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PMC Team takes 1st place in Nation Christmas Tree Decorating Contest

We won! Paul Michael Company’s Lucia Deen, lead visual merchandiser, lead buyer, and head of Texas operations, won first place at the Holiday and Decorative Association’s National Christmas Tree Design Competition awards ceremony Thursday night.

HDA Presents Check to Lucia Deen

HDA Presents Check to Lucia Deen, 1st place winner of the National Christmas Tree Design Competition

Lucia’s winning look originated as a part of our website launch and was featured on the website and all marketing materials. You’ve probably seen it! She used a flocked Christmas tree as her canvas and incorporated burlap, wood, paper, pearl, and natural elements to create this rustic chic look. The tree fits the surrounding perfectly, meshing with the architectural salvage, reclaimed/salvaged objects, hard woods, geodes, and woodland artwork.

Lucia Deen's 1st Place Winning Design in the National Christmas Tree Design Competition

Lucia Deen’s 1st Place Winning Design in the National Christmas Tree Design Competition

Lucia said, “Although this award has my name on it, it really was made possible by not only my wonderful co- workers from the Paul Michael Company, but also through the inspiration I have gleaned from the creative work of my fellow designers, Jared Blackmon and Ron Pepper. A big thank you to all of the PMC team!”.

Our Christmas designer, Ron Pepper, also won first place in the Best Use of Ribbon category.

Best Use of Ribbon Winning Design by Ron Pepper

Best Use of Ribbon Winning Design by Ron Pepper

The HDA invited industry professionals to compete for cash prizes in the 2013 National Christmas Tree Design Competition. The competition was open to design experts who perform work in residential, commercial, or retail environments.

From Left: Cathy Malcom of Craig Bachman and HDA Chair; Paul Michael, owner of PMC; Aki Rahman, owner of Indus Design; Lucia Deen, Designer at PMC; Jared Blackmon, Designer at PMC; Elizabeth Michael, Manager at PMC; William Chen of A & B Home; Debbie Michael, owner at PMC; Simon Song, owner of Galt International

From Left: Cathy Malcom of Craig Bachman and HDA Chair; Paul Michael of PMC; Aki Rahman, owner of Indus Design; Lucia Deen of  PMC; Jared Blackmon of PMC; Elizabeth Michael of  PMC; William Chan of A & B Home; Debbie Michael of  PMC; Simon Song, owner of Galt International

The first place prize was $3,000, $2,000 for second place, $1,000 for third place and category winners received $250. Categories included best uses of: silver, ribbon, Santa, fabric/mesh, ornaments, dried and preserved, berries/floral, and color mix. There was also a $1,000 award for best wreath and a $300 award for best photography.

How PMC does Mardi Gras

It’s never too early to start decorating for the next holiday. Mardi Gras is just around the corner and it’s a PMC favorite. Our stores have all the swag you need to get your “krewe” ready for the festival!

For those of you who don’t know, Fat Tuesday falls on March 4th this year. Personally this does not leave enough time to consume all of the Kingcake I would like but it does leave me plenty of time to decorate!

Here’s a little inspiration from out Lake Village store.

PaulMichaelCompany_MardiGrasTreePaulMichaelCompany_MardiGrasTreeCarry your tree from Christmas to Carnival by replacing the red accents with purple. Carnival season actually began January 6th on King’s Day which is the Feast of the Epiphany.

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Need a little more “pinspiration”? Check out these photos from Pinterest!

BurlapMardiGrasWreathIf you like to celebrate but prefer a more toned down version try adding a few flashy elements to a burlap base.

Below are a couple of great centerpiece ideas for that fabulous Kingcake feast you know you want to host!MardiGrasBowl MardiGrasCenterpiece Laissez les bons temps rouler! Let the good times roll!

PMC Presents Designed in the Delta

PaulMichaelCompany_DesignedInTheDeltaLadies and Gents! I’m happy to report that our first “Designed in the Delta” Blogger event was a success! We had the loveliest ladies attend. They were a true delight to host! Those in attendance were Creative Outpour, Delta Moxie, Dining with Debbie, The Park Wife, and Ramblings of a Little Wife. These talented women traveled far and wide to spend three days in Lake Village designing, dining and discovering the Delta.

Thursday evening began with cocktails at Paul’s newly renovated office on Main Street in Lake Village. After cocktails we headed to the Paul Michael Company’s Holiday Party; an after-hours event held annually in appreciation for our customers. Our guests shopped, nibbled, giggled, and “got to know the locals.” Our night ended at the Lake Chicot State Park around a fire with friends and some exceptionally funny conversation. It is safe to say that this group of ladies was not lacking in class clowns!

PMC-Pauls-OfficeThe-LadiesPhotos above borrowed from Creative Outpour :) Thanks, Jacqueline!

