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The new year as well as the upcoming spring season brings with it a fresh outlook and new beginnings – exactly what prospective home buyers are thinking about while searching for their new “happy place.” For sellers preparing their homes to sell this spring, that means engaging buyers by showcasing a warm, welcoming and cheerful property that they can easily envision living in. The following are our spring décor styling tips to help sellers prepare their property to stand out among the sea of new listings and “wow” buyers this spring.

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Natural Elements Paired with Metallics
One of our favorite trends that remains popular is plants of all shapes and sizes – succulents, trees or plants in baskets and colorful planters, fresh or synthetic garden flowers in vases and wreaths. Since metallic accents also continue to be on-trend, we love pairing the two together for an elegant touch to appeal to today’s buyers who like to feel close to nature.

Living Room Staged by PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

Pops of Bright Accents
Pair bold pops of colorful accessories such as accent pillows, throws, artwork, glass bowls filled with fruit and fluffy bathroom towels against a neutral backdrop to give any room a boost of energy and warmth. Mix and match different textures and patterns for added depth and modern style.

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Update Paint Colors
Whether you repaint an entire room or an accent wall, a fresh coat of paint works wonders to instantly brighten and open a space to make it appear larger. To spruce up your curb appeal, try a fresh coat of a trending spring color such as Benjamin Moore’s Caliente for your front door to create a welcoming first impression.

Master Bedroom Staged by PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

Fresh Bedding
To create a spring-like oasis in the bedroom, switch out winter bedding and replace with fluffy duvets in white, or on-trend floral patterns paired with a soft, cozy throw and accent pillows in different sizes, colors and textures.  To complete the look, add soothing nature-inspired wall art in complementary colors.



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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



Holidays spent with friends and family is something we should all feel grateful for. So why not make your Thanksgiving guests feel extra special by setting an unforgettably welcoming table to gather around? Whether your style is casual or formal, we have some tips for setting the tone (and table) that’s right for you.


1. Use Warm, Rich Autumn Hues
Mix and match neutral dinnerware and table linens with pops of whimsical colors of the season – oranges, reds, yellows and browns. For a more formal and cohesive look, try to limit patterns and colors to no more than two.

2. Mix and Match Styles 
For a modern twist, replace the traditional table cloth with natural woven placemats or chargers paired with more formal fine china and and glassware.

3. Use Elements With Different Textures 
Add depth to your centerpiece by layering natural, rustic elements such as pumpkins, gords, twigs and pinecones with a mix of shiny silver and gold metallic votives and candleholders.


4. Be Creative For A Unique Look  
Have fun by using items from nature in unexpected ways — spray pumpkins with copper or gold metallic paint, place fall flowers in gourd vases, attach a simple name tag to  a colorful pear, use bark edged wood for chargers, ask guests to write what they are thankful for on small  cards and hang from a bouquet of branches, etc.

Click here to visit our Thanksgiving Tablescapes Pinterest board for more creative ideas!

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.


Mixing Different Textures to Create Style and Warmth in Any Room

Adding texture to any room creates interest, style and an inviting setting. From wicker ottomons with leather cushions, to wing back chairs in luxurious velvet, to industrial style reclaimed wood tables and beautiful polished mirrors – texture provides the eye with something interesting to look at and provides subtle dimension to any decor. Adding different textures is especially important in a room with a neutral color scheme which on its own would be very bland and flat. The key is to create the right balance so the elements don’t feel overpowering or too busy for the space.

The following are some ideas for incorporating texture into your home decor by using a well-balanced mix of furniture, accessories and accents in different fabrics, materials and styles.

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A mix of fabrics, patterns and materials make each room inviting.

  • Linen sofas paired with leather and velvet side chairs
  • Chairs or ottomans with decorative patterns mixed with solid colored love seats and sofas
  • Tufted sofas and chairs with nail head decorative trim
  • Industrial style wood tables combined with slip covered sofas or micro suede sectionals
  • Marble or granite countertops, glass tiled backsplash and stainless steel appliances (see kitchen above)

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Neutral sofas combined with zebra patterned side chair, shag area rug, multi-colored pillows and chenille throw create a well-balanced, inviting room.

  • Pair embroidered, linen and spun-silk pillows with woven shades and curtains
  • Either layer patterned area rugs upon neutral carpeting or use shag rugs and natural fiber materials such as jute or sisal with hardwood floors
  • Wallpaper –  try grass cloth, wood grain or brocade patterns on one wall that’s surrounded by painted walls
  • Break up a bare wall with wainscoting and decorative molding as well as tiling in the kitchen or bath

Dorwood Master BathMaster Bathroom Staged by: PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating
We created warmth and depth using a natural woven rug and basket, wooden candleholders and three-dimensional artwork.

  • Draw inspiration from nature with plants, flowers, shells, stones, branches and decorative woven balls and pair with metallic or glass bowls and vases
  • Metal wire baskets and containers on wood tables, lanterns wound with rope, hammered metal and pottery lamp bases on glass end tables
  • Mirrors with distressed wood frames – the contrast of sleek and glossy combined with organic materials adds a lot of dimension
  • Use three-dimensional wall art and frames hung in a grid like or abstract pattern to add dimension to plain walls