Decorating Outdoors for Thanksgiving

I know Halloween is only a few days away but it is time to start thinking about decorating for Thanksgiving and the best place to start is with your front door.  Since Thanksgiving brings to mind, harvest, cornucopias, Indian corn, there are many materials to work with therefore many options.  If you would like to make a simple, but colorful statement, follow these directions on a lovely Indian Corn Hanging.  I found a website that lists 101 Fall Wreath ideas, click here to be visually amazed with the many wonderful ideas!   (I love the one with all the baby pumpkins on it!)

Decorate your front porch or deck using your planters with corn husks and pumpkins, it makes such a beautiful statement and very easy to put together.  This idea came from BHG.com, click here for instructions.  

Take your empty planter boxes and fill them with corn husks, and various pumpkins and gourds to create a fall harvest look (this idea is from MarthaStewart.com).

Click here for a great video on decorating the frame of your doorway with mesh, ribbon, and seasonal floral items.  I recently found this mesh in various colors at A.C. Moore.  To create a clever Indian corn garland for your front porch, Martha Stewart recommends stringing the corn together using wire and raffia to get an unusual look.  For those instructions, click here.

To incorporate some sparkle and light to your front porch, PotteryBarn.com offers many options.  Check out those beautiful lanterns!

thanksgiving decoratingEnjoy this lovely east coast weather and Happy Thanksgiving Decorating!

Planning a party? Decorate your table for Halloween!

Depending on your tastes there are many quick and easy options for decorating your table for a Halloween Dinner Party.  Here are some easy and original ideas I compiled that I thought you would enjoy.

Create inexpensive placemats – use Halloween or orange and black scrapbook paper!  If you go to your local scrapbook paper/arts and crafts store, such as Joann’s Fabric and Craft, you will find so many choices.  Be sure to look for the large 12”x12” paper.  Match the paper with paper plates or your own white plates.  Also, consider the background that you will choose if you are going to go with an all black table cloth, or you could pick white if you don’t wish to have such a “dark” look and accent with orange and black!

Create Wine Glass Accents – using little spiders, which you can purchase online very inexpensively from Oriental Trading, click here to view black spiders or here for jeweled spiders.  Or take a trip to your local party store, they should have many options like skulls, ghosts, whatever your preference.

Make festive place tag holders – I love this idea – they are so cute – from Martha Stewart, who else!?  Click here to view the training video on how to make these very simple and cute tags.

Add a pumpkin table center piece – Hollow out the bottom of small pumpkins and use a battery operated votive for a flickering light.  Tier your display with a cake stand or candle holders until you have the desired height.  For those who like a little sparkle in their decorations, Martha Stewart offers a training video on how to create glittered pumpkins, click here to view that video.  Use a pumpkin as the vase for flowers, click here to view instructions.

Another inexpensive decorative idea is to use Halloween stamps and ink on clear glass hurricanes or votives.  Add an orange or black candle, with some candy corn, or black jelly beans at the base and you have completed a great Halloween Candle display.  After you’re done, glass cleaner will completely remove the stamped ink and it will be ready to be used for another season!

Be sure to create a great digital invitation to your party, check out PunchBowl.com to view the free digital options available.  After you’ve picked the date, be sure to let me know, I’ll bring the wine!

Enjoy your Halloween and have a wonderful party!

Decorate the Outside of your home for Halloween

Decorate your front door
This is such a fun time of year as you can be as crazy with your decorations as your heart desires!  In writing this blog I came across a blog from Lil’ Luna, 50 Halloween Wreath Ideas that will get your creative juices going!  If making a wreath doesn’t interest you, there are many options available at all home and craft stores in your area.  Let me share some fun ideas I found…

Do you want your front porch to have a “spooky” look, how about this?  HGTV offers step by step instructions to achieve this look, click here to view.  I like the idea of using your garden planter urns and transforming them for the Halloween holiday.  You can also easily “spookify” anything by adding spider webbing, which can be purchased at many stores, such as Target, Home Depot or your local party store.

Stack pumpkins to achieve the desired heightuse paint and decorative ribbon to create a look, for other ideas from Better Homes and Garden, click here.  You can incorporate natural elements such as interesting twigs, pine cones, moss, or burlap around the base of your planter/urn.

