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5 Ways to Get a Designer Look with Decorative Pillows

Who doesn’t love a comfy pillow or a pop of color? Decorative pillows are the easiest and most effective way to instantly transform a space with texture, colors or patterns. Inspired by an article from House Beautiful, here are five easy ways to use pillows on benches, chairs or sofas to add a little a professional designer touch to interiors.

 

 1. Stick to one color, and focus on adding texture with decorative pillows.

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2. Make pairs or alternative between solid color pillows and pattern pillows

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3. Add variety with decorative pillows in different shapes and heights.

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4. Pick a palette and create an eclectic collection of colors and patterns.

paul michael company5. Express your personality or pay homage to one of your passions through your pillows.

paul michael coYou can always find an incredible selection of decorative pillows at Paul Michael Company in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. Visit our Facebook page or come by the store to see our brand new pillows for fall!

Ideas for Decorating Mantles for Fall

I think we can all agree that one of the most satisfying feelings is gathering around a toasty fire when it’s cold outside. To complement indoor fireplaces this fall with added ambiance, don’t forget to add some warm, seasonal decor on the mantle.

Since fireplaces are often the focal point of a room, you never want to leave this precious piece of decor real estate bare! Here are some wonderful ideas for fall mantle decor.

 

Incorporate some traditional symbols of the season, such as scarecrow, corn maize and cornucopias. 

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Old frames and pennant banners are versatile accessories that can be used to create unique vintage mantle displays; plus, you can leave these year round and simply add seasonal touches, such as painted pumpkins for fall. 

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Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and create your own DIY decor such as wreaths and decorative letters using feathers, fabrics and even old window frames. 

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Of course, you can never go wrong with an all-natural autumn vignette of dried leaves, pine cones, wheat sheathes and acorns, especially when you use these items to create a wreath centerpiece. 

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For ribbon, wreaths and any other craft supplies or decorative pieces you may need to achieve your own beautiful DIY holiday decor, stop in at one of the Paul Michael Company stores in Texas, Louisiana or Arkansas. Once you are done, snap a photo and share your mantle decor with us on the Paul Michael Co Facebook page.

Tips on How to Decorate on a Budget

You don’t need a million dollars to achieve a million-dollar home design. All it takes is a little resourcefulness and an eye for style. Here are some ideas for transforming spaces without breaking the bank. Inspired by Redbook and Country Living, here are some of our favorite ideas for affordable DIY decor.

  • Reupholster or repaint old pieces of furniture
  • Find funky lamp shades or make your own
  • Use cushioned dining room chairs throughout your whole home
  • Turn cool bottles, jars and containers into decorative displays
  • Take old tea towels or cloth napkins to make unique DIY accent pillows
  • Use antique frames in unexpected places
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If you are looking for more guidance, here are a few books that provide fantastic tips, tricks and design techniques for home decorating on a tight budget.

  •  Flea Market Style by Emily Chalmers and Ali Hanan
  • The Way We Live with the Things We Love by Stafford Cliff
  • Decorate: 1,000 Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home by
  • Restore. Recycle. Repurpose.: Create a Beautiful Home by Randy Florke and Nancy J. Becker
  • Thrifty Chic: Interior Style on a Shoestring by Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell
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Rather than thrifting or coupon clipping, however, you can simply shop for home furnishings at Paul Michael Company in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. We pride ourselves not only on having unique home decor, but on offering our merchandise at incredibly reasonable prices as well. Come by and see for yourself! We’d love to help you update or redecorate your home.

Seagrass Baskets, a Must-Have Home Accessory

In a home magazine, every detail is perfect. In a real home, this is not always the case. But interiors can look both “lived in” and magazine-worthy by ensuring that everything has its own place. One accessory that can help you achieve a clean, crisp facade in your home interiors is the seagrass basket.

Suzanne and Lauren from the Good Bones, Great Pieces blog say that this is not only a beautiful and beneficial accessory, but a “must-have.”

“No matter how high or low-brow, this nature-made container always finds its place in the best of the best interiors.”

This simple yet charming accessory can have a great impact on interiors. Seagrass baskets can hold anything, from toys and magazines to firewood and even plant containers. Found in a variety of sizes and sizes, they can be incorporated into any space and any style. Finally, they add wonderful textures and warm tones to interiors.

 

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Let Paul Michael Company help you recreate one of these gorgeous interiors with our extensive selection of woven baskets. Visit one of our store locations in Arkansas, Louisiana or Texas, and we’ll even help you pick out the perfect basket for your home.

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Where to Find Design Inspiration Online

Welcome back to Paul Michael Company‘s Design 101 mini post series.  For the second and final part of our series on designing for non-designers, we’re going to shift our focus from design books to the largest digital library of design inspiration: the internet!

Two wonderful websites for design inspiration are Houzz and Pinterest. These free, user-friendly websites offer fantastic high quality photos of everything from DIY decorating to professional, high-end interior design. Houzz is one of the top online authorities for design and remodeling; not only does it showcase the work of millions of design professionals, but it also provides thousands of articles written by design experts.

As one of the fastest growing social media platforms to date, Pinterest is another fantastic resource – and our personal favorite – for DIY decorating and design. If you have yet to explore the millions of DIY decorating and home design pinboards, we suggest you start!

