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How to Decorate with Festive Pumpkins and Candles this Fall

I love fall on the east coast!  The changing colors and variety of nature and less humidity!  In the spirit of this beautiful season, here are some ideas on stylish fall home decorations.

This is a beautiful effect from BHG.com, metallic pastel pumpkins!  By spray painting with gray, tan or white iridescent paint, you can add iridescent glitter and create a shimmering pumpkin to add to your table display or mantle!

This is a stunning effect that can be made by stenciling pumpkins with adhesive stencils.  Very easy to complete after painting the pumpkin a muted color if you want a stencil to pop, or leave the pumpkin its original color and use pretty paint colors.  (Photo and idea from BHG.com.)

Here is a similar idea to the pumpkins; these candles have been decorated with leaf stencils, which is a beautiful idea!  This idea is from MarthaStewart.com, click here for directions.  If you want to make similar candles with dried or fresh flowers, click here for instructions from CountryLiving.com.

To create a simple look for your table setting, simply create a whole in a small pumpkin and place a taper shaped candle for an instant fall candle holder for the table, or anywhere!  (Photo and idea from MarthaStewart.com.)

This is a gorgeous statement piece that I think would be beautiful on a large pumpkin!  By using cut out leaves from your local craft store, you can easily glue them onto a painted pumpkin for a finished look.  (Photo and idea from GoodHouseKeeping.com.)

blog-oct-pumpkin-4I love mixing natural textures with color as in this photo from PotteryBarn.com where gold damask pumpkins are mixed with twine created pumpkin shapes.  I love using gold in my décor and interspersing the color into an arrangement or setting adds richness to a blog-oct-pumpkin-goldlook.  Using these small gold pumpkins (from PotteryBarn.com) is such a delightful way to achieve the sparkly look of gold without having too much gold.

blog-oct-pumpkin-gold-mercuryCheck out this display of stunning orange mercury glass pumpkins from PotteryBarn.com, mixing this with the gold, natural items, and candles make for a completed look that will wow all of your guests!

“If you are interested in Outdoor décor for fall check out my blog titled,Decorating Outdoors for Thanksgiving.

Enjoy the cooler weather and have a beautiful fall!

For all of 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, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Update your Kitchen

Are you planning to update or renovate your kitchen? 

I have written in recent blogs about flooring (Eco-Friendly Decorating Trends in Flooring-April 2013) and counter tops (Replacing Your Kitchen or Bathroom Counter Top-June 2013), and I would like to go over some decorating trends in lighting for your kitchen.  You will first need to consider the basics of kitchen lighting as there is no single source.  You will need task, ambient, accent or decorative lighting features.  For expert lighting advice, I went to HGTV.com, click on the article title, “Shedding Light on Kitchen Lighting” for a better understanding.

Pendant Lighting

Keep in mind you don’t have to stick with one style you can mix and match types of lighting for an eclectic lighting look, as in this example from BHG.com.

There are so many fantastic ideas in the world of pendants, and you shouldn’t be afraid to experiment with them.  In the examples below I wanted to highlight the variety of design styles that can be accomplished from traditional, to sparkly glass, to vintage-retro, to classic … whatever your design style I’m sure you will find a beautiful accent piece!

(Photos taken from BHG.com.)

If your kitchen currently has can or recessed lighting, no worries!  There are many places, such as the home improvement store Lowes that sell pendants that require no electrician or electrical knowledge to install and can transform your kitchen in minutes!  Click here to view this How-To video from Lowes.com on how to accomplish this task.  I love the look of the Edison Bulb that you see everywhere now; I found this screw-in pendant that fits perfectly into your recessed lighting at Plow & Hearth.blog-sept-kitchen-pendant-plow

While writing this blog I came across some great posts on Houzz.com that are worth reviewing before you start your kitchen lighting plan, click on the title to read the post:

Have some fun with this project and let your own personal style shine through!

For all of 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 .

Decorate with your favorite inspiration!

One of my favorite places in the world is Aruba!  I love the beautiful beaches, white sands, and the warmth and peace that I feel when I’m vacationing there.  With Aruba in mind, I wanted to write about a way of decorating that might inspire you to do the same.  In terms of décor, if someone said, “Aruba theme” you would think – beach theme…which is not necessarily what that has to show.  I love the colors of Aruba!  (Photo of Aruba.com.)

blog-august-aruba-blueAruba Blue is such a fabulous color, and unique to Aruba that Benjamin Moore has named it a paint color.  Beautiful!

How can you use this color palette as a pop in a room?

blog-august-pier-1-roomPier 1 refers to this color scheme as “Peacock Blue” – you will see in this photo from Pier1.com a variety of blues used in various ways to add a pop of color in the floor covering, glass accessories, or pillows.  You can turn a neutral room into a lovely hue of Aruba!

I love this idea of painting the background of your book shelf or cabinet with different colors.  (Photo by MarthaStewart.com.)

If you were thinking that this color scheme was not masculine, or cannot be used in a study, or bachelor pad…think again!  Check out this classic sports car, Bugatti Royale Coup from the 1930s, the sleek glossy black with the blue is beautiful!  This classic combination can be incorporated into any room!

You can incorporate the lovely colors of Aruba in many ways; such as, a light fixture, place settings, rug, or outdoor pot or container color!

(Photos for ideas:  Light Fixture:  LampsPlus.com, Place Setting Idea from MarthaStewart.com, Rug from Homedecorators.com, Outdoor planter idea from MarthaStewart.com.)

blog-august-aruba-debbieThe next time you want to make a quick change, incorporate something into your décor that you love or inspires you!  Sand between my toes and a gentle salty breeze…awwww, to be back in Aruba!

