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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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3 Interior Decorating Ideas in January

Interior Decorating in JanuaryIt’s that time of year on the East Coast where we hunker down and brace ourselves for the “real” winter, or we head south! To help inspire you and get your creative home decorating ideas flowing I wanted to offer some great home decorating things to do in the month of January.

Organize

Don’t you love those photos of organized homes where they depict three items neatly hung on hooks? They portray this look as if we too could be this organized. The issue is that we have a lot more than three items to worry about, and that is really at the core of what needs to be addressed. To organize a space, you first have to remove things. Too often this is a daunting task. My suggestion is to take one issue area that you are struggling with, may it be your paperwork, or toys, or shoes. As Marie Kondo says in her book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” tidy by category. Solve the organization issues category by category, in this way; you are ultimately organizing one group of things at a time. For further decluttering tips inspired by Kondo’s book, click here.

Brighten Your Surroundings

Though we are inspired to be cozy and warm during this time, we still have the opportunity to brighten our surroundings. Add plants to any room to bring a bright green, Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year, and life to any space. If you are unsure what plants work in a low-light situation, click here for some tips from BHG.

If you have soft or muted light, you may want to update your bulbs and use an energy efficient LED white light bulb. For an in-depth lighting planning guide from HGTV, click here.

January is the Month of Linen Sales

You can go to any home store, and you will notice that all bedding, linens, and towels are on sale. It is an excellent time to replace a duvet or pick up a fresh set of towels for your bath. You can give a guest bathroom a mini-makeover by only adding a new throw rug and towels. Finish the look with a plant and your new look will be complete!

Redesign RightFor all your home decorating, paint selection, redesign or home staging needs, call 610.955.8202 or email to schedule your consultation! Click here to view my 2017 Interior Redesign and Home Staging Class training schedule.

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 Instagram.

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2017 Interior Redesign and Home Staging Class Schedule

Family Room RedesignAs we finish off 2016, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the many clients and students that I have had the pleasure of working with and helping to create dream homes and bring career dreams to fruition. Over the years I have had many people take my training program for various reasons. Perhaps they love home decorating and want to supplement their passion with training, or they want to have their own business in Interior Redesign and Home Staging or they are a Realtor that wants to expand their sales and be more successful. Here is a testimonial from a recent student:

“I wanted to let you know how excited I am about my new adventure in Redesign, Home Staging, and custom window treatments.

Last week’s class was the most intense, challenging, yet invigorating and motivating experience I have had in the past 30 years.

Knowing for a good portion of my life I wanted to become a professional in the design space, I had not been able to find the inner strength to jump into the deep end and make it happen.

Your training course is powerful! You validated that Interior Redesign and Home Staging is what I need to be doing with my career. Your knowledge, experience, and ability to provide the structure, guidance, and confidence to succeed, all with a sense of humor was priceless. I can’t wait to get my business off the ground!” -Debbie W.

This program is hands-on, and you will train in three client homes along with classroom training which will give you the techniques and credentials to follow your dreams. Regardless of your original purpose for wanting to take this class, you will walk away with book knowledge, practical hands-on knowledge, and the confidence to succeed!

I offer my class in the Glen Mills, PA area and here is my schedule for 2017:

Monday-Friday

  • March 13-17
  • May 15-19
  • June 12-16
  • September 11-16
  • November 6-10
  • December 4-8

Weekend Classes

  • February 17-19, 25, 26
  • August 4-6, 12, 13
  • October 13-15, 21, 22

The 5-Day Interior Redesign and Home Staging Training course is intense, exciting and will prepare you for the next step of your interior design and home staging goal. The class is limited to six students that will ensure that you have plenty of one-on-one instruction. If you have always loved home decorating, working with fabric and paint, consider signing up for one of my classes. If you have any questions, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email I can answer any question you have about the program. Click here to view the training agenda, click here to register.

View this brief video to hear from some of my students:

I hope to work with you in 2017! Click here to learn more about what a room redesign can do for your home!

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 Instagram.

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Let a Redesign Take Away Your Stress

Redesign RightAs we head into the last quarter of this year, we enter one of the busiest and enjoyable times of the year. A time for beautiful home décor, fantastic food, and fun with friends and family. Is your home ready for guests and entertainment? If you are over-worked, feeling frazzled, and need to give your home a fresh or settled look, consider a redesign!

