What is old is new!

Don’t you love the look of vintage?  Who hasn’t paged through the many cool items on Etsy.com and thought, “I could make that!”  For those of you who can, that’s great, and for those of you who wish you could …you CAN!

spray paintThere are many ways to resurrect items!  Remember spray paint is your friend .  Anyone can paint don’t be afraid – fearlessly give it a try!  Click here and check out just one simple idea on how to change an ordinary old table into a retro piece of art!  Be create and let your imaginations go wild!  I love to spray paint and while writing this article I found this great and informative article on how to spray paint. Click here to check it out, it is fabulous!

Want to update your chairs easily?  Just replace the fabric or paint them – it’s not hard and it can make a huge difference in your room.  Whether you have chairs or bar stools here is a clever way to bring life to them again. If you have an old dining room set with fabric seats – change the fabric to a new fun color. The newest color this season is Tangerine!  What an easy way to update your tired dining room!  Click here for a step-by-step process on how to recover fabric chairs!  Since these chairs do not require a great deal of fabric you can splurge on higher end fabrics and bring your room to a whole new level!

If you want a change in your living room but can’t make any major purchases – pick up a new set of lamps at an antique store, or repurpose some lamps that you no longer like.  Keep in mind the trusty spray paint can modify anything so don’t get hung up on the color!  Purchase a nifty new lampshade at your local home store (such as Target, Home Goods, Loews, etc.) and you’re in business!

Anything can be repurposed – all you need is to look at things with fresh eyes – take on the challenge and ask yourself, “what could I do to this piece to give it a whole new look?”  Have fun!!

Time to Downsize!

Downsizing can seem like a daunting proposition – but if you break it down into “bite size” pieces you’ll find you can get through it!

First you need to come up with 4 areas in your home.  You need an area or boxes to:

Keep – Donate – Re-gift – Throw

A good rule of thumb is if you have not used it in 6 months (or even a year) there is a good chance you will never use it.  As you go through each area remember it will cost to move it.   Also when you unpack you will have to find a home for everything you decide to keep!

Here are a few tips to keep you focused:

  1. Try to stay emotionally detached from your “piles” as if they belonged to someone else.
  2. Keep only the things that you can realistically useor store in a small space.
    • Appliances:  If you haven’t used that bread maker, Cuisinart blender or smoothie maker in the last year…it’s time to get rid of it!
    • Clothes:  If you haven’t worn it in the last year, it’s time for it to go.  Even if you can still fit into it, styles change and you will look “dated”.
    • Your children’s stuff:  If your children have long gone to college and are in their own places they should be responsible for all of their stuff!  If you have collected a lot of holiday items for decorations – now is the time to give that away to your children – so they can share with their children.
  3. Plan to sell or give away.  If you don’t have the time or don’t want to figure out EBay, you can find a trading assistant to handle this for you, click here to read more.

Although it is hard to part, you need to keep your emotions at the door of each room.  As you are going through your home remember there are so many charitable companies that would love to have your discarded items (assuming they are in good working shape).  If you don’t have local women’s shelter or church give your items to the Salvation Army and Purple Heart.   Both of these agencies will actually come to your home and pick items up!  You should check with them for the rules of what they will and will not take.

If you have large furniture, keep in mind that you can sell this to put toward the purchase of new and updated furniture for your smaller space.  EBay and Craig’s List are great ways to do this!

If you need help in deciding what will go to your new home we will be glad to visit both sights (new and old) and help you decide specifically what will fit into the new home.

Contact us at debbie@redesignright.com or 610.955.8202.

Wishing for a seaside vacation? Bring the sea home!

Wishing you owned that cute little cape? Until that dream comes true, why not create your own version of the “dream” in your home! Create that seaside getaway by bringing the beach into your redesign this summer!

Here are some quick and inexpensive ways to achieve this!

First, choose a room where you want this “seaside” feel to reside…

Secondly, think about the beautiful blue sea, the natural colors of sand, baskets and pebbles. Think of the green colors in the ocean and palm trees. Create the palette of colors that remind you of the beach and memories from your past that bring you joy. These  colors will be the palette in which you build your room.

Thirdly, start accessorizing and having fun. The room needs to reflect YOU! What you
like and what you want to be surrounded by. Frame a picture of your favorite get away!
If you wish to create an “antiqued” look to your artwork click here for a great way to age
it using coffee! I have also found that rubbing a small amount of dark stain over the print
will quickly give it a nice “aged” look as well. (First practice on something first to make
sure you like the look!!). If you want to add a rope mirror to your design as one of your
wall hangings, I just found a fun article by Nate Berkus on how to make one yourself!