Blogs are another great resource for design inspiration online. Usually from the perspective of a professional or a creative-minded design enthusiast, design blogs can offer a more personal experience when searching for design inspiration or guidance and sometimes (if you’re lucky) even step-by-step instructions. Some of our favorite design blogs are Design Sponge, Desire to Inspire, More Design Please, Habitually Chic and Decor8.

Tell us in a comment where you like to go online for design help!

 

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The Best Design Books for Non-Designers

Welcome to Paul Michael Company‘s design 101. During this two-part, mini post series we will be divulging our favorite tips, tricks and secrets for designing like a professional.

In this first part, we will be presenting you with a list of books that can help you learn to shop, decorate and update like a professional. Here are our five favorite design books for non-designers who want to achieve a beautiful home on their own.

1. Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design by Christiane Lemieux and Rumaan Alam

2.  Be Your Own Decorator: Taking Inspiration and Cues from Today’s Top Designers by Susanna Salk

3. Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy by Deborah Needleman, Sara Ruffin Costello and Dara Caponigro

4.  Design*Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney

5. The Selby Is in Your Place by Todd Selby Author, Photographer

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Have you read any of these titles? Tell us in a comment what you thought and how it helped you approach your own home design.

Be sure to check back in a few days to see our next post on where to find design inspiration on the web!

 

 

Photo via Helloilmare

 

The Best Design Books for Non-Designers

Welcome to Paul Michael Company‘s design 101. During this two-part, mini post series we will be divulging our favorite tips, tricks and secrets for designing like a professional.

In this first part, we will be presenting you with a list of books that can help you learn to shop, decorate and update like a professional. Here are our five favorite design books for non-designers who want to achieve a beautiful home on their own.

1. Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design by Christiane Lemieux and Rumaan Alam

2.  Be Your Own Decorator: Taking Inspiration and Cues from Today’s Top Designers by Susanna Salk

3. Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy by Deborah Needleman, Sara Ruffin Costello and Dara Caponigro

4.  Design*Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney

5. The Selby Is in Your Place by Todd Selby Author, Photographer

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Have you read any of these titles? Tell us in a comment what you thought and how it helped you approach your own home design.

Be sure to check back in a few days to see our next post on where to find design inspiration on the web!

 

 

Photo via Helloilmare

 

5 Creative Ways to Decorate with Wire Baskets

Repurposing items into home decor is a wonderful way to recycle while adding a unique personal touch to interiors. If you have been inspired by the popular industrial rustic look, here are some fantastic ways to repurpose antique wire baskets from Paul Michael Company into unique, shabby-chic decor.

Hang a wire basket over a dining table and fill it with candles to create a beautiful DIY chandelier.

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Make it a mobile centerpiece for a coffee table; fill it with a couple of books and flowers.

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Use wire baskets in the kitchen for accessible storage that will keep the space feeling specious and open.

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Keep a wire basket in a bathroom to store towels or extra rolls of TP for guests.

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Brooke recently picked up this wire basket from one of the Paul Michael Company stores, and one of our staff members suggested she use it as a wall hanging and attach pictures to it with mini close pins. Thanks for sharing this on our Facebook page, Brooke; it looks great!

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Spray Paint Your Way to Beautiful DIY Home Decor

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Armed with a bottle of spray paint, you can transform any old item into stunning home decor in minutes! Paul Michael Company has been spray painting up a storm for the DIY Project of the Month where we are showing customers, readers and followers just how easy it is to create stylish decor by reviving old items with a fresh coat of paint. Take a look at these before and after photos of the merchandise we spray painted at the Paul Michael Company store in Lake Village, Arkansas.

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Still not convinced that you can achieve elegant white or black wire baskets or vibrant blue eclectic lanterns like these on your own? Here are a few spray painting tips from fellow creative DIY decorator Becky Higgins that will get you started and help you get the best results.

  • The best spray paint for indoor or outdoor items made of wicker, metal, wood and even slick surfaces are Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch: Ultra Cover Coverage, found at Home Depot or on Amazon for only$3.50 per can.
  • To avoid the midday summer heat from negatively affecting how the paint dries, plan to spray paint outside in the early morning, preferably on a day when it is not too windy.
  • Be sure to use a primer on items with slick surfaces; apply a final clear coat on items that will be handled often.
For more of Becky’s spray painting tips, visit her blog and download the “For the Love of Spray Paint” handout.
Don’t forget to take before and after photos and share them with us on the Paul Michael Company Facebook page!

An Easy Handmade Wreath Perfect for Summer Decor

The manager of the Paul Michael Company store in Monroe, Louisiana – Kate Roane – recently shared a wonderfully creative idea on our Facebook page for a charming DIY ribbon wreath. We loved it so much, we wanted to share it on our blog to make sure all of our customers and followers see it!

This decorative ribbon wreath is simply delightful and simple to make! Start with 5 to 8 different rolls of colorful ribbon, scissors and a circular object that you can recycle or repurpose into a wreath. Then, cut several 12- to 16-inch pieces of your ribbon and begin tying them around the working wreath. Straighten the tails of the different ribbon ties to go in opposite directions creating a fan effect. Fill the entire wreath; the more ribbon the merrier! Finally, add a personal touch by using wire to attach a fun welcome sign or piece of art.

 

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What a fun and easy craft project and a wonderful way to greet guests this summer! Thanks Kate!

Show us your crafty side and post a photo of your own handmade ribbon wreath on the Paul Michael Company Facebook page. Don’t forget to “like” us while you are there to see our latest ideas and inspiration for home design and decor.

 

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