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Time for a Bedroom or Bathroom Refresh?

January is the month of sales for linens and towels, and it is a perfect time to update the look in your bedroom or bathroom. Sure, it would be fantastic to replace everything and start with a fresh coat of paint; however, you may not have the resources to take on that project at this time. The following tips offer a quick and easy bedroom or bathroom refresh that can bring joy to you this weekend!

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3 Steps to Decorate a Bedroom

Recently, I had a question about how to decorate a bedroom. When approaching this type of question, many personal influences need to be considered. For example, likes and dislikes, what you are trying to accomplish, and your budget. Today, I want to offer a 3-step guideline for approaching this project and a few tips.

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3 Ways to Add a Bedroom Refresh

It’s January, and do you know what that means? Time for the biggest sales on bedroom linens you will see all year! Search for your favorite online bedroom or linen site, and you will notice that they are offering discounts on linens and often bedroom furniture. January is the month to get a new duvet cover or replace old sheets with a fresh look. Three ways that you can quickly give your bedroom a new look:

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Take Advantage of January White Sales

As we start the New Year, January is the perfect month to update the look of your bedroom. This month specializes in white sales as stores are looking to clear out their inventory. It’s also a great time to lighten up your bedroom since the winter month’s offer less light. For ideas on how you can quickly update your bedroom, guest bedroom, or any bedroom in your home keep reading. Look forward to more bedroom decorating ideas in the future.

Update Your Linens

Take advantage of the fabulous sales going on and update your linens and towels. Buying sheets are not all about thread count; you also need to consider what they are made of and what you are looking for in a sheet set.

Understand types of fabric:

  • Percale comes in 100% cotton or cotton/poly blends usually with a thread count of 180-200. Poly/Cotton blends are usually less expensive, run hot because of the polyester yarn, and don’t wrinkle as much as the 100% cotton.
  • Pima and Supima are high-quality cotton from the Southwestern part of the US (Pima) and Egypt (Supima) and are very soft with a thread count of 200-300.
  • Organic cotton is often chosen by people who want to avoid chemicals; however, cotton is processed with chemicals, and you will want to look for a seal of GOTS or OEKO-TEX certification. To understand fabrics that are classified as organic and genuinely what that means, click here.
  • Note, sheets made of bamboo are rayon. The process of turning bamboo into fabric requires the use of chemicals; therefore, don’t think this is a healthier or more “natural” choice (as is often depicted on the labeling of the sheets.)

Online retail sites for white sales:

If you want to change your color scheme and your old sheets are in good condition, consider donating them to The Salvation Army, Goodwill, or Habitat for Humanity ReStore. If you have very used towels or blankets that you plan to replace, many animal shelters will take these items for their animal care.

Add Light!

  • Add more lighting, an additional table lamp, floor lamp, or wall sconce.
  • Change all of your lamp shades to white.
  • Update all your light bulbs to the maximum wattage with a crisp white light.
  • Add light colors to your bedroom. If everything is dark in your bedroom, consider adding a new duvet that would bring in light colors.
  • Change your artwork to something with a brighter theme or change the frames to be a lighter color. Keep in mind one large piece of art visually looks cleaner and is more pleasing to the eye than many small sized pieces.
  • Reduce stuff and clutter. The more things, the more you will feel surrounded and closed in.

Add Comfort!

Oliver and his ThrowNothing says warm and cozy like a soft throw or a knit pillow. Oliver and I have a personal preference for a lovely white faux fur throw that keeps us comfortable and elegant!

If your bedroom or guest room’s mattress doesn’t offer the desired comfort, add a mattress topper! To learn about the available options, click here.

If you plan to change the paint color in your bedroom, or if you need help choosing a color palette, give me a call to set up a consultation 610.955.8202 or email. Start 2018 with a fresh new bedroom look!

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 Pixabay.

