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.

Start a New Redesign & Staging Business

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.

Start your new career today in the Redesign & Staging Industry.

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

Home Staging WILL Sell Your Home!

In today’s real estate market painting walls beige and clearing out closets is just not enough to make your home stand out in the buyers mind at the end of a long day of viewing houses.

Research has shown professionally staging a home for sale actually aids in selling it. When rooms are designed properly with furniture placed to focus on the architectural features of the home, when art work is strategically placed to enhance the furnishings/wall color and when accessories are added to create pop and excitement, a room will speak to your prospective buyer!  Not only will she fall in love with your home but it will help eliminate the stress of where her furniture will go.

  • Did you ever wonder why more homes of a model home are sold in a development than any other models?  People need visuals to see and copy.
  • Have you ever heard someone say “I put the couch here because this is where the previous owner had it?” Or “Our couch is here because the model had the couch here.” People need visuals to see and copy.

Properly staging a home is the greatest marketing tool and advertisement you can use when selling your home. Staging if done properly will put a home’s best foot forward and create the look and dreams a prospective buyer is looking for.  The reality is a woman will pick out the home and the man will pay for it.  The bottom line:  If your home looks good, feels good, smells good….she will buy it.

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:

Michael D’Adamo, RE/MAX Preferred Realtors
12 St. Albans Circle, Newtown Square, PA
(610) 325-4110

Top 6 Reasons to Stage Your Home For Sale

Professionally Staged Bedroom
Professionally Staged Bedroom
  1. A good first impression sets the stage and brings the sale to your home”
  2. Most buyers decide in the first 15 seconds if a house fits their lifestyle and dreams.  It is all about the buyer!    The goal of staging is to have the buyer fall in love with your home and the lifestyle she dreams about.
  3. Every time a prospective buyer thinks a home needs a physical change, they automatically deduct $10,000 off the asking price!
  4. Many homes are on the market today and you need to set your house apart. Create an edge and be the home the buyer remembers at the end of the day!  It does not matter if you pay for the heating bill for 1 year or offer a new car in the driveway.  If your home does not look good it will not sell no matter what your incentive is.
  5. Staging emphasizes the best qualities and architectural strengths of your home and it will appeal to the greatest number of prospective buyers.  Placing furniture properly in a home helps the buyer envision where their furniture will go.
  6. Research shows staging will sell your home faster and make you more money!

Redesign Right, LLC specializes in Real Estate home staging in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area and is here to help YOU sell your home quickly and for top dollar.

Summer Decorating Tips

Summer Decorating

Decorating in the summer is all about the heat. In this warmest of seasons it’s important to control the temperature in your spaces, opting for cool accessories, and functional items which will help to naturally reduce the amount of heat that is transmitted into your home. While of course you can bathe the space in frigid air conditioning, that’s not healthy, cost effective, or environmentally sound. The alternative is to use clever home decorating to naturally maintain cool and relaxing environments in your home.

The first thing you should do is remove and warm or fuzzy accessories within the space. Change couch and cushion covers to reflect soft, cool cotton or smooth silk facades. Thick throws and blankets should be exchanged for softer, lighter pieces, or removed from the space completely. Fuzzy rugs can also be removed and, if necessary, replaced with bamboo or thatch throw pieces.

Sunlight is another factor you should consider when decorating for the summer. Gauzy thin curtains that generally let in plenty of sunlight should be replaced or supplemented with heavier shades which will stop the brunt of light from getting in. If too much sun shines through closed windows, it can get trapped in the house, causing a greenhouse effect.

Another summer decorating trick is to try to lower, or eliminate lights whenever possible.
A nice dark atmosphere tends to feel a few degrees lower, while brighter spaces can actually feel perceptibly warmer than they actually are. Brighter light bulbs also tend to give off a small, but constant amount of heat, which will have an effect on the overall temp of the space.

Summer decorating is about accommodating and controlling the heat in your home. Through control of light, air and texture, it should be possible to create a space which is comfortable and invigorating through even the warmest of the dog days of summer.

Visit our website for more information on a professional decorator can help you turn your home into a summer decorating delight.