DIY Burlap Spring Wreath

DIY Burlap Spring Wreath

After our last DIY wreath guide was such a hit, we let our Facebook fans vote on what wreath from our Creation Station they would like to learn how to make next.  Our burlap wreath with pink peony accents was the winner!  With Easter in just two days, there couldn’t be a better time to create new door decor for when the time comes to put the bunnies and eggs away.

Here’s what you need:

Burlap Spring Wreath Supplies

Burlap Spring Wreath Supplies

Step 1 – Cut your burlap into about 14″ strips.  Once you have a total of 44 strips, prep your work wreath by opening all of your sprig pairs.  When all of your sprig pairs are open, you’re ready to add your burlap.

Burlap Spring Wreath - Step 1

Burlap Spring Wreath – Step 2

Step 2 – Pinch one of your pre-cut strips at the center and tie it to your work wreath using the sprigs like a bread tie.  Remember to use this pinch technique through out your wreath-making process when tying in your burlap.

Spring Burlap Wreath - Step 3

Spring Burlap Wreath – Step 3

Step 3 - On top of the mesh piece you just secured, take another mesh piece and turn it so that these two mesh pieces intersect at their centers like a cross.  Secure your second mesh piece.  You should have two different pieces, intersecting at their centers like a cross, secured to one sprig pair.

Spring Wreath Burlap

Spring Wreath Burlap

Repeat these same steps all over your work wreath, the bottom and the top layer, completing the bottom layer first.

Spring Burlap Wreath - Step 4

Spring Burlap Wreath – Step 4

Step 4 – Now you’re ready for your flowers!  Remove the bottom leaves off of your stems (just pull really hard and they should come off).  Don’t throw them away, because you’re going to use them later!  Using wire cutters, cut off the “thorns” left from the leaves you removed so your stem is easier to work with.

Spring Burlap Wreath - Step 5

Spring Burlap Wreath – Step 5

Step 5 – Time to insert your flowers.  Choose the area on your wreath where you want your flowers to sit.  Thread your first flower through the burlap so that the flower sits snuggly on the burlap and the stem sits next to the metal wreath wiring.  We like to start at the outer layer.  Cut your excess flower stem wire with wire cutters so that you can see about 5″ of stem wire sticking through the back side of your wreath.

Spring Burlap Wreath - Step 6

Spring Burlap Wreath – Step 6

Step 6 – Twist the stem wire around the metal wreath wiring to secure your flower.  Place the rest of your flowers where you want them and repeat these steps to secure them.  If your flowers need extra support, tie the wreath sprigs around the stem wire to make sure the flower is secure.

Spring Burlap Wreath - Step 7

Spring Burlap Wreath – Step 7

Step 7 – Last step!  Once you have all your flowers in place, it’s time to use those leaves you removed in Step 4.  So your flowers don’t look like a big mush, add the leaves in between the flowers to create some separation.  Attach them to the wreath the same way you attached your flowers in Steps 5 and 6.  You shouldn’t need to cut off any excess.  We also like to pull some burlap in between the flowers and leaves so the flowers appear to blend effortlessly into the wreath.

Spring Burlap Wreath

Spring Burlap Wreath

Now you’ve got yourself a spring wreath that will last through the years!  The great thing about these wreaths, other than being super cute and stylish, is they preserve from year to year.  We intentionally do not use glue in our wreath-making process for this reason.  Just give them a good fluff and they’ll be door-ready every spring!  They can also act as framework for other seasonal wreaths.  Just remove your spring flowers and add other seasonal accessories.  Whether it be red and blue flowers for the Fourth of July or poinsettias for Christmas, these wreaths work well for any occasion.

-Ainslea Hooton

DIY Easter Egg Wreath

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Exactly twenty days until Easter and we love getting doors prepped and ready for the occasion!  Our new, spring items opened the gateway to one of our favorite designs from our Creation Station.  It’s super easy to assemble and it’s sure to impress everyone who sees it!

Here’s what you need:

Link to buy products here.

