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What’s Holding You Back?

shutterstock_279486251Do you have an innate ability for decorating, choosing the best paint colors for your friends, and picking the perfect accessories? If you are that person with the natural flair for home decorating, let’s put that passion into action! How? Sign up for Redesign Right’s Interior Redesign and Home Staging class!

Benefits of this program:

Hands-On Approach – You will work with three client homes taking your classroom training and applying it to a real home. You will gain practical experience working with what the homeowner already owns and may have purchased.

Double Certification Program – You will earn a certificate in Interior Redesign and a certificate in Home Staging. You will gain the industry know-how to start your own business. If you are a Realtor, these credentials will assist you in staging homes to sell at top dollar.

High Standard of Quality – With over 15 years of running a successful Interior Redesign and Home Staging business, all of my experience has contributed to this 5-day program. As a respected trainer with three national industry associations, I have incorporated my business experience into a classroom setting to help you effectively learn through life-knowledge, book-knowledge, and hands-on training. The class size is limited to six students, and I am available to you long after the class ends.

What’s holding you back?

In my experience of running this business, I have encountered many people who want to sign up for my training program but are often either afraid because they don’t think they are creative enough or don’t think they are qualified to run their own business. Does this describe you?

Stop holding yourself back from doing what you love! Why spend your time wondering if this would be right for you and take the first step to following your dreams. Be assured, after you complete the 5-day course, you can succeed doing what you love, and the Redesign Right Training program will help you to see that. Check out my upcoming training schedule; classes offered in the Glen Mills, PA area:

Monday-Friday;
May 15-19
June 12-16
September 11-15
November 6-10
December 4-8

Weekend Classes;
August 4-6, 12, 13
October 13-15, 21, 22

To learn more about this program and hear from some of the past participants:

Redesign RightIf you have any questions about the Redesign Right Training Program, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email. Click here to learn more about the class, agenda, and registration.

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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5 Quick Decorating Ideas to Brighten Your Home

iStock_000020310504SmallDo you have areas of your home that you are not happy with or would like to change? If you are looking for some quick change ups as we enter spring but you don’t have the time to repaint, or remove that old wallpaper, consider one of these five decorating ideas to brighten your house quickly:

  1. Add a new pillow to an old couch or chair. Choose a color that pops and complements your environment. For example, if you have a predominantly brown room select a color you love such as orange, bright green or yellow. Scatter that new color around the room in accessories such as a throw, pillows, and candle color or vase color.
  2. If you’re tired of your lamps, consider painting them, even if your lamps are brass. By preparing the lamp you can end up with a beautiful new look. To cover a brass or metal lamp consider using a primer such as Rust-Oleum’s Clean Metal Primer and then Rust-Oleum’s Protective Spray Enamel in your desired color and finish. Remember to update your lampshades as well! Note, if you are starting with an old brass lamp, you should clean it thoroughly by using vinegar and a soft cloth.
  3. Nothing says springtime more than a vase of tulips! Add an instant pop of color by adding inexpensive grocery store flowers in your living space.
  4. If you have old wallpaper that you are tired of, consider covering it with a gallery wall displaying family photos or artwork that brings you joy. Be sure to tie this look together by using picture frames of the same color, which you can achieve with the appropriate color of spray paint. By covering the wall with things you love you instantly will feel better about the space.
  5. If you have a dull area, an empty foyer, or area that needs some new life consider a houseplant! If you need help picking a houseplant click here.

Redesign RightIf you need help with accessories, balance your loved things and lifestyle, call 610.955.8202 to schedule an appointment with Debbie for a room or house redesign 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 .

10 Creative Ideas to Decorate your Bookcase, Cabinet or Shelves

House June 042-resizedToo often I have found when helping someone with their home decorating and redesign; they clutter their bookcases and shelves.  It’s a flat surface that seems to collect everything.  If you can, step back, and look at your bookcases, shelves, or cabinet – What do you see?  If you see a cluttered mess, it may be time to consider a new approach!  Consider one of these 10 creative ideas:

  1. Add Mirrors to the back of built-in shelving to give the wall depth.  Especially great idea for a small room or a room that may need more light.
  2. Add a Graphic Print:  Using a herringbone or chevron print to the backs of a unit can add quite a “wow” factor to your room. This look can be achieved even if you are in an apartment by using removable self-adhesive wallpaper, click here for some beautiful examples from Betapet.
  3. Multi-Purpose Shelving:  If you have a bookshelf that you can change up the format of the shelving unit you could potentially vary the height of the shelves creating openings larger than others. In that space, you could display artwork or treasured items, or it could serve as an area to hold special glasses and a bar area.  To create a bar look, install stemware holders, to hang your glasses.
  4. Color Coordinate:  Could you imagine if you put all of your books together that were similarly colored in piles how impressive that display could look?
  5. To add interest vary the height of the items that you are using to decorate.
  6. Stack books for interest, as well as using them to raise smaller items so that they don’t get lost in the display.
  7. If you want to accentuate certain elements, adopt the “less is more” approach.  Leaving open space allows the eye to see the art piece.
  8. Create a photo gallery using similarly colored frames.
  9. Use a paint color on the inside of the shelf that is a few shades darker than the room.
  10. Group small collectibles such as shells in beautiful glass jars, vases, containers of any sort and use as a feature.

