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DIY Summer Florals

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The summer season brings with it a whirlwind of florals we only have the opportunity to see during this time of year.  While it gives us a chance to work with new materials to create a show-stopping centerpiece, it will only last so long.  The faux flowers available at Paul Michael Company make it easy to update arrangements season to season with the option of recycling different pieces.  Follow along with our how-to video and learn how to create a spring or summer arrangement that will last year after year!  Click for needed materials here.

DIY Summer Florals

DIY Summer Florals

 

 

 

-Ainslea Hooton-Snellenberger

Holiday Tables for Every Style

MakeoverHosting holiday parties or Christmas dinner this holiday season?  Take some inspiration from our store locations for the perfect holiday tablescape or centerpiece!  You don’t have to be a pro to put together an impressive holiday arrangement; find your style and let your creativity flow!

Glass Trees from our Canton, TX location

Glass Trees from our Canton, TX location

Create a Frozen look with snowy whites and wintery blues.

Walnut table, dining chairs, glass trees with LED bases, leaf sprays, glass vases, chandeliers, weave orb ornaments, and gold dinner plate available at Paul Michael Company locations.

Click for 60in pampas grass, salad plate, and dinner plate.

Glass Trees from our Monroe, LA location

Glass Trees from our Lake Village, AR location

Mix in metallics and sparkle for an icy yet elegant Frozen look.

Glass trees with LED bases, glass chargers, cake stand, candleholder, glitter candles, 8in mercury Christmas bottle, napkin rings, and branch mesh available  Paul Michael Company locations.

Click for honeycomb silver plates, silver beaded boxes, and 6in mercury Christmas bottle.

Wintergreen from our Canton, TX location

Wintergreen from our Canton, TX location

Sticking to a color scheme can pave the way for a sophisticated or playful setting!

Beaded trees, silver standing deer, teardrop ornament, blue Fleur de Lis cup and saucer set, white napkin, decorative blue bowl available Paul Michael Company locations.

Click for gold glass ornaments, snowflake ribbon, blue Fleur de Lis dinner plate, splendor dinner plate,  blue Fleur de Lis salad plateblue Fleur de Lis bowl, glass goblet, and glittered fern spray.

Blue Christmas from our Monroe, LA location

Blue Christmas from our Monroe, LA location

Break away from the traditional reds and greens with icy blues.

Blue hurricane, dark wood candleholder, snowflake napkin ring, blue napkin, polkadot salad plate, metallic votive holders, burlap runner, 6ft reclaimed pine table, and blue vase available at Paul Michael Company locations.

Click for honeycomb silver plate, honeycomb bowl6in mercury Christmas bottle, white candlestick, and bay leaf spray.

Christmas dishes from our Monroe, LA location

Christmas dishes from our Monroe, LA location

An easy way to create a stylish tablesetting is with festive dishware.  Get the Christmas look with minmal effort!

Christmas pattern dishware, reclaimed pine table, dining chairs, mango wood bowl, decorative twig ball, natural placemats, crabapple spray, and cedar greenery available at Paul Michael Company locations.

Christmas dishes from our Monroe, LA location

Christmas dishes from our Monroe, LA location

Christmas pattern dishware, natural placemats, Lazy Susan cutting boards, antler piece, nutcracker, red snowflake mesh, red stripe ornaments, rope ball, star caddy, holly branch, dining chairs, and reclaimed pine dining table available at Paul Michael Company locations.

Click for wooden heart hangtagsalad plate, and dinner plate.

Christmas dishes from our Monroe, LA location

Christmas dishes from our Monroe, LA location

Take your Christmas dishware settings to the next level with a centerpiece arrangement to match!  Mix and match your Christmas dishes with non-seasonal dishware to break apart your Christmas patterns.

Natural placemats, driftwood bowl, wood candlesticks, gold lined drinking glass, natural balls, gold charger, galvanized tin cylinder, gold candleholder, silver bowl with wood base, gold orb, reclaimed pine dining table, natural sprays, and dining chairs available at Paul Michael Company locations.

Click for reindeer plate, pinecone swag, and honeycomb silver plate.

Metallic Christmas from our Monroe, LA location

Metallic Christmas from our Monroe, LA location

Metallic Christmas from our Monroe, LA location

Metallic Christmas from our Monroe, LA location

Metallic Christmas from our Monroe, LA location

Metallic Christmas from our Monroe, LA location

Use Christmas accessories with some sparkle for a tablescape that will transition easily into your New Year’s day festivities.

Dining table, dining chairs, Christmas stockings, light fixtures, mirror, area rug, oversized clock, mercury vases, pinecone picks, set of 3 gold candleholders, glass cloche, gold decorative bowl, blue napkins, pearl napkin ring, gold serving tray, gold glass container, silver glitter gandleholder, decorative gold container with wood base, metallic votives, gold mercury trees, and set of glitter pinecones available at Paul Michael Company locations.

