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What tools do I need for DIY projects?

shutterstock_46739824We are living in the age of DIY projects. Look up any subject with “DIY” attached in Pinterest, and you will be supplied with tips, ideas, and inspiration. Often, the projects look so easy to complete. Here’s the deal, in many situations the writers assume that you will have the proper tools to complete the job. In this decorating article, I wanted to cover the basic tool box needs for any weekend home project and these items can easily be picked up at any hardware store.

Start with a tool box; it doesn’t have to be big, and there are many inexpensive options. Harbor Freight offers them for less than $10!

  • Hammer – 16oz hammer is lighter weight, or consider a short handled hammer, which may be easier to handle.
  • Screwdriver set with interchangeable tips:  Flat head, and Phillips head
  • 25’ Measuring Self-Centering Tape
  • Pliers – needle nose, combination
  • A small Level
  • Utility Knife and extra blades
  • Stiff-bladed putty knife 1 1/2″ for scraping and a wider one for doing patch work such as 3-5″
  • Adjustable crescent wrench: 6-8”
  • Wire stripper – cuts wire to the proper length
  • Cordless Power Drill – Dewalt DC825 18v drill, Bosch PS31 12v drill – both feature a smaller handle and are light weight.
  • Nail set – used for sinking nail heads below the surface
  • If you are not interested in buying separately, check out this colorful option from Great Neck a complete tool kit and bag!
  • Supplies: Wood filler, Sandpaper in fine and medium grit, single use Super Glue, Various sized nails and picture hanging supplies, Hercules Hook for hanging pictures or anything up to 150lbs.

If you already have all the basics, and you’re ready to move on to the big tools, click here to read an excellent article on the essential power tools.

I would love to hear about your next DIY project! Do you have any lined up for the fall? Fall is a fabulous time to tackle any painting project as the temperatures are conducive to paint drying, and you can leave your windows open for fresh air!

Redesign RightIf you are in need of a color or fabric consultation, or you don’t know the first step to take in a room redesign give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or email. Also, if you love home decorating take advantage of the hands-on Redesign Right certification program offered in Glen Mills, PA this fall!

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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Do It Yourself Home Projects, You Can Do!

Happy Woman standing againtst wall with roller brush.Do you enjoy do it yourself projects? I will have to admit that I like and require change. I enjoy changing my home decorations and have had a long history of moving furniture and transforming rooms into whole new looks … you should ask my kids! The change of seasons always prompts change for me so I wanted to pass along five fabulous ideas that you can use this weekend for a quick room transformation!

1.  Washi Tape for a Wall
If you want to change the look of a room yet you are not sure if you wish to paint or use wallpaper, consider Washi Tape. It is a long-lasting, affordable alternative. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns, and you can apply it to your walls in various ways to create diamond or geometric patterns. A feature of this idea is that it peels off when you are ready for your next change! Check out the many options available online at Etsy.com and OrientalTrading.com. To view ideas get inspired, click here.

2.  Peel-and-Stick Wood for a Wall
Love the idea of barn wood chic yet live in a newly constructed home? You can achieve this look on a wall with a product from Stikwood, which creates planks with strong peel-and-stick tape that fastens to the wall. Click here to view the products from Stikwood.

3.  Overlays for Furniture, Mirrors, Anything
Transform any piece into an original! Are you bored with a dresser, mirror, or side table and ready for a change? Consider turning it into a piece where your friends will be aghast over the uniqueness. The sky is the limit with these lightweight decorative fretwork panels that you can purchase from O’verlays, click here to view the options.

4.  Add Paneling to a Ceiling or Wall
I love the cottage style look and the feel of a Cape Cod as it is reminiscent of my youth visiting the shore. If you like this look, consider running wood paneling horizontally and painting it white, or purchasing white paneling, to offer that cottage-style in your home! You can buy options at your favorite home store, such as Home Depot, click here to view. If you would like instructions on how to install paneling, click here for a link from eHow.

5.  Add Custom Artwork
Do you have beautiful artwork that your kids or a loved one made stored somewhere in a box? Consider taking out your favorites and scanning them into your computer and uploading them to a site such as EasyCanvasPrints.com where they take your uploaded file and create a canvas based on your requirements. Showcase multiple pieces in an entryway or above a side table.

