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PMC 2013 Review

2013 was a busy year for the Paul Michael Company! We did so many things that I’ll just hit the highlights.

Our partnership with P. Allen Smith got some of our sweet merchandise into Southern Living Magazine. PaulMichaelCompany_SouthernLiving PaulMichaelCompany_SouthernLiving PaulMichaelCompany_SouthernLiving PaulMichaelCompany_SouthernLiving PaulMichaelCompany_SouthernLivingSee the article about P. Allen Smith’s Smaller But Smarter Cottage with Style.

We amped up our Houston Nutcracker show by adding a custom made gazebo to display some of our beautiful and unique furniture pieces.PaulMichaelCompany_StructureBegins PaulMichaelCompany_StructureComplete

We launched our website!!!!!! It was like birthing a baby but we couldn’t be prouder of the result.PaulMichaelCompany_Website

Lucia, our lead buyer, became a grandmother!PaulMichaelCompany_LittleGeorge

Jake Michael, Paul’s youngest child, proposed to his girlfriend of nearly seven years!PaulMichaelCompany_Leigh&JakeEngaged

How was your year? We would love to hear some of the amazing things you accomplished in 2013!

 

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?

 

 

Toddy Time: A Southern Tradition

As the mercury rises and falls this holiday season inevitably so will your temperament. Take a few minutes at the end of the day to relax and get back in that good head-space with an adult beverage or as we south of the Mason Dixon like to refer to it as…a toddy! The recipe I will share with you today can be enjoyed warm or cold.

Recipe

2 parts Apple Cider

1 part Cranberry Juice

1 part Bourbon- Bulleit is my preference!

Squeeze of lemon

*Thyme simple syrup to taste- this isn’t necessary but it sure is a nice touch! (recipe at end of post courtesy of Debbie Michael)

Garnish with Rosemary

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PaulMichaelCompany_PrepOnce you have combined all of your ingredients pour over ice in shaker. Shake and pour into glass.

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PaulMichaelCompany_PourAdd lemon slice and spring of Rosemary for garnish. Sip and enjoy!

PaulMichaelCompany_BourbonToddyIf the cold weather has you down try drinking this holiday treat warm. Heat seems to make the Rosemary more pronounced so I left it out of this version.

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 Thyme Simple Syrup Recipe

2 parts suagr

1 part water

1 package of fresh thyme or grab some from your garden if the cold hasn’t killed it

Preparation

  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Dissolve the sugar into the boiling water, stirring constantly.
  3. Place thyme in cheesecloth and drop in pot
  4. Once the sugar is dissolved completely, remove the pan from the heat. (Note: Do not allow the syrup to boil for too long or the syrup will be too thick.)
  5. Allow to cool completely and thicken, then bottle.

A PMC Girl’s Guide to the Hunting Camp

As hunting season approaches we all know we will make at least one obligatory trip out to “the camp” with our special someone. For some of us the camp is our home away from home. We cherish the time we get to spend here. We crave the woods, sounds of tiny critters, and live for the hunt. For others it’s the place you go on the weekend if you want to see your man. We have selected a few creature comforts that will class up your stint as the weekend wilderness woman and make the camp feel a little more like home!

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PMC Cooks: Girl Hunter Venison Curry

Hi guys! Today we are excited to be sharing a recipe from our favorite “Girl Hunter” and chef extraordinaire, Georgia Pellegrini. For those not familiar she is fierce, feminine, and fabulous- a real “Jane” of all trades. No worries, we asked permission before we borrowed this recipe previously posted on her blog which you should definitely check out!

Fun fact-  The venison used in this dish came from Paul’s hunting camp on the Mississippi River. For more details on that trip take a look at this post of Georgia’s blog.

See below for the original post

I brought a nice venison haunch back from my Girl Hunter Weekend in Arkansas. Ain’t it a beauty?

DSC3349-copyIt was aged for about 20 days. And since I was having a gathering of a large group of people I decided to put it to good use. I’ve made many stews before so I decided to think a little bit outside the box and made…

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You should make it too, it’s amazing. And if you don’t have venison you can also use lamb, beef or bison and it will be delicious. Just be sure to use a tougher cut so that the collagen breaks down and becomes buttery in the stew.

You will need: grape seed oil, venison, lemongrass, garlic, onion, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, dried chili flakes, curry powder, coconut milk, chicken stock, butternut squash, and cilantro.

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Dice your ginger, onion, lemongrass and garlic.

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In a large heavy bottomed pot, heat the oil until it is nice and hot. You want the meat to brown well.
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Season the venison cubes with salt and pepper and add them to the oil, browning them on all sides, about 5 minutes.
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Add the lemongrass, garlic, onion and ginger and stir until it exudes its aroma, about 5 minutes.
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Add your spices!
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Add the bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, chili flakes, and curry and stir well. Your kitchen will start to smell amazing.
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Pour in the coconut milk.
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…and chicken stock, and stir. Cover and let simmer for about 2 hours, until the venison becomes tender.
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After 2 hours, add the squash and cover. Let cook until the squash is tender and the venison cubes fall apart easily.
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Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve!

