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HOME IMPROVEMENTS THAT MATTER MOST TO MILLENNIAL BUYERS

Millennials, who make up the largest share of homebuyers, are looking for “move-in condition” properties and therefore want to avoid the expense of significant repairs, based on the latest National Association of Realtors study. The bottom line for today’s sellers is to look through the lens of selective buyers and invest in updates that will be most appealing to them. Our list below features the top modest home improvements to get your home noticed and boost its perceived value in a competitive market.

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Enhance Curb Appeal

Make the best first impression for buyers even before they step foot in the door by investing in the exterior of the property by sprucing up curb appeal:

  • Remodeling magazine’s 2020 Cost vs. Value Report lists replacing siding, garage doors, entry doors and windows as the upgrades with the greatest return on investment.
  • Refresh landscaping by trimming bushes, weeding, eliminating dead shrubs/trees and manicuring the lawn.
  • Power wash and make any necessary repairs to siding, windows, walkways and steps.
  • Enhance the entry with a fresh coat of on-trend paint color for the front door and update or clean all outdoor light fixtures. Finish with a colorful welcome mat, fresh wreath, potted plants, and seasonal potted plants.

Refresh the Heart of The Home

The 2020 Cost vs. Value Report also lists minor kitchen remodels as a top investment for resale. Our top kitchen upgrades for an instant boost include:

  • Introduce modern lighting options with fixtures in different materials (metals, woods, rattan) and geometric shapes.
  • Swap out dated faucets and cabinet hardware for more contemporary, full-functioning styles in trending finishes such as matte black, brushed brass, or polished nickel.
  • Rather than completely replacing dark, dated and worn cabinets, simply repaint them in a bright white or soft gray hue to brighten and enlarge the space.
  • Replace or refinish damaged or dull hardwood floors to make the room shine.

Give the Bathroom a Boost

Potential buyers evaluate bathrooms both functionally and visually — the colors, the style, the layout, the amenities and the fixtures. 

  • Start by fixing leaky faucets and showerheads, worn caulking, broken toilet, chipped tile.
  • Replace outdated lighting in modern designs and finishes to instantly set the mood and add sophisticated style. Pair with matching hardware and faucets to complete the look.
  • Change out damaged and dated countertops with marble or quartz and/or paint darker colored vanities with an on-trend neutral or soft color (the robin egg blue pictured above is a perfect example).
  • Be sure the wall and/or tile color is soft and soothing to give the room a spa-like appeal.

Revive the Dining Room

Buyers want to envision where they can entertain guests so be sure to present it as spacious, inviting and elegant.

  • The best way to make the space feel larger and enhance the room’s features is by covering dark walls with neutral paint. It will also pair well with bright white crown molding and/or wainscoting, an added touch of elegance.
  • Replace traditional chandeliers with chic, contemporary fixtures to set a more sophisticated tone.
  • Spruce up your dining room table with a stylish table setting to help buyers envision their own dinners here.

Create a Master Bedroom Retreat

Make the master bedroom feel like a cozy getaway with these simple changes:

  • Remove and/or replace heavy draperies with simple, sheer white curtains or shades that allows for a little privacy while letting in natural light.
  • Install stylish ceiling and bedside table lighting.
  • Deep clean soiled carpeting to restore plushness or add a neutral, textured area rug to hardwood floors.
  • Layer fluffy, white bedding with accent pillows and soft throws in different colors and patterns.

When all the above updates are complete, don’t forget to hire a professional home stager to add inviting, modern furnishings and accents to help buyers emotionally connect every step of the way!

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HOW TO USE PAINT AND WALL COVERINGS TO SPRUCE UP YOUR HOME DECOR


Color is one of the most dynamic and versatile design elements for adding personal style to your home’s decor. It not only sets the mood and tone, but can also bring out a room’s architectural features. Wallpaper is also back in style and can help add depth and interest to any room.

Not sure where to begin when choosing a paint color or wallpaper pattern for your spaces? The following are some tips and creative ideas that we hope will inspire you.

1. Create Your Palette
  • Start by considering your personal color preferences. Which colors do you gravitate towards – jewel tones, pastels, neutral?
  • Collect images and swatches from Pinterest, Houzz, and other decor sources. Even consider your own personal experiences: vacations, nature, artwork, etc. that attract and inspire you.
  • Group the colors and view them together in the room to see how they look with existing furnishings and during different times of the day (colors look different in the morning, afternoon and evening).
2. Define The Mood
  • Narrow down colors based on the vibe they evoke.
  • Decorate with intention by choosing colors that have personal meaning and give you a sense of satisfaction.
  • Hues from nature such as blue, green and tan feel tranquil, soothing and renewing.
  • Bright yellows, oranges and reds enliven a space with warmth and energy.
  • Darker colors convey mystery, drama and formality while lighter colors are lively and optimistic.
3. Accent Your Space

There are many ways to highlight your home’s architectural features with color:

  • Try lightening up a traditional brick fireplace by whitewashing it for a more modern look.
  • Built-in shelving can be treated like furniture by using either the same color paint or a contrast color to the walls. Make a bookshelf pop by painting the back of the shelves a complementary accent color
  • Try using contrasting color on stairway risers and/or spindles for a dramatic entryway.
4. Add Personal Style With Wallpaper
  • Wallpaper can add style and dimension to any space. Consider using wallpaper as an accent wall in a small office or powder room.
  • Keep the style of the wallpaper similar to your home’s decor – traditional, contemporary, rustic, etc.
  • You should feel emotionally attached to the design so you won’t get tired of it quickly.
  • In a room with many doors and windows, avoid large pattern repeats. Instead, choose a textured or solid color.
5. Still Overwhelmed?
  • Consider consulting with an interior designer who can help narrow down paint and paper selections based on your taste and budget.

For more info please contact Patti Stern at 203.640.3762 or email patti@pjstagingdecorating.com.

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Function and Style – Two Key Elements in This Bathroom Makeover

We recently helped a young couple with a new baby remodel and decorate their dated bath/laundry area so that they could enjoy comfort, functionality and style for many years to come. If you are considering a bathroom remodel, we hope our before and after photos below provide inspiration for creating your dream bathroom – please contact us if you need our help!

Cordani Hall Bath Vanity & Light B&A

White vanities, quartz countertops and carrara marble continue to be on trend. We gave this dated bathroom a stylish update with faux carrara marble flooring (that wouldn’t break the budget), bright white paint for vanity, molding and trim, and a soft neutral gray wall color. The quartz countertop, polished chrome faucets and hardware, framed whited mirror and vanity lighting completed the design our client had envisioned.

Cordani Hall Bath Floor With Shower B&A

Finding the right shower design that would be perfect for bathing a baby was a small challenge. We started from scratch with a new porcelain tub, white subway tile and glass tile accent enclosure, shelf insert for storage, and a single handle chrome shower head and faucet. The frameless french glass shower doors not only adds style but allows great functionality when bathing a child.

Cordani Laundry Closet B&A verticle

This laundry closet transformation was top on our client’s list. She needed easier access, a place for storage and folding clothes, as well as a way to hang wet clothes with ease. We created a more functional space including new front load washer and dryer, new cabinets and hanging bar, a formica countertop, and new mission style closet doors. We also provided some extra space by moving the wall back.

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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.

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