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Tips for Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

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Since Thanksgiving is a couple of weeks away, I wanted to send you some tips to help ease your stress and assist you in creating a beautiful day!

Planning the Meal

Thanksgiving is a time of traditions and old recipes. If you are fortunate to have tried-and-true family recipes, meal planning will be straight-forward. For all of those who have never done a large Thanksgiving meal or would like to try my suggestion is to use a tool such as this one, click here, from Epicurious that will help you with your meal plan. You will want to plan on one pound of turkey per person. I would suggest adding more to that figure if you plan to have leftovers! To understand thawing time, if you are purchasing a frozen turkey, click here.

Click here for a former post of mine with fabulous last minute tips titled, “Count Down to Thanksgiving.”

Unsure what type of wine to pair with your meal? Click here for some tips from BHG.com to get some ideas. I always recommend having non-alcoholic drink options available. For some tasty ideas, click here.

Decorate the Table

I love the look of layering beautiful items such as a table cloth, placement or charger, and dinner plate. Use the items that you own and pull out that special china or dish from past generations or friends. Don’t be afraid to mix and match your items, try to tie together with matching placements or chargers.

Looking to set a casual table? Check out a very easy idea, using all white, from Martha Stewart by clicking here.

Create place cards. These can be plain or fancy, in fact, I like to get the kids involved with this activity as it keeps them busy and it can be their contribution to the Thanksgiving meal.

Create a center piece! The center piece does not require that you blow your budget! You can use beautiful berries, gourds, and cuttings from the outdoors. I love this idea where they used vegetables, click here to view.

If you are unsure where things go on the table, click here for some instruction from Emily Post. Please note, there is no space for a cell phone!

If you need some decorating inspiration and tips, click here to view my Pinterest Board! Make a list and plan out your days, and assign jobs to friends and family! Creating a plan will ensure a less hectic day for you and everyone! Happy planning!

Redesign RightFor all your home decorating, color choices and home staging needs give Debbie a call 610.955.8202!

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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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 .

Is your home guest ready? Time for a redesign!

As we finish off the month of October and head into November, it’s that time of year where you will want to re-evaluate your home. Is it guest ready? The holiday season is a busy time of year, and you will want to be prepared and get a jump-start on your home decor. With that mind, I would like to share another one of my NEW fabulous videos which describe Interior Redesign! (Video by Filmbrothers.com.)

Try this for me. Walk in your front door and assess your home as if you were a guest. Are you happy with the feel? Do you find yourself frustrated and overwhelmed because you have tried countless times to rearrange a room and feel “stuck”? Let me help you! Redesign Right’s process is straight-forward and affordable! Since we use items that you already own and remain within your budget this isn’t a “luxury” that is out of your reach!

The Interior Redesign process with Redesign Right is stress-free, let me explain:

  • We start with a one-to-one consultation to establish your lifestyle, tastes, hopes and dreams.
  • We specialize in giving stale rooms strong foundations that flow and accessories that create pop and excitement.
  • We start with and incorporate your cherished possessions into the design scheme.
  • We work within your budget and time frame. Our home decorating, interior redesign and design services are affordable and can be customized to fit your needs.
  • No job is too big or too small.

Redesign RightGive me a call 610.955.8202 or email before the holiday craziness sets in and get your home guest and holiday ready with an interior redesign or color consultation!

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 .

Is Your Guest Room Ready for Visitors?

BedroomNow that we are in the month of May, it is time to get your home ready for summer guests, parties, and visitors.  With that in mind, I wanted to offer a check list to help you get your guest room ready.  Take a moment and look at your guest room, or area that you transform for guests, with fresh eyes and ask yourself, “Would I be comfortable and happy sleeping in this space?”  Too often, the guest room becomes the space where all things unwanted and forgotten gets deposited.  If this describes your situation, there are some things you can do to ensure that your guests are happy and enjoy a good night’s rest.

Remove clutter and random baubles.  If you have old items that you once enjoyed but no longer want to display as a treasure or piece of art, it may be time to get rid of it.  If it is an item of value, you may consider selling it on Ebay.com which is not hard to do or donate the items to your local church or donation site.

Spruce the room up.  If the bedroom is dark, consider a fresh coat of paint to lighten it up!  If you have dark colored night tables, or night tables that you don’t like, consider using a table cloth to cover them.  Also, consider painting them, which could add a whole new look.  There is plenty of information on the best way to paint furniture, and depending on the desired look will depend on the process.  If you don’t have night tables, consider repurposing pieces of furniture from other areas of your home to serve as nightstands while your guests are visiting.

Is the room comfortable?  If you have an older mattress and you’re unable to purchase a new one, consider a mattress topper for added comfort.

