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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7 Tips to Sell Your Home to Millennials

In my decorating article last week, High Point Market-Spring 2017 Highlights, I wrote about the furniture industry looking forward to a large boom in millennial furniture purchases in the upcoming years. As reported by Realtormag, a recent Fannie Mae Economic report stated, “Millennials’ accelerated rate of departure from their parents’ homes bodes well for housing demand.” With the market primed to sell your home, now may be a fantastic time if you are planning a move.

How can you capitalize on the millennial market? Here are seven things to consider when selling your home to this growing pool of buyers:

  1. Strive for the “less is better” concept of decorating.
  2. Choose furniture that is large and fewer pieces; for example, large lamps, art, and accessories.
  3. Minimize the “eye noise” by not offering lots of little things to view. If you have a large collection of items, consider packing them up and placing in storage. Too many “things” take away from the house which is where you want your prospective buyers to focus.
  4. Take down outdated
  5. Paint the interior of the home in a neutral color; for example, a gray in the warm spectrum mixed with a beige.
  6. Since Millennials often do not have a budget for home upgrades, they want to move into a home with an updated kitchen and baths. If you cannot update this space, do what you can to give a facelift. Change out the knobs on the cabinets, replace the counter tops, install new lighting to a sleek look (definitely remove all fluorescent overhead lighting.)
  7. Replace outdated and dirty carpets throughout either with a neutral carpet or preferred low-maintenance wood flooring or tile.

Keep in mind that the best salesman in a room is the way the furniture is placed. Make sure the key Rooms:  Family room, Living Room, Entrance, Kitchen and Master Bedroom and Bath are professionally staged showing prospective buyers the many possibilities. They need to be able to see themselves living in this space.

Call 610.955.8202 or email to set up a consultation so we can get your home staged to get top dollar for your home!

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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High Point Market-Spring 2017 Highlights

High Point MarketTwice a year the world supporting and creating furniture gathers at the High Point Market in NC. This year, the spring market, highlighted the following five trends in furniture:

  1. Fringe and geometric patterns.
  2. Gold elements – simplified and elegant.
  3. Natural elements – fun material compositions.
  4. Neutral tones – texture – colors are more neutral with warm gray overtones fitting into traditional designs.
  5. Organic and refined – natural forms – whimsical and unique accessories.

You can look forward to seeing more of these design elements in furniture and home decorating décor in the upcoming months.

There are two takeaways about this show that I wanted to highlight. The first one is amazing! Print the Future, currently looking for investors, envisions the possibility where you can print your furniture “ideas on demand.” They are using 3D printing technology to create side tables, coffee tables, whatever you can imagine. How cool is that! To see how this works, click here for a video from the Market Show.

The second highlight worth noting is that the furniture industry is looking for big growth as a large group of millennials are settling down in homes, and purchasing furniture. I mention this takeaway as it has an impact on the real estate business. You can expect millennials to be the largest home purchasing group in the upcoming years. If you plan to sell your home, you will want a designer aware of what millennials want to handle your home staging to get top dollar!

Each year the Pinnacle™ Awards are given out after the fall market, which will be held October 14-18, for excellence in retail home furnishings. Stay tuned for the results! Also, I put together a Pinterest board of some of the beautiful displays and products from the spring show, click here to view.

Redesign RightFor all your home decorating, color consultations, or home staging needs, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email. If you or a friend are interested in pursuing a business in interior redesign and home staging, now is a fantastic time since it is a burgeoning market! Click here to view my upcoming hands-on schedule, all training located in Glen Mills, PA.

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 Reasons to Sign Up for the Redesign Right Program

StudentsHave you reached a point in your life where you are now ready to do something for yourself? Are you eager to start making money at something that you love? I have offered a successful Interior Redesign and Home Staging Training program for close to 15 years now. In that time, I’ve heard all the reasons why someone wants to take a training program, and their hesitations. If you are someone who has tossed around the idea that you would like to pursue a career in interior decorating, let me address some concerns you may have.

