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Sedona Style – Home Decor Inspiration

Nestled just south of Flagstaff in the Verde Valley area of Arizona, Sedona beacons visitors with a brilliant orange & red skyline of rock formations.  The natural beauty of Sedona is amplified by the setting or rising sun and inspires spiritual travelers, snow birds, and locals alike.

Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona

Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona via RichardSutphen.com

Sedona Milamo Spa

Sedona Milamo Spa

If you can’t swing a second home in Sedona or find time to visit every year, we have some quick tips to achieve the Sedona Style without transporting yourself to the epicenter of the spiritual vortexes.

Sedona Style - Modern & Southwest meet.

Sedona Style – Modern & Southwest meet. (cred. to Sandy Alison)

Using natural elements, like the live edge slab coffee table and the woven stool, add interest and intrigue to your space. The charcoal grey wall and gem design modernizes and keeps the look trend-forward . The wall has the DIY feel of chalkboard art, but can be easily accomplished with matte paint and white tape.

Layer your rugs. (Photo cred to Sandy Alison)

Layer your rugs. (cred. to Sandy Alison)

Layer Southwest, Mexican, Native American, Kilim rugs, or cowhides for interesting floor coverings.

Mix modern and Southwest to achieve the Sedona Style (photo cred to  Sandy Alison)

Mix modern and Southwest to achieve the Sedona Style (cred. to Sandy Alison)

Mix modern and southwest styles to achieve a fresh look. Another way to complete the look is to add low-maintenance plants (I know, it sounds too good to be true!) like cacti & succulents.

Quartz Crystal, Teak Root Coffee Table, Layered rugs

Quartz Crystal, Teak Root Coffee Table, Layered rugs

Poppy with Layered Rugs & Natural Elements

Poppy with Layered Rugs & Natural Elements

Add natural elements like crystals & geodes or beautiful wood grains to create depth and interest with different textures on coffee tables, buffets or bookcases. As you can see, Poppy really likes this look. #poppysmiles

Husky Ranch via DesignSponge.com

Husky Ranch via DesignSponge.com

And, last but not least,  a Pendleton throw never hurts.

You can find our complete Sedona Style collection here.

-Elizabeth Michael

Design Trends: Report from the Road – Las Vegas Market Part 2

Part 2! After my last post chronicling our Vegas-sized fun, I bet you thought we didn’t get any work done. Well, the proof is below. New designers, importers, looks, and lines at Las Vegas Market inspired us and our Fall 2014 season will be be our most progressive yet! From mid-century modern to boho chic, to classic styles and even a country-farm decor, our Fall 2014 line will have something for everyone. Below are a few of our favorite looks.

Las Vegas Market Report - Subtle Surroundings

Las Vegas Market Report – Subtle Surroundings

I love how the book spines are turned in to make a monochromatic look. The flowers add the perfect pop of color. We have those sheepskin pillows, y’all! I have them on my couch and can vouch for their coziness.

Recycled bottles make bookcases art.

Recycled bottles make bookcases art.

Instead of cluttering up bookcases with chotskies, pile in old glass bottles. Green bottles are used here in varying shades. I love how this look blurs the lines between furniture, art & decor. They make a bold, inexpensive statement.

Carved skulls, recycled teak furniture, fresh flowers

Carved skulls, recycled teak furniture, fresh flowers.

Close up of the carved skull.

Close up of the carved skull.

Peta would not approve of this design. These authentic bovine skulls are meticulously hand-carved with different designs. They add the perfect bit of texture to the metal, industrial light fixture and reclaimed teak table.

Retro White Design Trend

Retro White Design Trend

Good morning, Angels! Charlie would approve of this look.  We saw so many looks that seemed to have one foot in 2014 and one foot in 1975. To Charlie!

Green & Gold Greek Key Mid-century Modern Look

Green & Gold Greek Key

Mmmmm. Emerald green and gold. I love the mixture of mid-century modern elements with Chinese designs and bamboo textures.  The glass top, atom coffee table & gold drum ottoman look like they should always be kept together, like a salt and pepper shaker. The stark black wall cozies up the hard lines, sleek textures, and colors.

