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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.

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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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PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating
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)

BeaudryHomeFRFamily Room Staged by: PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating
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

Simple Updates To Freshen Your Home For Spring

Has Spring Fever given you the urge to spruce up your home for a little “pick-me-up”? With these five tips, you can celebrate the season with simple updates to your decor without breaking the bank, or your back.


1. Bring The Outdoors Inside. Place a variety of natural garden-like elements such as potted plants, topiaries and moss covered balls on mantels, floors and shelves. Accessorize with beautiful botanical prints, fresh cut fern or boxwood clippings in glass vases, dried flower or pussy willow twig wreaths, ceramic bird figurines and plates which will make you feel closer to nature.

2. Add Fresh Coat of Paint. Go brighter, crisper and cleaner for spring. Start by choosing one new color such as yellow or green for an accent wall and combine with complimentary accessories which will make the space feel instantly inviting and renewed. Try a fresh coat of a trending color such as Benjamin Moore’s Champion Cobalt for your front door or shutters for instant curb appeal.

3. Update Bedding. Now is the time to consider some new bedding for your master bedroom, guest room, or kids room. Layer your bed starting with white and add some of the freshest colors for spring — coral, turquoise, or butter yellow. And, if your bedding is in great shape, just add accent pillows, new shams, and large European size pillows to transform the look of your room.


Family Room Staged By PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating
We chose bright green sheer curtains with pillows in turquoise, yellow and orange highlights
to give this room a fresh, nature-inspired look for spring.

4. Get Bold With Fresh Colors. Add color and texture to your family room by switching out winter pillows and window treatments with new spring colors and organic designs. Navy and white, orange and yellow, and linen pillows are great accessories to liven up any space. Don’t forget about your lamps which are also available in many different colors this season from green to orange.

5. Refresh Kitchen and Dining Accessories. Switch out dinnerware for ones with bright, garden-inspired patterns which pair well with lighter weight tablecloths and place mats in natural woven textures. Add new seat cushions, a geometric patterned rug in front of the sink and beach scented candles and you’ll be reminded that summer is just around the corner!