wash the walls as mildew may be present even if it is not visible. Use 1 part bleach to 3 parts water and a sponge. Rinse the walls with clean water after using the mixture and let them dry thoroughly before painting.

Redesign RightHave fun with this project; there is nothing more fulfilling than seeing the finished project! If you need help with a color consultation or redesign, 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 . (Photo attribution)