Guest Contributor: Patti Stern, PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

The start of another year represents a new beginning and a fresh outlook. It also represents the kick-off to the early spring selling season — the ideal time to get a head start for listing your home before the market gets saturated in April and May. And with unseasonably warmer temperatures in some areas, relocating buyers are even more anxious to get their foot in the door and secure their new home.

These photos along with the following tips will help you prepare your home now to sell quickly and for top dollar or to simply help update your existing home decor.

  1. Make The Best First Impression.
  • Spruce up your curb appeal by adding welcoming touches to your front entry from a
    new light fixture to fresh paint on the front door.
  • Repair walkway cracks, touch up peeling paint and fix broken doorbells.
  • Clean up landscaping and remove dead shrubs.

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Living Room Staged By PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

Our staging team introduced a more simplified décor by updating accessories and de-cluttering to showcase the beautiful architectural details and provide a more engaging space for buyers.

  1. Simplify.
  • De-clutter by removing anything that will distract buyers from seeing the unique features of
    your property.
  • Depersonalize by packing up personal collections, family photos, newspapers, books
    and magazines, etc.
  • Rearrange and put away excessive furniture pieces to make the room appear larger.

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Bedroom Staged By PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

We updated this feminine room and gave it universal appeal by repainting with a neutral color and adding bedding and accessories in complimentary navy hues.

  1. Refresh Walls and Floors.
  • If it’s been a while since the walls were painted, hide imperfections and outdated colors by repainting with a fresh coat of neutral colored paint.
  • Remove old, soiled carpeting and replace with area rugs.
  • Replace or refinish damaged and dull hardwood floors.

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Living Room Staged By PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

We freshened and brightened this room by removing outdated window treatments,

adding modern accents and rearranging furniture.

  1. Make It Bright and Clean.
  • Let in as much natural light and warmth as possible by opening curtains. Remove outdated window treatments, clean and showcase the windows.
  • Replace any light fixtures that are outdated and make sure all existing lights are working.
  • Clean, dust, vacuum and deodorize so that all surfaces shine (consider hiring a professional cleaning service).
  1. Team Up With A Professional If Needed. 
  • If you are overwhelmed, hire a professional stager who will have an objective eye and provide methods to help enhance your home showings for mass appeal to get your home sold quickly and for top dollar.
  • Home stagers can act as a general contractor coordinating painting, reupholstery, floor refinishing, carpentry and general renovations.

For more examples of interior decorating and home staging, visit

Patti Stern, interior decorator PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

AUTHOR: Patti Stern, principal, interior decorator and professional stager of PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating, has been decorating and staging homes since 2005. She and her team provide turnkey, full service home staging and interior decorating to clients across Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts. She also developed an award winning staging program for luxury homebuilder, Toll Brothers.

Patti has been featured in Connecticut Magazine, the Hartford Courant, Danbury News-Times and on NBC Connecticut and FOX TV.  She is a regular contributor to the National Association of Realtor’s Blog, “Style, Staged and Sold.” 

For more information, contact Patti Stern at 203-640-3762 or