Click for gold heart locket mirror, 64in pearl garland, foam gold pear, acorn ornament, 5in feather ornament, 8in feather ornament, oval cutting board, cocktail set, beaded gold pill box, metallic orbs, vintage glass votive, and etched mercury glass frame.

Whether you go for traditional Christmas or try something new, stick to your style and you’re sure to impress!

-Ainslea Hooton-Snellenberger

 

 

 

It’s BBQ Season! Do You Have the Right Patio Furniture in Place?

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With summer just around the corner, it’s time to get your patio ready for outdoor entertaining. If you need new patio furniture, here are some tips to help you make the right choices.

Select the Right Style

Choose a style that complements the style of your home. For traditional or transitional homes, consider wrought iron or wicker. For transitional or contemporary homes, furniture in teak or aluminum frames blend better. Add cushions and pillows in colors that complement your exterior.

Select the Right Pieces

Dining – choose a table size and shape that will comfortably seat your guests. Chairs should have adequate seat width and depth. If chairs have armrests, make sure you can pull them close enough to the table to eat comfortably.

Sofas and Tables – choose pieces that fit your patio and create comfortable conversation groupings. Provide ample surface space to hold food and drinks. Storage pieces can function as extra seating.

Select Easy Maintenance

Choose materials with easy maintenance. Wrought iron, resin wicker, teak and cedar weather well over time. Look for an easy care finish.

Looking for creative ideas? The Paul Michael Company can help you select the right furniture and decor for your patio.

 

Fun Spring Centerpiece Ideas

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The table centerpiece is a great way to add a personal and creative touch to your table layout and interior design as a whole. The following are a few unique centerpiece ideas that are perfect for the spring season.

  • Flower Bouquet: A flower bouquet is the standard go-to centerpiece, but instead of carefully arranging the flowers, group them together by type in order to create a more natural look. Use the blossoms from your flowering shrubs along with your own garden’s flowers instead of going to a florist.
  • Poppy Bouquet: To introduce a bold dash of color with your centerpiece, use a tall vase full of poppy flowers. There’s a price for their extravagant color though; they’ll only last a few days.
  • Tea Cup Vase: Tea cups tend to be charming in themselves, so why not use them as a centerpiece? Place a small flower arrangement in a teacup and sit it on it’s saucer.
  • Bottled Fern Fronds: This one is beautiful in its simplicity. Simply take a wine, olive oil or vinegar bottle, remove the labels and place fern fronds inside.

Visit us at Paul Michael Company to pick up accessories perfect for your spring centerpieces.

Inspired by Pinterest: Cool Ideas for Recycled Glass Jars

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One of the most common containers found in stores and homes alike are often overlooked for their storage capabilities. Take a look in your cupboards and discover how many items you have that are in jars. Each one of these containers come in a variety of shapes and sizes which can stylishly be reused.

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A simple glass jar can become fashionable and functional. You can easily label them with a simple slip of paper, but why stop there? Consider placing a design on the outside of it with a stencil or other craft items. Use a clear or colored glass container to display fun items inside.

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glass jar

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There are many stencils on the market and glass paint is available at your local craft store. You can also consider chalkboard paint so you can relabel your jars again as much as you like. Remember, how you arrange them is half the fun so put them somewhere equally as creative to showoff your masterpiece.

At the Paul Michael Company, we have wonderful inspiration and options to help you decorate and organize your home or office. If you are looking for ideas for decor, or methods to decorate your empty containers, visit our Facebook page to find out more.

Ettiquette 101: The Proper Way to Set the Dinner Table

Setting the perfect dinner table involves more than just laying out the proper utensils. A good host will also consider the aesthetic details of the process as well. Here are some great tips for setting an inviting and beautiful dinner table.

Add Color: Placemats and chargers are an excellent way to add color and excitement to your dinner table.

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A Little Fragrance: Flowered centerpieces are both eye- and nose-catching but take care not to make them too high or too aromatic. 

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Use Multiple China Sets: Contrasting dinnerware is an easy way to add complexity to the décor of your dinner table. The look should result in an eclectic feel that is definitely going to be a great icebreaker at the start of your dinner party.

Place the Silverware Properly: Forks on the left, knives and spoons on the right. Also, be aware of which glasses to use for water, red and white wines.

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We carry a large variety of napkins, place mats, aprons, cookbooks, and glassware that would be great for any home. For information about the best ways to set your dinner table or for other home design ideas, visit us at the Paul Michael Company website or join us on Facebook. We’d love to share with you the latest trends and styles.