Here is a 15 item check list of things to provide to ensure that you have happy and comfortable guests:

  1. Clean and fresh linens.
  2. Extra blankets and pillows.  Always have two clean and fresh pillows per person available and store extras, with clean linens available for those who need more pillows to sleep.
  3. Bottled water or a water pitcher and glasses on a lovely tray.
  4. Proper reading light.  If the room has only an overhead light, please provide lamps that your guest can use for reading and general comfort.
  5. Provide toiletries that may have been forgotten such as lotion, toothpaste, and mouthwash.
  6. Nightlight.
  7. Alarm Clock.
  8. Box of tissues and a trash receptacle.
  9. Luggage rack – a place for the guests to put their bags that is not on the bed is a great idea.  You can use a portable one that may be stored under the bed or closet when not in use and made available for guests.
  10. Reading chair – providing a reading chair, small table, and light is a nice bonus for your guests who do not want to sit on the bed to read.
  11. Surge protected power strip and space for your guests to charge their electronics.
  12. Space – keep in mind that a beautifully decorated theme room that has every surface covered may not be the most comfortable for your guests.  Provide space, have a place where your guests may put their things.  If the bed has 12 decorative pillows – where will your guests put them when they need to use the bed?
  13. Window covering – be sure that the window coverings offer the right amount of privacy for your guests as well as light-blocking.
  14. Add a place to hang things.  Provide an over the door hanger or hooks for your guests to hang things.  Also be sure to have space in the closet for hung-up things and extra hangers.
  15. Reading material – some magazines or paperback books are always an excellent option to provide for your guests.

Redesign RightHave some fun, create a lovely space, add fresh flowers and after you ask yourself if you would be comfortable in your guest space, answer with a resounding, “YES!”  If you need help picking colors or balancing the guest room or any room, call 610.955.8202 for a redesign 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 .

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 .

How to Prepare and Make Guests Feel Welcome

I decided that it would be fun to ask my Facebook friends and followers what they like when staying overnight in someone’s home.  I asked, “What are the one or two things that make your stay extra comfortable?”  The responses were great!  I will give you a top five now so you can plan accordingly when your holiday guests arrive!

  1. Morning Coffee or Tea available

I highly recommend having a coffee or tea “station” in your kitchen.  This should be set up the night before so if your guest awakes early they will know what to do.  Perhaps have written instructions placed by the nightstand in the guest room (by a flower arrangement) with morning tips.  That being said if you have a cappuccino maker and you have to grind the beans prior to making coffee…it may be best to wait until your guests wake up before making noise!

  1. Proper reading lamp

Often we neglect the simple things in the guest bedroom.  Ensure that there is proper lighting in the room, which is not overhead lighting, for a guest to read.  Lie in the guest bed with the lamp light on to check if there is proper light to read by.  If not, there are many inexpensive lighting options.  To better understand the new light bulbs and how to determine what you need, click here.

  1. Guest towels

If you are fortunate enough to have a guest bathroom off your guest room then you have the ideal situation for guests.  Often, the guests have to share a bathroom with family members.  If that’s your situation, I would highly recommend placing many clean towels for each guest either on a towel bar that you install behind the door of the guest bedroom; an over the door hook arrangement, or use shelving or a cabinet for storing clean towels.  Keep in mind that your guests need a place to put the wet towel; you may wish to include this in your instructions.

  1. Fresh sheets, pillows and warm blankets

Choose soft and comfortable sheets, if you’re unsure what sheets to purchase, click here for a good explanation on the differences in quality.  Please have multiple pillows per person and ensure that they are clean and fresh.  If you are still using the same pillows that you’ve had for many years, it is time to throw them away and purchase new ones!  If your guest room runs cold during winter months, ensure that you have enough clean, soft, and warm blankets or coverlets for the bed.

  1. Toiletries

I would recommend creating a basket of toiletries that you set in the guest bedroom as well as the bathroom.  Both baskets should include Q-tips, cotton balls, travel pack of face wipes (for sensitive skin, no fragrance).  The bathroom basket should include, soap, shampoo, conditioner, extra razors, small shaving lotion, face wipes (for makeup removal), tooth paste, a hand mirror that includes a magnifying mirror.  Please be sure there is tissue in both the guest room and the bathroom and also a trash receptacle in both rooms.  Supplying a blow dryer for your guests is also a nice touch!

oliver in suitcaseIt’s the personal touches that can truly make a stay in someone’s home memorable.  A special note of thanks, a vase of flowers by the bed, a bowl of chocolates, a bottle of wine with glasses, a carafe of water by the bed.  Enjoy your friends and family this holiday season!

If you find that you need help with your guest room redesign, 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 .

(Photo above from Sasinteriors.net, click here to read about Creating a Well Styled Table Vignette)