February 2013 archive

Spring Into the New Season with Unique Home Accents

spring flowers

Invite spring in with a burst of color in your home

Spring, although not officially here yet, offers great home decorating ideas since it gives life to animals, plants and to us! When the temperatures begin to rise again, animals come out of hibernation, seeds sprout into plants and flowers bloom like never before. People can finally enjoy the wonderful nature while outdoors.

home accents

Stuffed bunnies via Paul Michael Co

Your home too should be as lively. Forget the warm and dull colors of yester-season, and say hello to bright varieties that give your rooms a rebirth. Transform your rooms and outdoor spaces with these home decorating ideas!

pastel decor

Pastel decor via Paul Michael Co

  • Fresh flowers in the indoors always give a bright atmosphere. Do not limit yourself with the color choice as long as they smell good.  Put them in clear glass vases to add a little sophistication. Outdoors, you can have flowers growing in beautiful pots.
  • Different species of plants also help in bringing life to an area. Have them growing in pots that blend with the colors of your walls.
  • If live plants are too much for you to maintain, simply use silk flowers.
  • Use stuffed animals in your rooms, which will “feed” on plants for a fun and unexpected theme. For example a stuffed bunny could be conveniently place right next to your growing carrots!
earth-toned accents

Earth-toned home accents via Paul Michael Co

In order to such ideas to come to life, you must see how they come together. Visit one of our Paul Michael Co. locations to get started on your spring home decor!



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Find Boho Chic Decorations at Paul Michael Company

re-purposed wood

This driftwood horse statement piece screams Boho chic

If you want to give your home a fresh look, pick a few key vintage pieces and let your imagination run wild with old school home decorating. Structure gives way to creativity with Boho chic, which brings recycled chairs, tables, vases, colorful fabrics and accent pieces from the past to life.

Old becomes new with vintage elements placed strategically around your home. You might mix and match vinyl chairs with a refinished cherry wood table for the kitchen. Another idea is to sew patterned sheets or even 60’s shirts into pillowcases to finish your bedroom throw pillows. Go for an eclectic look when you’re considering home decorating ideas. Your guests will be impressed with your sense of style – a nod to the past is always appreciated.

Don’t forget to think of each room as a separate canvas to decorate, but also look at your house as a whole. You don’t need everything to coordinate, but try to keep the overall look modern and edgy.

Are you looking for a few home decorating ideas made easy? Check out The Paul Michael Company’s Facebook page, or stop by any of our stores to get inspired by rooms we’ve created. Remember, a little flair goes a long way in finishing a room in your home!

image via Paul Michael Company

Use Storybook Inspiration for a Whimsical Home Design

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There are plenty of cute and quirky accessories at Paul Michael Company for your little one’s room

Decorating and designing a nursery at home is full of creative possibilities that go far beyond the use of blue vs. pink. Using inspiration from storybooks is a magnificent way to put a stamp on your child’s room based on the fairy tales we all know and love!

Nurseries are commonly filled with focal points on the ceiling to facilitate the development of their senses.  As children grow, we encourage their imagination with unique decorating ideas based on their own favorite storybook themes. Inspiring ideas might come from The Jungle Book decor. Or what about a dinosaur theme for a boy, and an enchanted castle theme for a girl?

In order to create the nursery or child’s room of your dreams, you’ll need to find the right quirky accessories. And you can find all that and more at one of our Paul Michael Company locations in LA, AR and TX! You can also visit us on Facebook to see what we’re all about.


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Decorating Your Walls with Hanging Area Rugs

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Stunning rugs available at Paul Michael Company

Your home is your space to do with what you want. Who says area rugs have to go on the floor? Make a statement by hanging one on the wall!

Indeed, rugs are versatile – probably more so than you originally thought. If you can’t quite wrap your head around the idea of placing a rug anywhere but underneath your feet, these ideas might help to change your mind.

