How to Buy the Right Couch or Sofa

Couch TypesRecently, I have been looking for a new couch and decided it would be fun to do a decorating article on the topic of finding the right one. Walking into a furniture store can be overwhelming, and I would recommend doing some online shopping before visiting a store. A couch or sofa sets the tone for a room and can be a significant investment, and you will want to make the right choice. To help you, let’s review the three areas to consider before you head out shopping:

What is your desired style?

If you decide you want the couch to be a statement or a focal point in the room you will want something bold. Or you may choose a neutral-colored upholstery that could compliment any decorating style. Choosing leather is a great option for those of you with heavy traffic from kids or pets. If it is a piece you intend to keep for a while, choose a neutral fabric (think beige or gray tones) that can easily be changed by adding different pillows, throw, and accessories. If you are unsure about your style type, click here for a fun quiz. To see a list of style types, click here.

I have often encountered situations where the homeowner wants a new couch but doesn’t want to stay in the same style as all the other furniture in the room. They want something new with a new look. You can mix pieces and make it work. The easiest way to pull a room together with different styled furniture is to pick one color or element (think metal, wicker, glass) and repeat it throughout the room. If you choose a color this can be used in pillows, throw, vases, curtains, lamps. Or you can decide to repeat a pattern, using the same fabric in multiple areas of the room. If you choose to purchase a couch with patterned fabric, often you can order additional fabric by the yard to have on hand for matching pillow or chair covers.

What size couch do you want?

Depending on how many people you want to seat, and the size of your room will dictate the couch size. A standard 3-seat sofa is 35″ deep and 84″ wide; however, there are very large sectionals that come in varying sizes. Take measurements of the space where you want to place the new couch as well as your doorways and hallways to get it into your home. Before you buy anything, click here to view a guide to help you take all the necessary measurements to ensure that you can get the furniture into your home.

What is the function?

If this is the room used for TV watching, you will want comfortable seating for everyone in your family. Here is an example of a room I redesigned for a large family, and the goal was to have a cozy spot for everyone to be together. If the room is not used frequently and only as an area for guests to talk, you may consider a smaller option such as a loveseat and chairs that can be moved around as needed. Familiarize yourself with how to determine quality furniture by clicking here for tips.

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If you need help determining your style, color choice, or how a new couch or sofa will work in your space, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email for a Decorating and Color Consultation to ensure you will be happy long-term.Redesign Right

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Add a Fresh Look with Pillows

Decorating with PillowsAt the beginning of this Spring season, I find myself motivated for a new project. In my case, that usually means a room makeover or redesign. A redesign may sound like a lot of work and time, have no fear my decorating friends this is the easiest way to make a big impact in a room. How? Pillows! Here is my 3-step process:

Step #1:  Find Inspiration

In every room, you need a source of inspiration that thing that you love. It may be a piece of art, a beautiful vase or accessory, rug, or your furniture. If there is nothing in a room that you love, find inspiration in other areas, like magazines, online, or check out my Houzz Ideabook for ideas.

Step #2:  Decide on your Decorating Goal

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Are you looking to compliment an existing look?
  • Are you looking to WOW your guests?
  • Are you looking to hide a piece of furniture?
  • Are you looking to resurrect an old chair or worn fabric?

Once you have determined what you like (found your inspiration) and you understand your decorating goal, it’s time to find your pillows.

Step #3:  Find Your Pillows

Fortunately, there are several shopping options available for finding your perfect pillow combination.

Shopping ideas:

Easy Pillow-Mixing Rules

If mixing patterns in pillows causes you stress, pick a neutral background color (white, beige, gray, light blue, light pink) and be sure all the pillows you choose have this same color as a neutral and the pop color that you are trying to add. You always want to add pillows in odd numbers – therefore an 84” standard sized couch should have a minimum of three pillows to five. Keep in mind, if pillows share the same style, for example, all modern with geometric themed fabric, you can easily mix them. Pillows with different texture may be put together if they are in various shades of one color. You can add a leather or fur pillow to transition from one pillow look to another.

Check out this couch transformation using pillows:

Redesign RightIf you need help adding a fresh look to a room, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email to set up a redesign 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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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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Add Hygge to Your Life and Home

Hygge Style“Hygge is not a thing or something you buy…hygge is a state of mind.” – Morten Georgsen

Have you heard this term “hygge”? It is becoming more and more mainstream in America. The concept originates in Denmark and describes a way of life. It’s pronounced “hoo-ga” if you were wondering.

