Home of Distinction Showcases Sophisticated, Luxury Decor

The Avon Home of Distinction welcomed hundreds of visitors throughout September, showcasing the latest decor and home building trends. This luxury home built by Pecoy Signature Homes, took stylish, sophisticated living out of the pages of a magazine and into a real home. As the official interior decorator and home staging sponsor, the PJ & Company Home Styling team was inspired by the home’s architectural beauty. We collaborated with furniture partners to select furnishings that reflected our vision of a luxurious home with stylish, comfortable spaces for living and entertaining.

As a designer show house we introduced visitors to the hottest styles of the season they may not typically see in traditional New England homes – bold color, Asian influences and Hollywood glamour and sophistication.

While the home is no longer on tour, the following photos  offer a glimpse into the home’s interior and decor styles that will be trending into 2014. Consider adapting some of our style into your own home this season.

Pecoy_Avon_Family Room
Photo Credit: Jeff Kaufman Photography

Grey is the new neutral in home decor and this grey menswear inspired sectional anchors the transitional look of this open family room. We added orange to brighten and energize the space with a modern leather studded chair, pillows, and artwork.

Pecoy_Avon_Dining Room
Photo Credit: Jeff Kaufman Photography

Centered around a Tibetan table, this dining room exudes Hollywood glamour. This room is about entertaining with luxe furnishings that add elegant style to any dinner party.  An eclectic mix of textures, mirrored furniture and finishes create a modern version of this dramatic style.

Pecoy_Avon_Living Room
Photo Credit: Jeff Kaufman Photography

Our room of color – designed in collaboration with  Ron Smith of Chapter One – conveys our “out of the box” vision for this home. Bold color and pattern play dominate this space.

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Photo Credit: Jeff Kaufman Photography

This grand master bedroom features dark espresso furniture mixed with grey and fuschia, creating an elegant retreat.

Photo Credit: Jeff Kaufman Photography
We wanted to showcase a modern style for a child’s room and this new grey toned  crib set was the perfect choice. This wonderful neutral can be dressed up for a boy or girl.

PJ & Company Interior Decorating and Staging Sponsor for Home of Distinction

It is hard to believe summer is over and it’s back to school time. After a busy summer, which included a once-in-a lifetime trip to France and London with my family — and reinforced my love for simple simple french country style — our team is gearing up for fall.  We’re already busy working with clients to redecorate their homes as well as helping sellers stage their property for sale.

Home of Distinction Cube Ad

One of our most exciting projects is as the Official Interior Decorating and Home Staging Sponsor of the Home of Distinction, by Pecoy Signature Homes, that is also being promoted by Fox-TV, the Hartford Courant, Hartford Magazine and New Haven Living Magazine. We have been working diligently these past few months selecting and coordinating the interior furnishings for this Showcase custom home and collaborating with furniture and accessory partners including Chapter One, Williams-Sonoma, Puritan Furniture, Tommy Bahama, and Lord & Taylor’s.

Guests can tour the home Friday thru Sunday from September 13 – 29  and learn more about the model home tour,  our services and all the partners.

For the full tour schedule and to win tickets to tour this spectacular home visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pjandcompanyhomestyling

We hope to see you at the home!

*A $10 Home of Distinction admission fee benefits Hartford’s Camp Courant. For more information visit www.homeofdistinction.com




Is Wallpaper In or Out?

Wallpaper is a top trend but as both an interior decorator and professional home stager I have a varying viewpoint on using it in home décor.  Is it in or out?  I say it’s both.

IN: As an interior decorator I love wallpaper. Interior decorating is focused on creating a space that matches the homeowner’s individual style and vision for their home, making wallpaper an exciting design choice in any room. Added to an accent wall, a beautiful wall covering can offer a stylish décor alternative to paint and creates an eye-catching design feature. Today’s options include modern designs from graphic prints including chevron and ikat patterns, colorful patterns and exquisite botanicals. One of my favorite wallpaper companies is Schumacher. Their design collections offer an array of patterns, colors and textures from hand-woven grass cloths, paper-backed natural linens, silk wovens, embossed vinyls and modern and historical prints to suit any homeowner’s taste and room décor. (Feature Image: Martyn Lawrence Bullard Wallcoverings by Schumacher)

 Schumacher Offers Beautiful Wallcovering Options From Classic Neutrals to Bold Patterns.


