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High Point Market-Spring 2017 Highlights

High Point MarketTwice a year the world supporting and creating furniture gathers at the High Point Market in NC. This year, the spring market, highlighted the following five trends in furniture:

  1. Fringe and geometric patterns.
  2. Gold elements – simplified and elegant.
  3. Natural elements – fun material compositions.
  4. Neutral tones – texture – colors are more neutral with warm gray overtones fitting into traditional designs.
  5. Organic and refined – natural forms – whimsical and unique accessories.

You can look forward to seeing more of these design elements in furniture and home decorating décor in the upcoming months.

There are two takeaways about this show that I wanted to highlight. The first one is amazing! Print the Future, currently looking for investors, envisions the possibility where you can print your furniture “ideas on demand.” They are using 3D printing technology to create side tables, coffee tables, whatever you can imagine. How cool is that! To see how this works, click here for a video from the Market Show.

The second highlight worth noting is that the furniture industry is looking for big growth as a large group of millennials are settling down in homes, and purchasing furniture. I mention this takeaway as it has an impact on the real estate business. You can expect millennials to be the largest home purchasing group in the upcoming years. If you plan to sell your home, you will want a designer aware of what millennials want to handle your home staging to get top dollar!

Each year the Pinnacle™ Awards are given out after the fall market, which will be held October 14-18, for excellence in retail home furnishings. Stay tuned for the results! Also, I put together a Pinterest board of some of the beautiful displays and products from the spring show, click here to view.

Redesign RightFor all your home decorating, color consultations, or home staging needs, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email. If you or a friend are interested in pursuing a business in interior redesign and home staging, now is a fantastic time since it is a burgeoning market! Click here to view my upcoming hands-on schedule, all training located in Glen Mills, PA.

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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Springtime Home Update

Springtime DecorNow that we have gained an extra hour of daylight you know spring is around the corner. That doesn’t mean we won’t have some unusual winter weather in the east; however, I’m thinking ahead! As the signs of spring begin, I am encouraged to look at my home and home decorating with fresh eyes. When I say this, I suggest that you walk through your house as a guest would, and look around and assess your home. What do you like? What would you like to change? What ultimately bugs you? This exercise is not a waste of time as the feelings you get from your home impact your life, so why not make it fantastic!

5 ways to quickly brighten your home for spring:

  1. The quickest and easiest way to bring a little spring into your home is by adding bright pops of springtime colors. You can do this in candles, vases, pillows, throws, artwork, and a vase of tulips purchased at your grocery store!
  1. Spruce up your outdoor entryway. Clean away all winter debris, add a fresh spring-like wreath, and a new cheery welcome mat. For an Outdoor Springtime Clean-up Guide, click here.
  1. Add air-purifying plants to your home, such as:
  1. Replace your kitchen towels, guest bath towels, or master bath towels to offer a luxurious and fresh feel.
  1. Replace your bed linens and add new throw pillows.

The Philadelphia Flower Show held March 11-19, is focusing on Holland as the theme. It is a spectacular show and offers home decorating tips, garden tips, and the fresh smell of flowers when you enter the show is amazing!

Redesign RightIf you need help with decorating a room, deciding on a new paint or fabric color selection, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email to set up your consultation for a spring renewal. Also, if you or a friend love home decorating why not join me for one of my new hands-on classes? To learn more about this opportunity, click here, I hope you can join us!

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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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 .

Refresh Your Décor this Spring

shutterstock_289819505With the start of a new season, I always find myself wanting to freshen up my home décor. Are you looking for a change-up this spring in your home décor and unsure where to start? One complaint I hear from clients is that they walk into a Home Decorating store and get overwhelmed. Or they make a purchase, bring it home, and it looks out of place in the surrounding. Let’s go over some ideas on how you can make a change this spring:

Start with a color you love!

