June 2013 archive

Beachy Treasures

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Lasting memories of fun at a beach, whether it’s from childhood or a more recent holiday are often the inspiration for interior design. The fascination with the sea and shore makes for some wonderful accessories and designs in your residence.

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You can find a number of beach themed accessories which you can use to complement your existing interior. If you don’t know where to start you can procure items to act as your focal point. Beyond this, you have a huge selection of products that will give you a wider inspiration in your decor.

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If you are inclined to be concerned with conservation, then you will be pleasantly surprised to find the numerous items that have been reclaimed or recycled, as well as an inviting selection of antiques.

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Paul Michael Home decor has a number of ideas and items for purchase.that you can implement into your interior. Visit one of our locations or have a peek at what’s new on our Facebook page as you develop your plans.

 

Take Home Decor to the Next Level with High Flying Birds!

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Some people like spring above all of the other seasons. We start seeing the sun a bit more, flowers start blooming, birds start chirping. It’s an exciting time of the year, so why not bring a little spring into your own home?

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One of the best ways to do this is through spring colors and bird motifs.

Painting a few actual size bird mosaics, either in flight or perching on branches, your choice, will bring that lively vibrant spring energy into your home. Of course a similar effect can be achieved by using wall decals, but a painted mural is a unique way to match the color and excitement of spring.

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You can also adorn your home with a variety of tree or bird sculptures or statuettes that can be used to give a room a nice vibe. Birds such as sparrows are very trendy at the moment.

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For some expert design advice on how to decorate your apartment to be more spring-like, or just advice on where to put the birds, get in touch with us. Or just browse our Facebook page until the Paul Michael Home decor inspiration strikes you.

Add Water to Your Landscape

There is nothing that creates a more welcoming ambiance for a garden than a delightful water feature. As more homeowners spend time “staycationing” at home, outdoor water features have become very popular and attractive additions to their outdoor living spaces.

Fountains and birdbaths are generally the best suited for a wide variety of different landscapes. No matter what type of water feature you are thinking about installing, there are several considerations you should keep in mind.

Placement
Choose a location near your home, to allow your family to enjoy it from indoors or on a patio. However, locate it far enough away from your house to reduce possible water damage. While many homeowners keep their fountain installation away from trees, to avoid leaf debris, others specifically locate their birdbaths near trees, to provide a safe exit for their feathered friends.

Utilities
A water supply and electricity are the basic minimums for most types.

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Create a complete outdoor retreat with your water feature by complementing it with comfortable seating, wind chimes, lush plantings and interesting outdoor art. Paul Michael Home offers a variety of beautiful fountains and birdbaths, as well as Coastal Living merchandise to enhance your garden retreat.

It’s BBQ Season! Do You Have the Right Patio Furniture in Place?

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With summer just around the corner, it’s time to get your patio ready for outdoor entertaining. If you need new patio furniture, here are some tips to help you make the right choices.

Select the Right Style

Choose a style that complements the style of your home. For traditional or transitional homes, consider wrought iron or wicker. For transitional or contemporary homes, furniture in teak or aluminum frames blend better. Add cushions and pillows in colors that complement your exterior.

Select the Right Pieces

Dining – choose a table size and shape that will comfortably seat your guests. Chairs should have adequate seat width and depth. If chairs have armrests, make sure you can pull them close enough to the table to eat comfortably.

Sofas and Tables – choose pieces that fit your patio and create comfortable conversation groupings. Provide ample surface space to hold food and drinks. Storage pieces can function as extra seating.

Select Easy Maintenance

Choose materials with easy maintenance. Wrought iron, resin wicker, teak and cedar weather well over time. Look for an easy care finish.

Looking for creative ideas? The Paul Michael Company can help you select the right furniture and decor for your patio.

 

Father’s Day Gifts for Dad’s Favorite Hobbies at Paul Michael Co.!