The Danish exemplify this way of life, every day. The Word Happiness Report voted the Danes as the happiest people, and this is the reason their hygge way of life is catching on everywhere. So, what does it mean? Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, states, “Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe.” In his book titled, “The Little Book of Hygge,” he recommends:

  1. Get comfortable and prioritize comforting textures.
  2. Be present at the moment not distracted by technology, take a break and relax.
  3. Use proper lighting, use candles.
  4. Build and connect relationships, invite friends over, create memories.
  5. Enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh tea, coffee, or the smell of a baked item.

How can you add Hygge to your decor?

  • Simplify your decorating style. Remove clutter and surround yourself with only things that are peaceful to you and make you comfortable.
  • Embrace natural items. A cozy natural (cotton, wool, silk, linen) thread throw, incorporate plants in your room, bring nature from outdoor indoors in found items, cuttings, rocks, etc.
  • Decorate with and use candles. For information on the best way to burn a candle, click here.
  • Create a hyggekrog. I love this concept! The theory is that everyone should have their cozy corner, comfortable and snug place. I offer five tips on setting up a comfortable reading area in my article titled, Color Me Cozy in 5 Easy Steps, check it out for details.

I hope you can incorporate hygge into your life and make each Redesign Rightmoment feel special. For some inspiration, I created a Pinterest board, view by clicking here. If you need help streamlining a room and creating a simpler comfortable style, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or email and set up a consultation.

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Springtime Home Update

Springtime DecorNow that we have gained an extra hour of daylight you know spring is around the corner. That doesn’t mean we won’t have some unusual winter weather in the east; however, I’m thinking ahead! As the signs of spring begin, I am encouraged to look at my home and home decorating with fresh eyes. When I say this, I suggest that you walk through your house as a guest would, and look around and assess your home. What do you like? What would you like to change? What ultimately bugs you? This exercise is not a waste of time as the feelings you get from your home impact your life, so why not make it fantastic!

5 ways to quickly brighten your home for spring:

  1. The quickest and easiest way to bring a little spring into your home is by adding bright pops of springtime colors. You can do this in candles, vases, pillows, throws, artwork, and a vase of tulips purchased at your grocery store!
  1. Spruce up your outdoor entryway. Clean away all winter debris, add a fresh spring-like wreath, and a new cheery welcome mat. For an Outdoor Springtime Clean-up Guide, click here.
  1. Add air-purifying plants to your home, such as:
  1. Replace your kitchen towels, guest bath towels, or master bath towels to offer a luxurious and fresh feel.
  1. Replace your bed linens and add new throw pillows.

The Philadelphia Flower Show held March 11-19, is focusing on Holland as the theme. It is a spectacular show and offers home decorating tips, garden tips, and the fresh smell of flowers when you enter the show is amazing!

Redesign RightIf you need help with decorating a room, deciding on a new paint or fabric color selection, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email to set up your consultation for a spring renewal. Also, if you or a friend love home decorating why not join me for one of my new hands-on classes? To learn more about this opportunity, click here, I hope you can join us!

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Bathroom Trends and Inspiration

BathroomAre you dealing with an old bathroom? Often I find people tolerating an unpleasant bathroom for years and then remodel it before selling it without gaining any benefits from a new bathroom. Why wait? There is planning to do before you do any project, why not go through the steps and assess your situation at least you will be making an informed decision.

Bathroom Remodel Plan:

  1. What is your goal? When answering this question consider things such as how long you plan to stay in your house and if there are any special requirements necessary to incorporate into the goal.
  2. Define Your Budget. Home Advisor offers a budget planning tool for your area and the type of work you want to complete, click here to review.
  3. Decide if you will hire a professional contractor, contract out portions of the project, or if it’s a complete DIY project.
  4. Come up with a plan, choose your features, materials, and colors. For a printable copy of a bath planner from the National Kitchen & Bath Association, click here. For an online virtual planner, click here. Focus on your personal lifestyle. According to the Houzz, mobile device usage is up 58% in the bathroom. If you can relate to this statistic, you will want to make the proper accommodations for lighting, power, storage, etc.

Let’s review some trends. In the Houzz Bath Trends survey done in 2016, the majority of the bath styles were traditional (30%) and no particular style (42%) and were updated to Contemporary (27%), Modern (17%), Transitional (16%), Traditional (14%). Regarding wall and cabinet color, Whites and Gray reigned supreme. If you were thinking of selling your home in the next year or two I would recommend going with the trends; otherwise, go with the color palette that will last the test of time, your tastes, and most of all make you happy.