Grey, ivory, gold, black - A bit of bling in this serene setting.

Grey, ivory, gold, black – A bit of bling in this serene setting.

This space is serene with some bling! A frosted glass, beaded chandelier adds the right texture and contrast to the glass top, gold geometric table and lucite base, sheepskin stool. The ivory silk couch anchors the varying textures and is crowned by the perfect piece of art to round off this luxe, comfortable space.

Reclaimed antiques, repurposed salvage, and Made in USA furniture make a truly Americana look.

Reclaimed antiques, repurposed salvage, and Made in USA furniture make a truly Americana look.

Here, we see the Americana look graduate with more sophisticated style by using whimsical wall paper, lush pillows and upholstery, & an antique, hand knotted rug. I love the old globe set in to the coffee table and the antique toy trucks on the simple book shelves. This would be a great look for a stylish family’s den.

Reclaimed antiques, repurposed salvage, and Made in USA furniture make a truly Americana look.

Reclaimed antiques, repurposed salvage, and Made in USA furniture make a truly Americana look.

Everything seen above is either reclaimed, recycled, or Made in the USA. The simplicity is accomplished by major statement pieces like the pool ball wall art and the glass-dome, collage light fixture. The horse is a genuine antique from India and the pillows are made from recycled Indian saris. The sofa is 100% USA made and FSC Certified wood & Organic fabrics and feathers. We are proud to offer line line soon!

 An old milk crate and Indian Saris make this Boho Chic ottoman.

An old milk crate and Indian Saris make this Boho Chic ottoman.

We drew great inspiration from this piece, and any of you reader that spend time around a flea market will, too! This ottoman is made from an old metal milk crate that has an antique sari top. This would be a perfect weekend DIY project.

Vegas gave us clarity to see the future of our fall line and our style grew new dimensions. We can’t wait for you all to enjoy them and hear what you think in the upcoming months.

-Elizabeth Michael

How-To Simple Mardi Gras Wreath Video from PMC Lafayette

Mardi Gras is upon us. For some of us, King cakes replace breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Krewes prepare for elaborate balls and parades. Decorative wreaths adorn the front door. Outfits are planned. Meals are made. Beads are thrown. Some of you may wake up with the rare French disease, Le Hangovaire.

If you haven’t put your Mardi Gras swag up, don’t fret! Just check out this Simple Mardi Gras Wreath How-to video filmed in our store with our customers & staff by Lafayette’s local newspaper, The Advertiser.

Thanks to reporter Sundra Hominik & Mardi Gras aficionado / PMC customer Sandra Booher for letting us show you how we do Mardi Gras. Check out the article about our fab decor here. Hope y’all find the video by Sundra featuring our own designer, Jordan Guidry, super helpful! Contact us at help@paulmichaelhome.com for more instructions. All Mardi Gras decor and materials can be found in our Mardi Gras section online.

Purple & Gold Mardi Gras Mesh

Purple and Gold Mardi Gras Mesh

Colorful Ball Work Wreath

Colorful Ball Work Wreath

6"x10yd Mardi Gras Ribbon

6″x10yd Mardi Gras Ribbon

Set of 4 4in Mardi Gras Ball Ornaments

Set of 4 4in Mardi Gras Ball Ornaments

4"x10yd Fleur De Lis Ribbon - NOW 50% OFF

4″x10yd Fleur De Lis Ribbon – NOW 50% OFF

21"x10yd Purple Mesh

21″x10yd Purple Mesh

4"x10yd Fleur De Lis Ribbon

4″x10yd Fleur De Lis Ribbon

Share with us your Mardi Gras on Facebook & Twitter! What simple Mardi Gras tips do you have to share?

-Elizabeth Michael

Design Trend: Report from the Road – Dallas Market Center

25 days, 4 buyers, 3 cities, and 1 amazing Janaury 2014 market season. You may remember my post about Americasmart January 2014 Design Trends. Now, listen up about Dallas Market Center’s January 2014 Total Home & Gift Show.  I realize not all of you are as fanatical about Christmas as we are, so I will focus this post on home decor & furniture trends. All that glitters and sparkles will have to wait!

