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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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Decorating with Pillows

Pillow MagicLooking for a quick room transformation that will not take planning and can be completed in a few hours? Think pillows! They can be magical and take a room from ho-hum to vibrant and exciting! For some inspiration on past room redesigns that I have done, I have put together a project on Houzz with several rooms that were transformed with pillows, click here to view.

Before you head out shopping, take an inventory of what you already own. If you have a lovely colored throw that you would like to incorporate into your room but don’t feel that it matches, coordinating pillows can add the balance! Decide on the pop color or colors that you want to add to your room. Many home stores have various options available such as Pier 1, Target, or Pottery Barn. If you are a DIY type, you may run to your local fabric store and make pillow coverings (using the pillow inserts you already own.) For an easy tutorial on making pillow covers, click here. Don’t be afraid to mix and match colors or textures, in fact; I encourage you to!

To show you how you can turn an everyday couch to a WOW using Pillow Magic, enjoy my latest video:

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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 .

Decorating for Thanksgiving

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As we head toward the holidays, I would like to dedicate this post to a topic that is very dear to my heart … home decorating!  I wanted to share some tips to help you decorate quickly and inexpensively.  Anyone can be inspired, and either purchase or create a look that is pleasing, welcoming, and beautiful in your home!  For fun, I went through Houzz and created an inspirational idea book for you to peruse to see some unique ideas and what I love about them, click here to view to get inspired!

Let’s start with your front door!  Why not create a beautiful fall wreath to accentuate your entryway and create an appealing and welcoming entrance?  Click here for a video from BHG.com on how to quickly make a beautiful fall wreath.

What about a feature or center piece for your dining or side table?  For an easy to put together fall arrangement using gourds and pumpkins, click here to get instructions from Martha Stewart.  What do you think of turnips?  I know, a vegetable your grandmother used a lot, right?  This idea, also from Martha Stewart, is very clever as she creates votive holders out of turnips and what I love about this idea is a lovely purple color that you see in a ripe turnip.  Think of how that would look with a combination of small pumpkins and other natural items.  (Click here for instructions on how to make a Turnip Votive.)

Get the family involved!  Since the upcoming holiday is about giving thanks, I love the idea of getting the whole family to participate in the preparation.  I particularly like this idea from Crafts Unleashed where you create a ThankFul Tree!  Not only does this involve your family, it serves as a beautiful decoration and helps everyone to focus on the true nature of the holiday and express their personal sentiments of gratitude.  Click here to view an example and see the step-by-step instructions.

Now is a good time to get your planning done.  The key to you feeling relaxed is to be organized, which means you need to do things when you can on your own time.  I love information such as this post from Williams Sonoma where they offer you a full traditional Thanksgiving menu and tell you exactly what day to start each dish.  How clever is that idea!  It takes all the guess work out of the procedure.  Click here to read the blog post from Williams Sonoma.  If you are unsure of yourself in the kitchen, have some fun, enroll a loved one or friend and take a cooking class!  (Click here for the cooking class calendar at Sur La Table in King of Prussia Mall, PA.)

Redesign RightEnjoy this special time of year and if you need help preparing your home for the holidays, call 610.955.8202 or email Debbie@RedesignRight.com to set up 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 .

5 Tips for Decorating your Coffee Table

One area of the home that I frequently see neglected is the coffee table.  Too often it is the repository for piles of magazines, though neatly stacked, the look is tired and not very interesting.  Wouldn’t you like to dress it up?  Or if you have had the same items on your coffee table for the past five years, it may be time for a decorating change.  Consider a complete redesign, or in some cases, consider decorating it!  In this post, I will share some ideas to help you with decorating your coffee table.  Some of these ideas can be done quickly to create a new look for your table today!

  1. If you have a very large coffee table, consider adding a tray to break up the look.  This also allows you the opportunity to use the tray as a frame to display favorite items.  If you don’t have a coffee table use an ottoman!
  2. Add an elegant arrangement of seasonal flowers.  Use a monochromatic color selection to dress up the table or add a pop of color to complement the pop color in the room.
  3. Add a decorative box which on its own is beautiful and can double as a place to hold remote controls and batteries.  Love this idea!
  4. Add a favorite large scale book with a beautiful cover that invites guests to open it and explore!
  5. Add candlesticks or pillar holders of varying heights.  You can mix and match these but they should balance with the look of the room and the table.  If using multiple things, be sure they are of varying height to balance the arrangement.

Here are a few examples of coffee tables that I have done during home redesigns, which is your favorite?

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If you find that you have been struggling with a room and you are unsure what to do but want to change something, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com for a consultation or a room redesign!

By Debbie Correale, 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 .

Mantels and Fireplace Surround-How To

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Mantels and fireplaces are usually the main focal point in a room and the starting point in a room design.  I have found newly constructed homes have a simple fireplace with a simple mantel.  If you have always wanted a fireplace with surround, it’s not that difficult to achieve the look you desire.  Let’s go over some ideas!

