November/December 2016
Year End Edition
Patti Stern, Principal, PJ & Company 
Staging and Interior Decorating

It's hard to believe that the New Year is around the corner. While there's no ignoring the fact that this year has been somewhat unsettling with its share of surprises, Thanksgiving and the holiday season is the perfect time to push the reset button. Its a time to celebrate all that we have to be thankful for, to embrace all that we cherish and hold dear while looking forward to a fresh start in the year ahead. 

That said, we want to thank our many wonderful clients, builders and realtors that have supported and encouraged our staging and decorating services this past year. We are truly honored to work with all of you and appreciate you putting your trust in our expertise.

In this month's newsletter our feature article,  Don't Delay Listing Your Home This Winter , provides insights on why listing your home in the winter when there's less competition and more urgency from relocating buyers may prove to be a smart decision. We also offer a variety of ideas for setting a welcoming Thanksgiving table, adding warmth to your holiday decor, and a unique holiday gift idea to bring some cheer to someone on your list who doesn't have enough time to focus on their home decor --  a   PJ & Company Home Decorating Consultation with a member of our design team.

Whether you will be hosting family gatherings, entertaining friends, exchanging gifts or just celebrating all that we have to be thankful for, we wish you a sparkling holiday season. May the new year be filled with joy and peace.



Holidays spent with friends and family is something we should all feel grateful for.  So why not make your Thanksgiving guests feel extra special by setting an unforgettably welcoming table to gather around? Whether your style is casual or formal, we have some tips for setting the tone (and table) that's right for you.

1. Use Warm, Rich Autumn Hues
Mix and match neutral dinnerware and table linens with pops of whimsical colors of the season - oranges, reds, yellows and browns. For a more formal and cohesive look, try to limit patterns and colors to no more than two.

2. Mix and Match Styles 
For a modern twist, replace the traditional table cloth with natural woven placemats or chargers paired with more formal fine china and and glassware.

3. Use Elements With Different Textures 
Add depth to your centerpiece by layering natural, rustic elements such as pumpkins, gords, twigs and pinecones with a mix of shiny silver and gold metallic votives and candleholders. 


4. Be Creative For A Unique Look  
Have fun by using items from nature in unexpected ways -- spray pumpkins with copper or gold metallic paint, place fall flowers in gourd vases, attach a simple name tag to  a colorful pear, use bark edged wood for chargers, ask guests to write what they are thankful for on small  cards and hang from a bouquet of branches, etc. 

Click here to visit our Thanksgiving Tablescapes Pinterest board for more creative ideas!


Although the cold winter months between Thanksgiving and New Year's are traditionally slower for the housing market, it can actually be an ideal time for sellers to stand out among the competition. Here are the key reasons sellers shouldn't put off listing their properties this winter:

Less Competition
In general, lower housing inventory means less competition for sellers to stand out and attract prospective buyers who want to get into a home quickly. 

Buyers Are Ready To Purchase
Buyers who must find a home due to a change in job, retirement or family situation are motivated and won't delay as they want to sign a contract immediately. Also if  they were on the fence during the summer, they will usually make an offer in the winter to avoid an increase in mortgage rates in the new year.

Low Interest Rates
While the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is at an all-time low, economists are predicting that interest rates will soon be on the rise, and when rates ultimately rise that will deflate buyers' purchasing power.

Higher Asking Prices  
Redfin, an online real estate brokerage found that listings during Dec. through March had produced higher percentages of above-asking-price sales than listing during any months other than April and May. As the housing market rebounded, December listings produced the highest percentage of above-asking sales for the entire year - 17%.


Looking for a clever, useful and unexpected gift idea for that special someone who never has enough time to decorate their home? Add sparkle to their holiday season with a gift card in the dollar amount of your choice toward a  PJ & Company Home Decorating Consultation. 

For more info and/or to purchase a gift card via cash/check, v isit our contact page, or click on the graphic link below.  You will then receive a gift card via email to print at home or by regular mail - whichever you prefer. 

Our decorating team looks forward to helping in any way we can to make your holidays 



When decorating your home for the holidays, nothing says warmth like...

A sumptuous faux fur throw to cuddle up with next to the fire

A grouping of glowing gold and silver metallic candles

Organic items such as birch, wooden bowls, pinecones, nuts and berries

Sofas and beds adorned with plaid pillows and cozy comforters

Fluffy rugs layered beside the bed or fireplace to warm those feet on cold mornings




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