February 2012 archive

Helpful Solutions for Small Spaces

We have a number of items great for home organization at Paul Michael Company.

Smaller living spaces mean less to clean and maintain, and by following some of the tips listed below, you still have plenty of room for storage.

  • Low bookcases resting along the back of a sofa double as both a display for treasured items as well as a chic sofa table.
  • Choose a sturdy, well made ottoman that can also be used as a coffee table.
  • Window seats, under bed drawers and enclosed cabinets are great for storing linens and other bulky items.
  • No closet space? Buy a wooden ladder, paint to match your décor, and use as a shoe rack. Practical and pretty!
  • Hallways make the perfect storage area. Line with floor-to-ceiling bookcases or other storage furniture for everything from dishes and kitchen items to toiletries.
  • Remember the lighter the better. Get rid of heavy dark drapes, paint rooms in light neutral hues, keep color schemes to monochromatic except for a few splashes of accent colors, and hang mirrors to reflect light and open up the living space.

Like some of the tips listed above? Stop by any of our four convenient Paul Michael Company locations to get started on simplifying your living space.

Table Decorating Ideas for Spring

Ah, Spring – bunnies, flowers, and eggs! What could be more welcoming for this festive season than a dining room table graced with these timeless and meaningful emblems of clear skies and sunny days?

The Paul Michael Company is celebrating spring in a big way!

Spring table runners from Paul Michael Company

For table-top decor, beautiful runners and individual blooms or bunches of bouquets offer a strident touch and backdrop for your table display to enhance your family meals.

Amid your blossoms you can perch a decorative bunny or two in various costumes crafted in springtime artistry. Colorful rabbits of all sizes and shapes can be nestled against your floral centerpiece or serve as a subtle accent on the sideboard or corner cabinet.

A dish of decorated eggs in a variety of textures will enhance your table arrangement. You can arrange the eggs in natural grasses or in an attractively-designed basket for the full flavor of seasonal celebrations. Shop Paul Michael Company in Lake Village, Arkansas; Monroe, Louisiana; Lafayette, Louisiana; or Canton, Texas to see the beautiful collection that will inspire your springtime-fresh table.

Georgia Pellegrini Features Paul Michael Co. Furnishings

Georgia Pellegrini, author of Girl Hunter, recently highlighted her trip to Lake Village, AR on her blog, and included details on her time spent at the Paul Michael Company workshop. First, we want to give Georgia a big thank you for featuring us on her blog!

Everyone else, be sure to check out her post on Lake Village. Here’s a small excerpt from what she included of this visit:

“And then I visited Paul Michael’s workshop. I’ve been there before and showed you what he builds and what he works on every day. It’s recycled beautiful things that he repurposes into furniture. I loved this piece especially. It would be lovely in a bathroom full of linens and soaps and trinkets.”

Head over to her blog to see more pictures and information on some of the Paul Michael furnishings she saw.

Interested in checking out Paul Michael Company offerings for yourself? Our four locations are in Lake Village, AR; Montroe, LA; Lafayette, LA; and Canton, TX.

Image via georgiapellegrini.com

Get Ready to Start Decorating for Easter!

It may seem like Easter’s a long way away, but it’ll be here before we know it! And from our Facebook fans, we can tell we’re not the only ones already thinking about decorating for the April 8 holiday this year. As requested, we’ve now posted pictures of our Easter 2012 décor on our Facebook page, and we wanted to give our blog readers a peek, too! Here’s just a small sampling of the Easter décor and goodies at Paul Michael Company this year.

We have lots of Easter bunnies…

…not to mention cute patterned eggs…

…and flowers bursting with color.

You all know we’re big on holiday decorating, so if you want to get started on your Easter décor, just stop by a Paul Michael Company store. There are four locations, including Lake Village, AR; Monroe, LA; Lafayette, LA; and Canton, TX.

How are you decorating for Easter this year? Leave a comment to share!

