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How to Add Mid-century Decor

Starburst DecorationsHave you noticed that mid-century decorating elements are popping up in home decorating stores everywhere? Do you like the look of mid-century décor or mid-century modern? Let’s clarify what mid-century décor refers to:

Mid-century modern is an architectural, interior, product and graphic design that generally describes mid-20th century developments in modern design, architecture and urban development from roughly 1933 to 1965. (Wikipedia)

According to West Elm’s VP of Product Design, Jonathan Orr, mid-century design “continues to evolve into new finishes and colors, and being remixed with other periods.” (Covit, Dana. “Is Midcentury Modernism Over.” MyDomaine.) It is because of this mix that we don’t get bored with the look and find new ways to use period pieces in our home decorating.

Design elements attributed to the mid-century decorating style include natural items, open and airy rooms, clean lines, and simple decorations. This style began showing up in residential American homes and suburbs post WWII. During this time you could see the following decorating items:

  • A starburst mirror reflecting the changes in the space-age during the 50s-60s.
  • Tulip tables and chairs.
  • Atomic Clocks.
  • New materials such as resin, plastic, and fiberglass.
  • Globe shaped lighting.
  • New colors: citrus orange and turquoise.

If you love design elements of mid-century modern, you can add touches of the look without changing out all of your furniture. Because this is a favorite look there are many local décor stores and online retailers that offer mid-century lighting, accessories, and furniture such as:

If you love the style and would like to incorporate mid-century aspects into your home, consider adding a starburst mirror, a globe-shaped chandelier, or a fun bar cart. For mid-century style inspiration, check out my Pinterest board of Mid-Century Décor and Ideas by clicking here. I found these fabulous instructions on making a Gilded Starburst Mirror from HGTV click here to view.

Redesign RightIf you already own mid-century pieces and are unsure how to make them work with your existing accessories and furniture, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or email for an appointment to create the lovely home you want! For all your home decorating and home staging needs Redesign Right has a solution!

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 .

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Home Decorating Tips to Make Life Easy

home decorating tipsFor this decorating article, I am focusing on questions often heard and offer some tips to help you. If you have a favorite suggestion or time-saving advice, please feel free to share in the comment area of this article.

How do I deal with my long narrow room?

I’ve worked with many different types, sizes, and arranged homes and one of the most common problems are bowling alley rooms and homeowners rarely knowing how to deal with them. Often they will keep all of one area together and not know what to do with the in-between area. A long and narrow room needs to be broken up into two functional areas serving purposes of their own. I would not create a “wall” between them as it will feel closed off; instead, you can use see-through screens, plants and group furniture based on purpose. For example, one end of the room could be arranged with comfortable seating, lighting, and TV watching. Next to that could be a game area for kids with decorative storage for games and toys.

I have the opposite of a green finger, what kind of plant can I grow?

PothosOne of the easiest is a pothos. As it grows, you can easily cut off what you don’t want and maintain the preferred size. It thrives in many different rooms with various light and temperatures! If you are looking for a small table plant, consider an English Ivy. Super easy to care for, it won’t grow large and bushy, and you can trim to maintain to your preferred size. Another idea that adds interest is an air plant. Have you seen the lovely hanging or table terrariums? Click here to learn how to care for air plants.

How can I choose colors that will work with my décor?

Have you ever had the experience where you purchase a pillow or throw with the color (or colors) you love only to get it home and discover it doesn’t quite work with your décor? Understanding the Color Wheel and how colors work together is the place to start. For a fabulous explanation of the Color Wheel, click here to view a video from BHG. After seeing the video, you will have a better understanding of how colors work with each other in a harmonious way or in a complementary way to create a dynamic look.

What size rug should I get and how should I place it?

This topic is one I often hear from clients who either don’t know what type, color or size throw rug they should purchase for a given space. The first question to answer is, “What is the purpose of the throw rug?” The answer will determine the size. Throw rugs add comfort to wood flooring, tie together a sitting area, and often it can complete the decorative style. If you are unsure, you can always measure off and tape (using removable painter’s tape), an outline on the floor, to see how the proposed rug will work. For detailed tips on picking a rug size, click here to view an article from Wayfair.

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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 .

