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Is Your Home Driving You Nuts

Do you find yourself tired of a room and not sure what to do to change it? In an ideal world, we would get rid of everything and start fresh, right? Unfortunately, that’s rarely the case, and we have to work with what we have. You would be amazed at what you can do with what you already own and a few tweaks. Let’s figure this out.

What don’t you like?

What is the one thing in your room or home that you love that brings a smile to your face? The things we love offer us inspiration. Let’s say it’s a rug, a beautiful pillow, a cherished vase or piece of art. How can we draw from that and carry that feeling of “love” into a room?

Pick a theme

Choose a color and material combination that you like. For example, if you love the look of metallic, why not pair your favorite metallic with a color you like, then sprinkle that look in the pillows, throws, candles, vases throughout the room. As in this stunning bedroom where gold metallic and black offer a completed look:

Look at What you Own Differently

Can you take what you own and modify it to look completely different? For example in my article, Desk Transformation, I took a timeworn dark wood desk, had it cut down and painted to fit into a new space. Another example detailed in, How to Transform Old Furniture, I took my old mahogany bedroom furniture and had it painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to give the room an entirely fresh and new look.

Find the Perfect Rug

Nothing ties a room together quicker than the right rug and the correctly sized rug. That is usually the issue I have found with clients; they don’t realize how big a rug should be. Review my decorating article on How to Buy the Right Rug for more information on this topic. I believe this comes down to what you like. Houzz offers an excellent guide for matching furniture to rug styles, click here to view. However, you can mix styles if you maintain a theme or a way to tie all the design elements together.

Paint the Walls

A fresh coat of paint can completely offer you a new look and is a good start to any redesign. What color to choose? If you are unsure and want something that will go with anything, “greige” may be your best option. Greige is a warm combination of gray and beige and the spectrum in that range can go from light tan to dark gray. You will want to try the paint in your room, with your lighting before making a choice. A few paints that have been popular are:

Benjamin Moore 2137-60 Gray Owl:

Benjamin Moore 11548 Classic Gray

Benjamin Moore HC-172 Revere Pewter

Sherwin Williams Kestrel White SW 7516

I know the DIYer loves to take on these projects; however, if you find yourself stuck, something just doesn’t feel right, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email for a color consultation. In an hour or two I can help answer your questions and coordinate wall, flooring, fabric, furniture, and accessories for a perfect look.

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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2015 Decorating Ideas and Trends

shutterstock_241432237January is a great month here on the east coast as it allows us time to think about all the decorating projects we want to complete in this New Year.  It is also an exceptional month to purchase bedding and linens as the best White Sales you will find are available now according to Consumer Reports.  Let’s look at the design trends that you may want to consider in your planning stage for home decorating in 2015.

Let’s start with the color trends in 2015.  On the runway, we saw color shades coming back reminiscent of the 60s; such as, olive and orange so you will be seeing these colors available in decorating items.  As reported in last week’s post we, know that Pantone picked Marsala 18-1438 as their color of the year, Sherwin-Williams selected Coral Reef SW 6606, and Benjamin Moore chose Guilford Green HC-116.  All of this will translate into some unusual combinations at your favorite home product store, and I can’t wait to go shopping!

According to the Zillow Digs design team, click here for their press release, the top five design trends for 2015 are:

  1. Gold fixtures
  2. Cowhide
  3. Wallpaper
  4. Blue Accent Colors
  5. Modern to mid-century modern elements

With these great design trends in mind and some splendid ideas on your part, what’s the next step?

Put your plan on paper.  Too often when working with clients I find that they don’t know where to start with a project or how to wrap their mind around the steps.  Go through the process and think about what you want to accomplish in your project or renovation and put these details in writing.  Too often people will brain storm on ideas and desires, and the thoughts are never written down and forgotten or not organized properly.  Here is a recommended list of steps to follow before you embark on a new and sizeable project:

  • Detail the project goal.
  • Define your desired style.
  • Describe a color scheme:  what colors do you like and want to use in your project.
  • Establish what you have to work with such as, artwork or furniture.  Do you have any inspirational pieces of furniture, or a lovely piece of art that you would like to showcase in this new project?  I find if you can hone your vision to the one thing you love the rest of the project pieces can easily be defined.

Redesign RightFor all your color selection or redesign needs, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com or call 610.955.8202 to set up 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 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 .

