Transforming Cabinets into Book Shelves You Can Be Proud Of!

Do you have an old outdated cabinet?

Transform it into an updated functional bookshelf for your living room with three simple steps!

  1. Remove the chicken wire doors from the unit using an electric screwdriver
  2. Camouflage screw holes using furniture wood stain
  3. Choose a neutral color of silk moiré fabric and attach it to the back wall using staple gun or hot glue gun

VOILA! What a modern place to display your family’s collections.

“The 5 Step Program” – Are you living in CHAOS?

“Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome”

The good news is chaos is treatable and there is a 5 step program that will help get you on the road to recovery and inviting your friends over.

pic1Step #1 – Let’s Use the Room

Do you have rooms you don’t use?

Well, you are not alone….99% of the time the reason people do not use their rooms is because the furniture is placed incorrectly…’s not necessarily the pieces you own; it’s where you have put them. So before you take a match to your room and start over with all new furniture, check the placement of it.

  • Is your furniture all lined up against the walls similar to a doctor’s office?
  • Is your huge sectional greeting you like a wall when you walk into a room making it difficult to easily enter and sit?
  • Is your furniture spaced so far apart that having a conversation with someone requires a megaphone?

You know, it doesn’t matter how comfortable, beautiful, or expensive the furniture is, if you haven’t set up the foundation of the room with correct furniture placement that welcomes and encourages conversations, then people will not use the room.

So it is not so much the furniture you have… is where you place it that gives a room its functionality.

pic2Step #2 – Let there be light

How many lamps do you have in each room?

Every room should have at least 3 lights in it and ceiling lights do not count! This is one design tip that can transform a room. Having proper lighting not only creates warm and welcoming spaces it also can determine whether the room is used or not.

  • Is there a room in your home that always seems so dark you find yourself not using it?
  • Is there a room in your home that everyone walks by because it is not warm or inviting?

Lighting can be an important key to setting up a room. Lighting determines the mood and helps to execute the function of a room. For instance, the older someone gets the less mood lighting they may want in their rooms. They may trade mood lighting for very bright lights to see what they are doing (master bathrooms).

Perhaps in the family room you may want to keep the lighting moderate and flexible. You may want to include task lighting for reading, as well as mood lighting for entertaining and TV watching.

In the master bedroom you may want to use your 3 lamps to create an all mood lighting that fosters relaxation and rest.

If you need to purchase lamps think big and tall. Lighting shining down on you is much more functional and attractive than lighting coming up on your face (think Frankenstein effect). Ideally, the bottom of the lampshade should be ear level when you are seated and all shades in the room should similarly match.

Since the goal of redesign is to use what you already have, try to resurrect an old lamp with a new drum lamp shade. Some of the ugliest ceramic lamps from the 60’s have been turned into incredible looking one- of- a- kind art pieces that can bring pop to a room.

pic3Step #3 – Let’s Showcase You

Accessories are an important part of a redesign. They are what makes your home different from anyone else’s and they are unique to you. Everyone can have the same fantastic couch from Pottery Barn…but what makes it unique to your home is the choice and placement of the accessories that adorn it!

Your displayed accessories should represent your history, your travels and your loved ones. Your accessories should invoke wonderful memories, stories and help start conversations. Our goal in redesigning is not to only make the room pretty but to make sure we have reflected and honored the people who live there. After all it is your home and you want it to be unique to you and memorable to others.

  • Put all your small collectables together and create an impact in one spot rather than polka dotting them all over the room.
  • For a neater look in the bookcases, take off all the book jackets and arrange your books in order of size.
  • When accessorizing a table mix up textures and contrasts for visual interest. (Shiny/Dull, Soft/Hard, Smooth and Rough)

When accessorizing don’t worry about what is in the magazines think about what is important to you and your family and showcase them.

pic4Step #4 – Let There be Some Breathing Room

Does every wall in your home have something hanging on it?

Unfortunately, many people think their rooms are not done unless there is something on every wall of the room. Often times this creates a great deal of eye noise coming at you and we become overwhelmed and appreciate nothing. It is important that each room have some empty space or breathing room on the wall so we can appreciate the entire room and its art.

When you are deciding on artwork for a room consider the frame color and the theme. They should all work together with the furniture and accessories. I always tell my clients when they are shopping for artwork to buy what they want to look at, make it large and don’t hang it too high. (Or call me and I will hang it)

Like accessories, your art work should be unique to you. It should portray your likes, loves, travels and beliefs. Often times it is the artwork that sets the tone or feeling of the room.

pic51Step # 5 – Let’s Invite the Painter Over Last

Do you paint your room first and then decorate it?

In a perfect world, paint color should be chosen last in your design. It is like buying a pair of shoes and then trying to find the perfect dress to go with it.