World Trade Center Dallas

World Trade Center Dallas Market Center

For the most part, the same wholesalers and importers show at all the major markets, but each market has it’s own personality with different vendors. We love going to Dallas. Firstly, it is closer to home. Secondly, the facilities, food, and service are great – not so crowded. Thirdly, there is a great mix of product, from high design to Christmas vendors to great gift companies – you can find it all in Dallas.  And, last but not least, you get to wear cowboy boots – it’s Texas, y’all!

Some of the trends I saw at Dallas stole my heart. I am IN LOVE with what I am calling the Angle Trend of 2014. (Those of you who know me won’t be surprised that I have coined an official hashtag #angletrend2014. Use it. Get inspired.)

Angle Trend 2014 - Dallas Market Center

Angle Trend 2014 – Dallas Market Center

Angle Trend 2014 - Dallas Market Center

Angle Trend 2014 – Dallas Market Center

Angle Trend 2014 - Dallas Market Center

Angle Trend 2014 – Dallas Market Center

How easy & fun would it be to glue aluminum foil to plywood to make these neat displays and sculptures! Talk about an easy art installation.

I fell in love with this Dallas Artist and Designer, Lauren Renfrow and her line Times Two Design. She incorporates geodes, deer horn, barnacles and glass with acrylic & lacquered boxes, trays, napkin rings and other home decor pieces. All sourced and made in the USA. Geodes are from Hot Springs, Arkansas – Love! Arkansas pride!

Artist Lauren Renfrow of Times Two Design

Artist Lauren Renfrow of Times Two Design

Times Two Design of Dallas, TX

Times Two Design of Dallas, TX

Times Two Design of Dallas, TX

Times Two Design of Dallas, TX

You know we are big fans of using nature’s art in home decor. Have you ever seen the film I Heart Huckabees? “You rock, rock.” I am seriously thinking about wondering the woods and collecting deer sheds to spray paint gold. In all of my free time, ya know.

We love picking and the flea market chic style. Over the last three years with the growing popularity of picker shows like American Pickers, Pawn Stars, Market Warriors, Junk Gypsies and the like, we see reproductions and one-of-a-kinds all over the market place. I touched on my philosophy behind this fad in my last Design Trend Report. If you could find an original bulb advertising sign, it would be a lucky get and you would probably pay a pretty penny not only for the sign, but to ensure it was wired properly. Now, you can get the reproductions pretty easily. Lights, camera, style action!

Flea Market Style Trends - Dallas Market Center 2014

Flea Market Style Trends – Dallas Market Center 2014

Flea Market Style Trends - Dallas Market Center 2014

Flea Market Style Trends – Dallas Market Center 2014

And, then there was this chandelier by Arteriors. LOVE!

Arteriors Chandelier

Arteriors Chandelier

I love all of the different textures and styles used together to create this fresh, light, and airy look. Eye candy!

Fresh, Light, Airy Trend - Dallas Market Center 2014

Fresh, Light, Airy Trend – Dallas Market Center 2014

I couldn’t resist this look. I love the bold, gold metal drum hanging lamps paired with the simple, linen, slip covered sofa & chairs. The painting is perfect. Very serene. Can’t you just imagine this in a morning-light filled living room?

Light, Fresh, Airy - Dallas Market Center 2014

Light, Fresh, Airy – Dallas Market Center 2014

We love scouting out new designers, importers and factories to source our line. We are constantly blown away by the creativity we see in different showrooms and watching trends evolve. Market is a lot of work, but we have fun, too!

This Dallas Market was extra special since our very own Lucia Deen  won 1st place prize in the National Christmas Tree Design Competition put on by the HDA.

Lucia Deen accepts 1st Place in the National Christmas Tree Design Competition

Lucia Deen accepts 1st Place in the National Christmas Tree Design Competition

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

As I write this post, I sit in a hotel room on the Las Vegas strip over looking all glittering lights that fascinate and delight.  We are here for Las Vegas Market, so stay tuned for my report covering Vegas. The adage, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” does not apply to our trip. I cannot wait to share with your what we are seeing here in Vegas. Stay tuned!