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5 Fall Decorating Ideas

I love the warmth and cozy feel that fall colors offer.  Bringing nature’s palette of orange, red and my favorite color, gold, into your home décor can quickly change the look of a room and provide a comfortable seasonal look.  I wanted to focus this post on five ideas that you can quickly accomplish for lovely fall décor.

1.  Drape a silk leaf garland across your mantel.  Enhance with candle holders, gold pumpkins and pine cones for a beautiful nature-inspired look.  By the way, don’t be afraid to paint or create designs on your pumpkins.  Terrain has a fabulous step-by-step on creating Botanical Pumpkins that are stunning, using natural ferns, leaves and vines to decorate, click here to review the steps.  If you don’t have the time for that type of project, consider purchasing wire, glass or faux pumpkins from home stores such as Pottery Barn or Pier 1.

2.  Decorate with fall flowers and pumpkins.
Photo from Inspired By Charm
I love this simple idea from Inspired By Charm where they combined natural flowers with silk leaves on a stack of books with a small pumpkin to finish off the vignette.  (Photo attribution, InspiredbyCharm.com.)  Keep in mind when creating your arrangement you will want to group objects of three to five, varying the height and the texture of the objects.  This offers interest to the eye.

3.  Use glass vases or jars for an instant fall look.  Fill apothecary jars, which come in different shapes, heights, and sizes (click here for some options from Michael’s Craft Store) with a variety of nuts, pine cones, silk leaves and pumpkins layering to add interest.  Finish off with fall-inspired ribbon, raffia, or burlap ribbon.  You can quickly create a beautiful fall table setting by using a vase you own, filled with a variety of nuts and a candle.

4.  Use pumpkins for natural vases.
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I love this idea as you can do it with pumpkins of all sizes.  Use what you have at home, a drinking glass, a votive holder whatever fits your pumpkin size to hold the water and flower arrangement.  Place sprigs of inexpensive grocery store flowers mixed with cuttings from your trees, bushes, grasses, or add purchased dried or silk items from your local craft store.  For step-by-step instructions from Martha Stewart, click here.

5.  Don’t forget the outdoors!  Add a fall wreath to your front door.  Using your summer pots, create a lovely entry way stacking pumpkins of various sizes on top of each other on an urn-style container.  Use stackable hay bales that you can purchase at craft stores or pick up from your local farmer to add depth and interest to your grouping.  Intersperse seasonal chrysanthemums and Indian corn bundles and you will have an instant beautiful autumn look!

If you need help with a home makeover, in need of a color consultation, or simply need to redesign before the holidays, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com for all your design needs!

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 .

How to Decorate with Mirrors

I love when one thing can make a very significant difference in a room, such as a beautiful mirror!  A mirror brings light, a feeling of expansiveness and if placed properly can repeat a piece of artwork!  For my blog post this week I want to give some tips and ideas on decorating with mirrors and their effect in a room.

This idea is from HouseBeautiful.com where they placed a large mirror on the mantel, and then a smaller decorative empty frame inside giving a sensational illusion of depth and interest.  Another idea is to check out your local salvage and antique shops for a frame and then you can go to your local glass company and have a piece of beveled or plain mirror cut to fit!  If you do this make sure the mirror reflects something beautiful.  If it reflects the ceiling fan you may not want to hang it over the fireplace.

Though this look, also from HouseBeautiful.com, uses antiqued mirror tiles, you can easily get affordable mirror tiles that come in 12×12 squares at HomeDepot.com to create a wall of mirror to create the illusion of doubling your room size.  I did find a technique where you can make your own antique-looking mirror from HGTV.com, click here for those instructions.

In this room, they placed the mirror, sized perfectly, across from a window doubling the light in the area as well as adding depth and color.  (Photo from HGTV.com.)

In this bedroom from Sunset.com, they use small mirror tiles to create a bedroom headboard that visually expands the room and quickly and inexpensively creates a nice focal point to the room.  These tiles are available on Ikea.com.  (Photo by Thomas J. Story on Sunset.com.)

I also like the idea of adding a mirror to bedroom doors or closet doors, in this example from HouseBeautiful.com, they added mirror and molding to a wardrobe, which has a beautiful finished look.  Keep in mind that you can add mirror and molding to any plain construction door to make the door look polished and accomplish a fabulous look.