If you are unsure as to how to properly carve a pumpkin, click here to view instructions from Martha Stewart.  For those of you that need a little help with carving your pumpkins, Better Homes and Gardens offers stencils that you can download, click here to view them.

halloween decoratingOptional lighting ideas for pumpkins are strings of lights, battery operated candles, or you can purchase pumpkins where the lights are integrated into the pumpkin, such as these pre-lit grapevine pumpkins from GrandinRoad.com.

Decorate around light or mailbox
You can use outdoor leaf garland, faux pumpkins (weather resistant items), and your choice of ribbon to achieve a nice Halloween to fall look.

Halloween Yard Decorations
If you really want to have the whole scary-yard-look, create and hang ghosts in your trees, to create this look click here for instructions.  Or, create spooky tombstones that can be lit up by battery operated lights (I would not recommend using any candles in your yard.)  For instructions on how to create these tombstones, click here.

Have a Happy Halloween and I would love to see some of your creations!  Please Share!!

Decorating your home for Halloween

There are so many wonderful choices for Halloween decorations!  For those who are really crafty to those who simply want to purchase everything – there’s a plethora of choices!

If you’re looking at making your house extra creepy, Martha Stewart has a fabulous idea for making an entrance look frightening (play scary music) by using cheese cloth!  Click here for instructions on how to create this look.  If you want ideas on decorating your mantle, click here to view some options that range from seriously creepy to pleasant!

Decorate with Pumpkins
There are many fun pumpkin decorating ideas that I found in writing this blog that I wanted to share with you as I thought they were unique.

The crafty folks from HGTV offer a very cute Pumpkin Family idea that I love!  This is clever and easy, create a pumpkin for everyone in the family and place around your hearth!  Don’t forget to make one of the family pet!  Click here to view instructions on this inspiration.  

Better Homes and Garden offer many great ideas that are simple, from spray paint to stencils to using ribbon, check those ideas out by clicking here.  I love the idea of using different patterned black net stockings to cover white, orange or spray painted pumpkins.  With a simple fall ribbon you’re all set!

Decorate with Candles
There are so many candle ideas from simple to extravagant.  Here are just a few that I enjoyed.  This is the easiest – purchase a bag of candy corn or the fall colored corn and use your favorite glass hurricane and instantly create a Halloween Candle arrangement!

The DIY Network offers great instructions on how to create this look – which can be changed to meet your design concept of Halloween!  Click here to enjoy those instructions.

oliverEnjoy yourself this Halloween, find some whimsy in your decorations, and embrace that inner kid in you!  

Happy Halloween from Redesign Right and Oliver!

Need a quick change? Decorate with area rugs!

Whether you are doing a complete redesign in a room, or simply want a quick decorating redo, a new area rug is a good option!  Area rugs are an economical way to change the look and feel of any room.  Consider the following before you make a purchase:

  • Is this a high traffic area?
  • Are there pets and kids in the house?
  • What style would best reflect my personality and ambiance in the room?

Here is an excerpt from RugsToMyDoor.com on how to deal with high traffic areas and types of rugs to select:

“If you are looking for a luxuriously soft and silky elegance underfoot; look no further than wool.  This fiber is resilient, flame resistant, and renewable.  Wool rugs do have a few pitfalls.  They include a greater likelihood of staining, and a duration of fuzzing for the first several months after purchase.

An ideal balance of form and function is found with advanced Nylon area rugs.  They oftentimes look like wool – but have a stain resistance that is beat only by one fiber.

Polypropylene rugs are by far and away the most stain resistant on the market.  A polypropylene rug can take red wine, grape juice, even ink and see it eliminated in minutes.  So what is the drawback with a fiber such as polypropylene?  It does not retain its texture as long as its counterparts – and it responds very badly to an oil spill (i.e., olive oil, etc.)”

The advantages of an area rug:

  • Converts a plain wood floor and makes it a warm and inviting room.
  • Cuts down on noise on wood floors.
  • Not a big investment easily changed with tastes and seasons.
  • You can completely change the décor of a carpeted teen or child’s room with an area rug.

Home Decorator Collection offers a fun online tool to help you find the rug to match your shape, color, style specifications, click here to view. The hardest part is choosing which rug would fulfill the look you are trying to accomplish.  To help you with your search, here’s another website that allows you to find a rug based on a specific designer, click here to view.