Updating your Bedroom-Celebrity Style

bedroomWe all love inspiration, and we are drawn to celebrities.  Celebrities have access to the best designers, and they have the funds to support any decorating dream.  With that in mind, I wanted to review five great ideas inspired by celebrities for updating and decorating your bedroom.  Since January is the month of the best white sales you will see in the year, I thought it would be a timely post!  Take these ideas and be inspired to find ways that you can incorporate them into your home if you find you love the idea!  (Click on the idea number to view the celebrity bedroom.)

Idea #1 from Sarah Jessica Parker:  Mix white walls and bedding with colorful lamps and seating.  For some neutral bedding options from Bed Bath and Beyond, click here.  Change the lamp shades of your existing lamps to include this look with a lovely blue shade, click here for ideas from Target.

Idea #2 From Cameron Diaz:  In this room, you will see gold gilded paper that covers the ceiling from de Gournay, which is stunning.  To get this look yourself, consider using paint!  Ralph Lauren has a full line of metallic paints that could mimic this look for a substantial discount.  These paints may be purchased at your local Home Depot.

Idea #3 from Hilary Swank:  This bedroom has walls covered in silk!  Silk fabric adds a rich look and a beautiful texture to the walls.  If you love this idea but not the cost of silk for your walls, consider using decorator fabric instead.  There are many affordable options available, plan to visit Philadelphia’s Fabric Row if you are located on the East Coast, click here to learn more about the shops.  Another idea, if you don’t want to cover your whole wall with fabric, is to create panels of fabric.  Here’s a great idea using 4’x8’ insulation panels and cover the panels with the material of your choice, click here to view an example of how this could look on a wall.  To install a fabric wall, click here for instructions from HGTV.

Idea #4 from Courteney Cox:  This room has a beautiful monochromatic color scheme using a foot and headboard made of zinc.  If you love the look, create an upholstered headboard with a lovely fabric.  Click here to view a video from Better Homes & Garden on how you can easily complete this look.

Idea #5 from Brian Atwood:  In this bedroom, a platform bed adds to the simplicity and modern flow of the room.  There are many looks that a platform bed can offer to a room, click here to view more examples from Houzz.  If you are interested in building a platform or floating bed, click here for ideas and instructions from Bob Vila.

redesign rightIf your bedroom is in need of a complete redesign, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com or call 610.955.8202 to schedule an appointment. 

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Getting Ready for Holiday Guests

Welcome to the beginning of November and the start of the season of beautiful home decorating ideas and yummy food!  Are you expecting guests this month or next?  I hope the idea of this upcoming holiday season doesn’t set you into a panic.  Instead, I would like to offer a few tips to help you get organized, decorate, and be ready to enjoy your guests and have fun and a fabulous visit.

bedroomCheck List for your guests and guest bedroom:

  1. Guest Mattress:  Is your guest bed up to snuff?  If you inherited a mattress from a relative over 15 years ago it may be time to invest in a new mattress, the basic rule of thumb is to buy the best quality you can afford.  Click here for a better understanding on mattress types.
  2. Upgrade the Bedding:  Think of adding comforts to your guest bedroom, as you would find in a 5-star hotel or B&B.  Add a featherbed mattress topper, clean and comfortable pillows, a warm comforter and extra blankets and a throw for naps and general comfort.  Always have fresh and clean linens.  If you are in need of an upgrade, keep in mind when buying sheets that the highest thread count may not be the best sheet for your guests.  The higher the thread count can create a stiffer feel and does not allow air to pass through the sheet (often the stiffer versions tend to be sateen.)  Click the following for tips on Understanding Bed Sizes and a Guide for Buying Sheets from HGTV.
  3. Reading Light:  Be sure that there is adequate light in your room for reading and position it properly.  Is there a nightstand beside the bed or reading chair?  Each position should have a lamp located close enough to reach.  If you only have one overhead light in the room, it’s time for an update!  There are many inexpensive options available at your local home stores.  In terms of the amount of light you need in the guest room according to the IESNA Lighting Handbook desks and task lighting requires 50 Lumens per square foot. You will find the ‘Lumen’ rating printed on a light bulb package.
  4. Power:  Provide a power strip, not just an extension cord, as your guests will need the ability to plug in grounded 3-prong computer plugs.  Position the power strip within reach of the reading chair, bedside table, or desk to power smart phones, tablets or computers.  Also, provide a card of instructions on how to access your home Wi-Fi.
  5. Provide Space:  Keep in mind that less is more in a guest bedroom, so your guests have a place to put their things.  There should be a place for their luggage and space in the closet to put things away and hang items up.
  6. Area to Sit:  There are some people who do not like to read in bed.  That being said, provide a comfortable reading chair (with a properly positioned reading lamp.)
  7. Privacy and Light Control:  If you have a beautiful window topper or valance in your guest room, consider adding a blind or shade.  The benefit for your guest is that they can pull it up to create an open and spacious look or close it for a comfortable, cozy, and private feel.
  8. Added Comfort and Inviting Touches:  As you would find in a 5-star hotel, consider adding a welcome basket of bottled water, snacks, tissue, reading material (magazines and books.)  Provide a small vase of beautiful seasonal flowers and perhaps a sachet of lavender scented herbs for a lovely night’s sleep!