The next morning our guests wanted to know “where they could find wifi in Lake Village”… and that is how we ended up having breakfast at our local McDonald’s. Kellee, aka Delta Moxie decided to take one for the team and ride in the back. She’s so tiny and precious that it seemed like the logical choice.

photo(63)After breakfast we drove the ladies to our woodshop in Dermott, AR where Paul’s son, Jake, showed them the lay of the land and how we make our cutting boards.

PaulMichaelCompany_WoodshopPaulMichaelCompany_LaserEngraverPaulMichaelCompany_CuttingBoardEach blogger got their own custom engraved cutting board to take home with them. We hope they “serve” as a reminder of their trip to the Delta :) Below is a picture of the group posing by some of our raw materials. Jacqueline was our girly girl that decided “appropriate footwear” meant pumps! So stinking cute!

PaulMichaelCompany_GroupPhotoPaulMichaelCompany_WoodshopWe decided to eat lunch at the Amish Store in Dermott. The owner brought out fresh baked bread, fed us lunch, and sent our guests home with goodies.

PaulMichaelCompany_AmishStorePictured above are a few of the homemade treats we noshed on while we waited for our delicious deli sandwiches.

Once we filled our bellies we headed back to the store for a wreath making demonstration led by the super talented, Tanna! Most of these ladies had never worked with deco mesh, I know…crazy, right?!

PaulMichaelCompany_CreationStationPaulMichaelCompany_CreationStationThe Park Wife made sure to get tips from Tanna about adding ribbon to her wreath.

The next leg of our adventure led us deep into the woods for a little campfire dinner. Paul graciously offered to cook dinner for our “hen party” at his camp EVEN THOUGH it was hunting season and the men had to wake up super early the next morning.

PaulMichaelCompany_CampDinnerPaul and Jake gave the ladies a little lesson about cooking deer steaks over an open flame. While the men tended to the meal we gave lessons on what exactly it meant to dress “Delta Casual” and how to set a table for a dinner party at “the camp”.

PaulMichaelCompany_CampDinnerPaulMichaelCompany_CampDinnerWe woke up early the next morning to say farewell. The ladies indulged with biscuits-n-gravy and omelets as big as their smiling faces from our favorite cafe, JJ’s. It was such a treat to host these fantastic and talented women in our little corner of the state. Y’all come back now ya hear!

I wonder if everyone would be as brave as these ladies? Would you eat Venison or take a trip to our woodshop in pumps?

 

 

Easy DIY Holiday Centerpieces

After you put up a tree it’s easy to call it quits but why stop there when there are so many simple ways to spread the holiday cheer throughout your home? I know…you’re thinking who has the time? Well these ideas are super easy and très adorable. You could probably do most of them during the commercial breaks of your favorite holiday special (mine is The Grinch)!

These are some of my favorite Pinterest finds!

ClocheWithCones_PaulMichaelCompany GlobesUnderGlass_PaulMichaelCompany CristmasContainers_PaulMichaelCompnay Fuit&Foliage_PaulMichaelCompanyAll of the above just involve placing a few items in decorative glass. We have all of the ornaments, pinecones, and glass you need to get this look together!

I also liked these less conventional Christmas creations.

DecorDisplay_PaulMichaelCompanyInstead of desserts display your favorite ornaments.

BallBowl_PaulMichaelCompanyDon’t have a fireplace to keep you cozy? I think those candles are a great way to create a festive feel and warm up a room.

LoadedLantern_PaulMichaelCompany MercuryGlassGreenery_PaulMichaelCompanyFollow today’s trends and use lanterns and mercury glass. Bonus points *these items will be easy to incorporate into your home decor even after Christmas!

And now for the grandest of all the DIY Christmas looks! Drumroll please…….

TwigBranchTree_PaulMichaelCompanyPick the container of your choice, grab some branches from the yard, add little bit of floral foam and you’re in business!

Thanksgiving Table Decorations

This is the time of year when we all venture into that sacred area we call the dining room. Nowadays it seems people reserve this room for only the most special of occasions i.e. Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays, graduations, etc. Since we so rarely enter this room why not show it a little extra love by dressing it up for the party?

First I will give you a little inspiration from our holiday shoot earlier this year!

ThanksgivingTable_PaulMichaelCompanyThanksgivingDining_PaulMichaelCompanyTurkey_PaulMichaelCompanyPlaceSetting_PaulMichaelCompanyIf this seems a little more involved than you were thinking. Here are some ideas I found on Pinterest that look pretty easy to throw together. Plus you can always ask one of our super talented employees for a little help with your holiday decor…we’re basically elves.

PumpkinGlass_PaulMichaelCompanyArtichokesGlass_PaulMichaelCompanyWe are all so busy this time of year that sometimes decorating seems unimaginable but I’m positive I can find enough time to throw some of our pumpkins and artichokes into a piece of decorative glass (which we also carry).