Easter egg wreath supplies

Easter Egg Wreath Supplies

Easter Egg Wreath - Step 1

Easter Egg Wreath – Step 1

Step 1 – Cut your pink and green mesh into about 12″ strips.  You should have 22 strips of each color (a total of 44).  Cut your orange jute ribbon into about 12″ strips, and decide how many you’d like to use.  You will put these strips sporadically around your wreath later, so there is no set number to start out with.  We like to use about 15.

Easter Egg Wreath - Step 2

Easter Egg Wreath – Step 2

Step 2 – Prep your work wreath by opening all of the sprig pairs.  Take one of your pre-cut strips by the center and tie it to your work wreath using the sprigs like a bread tie.  On top of the mesh piece you just secured, take a different color mesh piece and secure it like you did the previous piece.  You should have two different color mesh pieces secured to one sprig pair.

Easter Egg Wreath

Easter Egg Wreath

Repeat these same steps all over your work wreath, the bottom and the top layer, alternating colors each time.

Easter Egg Wreath - Step 3

Easter Egg Wreath – Step 3

Step 3 – Tie your pre-cut orange ribbon sporadically around your wreath, securing it at the center the same way you secured your mesh pieces.  Make sure you don’t forget to include pieces in both work wreath layers and not just one!

Easter Egg Wreath - Step 4

Easter Egg Wreath – Step 4

Step 4 – Now it’s time for your eggs!  We like to use egg ornaments because they secure to the wreath easier.  These will also be placed randomly around your wreath where ever your heart desires.  Pull the ribbon loop attached to the Easter egg against the metal work wreath frame.  Then take the wreath sprig positioned closest to the bottom of the ribbon loop and pull the end of the sprig through the loop.  Wrap the sprig around the ribbon loop to secure it to the wreath form.

Easter Egg Wreath

Easter Egg Wreath

The mesh and ribbon will act as a cushion for the eggs so they won’t wobble on your wreath.

Easter Egg Wreath - Step 5

Easter Egg Wreath – Step 5

Step 5 – Run a piece of floral wire through your bunny legs.  Twist the wire around the outer most layer of your metal wreath frame to secure the legs to the bottom of your wreath.  Use your wire cutters to remove any excess.

Easter Egg Wreath

Easter Egg Wreath

Easter Egg Wreath - Step 6

Easter Egg Wreath – Step 6

Step 6 – You’re almost done!  Now it’s time to add your top hat.  Use your floral wire to secure your hat to the wreath like a bobby pin.  Poke a pair of holes on each side of the hat’s brim just big enough for the floral wire to go through.  You should have a total of four holes.  Now make a u-shape with your floral wire and insert both ends through your holes, pulling the wire all the way through.  Twist the wire under the hat’s brim to secure your u-shape.  Repeat these steps at the other set of holes on the other side of the hat.  After you’ve chosen a position for your hat, twist the floral wire to the metal wreath frame to secure it.  Remove any excess wire.

Easter Egg Wreath

Easter Egg Wreath

Easter Egg Wreath

Easter Egg Wreath

Voila!  Now you’ve got yourself an Easter egg wreath that will spark envy in all of your friends, family and neighbors!

-Ainslea Hooton

 

Mesh Carrot How-to – Under $30

carrot header The Brits may have fooled generations into thinking that carrots improved eye-sight, but your eyes are not tricking you here! Our mesh carrots are lookin’ good this season, revamped at $30.

Here’s what you need:

Link to buy products here.

We like the look of paper mesh, but plastic, deco mesh holds up better outside.

Mesh Carrot Supplies - 1/2 Work Garland, 10" Orange Paper Mesh, 2.5" Green Paper Mesh, Asparagus Bush

Mesh Carrot Supplies – 1/2 Work Garland, 10″ Orange Paper Mesh, 2.5″ Green Paper Mesh, Asparagus Bush

Mesh Carrot - Step 1

Mesh Carrot – Step 1

Step 1 – Straighten out your 1/2 of the work garland on a table. Open the orange mesh and let the roll fall to the ground while holding on to the ribbon’s end. Working with the roll on the ground is much easier. Pinching the ends of the ribbon with both hands and bunch your way to the center. Using the springs on the end of the work garland, twist the bunch with the springs like using bread ties. Once secured, find the widest point of the ribbon and pinch and bunch your way to the center of the ribbon, again. Secure to the same set of sprigs.

