Redesign: The Quick Solution for your Home Decorating Dilemmas

As we begin October, it’s a good time to look at your home checklist before the crazy holiday season begins. What does that look like for you? Take stock of your home, walk around and with fresh-eyes ask yourself, “Am I happy with the way my home looks?” If you find you need a new look, consider a home redesign! Fortunately, Redesign Right offers an hourly option for the do-it-yourself project or a one-day full-service package. You decide what would work for you and your budget; no project is too small or large for us to handle!

We can help with:

  • decorating a single room or an entire home.
  • space planning.
  • recommendations for furniture arrangement, lighting, artwork, window dressings, accessories and finishing touches.
  • support with remodeling choices for additions, kitchen and bath renovations (tile, flooring, countertops, etc.).
  • paint color and color palette selection.
  • shopping assistance available with or without you (furniture, window treatments, lighting, artwork, and accessories).
  • incorporate your cherished possessions and current furniture into a lovely design.

Let Redesign Right get you started in the right direction before the holiday frenzy starts and help give stale rooms a strong foundation that flows correctly and have the proper accessories for pop and excitement.

Here are examples of Before and After photos from the Redesign Right team:

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Recent testimonial:

Hiring Redesign Right was the best decision that I made, and I’ve been blessed with Debbie’s guidance styling two homes. I first met Debbie when we were considering downsizing.  She quickly & expertly went room by room to advise staging ideas; our house sold in 4 days! She has exactly what I was looking for–energy, enthusiasm, great ideas and a wealth of knowledge and access to anything and everything in the design space. She got me to step out of my preconceived idea of what I thought I wanted for our space. I am so happy she did! Six months later, my husband and I moved into a smaller home and needed to combine styles, with less furniture and décor, for a fresh new feel. It seemed a daunting task to us but not for Debbie! She was instrumental in helping my husband, and I finish several rooms. We had a lot of the core furniture, but the room did not feel “done.” She came up with a game plan, incorporated some of our existing furniture and some new items such as window treatments, rug, lighting, etc. She’s patient and when we didn’t like something, would come back with new options.

I am so impressed with her knowledge and style. Debbie has impeccable taste and an incredible ability to envision how space should be reconfigured and redesigned. She’s easy to work with and is always mindful of our budget. She is flexible in coming up with creative solutions and helping us prioritize, and I especially appreciated the times that she sat us down, explained the motivations behind her design choices, and was honest about the negative ramifications when we were about to deviate from the design specs. Her honest guidance and advice helped us reach a better result than I could have imagined, and I know for sure that I will be contacting Redesign Right first and foremost for my future projects. We are truly enjoying the lovely home we’ve created together. It brings us beauty, comfort, and joy! I highly recommend her and am grateful for her continued support. – Karen S.

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

10 Tips to give your Home a Fresh Look

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

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  1. Broken Electronics

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

  1. Old cables and wires

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

  1. Old bills and paperwork

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

  1. Near empty bottles

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

  1. Unused or broken kitchen equipment

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

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

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

  1. Outdated clothes or clothes that don’t fit

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

  1. Children’s artwork

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

  1. Wrapping paper scraps, packing material, old boxes

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

  1. CDS or DVDs

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

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

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. (Feature Photo from Houzz: Organized Living)

5 Home Decorating Trends this Fall

Though I adore summer and all the fun beach activities, I’ll have to admit; fall is my second favorite time of year on the east coast. A time for cozy sweaters, cuddling with my pooch and enjoying a delicious hot tea! Here is a list of 5 trends you will see this fall in home decorating:

1. Relaxed and Comfortable

More and more I find my clients looking to make their space useful, to maximize their homes to their lifestyle. I find people shying away from “formal” rooms and wanting space that have clean lines, yet relaxed and comfortable to support everyday life. Last week I focused on, How to Create a Comfortable Home, going over a few cozy decorating styles that you may want to revisit for more ideas on this topic. Consider adding floor pillows or as the Japanese use, the Zabuton.

2. Velvet

I love the soft and warm feel of velvet, the vibrant, intense colors, and variety of color. It offers a feeling of richness to any room instantly. Look for a mixture of synthetic and natural fabrics for long lasting velvet. If you don’t want to commit to a piece of furniture, add velvet pillows and throws and gain the benefit. Learn more about the various types of velvet by clicking here.

3. Woven textiles and Inspiration of Nature

Add a lovely tapestry, an arrangement that includes natural elements found in your area, or a piece of furniture that is hand-made. The trend is more toward artisan work and not mass produced. I know this can be expensive; however, think of adding a woven ottoman, for example:

4. Reclaimed Materials and Fabrics

Old wood, reclaimed fabrics and “retro” style prints are trending. Consider adding old wood in an area such as around your fireplace, or in a piece of furniture.

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5. Jewel Tone Paint, Furniture, and Accessories

You will find lovely jewel tone colors in all facets of home decorating this fall. From kitchen cabinets to accent walls and pieces, there are many examples of lovely jewel toned home decorating elements, click here to view.

Redesign RightIf your home is in need of a refresh this fall, perhaps a new paint color, or a way to pull it altogether 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, Google+ and Instagram.

How to Create a Comfortable Home

As we head into fall and the weather gets cooler here on the east coast, we long for warmth and comfort. What does that look like for you? There are many trending concepts to support a simpler, back-to-basics, way of life. To name a couple:

Hygge, pronounced “hoo-ga”

Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and author of “The Little Book of Hygge,” 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.”

Wabi-Sabi

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There are various meanings to this Japanese term, here is an explanation from Leonard Koren, author of Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers:

“Wabi Sabi is the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete, the antithesis of our classical Western notion of beauty as something perfect, enduring, and monumental.”