If you have friends or family arriving, the stress of preparing your home, so it is guest-ready with everything else that you have to do may be overwhelming. Wouldn’t you love not to have to say, “I tried to get my house ready, but I ran out of time.” Honestly, with all of our responsibilities is it worth the stress? Why not outsource this task? A Design in a Day may be just the ticket! Imagine leaving your house in the morning and coming home to a completely redesigned and arranged home!

Redesign Right’s stress-free Design in a Day process:

  • 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.
  • 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.

I enjoy Fall home decorating as it nicely flows from October through Thanksgiving. If you would like some fall decorating ideas and tips, click here to check out my Pinterest board. A redesign is also a fabulous gift for that special friend or relative that has everything as it’s a quality of life gift. If you would like to learn more about Gift Certificates with Redesign Right, click here.

Redesign RightContact Debbie 610.955.8202 or email to schedule your consultation soon!

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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What happens during a redesign?

Sitting AreaIn my last Interior Redesign and Home Staging class, I hired a friend to come in and take photos during the redesign. Afterward, she was telling me about the things she learned, and I asked her if she wouldn’t mind writing an article for me that I could share with my readers. It’s fun to hear from an outside observer, and here are her words:

It’s hard work doing a redesign.

Have you watched those design in a day shows where they come in with new furniture and accessories and create a stunning result? Debbie’s challenge is that she works with what the homeowner already owns and has to produce a stunning result in a day! Debbie’s trained eye scans the house for any items, always looking for the right material, color and size to use in a room. The team of redesigners works with what the homeowner already owns, plus any items that they may have purchased for the redesign. Debbie updates the room and offers a fresh look, and the result is incredible to see.

There’s a reason when a room doesn’t look right.

There are rules for where things should and should not be placed. Never in my life have I seen people agonize over an angle of where the couch should go. There are good reasons for this level of striving to get it right; it affects the overall look. To you or I, we eyeball things and decide if it looks good or not. We may not know why or we simply are never happy with the way it looks. There are guidelines to use for size, color, and placement and though I don’t know what the rules are seeing the finished result from a professional redesigner has made me very appreciative of those rules!

Hanging items on the wall should be measured.

I watched a group of redesigners as they planned out, measured, and appropriately hung a gallery wall that looked stunning when completed. Each picture was measured and hung with specific procedures, it was incredible to see the process, and it made me appreciate that just winging it, which has been my general motto, is not the best way to hang anything.

The reveal is just like on TV.

Imagine leaving your house in the morning leaving everything bare, and all your accessories piled in one room and coming home to a different home. It was the most beautiful thing to watch the expression of absolute disbelief as they walk around their house, seeing all of their wonderful things, placed in a fresh and useful arrangement. I’ll have to admit, even a little emotional.

Redesign RightThank you for your contribution! I always love to hear from other people and listen to what they are thinking and seeing. If you would like to learn more about what a redesign can do for you or your home, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email, and we can discuss your needs! To read more about the redesign process, click here. If you would like to learn more about the class, click here, to read more.

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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How to Add Mid-century Decor

Starburst DecorationsHave you noticed that mid-century decorating elements are popping up in home decorating stores everywhere? Do you like the look of mid-century décor or mid-century modern? Let’s clarify what mid-century décor refers to:

Mid-century modern is an architectural, interior, product and graphic design that generally describes mid-20th century developments in modern design, architecture and urban development from roughly 1933 to 1965. (Wikipedia)

According to West Elm’s VP of Product Design, Jonathan Orr, mid-century design “continues to evolve into new finishes and colors, and being remixed with other periods.” (Covit, Dana. “Is Midcentury Modernism Over.” MyDomaine.) It is because of this mix that we don’t get bored with the look and find new ways to use period pieces in our home decorating.

Design elements attributed to the mid-century decorating style include natural items, open and airy rooms, clean lines, and simple decorations. This style began showing up in residential American homes and suburbs post WWII. During this time you could see the following decorating items:

  • A starburst mirror reflecting the changes in the space-age during the 50s-60s.
  • Tulip tables and chairs.
  • Atomic Clocks.
  • New materials such as resin, plastic, and fiberglass.
  • Globe shaped lighting.
  • New colors: citrus orange and turquoise.