One last tip, be sure any store or online site has an agreeable return policy in case the rug you choose does not complete your vision!  Happy decorating!

For more information on how Redesign Right can help you with your decorating projects contact us at debbie@redesignright.com or 610.955.8202.

Decorating with Wall Decals and Paper

Gone are the days of your mom’s roses on vinyl wallpaper!  The new trends in wall design are very interesting and allow you to think of using them as art instead of simply wall coverings.

The new peel-n-stick decals are amazing!  Check out these fabulous designs from WallPops.com.  The benefit of these options are no mess, easy to apply and easy to remove.  For those of you living in a dorm or a rented space where you have limited options this is a wonderful and affordable idea.  Or if you’re like me and tire of things quickly, you can add as your tastes or need for change occurs.  Designer and famous potter, Jonathan Adler has transformed his fun patterns into decals – look at what a difference you can make in this simple step!  Click here to learn more about this Jonathan Adler, “Hollywood” pattern in this photo.

In a recent interview with Wallpaper and Interior Designer, Carey Jacobs of York Wallcoverings stated, “Nothing’s hotter than textured and tactile options right now.  We’ve been infusing our designs with glass beads, mica chips and grass cloth.”  Instead of thinking of covering all of your walls, think about accenting one wall with a lovely textured pattern.  This beautiful paper has a mother-of-pearl disc in the center of a hand-textured medallion, click here to read more about the Soleil pattern from York Wallcoverings.

The industry has come a long way with designs in murals from cityscapes to floral designs.  Click here to check out the many beautiful designs from EazyWallz.com available in murals.  Handmade papers can be used as custom made artwork.  By simply applying the sheet to a piece of plywood and framing – you have created a custom feature that is unique to you!  There are websites that sell handmade paper by the sheet; I came across a fun site while writing this blog GrowHouseGrow.com, to view their designs click here.  Another idea is to feature paper on the ceiling of a room; this can be used to cover problem areas in your ceiling as described in this This Old House article.

Have some fun and think of decorating with wall coverings in a new way!

For more information on how Redesign Right can help you with your interior decorating needs contact us at debbie@redesignright.com or 610.955.8202.

Bathroom Renovation or Decorating Redesign?

If you purchased your home 20 years ago there is probably a bathroom in your house that is in need of a complete makeover!  Depending on your budget and how much time you want to invest in this will help determine the project.  Click here to read a great article on understanding your renovation budget from HGTV.  The next step is to create a drawing of your plan.  You will need to draw the exact measurements of your bathroom and the placement of items. You can save a substantial amount of money if you can keep the basic layout of the bathroom and not move the fixtures around.  Once you determine the layout and a realistic direction you want to go in, you will next need to decide on your budget.  Who will do what in your project?  Are you handy?  Or will you need to hire a contractor to complete the project?  For a great article on choosing a contractor, click here.

If you are unsure what direction you would like to go in, get some inspiration by looking through magazines, check out websites such as Houzz.com or Pinterest.com that display an array of decorating ideas.  Click here to view bathroom style ideas from Better Homes & Garden.

Once you have decided on your budget, come up with a plan and style you’re looking for, check out Overstock.com or FaucetDirect.com to help you find fixtures, vanities, and other bathroom necessities at a reduced price.  In terms of flooring, click here to read about the different types of flooring and advantages and disadvantages to them.

If you’re just looking for a quick weekend change.

Pick out a new paint color; be sure to select a paint that can handle the moisture in the bathroom.  Each paint line will offer one that is designed for baths, be sure to ask the sales associate for help!

Remove clutter from the counter.  Throw away old cleaners, makeup, etc.  All items should be stored in accessible bins (by task) in a cabinet or shelves.  If you don’t have a place for everything, your bathroom will remain cluttered looking.  Click here for a great article on keeping your bathroom clutter free and clean.

Change the mirror!  If you have a simple builder’s mirror, consider adding a frame to match the style of your new look.

Change the Shower Curtain, Towels or accessories – Many home good stores have wonderful ideas and color selections from Bed, Bath & Beyond, Home Goods, and Target.

Consider changing the lighting!  Add something unexpected such as a chandelier!   Also, if you are redoing a guest bathroom consider a lovely nightlight to help your guests find their way in the night!

