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PJ & Company New Year Home Decor Sale

Calling all Stagers, Realtors, Builders and New Homeowners! PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating is selling the company’s modern home staging furnishings. Discounts will be offered for multi-room purchases. This one-time only sale features a variety of on-trend, lightly used furniture and accessories for every room in the house!

Our unique collection includes upholstered dining chair sets, living room accent chairs, console tables, desks, rugs in various sizes, table and floor lamps, bedding, throw pillows (in every color and pattern), wall art, mirrors and a variety of table top accessories. The following is a list by category with sample photos. Visit our website portfolio at pjstagingdecorating.com for more photos.

For more info and to schedule an in-person appointment, contact Patti Stern, principal ofPJ & Company at 203.640.3762 or pstern@snet.net.


Upholstered accent chairs, desks and rugs in neutral tones for an inviting family room, living room, office, dining room or kitchen. Items range from dining chair sets, small accent tables, console tables, desks and kitchen bar stools. Area rugs include a selection of 8×10 and 5x7s with subtle patterns in both shaggy and flatweave options. We also have some flatweave 4×6’s and smaller bath mats as well.


Includes fluffy and inviting comforter sets with shams (bright white solids, textures, navy/white and black/cream patterns) in king, queen and twin sizes. Standard and king pillows and white pillow cases, decorative throw pillows in many colors and textures and plush throws in whites, creams, grays and blues.


Wall art in various sizes and styles such as framed and canvas landscapes, flowers and abstracts, large round wall clocks and heavy mirrors in silver, brushed gold and black framed finishes.


Table lamp sets perfect for living rooms and bedrooms in mercury glass, glass, and silver finishes with white or beige linen shades as well as single, smaller lamps and goose necks for desks. Also included are several floor lamps in versatile styles and finishes.


All types of interesting objects in varying heights and sizes, textures and colors for creating welcoming vignettes for centerpieces, coffee tables, bookcases, kitchen and bathroom counters/vanities, etc. Some examples include metal or basket trays, ceramic and glass vases and bottles, metal orbs, table clocks, glass candleholders, succulent plants, faux flowers in pots and vases, cannisters, soap dispensers, placemats, napkins. table runners, etc.


How One Stager Prepared Her Own Home for the Market

“How One Stager Prepared Her Own Home for the Market”

Getting a home ready to sell in any given real estate market can seem like a daunting task for anyone, even a professional home stager like me. When preparing my Connecticut home to hit the market in late June, I felt a bit overwhelmed tackling all the personal items and clutter. While it took some extra motivation and hard work to pack, sell and donate unwanted items, I used my expertise to style a standout property that would grab buyers’ attention.

Here’s what I did to show off my home, which nabbed multiple offers above list price in the first weekend on the market.

1. Ensure Inviting Curb Appeal

Two years before selling, my husband and I began to refresh our property’s exterior by updating the original siding with vinyl, adding new shutters and replacing outdoor light fixtures. A few weeks before listing our home, we had our walkway power-washed, weeded and mulched our gardens, and gave a fresh coat of paint to our front door.


2. Neutralize and depersonalize

I was ready for a living room update several years ago and subsequently chose a palette and furnishings with clean lines to match my personal style and appeal to future buyers. A neutral foundation, modern sectional, new window treatments, cozy-chic accents and pops of warm colors brightened the space and enhanced its features. Also, while staging, I removed distracting personal collectibles and photos on the desk and shelves.


3. Remove dated wallpaper and colors

This past year, I replaced my beloved red toile wallpaper—which was at least 15 years old—and Country French styling in the dining room with Sherwin-Williams’ French Gray, which made the white trim in the room pop. While keeping the antique dining table and sideboard, I added modern chairs, a natural woven rug, white linen drapes, brushed gold drum chandelier and original artwork to brighten and increase the room’s perceived size.


4. Simplify and brighten

Since the kitchen eat-in area needed to coordinate with the other rooms, I painted the walls a warm gray and created a more modern rustic look with a large farmhouse dining table, upholstered chairs and a chic industrial-style chandelier. When staging, I simplified the design by removing personal wall art and extra objects that helped make the space feel larger and more inviting.