Click here if you’re feeling ambitious!

Also don’t forget to bring some real seaside elements into your design! Beautiful sea-shells, driftwood and coral are great accessories to decorate with. And you can find driftwood and sea shells on the beach which makes them a very affordable accessory! If you cannot find coral on the beach you can now purchase faux sea coral. Check these out. Right now lanterns are very popular in all styles of design. These beautiful hurricane lanterns can be a wonderful focal point on your coffee table. Add a beautiful sea color candle will top the look off! Be sure in your design to add lots of natural textures, such as a sisal rug, baskets and tall sea grass. Most importantly have fun with this – make your space special and sea worthy for you!

For more information on how Redesign Right can help you bring the sea into your home contact us at debbie@redesignright.com or 610.955.8202.

Are you selling your home?

Does the outside of your home appeal to prospective buyers?

Here’s a handy-dandy check list of what you need to check on the outside of your house before a showing:

Has your house been power washed recently?  If you see any signs of black or green mold, it’s time!  A power washing company should be able to take care of this for you.  Also don’t forget to have your sidewalks, paths and outside chimney cleaned too.

Does your house present a nice curb appeal?
Do you still have leaves from the fall under your shrubs?  Does your mailbox need to be replaced?  Can the prospective buyer/agent find your house numbers? Plant some flowers around your mail box or lamp post to add a nice pop!  Add pop of color to your front door so it can be seen from the street. Be sure your lawn is mowed and edged!  Sweep or blow all grass clippings off the walk way, and front steps.  Check that there is not an accumulation of grass clippings and dead leaves around your curb.

Let the summer sun in!
Be sure your windows present well without spider webbing – make them sparkle! Make the outside glass light fixtures sparkle as well! Here’s a great link on how to clean your windows so there are no streaks!

Selling your home is the biggest asset you will ever sell.  You want to make sure you put your best foot forward.   If you need help staging your home, don’t hesitate to contact Redesign Right!  We work as much or as little as you need to get the job done.

For more information on how Redesign Right can help you stage your home for a quick sale contact us at debbie@redesignright.com or 610.955.8202.

Inexpensive ideas to Spruce up your Home

Decorating a home inexpensively doesn’t mean that a house has to look cheap. There are plenty of ways to decorate or update your home without spending a lot of money. In fact inexpensive decorating can be fun!

I love to scrounge through second-hand shops and garage sales in neighborhoods.  Although, many of these items are outdated or slightly damaged, much of them are very well constructed and can be made into high quality treasures! I tell many of my students that some of the greatest designs have been created by thinking way outside the box! Spray paint needs to be your new best friend!  Repurposing lamps, metal pieces and furniture with spray paint can resurrect and create some of the finest focal points in a room!

Don’t underestimate what is outside your home. Look at your patio furniture.  Some of the best end tables end up being a metal piece of furniture from the patio. The trend of metal furniture, art and accessories is strong right now.  Check out your own patio first! Also look around your yard for items that will bring nature, texture and color to your room. Tall twigs in a large vase are an excellent way to create height as well as bringing nature into a design.

Another easy way to update a room at minimal cost is to look at your existing furniture and consider slip covers or a few new throw pillows. Also consider purchasing a few new inexpensive accessories in the newest season colors. (Tangerine). You only need to introduce the color three times in a room to balance and ground the design.

It is amazing how adding a few new pieces of newness can transform the entire look and feel of a room! I know it is hard to believe but try it!  It is similar to wearing a dress you have had for 5 years and updating it with a fantastic wild new belt!  The same principle can be applied to your rooms.

For more information on how Redesign Right can help you spruce up your home contact us at debbie@redesignright.com or 610.955.8202.

Decorating Decks, Porches and Patios

I don’t know about you but I am excited that the nice weather is here and we can now sit outside and enjoy the beautiful weather and nature.  One of my favorite things to do in my own home is decorate my deck to look like another family room.  Here are a few quick ideas that can help you achieve this:

Add instant color and height!  Purchase a tall flowering plant that will not only add height to the area but also a pop of color. You want to pick a plant that will flower all summer long and possibly into the fall.  When you transfer the plant to your pot, be sure to also plant some ivy or a combination of cascading and flowering plants at the base of the pot to finish the look.  I also add a bit of mulch to the pot to not only finish the look but it also helps keep the moisture in as well.