-Elizabeth Michael

Design Trend: Report from Americasmart in Atlanta

A popular design proverb states that trends are cyclical. Big styles from our past seemingly haunt and delight us simultaneously as we watch them take new life. Trends for both everyday interior design and holiday decor are ever-changing, the culmination of which is seen at the major markets, where industry professionals convene to sell and buy the latest trends. I am so excited to share with you our thoughts on AmericasMart January Home & Gift Show, and as you can imagine, I have a lot to say! I am going to focus this post on a brief introduction to the Mart and Christmas 2014 Trends.

AmericasMart Atlanta

AmericasMart Atlanta Building 3 – by WM Events

I just got back from Atlanta’s AmericasMart, where over 500,000 visitors a year buy gifts, apparel, home decor, furniture & rugs to resale in their shops and to their clients.  The campus consists of three buildings with a total of 66 floors of importers and manufacturers filled with the most cutting edge styles. AmericasMart may sound like the most magical mall in the world, but you can’t just walk in and buy. To get in, you must be a registered buyer, with a legit tax resale number, business card, and be ready to buy big. Your uncle’s tire shop’s state tax ID certificate won’t work. Don’t expect to travel to downtown Atlanta and buy that before season BCBG dress or your favorite pair of Joe’s Jeans, unless you want to do so in bulk and to resale.

AmericasMart Atlanta Trends

AmericasMart Atlanta Facebook Page Cover Photo – Amethyst Geode available at your local PMC

So, now that you get the gist of Mart, lets get into the nitty gritty of the AmericasMart January 2014 Home & Gift Show. As many of you know, we design and manufacture our own exclusive line of furniture and accessories in our Dermott, AR workshop. Not only do we go to market for inspiration, but we fill in our line. We may source from over 15 countries and 40 suppliers before we call our line complete. As designers and buyers, it’s all about providing unique designs and exceptional quality (and yes, that’s our tag line. :)).

This market we saw a lot of the expected. Like the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid.

Radiant Orchid Pantone 2014 Color of the Year

Radiant Orchid Pantone 2014 Color of the Year – photo borrowed from Americasmart

Love it or hate it, it is everywhere. From rugs and pillows, to lamps and Christmas designs, Radiant Orchid is a color you will need to cozy up to in 2014. Hey, I hear purple looks great on everyone and is the color of royalty, so it’s good in my book! This muted take on the Radiant Orchid color palette particularly perked my interest. Maybe I was just tired from a long day at market, but that bed looks delicious… LOVE!

Muted Radiant Orchid Bedding

Muted Radiant Orchid Bedding

You may remember the 2013 Pantone Color of the Year, Emerald. I saw emerald make a major statement in the Christmas trends for 2014, along with it’s younger sister Radiant Orchid. I mean, it make sense right? Green and red are traditional Christmas colors, so why not play on the popular trend of the season before in Christmas decor? Instead of traditional red and green pairing, I saw the emerald primarily used two ways. One, jewel tones…

Christmas 2014 Jewel Tones

Christmas Trend 2014 – Jewel Tones

A second way… emerald paired with turquoise and orange – a trendy combo.

Orange, Turquoise, Emerald Christmas 2014 Trend

Orange, Turquoise, Emerald Christmas 2014 Trend

Orange, Turquoise, Emerald Christmas 2014 Trend

Orange, Turquoise, Emerald Christmas 2014 Trend

Orange, Turquoise, Emerald Christmas 2014 Trend

Orange, Turquoise, Emerald Christmas 2014 Trend

As I stated earlier, trends are cyclical and the latter trend reminds me of a Veranda cover that featured Mary McDonald’s opulent Beverly Hills home back in 2008.

Veranda Cover Nov/Dec 2008

Veranda Cover Nov/Dec 2008

Veranda Nov/Dec 2008

Veranda Nov/Dec 2008

Veranda Nov/Dec 2008

Veranda Nov/Dec 2008

As you can see, my iPhone camera doesn’t really compare with Veranda’s top notch photography, but it will do in a pinch.