Pumpkins+DoughBowl_PaulMIchaelCompanyIt would also be fairly easy to put some of these items in a dough bowl surrounded by votive candles.

TwigPumpkin_PaulMichaelCompanyAnother great way to jazz up the table is by adding a few pumpkins down the center. Luckily we have a great selection of pumpkins to choose from. Now throw some battery operated candles in the mix and you’re in business!

Simple Holiday Survival Tips

Words like “peace”, “joy”, and “noel” surround the Christmas season and are motifs in Christmas carols and decorative themes.  No one usually associates the words “panic”, “frantic”, or “busy” with the season of good tidings, even though buying the gifts, preparing the house, planning the meal, and finding babysitters usually puts people in a bit of a frenzy.  Holiday entertaining and decorating tips & trends this season can make it easy on your wallet and your sanity.

Paul Michael Company Rustic Chic Christmas

Paul Michael Company Rustic Chic Christmas

Don’t have time to light up the house like the Griswolds?  Don’t fret!  Adding subtle hints of lighting to your front patio will still create a Christmas feel without the weekend commitment of installing lights.  Lantern vignettes and clustered pendant lighting are the perfect way to get the Christmas glow and can be used all year round.

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Image via Rocky Mountain Hardware

When your lanterns aren’t being used for lighting, use them for display cases, indoor greenhouses for your small plants, or use them to store your bathroom accessories, like perfumes.  We love these DIY faux terrariums by Pewter and Sage.

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Image via Pewter and Sage

  When the Christmas season has come and gone, disperse your pendant lights in various rooms to change things up a bit.   Another idea would be to use pre-lit topiaries. Just plug ‘em in and voila! Your house has instant holiday cheer.

image via Thistlewood Farm

image via Thistlewood Farm

 Using mercury glass is an easy way to get the holiday spirit and also invest in items that can be used year round. Mercury glass adds just enough sparkle for Christmas and New Year’s when paired with natural elements, like pine greenery.

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You can use mercury glass vases or bowls with fruit, acorns, and pecans.  Use “home-grown” nostalgia to tie in new elements and make the look your own. Here in the Delta, we all have tons of pecans in our yards. Pecans make great centerpiece & vase fillers.

Mercury Glass Vase

Image via HGTV

 When the Holiday season ends, mercury glass can be tied into a number of different looks like a rustic or vintage home, homes with a French flair, or even a pop of shine in traditional homes.

Image via Elle Decor

Image via Elle Decor

Here is our Luxe Lodge look styled by our lead designer, Lucia Deen. This look incorporates mercury glass and transitions so easily from Holiday to everyday.

Paul Michael Company Luxe Lodge

Paul Michael Company Luxe Lodge

Now that the stage is set on the inside and out, you are ready to accept your family and friends into your home and make new holiday memories. A lot of times, holiday memories are made around a meal, by hand and out of time honored, family recipes. Unless you have a small army of Christmas elves to help, you should always try to make things as simple as possible. Porcelain bakeware imported from Portugal can go straight from the freezer to the oven up to 500 degrees to your table, so you can prepare in advance.

Paul Michael Company Porcelain

Paul Michael Company Porcelain

The Paul Michael Company imported porcelain from Portugal and took extra care to ensure the highest quality and design.   

Paul Michael Company Porcelain

Paul Michael Company Porcelain

These are just a few basic tips to get you started inside and out. Stay tuned for more! If you cannot wait until our next post about Holiday decorating, visit one of our stores to consult with one of our talented team members :)

Paul Michael Company at the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market

Hi, Elizabeth Michael here!

Once a year, as a company, we all pull together and do something so utterly insane, it surprises us every time. You ask, “Why would you continue to do something so crazy?” The answer is you! Every year we set up a temporary store in Houston, TX at the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market. And, every year we are so blown away by our customers in Houston, we come back.

Our team prepares all year long to pull off the amazing feat of opening up a 40,000 sq ft booth at the Reliant Center in Houston in only 5 days.  We buy special merchandise almost a year in advance, and pour through spreadsheets and floor plans to make sure everything will fit and be merchandised in just the right way. We ship down twenty-five 18-wheelers, over 100 employees, and spend only 5 days setting up and two days breaking the booth down. Our 40,000 sq ft booth is bigger than all but one of our stores (Monroe, LA weighs in at 49,000 sq ft).