Father’s Day is on the horizon. Have you put any thought into what you’ll get for the special dad in your life? While there’s nothing wrong with the traditional greeting card and a new tie to add to his collection, we at Paul Michael Co. encourage you to think outside the box this year. What are dad’s hobbies? If he’s into sports, fishing, hunting or even manning the grill this summer, then you’ll definitely find something unique for him at one of our stores. Take a look at just some of what we have for dad:

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We have a number of locations for you to shop for Father’s Day and just about every other occasion!

Lake Village, AR
3696 HWY 65 & 82 South
Lake Village, AR 71653
Phone: (870) 265-3872

Store Hours:
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday – 1 p.m – 6 p.m.
Extended hours during the Holidays.

Monroe, LA
2348 Sterlington Road
Monroe, LA 71203
Phone: (318) 812-7285

Store Hours:
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday – 1 p.m – 6 p.m.
Extended hours during the Holidays.

Canton, TX
2100 N. Trade Days Blvd.
Canton, TX
Phone (903) 567-0363

Store Hours:
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday – 1 p.m – 6 p.m.
Extended hours during the Holidays and First Monday Weekends.

Lafayette, LA
1800 Kaliste Saloom Road
River Ranch
Lafayette, LA
Phone: (337) 981-1289

Store Hours:
Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday – 10:30 a.m – 6 p.m.
Extended hours during the Holidays.

How About a Spunky Trunk from Paul Michael Home?

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You would be amazed at what you can do with a recycled trunk!  A vintage trunk from can make the perfect coffee table or end table for your living room.  Old steamer trunks add personality and storage to any room and complement any decor.

The flat or rounded lids on many trunks were often decorated with leather or wood-burned designs, and feature brass hinges, studs and latches.  They were the designer luggage of an earlier era, and now they can add a designer touch to your home.

A vintage design steamer trunk can be used to store linens and blankets at the foot of your bed.  A trunk standing on end is the perfect night stand, especially if you add a small tension rod or some shelves on the inside to create extra storage.  A trunk with a rounded lid can look like a pirate’s treasure chest, making it a great toy box for a playroom.

Visit Paul Michael Company’s stores to see the new collection of old “spunky trunks” for your home.

 

Fun Spring Centerpiece Ideas

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The table centerpiece is a great way to add a personal and creative touch to your table layout and interior design as a whole. The following are a few unique centerpiece ideas that are perfect for the spring season.

  • Flower Bouquet: A flower bouquet is the standard go-to centerpiece, but instead of carefully arranging the flowers, group them together by type in order to create a more natural look. Use the blossoms from your flowering shrubs along with your own garden’s flowers instead of going to a florist.
  • Poppy Bouquet: To introduce a bold dash of color with your centerpiece, use a tall vase full of poppy flowers. There’s a price for their extravagant color though; they’ll only last a few days.
  • Tea Cup Vase: Tea cups tend to be charming in themselves, so why not use them as a centerpiece? Place a small flower arrangement in a teacup and sit it on it’s saucer.
  • Bottled Fern Fronds: This one is beautiful in its simplicity. Simply take a wine, olive oil or vinegar bottle, remove the labels and place fern fronds inside.

Visit us at Paul Michael Company to pick up accessories perfect for your spring centerpieces.

Inspired by Pinterest: Cool Ideas for Recycled Glass Jars

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One of the most common containers found in stores and homes alike are often overlooked for their storage capabilities. Take a look in your cupboards and discover how many items you have that are in jars. Each one of these containers come in a variety of shapes and sizes which can stylishly be reused.

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A simple glass jar can become fashionable and functional. You can easily label them with a simple slip of paper, but why stop there? Consider placing a design on the outside of it with a stencil or other craft items. Use a clear or colored glass container to display fun items inside.

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There are many stencils on the market and glass paint is available at your local craft store. You can also consider chalkboard paint so you can relabel your jars again as much as you like. Remember, how you arrange them is half the fun so put them somewhere equally as creative to showoff your masterpiece.

At the Paul Michael Company, we have wonderful inspiration and options to help you decorate and organize your home or office. If you are looking for ideas for decor, or methods to decorate your empty containers, visit our Facebook page to find out more.