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Add a Fresh Look with Pillows

Decorating with PillowsAt the beginning of this Spring season, I find myself motivated for a new project. In my case, that usually means a room makeover or redesign. A redesign may sound like a lot of work and time, have no fear my decorating friends this is the easiest way to make a big impact in a room. How? Pillows! Here is my 3-step process:

Step #1:  Find Inspiration

In every room, you need a source of inspiration that thing that you love. It may be a piece of art, a beautiful vase or accessory, rug, or your furniture. If there is nothing in a room that you love, find inspiration in other areas, like magazines, online, or check out my Houzz Ideabook for ideas.

Step #2:  Decide on your Decorating Goal

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Are you looking to compliment an existing look?
  • Are you looking to WOW your guests?
  • Are you looking to hide a piece of furniture?
  • Are you looking to resurrect an old chair or worn fabric?

Once you have determined what you like (found your inspiration) and you understand your decorating goal, it’s time to find your pillows.

Step #3:  Find Your Pillows

Fortunately, there are several shopping options available for finding your perfect pillow combination.

Shopping ideas:

Easy Pillow-Mixing Rules

If mixing patterns in pillows causes you stress, pick a neutral background color (white, beige, gray, light blue, light pink) and be sure all the pillows you choose have this same color as a neutral and the pop color that you are trying to add. You always want to add pillows in odd numbers – therefore an 84” standard sized couch should have a minimum of three pillows to five. Keep in mind, if pillows share the same style, for example, all modern with geometric themed fabric, you can easily mix them. Pillows with different texture may be put together if they are in various shades of one color. You can add a leather or fur pillow to transition from one pillow look to another.

Check out this couch transformation using pillows:

Redesign RightIf you need help adding a fresh look to a room, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email to set up a redesign 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 .

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Springtime Home Update

Springtime DecorNow that we have gained an extra hour of daylight you know spring is around the corner. That doesn’t mean we won’t have some unusual winter weather in the east; however, I’m thinking ahead! As the signs of spring begin, I am encouraged to look at my home and home decorating with fresh eyes. When I say this, I suggest that you walk through your house as a guest would, and look around and assess your home. What do you like? What would you like to change? What ultimately bugs you? This exercise is not a waste of time as the feelings you get from your home impact your life, so why not make it fantastic!

5 ways to quickly brighten your home for spring:

  1. The quickest and easiest way to bring a little spring into your home is by adding bright pops of springtime colors. You can do this in candles, vases, pillows, throws, artwork, and a vase of tulips purchased at your grocery store!
  1. Spruce up your outdoor entryway. Clean away all winter debris, add a fresh spring-like wreath, and a new cheery welcome mat. For an Outdoor Springtime Clean-up Guide, click here.
  1. Add air-purifying plants to your home, such as:
  1. Replace your kitchen towels, guest bath towels, or master bath towels to offer a luxurious and fresh feel.
  1. Replace your bed linens and add new throw pillows.

The Philadelphia Flower Show held March 11-19, is focusing on Holland as the theme. It is a spectacular show and offers home decorating tips, garden tips, and the fresh smell of flowers when you enter the show is amazing!

Redesign RightIf you need help with decorating a room, deciding on a new paint or fabric color selection, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email to set up your consultation for a spring renewal. Also, if you or a friend love home decorating why not join me for one of my new hands-on classes? To learn more about this opportunity, click here, I hope you can join us!

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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Refresh Your Décor this Spring

shutterstock_289819505With the start of a new season, I always find myself wanting to freshen up my home décor. Are you looking for a change-up this spring in your home décor and unsure where to start? One complaint I hear from clients is that they walk into a Home Decorating store and get overwhelmed. Or they make a purchase, bring it home, and it looks out of place in the surrounding. Let’s go over some ideas on how you can make a change this spring:

Start with a color you love!

This color does not have to be a color that is trending now, and you shouldn’t be afraid to use a bold color. I love this advice from designer Nate Berkus, “Give yourself permission to use a bold color. You don’t have to love it everywhere — one throw or pillow might be just enough.” And that is great advice. Pick the accent color you love and purchase a lovely vase, throw pillow, throw, candle, or piece of art.