If you want a large mirror to reflect a large window but don’t want to make the investment, try hanging door length mirrors horizontally, using two or three, depending on your wall space for a quick dramatic effect.  Home stores will list these as door length mirrors.  Target.com offers frameless mirrors or ones with frames depending on the look you want to achieve.  Keep in mind you can create an antiqued look on a new frame by using your desired paint color combo and an antiquing glaze, click here for instructions on antiquing a frame with glaze.

blog-oct-mirror-6I love this idea!  Place a beautiful arched mirror across from a window in your room and essentially double the light and exposure in your room!  Absolutely beautiful!  (Photo and product from PotteryBarn.com.)

Go to your local home décor store, such as Pier1.com and you will be amazed at the different shapes and materials that are incorporated into mirror options.  Play around with this idea of using mirror(s) in your interior decorating and you might be surprised by the illuminating transformation of your space!

For all of your redesign and home staging needs, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com.

Debbie Correale is 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 .

Do You Have a Passion for Decorating?

Do you find yourself sitting in your friend’s house and mentally rearranging the furniture and accessories?  Do you change and rearrange your home often?  Do you love fashion and shows on interior decorating?  Are there stacks of decorating magazines in your home?

studentsIf you love making a difference in the beauty of a home, you should consider joining my 3-day Interior Redesign class or get a double certification taking a 5-day class in Interior Redesign and Home Staging which will give you all the knowledge and tools to start your own business in what you love to do!  Hear what our graduates are saying:

I LOVED every minute of my training week, and I wish I could do it all over again! 🙂 You are such a wonderful teacher and a great person. I feel so lucky to have had you all to myself this week! … I am so excited about my next chapter in life…spreading my wings and flying is my next goal. I just know this career matches me!” ~ Barb

Thank you for the experience without your leadership I believe this would not have been successful. I truly believe I can put forth all that you taught me in your class. Your professionalism and “You can do this” attitude was something I personally needed to hear… I’m working on a name for my company!” ~ Elsa

training-classMy students come from a variety of work experience and education.  No previous experience is required to join this class just a love for design and a desire to make money.  This class is unique, it gives students the skills to use their passion and turn it into a fulfilling and lucrative career.

One of the most exciting parts of the class, as expressed by former students, is how thrilled they are to have the actual hands on experience redesigning three client homes.  What a wonderful experience to go into people’s homes, be creative and rearrange all the belongings following the rules of design.  When the client comes home for the reveal they often jump up and down, grab their hearts and cry over how we changed the way they use their home and enhanced their lives.  What a great way to spend a day and someone hands you a check!

Training CertificateThe 5-Day Interior Redesign and Home Staging classes’ itinerary is as follows:

Day 1:  All day classroom training.
Day 2-4:  Morning classroom training; afternoon redesigning a client’s home.
Day 5:  Classroom training and Certification Celebration Lunch.

At the end of this week-long session, you will have learned everything you need to know about creating your own Redesign and Home Staging Business so you can finally follow your dreams!

If you’re not sure if you want to start your own business, consider taking the 3-Day Interior Redesign only class to learn the specifics of redesign to whet your appetite.

For an in depth explanation of the benefits of a class with Redesign Right, click here.  If you would like to read more about this training opportunity go to RedesignRight.com.

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  • December 2-6, 2013
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Debbie Correale is 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 .

How to Decorate with Festive Pumpkins and Candles this Fall

I love fall on the east coast!  The changing colors and variety of nature and less humidity!  In the spirit of this beautiful season, here are some ideas on stylish fall home decorations.

This is a beautiful effect from BHG.com, metallic pastel pumpkins!  By spray painting with gray, tan or white iridescent paint, you can add iridescent glitter and create a shimmering pumpkin to add to your table display or mantle!

This is a stunning effect that can be made by stenciling pumpkins with adhesive stencils.  Very easy to complete after painting the pumpkin a muted color if you want a stencil to pop, or leave the pumpkin its original color and use pretty paint colors.  (Photo and idea from BHG.com.)

Here is a similar idea to the pumpkins; these candles have been decorated with leaf stencils, which is a beautiful idea!  This idea is from MarthaStewart.com, click here for directions.  If you want to make similar candles with dried or fresh flowers, click here for instructions from CountryLiving.com.

To create a simple look for your table setting, simply create a whole in a small pumpkin and place a taper shaped candle for an instant fall candle holder for the table, or anywhere!  (Photo and idea from MarthaStewart.com.)