The first thing you want to do in a design is set up your room correctly. Start with placing the foundation of your furniture first, than place your lamps, plants and accessories etc …because these will all in the end affect the colors you choose in the room.

Actually choosing a paint color can be tricky. Paint color should be chosen in the room they will reside in. They should never be chosen under fluorescent bulbs at the hardware store nor should your color be chosen because it looks great in your mother-in-laws home.

Also consider the colors you like and the colors you look good in. If you are a blue person than you may not want to paint your family room red. If you do not personally look good in yellow than painting your bedroom yellow may not be a wise choice. Also consider the effect a color may have on people.

  • What color encourages you to eat? (Red)
  • What color triggers hormone relaxation? (Blue)
  • What color alleviates depression? (Green)

By choosing our paint color last in the decorating process it seals and finishes the design. It is just like finding the perfect dress and finishing off the look with a fantastic piece of colored jewelry.

Are you tired of living in Chaos?

“Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome”

Then we encourage you to make a few small changes in your home, using the steps above. It is our hope you will fall in love with your home all over again and start to entertain with confidence.

Debbie Correale
Redesign Right, LLC
Iris Professional Interior Redesign and Home Staging Trainer

“Helping others fulfill a dream of owning their own interior redesign/home staging business
610 955-8202

Using Mirrors in Decorating

mirror1Mirrors when placed properly in a room can maximize light and visually expand an  area.   They bring a strong visual weight into a room and tend to attract a great deal of attention and command.  They are a wonderful way to brighten up a room and introduce elements of elegance, beauty and sparkle in any décor.

Mirrors can be used as wall art, architectural enhancements or for the functional purpose of reflecting oneself.  Whenever you are hanging a mirror remember the most important rule is to make sure the mirror reflects something beautiful. If a mirror is to be used for the purpose of checking oneself be sure not to hang them too high as it is frustrating to use a mirror that cuts the top of your head off!

Mirrors make wonderful focal points in a room.  If hanging a mirror over a  mantle make sure you angle the mirror so its reflection shines down into the room.  You want to see a reflection of a beautifully decorated room not a bare wall or ceiling fan above.  Experiment by angling a mirror in a room until you achieve the reflection you want.  It is amazing how the perspective in a room can be changed by just tilting/angling a mirror. Mirrors can be quite influential!  We can visually magnify and create depth in a small room by just introducing one into the room.  When lights and candles are added in as well, the reflection in the mirror creates more visual space as well as a romantic glow!

Mirrors if hung properly can visually expand space in a room.  Mirrors that are hung to  reflect a view out a window  not only bring the outside in, but also enlarge the space and create another “window” in the room.  Mirrors are also wonderful at diverting your eyes back into a room.  For instance, placing a mirror between 2 outside windows helps to draw the eye away from the view outdoors and bring it back into the room.  This is particularly helpful when we do not want to play up the outdoors!

Mirrors are also great as back drops for accessories.  Hang or lean a mirror on a table or bookcase and place accessories in front of them.   The small pieces of art, vases of flowers/twigs, and statues will “grow” in presence when backed by a mirror.  Adding mirrors to dark bookcases sometimes adds just the perfect amount of light needed.

Mirrors can also be used as trays on coffee tables, bureaus, dining tables or in the bathroom to display canisters or perfume bottles.  Mary Carol Garrity from Nell Hill uses mirrors as chargers for her dinner parties to add some drama to her tables.  Mirrors should also be used to repeat beautiful oil paintings, statues and floral arrangements in a room.  If you are missing large pieces of art for a room, try gluing a beautiful platter, piece of small art or metal architectural piece onto a large mirror to create a whole new piece of art.

Mirrors are one of the most universal accessories out there.  They can be used to create, hide, divert and beautify any room and décor.

Debbie Correale, Redesign Right, LLC

Do you wonder how color trends start?

Color trends are not created by random people in attic rooms. Color trends are actually established by international color forecasting organizations. These groups create color palettes, color direction and forecasts annually to the design industry.   Manufacturers look and rely on these forecasts for their company direction and sales success. These color associations actually forecast color direction and trends with remarkable accuracy!

CMG (Color Marketing Group) is one of these groups responsible for choosing the direction of color and design trends. They help translate the trends into salable colors for manufacturers.  This international group has over 1000 members from 20 different countries and forecast color trends eighteen months or more in advance to manufacturers.