Just remember decorating or remodeling should be fun! Get your family involved, add some whimsy and enjoy the fabulous end result!

For more information on how Redesign Right can help you with your renovation project contact debbie@redesignright.com or 610.955.8202.

Decorate my Garage?

Absolutely!  How many times do you leave your garage door open and give your neighbors a window into how you live?  Your garage should be as organized and good looking as the rest of your home! One of the biggest problems with garages is that they become the catch all for all our stuff we don’t want in the house!   However, with the proper planning you don’t have to eliminate all that you own, you just need to plan and rethink how to organize it.

The first step to any reorganization/design is to empty out the garage entirely.  Yes, a great deal of work but an empty garage gives you a clean palette in which to work and map out where all the stuff will go.  Set up sections in your garage with specific functions in mind.  Such as a gardening, sports, car, beach and kitchen overflow section. Set your areas up so that the items are easy to get to. Knowing where your turkey fryer is will save you time when you need it!  So pick a nice fall Saturday and tackle this with the goal that you are going to finally park your car in the garage!

Don’t forget the ceiling

workbenchThe ceiling of your garage holds much potential for hanging items such as bicycles, ladders, or luggage.  Click here for instructions on how to hang your bicycles from a ceiling.  Check out this ProStar Garage Elevator from Organize.com, this very useful idea lifts items overhead without the need for a ladder!

Floor shelving, shelving hung from the ceiling or cabinets may be used to store all your items.  If you have tools lying all over the place, create or purchase a workbench.  Home stores offer a variety of options.  The goal is to keep stuff from accumulating on the floor of the garage.

sports ballsAh…Sports Equipment!

Trying to keep your kids sports equipment organized seems like a tough proposition, doesn’t it?  It can be done!  Either have a bin for each child, or a bin for each sport.  There are many different types of items that can be used, such as this handy Ball Claw which holds a single soccer ball, football, or volleyball.  Rubbermaid makes a very clever ball holder.

Help!

If the idea of doing it all yourself is overwhelming you, home stores such as Lowes or Home Depot have people onsite that can help you with all of your shelving needs.  There are companies such as SafeRacks.com that will come to your house and set up a storage system for all of your needs.

ball claw
Ball Claw

Once you have an organization system in place, your whole family will love it as they will always know where to find things!  Now, go park that car in the garage!

For more information on how Redesign Right can help you with decorating your garage contact debbie@redesignright.com or 610.955.8202.

Are you ready to own a home staging and redesign business?

Follow your dream!

With all the training programs out there why choose Redesign Right for your interior redesign and home staging training?

There are 3 primary aspects that set Redesign Right’s Training Program apart from the rest:

1.    Hands-On Approach
The Redesign Right program offers hands-on education.  Since it’s proven that designers are kinesthetic learners they have a hard time learning in front of a computer and require rolling up their sleeves and moving furniture to truly learn the design basics.  In this program, you will work hands-on with 3 client homes to practice the classroom instruction.  Similar to the TV shows our clients leave, we do our magic and then the client returns for the big reveal! This is often the most favorite part of the class!  The actual hands on experience in homes are what make our program unique and one of only a few training programs that offer this.

2.    Complete Package
The Redesign Right training program offers a double certification in Interior Redesign AND Home staging.  Having a double certification in both studies allows you to offer  a full service redesign and home staging business to your clients.  In addition, our program produces stronger home stagers because we teach strong decorating and redesign principles as a basis of home staging.

3.    Industry Expert
Debbie Correale has been a professional and respected trainer for 3 national industry associations for over 6 years and has run a profitable redesign and home staging business for over 10 years in 2 different states.  With this real hands-on knowledge she is able to not only be an effective trainer but a strong mentor as well.  As many of her past students can attest, the class is intense, informative and Debbie is always available to them long after the class ends.

