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Are you ready for spring?

iStock_000004856442SmallIn terms of snowfall, this has been a winter from my youth, and if you grew up on the east coast you understand what I mean!  Although I have many good memories from those days, I’ll have to admit I’m done!  Unfortunately, it’s February and Easter doesn’t come until April … what can we do to help us get through this winter to spring hump?  When the weather is bad, I enjoy sitting in front of the fire with a favorite beverage reading a good book.  But we can’t hibernate, even though we may want to, so let’s get busy and do some home projects.  I like doing creative projects involving fabric, spray paint and glue if it involves any real construction I call in the handy man!  Here are a few ideas I came across that looked like fun and could make a big impact on your decorating and give you a feeling of freshness!

tufted-headboardDress Up a Bedroom

I love this look using a lovely fabric creating a tufted headboard for a bed – it could make a big difference in a room completely changing the look and feel.  From there, you can add new curtains, some fun pillows, and you have a new bedroom!  Click here for instructions to achieve this look.  (Photo and Idea consent given by Schuelove.com.)

Paint

You don’t have to paint the whole room to make a difference.  Consider changing the color on a feature wall for a completely new look.  Often we don’t think of winter as the best time to paint because we can’t open the doors and windows.  With the new environmentally friendly, no VOC paint, you don’t have to worry about this.  Check out these options:

By the way, VOC stands for “volatile organic compounds”.   VOCs vaporize and emit gases that are linked to a range of health problems.  What I didn’t know until I wrote this article is that only half of the VOCs in paint are released in the first year, which means this stuff continues to be released into your home.  To learn more about VOCs, click here.  (Source:  Greenliving.about.com)

Replace old and outdated chair covers

Do you have dining chairs or bar stools with the same fabric from 10 years ago?  It may be time to consider a change!  Since you don’t need that much fabric, this is an opportunity where splurging on fabric may be a good time.  Keep in mind if you have children, selecting silk may not be your best choice.  Pick a fabric that will suit your household needs; e.g., if you have kids you will want washable and durable.  If you are in the Philadelphia area, take a trip to Fabric Row in Philly – click here for a map of the area and the shops!  For help on how to replace the fabric on seat cushions click here to check out these instructions from HGTV.com.

To inspire you with spring ideas when the weather is bad, go online and check out some of my favorite online stores:

Logo-JPEG-1If you need any help with paint color selection, fabric selection or perhaps considering a room redesign, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com for all your interior decorating and home staging needs!

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 .

Decorate with Plants and Flowers

At this point in February, everyone located in the northeast is ready for the idea of spring!  Unfortunately, I think we have many more days of winter ahead of us.  What can we do to help get us through this long and snowy winter?  Though we may be blanketed in white, we can still enjoy and incorporate natural elements such as beautiful flowers and plants into our indoor décor.  Here are a few ideas and tips to help incorporate a breath of spring air into your life this February!

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Bring live plants and color into your house with multiple vases of varying height and shape.  If you keep the color of the vase the same, or choose all clear glass, you can make an arrangement without spending much and it’s easy to care for and replace.  Most grocery stores sell tulips this time of year at a very reasonable price – and what expresses the feeling of spring better than a tulip!  To help with creating flower arrangements and ideas, here is some help from Martha Stewart, click here to review.

Create a live plant arrangement by grouping multiple plants together and adding some color with flowering plants.  By grouping many plants together, you get the fullness that you want and by adding some inexpensive flowering plants from your local garden center or grocery store you get some instant gratification in color!  If you plant the flowering plants on the outside of the planter, you can easily remove the flowering plant once it is past its flowering stage and replace with the next one that you prefer.

Create a terrarium!  If you would like to create your own, click here for useful step-by-step instructions from Sprout Home.  Peruse the many nice products offered at Terrain online or in their Glen Mills, Pennsylvania location or West Elm online or at their store location in King of Prussia Mall.

Go to a flower show!  Philadelphia hosts a world-renowned show, hosted by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society.  The 2014 Flower Show opens on Saturday, March 1 and will close on Sunday, March 9.  The theme this year is ARTiculture and the flowers and colors look spectacular!  Click here to read more about attending the flower show this year.  I can’t wait to attend and purchase many bouquets of roses!  The hardest part is deciding which colors!

Attend a gardening class at a local nursery!  Terrain in Glen Mills offers a class to help you prepare your flower bed for spring!  That will get you in the mood for spring, click here to learn more about that class.  Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania also provides educational courses as well; click here to view their offerings.

Visit an indoor garden!  This can help rejuvenate you, think about new color combinations and inspire you in your own home or garden!  Plus it’s always warm and beautiful in those greenhouses!  Living in the Philadelphia area we are fortunate to have Longwood Gardens in our back yard with a yearly display of beautiful conservatories filled with beauty that are awe inspiring.  Click here to plan your visit!

Logo-JPEG-1March 20th is the first day of spring this year; that’s not too far away!  Enjoy these thoughts of spring!  If you want to make a change in your home and you need help, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com to help you with your design vision.

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 .