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5 Tips to Add New Life to Your Outdoor Containers

As we go from summer to fall here on the East coast, some of the plants in our containers look shabby or have died. I have a few ideas to help you give them a fresh look as we go into Fall. The first thing you need to do is remove all the dead or dying plants and assess what is salvageable.  Here are five ways you can keep your outdoor containers looking great:

1. Add ornamental grass for height and color.

If your vines still look good and all your annuals are gone, replace them with a lovely ornamental grass. One of my favorites is the Purple Fountain Grass because of its beautiful color, texture, and height.

2. Fill empty spots with branches or twigs.

If your container needs instant height, take some cuttings from your trees and strategically place them in the center of the container to add interest. If you want a particular color, use spray paint. My recommendation, keep the colors based on the colors of the season. If you don’t have trees to cut from, go to your local craft store and go through the dried or silk floral area and find the shape, height, color that you want to use to fill in empty spots.

3. Add late blooming plants.

Go to your local garden center to find the best options. In our area, Cone Flowers, Black-eyed Susan, Zinnia, and Pansies continue to bloom into the fall. Though it may seem too early for Chrysanthemum, you will see them in your garden centers, incorporate them into existing pots to add color and interest! There are also cooler weather succulents that you can add, again check your local garden center for options.

4. Fill in bare areas with accessories.

Does is sound crazy to add accessories to your containers? Why not! Think about adding a Mirror Globe gazing ball that will reflect the colors from existing plants and fill up space. Or, add a solar-powered lantern for interest during the day or night. If you already have a lantern you want to use, add an outdoor battery-powered candle (that has a timer). Do you have a favorite yard statue or a garden gnome? Consider moving it to the bare area of your pot for a whimsical look.

5. Reshuffle your pots and arrange them for interest.

Move your pots around to create a color interest. Consolidate containers to maximize interest in one pot. If all the flowers in small pots have died, consider placing them in the center of a larger pot, based on color and insert tree cuttings or twigs to achieve the desired height.

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I hope these five tips help you enjoy your outdoor time as long as possible this summer season! If you need home decorating or home staging assistance, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email, I would love to help!

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. (Feature photo from Houzz:  Kim Gamel.)

Front Door Refresher Tips

Springtime Front DoorAs we prepare for Spring, it’s a good time to reevaluate your front door and overall entrance impression. I decided to take a fun approach to this topic that I find fascinating. In Feng Shui, the entrance of your home is considered important as your house receives energy, or Chi, from this entry. What is Feng Shui (pronounced “fung shway”)? The phrase is comprised of two Chinese words feng meaning wind and shui meaning water. The thought is that wind and water are the two elements essential to humans. These key elements are carriers of chi, life force or life energy. Mind Body Green offers this explanation:

Feng shui is a powerful method of experiencing more balance, joy, and inspiration in your life. The ancient Chinese art and science of feng shui give you the tools to create balance and harmony in your surroundings, which helps you to move forward with ease and inspiration. One of the basic tenets of feng shui is that you are influenced by everything in your outer environment. So, if you arrange your environment in a way that properly circulates life-force energy, you will flourish.

In conclusion, if your front door has good health and is balanced the better the result you will have in your home. On that topic, here are a few ways to ensure good Feng Shui for your entrance:

  1. Remove the clutter from your entrance and clean all debris, wash windows, to increase the flow of energy to your home.
  2. Check the way your door looks. Does it need to be painted? Is the hardware rusted and need to be replaced?
  3. Add proper lighting.
  4. Note, the direction that your front door faces determine the paint color you should use, click here to read an article on picking the proper front door color using Feng Shui guidance.

As I have been in the Interior Decorating and Home Staging business for over 15 years, I know that the impression of the front door is critical and sets the tone for how someone feels when walking into the house. I take homeowners through the step of looking at their front door with fresh eyes, at the door, and from the street view. They are both critical when you are trying to sell your home and make a good impression. Here are a few of my personal recommendations:

  • Add appropriately sized pots with tall, healthy plants (that you can see from the street) at the entrance; they should not block your way.
  • Add a new and clean welcome mat.
  • Clean your front door, add fresh paint, and hardware.
  • Add a springtime wreath that is welcoming.