Julie Wimmer, known as Ms. Christmas in Lafayette, LA and one of my favorite co-workers,  told me once that you can predict Christmas color trends based on the economy. If the economy is rough, family’s decorate in traditional red and green colors. If the economy is better, they branch out and invest in fashion colors. Without getting into any diatribes about the economy and consumer patterns, I can tell you that there weren’t too many Christmas trends that shocked me, like the almost neon, multicolor trend from back in 2006. I remember half of our store was filled with brightly colored, whimsical Christmas that would make even Dr. Seuss jealous. People today seem to be trending towards simpler, traditional Christmas looks. Consumer demand made burlap a big statement in many showrooms.

Paul Michael Company Rustic Chic Christmas

Paul Michael Company Rustic Chic Christmas

I think people are drawn to burlap & the flea-market feel because of the thrift, DIY mindset that set in during the Recession. The popularization of reclaiming once discarded objects (gasp! Yes, people used to just throw burlap away – it is a cheap fabric used in concrete finishing, shipping of coffee beans, and other industrial applications, not as a fashion in home decor) spread rapidly on social media (ahem, Pinterest). Decorating with reclaimed materials is cheap, frugal, good for the environment and fuels the creative spirit. Not to mention, it ends up looking pretty darn cute! We are big fans! Check out this cute ornament display made out of cardboard boxes.

Recycled Christmas Trend 2014

Recycled Christmas Trend 2014

On the opposite end of the spectrum, I saw red, white, and silver make a big splash in showrooms around the Mart.

Red, White, Silver Christmas Trend 2014

Red, White, Silver Christmas Trend 2014

If you are super lazy… Or, busy… Or, just really like Christmas, you can leave this look up until July 4th and add some BLUE! Just kidding!

We always go out on a limb with one or two Christmas looks that we just have a feeling about. This year, it was a nod to our neighbors to the south, Feliz Navidad.

Feliz Navidad Christmas Trend 2014

Feliz Navidad Christmas Trend 2014

You may or may not have noticed from my Mart pictures the use of home decor items in the Christmas trees. Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you, ornaments are being replaced by lanterns, clocks, musical instruments, figurines and even trays holding vases.

Home Decor in Christmas Trees Trend 2014

Home Decor in Christmas Trees Trend 2014

I love this idea! You can make a big Christmas look while investing in everyday goods for your home. To display home decor items that seemingly float in the tree, companies have come up with contraptions like this:

Adjustable Tree Display Arm Trend 2014

Adjustable Tree Display Arm Trend 2014

You can also find a tall, skinny cocktail table, nestle it as close to the base of your tree as possible and decorate on top of that. The trick here is to make sure the base of the table is covered by the bottom of the tree. A table with adjustable height would be perfect!

I can’t wait to fill you in on the everyday interior design trends in my next post, but you know I had to lead with Christmas! What do you all think about the upcoming Christmas Trends for 2014? Share with us #ChristmasTrend2014!

– Elizabeth Michael

Ask and you shall receive…

I would have to say we have two most frequently asked questions: 1) Do you have a website? and 2) When will this go on sale? Well, to answer the first… YES! We launched our online store Sept. 1st of this year.  And, to answer the second, now! Did you know that we only have a sale two times a year, and one of them is going on now through January 26th.  Everything in the store is at least 25% off on up to 50% off. Some Alley Cats and Scratch and Dent is even 75% off!

SaleSo, stock up on your Christmas favorites like Mesh…

re1033f6Or, our exclusive, made in Dermott, Ar, USA cutting boards… All 25% Off.

pmd_cb018Or, snuggle up with our down-filled throw pillows… They come in all shapes, sizes, patterns and colors.

v350630Cozy up with a sheepskin rug, perfect for when you or your baby wanna crawl around on the floor, hehe.

79589-610x610-1352201932-primaryUpgrade your everyday dishes with our exclusive, made in Portugal tableware…

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Or, maybe you need to buy the perfect gift from our Home Fragrance section – featuring Aquiesse Candles (there is a book of matches hidden in the lid, which doubles as a trivet- Genius!)

99033_passion_fruit_citrus_11oz_decorative_tin_72dpiYou can shop the sale at all four of our locations and online now! Hurry in for the best selection.

