December 2012 archive

Using Emerald In Home Decor

It’s time to trade out those tangerine tango pillow covers for emerald because Pantone named its 2013 color of the year. Emerald is a particularly bright and energetic tone of green, and its connection to the gorgeous gemstone adds a luxurious element to its hue.  It’s a warm, versatile color that can transform a classically conservative design to a fresh and modern look. Here are some suggestions for using emerald in your home décor.

Make a splash

An accent wall is one of the easiest ways to incorporate emerald in home décor. All you need is a can of emerald paint and a roller. Remember that for living room and bedroom walls, matte paint eliminates glare. For bathrooms, high gloss paint is easier to clean and is moisture-resistant.

Cover up

Use emerald-accented pillow covers and throws on your sofa and armchairs. These items come in all price points.


Pull your look together by decorating your rooms with emerald-accented wall art, vases and – the  most ubiquitous emerald item of them all — houseplants. Plants that come in this hue include pothos (devil’s ivy), English ivy, ferms and aglaonema (emerald beauties).

At Paul Michael Company, we’d love to help you find or create unique emerald accents for your home decor.  Stop by one of our store locations or check us out on Facebook for more information!

Decorative Winter Wreaths

Although there is a connection between the winter holidays and decorative wreaths, a wreath can be successfully implemented into tasteful decoration during any season. Experimenting with alternative materials, various color schemes, and cute themes, you can craft something impressive with minimal time and effort.

Stay winter ready with a beautiful holiday wreath

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A comfortable, traditional, feeling can be inspired by a well-constructed wreath in dark browns and neutral tones. Consider using a retired wheel as the base for your project and supplementing it with natural items such as sticks, leaves, and berries.

Bright flowers, colorful herbs, and man-made decorative accessories can combine for an uplifting and fun summer wreath. Try to stick to a monochromatic theme and match existing atmosphere or even use small, fresh, fruits for a novel appeal, though this may cause for a short-lived wreath.

You can also make wreathes for other holidays.  For example, folding together green, purple, and yellow ribbon into a bushy wreath sets a lovely Mardi Gras tone. It can be accentuated with bright baubles, bells, beads, and balls to add a festive touch and adorning the wreath with appropriate masks will pull the message together.

For unique materials and inspiration for your next wreath project, be sure to stop by Paul Michael Company.  We have stores in Lake Village, AR; Canton, TX; Monroe, LA; and Lafayette, LA.  Be sure to visit us on Facebook!

Mardi Gras Is Feb. 12: Is Your House Ready?

Mardi Gras is just around the corner, and that means you can start colorful home decorating! Whether you’re throwing a wild party or just hosting a small get-together, decorations are a must for any Mardi Gras activities. Try these ideas for making your home festive this February.

decor for mardi gras party

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  • An LED flag on your porch is a great way to invite people inside, or let people know where the party is.
  • Colorful beads, lights, and a vase come together to make great centerpieces. Layer the coins and traditional beads however you’d like!
  • Recycle old beads and make unique coasters with felt and craft glue. Choose bead strands with unique medallions on them to make each one unique.
  • Go all out with your place settings at a dinner party by using masks, more beads, and festive napkins. If you know your guests well, personalize a place setting by using a mask that suits them well.
  • Of course, no Mardi Gras is complete without King Cake. Follow this easy recipe, put a trinket inside the cake, and see which guest finds it!

Doing your Mardi Gras decorating for an amazing party doesn’t need to be difficult or expensive. Get creative, get crafty, and find more supplies and ideas at Paul Michael Company.  We love Mardi Gras and we’ve already started collecting great decorations in our stores.  Share your own decorating ideas on our Facebook page!

Decorating with Vases to Make a Statement Tablescape

Attractive home decor is a matter of blending shapes, color, and texture. Decorating with vases, and their infinite geometry, colors, and materials makes a stunning table display. Try these ideas to display your unique vases in lovely arrangements in your home.

Try adding a vase to your home decor.

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  • Pick a large-based, wide-mouthed tall vase. Place a single candle in a holiday color. Or, fill the vase with sea shells, small crystals, river stones, or preserved fruit. Use the contents to support seasonal flowers or a flat candle on top
  • Choose a medium width, tall, and clear vase. Put gravel in bottom and a live fish or water plant in the clear water above. Place small stones in the bottom to support dried flowers with long stems. Stuff it with varicolored sheets of tissue paper. Or, plant a blooming tulip or other bulb flower in a small base of soil.
  • Now, you can simply multiply the vases described above into a cluster of varying widths and heights. However, you might consider spray painting the bottles in individual colors, wrapping them in ribbon or hemp, or covering them with decoupage or lace. Using candles in such displays accents the color and textures used.