Are you ready for spring?

iStock_000004856442SmallIn terms of snowfall, this has been a winter from my youth, and if you grew up on the east coast you understand what I mean!  Although I have many good memories from those days, I’ll have to admit I’m done!  Unfortunately, it’s February and Easter doesn’t come until April … what can we do to help us get through this winter to spring hump?  When the weather is bad, I enjoy sitting in front of the fire with a favorite beverage reading a good book.  But we can’t hibernate, even though we may want to, so let’s get busy and do some home projects.  I like doing creative projects involving fabric, spray paint and glue if it involves any real construction I call in the handy man!  Here are a few ideas I came across that looked like fun and could make a big impact on your decorating and give you a feeling of freshness!

tufted-headboardDress Up a Bedroom

I love this look using a lovely fabric creating a tufted headboard for a bed – it could make a big difference in a room completely changing the look and feel.  From there, you can add new curtains, some fun pillows, and you have a new bedroom!  Click here for instructions to achieve this look.  (Photo and Idea consent given by Schuelove.com.)

Paint

You don’t have to paint the whole room to make a difference.  Consider changing the color on a feature wall for a completely new look.  Often we don’t think of winter as the best time to paint because we can’t open the doors and windows.  With the new environmentally friendly, no VOC paint, you don’t have to worry about this.  Check out these options:

By the way, VOC stands for “volatile organic compounds”.   VOCs vaporize and emit gases that are linked to a range of health problems.  What I didn’t know until I wrote this article is that only half of the VOCs in paint are released in the first year, which means this stuff continues to be released into your home.  To learn more about VOCs, click here.  (Source:  Greenliving.about.com)

Replace old and outdated chair covers

Do you have dining chairs or bar stools with the same fabric from 10 years ago?  It may be time to consider a change!  Since you don’t need that much fabric, this is an opportunity where splurging on fabric may be a good time.  Keep in mind if you have children, selecting silk may not be your best choice.  Pick a fabric that will suit your household needs; e.g., if you have kids you will want washable and durable.  If you are in the Philadelphia area, take a trip to Fabric Row in Philly – click here for a map of the area and the shops!  For help on how to replace the fabric on seat cushions click here to check out these instructions from HGTV.com.

To inspire you with spring ideas when the weather is bad, go online and check out some of my favorite online stores:

Logo-JPEG-1If you need any help with paint color selection, fabric selection or perhaps considering a room redesign, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com for all your interior decorating 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 .

Decorating Paint Color Trends for 2014

iStock_000015488039SmallFebruary is one of those months on the East Coast where we are all striving for a ray of sunshine and the feeling of warmth on our faces.  Since we may not have that for another month, let’s create some inspiration, and consider some fun paint decorating ideas.  As we head into spring, you may want to consider giving an area of your home a fresh and updated look.  Let’s explore some of the different 2014 color paint trends.

Sherwin-Williams has a new line for 2014 with fun category names such as Reasoned, Intrinsic, Curiosity, and Diaphanous.  You can view a lovely display of those colors by clicking here.  Sherwin-Williams also has a great tool to help you by using your smart phone to match a color with paint colors.  It is an app that works on the iPhone, Android or Blackberry, click here to learn more about ColorSnap®.

bm-breathoffreshairBenjamin Moore has a lovely magazine style brochure for their 2014 Color Trends, click here to peruse.  I absolutely love their ‘Breath of Fresh Air 806’, color of the year for 2014 as it reminds me of the beautiful blue of the tropics.  Benjamin Moore also has a useful online tool for calculating how much paint you need for a given space; check that out by clicking here.

If you generally head to Home Depot for all of your home needs – their Behr line has a wonderful color selection.  Click here for the Behr 2014 Color Trends.  I also found a very helpful article on the Lowes.com website on choosing paint colors and schemes, click here to review.  I also wrote late last year about the new Pantone color of the year Radiant Orchid; click here to review that post for more ideas.

I would highly recommend that you purchase a sample of the paint and giving it a try to ensure that it offers the feeling and look that you want.  Often I have found with clients that they don’t take into account the lighting in the room so a color may appear much darker than they anticipated.  The sample will give you the opportunity to see if you like the color at all times of the day with varying light and it’s a less expensive route to go if you end up disliking the color!

Logo-JPEG-1If you need help picking out colors or know that you want a change but unsure as to what direction to go in, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com for all your design 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 .