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Is Your Home Ready for Guests?

As we head into December, you may have guests arriving and parties to host. To help you create the best experience possible for your visitors I have detailed some ways to freshen up a room and get your guest room ready.

Create a fresh entertainment area!

Why not do a quick change up in your entertainment area and add a pop of unexpected color! Pops of color can add interest, excitement, and ground color schemes in a room.

Is your guest room ready?

My suggestion is to walk into your guest room and try to view it from the eye of the visitor. Is it fresh smelling? Is there a place to put luggage, a place to plug in electronics for recharging, and a place to sit?

If you want to create a fresh look quickly without spending a fortune:

  1. Add a soft and cozy throw to the foot of the bed and a fun textured fur pillow.
  2. If your guest room does not have bedside tables or lamps, be creative and walk around your house and see if there is a table or lamp that can be used! Even if it is only temporary! Make sure to add appropriately sized lamps. When sitting in bed, the bottom of the lampshade should be at the top of your ear. Make sure lampshades and light bulbs match. I love using white or cream shades as they diffuse the best light in the room.
  3. If you find a great table or lamp base and it is the wrong color SPRAY PAINT them! Rustoleum Primer & Paint Spray paint is fabulous at resurrecting items and adding an unexpected pop of color to a room.

To ensure that your guests have a fabulous stay, click here for a 15-item checklist.

I hope these tips help you and you have fun decorating your home!  If you need any help pulling together some rooms in your home, please Redesign Right, LLCcall 610.955.8202 or email, and we would love to help you get started!

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, Google+ and Instagram.

3-Step Guest Room Makeover

I know it’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving will be here soon, is your home ready for guests? I always think it is a good idea to walk into your guest room and look around with fresh eyes and ask yourself, “If I stayed here overnight would I be comfortable? Do I like the room, does it make me happy and peaceful?”

If your response is not what you would like it to be, let me help you. I can completely take all the stress out of this pre-holiday situation. In a consultation, I can meet with you, and we can decide:

  • what you want to change,
  • what you have to work with and what should be added, and
  • we can discuss paint color if needed.

After the consultation, you will have an itemized list of things to do and exactly what to shop for to complete the look you want. Interested in checking this stress off your list, click here to contact me.

For a 3-step guest room makeover without spending a fortune, consider the following ideas:

  1. Add a Duvet:  If you don’t like your current bedspread, consider covering it with a duvet! Click here to view some attractive options from Pottery Barn.
  1. Add a Table Lamp:  If your guest room only has an overhead light, add a beautiful night table and reading light. The lamp could tie in with the new duvet’s pop color, or add a touch of sparkle by picking a metal such as silver or gold. Click here to view ideas from Kirkland’s.
  1. Add a touch of comfort:  Add a cozy throw at the foot of the bed that complements your new duvet and lamp color! As a bonus, you may want to include a few decorative pillows (be sure to have space for these pillows to be stored in a basket or spot in the closet.) For a soft and cozy look add a bit of faux fur, click here to view some beautiful pillows and throws from Pier1.

For a detailed 15-item checklist to ensure that your guest room is ready for the holidays, read my decorating article titled, “Is Your Guest Room Ready for Visitors?

If you are concerned about not being ready for your guests, let Redesign Right help you so you can concentrate on cooking and shopping! For all your home decorating, color and fabric choice suggestions, contact Debbie Correale 610.955.8202 or email.

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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Getting ready for the holidays? Time for a Spruce-Up!

Mann Basement Bedroom-resized-600It’s that time of year when we want to focus on getting our homes ready for the holidays, family, guests and entertaining. Here are some ideas to help you quickly spruce up a room without breaking the bank!

Get rid of clutter and make space for holiday decorations!

Now is a good time to take an overall assessment of your home and remove clutter and excess accessories. Pack up some of the items and make room to showcase beautiful holiday accessories that you cherish.

Is your couch or love seat showing it’s age?

If your couch, chair, or love seat is showing its age, and you are not in the market to replace it before the holidays, a quick way to spruce it up is to add batting or foam. This will instantly fill out the cushions and make them look snappy! Add new decorative throw pillows and you have yourself a beautiful fresh look for the holidays! Click here for an article to give you step-by-step instructions.