The Art of Decorating Your Home with Scented Candles

Scent influences our mood and perception, which is why many people choose scented detergents and wear perfume. Scents also affect how people perceive particular environments. For this reason, scented candles play an important role in making a home feel attractive and welcoming.

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Room by Room You don’t have to use the same scent everywhere. For the bedroom, you might want subtle, soothing scents such as sandalwood, myrrh or a soft floral. In the dining room, invigorating and deliciously scented candles, such as citrus or vanilla, work well.

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Seasonal Scents Scented candles are a great way to transition the home to a new season. In spring and summer, for example, floral scents or anything reminiscent of a beach or open field brings the season to the space. In fall and winter, cinnamon, baked apple, clove or pumpkin spice candles bring a sense of coziness and warmth.

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If the scent of cleaning products lingers in the room, air it out before using candles. Otherwise, the scents will compete unpleasantly.

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home candles

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For great scented candles and much more, stop by any of our Paul Michael Company locations. Keep up to date with tips and trends by joining our Facebook page.

So Many Rug Styles… How Can You Possibly Choose?

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The right rug can define a whole room.  Rugs are great ways to differentiate different areas within a room or to define a space beneath furniture.  They add comfort and warmth to wood and tile floors and create extra visual interest to carpeted floors.  A rug can showcase your personality and inform a color scheme.  There are seemingly countless styles and shapes and colors of rug from which to choose, so where do you begin?  Try these tips to help get you started.

Bring a sample of the colors in the room or take a picture. This will help you determine which color of rug will work best. If you have solid color furniture, you can choose a rug with a pattern to help establish a mood. Dark colors will help create an atmosphere of intimacy for the room while light colors will help a small room appear larger. You can also select warm colors such as red or yellow to bring warmth to the room or cool colors such as blue or green to give the opposite effect.

Determine where you want the rug placed. If it’s in a high traffic area such as a hallway, then you will want be sure the rug is durable and easy to clean. You may also consider a dark color to avoid dirt or stains being noticed right away.

The Paul Michael Company offers a wide selection of rugs that will go perfectly for any room.  Come visit any of our locations to see the unique rugs you can use in your own home!

Out of the Blue: Decorating with America’s Favorite Color

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Despite recent “Color of the Year” designations awarded to winners such as Tangerine Tango and Emerald Green, America’s favorite color to paint with last year was blue. This cool and calming color tone has a powerful effect on our moods by aiding our intuition and encouraging rest and serenity.

Blue comes in a wide variety of shades, each with their own effect on the atmosphere of the room.  Dark navy can create a rich and cozy atmosphere while a vibrant sky blue can add life and energy to the space.  A very saturated blue makes a bold statement, while a grey-blue has timeless sophistication.  Shades of blue all work well together, too, so it is easy to mix and match to create the precise mood you want for your room.

Blue is predicted to be one of the popular colors in 2013, joining Pantone’s Color of the Year and runway favorites Dior gray and salmon pink, each of which work well with blue.  Blue accents are a great way to incorporate this well-loved color in any room without having to spend a lot of time and energy redecorating.  You can create an atmosphere of coastal merriment with blue sea-themed decor from the Paul Michael Company, or dress your home with various blue-colored vases for a quick and easy way to add calm, depth, and exhilaration to any room in your home

Searching for more “blue ideas” for your home? if so, visit us on Facebook or contact us today!

 

Decor That Goes from the Wedding Sanctuary to Your Personal Sanctuary

Many people dream of a spring wedding, and it’s the most common time of year that couples choose to get married for plenty of good reasons, the biggest of which is that the weather is always great, allowing for outdoor ceremonies and receptions that wouldn’t have been comfortable for guests even a month before.

Using decor at your reception that you can later use in your home is a great and functional way to go about choosing your decor. It’ll save you money in the long run as well! Paul Michael Company did just that recently at a wedding very close to us –  Paul’s youngest daughter just got married! So of course, we incorporated lots of goodies from PMC that will fit in fantastically inside the newlyweds’ home now that the ceremony is over.

Decor at the wedding

Decor at the wedding.

Decor at the wedding.

Decor at the wedding.

 

Decor at the wedding.

Decor at the wedding.

Just to give you some ideas, here are some of the items we used in the wedding that can also be brought home and put to good use. Don’t forget that you can register for all these items and more at your local Paul Michael Company store!

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Cutting board via Paul Michael Co.

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Sofa via Paul Michael Co.

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Chair via Paul Michael Co.

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Glass vase via Paul Michael Co.

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Decorative glass cake stand via Paul Michael Co.

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Decorative platter via Paul Michael Co.

Be sure to visit your closest Paul Michael Co. store for details on how we can help dress up your spring or summer wedding!

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