If you love design elements of mid-century modern, you can add touches of the look without changing out all of your furniture. Because this is a favorite look there are many local décor stores and online retailers that offer mid-century lighting, accessories, and furniture such as:

If you love the style and would like to incorporate mid-century aspects into your home, consider adding a starburst mirror, a globe-shaped chandelier, or a fun bar cart. For mid-century style inspiration, check out my Pinterest board of Mid-Century Décor and Ideas by clicking here. I found these fabulous instructions on making a Gilded Starburst Mirror from HGTV click here to view.

Redesign RightIf you already own mid-century pieces and are unsure how to make them work with your existing accessories and furniture, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or email for an appointment to create the lovely home you want! For all your home decorating and home staging needs Redesign Right has a solution!

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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Add a Beach Style to Your Decor

shutterstock_345369179-resizedI love this time of year! Particularly because it is warm, and you can enjoy all the fun aspects that summer offers, like visiting the beach! Going on a beach trip has always been one of my favorite and relaxing vacations. If you don’t live near the beach but love the look, bring the seaside into your decorating. For some inspiration and ideas, click here to view my IdeaBook on Houzz that offers many types of rooms and accessory ideas. Pier1 has a beautiful online June 2016 magazine that shows many styles, click here to view.

Here are six tips for incorporating a beach or seaside look into a room:

  1. Purchase a nautical-looking piece of artwork. Wayfair has some beautiful pictures, click here to view. Or consider making a unique piece of art yourself. The Graphics Fairy offers free online images that you can use to transfer to anything. Click here for vintage seashells. Have you noticed the octopus figurines everywhere? They may or may not be your cup of tea, but they are interesting. If you want the look, consider making one of your own with this Octopus transfer, click here to view.
  1. Add a seaside candle like this one in the Sea Grass theme at Pier1.
  1. Add beach-themed pillows, view some lovely examples from Ballard Designs by clicking here. Or if you are unsure of the beach look that you want, visit Coastal Home Pillows to see many ideas and options for pillows. I also really like some of the ideas on Etsy, click here to view.
  1. Decorate with natural items that you have found in past vacations; such as, shells or pieces of driftwood. These can be displayed in many ways and mixed with existing items in a lovely bowl, a tabletop, or in a vignette of accessories. West Elm has a large assortment of beach colored hurricanes, click here to view.
  1. Add a sisal or jute rug for texture and the natural look of sand, click here to see options from Overstock.
  1. Add things with rope. Martha Stewart offers excellent instruction on how to take a simple lamp and turn it into a rope lamp, click here to view.

Redesign RightI created a board on Pinterest with many of these products and more ideas for you to check out online, click here to see. Have fun with your new summer beach looking redesign! If you need help, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or email, and we can come up with a color scheme, pick out and arrange the proper accessories and furniture to help you get the beach room of your dreams!

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 .

Rustic, Reclaimed, and Repurposed Decorating

Sewing Machine TableI love the style of decorating with rustic, reclaimed, and repurposed items. The whole premise of RE-design is to reinvent, resurrect, and reuse. It takes the most creativity and is what I live to do! In fact, one of my favorite memories is scrounging around antique shops in New England with my mom as a child and watching her repurpose and decorate with the coolest finds. Truly one of my fondest childhood memories little did I know it would shape me into becoming the Interior Redesign & Home Staging professional that I am today! If you want to incorporate some rustic elements into a room’s decorating style, and you want some design ideas, click here to view my Pinterest Board.

You can add some old features quickly by doing one of the following:

  1. Add aged materials that have been weathered over time (or by nature). For example, an old piece of wood may become a
  2. Combine these items with new or modern items; for instance, a weathered piece of wood can become a side-table top by adding new “legs” to the form.
  3. Incorporate old pieces in unexpected ways, a rusted piece of metal may become a bookend or part of a coffee table vignette with a vase of flowers. I love the mix of soft (pillows, throws, flowers, colors) with industrial or rustic items. It makes for a very creative arrangement.

To view some new ideas check out these retailers:

If you love the idea of searching for the perfect item consider shops that specialize in antiques, salvaged material, antiques, or reclaimed and reproduced items here’s a list of suggestions:

Redesign RightIf you love the look of rustic and reclaimed items in your home, and you are unsure as to how to use them, consider a redesign with Debbie by calling 610.955.8202 or email. Or if you have a lovely family heirloom item or piece of furniture, and you are unsure how to incorporate it into a room, I can help!

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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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)