Picking a Look
What type of look are you going for with your mantel and fireplace?  Since this choice dictates the style of the room, this is an important decision.  To pick out a new fireplace, check Pinterest or Houzz for ideas, you will be amazed at the different choices.  If you did not want to use new materials, perhaps looking for something with a “historic” value, here are a few options to review – click on the link to find out more:

If you wish to add a stone look to your fireplace, you won’t believe the new materials that are available.  Real Stone Systems offers a thin, lightweight real stone veneer that is easy to install with little waste.  The veneer comes in panels for easy installation, click here to review the options available.  They also have a tool where you can upload a photo of your fireplace to visualize what it would look like with their stone, click here to give it a try.

Home improvement stores, such as Lowes, carry a line of real stone veneer called Ledge Stone, to give you an idea of the installation involved, click here.  Another less expensive idea is to use faux panels, and there are many looks available, click here to view those options from Texture Plus.

Decorating Your Mantel
Once you have the mantel and fireplace of your dreams installed the decorating fun begins!  When thinking about your mantel decor, consider placing your accessories at varying heights to create flow and movement with your eyes.  Create interest by layering accessories, adding unexpected color and textures; such as, shiny bottles, dull plants, woven baskets, metal statues and soft pillow to the hearth.  To view some ideas on decorating your mantel, go to my Houzz Idea Book on Mantels and Fireplaces.

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By 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 .

Are you ready for spring?

iStock_000004856442SmallIn terms of snowfall, this has been a winter from my youth, and if you grew up on the east coast you understand what I mean!  Although I have many good memories from those days, I’ll have to admit I’m done!  Unfortunately, it’s February and Easter doesn’t come until April … what can we do to help us get through this winter to spring hump?  When the weather is bad, I enjoy sitting in front of the fire with a favorite beverage reading a good book.  But we can’t hibernate, even though we may want to, so let’s get busy and do some home projects.  I like doing creative projects involving fabric, spray paint and glue if it involves any real construction I call in the handy man!  Here are a few ideas I came across that looked like fun and could make a big impact on your decorating and give you a feeling of freshness!

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I love this look using a lovely fabric creating a tufted headboard for a bed – it could make a big difference in a room completely changing the look and feel.  From there, you can add new curtains, some fun pillows, and you have a new bedroom!  Click here for instructions to achieve this look.  (Photo and Idea consent given by Schuelove.com.)

Paint

You don’t have to paint the whole room to make a difference.  Consider changing the color on a feature wall for a completely new look.  Often we don’t think of winter as the best time to paint because we can’t open the doors and windows.  With the new environmentally friendly, no VOC paint, you don’t have to worry about this.  Check out these options:

By the way, VOC stands for “volatile organic compounds”.   VOCs vaporize and emit gases that are linked to a range of health problems.  What I didn’t know until I wrote this article is that only half of the VOCs in paint are released in the first year, which means this stuff continues to be released into your home.  To learn more about VOCs, click here.  (Source:  Greenliving.about.com)

Replace old and outdated chair covers

Do you have dining chairs or bar stools with the same fabric from 10 years ago?  It may be time to consider a change!  Since you don’t need that much fabric, this is an opportunity where splurging on fabric may be a good time.  Keep in mind if you have children, selecting silk may not be your best choice.  Pick a fabric that will suit your household needs; e.g., if you have kids you will want washable and durable.  If you are in the Philadelphia area, take a trip to Fabric Row in Philly – click here for a map of the area and the shops!  For help on how to replace the fabric on seat cushions click here to check out these instructions from HGTV.com.

To inspire you with spring ideas when the weather is bad, go online and check out some of my favorite online stores:

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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 .

Decorating with Radiant Orchid

pantone-2014I love the new color for 2014!!  The nice characteristic about this color is EVERYONE can wear it and decorate with it.  Since purple is created by a combination of red (warm color) and blue (cool color) this particular color works with any skin tone and any warm or cool color decorating scheme! Pantone ® just announced this 2014 color of the year as Radiant Orchid (18-3224)! We will start to see this color popping up everywhere, makeup, fashion, home goods and even in electronics!  This is a fun, versatile color, and I think Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute® describes this upcoming color perfectly,

“…Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination, an invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s societyAn enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid, inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” (Read the full press release by clicking here.)

Hummmm, beguiling charm…I do like the sound of that!  I’m sure many of you may be hesitant to run out and paint your walls this vibrant color, but what a lovely accent color to add that pop to a room!  Let’s explore some ideas:

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Top left:  Remember the orchid doesn’t have to dominate an accessory, it can add that beautiful punch of color as in this throw where the mix of blue, brown and red compliments the purple.  (Photo and product from Pier1.com.)

Top Middle:  How much fun are these?  They are agate coasters!  (Photo and product from WestElm.com.)

Top right:  Beautiful diamond etched stemware, a stunning pop to your holiday table!  (Photo and product from Pier1.com.)

Bottom left:  What a find!  Can you imagine the glow of light that would come out of these pendant glass shades?  It’s proven that everyone looks younger when shades of pink are used.  (Photo and product from Arhaus.com.)