Redesign RightMay your home bring you peace, joy, prosperity and happiness! If you need help with your interior decorating, picking paint colors, tile colors, countertops or fabric call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email for a 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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12 Item Checklist for Outdoor Staging

Beautiful YardAre you planning to sell your home soon? If so, you will want to take a good look at the outside of your home and be sure that it presents as nicely as possible for a potential buyer. The majority of buyers will first view your home online which means you will want quality photos done after you have prepared the outside of your home. Next, if the potential buyer lives locally, they will do a drive-by of your home.  You want to make sure the exterior of your home entices the buyer so much she calls for an appointment to see the rest of your home!

Let’s go over a 12 item checklist of must-dos to get you started on your exterior:

  1. Clean your entryway of all debris.
  2. Check your porch light(s); it’s the easiest thing to change out and offer a fresh look.
  3. Paint your front door, click here for instructions on the best techniques. If your house has shutters, do they need a new coat of paint as well? Keep in mind that your front door and shutter paint color do not have to match, but they should complement each other and go with the style of your home (and observe any Homeowners’ Association rules that may apply.)
  4. Do you need new hardware on your front door? If you plan to paint your door, this is a perfect time to remove and replace any hardware.
  5. Add a spotlight to illuminate a walkway, or add a featured focal point.
  6. Remove all toys, garden waste, etc.
  7. Plant beautiful seasonal flowers and mulch your beds.
  8. Trim your bushes and trees.
  9. Have your house and sidewalks power There should be no signs of mold!
  10. Seal your driveway.
  11. Add a new and inviting solid black Welcome mat.
  12. Add vibrant colored (ensure that they can be seen from the roadway) flowers to your entryway.

Do you know what the three top most desirable outdoor elements are for potential buyers? According to the 2015 American Society of Landscape Survey out of 581 respondents the top three most popular outdoor design elements include:

  • Fire pits / fireplaces – 78.0%
  • Lighting – 72.0%
  • Grills – 63.0%

What significance does this have? If you have any of the elements mentioned above, you will want to feature them! For example, if you have an outdoor fire pit, before showing your home arrange chairs around the fireplace or pit and display with colorful pillows that make the potential homeowner look at it and say, “Wow, I really like that!”

Redesign RightFor all your home staging needs Redesign Right has got you covered! Or if you need color, fabric, and home decorating, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 for a consultation or click here to email. No job is too big or too small!

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 .

Outdoor Springtime Clean Up

debbie-deck-2-500I love spring time and the prospect of what is just around the corner – summer! With summer fun in mind, I wanted to focus this week’s article on sprucing up the outside of your house. If you are planning to sell your home, or already have it on the market, you will want to review my article, “Outdoor Home Staging” that will help you get the outside staged for sale. Let’s open the windows, get some fresh air flowing and the sun in, get outside and see what we have to do to be summer ready!

Entryway Springtime Checklist:

  1. Clean your entryway of all debris.
  2. Check your porch light(s); it’s the easiest thing to change out and offer a fresh look.
  3. Paint your front door, click here for instructions on the best techniques. If your house has shutters, do they need a new coat of paint as well? Keep in mind that your front door and shutter paint color do not have to match, but they should complement each other and go with the style of your home (and observe any Homeowners’ Association rules that may apply.)
  4. Do you need new hardware on your front door? If you plan to paint your door, this is a perfect time to remove and replace any hardware.
  5. Add a spotlight to illuminate a walkway, or add a featured focal
  6. Add a new and inviting Welcome mat.
  7. Add a lovely spring wreath to your front door. Click here for some beautiful ones from Terrain in Glen Mills, PA.