5. Help buyers connect

An important transformation was updating the dated sunroom, which had a brick fireplace, brass screen and paneled walls. I had painted them all when we first moved in 27 years ago. I had the wall paneling removed and painted it a soft grey; renovated the fireplace to a neutral, modern style; and added furniture that featured a more open and relaxing, coastal-inspired space. With lots of natural light, a neutral sectional, new flooring and nautical colors, this space is perfect for young buyers with families


6. Create a cozy bedroom that’s memorable

Bedrooms are key spaces that buyers connect with. After removing personal items, the owner’s suite and extra bedrooms were painted, decluttered, brightened and styled with a neutral foundation, fresh bedding, colorful pillows, lighting and modern area rugs that showcase the hardwood floors.





Early Spring Selling Offers For Our Preferred Realtors

With the Early Spring Selling Season kicking off, our mission is to help you help your sellers achieve top dollar sales with potential multiple offers as soon as possible. Check out our exclusive, limited time offers below to get the season off to a successful start!

1. Staging Consultation Package:

Purchase Two Staging Consultations for $250 Each (Originally $300) and
Get the third FREE!

*Includes up to a 1.5 hour In-Home or Virtual Consult (depends on size of property)

*Offer available until March 31, 2022

2. Realtor Referral Program:

Refer a Staging or Decorating client to PJ & Company and receive a
$50 Gift Card to Pottery Barn!

*Offer available until May 31, 2022

For more details and to purchase a gift card package, please contact Patti Stern, principal, professional home stager and interior decorator at 203.640.3762 or patti@pjstagingdecorating.com.



A great way to add personality and warmth to your spaces is with artwork but sometimes the hanging and arranging can be a challenge. Check out some of our go-to guidelines to simplify the process and help you achieve the right overall balance for a well-designed room. Happy hanging!
(Click here for downloadable PDF for future reference)


  • Artwork arrangement should span approximately 2/3 the width of the furniture it sits above.
  • Treat multiple pieces as one.
  • Keep height at eye level, roughly 60” from the center of the grouping to the floor which will create balance throughout the home if all the art shares the same visual midline.
  • Leave 2-5” between each frame for spacing.
  • Use craft paper and low-adhesive tape for figuring out arrangement and nail placement.

Photo Source: Ballard Designs
For even number groupings, keep pictures in the shape of a square with even spacing in between for symmetry.

Photo Source: Pottery Barn
For three in a row, choose vertical images so it doesn’t appear overcrowded.
Perfect for hallways or above sofas.

Photo Source: Pinterest
For an asymmetrical grouping, stagger by varying the height and distance so they create a visually balanced arrangement.

Photo Sources: Pinterest
For a large gallery wall with multiple types of styles, frames and sizes, try hanging larger pieces at the bottom left, small pieces in the upper right and mid-sized pieces in between for a unique look. Or start with the largest piece in the center as a focal point and arrange around it.




We are loving the two hues – indigo and black – that are taking center stage as the “new neutrals” in home decor. These two “it” colors pair well with a range of color palettes, metallic finishes and materials and are being shown in everything from modern kitchens to lighting, hardware, rugs, sofas and more. Check out our picks below for some styling inspiration for adding these colors to your own home.


Rich, serene and bold, indigo blue’s versatility makes it ideal for both contemporary and traditional interiors. When used as a wall color, it can create a cozy and moody vibe and when used as an accent feature, it feels lighter and more playful. Mix and match it with a soft cream sofa for a soothing, coastal feel or create some energy with pops of red, yellow, chartreuse, coral or brown in pillows, art or rugs.


Black is also a great foundation color that adds depth and elegance to any space when paired with crisp white, creams, and gray. It is being shown in every texture and finish, from velvet and leather to natural wood and heavy rug weaves. Try using it for light pendants or hardware in a kitchen or for furniture, wall art and rugs for a dramatic style.