Pantone, Inc has been a renowned authority on color for more than 45 years. They have been inspiring design professionals and the industry for years.  What I did not realize about Pantone was that in 1963 the founder, Lawrence Herbert, developed a standardized color reproduction system that revolutionized the color trend world.  His insight that the color spectrum is seen and interpreted differently by each individual led him to develop the Pantone Matching System, a book of standardized color in fan format.  By standardizing the colors, different manufacturers in different locations and industries can now refer to the Pantone system and be assured that all colors will match.  (Now I understand that it is not a pure “coincidence” that my new bed sheets and new dress are exactly the same new hot color for the season!)

pantonecolorEvery season designers wait for Pantone to publish their Fashion Color Report, announce their new seasonal palette and “Color of the Year.”  This year Pantone announced Honeysuckle as the “Color of the Year.  We will see this color in everything.  Clothes, shoes, jewelry, bedding, nail polish and yes even a Pantone Visa Card will be sporting this color!  Pantone has described this new color as encouraging, uplifting and one that will instill confidence, courage and spirit in times of stress.

……………………………………Sounds like a color we should all be wearing

Debbie Correale, Redesign Right, LLC

Do you know how to properly set a table?

settingIn today’s world we often grab silverware from the drawer as we need it, or it comes in the brown bag that often holds our dinner! This week I was challenged to learn and demonstrate how to properly set a formal table.

One of my long time favorite clients needed help in preparing her home for a formal dinner  party this weekend. Since we had previously redesigned the first level she needed us to lightly  Christmas decorate and prepare her dining room. One of the assignments was to dress and  set the very large dining room table for a formal dinner. Now I learned the basics of setting a
table when I was young but setting a formal table for many courses was not at the forefront of  my brain. Fortunately, buried in one of my folders called “useful information to save,” I found  some great information that I thought would be useful to many of you during this holiday season should you find yourself having to set a table above your expertise!


1. Fish Fork
2. Main Course Fork
3. Salad Fork
4. Charger – or Service Plate – This charger may serve as the under plate for several courses which precede the main entrée.
5. Place Card
6. Serviette (napkin) – Formal napkin- fold facing Right
7. Salad Knife
8. Dinner Knife
9. Fish Knife
10. Soup spoon
11. Cocktail fork (fish)
12. Sherry glass to be served with soup
13. Red Wine
14. White Wine (served with Fish appetizer)
15. Champagne
16. Water
17. Dessert Fork
18. Dessert spoon
19. Bread and Butter Plate –** If Salad is being served – place in spot #19 and move butter plate to left of forks.
20. Bread and Butter knife
21. Individual Salt and Pepper
22. Menu

Place utensils in an “outside in” order.
For the above illustration the order of the menu would
be: Appetizer : shellfish, Entrée, then Salad. Often times the salad is served before the main
course and in that case the forks would be switched.

Do you love gadgets? How about tools that will make your project or life easier?

There is nothing greater than a good gadget that makes a project or life easier! These are my top 8 items I use when redesigning or staging a client’s home. I would consider them my most valued possessions in my tool box….. In fact these are the items I specifically take an inventory and count before I leave a job…….. Similar to a surgeon counting his instruments before closing up a patient.

liftbuddyMakes it a breeze to lift the edge of furniture. Can be used to put furniture slides under furniture. Great leverage for lifting even large pieces of furniture.

easeawholeIntroducing the easiest way to fill holes and cracks in drywall, plaster, and wood. One of the hottest products on the home market.
Erase-a-hole Acoustic Ceiling and Wall Putty

easymoversFURNITURE, CABINET & APPLIANCE SLIDES These furniture moving pads provide the easiest, safest way to move fully loaded desks, cabinets and appliances over carpet or any hard surface flooring.
Ez Moves Ii Furniture Slides – Ezm2-4 Ez Mo…

cabnietFURNITURE, CABINET APPLIANCE SLIDES These extra large furniture moving pads provide the easiest, safest way to move fully loaded desks, cabinets and appliances. Simply slip the moving pads underneath any large, bulky item and it can be pulled or pushed with ease.
Ez Moves 4 Foot Pull Slides 48″L X 5″W (Set…

makitaThe Makita 18V Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2-Inch Driver-Drill delivers power and performance in a compact size. The compact lithium-ion battery charges in only 15 minutes for less downtime.
Makita BDF452HW 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion...

toolbox20-Inch Pink Steel Tool Box with light weight plastic base, strong rubber grip handle for comfort and removable plastic tray.
The Original Pink Box PB20MTB 20-Inch Steel…

hangartHang picture frames perfectly level every time with the Hang & Level Picture Hanging Tool. This handy tool takes all the guesswork out of hanging picture frames by quickly and easily marking the exact spots where the nails or screws should be placed on the wall.
Under the Roof Decorating 6-100101 Hang and…

studThe Stud 4 Sure is a stud finder that uses powerful rare earth magnets to pinpoint the exact location of screws or nails in a stud. The tool doesn’t require batteries and never needs calibration.
CH Hanson 03040 STUD4SURE Magnetic Stud Fin…

If you have any items that you can’t live without please share with me…I am always looking for ways to make lives easier!

