July 2013 archive

The Comforts of Home

There’s nothing like the comforts of home, especially when you’re a guest. Whether it’s an afternoon visit or a week’s stay, it’s those small details that make a room cozy, calm and comfortable.

At Paul Michael, we know how to make guests feel at home. Here are a few amenities that can help you be an excellent host.

1. Plush accessories like pillows and ottomans encourage guests to stay a while and relax.

Pillows and a cushy ottoman invite relaxation.

Pillows and a cushy ottoman invite relaxation.

2. Art and plants add visual interest.

Bedside amenities.

Bedside amenities.

3. A lamp adds extra lighting next to the bed. For late night reading, put books and magazines on the nightstand.

Brighten up the room with a lamp.

Brighten up the room with a lamp.

4. A colorful rug gives bare feet something soft to step on.

Add color and texture with rugs.

Add color and texture with rugs.

5. In the bathroom, add glass jars so guests can see where cotton balls, soap and Q-tips are stored.

6. A large wooden mirror helps guests look their best.

7. Candles are always a nice touch that add color and fragrance.

8. A wooden tray serves as a designated space for this and that.

9. Colorfully stitched hand towels are a lovely accent.

10. Fill a vase with something interesting, like butterflies or exotic flowers.

11. A bonus counter top accessory is a radio. This lets guests connect and charge their phone while playing familiar tunes.

Fill vases with something lovely!

Fill vases with something lovely!

As host, be sure to take inventory of your space so that you can accommodate your guests. Paul Michael has all the essentials you need to create a home away from home. From nightstand to counter top and everything in between, we have the details covered so you and your guests can enjoy the comforts of home.

Branching Out

Bringing the beauty of nature inside with flowers doesn’t have to be expensive or high maintenance. While real flowers can add fragrance, the short life span doesn’t live up to the investment. Faux flowers are the secret to year-round blooms that add a punch of color to liven up your space.

Faux flowers have come a long way from fake. Our team at Paul Michael Company has hand picked life-like blooms that can fool even an expert eye. The trick is in the styling. Wire stems invite you to bend and shape blooms into a picture-perfect design.

Make a simple statement with one single stem.

Combine sizes and bold colors to accent neutral spaces.


Mix and match different varieties that have a common palate. Texture from baskets goes a long way, too.

Branching out with faux flowers is easy to do when Paul Michael Company stocks a huge selection. Come by and branch out into faux flowers – the secret’s out.

Pots to Plant In

Dig in to Summer. An easy and inexpensive way to do this is by planting fresh blooms in planters – but not just any planters. Think beyond the plastic pot. Instead, go for a decorative container that enhances the plant’s natural beauty. This creates curb appeal and a welcoming statement.

Renovation:  Senoia Farmhouse farmhouse-entry
Farmhouse entry design by atlanta architect Historical Concepts

Plant a patio garden of herbs. Keep it simple with succulents. Fill ‘em up with flowers. Or give the gift of a garden in a pot. The possibilities are endless, so dig in and go from this…


or this…


to something like this…

Landscape from Houzz

Get your green thumb in gear by shopping the selection of planters we have in store. From terra-cotta, to bold and bright, and everything in between, Paul Michael has containers that can make your patio the main attraction.

Belmont Plantation: An Old Home and a New Business

Belmont Plantation

It‘s not just southern women that age gracefully but also our homes. Belmont Plantation has been standing since 1857 and is a reminder of the style and sophistication southern homes have always possessed. As some of you know may already know, we are working diligently to make our product available online. During the process it was decided that we needed a special place to photograph it all. The plantation owners graciously allowed the Paul Michael Company to do a photo shoot for our upcoming web store.  With our beautiful merchandise and their amazing home it was easy to achieve the results we wanted. It also reminded us that the Paul Michael Company truly has a place in any home including an antebellum beauty like Belmont!

Fearless Photographer

Here’s a little behind the scenes action from the shoot. Luckily our fearless photographer wasn’t afraid of heights- the ceilings are 14 feet tall! Below is a picture of the living room as we found it, full of old world character and beautiful antiques.

Belmont Living Room

And here is the Paul Michael Company twist. Drum roll please…………………………………………………

PMC Belmont Living Room

Ta-Da!!! We kept one of the family’s existing chairs in the photograph because it blended so well into this bohemian look.

Check back to find out more information about the launch of our new website and to peek at more pictures from this fabulous photo shoot.

PS- If you’re on the lookout for your very own plantation home Belmont is on the market :)

Time to save BIG

Attention shoppers, we’ve got a sale in progress and it’s a big one. Through July 14th, you can save 25% on merchandise throughout the store. This type of discount means it’s the perfect time to go big. 


Think farmhouse tables…farm table


leather and upholstered chairs…leather chair

upholstered chair


rugs…kilim rugs


and bookcases…bookcase

These are statement pieces that can transform a room by being the focal point or tying the space together. Lean a large mirror against the wall to open up the room with light, or complete your outdoor living space with teak benches and adirondacks. 

Make a statement without spending a fortune. With 25% off, there’s no reason to shop around. Visit Paul Michael by July 14 to think big and save big.

Red, White and Blue-tiful

The 4th of July is one of those low-pressure holidays because it’s all about friends and family getting together, grilling out, and keeping things as simple as possible. This applies to decorating as well. You can combine household items to create a patriotic theme of red, white, and blue. We’ve taken a little of this and that to make our table pop with color.

Red chairs invite guests to sit down and stay a while. A white star lantern shines bright when the sun sets. The big blue vase provides a focal point for fresh cuts from the garden. Oranges are stored in a red ceramic bowl, and red delicious apples are good enough to eat. These everyday items are perfect for decorating for your 4th of July celebrations but can also be used throughout the year—talk about bang for your buck!  

So, no need to stress when it comes to last-minute decorating ideas for the fourth! Paul Michael has wreaths, ceramics, lighting, décor, and accessories to make your party red, white, and blue-tiful.