November 2012 archive

7 Unique Ways to Wrap Holiday Presents

Wrapping gifts can be almost as exciting as giving them to your loved ones! It’s a great opportunity to show off your creative side and the love and care that went into picking out the perfect present. Instead of sticking with the ordinary store-bought wrapping paper this year, branch out and try some of these unique ways to wrap your holiday gifts.


Start with simple brown paper and then spice up it up with a homemade paper snowflake.

10 Unique Ways to Wrap Holiday Presents

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Create your own unique Christmas ribbon by simply using strings of colorful yarn. 

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Find some holiday themed cloth and swaddle it around your present. In addition to being festive, the fabric can be reused, too!

10 Unique Ways to Wrap Holiday Presents

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Hold on to your Sunday paper and use it as a way to wrap your holiday gifts.  Believe it or not, you can even create a decorative bow for your gift out of newspaper, too!

10 Unique Ways to Wrap Holiday Gifts

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If you are feeling especially crafty, create a felt garland of colorful circles or stars in varying sizes and attach them to your gifts.  If you have any leftover, you could even use this garland to decorate your home!

10 Unique Ways to Wrap Holiday Gifts

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For a stylish shabby-chic wrapping job, use burlap to wrap presents and pair it with raffia or ribbon. 

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Use an inexpensive map to wrap a present and finish it with a bright ornament.  

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All photos via Houzz

How the Most Popular Christmas Traditions Came to Be

There are so many sights, sounds, and smells that make the holiday season magical. Wouldn’t you like to know where some of these Christmas symbols originated from? Here’s a quick little history lesson on some of our favorite Christmas traditions.

Nutcrackers: These little men stem from the iconic ballet that remains one of the most treasured Christmas activities. According to German folklore, these wooden dolls were given as keepsakes to bring good luck and protection to your home. The nutcracker represents strength and was believed to ward off evil spirits. And today, it is an added bonus that these popular Christmas decorations can be put to use at the dining table!

Christmas Trees: For hundreds of years, evergreen trees have remained a special symbol of winter. In some cultures, these year-round trees were believed to ward of evil and illness. The tradition of displaying an evergreen at Christmas time, however, began in Germany. Years ago, Germans began bringing trees indoors to decorate their homes during the holidays. At first, Americans found this very strange, but now the Christmas tree is the ultimate symbol of the season!

Mistletoe: According to Celtic legend, this plant was cherished for its ability to bring good luck and heal wounds. But over the years, we started hanging this small bushel of holly and using it as an excuse to sneak a quick Christmas kiss. Who knows how it went from Celtic mythology to kisses? But we do know one thing: it’s the most romantic Christmas tradition of them all.

 Does all this talk of Christmas have you in the decorating spirit? Make sure to stop by Paul Michael Company for a wonderful selection of gorgeous Christmas decorations from nutcrackers and ornaments to Christmas ribbon and DIY holiday wreaths.
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The Paul Michael Company Holiday Party is December 6th!

We’d like to formally invite you to one of our holiday parties that we will be hosting at ever Paul Michael Company store location on December 6, 2012.

Come hungry and ready to shop! There will be lots of tasty hors d’eourves and refreshments as well as some very exciting prizes. Every hour, there will be a drawing for a $50 gift card! But even if you are not the lucky winner of one of our gift cards, there will be plenty of opportunities to shop and enjoy new mark downs on unique gifts and holiday decor throughout the store. So come celebrate the season and get your holiday decor and gift shopping done early.

Oh and that’s not all! For the holiday parties at each location, there will be special guests and entertainment. At the Paul Michael Company location in Monroe, Louisiana, Ms. Kay from the ever-popular A&E show, Duck Dynasty, will be joining us!

Please RSVP on our Facebook Event Page and enter to win a $100 Gift Card. We hope to see you all there! Don’t forget to wear your Santa hat!

5 Great Gift Ideas from Paul Michael Company

Still have gifts left on your holiday shopping list? Paul Michael Company can serve as a one-stop shop for your gift list this holiday season! From gorgeous home decor to unique local art, Paul Michael Company offers a wide variety of gifts with genuine character and personality. Here are just five ideas for wonderful holiday gifts that will be meaningful and memorable.


1. You can never go wrong with a pretty Christmas Chateau Ornament from Paul Michael Company.

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2. Give someone a special holiday wreath that you made at a Paul Michael Company store just for them!

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3. Decorative pillows always make a fun gift for homeowners that love to decorate and re-decorate.

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4. Someone who likes a little sparkle will love our bubbly chandelier wreath.

