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A Thank You Gift For Our 12th Anniversary

To celebrate our 12th Anniversary we are offering $50 off a home decorating consultation with one of our designers. No matter what your style, schedule or budget, we can help refresh any space in your home for the new year.

Contact us to schedule and mention “The Style Report” through January 31, 2018.



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.


Kitchen Updates That Will Attract Buyers

Kitchens are more important than ever when it comes to influencing buyers’ perceptions of a home as well as the perceived value. There are many ways homeowners can update key kitchen features depending on your budget. Painting, updating appliances, lighting, and cabinet hardware are just a few examples of simple fixes that are worth every penny to engage buyers.

The following photos include some of PJ & Company’s kitchen staging and renovation projects featuring some of these great ideas.

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The Kitchen Cabinet Transformation
Our favorite fix for dated cabinets is paint. Using bright white paint to cover outdated, dark wood cabinets gives this kitchen (pictured above) a modern facelift. Other cosmetic fixes to enhance the look include replacing cabinet hardware with sleek, brushed nickel knobs and handles. Adding a few modern accessories like the small sisal rug provides a relaxed and inviting Pottery Barn look.

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Remove Outdated Wallpaper
An easy way to add modern style is to say goodbye to dated wallpaper with busy patterns. Painting walls a neutral color will enhance the kitchen’s best features. Then add texture and pattern in accents such as seat cushions, rugs, window treatments and wall art.

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Update Fixtures and Appliances
The right lighting is a critical part of any space but is most important in the kitchen for functionality. These industrial style pendant lights are a perfect example of a simple update that adds a twist of contemporary style with sophisticated appeal.

The single lever faucet which compliments the stainless steel stove and floating hood is another example of an upgrade which completes the state of the art look of the room. There are a range of options available to choose from which will give a high-end look that will be attractive to buyers.

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Invest in Countertops
Repair or replace counters that are cracked, stained or dated. If replacing, consider one of our favorite materials, Quartz which is a popular alternative to granite and marble (used for island in above photo). It comes in a variety of colors and styles that provide both a custom appeal along with durability.

Update Flooring
Nothing says dated more than worn carpeting, scuffed hardwood floors, and cracked tile. If your kitchen floor is dull and has lost its lustre, first try to wax or polish surfaces, re-grout or repair tiles. Otherwise consider replacing with a variety of affordable and durable synthetic options that are widely available and mimic the look of hardwood, stone or marble flooring.


PJ & Company’s Favorite Transformations of 2014

Best of Home Renovations and Staging Projects 

Best Renovations

The kitchen featured below was our favorite renovation of 2014. We love the classic white kitchen cabinets combined with modern elements including industrial style pendants, a floating hood and natural stone backsplash, and most of all the Quartz island and countertops.

Photo Credit: PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

This South Salem, NY bathroom was transformed once we decided to give it a modern facelift by painting the dated vanity a dark espresso and adding stylish cabinet hardware. The transformation offers buyers a move-in ready master retreat.

 Photo Credit: PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

Patti’s 1969 master bath was cramped and outdated so she decided to demolish the space to provide a blank canvas for a new layout and design. The new and improved room features a modern, spa-like style with an earthy color scheme including a rich espresso vanity, glass tiles, a stone shower floor, frameless shower door, and jeweled light sconces affixed to the wall-to-wall mirror.

Photo Credit: PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

 Best Staging Before and Afters 

This vacant 1930s mansion in the historic district of Hartford, CT was transformed into a property designed to engage buyers. Using modern elements and warm colors our staging team created a modern decor that showcased the wonderful architectural detail of this unique home.

Photo Credit: PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating 

The decor in this multi-million dollar, 5,700 square foot colonial in Westchester, NY living room was outdated and the furniture layout was uninviting. After we rearranged the furniture, refreshed with a modern wall color, and updated the room’s accessories including a more modern rug, this room appealed to buyers both online and in person.

Photo Credit: PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

For more information and to view more photos of our interior decorating and staging projects, please visit our portfolio page at www.pjstagingdecorating.com.


It’s All In the Details: A Modern Take On The Classic White Kitchen

More and more homeowners are seeking to achieve their dream home, but according to a recent Houzz survey, very few have achieved their vision. For many, their home is a work in progress.

Remodeling spending has been strong the past two years and to achieve their dream house, 36 percent of Houzz respondents are looking to refresh existing décor, 44 percent want a complete overhaul of the home and 20 percent want to build a completely new home.

Our recent clients, Ellen and Andrew, were among the group of homeowners that love their home and property but wanted to make some modern updates. They hadn’t updated the major rooms in their home in many years, and were ready for a complete overhaul in several key spaces and enlisted our help.

The kitchen in particular was in excellent condition but somewhat dated and reminiscent of the 1990s. Working with our client’s vision for their “dream” kitchen, we completely transformed the space from start to finish. The final reveal, pictured below, features classic custom shaker style cabinetry paired with modern elements throughout to give this kitchen an upscale, sophisticated look.


Kitchen before


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Balancing modern and transitional kitchen décor trends including Quartz countertops, industrial pendant lighting, and simple shaker style cabinetry were important elements to incorporate into this custom kitchen to ultimately achieve the homeowner’s vision for their ideal space.

Levada After Collage

  • Bright White Custom Cabinetry. White continues to be the overwhelming choice for kitchens and these custom Shaker style cabinets feature clean lines and sophisticated style that are timeless.
  •  Industrial Pendant Lighting. Lighting selections are a critical part of any space — but most important in the kitchen. By adding these two pendant lights over the marble looking quartz island we created a twist of contemporary style with sophisticated appeal.
  • Quartz Countertops. Granite has ruled supreme in recent years but trend setting quartz countertops offer a variety of colors and styles that provide both a custom appeal along with durability.
  • Faucet. We selected a high end industrial style, single lever faucet that balances modern styling and design with the hard working functionality a kitchen faucet demands.
  • Tile Backsplash. These custom subway tiles offer a classic appeal but have a beveled edge that adds extra style. The custom, natural stone tile behind the stove and floating hood, provides the kitchen’s focal point and our client’ favorite element of their new kitchen!