Be creative with your container gardening.  Look around your storage area, do you have any old baskets you don’t use anymore – think about using them as decorations for your plants!  As long as you have proper drainage, many things can be used!  Click here to review some information on choosing the proper containers from the folks at HGTV.

Add some outdoor light!  Just like inside, lighting can make or break the ambience of a room.  Be sure to think about lighting when designing your outside spaces.  Don’t forget the importance of candles in a space! Check out the latest lanterns and hurricane lamps at places like Pottery Barn or Home Goods to find soft outdoor lighting options.  Have some fun – it can be simple or crazy!

Add an outdoor rug! Just like inside, we need to ground the conversational seating area outside.  One of the easiest ways to ground furniture is to place it on a rug. It also makes the seating area more intimate and cozy. Heck, you may forget your outside!  You can achieve this by purchasing an inexpensive rug at any Target or Wal-Mart.

Enjoy your outdoor spaces this summer!

For more information on how Redesign Right can help you decorate your outdoor spaces contact us at debbie@redesignright.com or 610.955.8202.

Picking a Paint Color Can Be Intimidating!

Sometimes picking paint colors for your home can be frightening!  There are so many decisions to make and you don’t want to make a mistake.  Understanding some simple design color principles will help you get started.

Most interior decorators use the color wheel to set up basic color schemes when designing homes.  All colors arise from the basic three primary colors. The Primary colors are yellow, blue, and red.  All secondary colors on the wheel are achieved by mixing any two of these three basic colors together in various ratios.

Complementary colors are colors that are opposite on the color wheel.  These colors when placed together create excitement and drama. For example, violet placed next to yellow or orange placed next to blue are good examples of complementary colors achieving drama in a room. With this in mind, each homeowner must decide which color trends is more appropriate for their individual needs.

Analogous colors schemes are colors that reside next to each other on the color wheel.  For example red and purple, yellow and orange are both examples of analogous colors. These combinations tend to be a bit more soothing than complementary colors and work well in a more casual informal area.

Monochromatic color schemes feature one color in varying shades, tones and tints.  Most of the time these color schemes are restful and sometimes almost monotonous.  However, I have seen shocking pink monochromatic color schemes that were anything but restful!

When choosing your color scheme keep in mind how you want the room to feel, who is going to use the room and what colors are already in the home. If you are unsure what colors to even begin with, look in your closet.  What colors do you tend to like, feel comfortable in and are drawn to?  Once you decide on a color try the different color scheme suggestions above to help you formulate your plan of action.

For more information on how Redesign Right can help you choose the right color for your next project contact us at debbie@redesignright.com or 610.955.8202.

Need a summer time refresher? Try a new paint color.

Are there rooms in your home that are tired and need refreshing but you don’t have the time or money to spend on major changes?

One easy fix is to paint the room. There are many online tools now to help you pick out a paint color. House Beautiful has a great tool by room, click here to give it a try.

Another great paint selector tool is located on the Benjamin Moore website, click here to try it out!

Once you choose your color the big decision then becomes what finish to use.
The difference between Satin paint and Eggshell – in case you don’t know:

“Satin paint gives a very warm sheen to any wall which is painted with it. It is somewhere between a glossy and silk finish. When you paint using satin, it produces a layer of paint which can easily be removed in the future. However, one of the less useful sides of painting with satin paint is that it has a surface which is very easy to ruin and if washed consistently, it will begin to wash away from the wall. Because of this, it should not be scrubbed at all.”

“Eggshell paint is very hard-wearing and is almost explained by its name. An egg has a shell which acts as a protective coating to an unborn chicken. Eggshell paint behaves in a very similar way in that it will not wash off walls easily. You can scrub it and it will not deteriorate. However, like with Satin paint, the down side of eggshell is that it will absorb stains and they can become extremely hard to remove.”  (Quoted from www.doityourself.com.)

Keep in mind that the more shine paint has the more surface imperfections will show.  “When you just want a room to be “warm white,” meaning not too yellow or too peachy or too anything else, then go with Benjamin Moore Ivory White (925)” says Editor-in-Chief Lindsay Bierman of Southern Living Magazine.

If picking a paint color overwhelms you, contact us at Redesign Right to help you choose the perfect paint palette for your home.  We carry over 10,000 possible paint choices!