Stand Out Products and Ideas

  • The 2017 HGTV Dream Home Bathroom featured a wood-look porcelain tile that is easy to clean and durable. You will see more of these options in the upcoming year.
  • At the 2017 International Builder’s Show, Daltile was the winner of Best in Bath Product for it’s Marble Attache line offering the beauty of the marble look on practical porcelain tile.
  • The way of the future is touchless and environmentally friendly. Check out these touchless toilets and faucets from Kohler or Juno Showers.
  • Check out my Pinterest Board for some ideas and inspiration and start creating your dream bath!
  • For the DIYer: Home Depot labels a job of installing porcelain tile as an “intermediate” project involving 5-7 days. Consider this information in your project. If you are unsure how many tiles you will need, measure the space you intend to tile and use this Tile Calculator.

Redesign RightOnce you have established your goal and budget, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or email to help select your colors.

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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Kitchen Trends and Remodeling Ideas

Contemporary Kitchen StyleIndustry leaders such as Houzz and NKBA run surveys from the prior year tracking trends in Kitchen-related projects. If you are planning a remodeling project in your kitchen, it’s good to understand these trends especially if you are considering selling your home in the next several years.

The 2017 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study reported:

  • The style trend is away from traditional and contemporary is the most popular across all age groups. Modern and Farmhouse designed kitchens are on the rise among the millennials. (For a review of the difference between a Modern and Contemporary style, click here.)
  • Durability is what people want! People love the look of marble and want the durability of a quartz countertop. Porcelain flooring is preferred for its look and durability, though wood is rated highest for the way it looks.
  • This note is an interesting takeaway from the study: “A third of homeowners report leading a healthier lifestyle after a kitchen renovation, from eating more fruits and vegetables to preparing more meals at home.” Click here to read the full article on Houzz.

Trulia, an online real estate resource, predicts 2017 will see an increase in Matte Appliances in place of the classic stainless steel look. Click here to read more about Trulia’s home predictions.

Remodeling cited an interesting statistic worth noting in 2016. A minor kitchen remodel of $20, 842 had a resale value of $15,560, and the cost recouped when sold 74.7% of the investment (this is specific to the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S.) If you have a timeworn kitchen, remodeling is a sound investment in your home. Young new home buyers are looking to move into a house with an updated kitchen; they do not have the time or money to take on the project and will walk away from an outdated kitchen.

To read a summary of the ten overall kitchen trends that the National Kitchen & Bath Association expects in the coming year, click here.

According to Forbes, satin brass fixtures are the way of the future. I believe this is a function of taste and what you like. The point here is that new products with new finishes are frequently coming out, which is fantastic for all us! Incorporate what you like and the colors you like to see. Though many of the trend reports indicate that white and gray for wall color and cabinet color are highly trending, you simply may not like that look. Surround yourself with what you love, and your kitchen experience will be happier!

To offer you beautiful kitchen ideas and offer you some inspiration, click here to view my Houzz Ideabook.

Redesign RightIf you are starting out in this process, the Kitchen & Bath Association offers online planning guides to direct you at the beginning of this project, click here to download them. If you would like help ensuring that the wall color, cabinet color, backsplash color and flooring color work together call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email for a Color & Decorating Consultation. Let’s get you the kitchen of your dreams this year!

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News in the Home Building Industry

News in Home BuildingWinter time is when all of the builder shows are held showcasing advances in products and technology that will impact and improve our day-to-day. I recently wrote about the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show and wanted to tell you about the People’s Choice Awards that came out of that show. There were two:

This company is known for their elegant outdoor kitchen cabinetry, and now beautiful outdoor shower products. If you have a beach house or lake home, they have some attractive options for you! Click here to learn more about NatureKast.

This company is offering an alternative to wood cabinets. They say the finishes are durable and the cabinets are less expensive than wood with unique artistic finishes. Click here to learn more about Superior Cabinets.

Another show recently held, the International Builders’ Show highlights trends and innovation in home design and building. One product featured at the show that I wanted to tell you about won the Best Bath Product Award:  Marble Attaché™ by Daltile. The tile looks like marble in color and has the ease of use of porcelain tile, click here to read more about this product.

As part of the Builder’s Show, they showcase The New American Home 2017. To view the building process, click here to see each phase of the project, and check out Phase 4 the completed home it is spectacular! Realtor Magazine made a video of their own showcasing some of their favorite trends and innovations of The New American Home Tour, click here to view.