Of course, to decorate with vases, you first need to find interesting pieces to display. Paul Michael Company has a variety of antiques and unusual housewares for your home.  Just stop by one of our stores and check us out on Facebook for more information.

Unexpected Kitchen Color Combinations That Work

vintage kitchen design

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The last decade of kitchen design has seen a strong trend in antique and nautical whites, granite and marble counter tops, and stainless steel appliances. That’s been an extremely popular mix, but designers and homeowners are beginning to infuse some lively accent tones for some buoyant variety. We at Paul Michael Company love unique and crafty designs, so we were excited  to find this collection of creative kitchen designs.

One kitchen uses a cottage pallet with beige and light brown walls, a weathered white island with a thick, natural butcher’s block top, and slate green cabinetry. Other kitchens pair grays with blue accents, presenting both cool and comfortable atmospheres. Two-inch backsplash tiles, especially semi-transparent glass, make colorful statements in any kitchen.  Bold colors, including maroons, greens, and even some purples, can be used as stunning accents throughout the kitchen.

The Pantone Institute announced emerald green as the color for 2013, and a confluence of cabinets and appliance cladding in rich, warm woods help produce an inviting cooking environment. Some of the vintage, turn-of-the-century pastel greens are showing up again, but with state-of-art components. The vibrant green works well set off with pine counters and some touches of gray. We’re also seeing a lot of open shelving that exhibits some colorful glass and dishware accents, which is a great solution if you don’t want to change the color of the kitchen itself but still want to include some bright accents.

You can find supplies to bring some creative design elements into your kitchen at one of the Paul Michael Company store locations. Be sure to check us out on Facebook and share your own creative kitchen design ideas!

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Paul Michael Company would like to wish all our clients and customers a very joyous holiday and look forward to seeing everyone at any of our four convenient locations in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana in the coming New Year.



Holiday Party Entertaining Tips and Ideas

Are you gearing up for entertaining guests at your fabulous holiday party? You can make your celebrations even more special by putting your own spin on seasonal creations. Here are a few DYI ideas for putting your personal touch on yuletide festivities.

Holiday party home decorations

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Personalize Background Music
Even party needs a soundtrack, so choose something that reflects your crowd’s taste. If you like bluegrass, find bluegrass holiday music. If jazz is your speed, grab a big band seasonal CD.

Pass on Eggnog
Some people genuinely enjoy eggnog, but many do not. Keep it fresh with unexpected cocktails like mojitos. If you prefer a dry party, pick exotically flavored sodas and seltzers to add some excitement to your beverages.

Custom Party Favors
You know your guests best, so use it to their (and your) advantage. Personalize party favors for each guest to show your appreciation. They will certainly appreciate you!

Play with Color
Go outside of the holiday box and opt for nontraditional colors. Using color schemes with purple and yellow can be a refreshing change that guests are sure to remember.

Are you looking for more holiday entertaining tips and ideas? Then visit one of the four Paul Michael Company locations, home of the famous “Creation Station” for making your own wreaths.

DIY Ideas for Making Your Own Tree Skirt

home holiday decoration

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Holiday DIY projects are unique and creative ventures to undertake during the yuletide season. Are you looking for inspiration for you next DIY holiday creation? Check out the latest craze, the homemade tree skirt! Here are some ideas for making your own tree skirt.

Quilted Tree Skirts
Quilted tree skirts are cozy creations that you can make with leftover fabrics. Simply gather the fabric you want to use, find a stitching pattern if you need one and create your very own patchwork skirt. The homey touch is perfect for cozy holiday celebrations.

Overlapping Tree Skirts
Using yuletide-inspired colors of felt (think red, green, and gold), you can cut each piece to be a little larger than the other, cut a pattern edge for each and stitch them together. The result is a branched and festive homemade skirt.

Simple Tree Skirt
For a simple tree skirt, cut out a piece of felt and grab some decorative yarn. Get create and adorn the skirt any way you choose!

Paul Michael Company has everything you need for your DIY holiday creations. Stop by one of four locations and check out the inventory. Make sure to visit the “Creation Station” to make your own wreath during your visit!