Backyard Springtime Checklist:

  1. Let’s move to the backyard and porch or deck area of your home. Again, you will want to clean everything, and the first thing to decide is if you have wood decking does it need to be re-sealed? If you plan to tackle this job yourself, click here to read some instructions on the best way to stain your deck by Sherwin-Williams. Once you have surveyed your entertaining area, let’s talk about some decorating ideas and get planning.
  2. Whenever I do a redesign, I review the “conversation ” Where will people be sitting and talking? Add an outdoor area rug to tie furniture together. For outdoor area rug ideas, click on the retailer names: Target, Ballard Designs, or Home Decorators.
  3. Clean your outdoor furniture and decide if it is in need of paint so it is entertainment ready. My decorating article, “Prepare Outdoor Furniture for Spring” offers tips on the best way to spruce up outdoor furniture.
  4. Plan out your plant containers and decide how many plants you will need to fill your pots. I have found that we are not safe here in the Northeast to put out annuals and fill containers until after Mother’s Day (May 8th). I can’t tell you how many plants I’ve lost due to planting too early and a frost! Now is a good time to look at your pots and see if they need fresh paint before planting. If you are interested in creating custom concrete containers, click here for a DIY project. Check out some of these fun container ideas from Overstock. Now is a great time to shop for garden items such as stools, that can be used to add height to a container arrangement. Click here for some ideas from Target.
  5. After checking your patio furniture, how about the fabric? This time of year offers many options for replacing your cushions and pillows, if you have shopped for them, you will find that they are not inexpensive to replace. Another idea would be to create new covers for your old pillows and use them as the insert. Go to your local fabric store, such as Joann Fabrics and purchase outdoor fabric that will run on average $30 a yard. You can always find a coupon online or in your local newspaper for Joann Fabrics, which can offer a 40-50% discount which is a significant saving. Or you could create custom coverings! Use a durable cotton fabric and a beautiful stencil and create your custom look! If you have any acrylic paint left over from prior projects, click here to learn how you can use that paint for this fabric stenciling project. Rustoleum offers a product, NeverWet, that allows you to treat your fabric so that it repels water if you plan to keep your pillows outdoors.

Redesign RightIf you need assistance with a home redesign or color consultation or planning to sell your home and need home staging help, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202. If you love all things related to home decorating and want to pursue a career in Interior Redesign and Home Staging, sign up for one of my upcoming classes and make your dream a realization!

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 .

End of Summer Outdoor Party Tips

Grilling at summer weekendAs we head into the last week of August, I know that everyone is getting ready for the kids to get back to school and changing from summer to fall routines. In this spirit I know I’m trying to take advantage of all of the fabulous options that summer has to offer. Are you considering throwing an outdoor end-of-summer party? If so, hop on over to my fabulous posts for some tips:  5 Tips for Dining Outdoors and 5 Tips for a Successful Outdoor Party.

Depending on if you are planning to have adults only, or a family party will depend on how you handle the seating, table settings, etc. However, you don’t have to give up style! For some beautiful inspiration, click here to view some outdoor dining ideas from House Beautiful. Though some of them may seem extravagant or too complicated, take a few ideas and incorporate them into your party! Personally, I love the color combination of crisp navy with a white setting and pops of summer flowers. I like adding large blue bottles of Saratoga Spring Sparkling Water that is a beautiful deep blue at intervals on the table. Combine that with clear crystal votives and vases, cuttings from your garden or grocery store purchased flowers and it’s very easy to create a lovely table. If blue isn’t your color, consider using green, adding large bottles of Pellegrino Sparkling Water goes with any summer combination since it is a color of nature!

I always struggle with how much food to get and always overestimate. If you are planning an outdoor barbecue, click here for a food calculator from the Food Network. Keep in mind that food should not be exposed to the direct sun so you will want to place under a canopy or simply don’t bring it out until it is service time. Keep food cool by putting ice on the bottom of a deep tray then place another tray on top of that tray, allowing the cold to chill the food and keep the melting ice water away. Be sure to cover your food with a clean cloth, plastic wrap, or food “tent” until you are ready to serve.