Mesh Carrot

Mesh Carrot

Work your way down the garland frame, finding the widest point of the ribbon, pinching, bunching, and twisting to make a straight line of single poofs. Try to tie the ribbon in as close to the frame as you can get since you will be adding more poofs to the sprigs.

Mesh Carrot - Step 2

Mesh Carrot – Step 2

Step Two – Starting at the top of the garland again, make another row of poofs, but only down to the sixth sprig. You can make the poofs at the top larger to accentuate the shape of the carrot.

Mesh Carrot

Mesh Carrot

Now, make one more line of poofs down to the fourth level. There are 7 levels of poofs – 1st has three poofs, 2nd has three poofs, 3rd has three poofs, 4th has three poofs, 5th has two poofs, 6th has two poofs, 7th has one poof.

Mesh Carrot - Step 3

Mesh Carrot – Step 3

Step Three – Make your bow. Watch the how-to video here.

Mesh Carrot - Step 4

Mesh Carrot – Step 4

Step Four – Tie in your bow using the wire frame.

Mesh Carrot - Step 5

Mesh Carrot – Step 5

Step Five – Tie on the asparagus bush to the back side of the wire frame. You can use floral wire to secure it.

Mesh Carrot - Final Product

Mesh Carrot – Final Product

There’s your fool-proof, cost friendly way to add a super cute pop of spring to your front door! Even I can do it!

-Elizabeth Michael

“Modern Pioneering” by Georgia Pellegrini + 30-Minute Fresh Mozzarella

Today we’re excited to share the release of chef and author Georgia Pellegrini’s new book, “Modern Pioneering: more than 150 recipes, projects, and skills for a self-sufficient life.”

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Georgia has been a regular visitor to the Paul Michael store through the years and has featured a number of our items on her website. She has also done several book signings in our Lake Village store and will be doing one in our Lafayette store in April, so stay tuned! Today we’re having her share a recipe from her new book as well as tell you more about her food philosophy. First, be sure to watch the Official “Modern Pioneering” Video Trailer:

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In Georgia’s Words:
I read a quote somewhere recently that said: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world.”

For the last few years I’ve been offering women a chance to try new and daring things, giving them a safe space to fail and laugh-until-it-hurts in the process, to cheer each other on, and embrace each other when they had success. My Adventure Getaways have continued to motivate me to find new and accessible ways to offer a broader audience the opportunity to “step off the grid” in their own way, even if it’s just from their own studio apartment in the heart of the bustling city.

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I set out to create more recipes and projects for a self-sufficient life, with the idea that self-sufficiency is not only the ultimate girl (and boy!) power, but also brings you immense joy whether you are a full-time homemaker, a busy professional, or simply looking to do more by hand.

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My new book, “Modern Pioneering” is full of recipes, projects, and skills for a self-sufficient life. This is your guide for how to delight in the vegetables growing on your fire escape, to mark the seasons by the scents of the herbs growing on your windowsill, lit by the mason jar lantern you’ve made with your own hands. Whether you’re living on your rural homestead or sharing a studio apartment, Modern Pioneering is all about learning how to step off the grid in your own way, one that is uniquely yours.

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Divided into four parts, The Garden, The Home, The Wild, The Rest, Modern Pioneering includes more than 100 recipes, small space gardening advice, DIY projects, and superwoman skills.

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I hope the book empowers you to be more self-sufficient and brings you a ton of joy and fun in the process! It is available wherever books are sold for the first time today and can be ordered HERE.

As a bonus incentive, anyone who sends a screenshot of their order by midnight on March 4th to info@georgiapellegrini.com, gets free bonus content sent to their inbox!

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To get you all started and into the Modern Pioneering spirit, I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes, Fresh Mozzarella Cheese.

