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Market Hill in Round Top, TX

MARKETHILL

Paul’s newest project, Market Hill, in Round Top, TX is now open!  This 57,000 sq ft antiques and decorative arts marketplace boasts cypress panelling and custom barn doors designed by Paul himself.  Filled with Paul Michael Company Exclusive pieces and other select offerings from Paul Michael Company, Market Hill offers a deluxe shopping experience to Antiques Fair shoppers.

Market Hill

Market Hill in Round Top, TX

Market Hill in Round Top, TX

Market Hill in Round Top, TX

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Our good friend and favorite Girl Hunter, Georgia Pellegrini, spent some time browsing Paul’s American-made pieces and enjoyed some after-hours frivolity with Mrs. Debbie.

PMC at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

While visiting Market Hill, shoppers can explore our one-of-a-kind, American made pieces, conceived and crafted by our founder. Our Paul Michael Company Exclusive pieces are made from locally harvested wood and other reclaimed materials, handcrafted, and finished at our woodshop in Dermott, Arkansas.  Other Paul Michael Company offerings include furniture, rugs, decorative accessories, and antiques hand-picked by Paul himself.

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Click for farm style dining table and black arm chairs.

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Click for steer horn finial and cutting boards.

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Click for grey metal side chairs.

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Click for wine bottle art and upcycled bottle candleholder.

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Click for recycled wood letters.

Some of Paul’s antique finds, these authentic antique wallpaper rollers shown below were dipped in paint then used to hand roll wallpaper.

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Click for Cypress adirondack chairs.

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

The view behind the building isn’t too bad either!

Market Hill in Round Top, TX

Paul Michael Company at Market Hill

Located at 1542 HWY 237 in Round Top, TX, Market Hill will be open until April 3rd.

 

 

 

-Ainslea Hooton-Snellenberger

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

Report from the Road – Las Vegas Market Part 1 – All Play

Las Vegas is a lot of things. You can basically do whatever you want whenever you want.  Just hang out in a hotel lobby for 5 minutes and you will undoubtedly hear, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”

buyers toasting in vegas

That’s me on the left with Debbie Michael, & Lucia Deen toasting.

After 20 days in Atlanta and Dallas, our buying team stepped off our 3 hour non-stop to Las Vegas exhausted. Our bittersweet arrival meant five more days of work, but with the promise of Vegas-sized activities at night.  Certainly more exciting than Dallas or Atlanta, right?

Aria Lobby - Year of the Horse

Aria Lobby – Year of the Horse

We had high hopes of productive days and parties at night.  We only made it out two nights. One night to see Cirque du Soleil’s Love and then another night to see Carlos Santana.

hunters thompson vegas quote

Truth.

The shows were amazing, but what really entertained us were all the new looks unveiled at market.  You probably didn’t think we would ever get to the market trend report, huh??? Stay tuned for Part 2!

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

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.

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

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).

PaulMichaelCompany_Working

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.

 

 

 

 

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

Hand-Carved Stone Pieces from Egypt at Paul Michael Company

Where in the world was Paul about 5 years ago? Egypt! While traveling through Egypt to find unique treasures for our stores, Paul met an Egyptian sculpture artist and commissioned him to hand carve over 500 decorative stone pieces for the Paul Michael Company stores.After five years of vigilant craftsmanship, the hand carved pieces are finally finished and are headed to the shelves of all four Paul Michael Company store locations. Come see these incredible pieces that were hand crafted with such precision and care over six thousand miles away. These pieces can help you achieve an artisan look that is sure to add a rare and exotic vibe to your home.

Paul Michael Company has two locations in Arkansas as well as locations in Texas and Louisiana. And on Friday, August 3rd, we will be opening a brand new addition to our Lafayette location in Louisiana, so please come by and see our new artisan pieces from Egypt as well as our new expanded store space!
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