Redesign RightTo view ideas in action, click here to go to my Pinterest board where I have many of these ideas and others detailed.

If you find this process challenging and in need of a room redesign, 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 .

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 .

Decorate with Plants and Flowers

At this point in February, everyone located in the northeast is ready for the idea of spring!  Unfortunately, I think we have many more days of winter ahead of us.  What can we do to help get us through this long and snowy winter?  Though we may be blanketed in white, we can still enjoy and incorporate natural elements such as beautiful flowers and plants into our indoor décor.  Here are a few ideas and tips to help incorporate a breath of spring air into your life this February!

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Bring live plants and color into your house with multiple vases of varying height and shape.  If you keep the color of the vase the same, or choose all clear glass, you can make an arrangement without spending much and it’s easy to care for and replace.  Most grocery stores sell tulips this time of year at a very reasonable price – and what expresses the feeling of spring better than a tulip!  To help with creating flower arrangements and ideas, here is some help from Martha Stewart, click here to review.

Create a live plant arrangement by grouping multiple plants together and adding some color with flowering plants.  By grouping many plants together, you get the fullness that you want and by adding some inexpensive flowering plants from your local garden center or grocery store you get some instant gratification in color!  If you plant the flowering plants on the outside of the planter, you can easily remove the flowering plant once it is past its flowering stage and replace with the next one that you prefer.

Create a terrarium!  If you would like to create your own, click here for useful step-by-step instructions from Sprout Home.  Peruse the many nice products offered at Terrain online or in their Glen Mills, Pennsylvania location or West Elm online or at their store location in King of Prussia Mall.

Go to a flower show!  Philadelphia hosts a world-renowned show, hosted by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society.  The 2014 Flower Show opens on Saturday, March 1 and will close on Sunday, March 9.  The theme this year is ARTiculture and the flowers and colors look spectacular!  Click here to read more about attending the flower show this year.  I can’t wait to attend and purchase many bouquets of roses!  The hardest part is deciding which colors!

Attend a gardening class at a local nursery!  Terrain in Glen Mills offers a class to help you prepare your flower bed for spring!  That will get you in the mood for spring, click here to learn more about that class.  Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania also provides educational courses as well; click here to view their offerings.

Visit an indoor garden!  This can help rejuvenate you, think about new color combinations and inspire you in your own home or garden!  Plus it’s always warm and beautiful in those greenhouses!  Living in the Philadelphia area we are fortunate to have Longwood Gardens in our back yard with a yearly display of beautiful conservatories filled with beauty that are awe inspiring.  Click here to plan your visit!

Logo-JPEG-1March 20th is the first day of spring this year; that’s not too far away!  Enjoy these thoughts of spring!  If you want to make a change in your home and you need help, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com to help you with your design vision.

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 .

Decorating with Red and Valentines Day

With the upcoming Valentine’s holiday coming this week, I wanted to write a bit about decorating for this holiday and the color Red!  Often, once the kids have grown, and there are no little ones about, we tend to forgo decorating for this holiday.  Hopefully I can inspire you with these simple ideas for a tasteful way to decorate for this holiday and add a beautiful splash of Red to your décor.

Logo-JPEG-1The color red is one of my favorite colors!  As you can see, it is prominently displayed in my logo!  In Feng Shui, Red is a Fire Element, a color of passion and high energy.  It can be an overpowering color, but used correctly it can add the perfect pop to any room.

Here are a few ideas to add that pop that you may be looking for:

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Left Photo:  Red Picture Frame from Target.com

Middle Photo:  Though they are not red, these are very elegant tasteful looking tea towels to add a touch of love to your bath or kitchen.  Love Tea towels from PotteryBarn.com

Right Photo:  Red Plush Pillow from Pier1.com

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Photo by Ariella Carver

In doing research for this article, I found this lovely heart picture by Ariella Carver that you can purchase in various sizes that can add a beautiful pop of red to any room.  Click here to find out more about this picture.  (Photo consent given by Ariella Carver.)

If you are looking for a tasteful knee wall, fireplace mantel or table decoration I love this idea from Tulipina.com where they use alphabet mugs, spelling out LOVE and filling them with beautiful flowers.  Click here for those instructions.  (Photo consent given by Kiana Underwood of Tulipina.com, photo by Angie Cao.)