Home Staging and Interior Redesign Training Intensive Launches New Business Owners

West Chester, PA – (July 26, 2010) Philadelphia Home Staging and Redesigning Trainer Debbie Correale, founder of Redesign Right, LLC teaches creative women with a passion for design and HGTV-style room makeovers exactly how to launch their own business on an accelerated timeline.  She does this through a Five-Day Training Intensive that she teaches near Philadelphia, PA.  The program offers a nationally recognized five-day interior redesign and home staging training program certified by IRIS® a professional organization of Redesigners and Home Stagers.

According to Correale, “Our program provides the foundation for starting an interior redesign and home staging business. We help students follow their passion and love for design and teach them not only the creative aspects but also the basics of building and marketing a business.  The beauty of our program is that no previous design experience is needed, just a commitment and desire to create and learn.”

Redesign Right, LLC – is a leader in the field of “one day” decorating and home staging. And it’s no surprise given the passion, energy, and artistic prowess of Ms. Correale.  We recently learned that a Philadelphia based video production house is in negotiations with her to license the rights to some of her stunning “after pictures” for use with high end clients that want custom backgrounds to enhance interior sets.

The training program, called “Foundations for Redesigning and Staging Right,” teaches students everything they need to know to start their own successful interior redesign and home staging business. The program is intense, informative and a great deal of fun. There is a balance of classroom time and hands on experience in actual client’s homes.  To ensure the integrity and quality of the program, classes are limited to just six students at a time.

Another highly touted aspect of Ms. Correale’s program is that it equips graduates with a skill set that gives them immediate income potential. Nationwide statistics show that this economy is pushing homeowners towards more frequent decisions to opt for interior redesign rather than the more costly reconstruction and renovations.  Interior redesign is an affordable way of transforming someone’s space using what they already own and love.  Home staging creates “model homes” that provide a competitive edge over other homes on the market.   Both interior redesign and home staging are services that leverage existing possessions thereby making the transformation both affordable and achievable in one day.   And for well trained Interior redesigners and home stagers, there currently seems to be no shortage of work.

For more information or to register for an upcoming five-day class, visit:

Debbie is a FRSR professional instructor and mentor as well as an Approved Professional Redesign and Staging trainer. She also holds a certification in The Art and Science of Color. It is because of her love of design that she educates others.

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Listen to an in-depth interview with award winning interior redesigner and home stager, Debbie Correale of Redesign Right, LLC. She explains her 5 day Interior Redesign / Home staging training program designed to teach creative women with a passion for design and HGTV-style room makeovers how to launch their own business on an accelerated timeline. The program is a nationally recognized five-day interior redesign and home staging training program certified by IRIS® a professional organization of Redesigners and Home Stagers.

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Staging for the DIY

Research shows homes that are staged sell faster and closer to asking price.  Even in this present economy we are hearing homes selling in 1 week….4 days… and even in 48 hours when they are properly staged to appeal to prospective home buyers.

There are 4 important areas for the DIY to concentrate on before the realtor comes to appraise and assess your property.

  1. Create a generic looking house. You want your home to look more like a “model” house than your personal home. Remove personal pictures, calendars, diplomas and clear the front of your refrigerator of magnets and Dr. appointment reminders.
  2. Thoroughly clean the inside of your home and check for odors. Since many of us cannot detect smells in our own home invite a friend over and ask for an honest assessment.  Does she smell mold, cigarettes, or pet odors? ( Hey, what are friends for.)
  3. Walk your home and see if it looks and feels updated. Remove outdated wallpaper and paint faded walls and peeling paint.  Assess your kitchen and bathrooms.   Updated kitchens and bathrooms are what the buyers are looking for.  How does the yard look.   Do the trees need to be trimmed, beds weeded and mulched?  Any upgrades you do now  will help eliminate buyers decreasing your asking price.
  4. Create space and flow in each room. Rooms that are loaded with furniture and stuff will create the feel that your home is smaller than it is.  Buyers will think that since you out grew your home that it is too small for them.  Make sure 3 adults can easily flow through each of your rooms.

The housing market is strong right now and we are in the midst of the important summer selling period. Unfortunately, there are many homes on the market and it still remains a buyer’s advantage.

As a seller you must create a home that buyers want and will remember at the end of the long day.  You want the buyer to desire your home enough to bring you an offer.  Staging is the first step.

Click here to take a virtual tour of a beautiful home staged by Redesign Right, LLC
Click here to take a virtual tour of a beautiful home staged by Redesign Right, LLC

For listing information contact:
Liz Facenda, RE/MAX Preferred Realtors
1450 East Boot Road – Suite 600A
West Chester, PA 19380
(610) 719-1700
(610) 563-8828