One Bed, Six Ways: A PMC Bed Makeover

Bed_makeoverFrom bright and colorful to more muted tones, we’ve put together six different looks to showcase just how easily transitional furnishings and bedding can adapt to a variety of style with a simple switch of accessories and pillows.

Coastal Living

Coastal Living

Click for coral pillowwicker lamp, bedding, handmade natural black rug,  and sea green pillow.

Headboard, starfish pillow, afghan throw blanket, chunk stripe throw blanket, skinny stripe throw blanket, grass basket, wicker jug, natural jute rug, demilune tables, fish bookends, fairytale books, large seashell, natural tray, and glass vase arrangement available at Paul Michael Company locations.

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Blue Hues

Click for beddinghandmade natural black rug, green and blue pillow, mint pillow, blue fatima pillow, missy desk frame, gallery art block middle, and gallery art block front.

Headboard, blue braided pillow, afghan throw blanket, blue ceramic vases, sprays and sticks, demilune tables, lamp, jug, ceramic container, small stool, blue ball with jute, and striped area rug available at Paul Michael Company locations.

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Bohemian

Click for bedding, sheepskin pillow, longhair sheepskin rug, handmade natural black rugbone inlay box (medium), and bone inlay box (small).

Headboard, gold pillow, purple pattern pillow, navy pattern pillow, red throw blanket, bird art, giraffe lamp, wood angel figurine, amethyst, crystals, hippo figurine, succulent planter, giraffe tote, burgendy throw blanket, vase, bamboo sticks, recycled jute area rug, and demilune tables available at Paul Michael Company locations.

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Color Me Happy

Click for beddinghandmade natural black rug, yellow weave pillow, and sienna rice weave pillow.

Headboard, red throw blanket, green pattern pillow, mustard pillow, orange pattern pillow, blue shades pillow, striped area rug, demilune tables, vintage weave jugs, succulent planter, fairytale books, spools, orange faux leather frame, weave vase, faux flowers, and green lamp available at Paul Michael Company locations.

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Muted Industrial

Click for beddinghandmade natural black rug, black sheepskin pillows, ivory pillowwhite sheepskin rug, black ceramic vase, and jute rope ball.

Headboard, black pattern pillow, black wool rug, white and grey wool stripe rug, jug lamp, ammo container, vintage rope, antique metal box, galvanized lantern, and demilune side tables at Paul Michael Company locations.

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Dressed in White

Click for handmade natural black rug,  ivory pillows, white sheepskin ruglonghair sheepskin rug, and hydrangea arrangement.

Headboard, ivory bedding, sequin pillows, ivory throw blanket, white poodle pillow, demilune side tables, small stools, white lamp, spindle candlesticks, ceramic vase, ceramic crackle vase, white platter, and white bud vase available at Paul Michael Company locations.

-Ainslea Hooton-Snellenberger

 

 

Mirror, Mirror On the Wall

mirror

Bedrooms are often the most private rooms in the house, making them the most personal.  One’s personal style is  usually best reflected in the bedroom, so adding bedding and headboards to our product offerings for the Spring 2015 season gave our designers the opportunity to fully dive into experimenting with bedroom looks for the first time in our stores.

For our first bedroom photoshoot we really wanted to go for something unexpected.  Using some fairy tale inspiration, our designers created a sophisticated and striking sleep space.

Photo credit:  Mike Healey Productions

Photo credit: Mike Healey Productions

Photo credit:  Mike Healey Productions

Photo credit: Mike Healey Productions

Photo Credit:  Mike Healey Productions

Photo credit: Mike Healey Productions

Photo credit:  Mike Healey Productions

Photo credit: Mike Healey Productions

Click for bedding, inkblot pillow, sheepskin pillow, navy pillow, navy striped pillow, rhino bookends, metallic mirror, and black sheepskin rug.

Chandelier, reclaimed door mirrors, gold arch mirror, reclaimed wood mirror, animal wall mounts, agate side tables, table lamps, hour glass, antique crates, orange/royal blue pillow, gold loop pillow, gold embroidered pillow, blue/gray pillow, headboard, wood fish on stand, wooden shoes, nautical glass ball with jute, assorted books, coral figurines, bench, and long hair sheepskin area rug available at Paul Michael Company store locations.