Silky, stringy fresh mozzarella really can be made in only 30 minutes, so long as you have the right kind of milk. In general, the key to cheese making is to find the purest form of milk possible, one that has not been ultra-pasteurized, since the high-heat treatment of the milk will prevent curds from forming. Raw milk is the best option if your state allows it; otherwise, search at farmer’s markets and health food stores for whole milk that is as unadulterated as possible. Even organic milks can be ultra-pasteurized, so read the labels.

Cheese-making kits are available with everything you will need other than milk, but you can also buy citric acid tablets and rennet online. If you want to make the curds in advance, store them in an airtight container for two weeks, or freeze the curds and reheat them. Save the whey, which you can freeze and use for baking high-protein bread or even scones.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Inactive Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Makes 12 ounces

1½ teaspoons citric acid powder, either tablet form or powder form

¼ cup nonchlorinated water, such as spring water, distilled water, or filtered water from a Brita or other filtration system

1 gallon whole milk (not ultra-pasteurized; raw milk works best)

¼ rennet tablet (vegetable or animal) combined with ¼ cup of cool nonchlorinated water (also comes in a liquid form, and the proportions remain the same)

1 teaspoon kosher salt

Fresh herbs, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, red pepper flakes, chopped garlic, or other optional seasonings

Sprinkle the citric acid into a large, nonreactive stockpot. Pour in the nonchlorinated water and stir to dissolve the powder, with the heat off.

Pour the milk into the citric acid solution and stir it vigorously to combine. Turn the burner to medium heat and let the milk’s temperature rise to 88°F if it is raw/unpasteurized and 90°F if it is pasteurized (use an instant-read digital thermometer). You may see the milk begin to curdle, which is what you want.

Remove the pot from the heat and pour in the rennet solution. Give the mixture a gentle, circular stir for about 30 seconds. Then use the spoon to stop the motion of the milk so it will be still. Place the lid on the pot and walk away for 5 minutes if the milk is pasteurized, 10 minutes if the milk is raw or unpasteurized. When you return, the mixture will resemble a very soft custard, with a clear separation between the curds and whey (the liquid that separates from the curd). If this hasn’t happened let it set for a few more minutes.

With a long knife or offset spatula that reaches to the bottom of your pot, cut the curd into a 1-inch checkerboard pattern. This will separate the curds, making them easier to stir.

Return the pot to the burner and stir it gently over medium heat until the temperature of the whey reaches no more than 90°F for raw or unpasteurized milk and 105°F for pasteurized milk. Remove from the heat and continue to stir for about 5 minutes.

Use a slotted spoon to transfer the curd to a colander set over a large bowl. It will look stringy. Slowly spin around the colander once the curds are in it to allow the whey to drain from the curd, which will now have a soft-cheese consistency.

Remove the curds from the colander and gently squeeze them a few times to drain off more excess whey. Then transfer the curds to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds.

Remove the bowl from the microwave and pour off as much whey as you can into another container, pressing the curd together with your hands to get more whey out. Add salt to the curds at this point, if you wish.

Return the curds to the bowl and microwave them again on high for 30 seconds, then remove the bowl from the microwave and drain the whey, pressing the curds together. The more whey you can get out, the more dense the cheese will be and the longer it will store in the refrigerator.

Stretch and knead the curds like taffy to drain more whey, then microwave them one last time for 30 seconds. The cheese should be at an internal temperature of 135°F at this point in order to stretch properly. If at any point it feels too hot or too liquid to stretch, run it under cold water to help it cool slightly before working with it.

Roll the cheese into a neat ball, or into smaller balls for bocconcini. You could even braid it or turn it into string cheese–sized pieces.

Fill a medium bowl with tap water that is at a temperature of about 50°F. Set the cheese ball(s) into a water bath for 5 minutes to cool.

Fill another medium bowl with water and ice, then transfer the cheese into it and let it rest until totally cool, about 15 minutes. This step will ensure that the texture stays silky rather than grainy.