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On Wednesday night, there is a preview party, where guests can shop, dine, and drink before the show officially opens.  We all get dressed up and have fun with the customers. Every year this group of ladies finds Paul and takes a photo. This was 2012’s picture. Paul was really into it!PaulMichaelCompany_SayCheese

On Thursday, the crowd comes.  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday bring different shoppers every day. Houstonites know how to shop and decorate! Most of the time, they forget to leave room in the car for their friends.PaulMichaelCompany_LoadedDown

Or, they need dock passes to pick up their loot because they can’t physically carry it out.PaulMichaelCompany_SoManyBagsEvery year we bring over 12 different Christmas looks, solid wood furniture, dinnerware, lamps, wall art, candles, gifts, and our exclusive line of furniture, home decor, and cutting boards made out of locally harvested wood in our wood shop in Dermott, AR, USA. Some pieces are even made out of reclaimed and repurposed antiques or architectural salvage.

Even the news came to report last year!PaulMichaelCompany_CameraEquipNutcracker Market is a holiday wonderland. Our employees always love taking a quick break to go shop around.  Here’s assistant Store Manager, Kate Roane, Debbie Michael, visual merchandiser, Ashley Mayo, and I taking a quick break and photo-op to record our colored jeans collection.PaulMichaelCompany_ColoredDenim

I wonder what year we will look back on this picture and think, “Remember that colored jeans fad?”

When we do get a moment to go shop, our favorite booths are China Baroque, a jewelry company that uses broken antique china as jewels, Pajama Party, insanely cute, comfortable and inexpensive pajama sets, Donne di Domani,  the ever-popular Italian marinara sauce, and Great Lakes Tea & Spice, selling their loose- leaf teas, spices, and tea paraphernalia.

We have been talking about doing this for a while, but this is the year, 2013…. Drum roll… We will be doing a time lapse of the set up and will be posting it after the show. Stay tuned.

To all of our Houston fans out there, don’t forget to come to the Nutcracker Market  November 7th – 10th.

 

 

 

 

Last Minute Tricks and Treats

If Halloween snuck up on you, there’s still time to get in the spirit. Come by our stores to treat yourself to our Halloween decorations that are all half priced.

Here’s are some last-minute ideas to pull off a spook-tacular Halloween.

Trick out an entry way table with pumpkins, candles and accessories that scream Halloween.
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Say “BOO” at the front door with spiders, skeletons and candlelit jack-o-lanterns.
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While you shop for decorations, ask one of our crafty employees to create a whitchy wreath for you.
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Don’t leave the ghosts and goblins in the dark tomorrow night. Paul Michael Company can help you create a scene that invites tricks and treats.

Meet the PMC Team: Amber’s Pumpkin Family

PaulMichaelCompany_MeetTheTeamThis is Amber, she’s a sales associate at our Lafayette store and jack-o-lantern extraordinaire! Instructions on how to make an adorable jack-o-lantern family of your own to follow. First we’re going to let you find out a little bit more about the cutie patootie cajun queen.

What is your favorite item in the store right now? My favorite item in the store is probably the old windows. It was my first purchase after I started working there and it is a great addition to my room.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself…A fun fact about myself is that I like to wakeboard. Over the summer I was able to compete in the beginner division and won first place overall. Hopefully I will advance for next season!

What is your favorite jam at the moment? My favorite jam at the moment is “roar” by Katy perry. All of her music is just fabulous :)

What do you love most about working at PMC? My favorite part about working at PMC would have to be my coworkers. I feel like it is so easy to talk to them and I have gained new friendships.

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Featured above Mrs. Jack, Little Jackie, and Mr. Jack.

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Materials you will need:

Little Jackie

145011 – 200mm ball ornament w/ glitter – $12.99

PMM29 green mesh ribbon 4″

Mrs. Jack

145017 – 250mm ball ornament w/ glitter – $18.99 / (1/2 off now)

MI/52925 witch hat/legs/shoe – $14.99

ASF/892-BK 6″ feather garland $14.99 / (1/2 off now)

FS/RD076-92 4x10yd glitter dust black $16.99

Mr. Jack

145018 – 300 mm ball ornament w/ glitter – $34.99 / (1/2 off now)

ASF/880 BK/OR 29″ feather/ berry spray $7.99 / (1/2 off now)

1. Choose ornament size

2. On the backside of the black ribbon, draw the jack-o-lantern face according to the size of the ornament (s,m,l)

3. Hot glue the face onto the ornament

Mr. Jack:

* Use 2 (mohawk picks) to create a funky mohwak, pull them apart, then poke them into the ball in a line

Mrs. Jack:

*Using the (hat & legs), separate the legs from the hat. Stuff the inside of the hat with newspaper to keep it standing tall. Hot glue the inner rim of the hat, place on top. For the legs, use floral wire to attach to the ball, add hot glue to secure

Little Jackie:

*Tie a green mesh bow around the string.

To purchase materials contact customerservice@paulmichaelhome.com

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…
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2. Rolls of textured ribbon…
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3. Fun accessories…
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4. Bright foliage…
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5. Crafting supplies to make it personal…
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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.

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