-Ainslea Hooton-Snellenberger

 

Turning a House into a Home

MakeoverThis spring season (now getting into the beginning of summer) we have had the opportunity to stage a handful of empty houses as well as give some lived-in residences a PMC home makeover.  Staging an empty house comes with no design restraints, so the process is fairly painless.  The challenges arise when decorating or redecorating a home.  People often feel they must stay within one style element in order to create an attractive interior.  Paul Michael Company designer, Jenny, believes people often limit themselves when thinking they must stay within the confines of certain design.  “It happens all the time.  People think they can’t buy new pieces they are in love with because it won’t mix with their existing decor,” Jenny says, “But it is so easy to integrate new pieces with existing decor seamlessly.”

Here at Paul Michael Company, we believe turning a house into a home entails knowing what style you like, but also keeping an open mind when it comes to integrating new pieces into your existing design; giving a house personality is when it really becomes a home.

Recently our Monroe store manager, Debra, moved into a new house and immediately requested Jenny’s assistance when making this space her own.  Debra gave Jenny free reign when it came to putting this look together, other than telling her she gravitates toward “shabby chic” designs.  Integrating new pieces with Debra’s existing decor and adding a bit of flare, Jenny and Monroe employee, Ashley, transformed an empty house into the home Debra hoped for.

Dining Area Madeover

Dining Area

Dining Area Madeover

Dining Area

Dining Area Madeover

Dining Area

Dining Area Madeover

Dining Area

Click for reclaimed oak dining table, white acrylic chairs, black ceramic vase, framed bird art, hydrangeas, bone inlay boxes, metallic mirror, standing tin cowtin flower pots, and pewter hand mirror.

Cow hide rug, reclaimed window console, reclaimed wood mirror, antique crates, bookshelf, resin cow head, pendant chandelier, blue lamp, amethyst, reclaimed door panels, and French dressing chairs are available at Paul Michael Company store locations.

Living Room

Living Room

Click for blush pillow, red pillow, sheepskin pillow, and white shag pillow.

Pink quilt pillow, reclaimed door panels, coffee table, petrified wood bowl, and large sheepskin rug can be found at Paul Michael Company store locations.

Living Room

Living Room

Living Room

Living Room

Click for coral lanterns.

Ceramic bird bowl, crystal geode, antique glass jug, potted bromeland, and abstract painting available at Paul Michael Company store locations.

Living Room

Living Room

Click for geometric rhino, geometric elephant, geometric giraffe, coral pillow, mint pillow, and ivory collina chair.

Reclaimed corbels, reclaimed window frames, reclaimed wood mirror, abstract art, reclaimed spindle candlesticks, and floor lamps available at Paul Michael Company store locations.

Living Room

Living Room

Click for ivory collina chairsmint pillows, and coral pillow.

Curtain panels available at Paul Michael Company store locations.

Living Room

Living Room

Click for hippo, black ceramic vase, and tin flower pot.

Abstract art, white ceramic planter, reclaimed wood column, reclaimed corbel, matte black planter, reclaimed spindle side table, hexagon side tables, wood side table, black wood side table, marble bowl, and amethyst available at Paul Michael Company store locations.

Living Room

Living Room

Living Room

Living Room

Click for floral pillow, framed bird art, and gallery art blocks.

Abstract art, floral prints, column side table, and bench available at Paul Michael Company store locations.

Front Porch

Front Porch

Click for butterscotch pillows, gold portico pillow, and cypress scroll bench.

Mirrin accent tables and gold diamond pillow available at Paul Michael Company store locations.

-Ainslea Hooton-Snellenberger

 

A PMC Home Makeover

MakeoverTwo weekends ago Monroe designer, Jenny, and I had the pleasure of completely redecorating a Michael family member’s home.  Working with a blank canvas can be a little overwhelming when it comes to furnishing and decorating multiple rooms, but it leaves for complete creative freedom.  We were given the task of filling a living room and dining room with furniture and accessories in two days.  We took a shopping trip through the Paul Michael Company Lake Village location and got to work.

Before the Makeover

Dining Room Before Makeover

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Dining Room After Makeover

Mirror, chandelier, buffet, dining table, chairs, rug, and side cabinet available at Paul Michael Company store locations.

We used Paul Michael Company accessories as well as a few the homeowners had hiding in a closet.  The man of the house was pleased to find his deer heads made the final cut.

After the Makeover

Dining Area After Makeover

We made a lounge area next to the dining table for the lady of the house.  She expressed to us she enjoys doing Sudoku puzzles while drinking her coffee in the mornings, so we gave her a cozy and decorative area for her morning activities.

After the Makeover

Dining Area After Makeover

Almost all of the pieces on her gallery wall are posters and knick knacks she’s collected over the years, but we centered them all around the Moon Glow painting available at Paul Michael Company store locations.  It’s painted on the back of an old window!