While writing this post, I discovered a company, Spoonflower.com, which will take your artwork and transform it into fabric! How fabulous is that! After uploading your image to create the customized material you can use it to create lovely throw pillows for your couch or chairs. For instructions on easy to sew pillows from HGTV, click here.

Redesign RightEnjoy your home projects! If you find you need help with color selection, room redesign, or home staging, call 610.955.8202 to make an appointment with Debbie!

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 the Family Room this Spring

The family area of a home seems to be the biggest problem area for most people.  It’s the room we spend the most amount of time in, and it frequently serves as a multi-purpose room.  If this room is used for a family with children, it takes on a whole new dimension of stuff!  Let’s break it down to a manageable task!  If you want to freshen up your family room, choose one of the many new colors that are available this season as a pop to an already neutral background.  This spring you should see various things in this spring 2013 Pantone color selection, and there are some very pretty options.

spring colorsWith any redesign start with an organized plan.  If you watch TV and movies in your family room, have storage to contain remotes, movies, etc. by the TV.  If your family enjoys games, make an investment in a storage ottoman or play chest where it can serve as dual purpose storage as well as a coffee table.  Online sites such as Overstock.com offer many inexpensive storage ideas, click here to view their ottomans.  Choosing furniture that can serve as storage areas is a fundamental idea for family rooms.

If you have the space, built-in book cases can serve as a nice storage area for books, DVDs, and decorative items such as family photos.  To build your own, click here to view the detailed instructions from the diynetwork.com.  If creating built-in shelves is cost-prohibitive, you may consider a less expensive approach that has a beautiful result using bookcases from IKEA!  You won’t believe the finished result; click here to view the step-by-step photos and instructions.

livingroomIf you build the organization into your daily routine and store things where they are used, you will find success.  If you have kids, be sure to include them in the daily “pick up” routine, and if everything has an assigned place the kids will know exactly where things should go without bothering you!

If you need help with your family room redesign, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com!

Decorating Decks, Porches and Patios

I don’t know about you but I am excited that the nice weather is here and we can now sit outside and enjoy the beautiful weather and nature.  One of my favorite things to do in my own home is decorate my deck to look like another family room.  Here are a few quick ideas that can help you achieve this:

Add instant color and height!  Purchase a tall flowering plant that will not only add height to the area but also a pop of color. You want to pick a plant that will flower all summer long and possibly into the fall.  When you transfer the plant to your pot, be sure to also plant some ivy or a combination of cascading and flowering plants at the base of the pot to finish the look.  I also add a bit of mulch to the pot to not only finish the look but it also helps keep the moisture in as well.

Be creative with your container gardening.  Look around your storage area, do you have any old baskets you don’t use anymore – think about using them as decorations for your plants!  As long as you have proper drainage, many things can be used!  Click here to review some information on choosing the proper containers from the folks at HGTV.

Add some outdoor light!  Just like inside, lighting can make or break the ambience of a room.  Be sure to think about lighting when designing your outside spaces.  Don’t forget the importance of candles in a space! Check out the latest lanterns and hurricane lamps at places like Pottery Barn or Home Goods to find soft outdoor lighting options.  Have some fun – it can be simple or crazy!

Add an outdoor rug! Just like inside, we need to ground the conversational seating area outside.  One of the easiest ways to ground furniture is to place it on a rug. It also makes the seating area more intimate and cozy. Heck, you may forget your outside!  You can achieve this by purchasing an inexpensive rug at any Target or Wal-Mart.

Enjoy your outdoor spaces this summer!

For more information on how Redesign Right can help you decorate your outdoor spaces contact us at debbie@redesignright.com or 610.955.8202.

Picking a Paint Color Can Be Intimidating!

Sometimes picking paint colors for your home can be frightening!  There are so many decisions to make and you don’t want to make a mistake.  Understanding some simple design color principles will help you get started.

Most interior decorators use the color wheel to set up basic color schemes when designing homes.  All colors arise from the basic three primary colors. The Primary colors are yellow, blue, and red.  All secondary colors on the wheel are achieved by mixing any two of these three basic colors together in various ratios.

Complementary colors are colors that are opposite on the color wheel.  These colors when placed together create excitement and drama. For example, violet placed next to yellow or orange placed next to blue are good examples of complementary colors achieving drama in a room. With this in mind, each homeowner must decide which color trends is more appropriate for their individual needs.

