Category Archives: Interior Decorating


Whether you are refreshing your home this fall to “wow” prospective buyers or holiday guests, embrace the new season with warm hues and beautiful textures that can create an inviting palette to your home decor.

Photo Source: Birch Lane

Start with the Front Door
Curb appeal makes the best first impression to create a welcoming touch that carries through into the rest of the home. A bountiful wreath, a graphic welcome mat, colorful potted plants and lanterns for the front porch will add instant warmth and seasonal style.

Photo Source: Pier 1 Imports

The Heart of the Home
Everyone is attracted to the kitchen and dining area. Draw inspiration from nature with a linen or grass cloth runner for the dining table paired with a harvest bouquet centerpiece. Hang leaf wreaths and garlands and fill wooden bowls and baskets with a mix of apples, pears and nuts.

Photo Source: William Sonoma Home

Inviting & Chic Living Spaces
Give a neutral living area an inviting boost with accents such as plush pillows, cable knit throws, cozy rugs, floor to ceiling curtains and wall art – mix textures and fabrics in on-trend leather, velvet, suede and tiger prints. Create unique mantel or coffee table vignettes with glass hurricanes filled with gourds and acorns paired with metallic votives to add glimmers of warmth.

Photo Source: William Sonoma Home and Pottery Barn

Cozy Retreat
Switch out summer bedding for fresh linens and layer fluffy comforters or duvets with textured quilts, cozy throws and accent pillows in an array of rich colors and fabrics in velvet, suede and faux fur for pure seasonal comfort.


New Trends That Define Kitchen Decor

Whether a homeowner is selling now or wants to enjoy updates for a few years, smart on-trend solutions will add value and make a home more attractive to future buyers. The collage below features elements from several kitchens we decorated/remodeled along with a list of some of the latest trends in kitchen design for 2016 that we hope will help inspire you to get started planning your dream kitchen.

Kitchen Trends Collage grayKitchens decorated by PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

Open Kitchens
Kitchens are fading into the backdrop as open layouts infuse more seamlessly into the living room or dining room. The result is a unified, multi-functional space that is perfect for a relaxed lifestyle as well as entertaining.

Metal Range Hoods
While stainless steel finishes continue to be popular in accents such as faucets, pendant lights and cabinet hardware, this trend takes it one step further by using metal range hoods as a focal point either over the stove or a central island. They also provide a beautiful contrast to surrounding materials.

Multi-Purpose Islands
This trend is about more than just adding workspace in the kitchen – its a perfect solution for more storage, charging stations for gadgets, prep sinks, as well as another casual dining area.

Soft, Muted Color Palettes
Although white motifs continue to dominate, designers are adding touches of soft, pastel color in tiles, shelving and other accents. Also using variations of gray, muted blue and green and tinted whites for walls and cabinets are new alternatives to standard white.

Well-Lit Cabinetry
The more options for layering kitchen lighting the better. LED and low voltage light strips placed above, below and inside cabinets pair well with ceiling fixtures to provide more ways to set the right mood.


Welcoming Spring With Pastels & Florals

There’s no better time than the start of spring to introduce a fresh look to your space that you’ll love spending time in. The simplest way to do that is by adding rugs, lamps and unique one-of-a-kind items shown in the latest color trends – pastels, floral patterns and pops of bright hues. We hope our collection below will provide some inspiration for accentuating your home this season. Visit our “Florals & Pastels” Pinterest board for more ideas.




PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating has just received their second “Best of Houzz” Award for Customer Satisfaction. “We are thrilled to receive this honor as it reflects the opinion of our clients and colleagues in the home remodeling and design industry,” says Patti Stern, principal of the company. “Houzz has always been one of our most favorite sites for ideas, trends, and home decor products and one we share often with our clients to help them visualize their own style and preferences,” she adds.

“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented, competent and service-oriented professionals,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to join our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts in recognizing our “Best Of Houzz” professionals around the world.”

Please click here to visit our Houzz profile for photos of our latest projects, decorating inspiration and advice


Win a Wayfair Gift Card – Vote For Your Favorite PJ & Company Project of 2015

Before ringing in the New Year,  we’d like to reflect on our top decorating and home staging projects of 2015 by getting your vote.

Choose your favorite Model Home Decorating and Home Staging projects from the collages featured below then click HERE to email us your TOP PICKS along with any comments. As a thank you, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $50 Wayfair gift card for your home decorating needs in the new year.

The Top PJ & Company Transformation of The Year will be announced on social media as soon as the results are in and we will contact the winner via email!


(pick one)
1. Luxury Model Town Home, Newtown, CT
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Our design team used a coastal theme throughout this model which incorporates blue, white and coral hues along with rustic wood and metallic accents.

2. Luxury Model Town Home, Shelton, CT
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 This luxury waterfront Toll Brothers model features a relaxed, modern style decor with a beautiful combination of navy, cream and red that complements the warm grey wall color.

 3. New Construction Colonial, Guilford, CT
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A perfect example of how adding warmth with furnishings & accessories can make a home more saleable. The home went to contract in just four weeks after staging. Builder Credit: Beaudoin Inc. Builders and Framing Contractors

(pick one)
1. Custom Built Contemporary
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We achieved an updated look throughout this stunning home by removing dated wallpaper in the kitchen and powder room and repainting all the walls with a neutral color palette. This home sold within one month after receiving multiple offers.

2. Classic Colonial

This home needed updating and decluttering. To get it ready for sale, we created a
more modern decor by recommending fresh, neutral paint colors for all the walls. Our team then replaced outdated carpeting, added new light fixtures, and chose contemporary accents throughout. 

3. Contemporary Colonial

To make the space feel more roomy and inviting to buyers, we freshened the rooms
with simple, neutral area rugs, added modern accessories in vibrant colors and
reworked furniture placement.