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Creasy’s: Concepts for comfortable living

March 4, 2008
MUNCY — Shag, berber or pile? Wallpaper or paint? Hard wood, ceramic tile or linoleum?

Those are just a few of the nearly countless options customers can decide between at Creasy’s Concepts in Living, Ltd., 2727 Route 405 Highway in Muncy.

From the time a client decides to redecorate until there is a newly designed space, the employees at Creasy’s help customers choose from patterns and textures in carpets, wall coverings, window treatments and more.

According to owner Pat Creasy, most customers receive guidance throughout the redecorating adventure. “They come in, and in most cases, they don’t know what they want to do. They want a change but they don’t know where to start.”

From there, Creasy said, the decorators and designers determine what room the client is doing, “what they want or what they think they want.”

She advised that one good place to start is with an item a customer knows they want to feature in the room. “If they have existing furniture that they’re going to use, you start with that first then go to the floors and then the walls,” she said. She added that sometimes customers often bring in fabric samples to base the rest of their decisions on.

Clients can redesign a single room or a whole house, although most do one or two rooms at a time. “That’s how you do it today,” Creasy said.

Whichever room the client chooses, no one room poses more of a decorating challenge than another.

“Each room could be (difficult) depending on what they have to put together. Some people start out new, but most have a few pieces” they want in the room,” Creasy said.

For Creasy, a completed design and room is the most surprising and satisfying part of her job. “We have a vision,” she said. “But seeing it complete is just different.”

The staff of the family owned and operated business includes decorators, wallpaper hangers, painters and installers.

One family member, Pala Creasy, has worked at the business since 1991. “I really enjoy working with people and trying to make them happy with what they’ve chosen and put together,” she said of her job, which includes helping people pick wall, window and floor coverings.

When a customer comes in, Pala starts with the basics. “You have to start with what there is and what they like. Maybe find a color that they really like and start from there,” she said.

Over her years in the business, Pala has seen a few trends come and go. “The fading out of the country style” of decorating is a current trend, she said. “Right now, more painted surfaces are in instead of wallpaper.”

When beginning to decorate, Pala has a little advice. “If they have a lot to do, do one room at a time. Start there, because it can be overwhelming ... Then they’ll want to just stop and not do anything. Focus on one room at a time.”

“Trendy” decorating is one thing the Pala said should be avoided. “We try to steer people away from that because we’ve seen so much of that over the years. Remember the blues and mauves?” she asked, bringing back thoughts of 1980s decorating.

“I guess the colors always are changing. But just like clothing, certain patterns and wallpapers are classic. They’re never going to go out of style, like checks and paisley,” Pala said.

She said she has a room in her home that has been decorated with paisley walls for more than 15 years. “I never got tired of it,” she said.

Monotone and tone-on-tone patterns are ones Pala said are “timeless.”

Mixing patterns may sound like a courageous decision to some, but at Creasy’s the practice is perfectly OK. “You can mix patterns as long as the color scheme is right,” Pala said.

In a time when home decorating and design shows are taking up more and more time on network television, more people are tempted to redecorate and try their own hand at interior design. “It inspires them. Definitely,” Pala said of the programs.

Creasy’s Concepts doesn’t just specialize in residential homes. Banks, grocery stores and a local country club have each been decorated by Creasy’s. Pala said that walking into a space she helped design is a positive experience.

Creasy’s is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

For evening hours, appointments can be made for consultations.

Article Photos

Pala Creasy looks through a wallpaper sample book to find timeless materials like tone-on-tone patterns or paisley prints.



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