Remove the mozzarella, pat it dry with paper towels, plate it, and top it with your favorite seasonings, like chopped garlic, fresh herbs, or red pepper flakes, along with a drizzle of olive oil. It is best to eat the mozzarella within a day, or it can be kept in water in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Sedona Style – Home Decor Inspiration

Nestled just south of Flagstaff in the Verde Valley area of Arizona, Sedona beacons visitors with a brilliant orange & red skyline of rock formations.  The natural beauty of Sedona is amplified by the setting or rising sun and inspires spiritual travelers, snow birds, and locals alike.

Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona

Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona via RichardSutphen.com

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Sedona Milamo Spa

If you can’t swing a second home in Sedona or find time to visit every year, we have some quick tips to achieve the Sedona Style without transporting yourself to the epicenter of the spiritual vortexes.

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Sedona Style – Modern & Southwest meet. (cred. to Sandy Alison)

Using natural elements, like the live edge slab coffee table and the woven stool, add interest and intrigue to your space. The charcoal grey wall and gem design modernizes and keeps the look trend-forward . The wall has the DIY feel of chalkboard art, but can be easily accomplished with matte paint and white tape.

Layer your rugs. (Photo cred to Sandy Alison)

Layer your rugs. (cred. to Sandy Alison)

Layer Southwest, Mexican, Native American, Kilim rugs, or cowhides for interesting floor coverings.

Mix modern and Southwest to achieve the Sedona Style (photo cred to  Sandy Alison)

Mix modern and Southwest to achieve the Sedona Style (cred. to Sandy Alison)

Mix modern and southwest styles to achieve a fresh look. Another way to complete the look is to add low-maintenance plants (I know, it sounds too good to be true!) like cacti & succulents.

Quartz Crystal, Teak Root Coffee Table, Layered rugs

Quartz Crystal, Teak Root Coffee Table, Layered rugs

Poppy with Layered Rugs & Natural Elements

Poppy with Layered Rugs & Natural Elements

Add natural elements like crystals & geodes or beautiful wood grains to create depth and interest with different textures on coffee tables, buffets or bookcases. As you can see, Poppy really likes this look. #poppysmiles

Husky Ranch via DesignSponge.com

Husky Ranch via DesignSponge.com

And, last but not least,  a Pendleton throw never hurts.

You can find our complete Sedona Style collection here.

-Elizabeth Michael

PMC Cooks: Tuscan Brisket

These cold wintery days always give me a craving for comfort food.   Usually, my inspiration for a recipe comes from ingredients that are available and this recipe is no different. Our local grocery store was having a sale on whole brisket so I thought, “let’s see what comfort food I can create.”
PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

   Unwrapping the whole brisket, my first challenge was the realization that this was a huge hunk of untrimmed meat.  I wasn’t sure where to begin so I stared at it and decided to call on Paul to trim the brisket. He does such a good job cleaning our deer, I figured the principles for the cow can’t be much different.
  Here is what the piece of meat looked like….yours will be a lot like this if you choose to buy a whole brisket.  If I was preparing this again, I would buy an already trim one because so much fat came off that it was a lot of weight that I paid for and just threw away.  I think I might have trimmed a little too much off, though.  That top part is called the fat cap.  It is usually at least 1/2″ thick and I removed most of the cap.
PMC Cooks Brisket

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

When Paul finished with the brisket, we ended up with two pieces. The A.”flat”, which corned beef, pastrami and your meat market trimmed brisket is made from. And, the B.”point”, which is much thinner and the grain runs in a different direction.  I saved it for a later recipe.

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

Paul and I went to New Orleans for the New Year and enjoyed the most amazing Tuscan pork rib prepared by our brother-in-law, Mike.  That recipe was my inspiration for this brisket. After the meat was trimmed I combined all the ingredients (recipe below) and basically made a dry rub.  I then place the brisket in a zip lock bag for about 24hrs.

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

PMC Cooks Tuscan Brisket

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon(s) chopped rosemary leaves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon(s) kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon(s) fennel seeds
  • 2 teaspoon(s) freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon(s) chopped sage
  • 2 teaspoon(s) chopped thyme
  • 2 teaspoon(s) sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon(s) crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon(s) ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground allspice
  • Balsamic glaze (at very end, to taste)
  • 3 tablespoon(s) balsamic vinegar, preferably one aged for at least 5 years

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Prepare your meat by trimming excess fat. Watch this video on how to trim your brisket (it goes on to tell you how to barbecue it).