Stylish Aprons for the Chef of the House

Who says you can’t look cute in the kitchen? Stylish aprons have been growing in popularity lately, giving women an array of options for what to wear to protect their clothes while cooking and baking. Are you on the search for a chic apron that fits your style? We’ve got you covered. Here’s a look at a few of the aprons available at Paul Michael Company:

A classic color combination—black, white and red—looks great on this flattering patterned apron.

This colorful apron featuring a bird and a flower is perfect for spring.

Do you love cooking Italian food? Then this apron’s for you…

Visit our Facebook page to see more aprons—as well as kitchen towels, guest towels and curtains—that are part of Paul Michael Company’s Spring 2012 textile and linen selection.

See a style you love? Drop by one of our four stores, which are located in Lake Village, AR; Monroe, LA; Lafayette, LA; and Canton, TX. Happy cooking!

Spring Color Trend: Spearmint

Sensational Color did a post naming the color spearmint, or mint green, as a big trend for spring and summer this year for fashion. As we all know—and as is at the forefront of our attention given the start of New York Fashion Week today—trends in fashion are often also trends in decor.

Are you interested in bringing spearmint into your home decor this spring? Check out these Paul Michael Company offerings that feature the trendy hue:

The background of this sweet bird pillow is—you guessed it—spearmint.

This patterned 3-foot-by-5-foot rug includes bits of spearmint, too.

And this rope-braided jute rug, which comes in an array of sizes, features spearmint stripes.

Want to see all of our updates on decorating tips and trends, recycled and reclaimed materials, Paul Michael Company events, and where in the world Paul is? Just follow the blog to have posts delivered right to you!

How to Decorate the Sofa with Throw Pillows

Decorating the sofa with throw pillows may seem simple, but when you’re going for that picture-perfect look, sometimes it’s harder than you think. If you want a pillow arrangement worthy of a magazine spread, you’re in luck. We came across a fabulous slideshow on House Beautiful that shows the same sofa with six throw pillow looks, and it offers designer tips for achieving each one.

Whether you’re hoping to bring new pops of color into your design scheme or wondering the best way to balance an array of beautiful pillows, the slideshow has you covered. Head over to House Beautiful to check it out!

Fresh spring arrivals at The Paul Michael Company include a lot of stylish throw pillows perfect for sprucing up a neutral sofa.

We shared a small peek at a few of these new arrivals above, but check out the Paul Michael Facebook page to see more options!

Picking at First Monday Trade Days in Canton

Picking seems to be a popular topic on television these days, partially fueled by the economic times and the trend to reclaim. Before picking gained its popularity, my mom and dad were drawn to the Old-World style of wheeling and dealing centered around the flea market culture. They actually met in my mom’s antique clothing store in Nashville, Betty Boop’s, over negotiations for a stuffed peacock.

Paul got his start wheeling and dealing in antiques for restaurants at First Monday Trade Days in Canton, TX, and since then our business has grown to multiple retail locations, including one right down the road from the First Monday grounds.

As a family, we still love to go to First Monday early and hunt for hidden treasures. You have to be patient, though, because there are miles and miles of vendors to cover. And bring cash because the concept of credit cards or checks doesn’t exist. Our favorite spot on grounds is the “unreserved” section because you never know who will be there or what they will bring. On the grounds, you will also find your fair share of new clothing, decor, pet accessories, sunglasses and so on.

These are all picks from the First Monday grounds…

And here’s a look at the grounds being set up…

Once a month, Canton is a shopping mecca, drawing customers from miles and miles around. I think customers enjoy our store because it is 25,000 square feet of climate-controlled treasures. We layer in old with the new and always keep it visually exciting. Also, we serve complimentary snacks and refreshments all day long and start Happy Hour at 5 p.m. every day during First Monday.

You can find a calendar on the First Monday Canton website.

Happy Picking!

—Elizabeth Michael