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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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4 Ways to Liven Up Your Deck or Patio

shutterstock_286718537Are you getting ready for summertime parties and dining outdoors? Is your deck or patio in need of a fresh look? If you already have the furniture consider changing or adding the following:

  1. Lighting
  2. Rugs or Flooring
  3. Shade (if your deck or patio is in direct sunlight)
  4. Color

Outdoor Lighting Options

There are situations where you may not want to worry about real candles burning. In these cases, I suggest an outdoor LED candle available in many shapes and sizes. Personally, I prefer candles with timers (because who ever remembers to turn the candles off?) and find the candles that require two type AA are longer-lasting than those that require three AAA batteries. Another option is to use the white string lights or fairy lights, I have many saved ideas in my Outdoor Pinterest board, click here to view. If you have a lot of sunlight on your patio or deck, consider using fun solar powered lighting, such as these from Gardeners.

Outdoor Flooring Options

If you have a cement patio and wish you could change it, try instant flooring! Click here for an idea from Ikea to use outdoor floor tiles. Keep in mind that these instant floors can be utilized in an apartment or rental balconies where you want to add a different look as they “float” on top of the cement. Add a colorful rug to tie together conversation areas such as these ideas from Overstock.

Shade Options

If your deck or patio is in direct sunlight, you will want some shade. Add a table that can support an umbrella or if you have space, add a retractable awning or install a pergola. If you’re interested in the construction of a pergola, click here for instructions from DIYnetwork. Even if you live in an apartment or have a very small space to work with you can still have shade to make your outdoor area more enjoyable by using a half umbrella, click here to view an option from World Market.

Color Options

I saved my favorite topic for last! Use the same rules inside your house as you do outside! Don’t be afraid to use color which can be achieved in your furniture, pillows, throws, rugs, containers, or wall art. If you have vinyl siding, you will not want to put a hole through the siding to hang something! Instead, click here to view an option for hanging things from vinyl siding without affecting the siding. There are many options available to you for outdoor wall art; such as canvases, metal artwork, decorative ironworks, or rustic cottage-styled items. To view some ideas for inspiration, click here.

Color can come from beautiful flowering plants and various sizes and heights of containers. I also love the idea of hanging gardens, click here to view an idea. My Outdoor Pinterest board includes many ideas for vertical gardens and screening, click here to see.

Note:  With all of the viruses that mosquitoes carry you will want to manage them in your yard as much as possible. Click here for a Special Report: Moderating Menacing Mosquitoes from radio host, Mike McGrath from “You Bet Your Garden.” To view a report from Consumer Reports, click here for repellents that can be used by people.

Redesign RightHave fun with your deck or patio refresher! If you need assistance, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or email for all your color consultations, redesign, home staging, or training needs.

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 .

How to Add a Cottage Style Garden

shutterstock_104066024Growing up in the Northeast, I’ve always enjoyed the casual look of the cottage style garden. The charming and informal flow that invites the eye to discover the various plants and garden accessories. Here are five helpful tips to help you create a cottage style garden at your house! (Note, these tips are useful in areas where you already have a bed started. To give you some visual ideas of various features in a cottage styled garden, click here to view my Garden Idea book on Houzz.

1. Create a Garden Path or Walkway

Walkways or paths through a garden offer a visual break and a way to get around your garden to weed and water. There are many unique ideas that you can create yourself, click here for some beautiful ideas from House Beautiful. Also, have you ever been out in your garden watering and realized the hose is laying over one of your favorite flowers? I found the perfect product to prevent this; they are garden hose guides that come in various shapes, click here to view an example of a Fleur-de-lis pattern.

2. Add a Trellis or Arbor

Add a trellis or arbor to your garden offers a feature or backdrop to your climbing plants. Here is a list of resources to help you decide if this is a project you would like to take on yourself or purchase:

3. Add a Fence or Gate

In a cottage style garden, the gates are low and have a weathered or old look. Add an item that will add interest or character to your garden. I recently discovered Carson’s in the Cornfields in New Holland, PA that sells architectural finds, antiques, collectibles and old and new hardware – what a find! If you are in the PA area, it’s worth the drive! Click here to find out their location.

4. Plants to Use

What makes these gardens unique are their soft romantic look that comes from the type of flowers used. To view the best plants to use in this sort of garden, click here for the best plants to use and zoning information from This Old House. If you are unsure of your location’s plant hardiness zone, click here to view the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone map. Also, consider using some evergreens that can supply a “structure” to your garden and offer year round green.

5. Add Garden Accessories

As you would add accessories in your home decorating, the same rules apply to outdoor decorating. Add a birdbath, gazing ball, or garden fountain to give the eye a focal point.

Redesign RightFor all your home decorating, interior redesign, home staging, or color choice needs contact Debbie 610.955.8202 for a consultation!

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 .

Getting Your Deck or Patio Ready For Summer Fun

Home ExteriorsIt’s that time of year where we bring out our patio furniture and accessories and decide what we need to clean, pitch or replace.  Spring is a good time to take a look at your grill cover or furniture covers, if they are completely falling apart it may be time to replace.  Click here for some options.

Checklist for your deck or patio:

  • If you have a wood deck, take a look at it and decide if it needs to be cleaned?  I found a great article that you may wish to review if you plan to clean your deck, especially if you want to use a power washer, click here to read.  For ideas on finishes for your deck click here for tips from Better Homes & Garden.
  • How is your patio furniture looking?  Is it in need of a good cleaning, repair, or perhaps new cushions?  Click here for some helpful ideas on how to clean various outdoor items.
  • Pull out your pots and determine if they need to be cleaned or discarded.  If you have old terracotta pots, which can be challenging since they dry out so quickly, consider using them as decorative items in your garden to add a unique structure or planting idea.  Click here for a fantastic vertical eye-catching plant display using old terracotta pots.

Now for the fun part, how do you want to decorate?

To quickly add color and spruce up your deck or patio, consider adding throw pillows in a new color with matching lanterns.  Keep in mind, you can always change the color of a lantern, check out the many options at your local home store, choosing a paint intended for outdoor use.

Create an instant conversation area, add a throw rug for a cozy seating area.  If you don’t want to deal with real candles if you have children, there are excellent flameless choices now that you can leave outside, have timers, and are battery-operated.  Check out some of the options by clicking here.  Keep in mind that lamps and floor lamps can be used outside to add warmth and ambience to a sitting area.  To look at some options of outdoor lamps and floor lamps, click here, for an extensive collection at Home Depot.

It’s probably too early to create pots, but you can start the planning process.  I suggest creating a plan before you head out to your local nursery, so you don’t purchase too much or too little.  You will want to have a lay out in mind of the number of pots you intend to fill and the heights that you require.  If you spend the time on this now, you will have fabulous results!  Happy planning and don’t forget to pick up the necessary potting soil for that project.

redesign rightEnjoy your spring!  And remember, if you need help with any redesign or color consultation project give me a call 610.955.8202, I would be glad to help you!

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 .