Enjoy this last week of August and I hope all of your end of summer get togethers are fabulous!

For all your design, color consultation, or home staging needs, give Debbie at call 610.955.8202 for an appointment!

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 Tips for Dining Outdoors

shutterstock_207268954On a beautiful summer night, it’s so nice to enjoy dinner outside. I love the idea of dining al fresco and want to share five tips to make your next outdoor dinner party an elegant success!

1. Pick a theme

Keep it simple and by all means use your glassware or china! Just because you’re sitting outside doesn’t mean you should skimp on elegance! Pick a color theme that you enjoy, I love the whole nautical look of dark navy and white and when I pair that with white china it’s stunning! Use cloth napkins that complement or pop to match your flower selection. If you don’t have a table cloth you want to use, consider cloth place mats. If you are not sitting at a table with an umbrella, use a table runner that can complement your theme.

2. Decorate

Use your glass vases, that are not too tall, and cut flowers that are growing in your garden with some clippings of evergreen and run them down your table. Another idea is to a small vase or glass by each table setting along with a tea light votive, and your table will be simply stunning! You can place candles down the center of your table to add a soft glow.

3. Add Light

If you have an outdoor table with an umbrella by hanging lights from the umbrella, you can add light to your dining experience! Small lights will create a soft glow or consider adding lanterns with candles. If your table does not have an umbrella, consider adding buffet lamps that are tall, so guests get the benefit of the light without it being in their way.

4. Keep the Bugs Away

If you plan to serve the food outside, be sure to cover all food to keep bugs away. You can use food tents that you can purchase from Bed Bath & Beyond, or click here to review ideas for food coverage from Real Simple magazine. Another idea is to use a small box fan, placed so that it is moving the air over the food as it will keep the flies away, apparently flies don’t like the wind. Another option is to use deterrents such as citronella candles on the perimeter of your seating area or devices such as this mosquito repellant appliance, click here to view.

5. Food Selection

Keep this simple. You don’t need 25 appetizers for a dinner party of 6-8 people. It’s summer! Think farm-fresh and simple! Think make-your-own salad serving grilled fresh veggies, with beautiful salad greens, grilled chicken or fish and various sides that people can add such as Craisins, goat cheese, toasted almonds, sliced fresh figs, and colorful peppers. If you feel that you need fillers, make a pasta salad ahead of time or serve freshly purchased crusty bread … making me hungry just typing this! If you need a great cold pasta salad, click here for one I enjoy from Epicurious. Be sure to keep cold items cold by placing ice in a tray and setting another tray on top for the food. Also, keep the beverages simple and have a pitcher of fresh water with sliced lemon or cucumber for everyone.

Redesign RightGet outside and enjoy yourself! Have some fun and enjoy this beautiful season of summer! If you need any help with your home decorating, home staging, or color selections, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 to schedule 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 .

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 .

5 Steps to a Backyard Oasis

by Debbie Correale

iStock_000003635391SmallI love the beginning of summer and all of the fun, warmth and entertaining that happens this time of year.  With this in mind I wanted to focus a post on creating a comfortable and inviting outdoor area.  Here are five easy steps to help you build your backyard oasis!