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5. For a great coffee table book for Delta natives, we recommend The Delta: Landscapes, Legends and Legacies of Mississippi’s Most Storied Region.

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For more information on these gifts and others, please email

Don’t Miss the Black Friday Specials at Paul Michael Company!

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Tomorrow we will all be relaxing at home and indulging in an abundance of quality family time and delicious comfort foods. But on Friday, we’ll be strapping on our running shoes and getting ready for the busiest shopping day of the year! Are you ready? To help you gear up for the busy day of shopping, here is a great list of Black Friday shopping tips from Hip2Save.

And don’t forget to include one of the Paul Michael Company store locations as one of your Black Friday shopping destinations. We’ll be offering hundreds of Christmas decor and home decor items at 25 to 50 percent off! But you better get here early to get the best selection of our holiday decor and unique handcrafted home decor. Here are the Black Friday store hours for our three different locations:

  • Paul Michael Company Lafayette, Louisiana Location: 8am to 8pm
  • Paul Michael Company Monroe, Louisiana Location: 8am to 8pm
  • Paul Michael Company Lake Village, Arkansas Location: 9am to 6pm
  • Paul Michael Company Canton, Texas Location: 10am to 6pm

Happy Thanksgiving and happy Black Friday shopping!

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Fresh Ideas for Christmas Table Settings

Make Christmas dinner even more magical this year with a creative theme for your tablescape. From centerpieces and chandelier decor to napkin holders and place cards, there are many ways you can decorate your dining table to make it extra special. To inspire you to get a little creative with your dinner table decor, here are some of our favorite ideas for Christmas table settings on Pinterest.

Transport your guests to a whimsical wonderland by choosing an energetic color palette and incorporating bright ornaments and a little sparkle.

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Create a gorgeous woodland scene with natural evergreen branches, pinecones, twigs and other rustic decor like earthy candle holders homemade from mason jars.

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To achieve a winter wonderland effect, try hanging snowflakes, ornaments or other pretty decor from the light fixture or chandelier above your Christmas table.

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Dress up the chairs! Come up with a unique way to incorporate your dinner table chairs into your tablescape theme.

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 Tell a story with your Christmas table decor. This holiday setting features a table runner made from actual pages of an old book – how neat!

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Do you know of any other creative ways to dress up your Christmas table? How are you planning on adding holiday cheer to your table for Christmas dinner? Share with us in a comment!

Paul Michael Company in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas has all of the Christmas decorations and any other materials you need to achieve a designer Christmas table setting this year! Come by one of our stores and we’ll help you with your theme, color palette, table runner, centerpieces, place cards and even your dinnerware!


DIY Holiday Decor with Burlap

Here at Paul Michael Company, we think that burlap simply doesn’t get enough credit! While burlap sometimes gets a bad reputation, this fabric is actually one of our favorite materials to use for DIY holiday decorations! Here are just a few reasons why we love to decorate with burlap during the holidays:

  • Burlap is easy to find and inexpensive!
  • It’s versatile; burlap can be used for everything from wrapping presents to creating a festive tablescape.
  • The neutral color allows it to complement any color scheme and interior design style, from refined rustic to vintage-chic.
  • Burlap adds wonderful natural texture to interiors and decor.
  • Last but not least, burlap is an all-natural, renewable fabric, so it’s eco-friendly!

For inspiration, here are 6 ways you can achieve designer holiday decor with burlap:


1. Make burlap bags with ribbon and holly that are perfect for holding seasonal potpourri or even small gifts.

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2. Use ribbons of burlap to trim the tree.

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3. Create your own festive place holders for your holiday tablescape with burlap pouches filled with greenery.

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4. Make your own shabby-chic holiday table runner from burlap.

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Via Budget Wise Home

5. Design your own vintage burlap Christmas stockings

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6. Deck the halls with DIY burlap holiday wreaths.

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P. Allen Smith Picks Out Lighting at Paul Michael Company

As you may already know, garden expert and icon P. Allen Smith is currently attempting to plan, build and design an eco-friendly designer home in only 150 days with only $150,000 for the Home Garden eHow Challenge. And in order to furnish the home with beautiful yet affordable and eco-friendly decor, Allen has been coming to Paul Michael Company.

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Just recently, Allen came to the Paul Michael Company store in Lake Village, Arkansas to take a look at some gorgeous recycled bottle lamps. These oversized light fixtures made from repurposed wine vessels can add wonderful height to interiors and are available in any color glass. Watch this video to see and learn about the lamps and also hear what Allen thinks about them.

You can track Allen’s progress throughout the building and designing process of the Home Garden Challenge and see whether he chooses to use the lamps and where by tuning into the eHow Home Channel on YouTube.