After the Makeover

Dining Area After Makeover

Click for black pillow, gold pillow, and sheepskin rugs.  Side tables, lamp, Moon Glow painting, and other pillows available at Paul Michael Company store locations.

Living Room Before the Makeover

Living Room Before Makeover

After the Makeover

Living Room After Makeover

Click for bookcases, black pillows, blue pillow, gold pillow, geometric elephant, geometric giraffe, geometric rhino, large bone inlay box, medium bone inlay box, ceramic vase, sheepskin pillow, and grey sofa.  Teak coffee table, leather bench, metal/glass side table, leather chair, floor lamp, table lamp, abstract painting , and bone inlay photo frame available at Paul Michael Company store locations.

After the Makeover

Living Room After Makeover

We hid a window behind the abstract painting.  You would never know if you hadn’t seen the before picture!

After the Makeover

Living Room After Makeover

After the Makeover

Living Room After Makeover

After the Makeover

Living Room After the Makeover

Click for sheepskin pillow and black sheepskin rug.  Entertainment center, spindle candlesticks, orange chair, and orange/blue fan art are available at Paul Michael Company store locations.

Mixing contemporary and natural pieces, we turned this house into a home!

-Ainslea Hooton-Snellenberger

 

 

Townhome Living

carrotTake an inside look at our Townhome Living Collection.  Styled by our Monroe crew, this collection combines industrial and rustic elements with some unexpected twists.  Explore this photoshoot look and find your own decor inspiration!  Photo credit to Mike Healey Productions.

Paul Michael Company Townhome Living Collection

Paul Michael Company Townhome Living Collection

Paul Michael Company Townhome Living Collection

Paul Michael Company Townhome Living Collection

Paul Michael Company Townhome Living Collection

Paul Michael Company Townhome Living Collection

Paul Michael Company Townhome Living Collection

Paul Michael Company Townhome Living Collection

Paul Michael Company Townhome Living Collection

Paul Michael Company Townhome Living Collection

Paul Michael Company Townhome Living Collection

Paul Michael Company Townhome Living Collection

Paul Michael Company Townhome Living Collection

Paul Michael Company Townhome Living Collection

Paul Michael Company Townhome Living Collection

Paul Michael Company Townhome Living Collection

Paul Michael Company Townhome Living Collection

Paul Michael Company Townhome Living Collection

Paul Michael Company Townhome Living Collection

Paul Michael Company Townhome Living Collection

Paul Michael Company Townhome Living Collection

Paul Michael Company Townhome Living Collection

Paul Michael Company Townhome Living Collection

Paul Michael Company Townhome Living Collection

Paul Michael Company Townhome Living Collection

Paul Michael Company Townhome Living Collection

Click here to shop the collection and make this look your own!

-Ainslea Hooton-Snellenberger

A Much Needed Grown-Up Update

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I’ve lived in three different houses and have probably upgraded my decor only three times in my 24 years.  I’ve had the same color room since I was in 7th grade and to this day I still use some of the same decorative accessories I used back then.  Coming to work for the Paul Michael Company, I took advantage of the vast array of decor at my finger tips.  My kitchen, living room, dining room, and hallways were quickly transformed into a cozy yet sophisticated environment.  However, in my year and a half of employment with Paul Michael Company, I never touched my bedroom.  My walls were adorned with paintings I did in middle school and paintings done by my nephew when he was about seven; my idea of a gallery wall.  My hutch was home to all of my jewelry boxes, random pig tchotchkes, and my cheerleading pictures from middle and high school.  After my husband built a new bed so we could retire the bed I used in college, I decided it was time to perform a much needed grown-up update, for both of our sakes.  Here are the results:

Our Bed Before

Our Bed Before

Try not to judge my lack of bed making, I didn’t know this photo would be used for a blog post at the time.

My "gallery wall"

My “Gallery Wall”

Yes, you’re seeing Ren and Stimpy, Ralph Wiggum, and an Andy Warhol replica.  I’m very happy I’ve kept these around over the years, but it was time to send them from the bedroom to the guest room.

Bed upgraded

Bed Upgraded

This corner of our bedroom feels much cleaner now.  To offset my colorful tapestry, my husband chose the Paul Michael Company Resin Elk Head to hang above us at night.  Yes, I love the way it looks.  Yes, it is a little scary to sleep under.

Click for Pewter Bedding (for some reason this bedding photographs blue, but it is a grey tone in-person), Decorative Pillows, and Sheepskin Rug.

The Petrified Wood Stump and Resin Elk Head can be found in-stores.

Yes, scary.

Only a little scary

Now for the hutch.