5 Reasons why you should sign up for the Redesign Right Training Program:

  1. The class size is capped at six students; each person is guaranteed personalized training and hands-on experience. In other words, you are not watching with a group of 25 students as one person is the only one with a hands-on activity.
  2. In each 5-day course, there is classroom training, learning techniques of the trade, working with real fabric swatches, paint chips, and accessories and working onsite, redesigning three local client homes.
  3. As a ten-time award winning interior redesigner, home stager, and trainer, running a successful Interior Redesign and Home Staging business with over 15 years experience I have a proven track record as a professional in this field which places me in a perfect spot to be your mentor.
  4. You will walk away from the 5-day class understanding how to get started and be a successful business owner. What does that entail? You will learn how to market yourself and work with potential clients and find out how to ask for the money that you deserve. Remember, because you have a natural talent that comes easily to you does not mean that you should not charge, it means you should be making money doing what you love to do!
  5. As the owner of Redesign Right, I do all of the training and working with you during the class. I am available to you to ask questions long after the class is over.

Isn’t it your time to shine? Perhaps your kids have moved on, or you want to make money at something that you enjoy, or you are simply tired of the same job you have done for years and need a creative job that offers you the opportunity to earn a living. Whatever your personal situation is at this time, I guarantee that the Redesign Right Program can fulfill your requirements. Take a step, give me a call 610.955.8202 if you have any questions about the program. I would love to have you join us! Click here to view the upcoming training schedule. To see some of the past students and read their testimonials, click here.

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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Outdoor Decorating Trends

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

Indoors Goes Outdoors

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

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

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

Finish the Look

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

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

Redesign RightFor all your home decorating, color selection, home staging needs call Debbie 61.955.8202 or email for a consultation. Do you love home decorating and would like to learn how you can make money in the redesign and home staging business? Sign up now for one of my upcoming hands-on classes and get started on your new career!

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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What’s Holding You Back?

shutterstock_279486251Do you have an innate ability for decorating, choosing the best paint colors for your friends, and picking the perfect accessories? If you are that person with the natural flair for home decorating, let’s put that passion into action! How? Sign up for Redesign Right’s Interior Redesign and Home Staging class!

Benefits of this program:

Hands-On Approach – You will work with three client homes taking your classroom training and applying it to a real home. You will gain practical experience working with what the homeowner already owns and may have purchased.

Double Certification Program – You will earn a certificate in Interior Redesign and a certificate in Home Staging. You will gain the industry know-how to start your own business. If you are a Realtor, these credentials will assist you in staging homes to sell at top dollar.

High Standard of Quality – With over 15 years of running a successful Interior Redesign and Home Staging business, all of my experience has contributed to this 5-day program. As a respected trainer with three national industry associations, I have incorporated my business experience into a classroom setting to help you effectively learn through life-knowledge, book-knowledge, and hands-on training. The class size is limited to six students, and I am available to you long after the class ends.

What’s holding you back?

In my experience of running this business, I have encountered many people who want to sign up for my training program but are often either afraid because they don’t think they are creative enough or don’t think they are qualified to run their own business. Does this describe you?

Stop holding yourself back from doing what you love! Why spend your time wondering if this would be right for you and take the first step to following your dreams. Be assured, after you complete the 5-day course, you can succeed doing what you love, and the Redesign Right Training program will help you to see that. Check out my upcoming training schedule; classes offered in the Glen Mills, PA area:

Monday-Friday;
May 15-19
June 12-16
September 11-15
November 6-10
December 4-8

Weekend Classes;
August 4-6, 12, 13
October 13-15, 21, 22

To learn more about this program and hear from some of the past participants:

Redesign RightIf you have any questions about the Redesign Right Training Program, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email. Click here to learn more about the class, agenda, and registration.

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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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.

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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