Add decorative items that are in style – now!

Have you noticed that Plaid is everywhere this season? Think beautiful Burberry or Pendleton and add touches of plaid in a throw or pillows. Pottery Barn offers an excellent selection, click here to view. Unusual metal items are definitely in style. Go into any Home Goods and you will be amazed at the options! Add a touch of lovely silver, gold, or brushed brass whatever works for you. The metal look could be a vase, a decorative accessory, details in a pillow, or candle holder. Faux fur is everywhere! If you love that look, now is the time to get shopping! Use your imagination and have some fun!

Freshen up your guest room!

I put together an Idea Board on Houzz with some beautiful photos displaying creative ways that you can make the guest bed and freshen up the look in the room. Click here to view the Idea Board. For further guest room tips and a 15-item check list to see if your home is guest-ready, click here for my post titled, “Is your guest room ready for visitors?

Redesign RightIf you need help getting your home ready, consider a redesign and give Debbie a call 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 .

Getting Ready for Holiday Guests

Welcome to the beginning of November and the start of the season of beautiful home decorating ideas and yummy food!  Are you expecting guests this month or next?  I hope the idea of this upcoming holiday season doesn’t set you into a panic.  Instead, I would like to offer a few tips to help you get organized, decorate, and be ready to enjoy your guests and have fun and a fabulous visit.

bedroomCheck List for your guests and guest bedroom:

  1. Guest Mattress:  Is your guest bed up to snuff?  If you inherited a mattress from a relative over 15 years ago it may be time to invest in a new mattress, the basic rule of thumb is to buy the best quality you can afford.  Click here for a better understanding on mattress types.
  2. Upgrade the Bedding:  Think of adding comforts to your guest bedroom, as you would find in a 5-star hotel or B&B.  Add a featherbed mattress topper, clean and comfortable pillows, a warm comforter and extra blankets and a throw for naps and general comfort.  Always have fresh and clean linens.  If you are in need of an upgrade, keep in mind when buying sheets that the highest thread count may not be the best sheet for your guests.  The higher the thread count can create a stiffer feel and does not allow air to pass through the sheet (often the stiffer versions tend to be sateen.)  Click the following for tips on Understanding Bed Sizes and a Guide for Buying Sheets from HGTV.
  3. Reading Light:  Be sure that there is adequate light in your room for reading and position it properly.  Is there a nightstand beside the bed or reading chair?  Each position should have a lamp located close enough to reach.  If you only have one overhead light in the room, it’s time for an update!  There are many inexpensive options available at your local home stores.  In terms of the amount of light you need in the guest room according to the IESNA Lighting Handbook desks and task lighting requires 50 Lumens per square foot. You will find the ‘Lumen’ rating printed on a light bulb package.
  4. Power:  Provide a power strip, not just an extension cord, as your guests will need the ability to plug in grounded 3-prong computer plugs.  Position the power strip within reach of the reading chair, bedside table, or desk to power smart phones, tablets or computers.  Also, provide a card of instructions on how to access your home Wi-Fi.
  5. Provide Space:  Keep in mind that less is more in a guest bedroom, so your guests have a place to put their things.  There should be a place for their luggage and space in the closet to put things away and hang items up.
  6. Area to Sit:  There are some people who do not like to read in bed.  That being said, provide a comfortable reading chair (with a properly positioned reading lamp.)
  7. Privacy and Light Control:  If you have a beautiful window topper or valance in your guest room, consider adding a blind or shade.  The benefit for your guest is that they can pull it up to create an open and spacious look or close it for a comfortable, cozy, and private feel.
  8. Added Comfort and Inviting Touches:  As you would find in a 5-star hotel, consider adding a welcome basket of bottled water, snacks, tissue, reading material (magazines and books.)  Provide a small vase of beautiful seasonal flowers and perhaps a sachet of lavender scented herbs for a lovely night’s sleep!

redesign rightIf you are in need of bedroom decorating ideas or require a paint color consultation before the guests arrive, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com or call 610.955.8202 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 .