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.

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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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