Small Bathroom Floor and Bath Tile Remodel

Recently, I was working with someone who wanted to remodel their guest bathroom. It was your standard builder tub with drab tile in the shower area. She wanted a contemporary but not trendy look, and I decided it would be fun to share this experience with you and offer some tips. The dilemma is how to update a small old bathroom with no window to have a contemporary but not trendy look and easily compatible for resale. Here are a few ideas:

What size tile in the shower?

You will hear many differing opinions on tile sizes for a small bathroom, and a lot comes down to what you prefer. Many will tell you that you shouldn’t use large-scale tile and the reason is the grout lines. To solve this use rectified tile that has clean square edges, therefore, the distance between the tiles is minimal, and you would choose a grout color that matches the tile color, in this way, the surface looks like one piece with no chopped up pieces.

Example using longer subway tile in white for the shower walls, and a decorative pattern in black and white on the floor:

What size tile on the floor?

When you are talking about tiling the floor of a small bathroom, you can use large-scale tile there as well and place them at a diagonal to fool the eye into thinking the room is larger. Smaller tiles in patterns, think five or six-sided tiles or patterns of smaller tiles that create a larger motif adds nicely to a small bath.

Glass doors or Shower Curtain?

As the homeowner was keeping the tub for resale value, she wanted at least one tub in the home; she asked which would be better. Glass doors or a shower curtain? The answer to that could go either way; again it comes down to your personal taste and what you want.

Glass doors are overall more preferably looking however when you are dealing with bathing kids, etc. you want to lean over your bathtub and have easy access. If you decide to go the shower curtain route, use elegant fabrics in a solid color, use a shower curtain rod that matches your bathroom’s hardware. Or you can select a curtain mount that goes floor to ceiling, and use curtain tiebacks to offer an elegant look. There are many ceiling-mounted options that you can use, or go modern with easily installed Ikea options, or check out options at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Note:  In your remodel, make sure your ceiling fan works properly and moves the humid air out of the bathroom. If moisture stays in the air, your hardware will rust.

I checked with a glass installer that I know and found out that the most popular installed glass shower door enclosures are in the Serenity group, here is an example of how that door looks:

If you need help picking out a style or color combination for your Redesign Right, LLCbathroom remodel, give me a call 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 Find her on, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Feature photo from Houzz:  Robby and Lisa Griffin Design.

Decorating with Metallics

I was recently catching up perusing all of my fall decorating catalogs and saw that metallic touches are big this fall to winter! With this decorating trend in mind I wanted to offer some fantastic ways to integrate a splash of gold, brass, or copper in your home decorating:

Add a glass and gold side or coffee table to brighten up a spot:

Add touches of copper in accessories, wire baskets, or lamps:

Combine metallic elements as in this kitchen, where the pulls are brass, the appliances are stainless steel, and the stools are a shiny brass for a pop:

Deep blue mixed with touches of gold or brass is a big decorating theme this fall. This bathroom is a lovely example of a deep blue cabinet, brass knobs, brass sink fixtures, and a brass mirror as a finishing touch:

Do you love the idea of adding metallic to your home decorating and unsure if you like the idea or not? Consider adding a fun throw pillow such as this gold beaded metallic pillow from Pier 1. Change out picture frames with gold ones, or antique gold, remember a can of spray paint goes a long way! Add a vase, decorative bowl, or candle arrangement with touches of gold, brass, or copper and see what you think. Have some fun with this decorating process!

If you need help pulling a room together, choosing a decorating color Redesign Right, LLCpalette, or staging a home to sell, give me a call 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 Find her on, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Photo from Houzz:  Elena Eskandari – Case Design/Remodeling, Inc. Photography by Stacy Zarin Goldberg.

Transform and Use your Fireplace

Do you have an old wood-burning fireplace that you never use because of the hassles involved? I want to offer some alternatives so that you can make that space useful and transform it into a used feature in your home. There are various fireplace insert options available that can be fitted into your existing firebox and they include:  electric, pellet, and gas.


Popular in new construction is the direct vent gas fireplace that takes air from the outside (therefore not taking warm air from your house) to burn the gas and release any harmful fumes out the vent offering a beautiful look and warmth. To learn more about direct vent gas fireplaces, click here.


You can inexpensively turn your fireplace into a crackling and glowing scene by using an electric log display that you can find at your local home stores, such as Home Depot, click here to view. Many of the electric options provide heat, though it is not as much as a gas insert or pellet.