Hutch Before

Hutch Before

These small keepsakes worked fine in my college years, but should have been retired as soon as my husband and I moved in together.  This update was a little delayed but the results are worth it.

Hutch Upgraded

Hutch Upgraded

The room feels entirely different now and it works for both my husband and me.  This look wasn’t at all hard to achieve.  I replaced my old jewelry boxes with matching bone inlay boxes, I found frames for the photos I just had propped up, I chose a shallow petrified wood bowl to hold the jewelry I swap out daily, and randomly selected accessories I liked (I realized later most of them were animals) to fill the rest of the space.

Click for Rhino Bookends, Mirrored Star, Hippo Figurine, Orange Frame, Small Bone Inlay Box, Medium Bone Inlay Box, Bone Inlay Frame, and White Hour Glass.

The Vintage Crate, Glass Float with Rope, Ceramic Hand and Petrified Wood Bowl can be found in-stores.

Sometimes simple things like changing pillow patterns can make a huge difference and sometimes grabbing the bull by the horns for a whole room redo is exactly what you needed.  And sometimes exchanging your piggy banks for bookends is entirely necessary.

-Ainslea Hooton-Snellenberger

 

DIY Mesh Carrot

DIY Mesh CarrotThe unpleasant cold weather we’ve been having had us under the impression spring would never get here.  But warm weather has moved in, the grass is getting greener, and unfortunately for us down south, the mosquitos have started their familiar buzz.  With our DIY Mesh Carrot instructions, you can affordably update your door decor to match the changing season.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Supplies

Supplies

Step 1

Step 1

Step One:  Straighten out your half 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.

Step 1 Continued

Step 1 Continued

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.

Step 2

Step 2

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

Step 2 Continued

Step 2 Continued

Now, make one more line of poofs down to the fourth level. There are seven 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.

Step 3

Step 3

Now it’s time for you bow.  Go here for bow instructions- they start around 2:20.

Step 4

Step 4

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

Step 5

Step 5

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

DIY Mesh Carrot

DIY Mesh Carrot

Now get to hanging and make all of the neighbors jealous!

-Video and Instructions by Elizabeth Michael

 

 

Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Jake Michael

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Exactly ten days ago we had the pleasure of gathering to witness Jake Michael, and his fiancée, Leigh Thompson, tie the knot at St. Mary’s Catholic Church here in Lake Village, Arkansas.  The ceremony was beyond everything you would expect it to be.  The bride was a stunning vision in white with an anxious smile draped across her face, the guests whispered to their friends how exquisite the dress was as soon as the future Mrs. Jake Michael walked in the door, bridesmaids and groomsmen squirmed excitedly through the ceremony as their close friends committed themselves to one another, and the groom looked taken aback at the gorgeous girl standing across from him.

Shortly after the “You may kiss the bride!” part, we headed down Main Street to Paul’s office to celebrate the newlyweds.  Normally, Paul’s office serves as the accounting office, board room, bread baking kitchen, Dove Hunt party venue, and warehouse for Ecommerce.  In just a week’s time, it was transformed into a reception hall for the new Mr. and Mrs. Jake Michael.  Using Paul Michael Company merchandise, Ron Pepper worked his magic to create the “woodsy wonderland” the bride envisioned for the event.  He certainly did not disappoint!

Before it all started

Before it all began

Getting started

Getting started

The centerpieces

The centerpieces

Teak bench seating

Teak bench seating

One of the buffet areas

One of the buffet areas

Click here to shop our reclaimed freight flooring tables.

Another of the buffet areas

Another of the buffet areas

Anyone need a cold beverage?

Anyone need a cold beverage?

The cake.  Need we say more?

The cake. It almost looked too good to eat.  Almost.

Fun fact about the cake:  Paul’s sister baked and decorated this delectable masterpiece.  The flowers are made out of sugar.  Yes, sugar!

Cozy seating area

Cozy sitting area

No centerpiece.  Just a bit of light.

No centerpiece. Just a bit of light.

Gifts for the girls:  nail polish and bobby pins

Gifts for the girls: nail polish and bobby pins

Side tables

Side tables

Usually the brick and wooden walls of the accounting office and kitchen areas are bare, but Ron hung Paul’s favorite antique wall art to add some color and character.

Antique circus art

Antique circus art

Star Brand Shoes

Star Brand Shoes

This particular antique sign belonged to Paul’s grandfather.  Our corporate office resides in the old Mansour building on Main Street, so this sign was a special sight to see.

