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Start the Conversation: Turn Your Sellers on to Staging

By Patti Stern, Principal PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating Staging is no longer optional for sellers who want to get the most value from their home. Many sellers are still reluctant to stage, making it a tough...
September 1, 2014

4 Tips for Furniture Arrangement

You step into a room and you know something is off but you can’t pinpoint it. Could it be the furniture arrangement? Home design writer Fred Albert with the Houzz editorial staff offers up several tips on proper furniture...
August 25, 2014

Mow in the Know: 5 Common Mowing Mistakes to Avoid

Contributed by John Deere  1. Cutting too short. Each time you mow, only remove about one-third of the grass blade. Shorter clippings break down more easily, allowing some of the natural nitrogen to return to the soil. If you...
August 4, 2014

Pillow Talk: How to Use Pillows in Staging

By Audra Slinkey, Home Staging Resource I gotta say it, I LOVE pillows! I’ve seen so many spaces transformed with the simple addition of pillows that I had to share some of my favorite photos of pillow inspired spaces,...
July 21, 2014

How Staging Landed the Most Unexpected Buyer

By Patti Stern, PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating My recent clients, Leta and Carl, spent over 20 years in their Hamden, Conn., home. For years they contemplated selling but delayed — hoping someday one of their daughters...
June 23, 2014

You Just Moved In…. Now What? 6 Immediate Yard Care To-Dos

Home owners will be off to a good start with their new yards by following these important “move-in” steps. First and foremost, members of The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), the national landscape industry association, recommend making safety a priority...
June 16, 2014

3 Myths About Home Staging

By Audra Slinkey, Home Staging Resource There’s been a lot of talk about staging a home to sell these days because for the first time in a long time, sellers are getting above asking price offers! Making the most...
May 26, 2014

4 Hot Fireplace Trends

Fireplaces often become the focal point of a room. New technological advances are allowing home owners to do a lot more with their fireplaces too, according to Napoleon Fireplaces, a manufacturer of wood and gas fireplaces and other household...
April 14, 2014

Staging to Sell: Transforming Small and Large Properties To Sell in Today’s Market

By Patti Stern, guest contributor Getting clients to consider staging their home to sell is a major challenge many real estate professionals encounter. Some sellers think their home is either too small or too big to be staged or...
March 17, 2014

A Decorator’s Personal Guide to Surviving a Home Remodeling Project

By Patti Stern, guest contributor Whether an experienced do-it-yourselfer or a first-time remodeler, a remodeling project can be intrusive and overwhelming to every aspect of a person’s life. That’s why hiring a professional can save time, money, and a...
February 17, 2014