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5 Tips for a Fabulous Deck or Patio Area

As we head into summer and have the ability to spend peaceful time outside on our deck or patio, is your outdoor seating area what you would like for it to be? For a fresh look, enjoy these five tips to help you achieve the look you want for your outdoor seating, entertaining and eating area.

1. Bring the comforts of the indoors outside.

In a sunny area, add a solar powered lamp that you can make yourself! Click here to see the step-by-step instructions; you will be amazed at how easy this is to create!

2. Warm up your setting with the soft glow of candles.

3. Any space, small or large, can get a fresh look by the use of pops of color and patterns.

In this example, the seating area is pulled together with a lovely shade of blue in the pillows and accessories.

On this balcony, red is a fantastic color to make this small space shine with comfort and interest.

4. Incorporate plants into your outdoor area.

You will want to vary the height of the plants to create your conversation areas and add potted flowers for color and beauty. If you are placing pots in a full-sun area you will want to choose heat-tolerant plants, click here to review a list of options. Use a potting soil that will help maintain moisture if you are not a consistent person that waters, such as MiracleGro’s Moisture Control Potting Soil. If you already have the potting soil add the “water storing crystals” to the soil, link for more information.

5. Paint your furniture a new color.

I recently had a client, inspired by my latest articles on furniture transformation, sent me photos of her latest DIY project. She transformed a bistro style table and chairs with new paint colors.

Furniture before being painted:

Bistro Table Before Painted

Furniture after being painted:

Deck Furniture Bistro Style Painted

What a difference! She didn’t like the color it was and used Rustoleum’s Paint + Primer in Satin Espresso, and finished it with Rustoleum’s Metallic Flat Burnished Amber for a slight metallic sheen. A couple of tips that she offered:  Your hand gets tired from spray-painting, to help, use the Rustoleum Spray Paint Can Soft Grip to prevent hand fatigue. Wear gloves; nitrile is the strongest won’t tear as easily. Now all she needs to do is figure out some fun pillows! The best part of any redesign, the accessories! Thank you for sharing your fabulous project with us!

Redesign Right, LLCIf you require help selecting a color palette for any area of your home, or any home decorating question, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email, we can come to your rescue!

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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, Google+ and Instagram.

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Outdoor Decorating Trends

shutterstock_286718537I love this time of year, warmer weather, longer days and a time to think about outside entertaining. Is your deck or patio ready for guests? Just as there are trends in indoor décor, you will see the same in outdoor decorating. There are some new trends this year I wanted to share with you.

Indoors Goes Outdoors

The concept of creating a look outdoors that appears like the indoors isn’t new, the amount of items and accessories available is more readily found and at an affordable price. Just as we like a cozy and comfortable indoor, we have the same expectation outdoors. You will see more options in rugs, ottomans, side tables, outdoor lighting and all the accessories to complete a comfortable and stylish outdoor seating area.

The options for brightly patterned and colored cushions and pillows are plentiful, click here to view some options. You will see more furniture made of natural items such as rattan, wicker, and teak. This style from the ‘70s will make a big comeback with a mixture of these materials, incorporating weaving and a “crochet” look.  Click here for an example of mixed materials in outdoor seating.

You will need an option for storing your throws and candles and anything you would not want to be exposed to nature all the time. I love this idea from Target, it uses the look of wicker and serves as a coffee table and storage area, ideal for a small deck or patio.

Finish the Look

  • Pick the pop color you wish to use in your outdoor seating area and incorporate it into garden stools that will serve as side tables.
  • Add a beautiful rug to create a conversation area.
  • Add lighting. Use table lamps constructed for outdoor use or string lights, whatever fits your style.
  • For some inspiration check out my Pinterest board displaying seating arrangements and accessories.