Analogous colors schemes are colors that reside next to each other on the color wheel.  For example red and purple, yellow and orange are both examples of analogous colors. These combinations tend to be a bit more soothing than complementary colors and work well in a more casual informal area.

Monochromatic color schemes feature one color in varying shades, tones and tints.  Most of the time these color schemes are restful and sometimes almost monotonous.  However, I have seen shocking pink monochromatic color schemes that were anything but restful!

When choosing your color scheme keep in mind how you want the room to feel, who is going to use the room and what colors are already in the home. If you are unsure what colors to even begin with, look in your closet.  What colors do you tend to like, feel comfortable in and are drawn to?  Once you decide on a color try the different color scheme suggestions above to help you formulate your plan of action.

For more information on how Redesign Right can help you choose the right color for your next project contact us at debbie@redesignright.com or 610.955.8202.

“The 5 Step Program” – Are you living in CHAOS?

“Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome”

The good news is chaos is treatable and there is a 5 step program that will help get you on the road to recovery and inviting your friends over.

pic1Step #1 – Let’s Use the Room

Do you have rooms you don’t use?

Well, you are not alone….99% of the time the reason people do not use their rooms is because the furniture is placed incorrectly…..it’s not necessarily the pieces you own; it’s where you have put them. So before you take a match to your room and start over with all new furniture, check the placement of it.

  • Is your furniture all lined up against the walls similar to a doctor’s office?
  • Is your huge sectional greeting you like a wall when you walk into a room making it difficult to easily enter and sit?
  • Is your furniture spaced so far apart that having a conversation with someone requires a megaphone?

You know, it doesn’t matter how comfortable, beautiful, or expensive the furniture is, if you haven’t set up the foundation of the room with correct furniture placement that welcomes and encourages conversations, then people will not use the room.

So it is not so much the furniture you have…..it is where you place it that gives a room its functionality.

pic2Step #2 – Let there be light


How many lamps do you have in each room?

Every room should have at least 3 lights in it and ceiling lights do not count! This is one design tip that can transform a room. Having proper lighting not only creates warm and welcoming spaces it also can determine whether the room is used or not.

  • Is there a room in your home that always seems so dark you find yourself not using it?
  • Is there a room in your home that everyone walks by because it is not warm or inviting?

Lighting can be an important key to setting up a room. Lighting determines the mood and helps to execute the function of a room. For instance, the older someone gets the less mood lighting they may want in their rooms. They may trade mood lighting for very bright lights to see what they are doing (master bathrooms).

Perhaps in the family room you may want to keep the lighting moderate and flexible. You may want to include task lighting for reading, as well as mood lighting for entertaining and TV watching.

In the master bedroom you may want to use your 3 lamps to create an all mood lighting that fosters relaxation and rest.

If you need to purchase lamps think big and tall. Lighting shining down on you is much more functional and attractive than lighting coming up on your face (think Frankenstein effect). Ideally, the bottom of the lampshade should be ear level when you are seated and all shades in the room should similarly match.

Since the goal of redesign is to use what you already have, try to resurrect an old lamp with a new drum lamp shade. Some of the ugliest ceramic lamps from the 60’s have been turned into incredible looking one- of- a- kind art pieces that can bring pop to a room.

pic3Step #3 – Let’s Showcase You

Accessories are an important part of a redesign. They are what makes your home different from anyone else’s and they are unique to you. Everyone can have the same fantastic couch from Pottery Barn…but what makes it unique to your home is the choice and placement of the accessories that adorn it!

Your displayed accessories should represent your history, your travels and your loved ones. Your accessories should invoke wonderful memories, stories and help start conversations. Our goal in redesigning is not to only make the room pretty but to make sure we have reflected and honored the people who live there. After all it is your home and you want it to be unique to you and memorable to others.

  • Put all your small collectables together and create an impact in one spot rather than polka dotting them all over the room.
  • For a neater look in the bookcases, take off all the book jackets and arrange your books in order of size.
  • When accessorizing a table mix up textures and contrasts for visual interest. (Shiny/Dull, Soft/Hard, Smooth and Rough)

When accessorizing don’t worry about what is in the magazines think about what is important to you and your family and showcase them.

pic4Step #4 – Let There be Some Breathing Room


Does every wall in your home have something hanging on it?

