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10 Item Fall Checklist

shutterstock_184252874-resizedWe are in that transitional time when the temperatures during the day remain warm and the evening temperatures are cooler. The days are shorter than they were, and it is officially autumn. With the change of seasons, I wanted to give you a quick reference, a checklist of ten items to ensure your home stays in its best health.

10 Home Items to Check this Fall

  1. After all the leaves have fallen, clean out the gutters and downspouts, inspect joints, and tighten brackets if necessary.
  2. Caulk around windows and door frames to prevent heat from escaping.
  3. You can quickly add a new look to the outside of your home by changing the color of your front door or shutters. Click here for directions on how to paint your front door be sure to use an exterior paint.
  4. If your roof is older than 15 years, have it inspected for damage.
  5. If you have a wood burning fireplace, clean out all ash and have your flue and chimney inspected by a professional. Click here for an article on chimney cleaning and inspecting.
  6. Seal your driveway every two to three years to fill in any cracks and extend the life of the asphalt through winter.
  7. Heat rises so you will want to reverse the direction of your ceiling fan. You want the ceiling fan to create an upward draft that will redistribute warm air from the ceiling.
  8. Change the filter on your humidifier.
  9. Have your heating system checked by a professional. Replace your furnace filter; click here for help from Consumer Reports.
  10. Pick up yard waste and leaves. Remove dead and old plants and add some beautiful Chrysanthemums in their place.

Tip:  If you are planning on selling your home this fall, read my article titled, “Outdoor Home Staging,” to ensure your home presents well. If you need help with home staging, contact me.

Redesign RightIf you are looking for a way to freshen up your home, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email for a redesign to give your home a cozy and warm look this fall!

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

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Fun Fall Mantel Decorating Tips

Decorating with Pumpkins
Decorating with Pumpkins

Since the mantel is a central focal point in a room, it needs to be considered as an important aspect in your room decorating. It should express your interests and what you love. There is always an opportunity to make small changes so that the room feels fresh and brings you joy. As we are entering the fall season, I wanted to cover some mantel decorating ideas that could take you right through the holidays with some tweaks. Below I describe some of the mantel design formulas that you can use as a starting point in your mantel decorating.

Symmetrical Look

Are you the kind of person who wants both sides of your mantel to look the same displaying an item in the center? If so, you like a symmetrical look, and this style can be the easiest to decorate and change with the seasons. You can display a lovely mirror or piece of artwork in the center and flank it with tall candles, topiaries, or lamps (or flank the mirror with sconces). The key here is to have the proper height to create interest by encouraging the eye to look up. You will not want to place small items along the mantel. With each season, you can add a silk floral arrangement in the center displaying natural items of the season to add variety and color.

The Wave

This mantel design concept encourages the eye to go from high to low and high to low each time varying the heights, like a wave. What this could look like is to start with a tall featured item such as a beautiful vase and gradually carry the eye in a wave formation. Try to group your items appropriately, managing color and heights accordingly. Stand back and look at your arrangement and be sure it isn’t too busy yet interesting creating that visual “wave”. This look is very flexible as items can easily be moved around, moved out with fall décor items nicely taking their place.

Simplicity

Do you like the concept of using all one color? A simple mantel design is best for you! Do you like white? This time of year you will find beautiful white pumpkins that can be used for a lovely fall decoration. Use white lanterns, vases and candles and you have a beautiful mantel statement! For some beautiful white vases check out this selection from West Elm.

Redesign RightFor more fall inspiration ideas, click here to visit my Pinterest board. For all your home decorating, color consultation, or home staging needs give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 for a consultation!

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

5 Quick Tips to Create a Cozy Room this Fall

fall treeCooler nights and shorter amounts of daylight means that fall is coming. What thoughts come to mind when you think of fall? Sweaters, warm tea, natural colors? The first word I think of is “cozy” because we are more apt to be spending time indoors and what’s the best way to achieve this comfort level in our home? By adding colors and accessories of the season to warm up and create a cozy environment.

Here are five quick home decorating tips to help you create a warm and cozy feel:

  1. Consider the items you already own and decide what you want to keep and what you want to replace.
  2. Pick a “pop” color or a complementary color and decide that color will be the focus color in the room. For some fall inspiration on color combinations, click here for examples from HGTV.
  3. You can mix textures and fabric types and maintain the unifying color. For example, you may choose a lovely fall orange as your cozy pop of color this autumn. You could use an orange pillow of satin and a plush throw, or a thick orange knit pillow and a chenille orange throw.
  4. Once you have chosen the color combination, you’re ready to go shopping.
  5. Pick out pillows, a throw, and candles or accessories in that color to bring together three items to create a balance in your room. The accessory could be a glass vase, a coffee table tray, or a collectible.

Fun Tip:  What’s In Style Now

Faux Fur Throw and PillowsI recently was hitting a couple of my standard go-to shopping spots for accessories and after visiting both Pier 1 and Home Goods saw many beautiful faux fur throws and pillows that would be stunning in any style. And what says cozy better than faux fur! This fall there is a lovely mix of textures combining different fabrics such as velvet or a woven knit. I’ve also seen many throw-back looks from the 70s that include fringing of all kinds and in beautiful fall shades of red and orange. They are also mixing metallics with the pillows as embellishments or beading. You will see items incorporating brushed brass or dark gray-silver.

Redesign RightIf you need help with your home decorating, color selection, or home staging call Debbie 610.955.8202 for an appointment!

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 .

Fall Check List for your Home Maintenance

Fall Check ListThe transition from summer to fall always comes with mixed emotions for me. I love the beach and enjoy all of the summer time fun and activities. As we transition from summer to fall, the cooler temperatures offer us the opportunity to complete projects that are challenging to complete over summer. With that in mind, I wanted to supply you with a check list for your summer to fall home maintenance.

Here is your summer to fall home maintenance check list:

  1. Clean out your gutters of all debris and dirt.
  2. Do your shutters or front door need a fresh look? With the cooler temperatures, autumn is the best time for exterior paint jobs.
  3. Check your mailbox, does it need to be painted or replaced? Is your address correctly displayed?
  4. Have you had your chimney checked and cleaned?
  5. Change the filter on your central air system.
  6. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries as needed.
  7. Trim out trees and do general yard clean up. Autumn is the time of year to do your leaf clean up and check your county for yard-waste pick up dates so you can plan accordingly. To help you, click here for a video from Home Depot to better understand how to prune properly.
  8. All of your summer pots are probably looking sad by now, consider replacing dead and dying annuals with fall foliage such as lovely colored mums.

Fun tip: Fall is a great time to purchase wood as places such as Lumber Liquidators offer great deals! Now may be the time to build that pergola you’ve always wanted! For some tips, click here to view instructions and ideas from HGTV.

Redesign RightFor all of your home decorating, color questions, or home staging needs give Debbie at call 610.955.8202 for an appointment! If you are interested in starting your own Interior Redesign and Home Staging business, click here to learn more about an amazing hands-on opportunity with Debbie.

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 .