redesign rightIf you are in need of bedroom decorating ideas or require a paint color consultation before the guests arrive, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com or call 610.955.8202 to set up an appointment.

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 and .

Dress up your Bedroom

by Debbie Correale

blog-jan-bedroomIs it time for an updated look in your bedroom?  Spring and summer is a great time to add a fresh feel to your bedroom let’s go over some ideas!

If you moved into your home 15 years ago and your décor has not changed since that time then it is definitely time for a change!  If you are unhappy with your bedroom furniture consider a new look, check out ideas from Arhaus or Ikea.  Do you need a new mattress set but have no idea where to start looking?  Read this article titled, “How to Pick Your Perfect Mattress” from WebMd where useful information is offered to determine what you need.

Let’s review the components of your bedroom.  If you want a symmetrical look, you can go for the matching night stands and lamps; however, you don’t have to match.  For those of you that like a more natural or eclectic look, the key is balance and color.  If you like your current furniture and lamps, consider new bedding.  For ideas that you can incorporate into your bedroom, or to be inspired, review these ideas from House Beautiful.  Use the Chinese method of Feng Shui to help balance your bedroom, click here to learn how you can map out your room and add the necessary elements to create a healthy and happier environment.

Update Your Comforter:  There are many choices available in terms of types of comforters available; you will need to decide if you will purchase a down filled or fiber filled comforter.  Depending on your temperature at night will help you determine this.  Basically, down filled is better at regulating temperatures whereas fiber fill is less apt to do so.  However, if you are an allergy sufferer down filled may not be the best choice for you.  Once you have that determined, the next step is choosing a comforter.  To help you choose, click here for a comforter guide by Good Housekeeping.  I love the idea of purchasing a quality comforter with many duvet covers for a change in seasons or tastes without the large expense of replacing the whole comforter.  For some duvet cover ideas here is a list of online retailers worth checking out:

Update Your Bed Skirt:  If you have an old bed skirt that you are tired of, consider getting rid of it completely and using a fitted sheet to cover your box spring to ensure that it matches or complements your bed coverings.  Another option is to choose a simple and clean look such as this Matelassé Bed skirt or Linen Bed skirt (both from The Company Store.)

Update Your Pillows or Shams:  You can quickly transform the look of your bedroom by adding new decorative pillows to your bed.  This is a fabulous way to add a new color to your room to freshen up the look.  Check out these fun patterns and fabric options from Pier1.com.

Updating Sheets and Tips for Buying::  Everyone knows that the higher the thread count means softer, better quality sheets but be careful as the highest count may not be the best quality sheet for you as it is stiffer and does not allow air to pass through the sheet (often the stiffer versions tend to be sateen).  The general rule of thumb is to look for sheets that are at least 200 thread count or more and pay attention to the material used to make the sheets.  Here are a few helpful links to review:

Logo-JPEG-1If you need help with your bedroom redesign this season, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com to help you with an updated look!