Photo by Angie Cao
Photo by Angie Cao

If you would like to see some extravagant Valentine Décor ideas, click here to view some spectacular rooms from ApartmentTherapy.com.

It’s always lovely to see a decorated mantel, which is easy to do by adding red pillar candles or by using floral arrangements in red and pink.  So pull out that red vase and add a splash of Valentine’s Love to your home!

If you need help with choosing paint colors, setting up a comfortable décor, or any design questions, 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 .

Selling Your House this Year?

pic1For those of you who are planning to sell your home in 2014 did you know that after Super Bowl Sunday is considered the start to the best time to sell your home?  According to the National Register of Realtors, “Existing-home sales edged up in December, sales for all of 2013 were the highest since 2006, and median prices maintained strong growth.”  With this in mind more people will seize this opportunity and put their home on the market.  In a controlled setting made by RESA, homes staged sold in 45 days whereas non-staged homes sold in 102 days.

If you are considering selling your home this year, here are a few facts you should be aware of (Source reference):

  • Within 7-10 seconds of viewing a home, a potential buyer has formed an opinion if they like your home (or not).
  • The majority, 90% of buyers, find homes that they have viewed on the internet.

The ideal time for staging your home is BEFORE the realtor comes to assess and price your home.” ~ Debbie Correale

What does this mean to you?  First impressions are critical!  Too often I find sellers don’t see the problem areas because they have lived with it that way for so long they don’t see that it could be a concern to potential buyers.  This requires a fresh eye!  You need someone who can highlight the potential of your home to help you make the most money!

How does home staging work?

It’s easy and fun process!  First, Redesign Right will meet with you and your home for a thorough home staging consultation.  During this time, analysis of your home, through the eyes of a prospective buyer, will be done.  During the consultation, an honest, objective and thorough “to do” list will be compiled to help you appeal to the greatest number of buyers and sell your home quicker!  Redesign Right will be involved in your staging project as much or as little as you want and are comfortable with.

If needed, Redesign Right will come back with a group of certified trained home stagers to create “a model home” in one day starting with what you already own.  They will rearrange and remove existing furniture and create the look that will accentuate the positive attributes of your home and appeal to the greatest number of buyers.  Their method and process in preparing homes for sale has proven to sell properties faster and for top dollar.

Logo-JPEG-1Read more about the Home Staging process by visiting RedesignRight.com.  Contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com to schedule your home staging consultation!

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 .

Thinking of a Kitchen Renovation or Redesign in 2014?

Kitchen RenovationDo you find yourself standing in the middle of your kitchen and disliking everything if not most aspects of your kitchen?  Let’s take a fresh approach!  First determine exactly what you need from your kitchen and then what you want to change and establish your budget.  If you are looking at a complete kitchen renovation, I would highly recommend discussing your plan with a professional architect to ensure that you get the best and most functional usage out of your kitchen space.  For a place to start, read this article from Houzz.com, which offers a workbook on planning your kitchen space like a pro.  If you are trying to update or fix some problem areas of your kitchen, I have some great tips!

For many people, the first problem is how to organize and deal with clutter.  For this, I refer to Andrew Mellen, a professional organizer who helps you eliminate “stuff” and retain what you love!  Here are his three rules quoted from “12 Ways to Unclutter Your Life“:

  1. Everything you own should have value, either because it’s functional or beautiful or you just love it.
  2. Every item needs a place where it “lives”.
  3. Focus on one thing at a time.

(This was quoted from Oprah.com.)  For more tips on how to unclutter your life, click here.

houzzOnce you have eliminated the junk in your kitchen, it’s time to be inspired!  As a suggestion, you may want to set up an account on Houzz.com and create your own Idea Book from photos you find of things you like in kitchens and why.  Be sure to Follow my Houzz page!

For more information on great kitchen ideas and trends, here is a list of sources that I have put together for you to inspire, direct, and assist!

For all of you DIYers – there are many instructional videos and ideas under the “Kitchen” category.  Click here for a full array of DIY information.

Logo-JPEG-1If you find yourself inundated with too much information and you are unsure as to what direction you should go, can’t decide on colors or what goes best, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com for all your redesign needs!

Debbie Correale is 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 .

Decorating tips for creating warm and inviting spaces

On the east coast in November with less sunlight and a chilly wind you want your home to be warm and cozy.  What have you done to create a warm and inviting space in your home to keep out the chill?  Here are a few decorating ideas to bring a nice cozy glow!

blog-nov-pillow-collagePillows and Throws

blog-nov-warm-throwThe comfortable accessories that turn a plain couch into a warm and inviting couch can make a big difference to the feel of a room.  For example, by adding a lovely soft throw such as this chevron patterned throw from Pier1.com you can quickly add a warm feel.  In the photo above are examples of beautiful warm pillow ideas also from Pier1.com.  Don’t be afraid to mix different textures and fabric to match your warm and cozy color theme.

