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Planning Spring Outdoor Projects

I don’t know about you; I am very ready for spring, warm weather, and outdoor entertaining! As we head into April, it may be a good time to come up with your outdoor decor and decide if there are any outdoor projects you want to consider doing and to take stock of what you have and what you want to change. Continue reading Planning Spring Outdoor Projects

Spring! Cleaning Tips and Decorating Ideas

by Debbie Correale

Ahhhh, that beautiful sweet smell of springtime air!  I find it so energizing and especially enjoy the longer days of sunshine!  With the start of spring many fun holidays are quickly approaching, are you ready?  In honor of this lovely season, I decided to share some spring cleaning and holiday decorating tips with you as you get ready for the holidays.

iStock_000023718532SmallFirst, we need to clean out old items or what we no longer use.  This can be done by giving items to charity, selling them, or disposing of them.  There are many charity options for you.  Consider giving to your local church, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, Humanity ReStore, or the Salvation Army and Purple Heart offer at home pick up for certain items.  (Click on the charity to read more about the donating options.)  In Southeast Pennsylvania there are many high-end consignment stores where you can turn your clothes into cash.  Click here to view a list of stores from MainLineToday.com.

For tips on de-cluttering and organization, I turn to the organizing expert, Peter Walsh, who has a plan titled, “5 Ways to Declutter Your Home This Weekend.”  Too often we see projects as unattainable or too much work for the time we have to invest.  These tips break it down into manageable results!  He details many great ideas and offers the amount of time it takes per project.  I love his tips on organizing the closet as I find in many homes this is one of the biggest problem areas.  He offers that it should take a few hours to de-clutter shared closets, what do you think?  Are you up to that task?

Depending on the holiday you plan to celebrate, I have included a list of resources for various holiday decorating ideas.  For these fabulous tips, I turn to MarthaStewart.com, click on the topic to review the details.

It’s such a beautiful time of year, plan to incorporate the beauty of nature outside and reflect it inside for your decorating ideas.  This can easily be accomplished by a simple centerpiece for a holiday brunch.  Purchase grocery store potted plants; such as, primrose or daffodils.  Place the plants on a platter or simply arrange down the center of the table, creating a table runner of plants and intersperse with decorative holiday items to suit your purpose.  Simple, quick, and inexpensive!

Logo-JPEG-1If you find your house is looking drab or you are so used to living with it that you need a fresh eye, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com to help you realize the full decorating and layout potential of your home.

Happy Spring!

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 .

Prepare Outdoor Furniture for Spring

by Debbie Correale

iStock_000019211231SmallI’m not too sure about that old saying, “March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb” but there are signs of spring around.  I see crocuses beginning to sprout and forsythia about to bloom, signs of the start!  Hallelujah!  If you could see me now, I would be doing my happy spring dance!  With spring in mind, it’s time to start preparing for warmer weather and get our outdoor furniture ready.  For this blog post, I would like to focus on pre-spring clean up ideas to get ready for warm weather.

Time to get the lawn furniture out of storage!  Clean and inspect the condition of all cushions and pillows.  Here are some tips from RealSimple.com based on the type of items that you own the best way to clean them:

  • Wicker Furniture:  Use a soft scrub brush dampened with water and a mild oil-based soap, such as Murphy Oil Soap. Rinse by hosing down.
  • Wrought-Iron Furniture:  Wipe with a clean cloth dampened with a mixture of water and a mild dish washing detergent, such as Ivory. Rinse by hosing down.
  • Teak Furniture:  Use a soft scrub brush dampened with water and a mild oil-based soap, such as Murphy Oil Soap. Rinse by hosing down.

To clean the patio furniture cushions and any canvas items that you have click here and follow these instructions from DIYnetworking.com.

Inspect your doorway and windows and remove all the cobwebs, etc.  Click here for instructions on how to clean your windows without streaks!  Sweep the cobwebs from your front porch and add some spring like feel to your entry by adding a lovely wreath!  Be sure to use a wreath that you can see from the road, perhaps incorporating the look of one of your favorite flowers?  Go to your local craft store and be inspired!

If the cushion material in your furniture is faded or beyond cleaning it may be time to consider replacing the fabric.  You will want to select a fabric that is sun-resistant; go to your local fabric store and check out the many fun patterns that are available.  Click here for how-to instructions on an easy method to replace old cushion covers.  Or if you want a new look, replace the throw pillows.  Check out the many options available at your local home stores such as Target.com.

It is too early for most outdoor flowers here on the east-coast except the hardy sweet-faced Pansy.  Bring a bit of happy spring time to your deck, porch, or entryway with a pot of beautiful colored pansies.

Logo-JPEG-1If you are looking for a change in your home, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com for a home consultation and makeover; you will not believe the change this can add to your home!

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 .