  1. Bring the comfort and decorating from the inside to the outside and create a living room by arranging seating as you would in a family room.  This will encourage conversation and hopefully promote relaxation.
  1. If you have neutral colored patio furniture, add pops of summer color by adding pillows and cushions with lovely summer colors of greens, yellows and fuchsia.  Check out the various options from Target, Pier 1, or Pottery Barn just to name a few ideas.
  1. Store unused items in a deck container or build your own bench.  Click here for a step-by-step video from Lowes on how to build your own wooden deck box that could double as a seating area by adding a cushion to the top.  Or if you only want to purchase one, check out some of the online sites such as Overstock.com for various deck storage options that are inexpensive.
  1. Add lights to create a warm and inviting space.  There are several lighting ideas out there to fit every need and personal taste and decorating style.  Here are a few ideas:
    • Overhead lighting offers a beautiful glow.  Consider adding a lantern either powered by solar lights or battery operated light.  Click here for some modern yet soft looking lanterns.  For more lantern ideas from Houzz, click here.
    • String lights – if you don’t have anything to hang lights from consider using wooden poles anchored in flower buckets filled with garden gravel.  Use a screw eye at the top of the pole and string the lights through it.
    • Create a Light Column – this is a fabulous idea from Martha Stewart to create a column of lights by stringing white Christmas tree lights through white (or colored) paper lanterns that you stack on end on a wooden pole creating a fabulous vertical light feature.
    • Outdoor Table Lamp – there are many options available including solar powered at all different price points.
    • Umbrella Lights – There are many options available.  My personal preference is a soft glowing light, not the bright white harshness of LED lights.  You can achieve a soft glowing light look by hanging lanterns from your umbrella with battery operated lightsClick here for a video on hanging mason jars with wire, and here is a tutorial on hanging mason jars with ribbon.

5.  Create an instant garden with planters in all different shapes and colors.  Keep in mind not all pots have to have flowers in them, you could plant a tall bush in a large pot and have an instant lush green look.  My theory on this, if you are not a gardener and don’t want to become a gardener, give it a try on three pots of various heights, create a grouping and see how it looks for the summer … who knows maybe it will turn into a whole new life experience!

Logo-JPEG-1Next week there will be more outdoor fun ideas!  If you need help with an outdoor or indoor redesign, 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 .

Outdoor Home Staging

by Debbie Correale

house 011Last week I reviewed the value of home staging when you are planning to sell your home, or if you have your home on the market currently.  If you missed that post, click the title to read, “Staging for Success.”  What I did not cover in that post is the value of staging the outside of your home, as well.  Since the first photo on your listing is the outside of your home, and we already know that buyers make snap judgments, you will want your home to present as nicely as possible.  What’s the best way to ensure this?

Here is an outdoor staging check list that you can accomplish in a weekend to make your entryway inviting and pleasing but not overwhelming in three stages:

debbie-outside-garden-500Spring Clean Up

  • Remove all leaves and remaining plant debris from the winter.  Edge the beds and put down a fresh layer of mulch.
  • Sweep and power wash all walkways, front porches and decks.
  • Remove all toys, old swing sets, etc. from the yard.
  • Add lots of colorful flowers to draw your eye outside.

Paint – Repair – Replace

  • Clean your front door and give it a fresh coat of paint.  Click the title for some tips on, “Painting Exterior Trim.”  If you have a brass kick plate, does it need polishing or replacing?
  • If you have shutters, it’s time for a fresh coat of paint.  Determine whether you want to match your front door color or complement it.
  • Are your house numbers faded or rusted?  Is your mail box barely hanging on?  Replace them!
  • If you have the same outdoor lighting as you had when you moved into your home, it is time for an update!  Go to your local home store such as Home Depot or Lowes as there are many options available.
  • Buy a brand new door mat.  Solid black is the best.  Avoid “Beware of Dog” welcome mats as they do not create a welcoming effect.

Color – Design – Balance

  • In your front garden, add color but keep it simple.  Plant seasonal currently blooming flowers.  Consider a single color or two to ensure the clearest photos for display on real estate internet sites.
  • Add plants to your entryway with plant containers.  Keep in mind, you will want to see this from the road; therefore, the height of the container and plants need to fit the size of your front porch and door.  If you are unsure what plants would work together or for ease of care, your local home store should be able to help you with this.
  • Use the things you already have, change their color and arrange things in an interesting way to invite and appeal to anyone.  Click here for an example of a DIYer who updated their front porch look for a bargain!  You want the buyers looking at the photo of your house or driving by to say, “That looks really nice; I can see living there!”

Logo-JPEG-1If you need help with your home staging and would like to schedule a consultation, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com for all your interior redesign and home staging needs!

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 .