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 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?

 

 

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!

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!

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.

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.

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!

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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