  • If you have an old, much loved rug that is too worn out to put on the floor – you can use it on the wall. This will keep it from looking old due to foot traffic.
  • You can play around with different sizes of rugs – you may have a small one, triangular one or even a square one, and you can hang it on an appropriate wall.
  • A hanging rug can be used as a focal point or serve as a demarcating area between two living areas.
  • In case you want to use more than one rug in a room, make sure that they complement each other.
  • Just keep some unique decorating ideas in mind – use either plain or subdued colors if your room already has a busy décor or vice versa.

A wall hanging rug adds texture and warmth to your house. Looking for rugs to decorate your walls? Check out on of our stores today!

image via Paul Michael Company

Need a New Hobby? Think Antiques!

Collecting antiques can be more than just an interesting and timeless way to decorate your house; it can also be a fun hobby! You’ll have the thrill of discovery every time you find the perfect piece for your home, and collecting antiques has several benefits both to your home and to the environment.

Adirondack chairs

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Stories of the Past
Just the thoughts that will come when you look at that nineteenth century lantern on your fireplace mantle will have you appreciating your new hobby all the more. Who owned the lantern when it was first made? Who else thought this vase would be perfect for their home?  A good antique can connect you to people of similar tastes from the past.

Built to Last
Antiques are still around for a reason, and that is due to the fact that they were built to withstand the years of use.  Additionally, regardless of what trends come and go in design, your antiques will always be in style.

Environmentally Friendly
Buying antiques is better for the environment than purchasing newly manufactured items, especially those that aren’t built to last and may need to be thrown away in a few years.

The Paul Michael Company carries unique antique finds, and we would love to have you come in and visit at any of our locations. Come to our Facebook page too; we’d be happy to share with you many ideas on decorating with antiques.

Lovely Ideas for Decorating with Red

Image via Decor Pad

Image via Decor Pad

Decorating with red can be intimidating. If you’ve ever tried to find that perfect shade of red lipstick, or just the right paint color, you know just how hard it can be. With Valentine’s Day inching closer, we’re all well aware that the color red signifies love. But you can show your adoration for this vibrant hue year-round with a few creative home decorating ideas. Let’s dive right in!

  1. Wow them at the front door. Nothing is more inviting or intriguing than a red door. Choose a shade of red paint that’ll pop against your home’s exterior.
  2. Accessorize. Sometimes less is more – add a hint of red in unexpected places such as your coffee table, throw pillows or mantle.
  3. Show your artistic side. An injection of red through a painting or a piece of art can draw your eye to an otherwise invisible area of the room.
  4. Step on it. An area rug infused with red permeates warmth throughout the space without being overwhelming.
  5. Weave your way. A pillow or throw can add function and beauty to your space while complimenting other fabrics in the room.

The Paul Michael Company has all kinds of great accessories for your home, so stop in and visit us today.

Get Creative With Your Wedding Decor at Paul Michael Company

When planning your wedding, the huge number of details involved can seem overwhelming. But don’t let the stress take the sentiment out of the occasion. One way to make your wedding all about you and your betrothed is with custom table centerpieces. Create centerpieces that reflect you and your future spouse. Have your centerpieces tell your story. Below are some unique decorating ideas to spark your imagination in planning your special day.

Image via The Book of Secrets Tumblr

Image via The Book of Secrets Tumblr

  • Memories in a Bottle – Do you have a memory of a special get-a-way that the two of you took, such as a tropical vacation? Try creating center pieces out of vintage wine or liquor bottles. Inside fill them half way with sand and sea shells or coral, then gently fill with water and place short stemmed flower arrangements with draping delicate fern fronds inside.
  • Fish Bowls – For something a little on the whimsical, side try small fish bowls with a pair of gold fish in each one. Decorate the bowls with colored glass marbles, colored sand or river rock. Make each one different to draw people from table to table.
  • Unusual Finds- Look for a variety of items that tell a part of your story as a couple.  Use these to decorate each table a little differently in a way that is still personal to you.

For more unique decorating ideas for your wedding, check out The Paul Michael Company and see how creative you can be!