This is a gorgeous statement piece that I think would be beautiful on a large pumpkin!  By using cut out leaves from your local craft store, you can easily glue them onto a painted pumpkin for a finished look.  (Photo and idea from GoodHouseKeeping.com.)

blog-oct-pumpkin-4I love mixing natural textures with color as in this photo from PotteryBarn.com where gold damask pumpkins are mixed with twine created pumpkin shapes.  I love using gold in my décor and interspersing the color into an arrangement or setting adds richness to a blog-oct-pumpkin-goldlook.  Using these small gold pumpkins (from PotteryBarn.com) is such a delightful way to achieve the sparkly look of gold without having too much gold.

blog-oct-pumpkin-gold-mercuryCheck out this display of stunning orange mercury glass pumpkins from PotteryBarn.com, mixing this with the gold, natural items, and candles make for a completed look that will wow all of your guests!

“If you are interested in Outdoor décor for fall check out my blog titled,Decorating Outdoors for Thanksgiving.

Enjoy the cooler weather and have a beautiful fall!

For all of your redesign or home staging needs, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com.
Debbie Correale is 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 .

How to decorate with a vintage flair!

When you hear the word “vintage” what do you think about?  For many, vintage is “old stuff”; for others it is using things of a charmed past era.  In regard to wine … it’s aged and expensive!  In this blog, I want to show some fun decorating ideas to add a look of “vintage” into any room!

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These beautiful prints are from Zlatka Paneva sold on PotteryBarn.com.  This artist uses a combination of antique images with hand-drawn elements creating unique artwork.

blog-sept-vintage-jarsI love the look of these antique pickling jars that can be used in many decorative ways such as the ones in the photo holding dry or real plants, a variety of favorite collected items, such as old marbles or a single candle.  (Photo from PotteryBarn.com.)

Looking for just the right vintage paint color?  Sherwin Williams has a paint color line titled, “Vintage Moxie” and there are many options to choose from!  I love that Aloe Blue … it reminds me of Aruba.

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blog-sept-vintage-blue-vaseLooking at these colors you have some excellent options to add a pop of color.  Adding accessories in one of these beautiful colors as a consistent theme would be beautiful, such as this lovely blue vase which can be found in the “Romantic Vintage” collection at Pier1.com.

Using architectural appeal repurposing old barn windows as wall art adds a very elegant vintage touch to any room!  (Photo and idea from BHG.com.)

Using photos of vintage fruit and vegetable crate labels is an attractive idea for a unified vintage wall art look.  Scouring antique stores and finding these original pieces of artwork is not the only way to accomplish this look.  If you Google “vintage fruit and vegetable crate labels” images you will be amazed at all of the different looks there are – where you could print out and use in a particular theme picture frame as in this example from BHG.com.

I love this idea from BHG.com where you take an old spice rack and paint it an accent color of your choice.  A good online source for finding these spice racks is Ebay.com, click here to review some options.

Another idea for vintage wall art is to use old maps.  You can purchase them inexpensively from Allposters.com or create your own!  For these instructions, I turn to MarthaStewart.com to transform a favorite area map into a piece of vintage looking art, click here for those instructions.

Online resources:

Potterybarn.com – Vintage Décor Finds

Pier1.com – Romantic Village

For a great resource for all things vintage is Etsy.com – click here for a listing of Vintage Wall Art.

Here are a few locations in Pennsylvania where you can find salvaged or antique items:

Carson’s in the Cornfield, New Holland, PA

Brandywine View Antiques, Chadds Ford, PA

Have some fun and incorporate something vintage in your next room design!  For all your redesign or home staging needs, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com.

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Update your Kitchen

Are you planning to update or renovate your kitchen? 

I have written in recent blogs about flooring (Eco-Friendly Decorating Trends in Flooring-April 2013) and counter tops (Replacing Your Kitchen or Bathroom Counter Top-June 2013), and I would like to go over some decorating trends in lighting for your kitchen.  You will first need to consider the basics of kitchen lighting as there is no single source.  You will need task, ambient, accent or decorative lighting features.  For expert lighting advice, I went to HGTV.com, click on the article title, “Shedding Light on Kitchen Lighting” for a better understanding.

Pendant Lighting

Keep in mind you don’t have to stick with one style you can mix and match types of lighting for an eclectic lighting look, as in this example from BHG.com.