Unfortunately, many people think their rooms are not done unless there is something on every wall of the room. Often times this creates a great deal of eye noise coming at you and we become overwhelmed and appreciate nothing. It is important that each room have some empty space or breathing room on the wall so we can appreciate the entire room and its art.

When you are deciding on artwork for a room consider the frame color and the theme. They should all work together with the furniture and accessories. I always tell my clients when they are shopping for artwork to buy what they want to look at, make it large and don’t hang it too high. (Or call me and I will hang it)

Like accessories, your art work should be unique to you. It should portray your likes, loves, travels and beliefs. Often times it is the artwork that sets the tone or feeling of the room.

pic51Step # 5 – Let’s Invite the Painter Over Last

Do you paint your room first and then decorate it?

In a perfect world, paint color should be chosen last in your design. It is like buying a pair of shoes and then trying to find the perfect dress to go with it.

The first thing you want to do in a design is set up your room correctly. Start with placing the foundation of your furniture first, than place your lamps, plants and accessories etc …because these will all in the end affect the colors you choose in the room.

Actually choosing a paint color can be tricky. Paint color should be chosen in the room they will reside in. They should never be chosen under fluorescent bulbs at the hardware store nor should your color be chosen because it looks great in your mother-in-laws home.

Also consider the colors you like and the colors you look good in. If you are a blue person than you may not want to paint your family room red. If you do not personally look good in yellow than painting your bedroom yellow may not be a wise choice. Also consider the effect a color may have on people.

  • What color encourages you to eat? (Red)
  • What color triggers hormone relaxation? (Blue)
  • What color alleviates depression? (Green)

By choosing our paint color last in the decorating process it seals and finishes the design. It is just like finding the perfect dress and finishing off the look with a fantastic piece of colored jewelry.

Are you tired of living in Chaos?

“Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome”

Then we encourage you to make a few small changes in your home, using the steps above. It is our hope you will fall in love with your home all over again and start to entertain with confidence.

Debbie Correale
Redesign Right, LLC
Iris Professional Interior Redesign and Home Staging Trainer

“Helping others fulfill a dream of owning their own interior redesign/home staging business

www.redesignright.com

debbie@redesignright.com
610 955-8202

Staging for the DIY

Research shows homes that are staged sell faster and closer to asking price.  Even in this present economy we are hearing homes selling in 1 week….4 days… and even in 48 hours when they are properly staged to appeal to prospective home buyers.

There are 4 important areas for the DIY to concentrate on before the realtor comes to appraise and assess your property.

  1. Create a generic looking house. You want your home to look more like a “model” house than your personal home. Remove personal pictures, calendars, diplomas and clear the front of your refrigerator of magnets and Dr. appointment reminders.
  2. Thoroughly clean the inside of your home and check for odors. Since many of us cannot detect smells in our own home invite a friend over and ask for an honest assessment.  Does she smell mold, cigarettes, or pet odors? ( Hey, what are friends for.)
  3. Walk your home and see if it looks and feels updated. Remove outdated wallpaper and paint faded walls and peeling paint.  Assess your kitchen and bathrooms.   Updated kitchens and bathrooms are what the buyers are looking for.  How does the yard look.   Do the trees need to be trimmed, beds weeded and mulched?  Any upgrades you do now  will help eliminate buyers decreasing your asking price.
  4. Create space and flow in each room. Rooms that are loaded with furniture and stuff will create the feel that your home is smaller than it is.  Buyers will think that since you out grew your home that it is too small for them.  Make sure 3 adults can easily flow through each of your rooms.

The housing market is strong right now and we are in the midst of the important summer selling period. Unfortunately, there are many homes on the market and it still remains a buyer’s advantage.

As a seller you must create a home that buyers want and will remember at the end of the long day.  You want the buyer to desire your home enough to bring you an offer.  Staging is the first step.

Click here to take a virtual tour of a beautiful home staged by Redesign Right, LLC
Click here to take a virtual tour of a beautiful home staged by Redesign Right, LLC

For listing information contact:
Liz Facenda, RE/MAX Preferred Realtors
1450 East Boot Road – Suite 600A
West Chester, PA 19380
(610) 719-1700
(610) 563-8828