One decorating challenge that I frequently encounter from my clients is how to handle a long rectangular shaped room. To help those of you out with this decorating dilemma, I want to offer a few tips on how to break up a long narrow room into zones or functions. Let’s review an example.
It’s incredible how quickly you can transform a room by changing a few elements and adding pops of color. Recently we had the opportunity to transform a lovely room and I wanted to share that experience with you.
During my 5-day Interior Redesign and Home Staging Class, students learn through classroom and hands-on experience. They use what they learn in the morning, during their classroom time, and apply it in a real client’s home in the afternoon. The assignments vary; they may be required to stage a home to sell or redesign a house. The purpose of a redesign is to pull a home together in a fresh new way, starting with the homeowner’s belongings, and adding any elements they wish to include.Continue reading Redesign a Home: Before and After
Each year the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) is held to showcase innovation and new products available in home design, building, and renovation. I like to stay on top of the latest and greatest and share fantastic ideas with you! Each show holds a competition, and I wanted to highlight the winners.Continue reading 2019 Best in Show in Home Products
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:
I recently had the opportunity to redesign the home office of Melanie Cerone, Ph.D., who offers Canine Behavior Consulting. First, I want to dispel some myths you may have about a home office:
- They do not have to consist of furniture that no one wants.
- Your home office should represent you! If you want a feminine look, go for it, and create the vision you have in your mind.
- Your home office can be practical and beautiful!
Melanie wanted a feminine yet professional look using a color palette of taupe, gray, pink, and white. The result is stunning!
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. Photos owned by Debbie Correale.
One of the most frequently asked questions that I receive during a redesign consultation has to do with choosing a rug for a given room. What color, what size, what works with the furniture, all of these are elements to take into consideration when looking for a rug. Let me offer five tips, and then I will provide you with some ideas and inspiration. Personally, I like to choose a rug after the furniture is placed!
Tips on adding and decorating with an area rug:
- Get the right sized rug. Too often I go into a home, and the homeowner loves a rug they got that is 5’x7’, and they are trying to use it in a room that is 16’x18’. You want to use a rug that creates a conversation area. In a living room, for example, the front legs of the large pieces of furniture (couch, big chairs) should all be on the carpet.
- Layering rugs is a fantastic way to add flair to a room. If you have plain colored wall-to-wall carpet, or perhaps it’s old, and you are unable to replace it, consider a beautiful area rug over the top!
- What wear and tear will the carpet get? If you have kids, pets, the potential for spilling and stains is high, you will want to purchase a rug constructed of a material that is easily spot-cleaned. Click here to learn about different rug materials.
- If you already have a beautiful fun rug use it for the inspiration and focal point in your room!
- If you have older furniture and want to modernize a room, find a great modern rug and repeat its theme and colors with accessories.
Ideas for a new rug:
Don’t be afraid to use color!
If you want cozy and comfortable add a rug with a high pile. Keep in mind that may not be a long-lasting or sturdy rug to use in a high-traffic area, assess your use pattern before making this decision. To learn about rug pile heights, click here.
If you have neutral colors on your walls and furniture add some pizzazz in a fun geometric shape.
Don’t be afraid to mix colors and patterns, have some fun. If you stick with colors and patterns that you love and have a general theme, such as in this photo red, blue, and gray tones, it can blend beautifully.
Online Rug sources:
- Houzz (Use code DEBBIE07D to get a 5% additional discount!)
- Pottery Barn
Note: Be sure to get the right floor pad for your rug and your flooring to prevent slipping, staining, and marking. For some tips on how to choose the right pad, click here.
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 purchased from Shutterstock.
As we begin October, it’s a good time to look at your home checklist before the crazy holiday season begins. What does that look like for you? Take stock of your home, walk around and with fresh-eyes ask yourself, “Am I happy with the way my home looks?” If you find you need a new look, consider a home redesign! Fortunately, Redesign Right offers an hourly option for the do-it-yourself project or a one-day full-service package. You decide what would work for you and your budget; no project is too small or large for us to handle!
We can help with:
- decorating a single room or an entire home.
- space planning.
- recommendations for furniture arrangement, lighting, artwork, window dressings, accessories and finishing touches.
- support with remodeling choices for additions, kitchen and bath renovations (tile, flooring, countertops, etc.).
- paint color and color palette selection.
- shopping assistance available with or without you (furniture, window treatments, lighting, artwork, and accessories).
- incorporate your cherished possessions and current furniture into a lovely design.
Let Redesign Right get you started in the right direction before the holiday frenzy starts and help give stale rooms a strong foundation that flows correctly and have the proper accessories for pop and excitement.