For all of 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 .

“The 5 Step Program” – Are you living in CHAOS?

“Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome”

The good news is chaos is treatable and there is a 5 step program that will help get you on the road to recovery and inviting your friends over.

pic1Step #1 – Let’s Use the Room

Do you have rooms you don’t use?

Well, you are not alone….99% of the time the reason people do not use their rooms is because the furniture is placed incorrectly…..it’s not necessarily the pieces you own; it’s where you have put them. So before you take a match to your room and start over with all new furniture, check the placement of it.

  • Is your furniture all lined up against the walls similar to a doctor’s office?
  • Is your huge sectional greeting you like a wall when you walk into a room making it difficult to easily enter and sit?
  • Is your furniture spaced so far apart that having a conversation with someone requires a megaphone?

You know, it doesn’t matter how comfortable, beautiful, or expensive the furniture is, if you haven’t set up the foundation of the room with correct furniture placement that welcomes and encourages conversations, then people will not use the room.

So it is not so much the furniture you have…..it is where you place it that gives a room its functionality.

pic2Step #2 – Let there be light


How many lamps do you have in each room?

Every room should have at least 3 lights in it and ceiling lights do not count! This is one design tip that can transform a room. Having proper lighting not only creates warm and welcoming spaces it also can determine whether the room is used or not.

  • Is there a room in your home that always seems so dark you find yourself not using it?
  • Is there a room in your home that everyone walks by because it is not warm or inviting?

Lighting can be an important key to setting up a room. Lighting determines the mood and helps to execute the function of a room. For instance, the older someone gets the less mood lighting they may want in their rooms. They may trade mood lighting for very bright lights to see what they are doing (master bathrooms).

Perhaps in the family room you may want to keep the lighting moderate and flexible. You may want to include task lighting for reading, as well as mood lighting for entertaining and TV watching.

In the master bedroom you may want to use your 3 lamps to create an all mood lighting that fosters relaxation and rest.

If you need to purchase lamps think big and tall. Lighting shining down on you is much more functional and attractive than lighting coming up on your face (think Frankenstein effect). Ideally, the bottom of the lampshade should be ear level when you are seated and all shades in the room should similarly match.

Since the goal of redesign is to use what you already have, try to resurrect an old lamp with a new drum lamp shade. Some of the ugliest ceramic lamps from the 60’s have been turned into incredible looking one- of- a- kind art pieces that can bring pop to a room.

pic3Step #3 – Let’s Showcase You

Accessories are an important part of a redesign. They are what makes your home different from anyone else’s and they are unique to you. Everyone can have the same fantastic couch from Pottery Barn…but what makes it unique to your home is the choice and placement of the accessories that adorn it!

Your displayed accessories should represent your history, your travels and your loved ones. Your accessories should invoke wonderful memories, stories and help start conversations. Our goal in redesigning is not to only make the room pretty but to make sure we have reflected and honored the people who live there. After all it is your home and you want it to be unique to you and memorable to others.

  • Put all your small collectables together and create an impact in one spot rather than polka dotting them all over the room.
  • For a neater look in the bookcases, take off all the book jackets and arrange your books in order of size.
  • When accessorizing a table mix up textures and contrasts for visual interest. (Shiny/Dull, Soft/Hard, Smooth and Rough)

When accessorizing don’t worry about what is in the magazines think about what is important to you and your family and showcase them.

pic4Step #4 – Let There be Some Breathing Room


Does every wall in your home have something hanging on it?

Unfortunately, many people think their rooms are not done unless there is something on every wall of the room. Often times this creates a great deal of eye noise coming at you and we become overwhelmed and appreciate nothing. It is important that each room have some empty space or breathing room on the wall so we can appreciate the entire room and its art.

When you are deciding on artwork for a room consider the frame color and the theme. They should all work together with the furniture and accessories. I always tell my clients when they are shopping for artwork to buy what they want to look at, make it large and don’t hang it too high. (Or call me and I will hang it)

Like accessories, your art work should be unique to you. It should portray your likes, loves, travels and beliefs. Often times it is the artwork that sets the tone or feeling of the room.

pic51Step # 5 – Let’s Invite the Painter Over Last

Do you paint your room first and then decorate it?

In a perfect world, paint color should be chosen last in your design. It is like buying a pair of shoes and then trying to find the perfect dress to go with it.

The first thing you want to do in a design is set up your room correctly. Start with placing the foundation of your furniture first, than place your lamps, plants and accessories etc …because these will all in the end affect the colors you choose in the room.

Actually choosing a paint color can be tricky. Paint color should be chosen in the room they will reside in. They should never be chosen under fluorescent bulbs at the hardware store nor should your color be chosen because it looks great in your mother-in-laws home.

Also consider the colors you like and the colors you look good in. If you are a blue person than you may not want to paint your family room red. If you do not personally look good in yellow than painting your bedroom yellow may not be a wise choice. Also consider the effect a color may have on people.

  • What color encourages you to eat? (Red)
  • What color triggers hormone relaxation? (Blue)
  • What color alleviates depression? (Green)

By choosing our paint color last in the decorating process it seals and finishes the design. It is just like finding the perfect dress and finishing off the look with a fantastic piece of colored jewelry.

Are you tired of living in Chaos?

“Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome”

Then we encourage you to make a few small changes in your home, using the steps above. It is our hope you will fall in love with your home all over again and start to entertain with confidence.

Debbie Correale
Redesign Right, LLC
Iris Professional Interior Redesign and Home Staging Trainer

“Helping others fulfill a dream of owning their own interior redesign/home staging business

www.redesignright.com

debbie@redesignright.com
610 955-8202

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.