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How to Create a Comfortable Home

As we head into fall and the weather gets cooler here on the east coast, we long for warmth and comfort. What does that look like for you? There are many trending concepts to support a simpler, back-to-basics, way of life. To name a couple:

Hygge, pronounced “hoo-ga”

Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and author of “The Little Book of Hygge,” states:

“Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe.”


There are various meanings to this Japanese term, here is an explanation from Leonard Koren, author of Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers:

“Wabi Sabi is the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete, the antithesis of our classical Western notion of beauty as something perfect, enduring, and monumental.”

These concepts embrace the idea that your home should be a place of sanctuary in a simple and clutter-free way. Think about colors found in nature, weathered materials that are truly weathered-by-age. Pull out that old family frame or chest, regardless of the imperfections and add it to a room. The theory is that items loved by time have more meaning and add a peaceful feel to a room.

How can you create a simple, cozy, sanctuary-like area in your home?

  1. Remove the clutter. Create a no-technology zone where you and your guests can take a break and relax.
  2. Get comfortable. Create a comfortable area for you and your guests, with the proper pillows, fun textured throws, and various candles to burn.
  3. Embrace nature. Bring interesting branches or cuttings from your yard into your home, place in a vase as part of a centerpiece, use the colors of the season.
  4. Incorporate old and weathered items into your space.
  5. Have friends over and entertain in a relaxing environment. Have a movie night or a game night, having friends over does not have to be complicated. Think warm drinks such as tea or coffee, and plenty of relaxation.

It’s all about creating a peaceful area in your home, regardless of what is happening in your world, your home should be a sanctuary that is comfortable for you to enjoy and make new memories. If you need helRedesign Right, LLCp picking the proper colors for your home or need a home decorating refresh, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email.

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 Instagram. Feature photo purchased from Shutterstock by Debbie Correale.

Add Hygge to Your Life and Home

Hygge Style“Hygge is not a thing or something you buy…hygge is a state of mind.” – Morten Georgsen

Have you heard this term “hygge”? It is becoming more and more mainstream in America. The concept originates in Denmark and describes a way of life. It’s pronounced “hoo-ga” if you were wondering.

The Danish exemplify this way of life, every day. The Word Happiness Report voted the Danes as the happiest people, and this is the reason their hygge way of life is catching on everywhere. So, what does it mean? Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, states, “Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe.” In his book titled, “The Little Book of Hygge,” he recommends:

  1. Get comfortable and prioritize comforting textures.
  2. Be present at the moment not distracted by technology, take a break and relax.
  3. Use proper lighting, use candles.
  4. Build and connect relationships, invite friends over, create memories.
  5. Enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh tea, coffee, or the smell of a baked item.

How can you add Hygge to your decor?

  • Simplify your decorating style. Remove clutter and surround yourself with only things that are peaceful to you and make you comfortable.
  • Embrace natural items. A cozy natural (cotton, wool, silk, linen) thread throw, incorporate plants in your room, bring nature from outdoor indoors in found items, cuttings, rocks, etc.
  • Decorate with and use candles. For information on the best way to burn a candle, click here.
  • Create a hyggekrog. I love this concept! The theory is that everyone should have their cozy corner, comfortable and snug place. I offer five tips on setting up a comfortable reading area in my article titled, Color Me Cozy in 5 Easy Steps, check it out for details.

I hope you can incorporate hygge into your life and make each Redesign Rightmoment feel special. For some inspiration, I created a Pinterest board, view by clicking here. If you need help streamlining a room and creating a simpler comfortable style, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or email and set up a consultation.

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 .



Color Me Cozy in 5 Easy Steps

Photo purhcased from Shutterstock.

As we go from October into winter, the days shorten and my desire to curl up with a good book or movie intensifies. Do you have a spot you call your own in your house? If not, let’s create one in five easy steps:

First, you need to find the right place in your home, by a window or use a portion of a room where you think you could have some peace.