Jake's Place

Jake’s Place

The happy couple

The happy couple

Of course we couldn’t do a post about the happy couple without picturing the happy couple! Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Jake Michael, y’all!

-Ainslea Hooton-Snellenberger

 

 

 

 

PMC Cooks: Tasty Tuna Casserole

Tasty Tuna CasseroleWhen my husband requested tuna casserole for dinner yesterday evening, I didn’t want to take the easy way out and just serve up a box of Tuna Helper.  Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Miss Betty Crocker, but since I hadn’t cooked in a while I figured I should put in more than minimal effort.  The words, “This is better than my mom used to make,” might have escaped the husband’s cheese covered lips.  Or maybe it didn’t.  I’ll add a bit of mystery to this post.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 12 oz. Farfalle pasta
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 small, chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 pint whipping cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cup baby peas
  • 3/4 cups chopped roasted red peppers
  • 1 package chopped Shiitake mushrooms
  • 20 oz. tuna packed in oil
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 more tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • pinch or 2 of basil leaves
Ingredients

Ingredients

Here’s how to get cookin':

  • Prepare your noodles al dente.  Set them aside for later.
  • Chop your onions and mushrooms separately.  Set them aside.
  • In a large saucepan, melt 4 tbsp butter for your base.  Sautee your onions.
  •  Add flour and stir.  Whisk in your whipping cream and milk.  Bring the mixture to a boil until it thickens, then remove from heat.
  • Add your pasta, tuna, mushrooms, peppers, cheese, and peas.  Season with salt and pepper.
  • In a skillet, add the remaining 2 tbsp butter.  After it melts, add the breadcrumbs and mix well.  Remove from heat.
  • Put casserole into six, single serving casserole dishes for portion control, or one large casserole dish.  Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture on top.
  • Bake at 425 °F for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Garnish with red pepper flakes and basil leaves
Tasty Tuna Casserole

Tasty Tuna Casserole

Serve and enjoy!

-Ainslea Hooton-Snellenberger

 

 

 

Meet the PMC Pets

pets_bannerAs most of you know (or so we hope) our stores are pet friendly locations no matter what size or breed.  While this comes as a shock to some people, pets in the work place are nothing out of the ordinary for the Paul Michael Company crew.  Since the company’s establishment, we have always had a pet friendly atmosphere and have even welcomed a cat or two as live in furry friends in our stores.  Since it’s Monday and cute fur babies put a smile on everyone’s face, we wouldd like to introduce the pets of Paul Michael Company!

Tennessee from our Lake Village location has designated napping spots around our store and loves glamour shots.  If you have ever visited our Lake Village location, you’ve probably met Tennessee.

Tennessee

Tennessee

Tennessee

Tennessee

Cypress from our Lake Village home office enjoys climbing in front of computer screens when you give them more attention than her, climbing atop our tallest warehouse shelves, and desk naps.

Cypress

Cypress

Cypress

Cypress

Melba, or Melba Toast if you prefer using her whole name, came to us one day after she followed our Ecommerce Manager, Mary, down Main Street one sunny afternoon.  She has a wonky eye ball and she’s put on a few pounds since her arrival, but she is just as snuggly and endearing as the next kitty.

Melba Toast

Melba Toast

Melba Toast

Melba Toast

Melba Toast, the early days

Melba Toast, the early days

Sheba is the on-staff security guard at our Lake Village home office.  Her favorite hobbies are sitting in laps, barking at anyone who comes in the office door, and fashion.  You might see an “outfit of the day” post coming from her soon.

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Sheba

Sheba

Sheba around Easter time

Sheba around Easter time

Aggie spends her days at our accounting office with her dad, Joseph.  She may look like a tiny pup, but she’s full of muscle and spunk.  She attends most of our corporate meetings and loves munching on pecans.

Aggie at Christmas

Aggie at Christmas

Aggie

Aggie

Aggie

Aggie

Quite a few people ask how all of our dogs and pups get along.  They are all incredibly friendly and often spend their time playing chase or tug of war together.  They take turns sharing food and love cuddling for naps.  They have even banned together before to help us pack Ecommerce orders.

Cypress and Melba

Cypress and Melba

Sometimes they forget how to nap together, but it results in adorable pictures like this one.

Cypress and Melba

Cypress and Melba

Cypress and Melba

Cypress and Melba

Cypress and Sheba

Cypress and Sheba

Some studies have shown that having pets in the work place makes for a more productive work day.  We can certainly say, it sure does make things more entertaining!

And because we love our furry friends so much, we always keep them in mind when making our market purchases.  Click here to shop our pets section.

-Ainslea Hooton-Snellenberger

 

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