 I used our fantastic real Portuguese porcelain serve ware to bake the brisket.  Our entire family loves to cook and entertain but have always found it hard to find the large size bakeware and serving pieces it takes when we all get together.  On a buying trip to Europe, we found a wonderful small Portuguese manufacturer.  It bakes beautifully and I love the way my recipes just look so professionally presented in them.
Large Rectangular Porcelain Platter

Large Rectangular Porcelain Platter

I used our large rectangular platter. I coated the platter in olive oil and then added the aged balsamic vinegar.

After trimming your brisket, mix all of the dry ingredients together and coat  the brisket. If you have a convection oven, use that setting for approximately 20 min.  You want the top to sear. You can also accomplish that task with a cast iron skillet.

Cover and lower heat to 325*.  Cook for 2 hours.

At the very end, brush with the balsamic glaze. Check the cooking time because depending upon the thickness of the meat it will vary.  It was delicious.  The leftovers we will turn into BBQ sandwiches for another night.

Cheers!

Debbie Michael

Design Trends: Report from the Road – Las Vegas Market Part 2

Part 2! After my last post chronicling our Vegas-sized fun, I bet you thought we didn’t get any work done. Well, the proof is below. New designers, importers, looks, and lines at Las Vegas Market inspired us and our Fall 2014 season will be be our most progressive yet! From mid-century modern to boho chic, to classic styles and even a country-farm decor, our Fall 2014 line will have something for everyone. Below are a few of our favorite looks.

Las Vegas Market Report - Subtle Surroundings

Las Vegas Market Report – Subtle Surroundings

I love how the book spines are turned in to make a monochromatic look. The flowers add the perfect pop of color. We have those sheepskin pillows, y’all! I have them on my couch and can vouch for their coziness.

Recycled bottles make bookcases art.

Recycled bottles make bookcases art.

Instead of cluttering up bookcases with chotskies, pile in old glass bottles. Green bottles are used here in varying shades. I love how this look blurs the lines between furniture, art & decor. They make a bold, inexpensive statement.

Carved skulls, recycled teak furniture, fresh flowers

Carved skulls, recycled teak furniture, fresh flowers.

Close up of the carved skull.

Close up of the carved skull.

Peta would not approve of this design. These authentic bovine skulls are meticulously hand-carved with different designs. They add the perfect bit of texture to the metal, industrial light fixture and reclaimed teak table.

Retro White Design Trend

Retro White Design Trend

Good morning, Angels! Charlie would approve of this look.  We saw so many looks that seemed to have one foot in 2014 and one foot in 1975. To Charlie!

Green & Gold Greek Key Mid-century Modern Look

Green & Gold Greek Key

Mmmmm. Emerald green and gold. I love the mixture of mid-century modern elements with Chinese designs and bamboo textures.  The glass top, atom coffee table & gold drum ottoman look like they should always be kept together, like a salt and pepper shaker. The stark black wall cozies up the hard lines, sleek textures, and colors.

Grey, ivory, gold, black - A bit of bling in this serene setting.

Grey, ivory, gold, black – A bit of bling in this serene setting.

This space is serene with some bling! A frosted glass, beaded chandelier adds the right texture and contrast to the glass top, gold geometric table and lucite base, sheepskin stool. The ivory silk couch anchors the varying textures and is crowned by the perfect piece of art to round off this luxe, comfortable space.

Reclaimed antiques, repurposed salvage, and Made in USA furniture make a truly Americana look.

Reclaimed antiques, repurposed salvage, and Made in USA furniture make a truly Americana look.

Here, we see the Americana look graduate with more sophisticated style by using whimsical wall paper, lush pillows and upholstery, & an antique, hand knotted rug. I love the old globe set in to the coffee table and the antique toy trucks on the simple book shelves. This would be a great look for a stylish family’s den.

Reclaimed antiques, repurposed salvage, and Made in USA furniture make a truly Americana look.