1. Find the Perfect Chair

This chair should be one that is comfortable for you, not your kids, not the dog, no one but you! If you don’t have a chair that you can repurpose from another part of your house, check home stores in your area or online sites. You can create your cozy area without spending a fortune, take your time to find the right pieces.

2. Comfortable Pillows

Let’s face it, there are plenty of gorgeous pillows but are they right for you in your cozy space? You want it to be the right contour, flexibility and made of soft materials not itchy or rough.

3. A Cozy Throw

You may want to purchase your pillows and throw at the same time so you can coordinate them. There are many options available from faux fur, wool, chenille, to a comfortable knit.

4. Side Table

The space that you need to set your book and a cup of tea doesn’t have to be very big.  Walk around your house and see if there is something you could repurpose. For example, a lovely garden stool, stacked beautiful boxes, a narrow bookcase, or a plant stand (it should not be too tall, as tall as the arm of the chair.)

5. A Floor or Table Lamp for Reading

If you have a side table that is big enough, you can use a table lamp that is designed to give you enough light to read. Or you may consider a floor lamp, and there are many options and styles available, click here to view ideas.

To give you some inspiration and product ideas I created a Pinterest Board, click here to view. For a list of online resources to check for affordable options for the list above check out:

Redesign RightIf you need help pulling your home together and figuring out how we can create a cozy space just for you, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or email. For a complete pre-holiday, fix-it consultation, Redesign Right can help!

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 Google+. Cozy chair photo purchased from Shutterstock.





5 Quick Tips to Create a Cozy Room this Fall

fall treeCooler nights and shorter amounts of daylight means that fall is coming. What thoughts come to mind when you think of fall? Sweaters, warm tea, natural colors? The first word I think of is “cozy” because we are more apt to be spending time indoors and what’s the best way to achieve this comfort level in our home? By adding colors and accessories of the season to warm up and create a cozy environment.

Here are five quick home decorating tips to help you create a warm and cozy feel:

  1. Consider the items you already own and decide what you want to keep and what you want to replace.
  2. Pick a “pop” color or a complementary color and decide that color will be the focus color in the room. For some fall inspiration on color combinations, click here for examples from HGTV.
  3. You can mix textures and fabric types and maintain the unifying color. For example, you may choose a lovely fall orange as your cozy pop of color this autumn. You could use an orange pillow of satin and a plush throw, or a thick orange knit pillow and a chenille orange throw.
  4. Once you have chosen the color combination, you’re ready to go shopping.
  5. Pick out pillows, a throw, and candles or accessories in that color to bring together three items to create a balance in your room. The accessory could be a glass vase, a coffee table tray, or a collectible.

Fun Tip:  What’s In Style Now

Faux Fur Throw and PillowsI recently was hitting a couple of my standard go-to shopping spots for accessories and after visiting both Pier 1 and Home Goods saw many beautiful faux fur throws and pillows that would be stunning in any style. And what says cozy better than faux fur! This fall there is a lovely mix of textures combining different fabrics such as velvet or a woven knit. I’ve also seen many throw-back looks from the 70s that include fringing of all kinds and in beautiful fall shades of red and orange. They are also mixing metallics with the pillows as embellishments or beading. You will see items incorporating brushed brass or dark gray-silver.

Redesign RightIf you need help with your home decorating, color selection, or home staging call Debbie 610.955.8202 for 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 .

Create an At-Home Getaway in 6 Steps

Comfy ChairI love summertime and enjoy all of the relaxing vacation options that summertime has to offer. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a place, in your home, which you could claim as your at-home getaway spot? Why not! It is a possibility, let’s go over some ideas!