Here are examples of Before and After photos from the Redesign Right team:
Hiring Redesign Right was the best decision that I made, and I’ve been blessed with Debbie’s guidance styling two homes. I first met Debbie when we were considering downsizing. She quickly & expertly went room by room to advise staging ideas; our house sold in 4 days! She has exactly what I was looking for–energy, enthusiasm, great ideas and a wealth of knowledge and access to anything and everything in the design space. She got me to step out of my preconceived idea of what I thought I wanted for our space. I am so happy she did! Six months later, my husband and I moved into a smaller home and needed to combine styles, with less furniture and décor, for a fresh new feel. It seemed a daunting task to us but not for Debbie! She was instrumental in helping my husband, and I finish several rooms. We had a lot of the core furniture, but the room did not feel “done.” She came up with a game plan, incorporated some of our existing furniture and some new items such as window treatments, rug, lighting, etc. She’s patient and when we didn’t like something, would come back with new options.
I am so impressed with her knowledge and style. Debbie has impeccable taste and an incredible ability to envision how space should be reconfigured and redesigned. She’s easy to work with and is always mindful of our budget. She is flexible in coming up with creative solutions and helping us prioritize, and I especially appreciated the times that she sat us down, explained the motivations behind her design choices, and was honest about the negative ramifications when we were about to deviate from the design specs. Her honest guidance and advice helped us reach a better result than I could have imagined, and I know for sure that I will be contacting Redesign Right first and foremost for my future projects. We are truly enjoying the lovely home we’ve created together. It brings us beauty, comfort, and joy! I highly recommend her and am grateful for her continued support. – Karen S.
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 purchased from Shutterstock.
I know it’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving will be here soon, is your home ready for guests? I always think it is a good idea to walk into your guest room and look around with fresh eyes and ask yourself, “If I stayed here overnight would I be comfortable? Do I like the room, does it make me happy and peaceful?”
If your response is not what you would like it to be, let me help you. I can completely take all the stress out of this pre-holiday situation. In a consultation, I can meet with you, and we can decide:
- what you want to change,
- what you have to work with and what should be added, and
- we can discuss paint color if needed.
After the consultation, you will have an itemized list of things to do and exactly what to shop for to complete the look you want. Interested in checking this stress off your list, click here to contact me.
For a 3-step guest room makeover without spending a fortune, consider the following ideas:
- Add a Duvet: If you don’t like your current bedspread, consider covering it with a duvet! Click here to view some attractive options from Pottery Barn.
- Add a Table Lamp: If your guest room only has an overhead light, add a beautiful night table and reading light. The lamp could tie in with the new duvet’s pop color, or add a touch of sparkle by picking a metal such as silver or gold. Click here to view ideas from Kirkland’s.
- Add a touch of comfort: Add a cozy throw at the foot of the bed that complements your new duvet and lamp color! As a bonus, you may want to include a few decorative pillows (be sure to have space for these pillows to be stored in a basket or spot in the closet.) For a soft and cozy look add a bit of faux fur, click here to view some beautiful pillows and throws from Pier1.
For a detailed 15-item checklist to ensure that your guest room is ready for the holidays, read my decorating article titled, “Is Your Guest Room Ready for Visitors?”
If you are concerned about not being ready for your guests, let Redesign Right help you so you can concentrate on cooking and shopping! For all your home decorating, color and fabric choice suggestions, contact Debbie Correale 610.955.8202 or email.
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 Google+.
As we go from October into winter, the days shorten and my desire to curl up with a good book or movie intensifies. Do you have a spot you call your own in your house? If not, let’s create one in five easy steps:
First, you need to find the right place in your home, by a window or use a portion of a room where you think you could have some peace.
1. Find the Perfect Chair
This chair should be one that is comfortable for you, not your kids, not the dog, no one but you! If you don’t have a chair that you can repurpose from another part of your house, check home stores in your area or online sites. You can create your cozy area without spending a fortune, take your time to find the right pieces.
2. Comfortable Pillows
Let’s face it, there are plenty of gorgeous pillows but are they right for you in your cozy space? You want it to be the right contour, flexibility and made of soft materials not itchy or rough.
3. A Cozy Throw
You may want to purchase your pillows and throw at the same time so you can coordinate them. There are many options available from faux fur, wool, chenille, to a comfortable knit.
4. Side Table
The space that you need to set your book and a cup of tea doesn’t have to be very big. Walk around your house and see if there is something you could repurpose. For example, a lovely garden stool, stacked beautiful boxes, a narrow bookcase, or a plant stand (it should not be too tall, as tall as the arm of the chair.)
5. A Floor or Table Lamp for Reading
If you have a side table that is big enough, you can use a table lamp that is designed to give you enough light to read. Or you may consider a floor lamp, and there are many options and styles available, click here to view ideas.
To give you some inspiration and product ideas I created a Pinterest Board, click here to view. For a list of online resources to check for affordable options for the list above check out:
If you need help pulling your home together and figuring out how we can create a cozy space just for you, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or email. For a complete pre-holiday, fix-it consultation, Redesign Right can help!
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 Google+. Cozy chair photo purchased from Shutterstock.