Category Archives: Tips and Ideas

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.

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.

Electric

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

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 RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.

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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Indoor and Outdoor Plant Ideas

It’s that time of year when we think about plants and gardens. I’m not a gardener but enjoy plants and love the colors that they can bring to any space. With that in mind, I wanted to offer a few indoor plant ideas that are easy to care for and anyone can find success:

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Surviving a Kitchen Renovation or Remodel

This article is part three of my kitchen renovation series and focuses on how to live without a kitchen during a renovation. If you missed the other two articles here are the links:  “2018 Kitchen Trends” and “You Want to Remodel your Kitchen, What’s Next.

The first step is to determine what you will need during the demo and construction phases. Also, ask your contractor for a schedule of expectations, that way when delays occur you have documentation. Understand that you need to have all of your fixtures, colors, elements selected and purchased before the remodel begins. If you add extra items or work that are outside of the contract scope, this can cause delays in completion.

Be patient and realize you will have a beautiful kitchen when you are done!

Discuss with your contractor how they will minimize the mess and dust during construction. Be sure your kitchen is ready for the workers. Therefore, your kitchen will need to be emptied. Take this opportunity to get rid of things that are old or that you do not want or need. Give away what you no longer want, store what you want to keep, and keep daily used items in bins.

5 Steps to create your temporary kitchen area:

  1. Set up a table that can hold your necessary small appliances: coffee maker, toaster or toaster oven, microwave. If you don’t have an extra table, you can pick up a folding table inexpensively from Target. Or purchase a cart for your needs that can be later repurposed in another room, or incorporated into your new kitchen.
  2. If you plan to replace your refrigerator and will be removing it from the house, see if your contractor can move it to an area where you can continue to use it and have them remove it when the job is done. Or find a mini-frig on your local Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist if you don’t want to buy a new one.
  3. Stock up on Biodegradable Products: Plates, utensils, cups. Clean up will be a breeze!
  4. Use boxes or plastic bins with lids marked for day-to-day use.
  5. Have ready meal options: Think sandwich fixings, peanut butter, healthy snacks (protein bars), dried fruit, nuts, soup. Plan to use your grill for dinners, buy ready-made salads at your grocer.

If you are stuck pulling your design elements together, I can help you pick the right colors and accents, so you do not make costly mistakes or feel like you have to live with something you don’t like. Call me Redesign Right, LLC610.955.8202 or email, and I can help you create the beautiful kitchen of your dreams!

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 from Houzz:  Witt Construction.

Things to Do this Holiday Season

Regardless if you are entertaining people this holiday season or simply want to try something different many fun things are happening in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. To keep everyone entertained and happy, here are a few appealing activities:

Visit one of the many art museums in the Philadelphia Area:

Things to do with kids:

Have a fantastic holiday season! I look forward to and am excited to see all the fabulous home decorating trends that 2018 will offer!

Redesign Right, LLCBy 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.