There are so many fantastic ideas in the world of pendants, and you shouldn’t be afraid to experiment with them.  In the examples below I wanted to highlight the variety of design styles that can be accomplished from traditional, to sparkly glass, to vintage-retro, to classic … whatever your design style I’m sure you will find a beautiful accent piece!

(Photos taken from BHG.com.)

If your kitchen currently has can or recessed lighting, no worries!  There are many places, such as the home improvement store Lowes that sell pendants that require no electrician or electrical knowledge to install and can transform your kitchen in minutes!  Click here to view this How-To video from Lowes.com on how to accomplish this task.  I love the look of the Edison Bulb that you see everywhere now; I found this screw-in pendant that fits perfectly into your recessed lighting at Plow & Hearth.blog-sept-kitchen-pendant-plow

While writing this blog I came across some great posts on Houzz.com that are worth reviewing before you start your kitchen lighting plan, click on the title to read the post:

Have some fun with this project and let your own personal style shine through!

For all of your redesign or home staging needs, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com!

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Enjoy a Traditional Labor Day

oliver-labor-dayLabor Day is a federal holiday that honors working people.  It’s the weekend that families and friends get together and have picnics with traditional Labor Day meals!  Grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, and the best corn that summer provides!  In honor of Labor Day, I wanted to do a blog saluting all of you and giving a few tips on how to throw a fabulous Labor Day picnic/party!

The Menu

For a list of notable food ideas, click on the topic and you will be taken to a slew of terrific recipes from BHG.com – enjoy!

Decoration

Red, white and blue is a traditional color scheme for Labor Day and one that is extremely easy to find!  Here are a few ideas:

I love seersucker, don’t you?  It reminds me of summer – light and flowing.  Here is a sweet idea from MarthaStewart.com where you can make your own and because of the nature of the fabric you don’t have to worry about ironing!  Love that!  Pick out a nice red or blue stripe that matches your table covering.  Click here to view the instructions.

This idea from HolidayCentral.com is so easy and lovely!  Use all of those tomatoes from your garden (or farmers market) and place white daisies and bunches of Basil or Mint for a pop of green – very nice!

For those outdoor picnic-parties, pick a lovely red check table cloth and use this idea from MarthaStewart.com – a way to keep your table cloth where you want it to remain, click here for instructions.

My recommendation is to keep it simple, and enjoy your relaxing day!

For all your redesign or home staging needs, contact Debbbie@RedesignRight.com.

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Decorate with your favorite inspiration!

One of my favorite places in the world is Aruba!  I love the beautiful beaches, white sands, and the warmth and peace that I feel when I’m vacationing there.  With Aruba in mind, I wanted to write about a way of decorating that might inspire you to do the same.  In terms of décor, if someone said, “Aruba theme” you would think – beach theme…which is not necessarily what that has to show.  I love the colors of Aruba!  (Photo of Aruba.com.)

blog-august-aruba-blueAruba Blue is such a fabulous color, and unique to Aruba that Benjamin Moore has named it a paint color.  Beautiful!

How can you use this color palette as a pop in a room?

blog-august-pier-1-roomPier 1 refers to this color scheme as “Peacock Blue” – you will see in this photo from Pier1.com a variety of blues used in various ways to add a pop of color in the floor covering, glass accessories, or pillows.  You can turn a neutral room into a lovely hue of Aruba!

I love this idea of painting the background of your book shelf or cabinet with different colors.  (Photo by MarthaStewart.com.)

If you were thinking that this color scheme was not masculine, or cannot be used in a study, or bachelor pad…think again!  Check out this classic sports car, Bugatti Royale Coup from the 1930s, the sleek glossy black with the blue is beautiful!  This classic combination can be incorporated into any room!

You can incorporate the lovely colors of Aruba in many ways; such as, a light fixture, place settings, rug, or outdoor pot or container color!

(Photos for ideas:  Light Fixture:  LampsPlus.com, Place Setting Idea from MarthaStewart.com, Rug from Homedecorators.com, Outdoor planter idea from MarthaStewart.com.)

blog-august-aruba-debbieThe next time you want to make a quick change, incorporate something into your décor that you love or inspires you!  Sand between my toes and a gentle salty breeze…awwww, to be back in Aruba!

For all of your redesign or home staging needs, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com.

Debbie Correale is 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, and .