Debbie Correale is founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Updating your Bedroom and Bath Décor in 2014

Thinking about updating your décor in 2014?  How is your bedroom or bath looking?  January is the month of the “white sale” where you can find great bargains on sheets and towels.  I thought it would be a great time to take advantage of the offered discounts and think about doing a redesign on your bedroom or bath.


Too often we get swept up in holiday planning and parties that we don’t have time to think about replacing used, outdated linens and towels.  Take a look at your bedroom; are you happy with the colors?  If you don’t have the time for a fresh coat of paint, take this opportunity to visit your local home store and see what they have to offer.  Often, only purchasing new curtains, sheets, or a new duvet cover instantly enhances and changes the feel of a room.  To get some inspiration on bedroom ideas, furniture, accessories, etc. check out these lovely photos from Arhaus.com.

If your towels have been washed to death and thin, it may be time to purchase some nice soft, absorbent towels.  You will enjoy them, and your guests will appreciate them!  There are many beautiful options for an updated bath look.  Check out these lovely ideas and products from WestElm.com.

In thinking about updating your décor this New Year, click here to read about the Shopping Trends in 2014.  There are some great deals to be had in January.  Besides linens it is a good time to buy watches, computers, fragrances, AND jewelry before they are marked up for the Valentine’s Day rush.  For more tips on trends, there was a great article in the Philadelphia Inquirer recently titled, “How to be trendy, but not too much” which gave some interesting advice on upcoming trends and how to stay looking up-to-date without breaking the budget.

If you are looking for a place to start or need professional help organizing and doing a room redesign to get the most out of your space, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com.

Logo-JPEG-1Debbie Correale is founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Decorating ideas and trends for the Bedroom and Bathroom


Your bedroom should have a relaxing, calming effect on you.  It should be designed for your life style.  This article from SoundBuiltHomes.com is great if you are looking at different color combinations for painting your bedroom, click here to view.  According to diyhomedesignideas.com, “The color trends include mixing earthy tones with shades of blues and green.”  They also suggested “pairing [earth tones with] bold colors such as bright blue with violet, pink, or lime.  These can be used as accent colors in furniture, bedding, or decorations with a simple wall background color.”

If you are looking to create more storage in your bedroom, you can use the space under your bed.  If you have a bed skirt, you can use storage containers from retail stores or online at ContainerStore.com.  However, if you do not use a bed skirt and wish to have something nicer looking you can make your own storage.  Here’s a great idea from Martha Stewart, to create a ‘Closet on Wheels’, click here to view those instructions.  To reduce clutter on bedroom surfaces, Organizer, Anna Sicalides of AnnaOrganizesU.com, recommends this idea, “Instead of adding more picture frames, why not replace an older photo with a new one.”  By following this tip, you can add change without adding more things!


The theme of trends in bathroom design for 2013 is slick, natural and eco-green.  Overall, you need an environment that is functional and beautiful.  To help organize and de-clutter, I found this great idea from Better Homes & Garden to create personalized bath storage.  If you have multiple family members sharing one bathroom, it will help to eliminate confusion and keep potential messes to a minimum.  I found a fun article from OrganizedHome.com that describes the ABCs of storage and gives a detailed summary guide to help you with your bathroom organization, click here to read that article.  If you need to create storage in your bathroom, but you don’t have much room try this idea from HGTV.com.  Stack wicker baskets on top of each other and store necessary bathroom items in them.

This is a great tip to help you with your linen closet from organizer, Kathy Luskus, of OrderlyManorOrganizing.com, “When organizing your linen closet, keep in mind that each bed needs just three sets of sheets – one on the bed, one in the laundry and one in the linen closet.  Keep your best and donate the rest.”  If you struggle with how to fold your fitted sheets to ensure they fit in your linen closet, click here for step-by-step instructions.

Have fun this spring with your bedroom or bath redesign!  If you need help, contact mailto://debbie@redesignright.com!