Want a change but unsure where to start?

Think about the places you like to vacation or wish you could vacation. What do you love about the location? Think about incorporating an element of that area into your design. You could start with a picture of the area. Online sites such as AllPosters.com offers you the opportunity to pick a picture, see it framed against the wall color of your choice. Etsy.com provides hand-crafted items; Society6 also offers unusual art options. If you have a favorite museum, go online and see if they have an online store selling reproductions, you will be amazed at what you can find!

Don’t be afraid to use patterns!

Geometric patterns are definitely in style right now, if you are unsure how to incorporate them into your home, you can do so without concern if you follow this one tip – stay with the same color using various levels of the same color and use one color as the base backdrop. So, what do I mean by this? Here’s an example, if you love blue, you can purchase pillows using varying shades of blue in different geometric patterns all with taupe as the base backdrop.

Add a rug!

Layering rugs are OK. In fact, if you have a rug that is too small for your space you can place a neutral colored area rug under the decorative rug to serve as a backdrop.

Use Your Treasures!

Do you have a treasure that was handed down by a family member packed away because it doesn’t fit into your look? Here is a tip about accessories, mixing and matching them are OK. Pull those items out of storage and display those important elements that tell a story, which is part of your story. There are always ways to weave pieces together!

Redesign RightIf you need help with a room or house redesign, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or contact online. If you love all things related to home decorating, consider signing up for one of my hands-on interior redesign and home staging classes and get started on a new career this spring!

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 . (Photo attribution)

Spring Inspired Home Decorating

shutterstock_184955369It’s that time of year here on the east coast when you start itching for warmer temperatures. The days become longer, and it always makes me want to clean out the winter feel and invite the spring into my home decorating. First let’s look for some inspiration!

Things to do to get you in the spring spirit:

  • Attend an event at your local garden center such as Terrain in Glen Mills, PA.
  • Gardners located in Chester Springs, PA has a lovely large greenhouse where you can walk around in a warm environment and take in all the wonderful smells and colors of fresh plants.
  • Longwood Gardens – plan a day and visit the conservatories at the world-renown gardens where you can walk in a warm, beautiful, flower-decorated environment and be swept out of winter into a gorgeous natural view.
  • Linvilla Orchards located in Media, PA offers a variety of classes and events.
  • Attend the Philadelphia Flower Show which runs March 5-13, 2016 and you will be amazed at the beauty!

Bring some spring touches into your home decorating!

Bring spring into your home! Purchase some bright yellow daffodils or tulips from your grocery store and place in a clear vase filled with colored gems, limes, small kumquats or whatever inspires you. Or, fill a tray with bright lemons, limes, or lovely Granny Smith apples and use as a springtime centerpiece on a table or buffet.

Add touches of spring colors to a room. Bright new pillows, a spring-colored throw for a chair, some new candles that match your spring color and you have a new bright look for a room!

I found a fun, DIY project where you can create botanical prints. You could paint a dark entry or mudroom with fresh paint and use these prints as a way to express spring! Click here for a link to the how-to video.

Redesign RightIf you are looking for a new look in a room or area of your home, consider a springtime redesign! Using the furniture and accessories, you own, I can awaken a room with new life. To schedule your redesign, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or click here to fill out an online interest form.

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 . (Photo attribution)

5 Tips to help you Decorate for Summer

Blue OceanI love warm weather, the sunshine and all things summer! The beach is one of my favorite places, and I enjoy the shades of teal and blue. With those wonderful thoughts and feelings in mind, I wanted to review some ideas to help you include some of the things we love about summer into your home decorating. Here are five tips:

  1. Include fun summer patterns of warm climates, such as these beautiful ikat patterned pillows from Eastern Home Décor’s, click here to view on Etsy.com.
  2. Bring the fabulous natural elements of the outside inside! Incorporate natural fibers such as rattan and jute (in ottomans, rugs, or curtains).
  3. Add the colors of summer! Use colors of the ocean with pops of bright green, coral, or blue. These can be incorporated in throws, candles, vases, and pillows.
  4. Use touches of ocean-themed items in your everyday life. Have you seen enamel flatware? It comes in a variety of colors check out this lovely Caribbean Blue from Pottery Barn. Combine it with your existing white dishware to add a touch of the sea to your table setting. Click here to view.
  5. Incorporate ocean-themed accessories such as fish prints, found coral, seashells, and driftwood. If you have favorite shells that you and your family have collected, display them in a wood or glass bowl. I have seen lovely pieces of driftwood used in coffee table decorations with candles that are stunning. My girlfriend, Joanne has filled three gigantic glass cylinders of beautiful white, blue and green sea glass that she has collected from the beach for over ten years. Not only do these collections offer warm memories, they reflect light as they sit by a window and provide a beautiful focal point in the room.

For more ideas and things that I have found to support you with your summer-themed home décor I have put together a board on Pinterest, click here to view.

Redesign RightIf you need help with a summer-time redesign to get your house ready for fun, guests, parties or just a pick-me-up, call 610.955.8202 for 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 .

2015 Decorating Ideas and Trends

shutterstock_241432237January is a great month here on the east coast as it allows us time to think about all the decorating projects we want to complete in this New Year.  It is also an exceptional month to purchase bedding and linens as the best White Sales you will find are available now according to Consumer Reports.  Let’s look at the design trends that you may want to consider in your planning stage for home decorating in 2015.

Let’s start with the color trends in 2015.  On the runway, we saw color shades coming back reminiscent of the 60s; such as, olive and orange so you will be seeing these colors available in decorating items.  As reported in last week’s post we, know that Pantone picked Marsala 18-1438 as their color of the year, Sherwin-Williams selected Coral Reef SW 6606, and Benjamin Moore chose Guilford Green HC-116.  All of this will translate into some unusual combinations at your favorite home product store, and I can’t wait to go shopping!

According to the Zillow Digs design team, click here for their press release, the top five design trends for 2015 are:

  1. Gold fixtures
  2. Cowhide
  3. Wallpaper
  4. Blue Accent Colors
  5. Modern to mid-century modern elements

With these great design trends in mind and some splendid ideas on your part, what’s the next step?

Put your plan on paper.  Too often when working with clients I find that they don’t know where to start with a project or how to wrap their mind around the steps.  Go through the process and think about what you want to accomplish in your project or renovation and put these details in writing.  Too often people will brain storm on ideas and desires, and the thoughts are never written down and forgotten or not organized properly.  Here is a recommended list of steps to follow before you embark on a new and sizeable project:

  • Detail the project goal.
  • Define your desired style.
  • Describe a color scheme:  what colors do you like and want to use in your project.
  • Establish what you have to work with such as, artwork or furniture.  Do you have any inspirational pieces of furniture, or a lovely piece of art that you would like to showcase in this new project?  I find if you can hone your vision to the one thing you love the rest of the project pieces can easily be defined.

Redesign RightFor all your color selection or redesign needs, 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 www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

5 Step Plan for Claiming New Space

iStock_000015488039SmallDo you have a room that has become the dumping zone of all things not used?  If you find yourself in this situation, let’s come up with a plan to help you claim that extra space and turn it into a lovely living area that you can enjoy!  May it be a guest room that you want to transform or perhaps a kid’s room that hasn’t had a kid in it for many years?

Let’s Plan:  What would you like to have? Have you always wanted a reading area, a peaceful area in your home that was only for you? Or perhaps you want a craft and work area?  Come up with a list of functions that you would like to do in this reclaimed space.

Draw the Room:  I am a visual person and like to draw out a plan.  Come up with a list of things or needed items that will be required by activity in the new space.  Determine the size of each piece that is going into the room and decide if it will fit in the newly reclaimed space.

Remove the Stuff:  Now is the time to get serious about these things that you have accumulated.  If you have financial records, go through them and decide if you need them.  Click here for some tips on ways to organize a home office from House Beautiful.  If you are unsure about what financial records to keep, click here for some ideas on managing your household records.