This color does not have to be a color that is trending now, and you shouldn’t be afraid to use a bold color. I love this advice from designer Nate Berkus, “Give yourself permission to use a bold color. You don’t have to love it everywhere — one throw or pillow might be just enough.” And that is great advice. Pick the accent color you love and purchase a lovely vase, throw pillow, throw, candle, or piece of art.

Want a change but unsure where to start?

Think about the places you like to vacation or wish you could vacation. What do you love about the location? Think about incorporating an element of that area into your design. You could start with a picture of the area. Online sites such as AllPosters.com offers you the opportunity to pick a picture, see it framed against the wall color of your choice. Etsy.com provides hand-crafted items; Society6 also offers unusual art options. If you have a favorite museum, go online and see if they have an online store selling reproductions, you will be amazed at what you can find!

Don’t be afraid to use patterns!

Geometric patterns are definitely in style right now, if you are unsure how to incorporate them into your home, you can do so without concern if you follow this one tip – stay with the same color using various levels of the same color and use one color as the base backdrop. So, what do I mean by this? Here’s an example, if you love blue, you can purchase pillows using varying shades of blue in different geometric patterns all with taupe as the base backdrop.

Add a rug!

Layering rugs are OK. In fact, if you have a rug that is too small for your space you can place a neutral colored area rug under the decorative rug to serve as a backdrop.

Use Your Treasures!

Do you have a treasure that was handed down by a family member packed away because it doesn’t fit into your look? Here is a tip about accessories, mixing and matching them are OK. Pull those items out of storage and display those important elements that tell a story, which is part of your story. There are always ways to weave pieces together!

Redesign RightIf you need help with a room or house redesign, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or contact online. If you love all things related to home decorating, consider signing up for one of my hands-on interior redesign and home staging classes and get started on a new career this spring!

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 . (Photo attribution)

Spring Inspired Home Decorating

shutterstock_184955369It’s that time of year here on the east coast when you start itching for warmer temperatures. The days become longer, and it always makes me want to clean out the winter feel and invite the spring into my home decorating. First let’s look for some inspiration!

Things to do to get you in the spring spirit:

  • Attend an event at your local garden center such as Terrain in Glen Mills, PA.
  • Gardners located in Chester Springs, PA has a lovely large greenhouse where you can walk around in a warm environment and take in all the wonderful smells and colors of fresh plants.
  • Longwood Gardens – plan a day and visit the conservatories at the world-renown gardens where you can walk in a warm, beautiful, flower-decorated environment and be swept out of winter into a gorgeous natural view.
  • Linvilla Orchards located in Media, PA offers a variety of classes and events.
  • Attend the Philadelphia Flower Show which runs March 5-13, 2016 and you will be amazed at the beauty!

Bring some spring touches into your home decorating!

Bring spring into your home! Purchase some bright yellow daffodils or tulips from your grocery store and place in a clear vase filled with colored gems, limes, small kumquats or whatever inspires you. Or, fill a tray with bright lemons, limes, or lovely Granny Smith apples and use as a springtime centerpiece on a table or buffet.

Add touches of spring colors to a room. Bright new pillows, a spring-colored throw for a chair, some new candles that match your spring color and you have a new bright look for a room!

I found a fun, DIY project where you can create botanical prints. You could paint a dark entry or mudroom with fresh paint and use these prints as a way to express spring! Click here for a link to the how-to video.

Redesign RightIf you are looking for a new look in a room or area of your home, consider a springtime redesign! Using the furniture and accessories, you own, I can awaken a room with new life. To schedule your redesign, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or click here to fill out an online interest form.

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 . (Photo attribution)

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 .