Reclaimed antiques, repurposed salvage, and Made in USA furniture make a truly Americana look.

Everything seen above is either reclaimed, recycled, or Made in the USA. The simplicity is accomplished by major statement pieces like the pool ball wall art and the glass-dome, collage light fixture. The horse is a genuine antique from India and the pillows are made from recycled Indian saris. The sofa is 100% USA made and FSC Certified wood & Organic fabrics and feathers. We are proud to offer line line soon!

 An old milk crate and Indian Saris make this Boho Chic ottoman.

An old milk crate and Indian Saris make this Boho Chic ottoman.

We drew great inspiration from this piece, and any of you reader that spend time around a flea market will, too! This ottoman is made from an old metal milk crate that has an antique sari top. This would be a perfect weekend DIY project.

Vegas gave us clarity to see the future of our fall line and our style grew new dimensions. We can’t wait for you all to enjoy them and hear what you think in the upcoming months.

-Elizabeth Michael

Report from the Road – Las Vegas Market Part 1 – All Play

Las Vegas is a lot of things. You can basically do whatever you want whenever you want.  Just hang out in a hotel lobby for 5 minutes and you will undoubtedly hear, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”

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That’s me on the left with Debbie Michael, & Lucia Deen toasting.

After 20 days in Atlanta and Dallas, our buying team stepped off our 3 hour non-stop to Las Vegas exhausted. Our bittersweet arrival meant five more days of work, but with the promise of Vegas-sized activities at night.  Certainly more exciting than Dallas or Atlanta, right?

Aria Lobby - Year of the Horse

Aria Lobby – Year of the Horse

We had high hopes of productive days and parties at night.  We only made it out two nights. One night to see Cirque du Soleil’s Love and then another night to see Carlos Santana.

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Truth.

The shows were amazing, but what really entertained us were all the new looks unveiled at market.  You probably didn’t think we would ever get to the market trend report, huh??? Stay tuned for Part 2!

How-To Simple Mardi Gras Wreath Video from PMC Lafayette

Mardi Gras is upon us. For some of us, King cakes replace breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Krewes prepare for elaborate balls and parades. Decorative wreaths adorn the front door. Outfits are planned. Meals are made. Beads are thrown. Some of you may wake up with the rare French disease, Le Hangovaire.

If you haven’t put your Mardi Gras swag up, don’t fret! Just check out this Simple Mardi Gras Wreath How-to video filmed in our store with our customers & staff by Lafayette’s local newspaper, The Advertiser.

Thanks to reporter Sundra Hominik & Mardi Gras aficionado / PMC customer Sandra Booher for letting us show you how we do Mardi Gras. Check out the article about our fab decor here. Hope y’all find the video by Sundra featuring our own designer, Jordan Guidry, super helpful! Contact us at help@paulmichaelhome.com for more instructions. All Mardi Gras decor and materials can be found in our Mardi Gras section online.

Purple & Gold Mardi Gras Mesh

Purple and Gold Mardi Gras Mesh

Colorful Ball Work Wreath

Colorful Ball Work Wreath

6"x10yd Mardi Gras Ribbon

6″x10yd Mardi Gras Ribbon

Set of 4 4in Mardi Gras Ball Ornaments

Set of 4 4in Mardi Gras Ball Ornaments

4"x10yd Fleur De Lis Ribbon - NOW 50% OFF

4″x10yd Fleur De Lis Ribbon – NOW 50% OFF

21"x10yd Purple Mesh

21″x10yd Purple Mesh

4"x10yd Fleur De Lis Ribbon

4″x10yd Fleur De Lis Ribbon

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-Elizabeth Michael

Design Trend: Report from the Road – Dallas Market Center

25 days, 4 buyers, 3 cities, and 1 amazing Janaury 2014 market season. You may remember my post about Americasmart January 2014 Design Trends. Now, listen up about Dallas Market Center’s January 2014 Total Home & Gift Show.  I realize not all of you are as fanatical about Christmas as we are, so I will focus this post on home decor & furniture trends. All that glitters and sparkles will have to wait!