Investments:  Does your new plan require purchasing any furniture or items?  Do your research and do some leg work on the internet before you venture out.  Take a good look at the items that you have throughout your home, perhaps there is a piece of furniture, chair, etc. that would work in this new space and free up space in another room.  A win-win scenario where you don’t have to purchase an item and you eliminate clutter in another room!

Decorate:  My favorite part!  Even if this is a work space or craft area it can still be lovely and bring you joy.  Too often I have found people neglect these areas of their home, but if you are working in them, they should bring you joy.  Let’s start with color!  Be sure to pick your paint color in natural daylight.  Consider the type of lighting that you will be using in the room.  If this is a craft room, you will be using bright task lighting.  Pick up paint chips and tape them to the walls and review how you like them at different times of the day to ensure you will be happy with the color.  Choosing paint hues in warm grays, tans, buttercream and sage greens offer a soothing affect in any space.

Logo-JPEG-1If you need help with a plan on reclaiming a room in your home, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com for all your interior design, redesign and paint color consulting questions!

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 .

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?

collage-coffee tables

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 .

Decorating with a Room or Screen Divider

blog-august-divider-2Do you have a space that you would like to break up into separate living purposes?  Or do you have a big room that feels like a bowling alley?  Room dividers can provide many purposes in a room.  You can use them to separate space into multiple living spaces, create privacy, add height, hide something, or add beautiful artistic focus to any room.

blog-august-divider-1There are many ideas out there in room dividers or screens, and the price range match the variety!  If you’re looking for an artistic idea, maybe a vintage feel, or impression of Paris, these screens from UrbanAccentsNY.com offer a lovely double-sided screen for less than $200, which is quite a bargain for such a large piece.  (Screens from UrbanAccentsNY.com.)

Ikea has panel curtains that can be hung from the ceiling or can be hung in such a way that they can slide causing an enclosure click here to view the various looks from Ikea.com.

blog-august-divider-solidblog-august-screen-solidYou can choose from dividers that totally block the view from one space to another, such as these from iRoomDividers.com:

Or you can choose an airy and open screen that adds architectural detail, height, but openness to the room such as these two examples:

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blog-august-divider-metalTo see more screen or wall dividers:

  • Click here to view screens and dividers from Houzz.com.
  • Click here to view ideas from iRoomDividers.com, where you can narrow your search by type of décor, e.g., modern, traditional, rustic, etc.
  • I don’t want to leave out the DIY people, click here for a link to 27 different ideas for room dividers and how to make the look, some are unique!

For all of your redesign needs, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com to help you get the most out of your home!

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 .

Summer Decorating Tips

Summer Decorating

Decorating in the summer is all about the heat. In this warmest of seasons it’s important to control the temperature in your spaces, opting for cool accessories, and functional items which will help to naturally reduce the amount of heat that is transmitted into your home. While of course you can bathe the space in frigid air conditioning, that’s not healthy, cost effective, or environmentally sound. The alternative is to use clever home decorating to naturally maintain cool and relaxing environments in your home.

The first thing you should do is remove and warm or fuzzy accessories within the space. Change couch and cushion covers to reflect soft, cool cotton or smooth silk facades. Thick throws and blankets should be exchanged for softer, lighter pieces, or removed from the space completely. Fuzzy rugs can also be removed and, if necessary, replaced with bamboo or thatch throw pieces.

Sunlight is another factor you should consider when decorating for the summer. Gauzy thin curtains that generally let in plenty of sunlight should be replaced or supplemented with heavier shades which will stop the brunt of light from getting in. If too much sun shines through closed windows, it can get trapped in the house, causing a greenhouse effect.

Another summer decorating trick is to try to lower, or eliminate lights whenever possible.
A nice dark atmosphere tends to feel a few degrees lower, while brighter spaces can actually feel perceptibly warmer than they actually are. Brighter light bulbs also tend to give off a small, but constant amount of heat, which will have an effect on the overall temp of the space.

Summer decorating is about accommodating and controlling the heat in your home. Through control of light, air and texture, it should be possible to create a space which is comfortable and invigorating through even the warmest of the dog days of summer.

Visit our website for more information on a professional decorator can help you turn your home into a summer decorating delight.