Let’s Welcome Spring with Home Projects

photo-1419293667059-7f9357d09013-resizedAs we finish off the month of March here on the east coast, we have seen every weather combination this month … from frigid cold, 8” of snow to 65-degree weather – Welcome to Spring! With the start of April and enjoying the longer days of light, we naturally are drawn to the outdoors. Spring is a good time to consider some outdoor projects to get your home ready for outdoor fun or if you plan to put your home on the market to sell this year. Consider one of these outdoor projects:

  • Remove winter debris, broken branches, and leaves that have accumulated under bushes, etc.
  • Consider a lawn service to put down grub control and fertilizer, remember you have only until the Forsythia blooms to get the grub control to work properly!
  • Get your outdoor furniture ready for use and parties! Click here to review different cleaning options from Real Simple on ways to clean the various types of outdoor furniture.
  • It’s too early to put out any flowers but Pansies, and who doesn’t love a lovely pot of pansies to bring spring cheer!

As spring begins it’s that time of year when we think of renewal, new colors, lighter feeling coming out of our hibernation. Consider one of these indoor projects:

  • Complete that painting project that you have wanted to do. It’s also a good time to consider painting your kitchen cabinets if you were thinking of updating the look but unable to afford the expense of new cabinets. Click here to review instructions on how to paint your kitchen cabinets.
  • Get rid of old stuff and clutter! Too often we pile things and call it organized and only move those things from place to place to get them out of the way. It’s time! Get rid of it! You will be amazed at how liberating the process can be. Create your three piles, sell, throw away, give away and truly adhere to this project until you are done! To read some fabulous tips on how to go about this process, read this article from House Beautiful on creating breathing space in your home.
  • Lighten up! Clean the windows, have your drapes cleaned or consider replacing them if they are old and faded or simply out of style.
  • Add a fresh color scheme to your living space! If you like the color blue, add blue throw pillows, candles, trays or vases all using the same blue color and balance throughout the room. You will be amazed at how much joy this will instantly bring you!

Redesign RightIf you are in need of a spring-time redesign, call 610.955.8202 to make an appointment with Debbie! Also, registration for the May 18-22 and June 12-14, 20, 21 Interior Redesign and Home Staging Classes is happening now, if you’re interested, click here.  Note, the June class is a split weekend course and is in high demand, plan to get your registrations in soon!

Flowers, a welcome sight of spring!

FlowersPlease enjoy this week’s post by guest contributor, Judy Shaw from Flowers by the Greenery in West Chester, PA who has created beautiful arrangements for me!

As we shake off an exceptionally cold winter, we look forward to the warmth and promise of Spring! Here are some floral tips to help you when purchasing flowers:

Don’t go online and pay ridiculous fees to get just a few flowers in a banged up box!  These order gatherers have completely taken the personal touch out of such a personal gesture.

Take the time to find a local florist in the town where you are sending flowers and have a conversation with them. Tell them the favorite colors or flowers, if you know them – and get to know them with time. Pay attention to the little things, and your thoughtfulness will shine through every time.

You don’t have to know anything about flowers to develop a relationship with your florist.  In fact, I have many customers whom I have never met in person, but I know their mom, their grandmother, or their wife and I know what I have sent in the past.  With the feedback from each delivery, we develop a profile of what to send for fabulous impact each delivery.

Flowers will die. That is a given and I believe a common reason people shy away from the gesture. To this day, I can picture the dozen white roses my sister sent to me 25 years ago when I was promoted to a job. They were beautiful and happy and I still smile when I think of them.

Cut your own flowers and bring them inside to welcome the season into your home or business!  For cut flowers to last as long as possible, keep the water clean and wipe off the stems when you change the water to ensure you’ve eradicated any bacteria (which is what kills the flowers). Be sure to give the blooms a re-cut when you change the water.

When you do bring the outside in, have fun with the containers you use!  An empty wine bottle, an old mason jar or an old pitcher can add to the delight of the flowers.  Let your creativity fly because Spring has Sprung!

Redesign RightThank you Judy for those fabulous tips! The forecast for eastern Pennsylvania this week is predicting temperatures in the mid-60s! I can’t wait to open my windows and let in the fresh air! Time to start my springtime decorating! Do you have any projects lined up? If you need help with color selection, redesign, or wondering where to begin in a room makeover call 610.955.8202 for an appointment with Debbie.

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 .