OUT: As a professional home stager, I always recommend removing wallpaper when selling. Wall covering choices in interior decorating are custom picked for a homeowner and very personal; it’s rare a buyer and seller will share the same sense of style for wallpaper. When staging a home to sell quickly and for top dollar, we are neutralizing the property to appeal to a range of buyers. Outdated designs will distract buyers, make a room look smaller and give the home a dated feel. Instead of seeing the room’s features, buyers will be thinking about the time and effort they’ll have to spend or the cost of removing the wallpaper. Hiring a professional who can properly strip and prep the walls and paint a neutral color is a definite cost effective update that will make the home more attractive to buyers.  These following spaces were all transformed into spaces buyers could envision living and demonstrate the importance of neutralizing a space before listing your home.

This bathroom offers tremendous space and storage but buyers would be so distracted by the bold, blue cloud wallpaper they wouldn’t appreciate all the room’s features or envision it as their personal space.

Wallpaper Before After Bathroom copy

The dated wallpaper in this master bedroom makes the room feel smaller and is unappealing for younger buyers.  Replacing the wallpaper with a neutral paint color opens up the space so the room’s size and features, such as beautiful hardwood flooring stand out to buyers.

Wallpaper Before After Master Bedroom

Buyers would be so distracted by the pink wallpaper they wouldn’t even notice the beautiful window seat in this additional bedroom. 

Wallpapaer Before After Small Bedroom copy


For more information on PJ & Company Home Styling’s decorating or staging services or to schedule an in-home consultation, please contact Patti Stern at 203-640-3762 or patti@pjstagingdecorating.com.

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Model Home Tour

Even if you aren’t house hunting, touring a model home is a fun and up close way to see the latest decor trends outside the pages of a magazine. PJ & Company recently decorated this beautiful Toll Brothers model home – incorporating some of the latest styles in home decor. White and silver paired with dark charcoal grey and topped with raspberry and yellow accents creates a glamorous, elegant design throughout the home. Our photos of the finished look will give you a closer peak at the color scheme, accessories, furniture selection and design layout to inspire your own home decor updates. Photo Credit: Jeff Kauffman

Deep brown espresso furnishings paired with the warm grey wall color create a sophisticated entry as well as dining space – the first room that welcomes guests to the home.  Touches of teal accents add a burst of color.  The modern, elegant chandelier adds a touch of opulence.

Kimberton_Entrance and Dining Room

The cream ottoman offers contrast against the deep grey furnishings in this living space.  Placement of the artwork above the couch draws the eye up to highlight the rooms architectural details. Beautiful accessories throughout the space complete the room.

Kimberton_Living Room

The warm grey and deep brown tones in the gorgeous master retreat create a calming, serene space.  Plum pairs well with the grey as an accent color for other textiles in the room.  A chandelier – unexpected for a bedroom – and art decor mirrors complete the room’s sophisticated design.

Kimberton_Master Bed Room

Emerald and teal tones have been the color of 2013.  This teal accent wall creates a wow in this second bath and is complimented by the additional teal accessories and natural accents.

 Kimberton_Second Bath Room
PJ & Company Home Styling, LLC offers in-home decorating and staging services to clients in Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts. Patti Stern, PJ & Company’s principal, interior decorator and accredited home staging professional, and her team, work closely with individuals to redecorate, renovate or simply refresh their home décor. She also offers comprehensive, turnkey staging services to help homeowners sell their home quickly and for top dollar.

For more information, please contact Patti Stern at 203-640-3762 or patti@pjstagingdecorating.com.

Connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pjandcompanyhomestyling or Twitter at www.twitter.com/pjhomestyling


PJ & Company’s Own Design Transformation

Welcome to the new home of pjstagingdecorating.com and our blog.  2013 has been one of PJ & Company’s busiest years to date – our team helping countless homeowners transform their interiors. We are thrilled to now have taken a moment to focus on our own design transformation online and bring you our new site, offering a fresh new look into home staging and decor. We will also regularly share our insights on today’s housing market and showcase our recent staging and decorating makeovers.

As the housing market evolves, staging has become even more critical to successfully marketing a home for sale. Attracting buyer interest from the moment they first view a properties listing photos is key to generating interest – and getting offers quickly and for top dollar.

More and more homeowners today are also making the investment into their homes for their own enjoyment, updating and redecorating their spaces. Helping homeowners renovate or update their home and deliver their design vision continues to be our passion.

We invite you to take a closer look at our Design Portfolio, Recent Articles as well as Staging Faqs and Tips. Check back often for updates and new posts with our latest insights into home staging, interior decorating and new redesign tips! If you are thinking of selling or want to update your home’s decor, feel free to contact me at patti@pjstagingdecorating.com.


Principal of PJ & Company Home Styling, LLC

Accredited Home Stager and Interior Decorator



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