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End of Summer Outdoor Party Tips

Grilling at summer weekendAs we head into the last week of August, I know that everyone is getting ready for the kids to get back to school and changing from summer to fall routines. In this spirit I know I’m trying to take advantage of all of the fabulous options that summer has to offer. Are you considering throwing an outdoor end-of-summer party? If so, hop on over to my fabulous posts for some tips:  5 Tips for Dining Outdoors and 5 Tips for a Successful Outdoor Party.

Depending on if you are planning to have adults only, or a family party will depend on how you handle the seating, table settings, etc. However, you don’t have to give up style! For some beautiful inspiration, click here to view some outdoor dining ideas from House Beautiful. Though some of them may seem extravagant or too complicated, take a few ideas and incorporate them into your party! Personally, I love the color combination of crisp navy with a white setting and pops of summer flowers. I like adding large blue bottles of Saratoga Spring Sparkling Water that is a beautiful deep blue at intervals on the table. Combine that with clear crystal votives and vases, cuttings from your garden or grocery store purchased flowers and it’s very easy to create a lovely table. If blue isn’t your color, consider using green, adding large bottles of Pellegrino Sparkling Water goes with any summer combination since it is a color of nature!

I always struggle with how much food to get and always overestimate. If you are planning an outdoor barbecue, click here for a food calculator from the Food Network. Keep in mind that food should not be exposed to the direct sun so you will want to place under a canopy or simply don’t bring it out until it is service time. Keep food cool by putting ice on the bottom of a deep tray then place another tray on top of that tray, allowing the cold to chill the food and keep the melting ice water away. Be sure to cover your food with a clean cloth, plastic wrap, or food “tent” until you are ready to serve.

Enjoy this last week of August and I hope all of your end of summer get togethers are fabulous!

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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 .

5 Tips to help you Decorate for Summer

Blue OceanI love warm weather, the sunshine and all things summer! The beach is one of my favorite places, and I enjoy the shades of teal and blue. With those wonderful thoughts and feelings in mind, I wanted to review some ideas to help you include some of the things we love about summer into your home decorating. Here are five tips:

  1. Include fun summer patterns of warm climates, such as these beautiful ikat patterned pillows from Eastern Home Décor’s, click here to view on Etsy.com.
  2. Bring the fabulous natural elements of the outside inside! Incorporate natural fibers such as rattan and jute (in ottomans, rugs, or curtains).
  3. Add the colors of summer! Use colors of the ocean with pops of bright green, coral, or blue. These can be incorporated in throws, candles, vases, and pillows.
  4. Use touches of ocean-themed items in your everyday life. Have you seen enamel flatware? It comes in a variety of colors check out this lovely Caribbean Blue from Pottery Barn. Combine it with your existing white dishware to add a touch of the sea to your table setting. Click here to view.
  5. Incorporate ocean-themed accessories such as fish prints, found coral, seashells, and driftwood. If you have favorite shells that you and your family have collected, display them in a wood or glass bowl. I have seen lovely pieces of driftwood used in coffee table decorations with candles that are stunning. My girlfriend, Joanne has filled three gigantic glass cylinders of beautiful white, blue and green sea glass that she has collected from the beach for over ten years. Not only do these collections offer warm memories, they reflect light as they sit by a window and provide a beautiful focal point in the room.

For more ideas and things that I have found to support you with your summer-themed home décor I have put together a board on Pinterest, click here to view.

Redesign RightIf you need help with a summer-time redesign to get your house ready for fun, guests, parties or just a pick-me-up, 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 .

Getting Your Deck or Patio Ready For Summer Fun

Home ExteriorsIt’s that time of year where we bring out our patio furniture and accessories and decide what we need to clean, pitch or replace.  Spring is a good time to take a look at your grill cover or furniture covers, if they are completely falling apart it may be time to replace.  Click here for some options.

Checklist for your deck or patio:

  • If you have a wood deck, take a look at it and decide if it needs to be cleaned?  I found a great article that you may wish to review if you plan to clean your deck, especially if you want to use a power washer, click here to read.  For ideas on finishes for your deck click here for tips from Better Homes & Garden.
  • How is your patio furniture looking?  Is it in need of a good cleaning, repair, or perhaps new cushions?  Click here for some helpful ideas on how to clean various outdoor items.
  • Pull out your pots and determine if they need to be cleaned or discarded.  If you have old terracotta pots, which can be challenging since they dry out so quickly, consider using them as decorative items in your garden to add a unique structure or planting idea.  Click here for a fantastic vertical eye-catching plant display using old terracotta pots.

Now for the fun part, how do you want to decorate?

To quickly add color and spruce up your deck or patio, consider adding throw pillows in a new color with matching lanterns.  Keep in mind, you can always change the color of a lantern, check out the many options at your local home store, choosing a paint intended for outdoor use.

Create an instant conversation area, add a throw rug for a cozy seating area.  If you don’t want to deal with real candles if you have children, there are excellent flameless choices now that you can leave outside, have timers, and are battery-operated.  Check out some of the options by clicking here.  Keep in mind that lamps and floor lamps can be used outside to add warmth and ambience to a sitting area.  To look at some options of outdoor lamps and floor lamps, click here, for an extensive collection at Home Depot.

It’s probably too early to create pots, but you can start the planning process.  I suggest creating a plan before you head out to your local nursery, so you don’t purchase too much or too little.  You will want to have a lay out in mind of the number of pots you intend to fill and the heights that you require.  If you spend the time on this now, you will have fabulous results!  Happy planning and don’t forget to pick up the necessary potting soil for that project.

redesign rightEnjoy your spring!  And remember, if you need help with any redesign or color consultation project give me a call 610.955.8202, I would be glad to help you!

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 .