Happy Painting!

Home Staging – Things to consider when selling your home

Selling a home in today’s market is no easy task!  However, home staging has proven to help the seller!  Did you know that homes will sell 78% faster and for 15% more than homes that are not staged.

A properly staged home is set up to appeal to the greatest number of buyers and help the buyer visualize living in the home. One of the best sales techniques in selling a home is to place the furniture in the best location based on the architecture and function of the room.

before redesign
after redesign

If you do this properly, it eliminates the question of “Honey where will we put our couch.”  A well staged home helps the buyer to visualize them self living in the home.

There are a few simple things you can do to start the process of staging your home.

The first thing you must address before staging your home is clutter.  Do you have any clutter?

before bookcase redesign
after bookcase redesign

If you look like you have outgrown the house then prospective buyers may think the home is too small for them.  De-cluttering a home is a must. Sometimes, people don’t always realize their home has a clutter problem. Here are a few things to think about.  When you open your closets can you see the floors?  Can you see some of the back wall of the closet?  How about when you open your kitchen cupboards are things falling out?  How is your basement?  Attic?  Could you move it tomorrow if you had to?  Go through each room and pack anything that you don’t need immediately. Don’t store it in the garage, rent a storage facility and store the items until you have time to organize. A clutter-free home is an attractive home. If you don’t have time to organize now, buy some boxes and pack the clutter.  (This should be your very last resort!)

Kitchens and Bathrooms
Kitchens and bathrooms are strong selling areas of your home. Buyers often say they bought a home because they loved the kitchen. Pack away any clutter in the kitchen. You can mini upgrade your kitchen by replacing kitchen and light fixtures, knobs and paint.  If you want to mini update the bathroom, try buying new towels, shower curtains and rugs.

Objectively look at the paint/wallpaper/flooring in your home.

before office redesign
after office redesign

Is it more than 5 years old?  Is your paint very taste specific?  Remember you want to appeal to the greatest number of buyers.  It may be worth painting the interior of your home a neutral color that will appeal to anyone’s tastes.  Wallpaper tends to be very taste specific and should be considered coming down.  How about the carpeting?  Is it customer specific or outdated?  Are there wood floors under the carpet that should be exposed?

Exterior of your home
How does the exterior of your home look?  Does it look manicured?  Is it inviting enough for me to want to even get out of the car and go inside?  Cut the grass, trim the trees/bushes, add some mulch and lots of colorful flowers.  How are the screens and gutters?

Walk your home using all your senses.  What do you see, hear and smell. You may want to have a home inspector come out and inspect your home before you even put it on the market.

You only get one chance to make an impression with a buyer and you want to get it right! If you cannot be objective then ask someone else to walk your home and be honest with you. You may want to consider hiring a professional stager  who will not only be honest with you but will also help you accomplish all that has to be done to properly stage the home to appeal to the right buyer.

Is it time to Downsize?

This seems to be on many people’s minds lately. Whether you are moving across town or cross country, moving can be a very daunting process. 

But when your new space is smaller than your former home, the challenge can be especially great. However, downsizing a home does not mean you will sacrifice your style.  It can be a very exciting time and a time to reinvent yourself.

Reinventing this room.

The major key to downsizing is to realize you cannot keep everything you had before the downsize.  You need to be objective and carefully choose all that you love and want to be surrounded by.  You have to think long and hard about what furniture you REALLY need to have.  Holding onto 3 desks when it is just you living in the new location may not be a wise choice.  Think about what you really need and love. Can you trade in your king-size mattress for a queen? Do you need a large sofa and a love-seat? Or can you survive with one or the other?

Another tip for downsizing a home is to maximize storage space. Closet organizers are a great way to store a lot of “stuff” in a small closet. Using a professional closet organizing company may be a good idea.

Using wall-mounted shelves can also be a good alternative to bookcases. They can be placed where you want them, open up floor space and make your room seem less cluttered.

When you downsize, it is an excellent opportunity to consolidate, get rid of and donate seldom used items.  During the process ask yourself, “When was the last time I used this item?” Was it in the last year? Can I live without it? Could someone else benefit from me donating this item?

Reinventing this room.

If you are unsure of how to reinvent your existing furniture in your new home speak to a trained redesigner to help you.  They will visit both your existing home and new home and help you make the best design and cost effective decisions for your new space and life style.