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Where do all the books go?

Are you an avid reader and you don’t want to read on a tablet or an e-reader? If this is you and you love your books and want to keep them over time, this will pose a storage issue. Where do all the books go? Before we get into this topic, let’s take a fresh look at the books that you own and decide if they are worth keeping on your bookshelves.

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Redesign vs. Home Staging

Kathy Hughes afters (me)-00015-quoteI realized the other day that I use in my everyday vocabulary words like home staging and redesign all the time and have found that people do not always understand the difference or what they mean. This week’s decorating article will focus on the definition of these terms and how they can potentially impact you.

What is Redesign?

A redesign of an interior of a home or office is a change in the appearance, function, and potentially content. When you contact me to help you with fabric or paint selection, or to help you make a room more useful, appealing, and lovely all of those actions are part of a redesign. A redesign involves working with the items you have and perhaps suggesting items to purchase to complete a finished look. A redesign may include assisting you in shopping for the proper flooring, tile, accessories or furniture.

What is Home Staging?

Home staging involves getting your home ready for sale. Home staging is different than a redesign in that the goal is to amplify the strengths of your home for a potential buyer. Clearing out clutter, maximizing room flow, minimizing the amount of things that are displayed, reducing furniture, removing personal things. All of these activities are included in a home staging. The goal is to present the best features of a home to make the potential buyer walk away with a feeling of, “Yes, I can see my sofa there, I love it!

I put together a fun video showing you the steps in staging a built-in bookcase where few elements were used, and the result is pleasant to the eye, not distracting, and displays the potential of the bookcase beautifully.

Redesign RightIf you need help with a room redesign, or if you plan to sell your home soon and would like your home staged call Debbie 610.955.8202 for a consultation or fill out the interest form.

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 .

10 Creative Ideas to Decorate your Bookcase, Cabinet or Shelves

House June 042-resizedToo often I have found when helping someone with their home decorating and redesign; they clutter their bookcases and shelves.  It’s a flat surface that seems to collect everything.  If you can, step back, and look at your bookcases, shelves, or cabinet – What do you see?  If you see a cluttered mess, it may be time to consider a new approach!  Consider one of these 10 creative ideas:

  1. Add Mirrors to the back of built-in shelving to give the wall depth.  Especially great idea for a small room or a room that may need more light.
  2. Add a Graphic Print:  Using a herringbone or chevron print to the backs of a unit can add quite a “wow” factor to your room. This look can be achieved even if you are in an apartment by using removable self-adhesive wallpaper, click here for some beautiful examples from Betapet.
  3. Multi-Purpose Shelving:  If you have a bookshelf that you can change up the format of the shelving unit you could potentially vary the height of the shelves creating openings larger than others. In that space, you could display artwork or treasured items, or it could serve as an area to hold special glasses and a bar area.  To create a bar look, install stemware holders, to hang your glasses.
  4. Color Coordinate:  Could you imagine if you put all of your books together that were similarly colored in piles how impressive that display could look?
  5. To add interest vary the height of the items that you are using to decorate.
  6. Stack books for interest, as well as using them to raise smaller items so that they don’t get lost in the display.
  7. If you want to accentuate certain elements, adopt the “less is more” approach.  Leaving open space allows the eye to see the art piece.
  8. Create a photo gallery using similarly colored frames.
  9. Use a paint color on the inside of the shelf that is a few shades darker than the room.
  10. Group small collectibles such as shells in beautiful glass jars, vases, containers of any sort and use as a feature.

Redesign RightTo view ideas in action, click here to go to my Pinterest board where I have many of these ideas and others detailed.

If you find this process challenging and in need of a room redesign, call 610.955.8202 for an appointment with Debbie!

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 .