If you are not in the market for new furniture and want to bring life back to your old furniture here are a few tips:

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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 Tips for a Successful Outdoor Party

by Debbie Correale

istockphoto-outdoor party-purchased 6-23-2014Now that you have your yard and patio all set up and looking the way you like let’s talk about having some summer fun!  If you missed them here are the links to my recent Outdoor Oasis posts:  5 Steps to a Backyard Oasis and Backyard Oasis Continued – Create a Water Feature.  Here are a five tips to consider before you plan your next outdoor get together:

  1. Choose the Perfect Music Playlist.  Fun and relaxing music can make a difference at an outdoor party and should not be too loud and generally enjoyable for everyone to listen to.  The recommendation is to have a playlist of five hours of music prepared.  Or you could use a music service such as Pandora, you pick a genre and let it do all the work.  Personally, I love this idea as I never know what song is going to come up next!

  1. Games.  Make the party fun for everyone!  Will there be children at the party?  Have age-appropriate things for them to play with such as bubbles, beach balls and sidewalk chalk to give the parents a break.  Kids are not the only ones that like games!  Pull out the old fashioned classic games such as badminton, croquet, volleyball, bocce, lawn bowling, and horse shoes.  In your invitation be sure to inform the attendees to dress casually for outdoor games and fun so everyone is prepared to join in!

  1. tray-tableCreate a drinking area separate from the food area.  If you plan to serve alcohol at the party, have the adult drinks and ice separate from the kids drinks and ice.  Set up a beverage cart such as this beautiful one from Wayfair.com.  Or you could use a folding card table draped with a lovely tablecloth to match your party theme.  Another idea is to set up drink dispensers with water and lemon slices, ice tea, or lemonade and label them.  Here are some beautiful online options that you can check out in anticipation of your next party:  Potterybarn.com, BedBathandBeyond.com, and Target.com.

  1. Keep the bugs away!  There are some things you can do to help keep the bugs away in order to keep your guests comfortable and happy during the summer entertaining season.  Here are some tips from RealSimple.com:  Get rid of standing water as this is where mosquitoes breed.  A week before the party, empty any place around your yard that has collected water.  Plug in fans as mosquitoes won’t be able to fight the wind (also a good way to keep unwanted bugs from food.)  Have bug repellent options available, spray and wipes.  Keep in mind products that contain DEET, though effective are not safe near children’s hands and mouths, consider Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Picaridin Towelettes from Avon.com.  If you have a real problem consider other repellent ideas by clicking here.

  1. Seat your guests properly.  Generally you will find people congregate together who they know best.  Mix it up and don’t put couples together, or best friends, you will find that placing different combinations of people together can create a fun and memorable party!

Logo-JPEG-1I love the warm weather and all of fun associated with summer parties!  If you need any help with your indoor or outdoor redesign projects, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com for all your decorating dreams!

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 .

Backyard Oasis Continued – Create a Water Feature

by Debbie Correale

iStock_000027031283SmallWith the summer season approaching, I started my series on building your own backyard oasis last week and I wanted to expand on that idea with creating a water feature.  Who doesn’t love the sight and sound of running water?  So, where do you start?  First let’s get some ideas!  Go to online sites such as Pinterest, Houzz and Sunset.com to view attractive photos of possibilities.  Often the project is too large, too expensive, or simply too challenging.  If you collect ideas, perhaps you can create a similar look on a smaller scale.  Let’s review some options!

Table top or deck top fountain

The nice thing about this approach is that you can place your feature close to a power outlet.  There are many ideas out there that you may love to make using terra cotta pots and I wanted to warn you that they do not hold up well to water.  Sealed pots work best and are a better way to go and it’s easy to do, check out this product from SealItGreen.com.  If you don’t want to build your own there are several options to purchase, check out these lovely choices from GardenFountains.com.

Check out these links as resources and product tips:

Instructions and ideas:

poppyI love this idea!  Take a pot that you like and turn it into a fountain with this copper Poppy Fountain it comes with everything you need to have an instant water feature!  (This product can be found online at Gardeners.com.)

For an instant waterfall idea, purchase a rain chain which is a functional alternative to traditional, closed gutter downspouts.  They are visually attractive and guide the water down the chains.  The Smith and Hawken rain chain sold at Target, click here to view, offers a wind chime effect when it’s breezy!  If you have not seen or don’t know much about how rain chains work, click this link to read all about them and the various options available.

Logo-JPEG-1If you have ideas but are unsure how to put them into action, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com to help you with all of your indoor and outdoor decorating ideas!

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 .