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These concepts embrace the idea that your home should be a place of sanctuary in a simple and clutter-free way. Think about colors found in nature, weathered materials that are truly weathered-by-age. Pull out that old family frame or chest, regardless of the imperfections and add it to a room. The theory is that items loved by time have more meaning and add a peaceful feel to a room.

How can you create a simple, cozy, sanctuary-like area in your home?

  1. Remove the clutter. Create a no-technology zone where you and your guests can take a break and relax.
  2. Get comfortable. Create a comfortable area for you and your guests, with the proper pillows, fun textured throws, and various candles to burn.
  3. Embrace nature. Bring interesting branches or cuttings from your yard into your home, place in a vase as part of a centerpiece, use the colors of the season.
  4. Incorporate old and weathered items into your space.
  5. Have friends over and entertain in a relaxing environment. Have a movie night or a game night, having friends over does not have to be complicated. Think warm drinks such as tea or coffee, and plenty of relaxation.

It’s all about creating a peaceful area in your home, regardless of what is happening in your world, your home should be a sanctuary that is comfortable for you to enjoy and make new memories. If you need helRedesign Right, LLCp picking the proper colors for your home or need a home decorating refresh, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email.

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 Photo from Houzz:  Hoedemaker Pfeiffer)

5 Tips to Add New Life to Your Outdoor Containers

As we go from summer to fall here on the East coast, some of the plants in our containers look shabby or have died. I have a few ideas to help you give them a fresh look as we go into Fall. The first thing you need to do is remove all the dead or dying plants and assess what is salvageable.  Here are five ways you can keep your outdoor containers looking great:

1. Add ornamental grass for height and color.

If your vines still look good and all your annuals are gone, replace them with a lovely ornamental grass. One of my favorites is the Purple Fountain Grass because of its beautiful color, texture, and height.

2. Fill empty spots with branches or twigs.

If your container needs instant height, take some cuttings from your trees and strategically place them in the center of the container to add interest. If you want a particular color, use spray paint. My recommendation, keep the colors based on the colors of the season. If you don’t have trees to cut from, go to your local craft store and go through the dried or silk floral area and find the shape, height, color that you want to use to fill in empty spots.

3. Add late blooming plants.

Go to your local garden center to find the best options. In our area, Cone Flowers, Black-eyed Susan, Zinnia, and Pansies continue to bloom into the fall. Though it may seem too early for Chrysanthemum, you will see them in your garden centers, incorporate them into existing pots to add color and interest! There are also cooler weather succulents that you can add, again check your local garden center for options.

4. Fill in bare areas with accessories.

Does is sound crazy to add accessories to your containers? Why not! Think about adding a Mirror Globe gazing ball that will reflect the colors from existing plants and fill up space. Or, add a solar-powered lantern for interest during the day or night. If you already have a lantern you want to use, add an outdoor battery-powered candle (that has a timer). Do you have a favorite yard statue or a garden gnome? Consider moving it to the bare area of your pot for a whimsical look.

5. Reshuffle your pots and arrange them for interest.

Move your pots around to create a color interest. Consolidate containers to maximize interest in one pot. If all the flowers in small pots have died, consider placing them in the center of a larger pot, based on color and insert tree cuttings or twigs to achieve the desired height.

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I hope these five tips help you enjoy your outdoor time as long as possible this summer season! If you need home decorating or home staging assistance, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email, I would love to help!

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:  Kim Gamel.)

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.

Beautiful Bathroom Trend – Gold and Brass

In the past, we have seen bathrooms using whites, creams, and beiges mixed with gold and brass fixtures. There is a new look trending now in bathroom design where you use tones of dark gray or blue with brass or gold fixtures, and the results are stunning! Here are a few fabulous examples:

If you love the idea of adding a touch of gold or brass, check out this bathroom where they mixed polished chrome fixtures and aged-gold accents in the handles on the cabinets, mirror, and light fixtures. The result is beautiful:

Photo by Sophie Burke DesignMore bathroom ideas

Do you love the look of shabby chic? If you are a do-it-yourself type, consider turning a cabinet into a bathroom vanity. Be inspired by this lovely bathroom:

Photo by Cupic Custom Homes LLCBrowse bathroom ideas

For instructions on how you can turn a cabinet into a bathroom vanity from HGTV, click here. If you decide to go this route, you may want to give Annie Sloan paint a try, click here to view instructional videos on her YouTube channel.

Redesign Right, LLCFor all your color, home decorating, and home staging needs, contact Debbie 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, Google+ and Instagram. Featured Image from Houzz:  Hunter Douglas.

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:

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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:

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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

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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.

6 Kitchen Lighting Styles and Trends

To have the optimal lighting in your kitchen, you need the proper combination of task, ambient and decorative lighting. It’s important to have the light you need when you need it and ensure that space feels comfortable and not like an operating room when you want warm, soft light. In this article, I would like to focus on over sized decorative fixtures that are popular in kitchen lighting showrooms. The unusual aspect of this trend is that it creates drama in an area of the house that is usually drama-less in décor.

Be prepared to be inspired and wowed! If you are looking for a new light fixture for your kitchen or planning a remodel, you will have no problem finding the look you love. Create an IdeaBook on Houzz and save the photos you like for future reference.

Style:  Farmhouse

Style:  Industrial

Style:  Modern

Style:  Transitional

Style:  Contemporary

Style:  Traditional

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If you need help pulling a kitchen design together, choosing a color for your tile, backsplash, flooring, or countertop, 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, Google+ and Instagram.