Redesign Right Course Outline:

Consultation Services
•    Psychology of the Client
•    Impact of change
•    Conducting and closing the sale

Redesign/Staging Services
•    How to have a successful full service Redesign/Staging business
•    Fool proof steps in Design/Staging process
•    The 5 “F’s” of designing
•    Time management
•    Tools and supplies of the trade
•    Safety rules
•    Analysis of Room shapes/focal points
•    Decorating principles –scale, balance, themes, texture and color
•    Color consultations
•    Hands on experience in the classroom and actual clients homes
•    Staging using designing techniques
•    Working with Realtors, Homeowners and FSBO

Business Formation, Marketing and Promotion
•    Business Start up guide
•    Naming your company and getting known
•    Perfect clients and target markets
•    Writing contracts and pricing jobs
•    Protecting your company
•    Marketing your company
•    Branding yourself
•    Press releases, Ads, Websites and Blogs
•    Niche your company
•    Augment your income – add on businesses and revenue streams

Click here to read more about the Redesign Right program. 

Email Debbie@RedesignRight.com if you wish to pursue a career in interior redesign and/or home staging!  I look forward to designing with you!

Debbie CorrealeDebbie’s Bio:
Debbie Correale is an eight time award winning interior redesigner, home stager, and trainer.  She is a highly respected certified interior redesigner; home stager, colorist and training provider whose designs and training programs are recognized by many trade associations.  Debbie has been rearranging rooms all over the country!  She personally has lived in every region of the USA and has worked with all home types and styles.  She has compassion and knows what it is like to buy, sell and set up homes as she has had to experience it herself over a dozen times!

She is the FRSR professional instructor and continual mentor to all.  It is because of her love of design and helping others that lead her to teaching.  Debbie offers a FRSR Certified 5- day Interior Redesign/Home Staging Training Program near the Philadelphia, PA Area.  This program is designed for students seeking to turn their passion for design into a fun and rewarding career.  She also offers a FRSR Certified 3-day IRIS Approved Interior Redesign Training Program for those who love to design, want to learn more about decorating but are unsure if they want to make it a business.

Let’s Have a Party!

Yikes…dare I say it?  We’re counting down the weeks of summer fun.   Here at Redesign Right, though we’re a decorating redesign and home staging business, we love fabulous parties!  In honor of the last smoldering days of summer I wanted to write about something that I love – which is entertaining!  Here are a few great ideas and tips for that outdoor get together.

Putting fresh flowers on each table is a must especially if they are from your garden. Cut small sprigs of flowers and arrange them with some green cuttings from your perennials, humming bird bush, or rose of Sharon which are all in bloom now!  Remember the arrangement does not have to be big to make a statement.  Hold them together with a rubber band and place in a small container (with water).  When choosing your container, look around your home and see what interesting conversation starters you can use! How about a scooped out green apple (with water) as a “natural” vase!

When decorating your yard for a party, don’t forget to use plenty of candles and party lights!  Lighting whether inside or outside of your home is important and can create a wonderful ambience for your party.

Instead of a phone call to invite your friends over send them a fresh looking electronic invitation.  CoCodot.com offers very attractive, fun (and free) options!  Click here to see one of their cute barbeque invitations!

Food & Party Tips
When you are designing your menu for your guests remember the most important thing to keep in mind is to not be stuck in your kitchen during your party.  Your guests want to visit with you!  Choose recipes that allow you to prepare much of the prep beforehand.  Here are 2 recipes that work for me and people seem to love.

Cantaloupe Wrapped in Prosciutto
Cut a cantaloupe up into bite size pieces.
Wrap in slices of prosciutto and place a decorative toothpick through the combo, place in a single layer on a serving plate, cover, and serve chilled (keep refrigerated before serving).  I know simple but there is never one left on the plate!!

BBQ Ribs
This is my family’s favorite recipe and most of the cooking is done before the party!
Preheat oven to 250 degrees

Prepare ribs:

  • First rub each rack with your favorite rub
  • Then put 2 T of your favorite BBQ sauce on top of rub and massage sauce in

Wrap each rack individually in heavy duty foil (I use double sheets of foil)
Place each foiled wrapped rack in oven and bake for 6-7 hours or until the meat falls off the bone.  Take ribs out of oven, unwrap and let the racks firm up a bit on the counter.  Lather the ribs with more BBQ sauce and finish the ribs by cooking them on your grill for 5 minutes a side.  Serve with extra BBQ sauce and lots of napkins!!

Cheers and enjoy the rest of your summer!

For more information on how Redesign Right can help you with your summer decorating contact us at debbie@redesignright.com or 610.955.8202.