  1. Get Creative! Think about the things you love and what helps you to feel relaxed. Think about the space that you have available. If you don’t have an extra room, reconsider space you do have. You can do magical things in a corner of a room simply by redesigning the area. You can add a screen to partition off your oasis from the rest of the room. The separated space could be deemed the no-entry zone for the rest of the family available only to you! Be sure first to remove all things and clutter from this space so that you have thoughtfully considered each item that you are placing into your getaway area.
  2. What do you love? If it’s by the lake, use a display of lovely river rocks. If it’s the beach, a vase of your cherished shells or a piece of driftwood. If you love the peace of the outdoors, add a plant that would work in your designated area.
  3. Be comfortable! Add a comfy chair and perhaps an ottoman or pouf or get fancy and use a beautiful chaise lounge. Add side table, which doesn’t have to be large, it could be a stack of over sized books for example. You want something big enough to hold your favorite cup of tea!
  4. Add light! Be sure you have a floor lamp or reading lamp available near your comfy area. Use a lovely decorated box to hold your reading material or cross-word puzzles.
  5. Add color! If you are using a portion of a room, you can still have some control over the “pop” colors. Incorporate the colors that are soothing and make you happy by adding a throw, pillows, a vase or candles in your favorite color.
  6. Add sound. If there is a particular area that you love, download an app to your phone or tablet that plays that sound. There are many free apps to choose from that are available to you. Use a Bluetooth speaker, so you are not listening from your phone or tablet’s speaker or consider using a pair of noise-cancelling headphones and shut out the outside world to be engrossed in your special place!

Redesign RightBe sure to set some rules for your getaway spot. No email or social media checking, limit your internet usage completely and enjoy that summer book! If you need help creating a special place in your home, give me a call 610.955.8202, and we can work together to redesign your getaway dream!

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 .

Decorating tips for creating warm and inviting spaces

On the east coast in November with less sunlight and a chilly wind you want your home to be warm and cozy.  What have you done to create a warm and inviting space in your home to keep out the chill?  Here are a few decorating ideas to bring a nice cozy glow!

Pillows and Throws

The comfortable accessories that turn a plain couch into a warm and inviting couch can make a big difference to the feel of a room.  For example, by adding a lovely soft throw such as this chevron patterned throw from Pier1.com you can quickly add a warm feel.  In the photo above are examples of beautiful warm pillow ideas also from Pier1.com.  Don’t be afraid to mix different textures and fabric to match your warm and cozy color theme.


When you think of warm colors, what comes to mind?  Generally, any combination that reminds you of the sun or sunset!  As noted in ApartmentTherapy.com, “The reds, oranges, yellows and all the off whites that tend to this direction possess all the qualities of warmth in that they are hot, stimulating and soothing to our emotions, which crave warmth.”  If you have a large room and you wish to make it feel cozier, paint it a warm color to help draw you in.

Seating Area

Too often the first trouble area I notice when I walk into a room is how the furniture is arranged.  I find people like to align furniture with walls which can make for expansive open areas that are not connected.  These areas are not only cold and uninviting, but they make it difficult to carry on a conversation.  When you set up a room, you want to think in terms of conversation areas.  If you can’t hear the person you’re talking to, then the space is too far apart!  When setting up, your seating pieces consider creating circles of conversational areas.  I have found this change alone can make a very large impact on how a space feels and is used.

Fireplace and Candles

What says warmth more than a burning fire?  Many people have fireplaces in their home but do not like to use them, a fabulous alternative is using a fireplace grate that doubles as a candle holder.

If you do not have a fireplace in your home, you can create a faux look by constructing your own fireplace surround (this encompasses the whole fireplace frame, e.g., mantel, molding, etc.), click here for those instructions.  There are several options from purchasing a fireplace surround from your local home store, such as Home Depot or Lowes or going to a salvage company and picking up a mantel and surround from an antique store.  There is also the option to put an electric fireplace into an existing fireplace, or purchase a stand alone unit that gives the look and feel without the mess of wood or the venting issues of gas.  (Please do your research if you choose to convert an existing fireplace into a gas fireplace that it is properly vented outside and not inside your house.)  Click here for ideas from ElectricFireplacesDirect.com for electric inserts or stand alone options.

Stay warm this fall and cozy up with a nice cup of tea and a good book!

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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 Google+.