In upcoming decorating articles I will discuss trends in Kitchen and Bath design, stay tuned! If you have a remodel that you are considering, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email for a consultation to pick out colors and products to ensure you get what you want and are happy with the finished project!Redesign Right

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How to Buy the Right Rug

Beautiful Rug OptionA rug pulls a room together and anchors the room. For further reading on that topic, review my article titled How to Anchor a Room with a Rug. You may be waiting to find the right rug or not sure what you want. A quality rug can be quite an investment, similar to a piece of furniture or more depending on what the rug is made of and how. If you have bare floors or need to create a conversation area with a rug here are three tips:

  1. Spend some time thinking about your style and what you like. Do you like a traditional look, floral, bright colors, muted colors, patterned, etc.
  1. Understand the smallest and maximum size rug that you need in a room. A general rule of thumb is that you want 18” of bare floor around the rug. In new construction where you have open rooms usually the problem is finding a rug that is big enough. The larger the rug equates to more expensive. Wayfair offers a guide on selecting a rug for a room size and shows how each layout can work, click here to view.
  1. Know your budget and how much you want to spend.

Understanding Rug Construction

You will find that quality rugs are made of natural fibers and good dyes. Natural rugs are wool, silk, or cotton. Wool is fantastic at hiding dust and soil; however, beware of low-quality wool that breaks and sheds feeling like straw. You will find low-quality rugs to be synthetic fibers such as nylon, acrylic, polyester, and olefin.

Here is my personal tip:  If you are the type of person who is constantly changing out your look and don’t care about a high-quality rug, purchase the less expensive one. Or if you have kids and dogs and know it will have high traffic, a cheaper big box store option would be perfect. It is better to have a rug in a room that you know you will have to replace than a bare floor. A rug absorbs sound in an open room, softens the space, adds color, and can pull pieces of furniture together into an area. If you are looking for an inexpensive rug, there are many options at home stores or online (several options are listed in my article referenced earlier on anchoring a room.)

How to Buy a Quality Rug

Educate yourself. If you are starting out the first step is to get educated so you can understand how to discern a fake natural content rug. Visit rug galleries, flooring or furniture stores, antique, and consignment shops. Stay away from the always “going out of business; everything must go” stores that you often see advertised. Here are a few resources:

Don’t Forget the Rug Pad

You need a rug pad to keep your rugs from slipping, to reduce wear, and protect the flooring beneath the rug. Choose a pad made of natural materials, felt and natural rubber for example. These materials will not damage your flooring regardless of type. To understand this in depth, click here to read an article on rug pads.

Redesign RightIf you need help choosing the right rug for a room, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or email to set up 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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Decorating with Succulents

Succulent GardenWhen it is February, and the groundhog has determined there will be six more weeks of winter bring some plant life into your home décor to freshen up a room. I’m sure you’ve seen them, they seem to be popping up everywhere in home decorating stores, Succulents! They are excellent plants for indoor containers as they conserve moisture and add greenery to your surroundings. There are a few things you will want to know before you start.

Pick the right plants.

You will want to pick the right plants for your indoor environment. As some succulents require more sunlight than others, you may want to check in with your local nursery for advice. For a suggestion on the best ten plants for beginners, click here.

Choose the right container.

Creating a centerpiece or coffee table arrangement with a succulent garden creates a lovely focal point in a room. Use any decorative container you wish to capture the water runoff that will not leak. Use smaller containers with drainage holes that will sit inside the larger non-draining container. You can layer pebbles, sea glass, shells or any lovely item that can handle moisture in the outer container. If you choose to use a non-draining container, line the bottom with small gravel prior to filling with the soil mixture to prevent the plant from sitting in water.

Understand soil and water.

Fortunately, Miracle-Gro makes a mixture for Cactus, Palm & Citrus that is fast-drying and you can find it at any home store. According to the World of Succulents, you need to water your succulents once every two weeks. I would recommend if you purchase your plants at a Nursery to ask them this question for the succulents you buy. After watering, be sure to drain any excess water from the larger container to make sure you don’t have an accident on your coffee table!

If you need some help or inspiration on containers to use for your succulent garden, click here to view my Pinterest board.

I found some online resources worth sharing with you:

If you want to become an expert in Succulents, go to Succulents and Sunshine.

I would love to see any container gardens you create or have created, feel free to snap a photo and send to Debbie@Redesignright.com and I’ll feature it on my Facebook page! Happy gardening!

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