August 2013 archive

Decorations that Mesh

At Paul Michael Home, it’s never too early to start thinking about holiday décor. That’s why our stores are filled to the brim with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations. The countdown is on so now is the perfect time to get crafty and start decorating. The creative possibilities are endless when our stores are stocked with:
1. Walls of colorful mesh…
2. Rolls of textured ribbon…
3. Fun accessories…
4. Bright foliage…
5. Crafting supplies to make it personal…

We like to combine all these elements to create one-of-a-kind wreaths and garland. These are fun, easy and affordable projects that can be made at home with a group of friends or kids. Our experts in the Creation Station can even design something just for you, like Tanna’s witch hat. IMG_1672

Come visit us at any of our locations and we’ll show you how to bring the holidays home.

Ready for Fall

Even though the first day of autumn is still over a month away, we at Paul Michael Home are already craving the hearty flavors and stronger fragrances that go along with this time of year. With the arrival of our new candles, now’s the time to fall in love with these seasonal scents.

Apothecary Guild Domed Candle

Apothecary Guild Domed Candle

Scent: Cognac
Fragrance Notes: Fresh Bergamot, Cognac, Sweet Tobacco, Dark Incense, Emberwood, Brushed Leather

Maroc Scented Candle Jar

Maroc Scented Candle Jar

Scent: Nutmeg
Fragrance Notes: Crushed Ginger, Cardamom, Thyme, Clove Bud, Sweet Jasmine & Cinnamon Stick, White Cedar, Amber Resin, Guaicwood & Vanilla Bean

Scent: Turmeric
Fragrance Notes: Bergamot, Blood Orange, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark, Nutmeg, Pimento Berry, Sungoddess Rose, Orange Flower, Red Amber, Flamewood, Exotic Musk

Scent: White Pepper
Fragrance Notes: White Pepper, Elemi Oil, Orange Zest, Pink Peppercorn, Jasmine, Rosewood, Cedarwood, Teakwood, White Musk

Alabaster Scented Candle Jar

Alabaster Scented Candle Jar

Scent: Burlwood & White Cedar
Fragrance Notes: Applewood, Orange Zest & Rhubarb, Nightblooming Jasmine & White Cedar, Creamy Sandalwood, Burlwood & Patchouli

Scent: Sueded Thuyawood
Fragrance Notes: Sparkling Bergamot, Lemon Zest, Beechwood, Oakwood, Thuyawood, Patchouli, Warm Vetiver, Musk

Apothecary Guild Domed Candle

Apothecary Guild Domed Candle

Scent: Olive Flower
Fragrance Notes: Bergamot, Dewy Grass, Olive Flower, Bamboo, Orange Blossom, Sheer Lily, Rainforest Moss, Sweet Musk, Sheer Sandalwood

These fragrant candles are an easy way to welcome fall into your home. With such a large selection to choose from at Paul Michael, we can help you find your signature scent.

Putting Clutter in its Place

It happens…we all accumulate stuff. The best way to keep stuff from turning into clutter is to develop an organizational system. This means designating a home for things that are used daily like keys, sunglasses, papers and magazines, and other household knick-knacks.

At Paul Michael Home, we are collectors, so our stuff is more like treasures that tell a story. That’s why we have plenty of decorative pieces that put our stuff on display while taming clutter. For organizing, these are our picks that are available now.

Shelves neatly display curios and tchotchkes. Add some wood or fabric boxes for stashing the not-so-pretty things.

Bowls keep things neatly contained while adding a visual impact.

Collapsible burlap bags are a perfect storage option for toys.

Trays are great accessories on the coffee table for storing books, vases and remotes.

With numbered file cabinets, projects and papers stay organized.

Baskets of all shapes and textures make storing and moving items around the house easy.

Paul Michael Home offers organizational accessories for every room in the house as well as dorm rooms. With our quality products, huge selections and reasonable prices, now’s the time to put clutter in its place.

Cooking with P. Allen Smith

Now that it’s August, we have to savor the last bit of summer sweetness. This calls for a recipe from one of our favorite cookbooks by P. Allen Smith. This is a great collection of recipes that features each season’s best flavors.

This cookbook features recipes that use seasonal produce.

This cookbook features recipes that use seasonal produce.

Nothing tastes more like summer than blackberries, so today we baked P. Allen Smith’s Rustic Blackberry Cobbler in Ramekins. This recipe calls for store-bought dough and sliced fresh fruit…easy and delicious! For good measure, we added fresh peaches to the mix. Anything baked in pie dough is going to be good, so you could use any type of fruit—cherries, strawberries, blueberries, and even tomatoes.

Fresh fruit and ready-made dough make this recipe easy.

Fresh fruit and ready-made dough make this recipe easy.

Here’s the recipe:

1 package refrigerated ready-made pie crust
4 cups fresh blackberries
½ to 1 cup sugar
Grated zest of 1 orange (I used lemon)
8 teaspoons Triple Sec or fresh orange juice

Preheat oven to 350. Butter the ramekins. Stretch and work the dough to cover the inside of the ramekin, letting excess dough hang over the sides. Fill with fruit, sugar, and remaining ingredients. Cover filling with dough and sprinkle sugar on top. Bake for 40 minutes or until crust is golden brown. It’s tempting to dig right in, but let these cool for about 15 minutes.

Bake until golden brown.

Bake until golden brown.

This is just one of many P. Allen Smith’s books that Paul Michael Company has in store. And with other kitchen accessories, like handmade cutting boards, dishes, bowls, napkins and domes, we’re here to help you get cooking.

Savor the taste of summer!

Savor the taste of summer!

ROCKstar New Arrivals

PMC Geodes

In April of this year, Paul Michael returned triumphant from an Arizona picking trip with a truckload of ancient geodes and fossils – and, not one of his employees were particularly surprised. Over the years, Paul acquired a number of curious objects: a three hundred year old, 32-ft boat from southern India, swans made from cypress stumps hand-carved in West Monroe, pencil-thin beeswax prayer candles made by and purchased from a Catholic priest in Sitka, Alaska. See, Paul Michael hasn’t grown his stores by doing the expected. He strives every day to do the exact opposite. “If it was easy, everyone would be doing it,” Paul quips.

Paul’s true passion lies in creating, and to create he needs cool stuff and a cool space. #1 – Check! To understand how this painter’s palate sizes up, imagine just one of his four warehouses in Southeast Arkansas filled to the brim with his collection of antiques, oddities, and architectural salvage.

PMC Architectural Salvage

PMC Antique Signs

#2 – Double Check! Not only has Paul been developing a creative working environment for his skilled furniture makers and craftsmen to work, but every employee, from the home office payroll clerks to the Monroe store managers, work towards proliferating the Paul Michael ideals, quality, and lifestyle. From his exclusive line of hand-made furniture & accessories made from locally harvested and architectural salvaged lumber to the well-known Creation Station, the Paul Michael Company, intrigues employees and the public alike.

PMC Gigantic Amethyst

You may be thinking, “Why does a Home Decor and Furniture store want geodes and fossils”. No, we are not expanding into a museum… We truly believe that nature makes the best art, and there is no better testament than fossils and geodes. We are selling them “raw” and letting you get creative with their use. Statue them on an entree way console for an instant conversation piece, or position them in your family room bookcase like a badge of flair. Whatever you decide, know that these objects from the caves of Hot Springs, Arkansas, the mountains of Morocco, and extreme southern Brazil are unique and genuine… Quality. The only thing Paul knows.

Be on the lookout for Paul’s incredible selection of crystals, geodes, petrified wood, and fantastic fossils- arriving at a store near you this fall!

-Elizabeth Michael