Bottom middle:  I found this fun throw rug that would look fabulous in just the right spot!  (Photo and product from WalMart.com.)

Bottom right:  I love the luxurious look of this bedding!  (Photo and product from Pier1.com.)

There are many ideas and fun things out there that you can use to accessorize your home in this lovely Radiant Orchid!  If you feel you need help with a room or managing colors, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com for all of your home redesign needs.

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 .

Decorating with Favorite Colors this Holiday

One of my favorite colors is red!  What compliments red exceptionally well?  Gold!  I love that combination in my holiday decorating.  It makes me feel joyous when walking through my house and entertaining guests.  Isn’t that really what decorating and redesigning is all about?  Create your space so that you get the most out of it and decorate it in such a way that brings you and your family joy!

Here are a few tips on holiday decorating that you can do yourself with two of my favorite colors – red and gold!

blog-dec-red-gold-pillowTransform a soft pillow into a holiday pillow by creating a bow with red wide satin ribbon.  Use an old costume jewelry pin as the center piece of the bow, the glittery the better!  If you’re unsure how to tie a bow, click here for step-by-step instructions.  If it’s in your holiday budget, purchase some beautifully adorned pillows such as this one from Pier1.com.

This photo shows a beautiful gold mercury glass ornament from PotteryBarn.com; I love the sparkle!  Use beautiful ribbon to hang a series of gold blog-dec-gold-ornamentornaments from something high in the room.  An entryway is a perfect spot.  Go to your local hardware store and pick up clear hooks from 3M that are removable!  Hang the hooks from the trim around your dining room entrance, or hallway, or any space that gets sunlight to show off your lovely holiday display of gold ornaments!  (Click here for an example of how lovely this idea looks in action from TraditionalHome.com.)

Incorporating fresh natural items into your holiday décor is easy, and you only have to go to your market!  Pick up a bag of fresh cranberries and if you feel like splurging invest in some lovely pomegranates and create a memorable centerpiece.  Place them in a shallow white or crystal bowl, next add a glass pillar in the center with a candle and you have an instant beautiful natural centerpiece!  If you want, you could always incorporate some inexpensive gold ornaments into this display to tie the whole red and gold theme together.

If you find that your house is not bringing you joy or a sense of peace that you want in your life, consider a redesign to add balance to your space.  Contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com and she can help you present the home you want this holiday season.

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Decorating tips for creating warm and inviting spaces

On the east coast in November with less sunlight and a chilly wind you want your home to be warm and cozy.  What have you done to create a warm and inviting space in your home to keep out the chill?  Here are a few decorating ideas to bring a nice cozy glow!

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blog-nov-warm-throwThe comfortable accessories that turn a plain couch into a warm and inviting couch can make a big difference to the feel of a room.  For example, by adding a lovely soft throw such as this chevron patterned throw from Pier1.com you can quickly add a warm feel.  In the photo above are examples of beautiful warm pillow ideas also from Pier1.com.  Don’t be afraid to mix different textures and fabric to match your warm and cozy color theme.

Paint

When you think of warm colors, what comes to mind?  Generally, any combination that reminds you of the sun or sunset!  As noted in ApartmentTherapy.com, “The reds, oranges, yellows and all the off whites that tend to this direction possess all the qualities of warmth in that they are hot, stimulating and soothing to our emotions, which crave warmth.”  If you have a large room and you wish to make it feel cozier, paint it a warm color to help draw you in.

Seating Area

Too often the first trouble area I notice when I walk into a room is how the furniture is arranged.  I find people like to align furniture with walls which can make for expansive open areas that are not connected.  These areas are not only cold and uninviting, but they make it difficult to carry on a conversation.  When you set up a room, you want to think in terms of conversation areas.  If you can’t hear the person you’re talking to, then the space is too far apart!  When setting up, your seating pieces consider creating circles of conversational areas.  I have found this change alone can make a very large impact on how a space feels and is used.

Fireplace and Candles

blog-nov-fireplace-grateWhat says warmth more than a burning fire?  Many people have fireplaces in their home but do not like to use them, a fabulous alternative is using a fireplace grate that doubles as a candle holder.  (Photo and idea from PlowandHearth.com.)

If you do not have a fireplace in your home, you can create a faux look by constructing your own fireplace surround (this encompasses the whole fireplace frame, e.g., mantel, molding, etc.), click here for those instructions.  There are several options from purchasing a fireplace surround from your local home store, such as Home Depot or Lowes or going to a salvage company and picking up a mantel and surround from an antique store.  There is also the option to put an electric fireplace into an existing fireplace, or purchase a stand alone unit that gives the look and feel without the mess of wood or the venting issues of gas.  (Please do your research if you choose to convert an existing fireplace into a gas fireplace that it is properly vented outside and not inside your house.)  Click here for ideas from ElectricFireplacesDirect.com for electric inserts or stand alone options.

Stay warm this fall and cozy up with a nice cup of tea and a good book!

For all your redesign needs contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com!

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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 .