Paint

When you think of warm colors, what comes to mind?  Generally, any combination that reminds you of the sun or sunset!  As noted in ApartmentTherapy.com, “The reds, oranges, yellows and all the off whites that tend to this direction possess all the qualities of warmth in that they are hot, stimulating and soothing to our emotions, which crave warmth.”  If you have a large room and you wish to make it feel cozier, paint it a warm color to help draw you in.

Seating Area

Too often the first trouble area I notice when I walk into a room is how the furniture is arranged.  I find people like to align furniture with walls which can make for expansive open areas that are not connected.  These areas are not only cold and uninviting, but they make it difficult to carry on a conversation.  When you set up a room, you want to think in terms of conversation areas.  If you can’t hear the person you’re talking to, then the space is too far apart!  When setting up, your seating pieces consider creating circles of conversational areas.  I have found this change alone can make a very large impact on how a space feels and is used.

Fireplace and Candles

blog-nov-fireplace-grateWhat says warmth more than a burning fire?  Many people have fireplaces in their home but do not like to use them, a fabulous alternative is using a fireplace grate that doubles as a candle holder.  (Photo and idea from PlowandHearth.com.)

If you do not have a fireplace in your home, you can create a faux look by constructing your own fireplace surround (this encompasses the whole fireplace frame, e.g., mantel, molding, etc.), click here for those instructions.  There are several options from purchasing a fireplace surround from your local home store, such as Home Depot or Lowes or going to a salvage company and picking up a mantel and surround from an antique store.  There is also the option to put an electric fireplace into an existing fireplace, or purchase a stand alone unit that gives the look and feel without the mess of wood or the venting issues of gas.  (Please do your research if you choose to convert an existing fireplace into a gas fireplace that it is properly vented outside and not inside your house.)  Click here for ideas from ElectricFireplacesDirect.com for electric inserts or stand alone options.

Stay warm this fall and cozy up with a nice cup of tea and a good book!

For all your redesign needs contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com!

Logo-JPEG-1Debbie 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 .

How to decorate with a vintage flair!

When you hear the word “vintage” what do you think about?  For many, vintage is “old stuff”; for others it is using things of a charmed past era.  In regard to wine … it’s aged and expensive!  In this blog, I want to show some fun decorating ideas to add a look of “vintage” into any room!

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These beautiful prints are from Zlatka Paneva sold on PotteryBarn.com.  This artist uses a combination of antique images with hand-drawn elements creating unique artwork.

blog-sept-vintage-jarsI love the look of these antique pickling jars that can be used in many decorative ways such as the ones in the photo holding dry or real plants, a variety of favorite collected items, such as old marbles or a single candle.  (Photo from PotteryBarn.com.)

Looking for just the right vintage paint color?  Sherwin Williams has a paint color line titled, “Vintage Moxie” and there are many options to choose from!  I love that Aloe Blue … it reminds me of Aruba.

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blog-sept-vintage-blue-vaseLooking at these colors you have some excellent options to add a pop of color.  Adding accessories in one of these beautiful colors as a consistent theme would be beautiful, such as this lovely blue vase which can be found in the “Romantic Vintage” collection at Pier1.com.

Using architectural appeal repurposing old barn windows as wall art adds a very elegant vintage touch to any room!  (Photo and idea from BHG.com.)

Using photos of vintage fruit and vegetable crate labels is an attractive idea for a unified vintage wall art look.  Scouring antique stores and finding these original pieces of artwork is not the only way to accomplish this look.  If you Google “vintage fruit and vegetable crate labels” images you will be amazed at all of the different looks there are – where you could print out and use in a particular theme picture frame as in this example from BHG.com.

I love this idea from BHG.com where you take an old spice rack and paint it an accent color of your choice.  A good online source for finding these spice racks is Ebay.com, click here to review some options.

Another idea for vintage wall art is to use old maps.  You can purchase them inexpensively from Allposters.com or create your own!  For these instructions, I turn to MarthaStewart.com to transform a favorite area map into a piece of vintage looking art, click here for those instructions.

Online resources:

Potterybarn.com – Vintage Décor Finds

Pier1.com – Romantic Village

For a great resource for all things vintage is Etsy.com – click here for a listing of Vintage Wall Art.

Here are a few locations in Pennsylvania where you can find salvaged or antique items:

Carson’s in the Cornfield, New Holland, PA

Brandywine View Antiques, Chadds Ford, PA

Have some fun and incorporate something vintage in your next room design!  For all your redesign or home staging needs, 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, and .