World Trade Center Dallas

World Trade Center Dallas Market Center

For the most part, the same wholesalers and importers show at all the major markets, but each market has it’s own personality with different vendors. We love going to Dallas. Firstly, it is closer to home. Secondly, the facilities, food, and service are great – not so crowded. Thirdly, there is a great mix of product, from high design to Christmas vendors to great gift companies – you can find it all in Dallas.  And, last but not least, you get to wear cowboy boots – it’s Texas, y’all!

Some of the trends I saw at Dallas stole my heart. I am IN LOVE with what I am calling the Angle Trend of 2014. (Those of you who know me won’t be surprised that I have coined an official hashtag #angletrend2014. Use it. Get inspired.)

Angle Trend 2014 - Dallas Market Center

Angle Trend 2014 – Dallas Market Center

Angle Trend 2014 - Dallas Market Center

Angle Trend 2014 – Dallas Market Center

Angle Trend 2014 - Dallas Market Center

Angle Trend 2014 – Dallas Market Center

How easy & fun would it be to glue aluminum foil to plywood to make these neat displays and sculptures! Talk about an easy art installation.

I fell in love with this Dallas Artist and Designer, Lauren Renfrow and her line Times Two Design. She incorporates geodes, deer horn, barnacles and glass with acrylic & lacquered boxes, trays, napkin rings and other home decor pieces. All sourced and made in the USA. Geodes are from Hot Springs, Arkansas – Love! Arkansas pride!

Artist Lauren Renfrow of Times Two Design

Artist Lauren Renfrow of Times Two Design

Times Two Design of Dallas, TX

Times Two Design of Dallas, TX

Times Two Design of Dallas, TX

Times Two Design of Dallas, TX

You know we are big fans of using nature’s art in home decor. Have you ever seen the film I Heart Huckabees? “You rock, rock.” I am seriously thinking about wondering the woods and collecting deer sheds to spray paint gold. In all of my free time, ya know.

We love picking and the flea market chic style. Over the last three years with the growing popularity of picker shows like American Pickers, Pawn Stars, Market Warriors, Junk Gypsies and the like, we see reproductions and one-of-a-kinds all over the market place. I touched on my philosophy behind this fad in my last Design Trend Report. If you could find an original bulb advertising sign, it would be a lucky get and you would probably pay a pretty penny not only for the sign, but to ensure it was wired properly. Now, you can get the reproductions pretty easily. Lights, camera, style action!

Flea Market Style Trends - Dallas Market Center 2014

Flea Market Style Trends – Dallas Market Center 2014

Flea Market Style Trends - Dallas Market Center 2014

Flea Market Style Trends – Dallas Market Center 2014

And, then there was this chandelier by Arteriors. LOVE!

Arteriors Chandelier

Arteriors Chandelier

I love all of the different textures and styles used together to create this fresh, light, and airy look. Eye candy!

Fresh, Light, Airy Trend - Dallas Market Center 2014

Fresh, Light, Airy Trend – Dallas Market Center 2014

I couldn’t resist this look. I love the bold, gold metal drum hanging lamps paired with the simple, linen, slip covered sofa & chairs. The painting is perfect. Very serene. Can’t you just imagine this in a morning-light filled living room?

Light, Fresh, Airy - Dallas Market Center 2014

Light, Fresh, Airy – Dallas Market Center 2014

We love scouting out new designers, importers and factories to source our line. We are constantly blown away by the creativity we see in different showrooms and watching trends evolve. Market is a lot of work, but we have fun, too!

This Dallas Market was extra special since our very own Lucia Deen  won 1st place prize in the National Christmas Tree Design Competition put on by the HDA.

Lucia Deen accepts 1st Place in the National Christmas Tree Design Competition

Lucia Deen accepts 1st Place in the National Christmas Tree Design Competition

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

As I write this post, I sit in a hotel room on the Las Vegas strip over looking all glittering lights that fascinate and delight.  We are here for Las Vegas Market, so stay tuned for my report covering Vegas. The adage, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” does not apply to our trip. I cannot wait to share with your what we are seeing here in Vegas. Stay tuned!

-Elizabeth Michael

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