Wall-Mounted Electric Fireplace from Houzz
Wall-Mounted Electric Fireplace from Houzz


Pellet fireplaces can generate heat and offer the fireplace burning glow that everyone loves. It pulls air from the outside and uses a convection fan to circulate the air and burns pellets sending the exhaust gases outside. The pellets are made from wood waste and create an efficient heating option. To learn more about pellet fireplaces, click here to read what the professionals at This Old House have to say.

Napoleon Eco Pellet Stove
Napoleon Eco Pellet Stove from Houzz

If you love a wood burning fireplace and use it, yet want a different style or look, flip through this IdeaBook I created for you to see various fireplace styles, mantels, and surrounds for inspiration, perhaps a change in color is all you need?

For all your home decorating, home staging and color needs give me a call 610.955.8202 or email for a consultation. Don’t forget that I Redesign Right, LLCoffer an extensive 5-day Interior Redesign & Home Staging program if you or a friend would love to learn the techniques involved in this business.

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at Find her on, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.

5 Fall Decorating Ideas for your Entrance

I love adding new decorating elements and accessories to my home, and with the change in seasons, there are plenty of fun shopping options to pull in colors of the season. This weekend, one of the quickest ways to add fresh autumn colors is to decorate your front entrance.

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3 Ways to Display your Kid’s Artwork

With the start of September and the start of school, it’s time to come up with a decorative way to display your kid’s artwork. As a parent of four kids, we always encouraged art projects, painting, and clay in our home. We always tried to instill self-expression through some form of art or crafts. When they were little we had a large bulletin board in our laundry room, and each child got to decide which one or two pictures they loved the most, and they hung it proudly. Through the years, I collected folders per year of their best artwork. Even though my children are in their 20’s and early 30’s they still enjoy the extraordinary paintings, papier-mâché and pottery pieces we have saved through the years. Some are beautiful, and some are hysterically bad!

One of my children, Rachel, went on to art school, and I am very blessed to have several large pieces of hers hanging in my home. The featured photo on this post displays one of my favorites!

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Are you tired of your couch?

I often hear from my clients one of their biggest frustrations is not-liking their old couch. The issue is that they are holding out for the right look, waiting for their kids to be a bit older, or it’s not in the budget. Whatever the reason, if you find yourself tired of the look or color of your couch here are 3 things you can do to quickly change the look and add a fresh style to an old piece.

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Do you love the look of a barn or sliding door?

I posted a video of a condo redesign that I recently did that featured a sliding “barn-style” door that several people commented on (if you missed that video, click here to view), and I wanted to delve into these types of doors as a decorating element. If any of you are HGTV Fixer Upper fans, I know you’ve seen farmhouse style homes featuring old and new barn doors. The style is nice as it works well in a small space, no swinging door. Those of you who wish they could use a pocket (hidden) door but don’t have space or want to deal with the construction, consider a sliding door as the door and hardware options are unbelievable due to the popularity of this style.

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Innovative Ideas for Small Space Living

My last article covered living in a tiny house, this week I would like to focus on innovative decorating and multi-purpose items for any small space living.

You know I love fantastic design ideas, and this one is a doozy! It’s a bookshelf that converts to a table, the surprising feature; nothing has to be moved for the conversion to occur. It is part of the EVE Collection made by German Smart Living, take a look:

Another idea is a wall bed, or you may have heard the term Murphy Bed. These beds are built into the wall or a cabinet, when open, the bed releases. These can be somewhat pricey, check out a few options on Wayfair. If you are a DIY type, you may want to build this yourself, click here for instructions from Bob Vila.

Furniture that can serve multiple purposes is a fantastic use of space. For example, a chair that converts to a pull-out, such as this one from Wayfair. Ikea lets you design your own sectional that can convert to a bed, the options are incredible, and you won’t believe how it all pieces together, click here to view. There are many pull-out sofa options, click here to see various styles from Houzz.

A parsons table turns into a full-sized dining table! How is that possible? Check out this fabulous idea:

I added additional decorating ideas to my small space IdeaBook on Houzz for you to check out for inspiration, enjoy:

I hope you enjoyed these fantastic small space living ideas! If you need help re-imagining your space, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email to set up your consultation!

Redesign RightBy Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at Find her on, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Feature Photo from Houzz:  Black and Milk | Interior Design | London.

Could you live in a tiny house?

There are a couple of routes you can take with a Tiny House – go the RV or trailer route where you are flexible and can bring your home with you where you want to go. The other option is to have a tiny house permanently built for a particular location. Or you can downsize so much that you are living in a small space, like a studio apartment in a city you have always wanted to live.

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