You will love this. It’s great for these cold winter months.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 10

This recipe also works well with lamb, beef and bison.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons grape seed oil
  • 1 venison haunch, cubed (about 5 pounds)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon dried chili flakes
  • 4 tablespoons curry
  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 large butternut squash, cut into cubes
  • Cilantro, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large heavy bottomed pot, heat the oil. Season the venison cubes with salt and pepper and add them to the oil, browning them on all sides, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the lemongrass, garlic, onion and ginger and stir until it exudes its aroma, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, chili flakes, and curry and stir well.
  4. Pour in the coconut milk and chicken stock, and stir. Cover and let simmer for about 2 hours, until the venison becomes tender.
  5. After 2 hours, add the squash and cover. Let cook until the squash is tender and the venison cubes fall apart easily.
  6. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve.

 

PMC Cooks: Mrs.Debbie’s Muscadine Sauce

I love the mighty muscadine, the “Grape of the South.” It has a heart-shaped leaf with a toothy edge and green tendrils. How much more romantic can a plant be? The fruit the vine bares, plump, greenish-bronze or large, purple orbs, clump together in artistic harmony announcing to all that fall has arrived in the Southeast United States. Sweet wine, grape-hull pie and muscadine Sherbert come to mind. Muscadines and their cousin, scuppernongs, are native to the Southeast but especially honored in the Carolina coastal zones, where they were first discovered and propagated by colonists.PaulMichaelCompany_MuscadinesRecently Paul and I were on a road trip and spotted an old pickup truck with a hand painted sign on the side saying, “Muscadines”.  We quickly turned and found wild, beautiful, freshly picked, thick-skinned, purple bunches of these first signs of fall. Six dollars got us a bag full and we happily shined them on our shirts and popped them into our mouths. We rolled down the windows to spit out the seeds while juices rolled out of the corners of our mouths..

It is hard to describe the taste; a heavy, grape flavor with a tartness the beams through especially when you eat the skin. I dare say they have a slightly musty taste. I am already planning what I will prepare with these big orbs.  Never wanting to walk down the conventional road, I Googled recipes but couldn’t find one that matched my vision ….I wanted to create a fruited sauce with a little kick to use on chicken or pork.  The following is what I finally decided on.  Simple but oh-so Southern!

Recipe: Muscadine Sauce

Ingredients

*All measurements are approximate

4 cups purple muscadines. Hulled and seeded

2 medium shallots finely sliced not chopped

1/2 stick of butter

Pinch of salt

Tsp. of pepper

1-2 gloves of garlic finely chopped.

1/2 cup chicken stock

1/3 cup muscadine wine

Cut the muscadines in half and take the seeds out. You can do this with your fingers or a small paring knife.PaulMichaelCompany_MuscadinesDiscard the skins or save for extra juice in your sauce.

Sauté the shallots and garlic in butter. Flavor with the salt and pepper to taste. Add the grape hulls and cook approximately two minutes then add chicken stock and wine. Reduce the liquid to about half or until it is the right consistency to pour over the meat.PaulMichaelCompany_Muscadines

PaulMichaelCompany_MuscadinesI served this sauce over fresh chicken tenders.  I seasoned the tenders with garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper and a little cumin.  I heated the cast iron skillet really hot with a little olive oil, and blackened them.PaulMichaelCompany_ChickenPaulMichaelCompany_MuscadineChickenThe result was a delicious and healthy meal! So delicious that Mr. Michael cleaned his plate. Nothing pleases a cook more than an empty plate!

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Sofa Styling Tips

It happens to the best of us…sometimes you just get stuck in a design rut. You feel like you’ve made an investment and that you need to stick with it. Well if you start out by buying some neutral basics it’s fairly easy and inexpensive to give it an update! You can completely transform a room by changing out the accessories. Take a look at how we styled the same sofa three different ways.

1. Monochromatic

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Use the same color in different shades to create a harmonious palette. Jazz it up by mixing patterns and textures. When mixing patterns remember that scale is your friend. If you select patterns with different scales then you won’t have to worry about them trying to compete…no one wants a pillow fight, or do they?

2. Personality Plus

Paul Michael Company + Gypsetter + Global +Tribal

If you are into a more eclectic approach to design, incorporate items you picked up on trips or inherited from family. If you hate your grandmother’s table and can rarely find the time to travel, no worries we’ve got you covered! You can get the “collected” look you desire by shopping at our stores or online at http://www.paulmichael.company.com

3. Pop of Color

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This nearly neutral arrangement has a lot of spunk and just a little bit of color. We love mixing the warm red hues with a cool blue. It’s a nice contrast with an Americana flair. Notice how the white gourd lamps and plates give this mostly rustic look a refined feel.

At the Paul Michael Company we have a variety of items that will separate your home from your neighbor’s. We know that this is your most personal space and we want to help you create a home that is comfortable and stylish…just like you!

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

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.
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Bowls keep things neatly contained while adding a visual impact.
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Collapsible burlap bags are a perfect storage option for toys.
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Trays are great accessories on the coffee table for storing books, vases and remotes.
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With numbered file cabinets, projects and papers stay organized.
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Baskets of all shapes and textures make storing and moving items around the house easy.
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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.

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!

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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.

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

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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 :)

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