-Elizabeth Michael

PMC Cooks: Delta Duck Wraps

DeltaMeal_PaulMichaelCompanyGrits + greens + duck wraps = party in yo’ mouth!

The cold weather can’t stop us from having a good time or a good meal for that matter. Since it’s been so chilly the last few days we decided to bring a little heat to our meal time festivities with spicy cheese grits and bacon-jalapeno duck wrap kabobs.

DuckBreast_PaulMichaelCompanyCube duck breast on cutting board.

Jalapeno_PaulMichaelCompanyCut jalapeno into 1/4 inch thick rounds. If you place slices of jalapeno in between duck wraps on skewer they will be spicy but not overwhelming.

DuckKabobs_PaulMichaelCompanyPlace cubed duck breast and hunk of cream cheese on bacon slice. Roll and place on skewer. Add slice of jalapeno between each wrap for a little kick!

CuttingBoard_PaulMichaelCompanyBaste your kabobs with a little honey, then it’s time to put them on the grill. Cook bacon on one side then flip.

Grill_PaulMichaelCompanyOnce bacon is crispy on both sides remove from grill and enjoy.

DuckWraps_PaulMichaelCompanyIngredients for Spicy Cheese Grits:

1 cup yellow stone-ground grits

2 large creole tomatoes

1/2 cup chopped bacon

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup sliced garlic

3 cups water

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tsp salt

2 tbsps canned chopped green chiles

1/4 cup mild Cheddar cheese

Recipe:

In a heavy-bottomed sauce pan, cook bacon until crisp. Reserve drippings in pan. Add tomatoes, butter, and garlic. Saute until garlic is tender. Mix in water, cream, salt, and chiles then bring to a boil. Gradually stir in grits, blending well. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened. Remove from heat and then blend in cheese until melted.

 

 

 

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

When the temperatures drop, the best place to be is cuddled up in a leather chair drinking a hot toddy and reading a good book next to the fireplace. Sorta like this…

Cozy up in leather and sheep skin.

Cozy up in leather and sheep skin.

Old Man Winter is knocking on the door and warming up the house with sheep and cow skins has never been more on trend. A subtle touch of fur goes a long way. Place a rug by the fireplace, put your feet up on ottoman, or rest your head on a fuzzy pillow. We call this Luxe Lodge.

PMC has sheep skins from New Zealand to keep you warm.

PMC has sheep skins from New Zealand to keep you warm.

Since it’s cold outside, might as well stay inside and stock up for the holiday season at Paul Michael Company’s online store. Stay warm, friends!

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.

pallensmith mercury glass

via P. Allen Smith

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 :)

Meet the PMC Team: Monroe Store Manager Debra Bailey

Here is our second installment of Meet the PMC Team! This is Debra Bailey. She is the Monroe, Louisiana Store Manager.
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Meet her dog, Brady, too!  Debra joined our team in May 2013 as the Store Manager of our sister store, D & P Interiors in Canton, TX.  As we grow, we love to promote from within.  When the store manager position in Monroe opened up, we thought of Debra from D & P!  Debra comes to us from a 15+ year career at JCPenny’s.  She helped us launch D & P Interiors, manage our Monroe, LA store, and even contributed to the opening of our online store!  She is a true team player.

Enjoy her Q & A.

Where are you originally from and how did you make your way to Monroe, LA?  Dallas, Texas. Paul Michael offered me a great opportunity and he is very persuasive :)

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What is your favorite item in the store right now? We receive new merchandise almost daily….it seems my favorite items changes with every new delivery. But, today, it would be The Geode’s.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself. I live in a Castle

Do you have any pets? Yes, my precious Brady (dog).

What is your favorite jam (song, not served with butter and toast) at the moment?
Eric Church’s “Keep On”.

Debra in Monroe, LA

What do you love most about working at PMC? The Family Atmosphere.

What do you look forward to most about the Holiday Season? All the scents in air and music.

What is your favorite thing about Monroe, LA? Shrimp & Grits
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These Shrimp & Grits are from Restaurant Cotton in Downtown, Monore. You will see a lot of our decor and furniture there. Hugs, Chef Cody Bahr!

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