Posts Tagged ‘fall home decor’

A PMC Fall Porch: Make the most of your space

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Cooler nights are finally becoming a regular occurrence here down south, and that means enjoying the fall evenings outside with good company, tasty food, and eye-catching, fall decor.

Pumpkins have been a staple in fall arrangement for centuries and it’s safe to say that isn’t changing any time soon.  Mixing pumpkins with different textures and colors creates some colorful eye-candy and keeps things interesting during the pumpkin filled season.

While pumpkins are the go-to fall decor item, incorporating other natural tones to your arrangement will double the impact and keep your eyes entertained no matter what angle!  Make an impression no matter the size of your space with some inspiration from our Paul Michael Company fall porch.

A PMC Fall Porch

A PMC Fall Porch

Click for gourd, large brown pumpkin, round cream pumpkin, cream pumpkin, jute pumpkin, wheat bundle, flat jute pumpkin, assorted acorns, maple leaf spray, Queen Anne lace bush spray, small pumpkins, fall leaf garland, pumpkin leaf spray, coffee cone thistle sprayfall foliage wreath, willow baskets, gold geometric pillow, cypress scroll bench, decorative metal tray, and amber lantern.

Striped jute pumpkins, small brown pumpkin, cream jute pumpkin, curved sticks, live edge bench, cowhide ruge, feather stems, teardrop door decor, and orange pillow  can be found at Paul Michael Company locations.

A PMC Fall Porch

A PMC Fall Porch

Click for gourd, large brown pumpkin, round cream pumpkin, cream pumpkin, jute pumpkin, wheat bundle, flat jute pumpkin, assorted acorns, maple leaf spray, Queen Anne lace bush spray, small pumpkins, fall leaf garland, coffee cone thistle spraypumpkin leaf spraywillow basketscypress scroll bench, and wall clock.

Striped jute pumpkins, small brown pumpkin, cream jute pumpkin, feather stems, curved sticks, live edge bench, cowhide ruge, and teardrop door decor can be found at Paul Michael Company locations.

A PMC Fall Porch

A PMC Fall Porch

Click for gourd, large brown pumpkin, round cream pumpkin, cream pumpkin, jute pumpkinassorted acorns, maple leaf spray, Queen Anne lace bush spray, small pumpkins, fall leaf garland, and pumpkin leaf spray.

Striped jute pumpkins, small brown pumpkin, and cream jute pumpkin can be found at Paul Michael Company locations.

A PMC Fall Porch

A PMC Fall Porch

Click for gourd, large brown pumpkin, round cream pumpkin, cream pumpkin, jute pumpkin, wheat bundle, flat jute pumpkin, assorted acorns, maple leaf spray, Queen Anne lace bush spray, small pumpkins, fall leaf garland, and pumpkin leaf spray.

Striped jute pumpkins, small brown pumpkin, and cream jute pumpkin can be found at Paul Michael Company locations.

A PMC Fall Porch

A PMC Fall Porch

Click for wheat bundle, flat jute pumpkin, assorted acorns,  small pumpkins, fall leaf garland, pumpkin leaf spraywillow basketswall clocklarge lantern, small lantern, green pumpkin spray, maple leaf spray, and coffee cone thistle spray.

Striped jute pumpkins, jute pear, feather stems, curved sticks, and teardrop door decor can be found at Paul Michael Company locations.

A PMC Fall Porch

A PMC Fall Porch

Click for flat jute pumpkin, assorted acorns, pumpkin leaf spraywillow basketsgreen pumpkin spray, maple leaf spray, round cream pumpkin, cream pumpkincoffee cone thistle spray, and cypress scroll bench.

Feather stems, curved sticks, and cowhide rug can be found at Paul Michael Company locations.

A PMC Fall Porch

A PMC Fall Porch

Click for  cream pumpkin, wheat bundle, flat jute pumpkin, assorted acorns, maple leaf spraypumpkin leaf spray, coffee cone thistle spraywillow baskets, gold geometric pillow, cypress scroll bench, decorative metal tray, and amber lantern.

Curved sticks, live edge bench, cowhide ruge, feather stems, and orange pillow can be found at Paul Michael Company locations.

A PMC Fall Porch

A PMC Fall Porch

Click for  cream pumpkin, assorted acorns, willow baskets, gold geometric pillow, cypress scroll bench, decorative metal trayamber lantern, and cattail spray.

Live edge bench, cowhide ruge, and orange pillow can be found at Paul Michael Company locations.

A PMC Fall Porch

A PMC Fall Porch

Click for  cream pumpkin, wheat bundle, flat jute pumpkin, assorted acorns, maple leaf spraypumpkin leaf spray, cattail spraycoffee cone thistle sprayfall foliage wreathwillow baskets, gold geometric pillow, butterscotch pillowcypress scroll bench, decorative metal tray, and amber lantern.

Curved sticks, live edge bench, cowhide ruge, feather stems, jute pear, and orange pillow can be found at Paul Michael Company locations.

A PMC Fall Porch

A PMC Fall Porch

Click for fall foliage wreath.

A PMC Fall Porch

A PMC Fall Porch

Teardrop door decor can be found at Paul Michael Company locations.

A PMC Fall Porch

A PMC Fall Porch

Click for gold geometric pillow and butterscotch pillow.

Striped jute pumpkin, jute pear, orange pillow, and honey pillow can be found at Paul Michael Company locations.

-Ainslea Hooton-Snellenberger

The Origins of Traditional Fall & Thanksgiving Decor

thanksgiving traditions decorations We can all think of several items that are traditionally used to decorate during the fall season and Thanksgiving, but what do we really know about them? In our last post we began to explore the origins of different harvest celebrations, and now we’d like to look into the symbolic meanings of some of the most widely practiced traditions in fall harvest and Thanksgiving decorating.

Cornucopia: Latin for “horn of plenty,” this traditional piece of decor comes from Greek mythology. After Zeus rewarded the goat goddess Amalthea by transforming her into a constellation, he took one of her horns and presented it to the King of Crete. The horn proved to be a magical horn that was filled with any food or drink that the King desired. It remained a symbol of abundance for the Greek and Romans

Turkey: Known as the bird of the harvest, the turkey plays an important role in White Mountain Apache mythology and ancient Mayan and Aztec tribes. The turkey is responsible for the beginning of agriculture life, as the myth goes that a turkey gave a young brother and sister seeds and taught them how to grow corn. The turkey was additionally revered by ancient North American tribes for the way it shared roosting and nesting space.

Pumpkins and squash: These fruits were believed to have been first cultivated in the ancient Americas along river banks long before corn. They were known to store well, which made them an important food to harvest before the winter season. Once maize was discovered, early farmers began growing squash with corn and beans, an ancient farming tradition that became known as the “Three Sisters.”

Stay tuned for our next post where will we uncover the meanings of other fall harvest symbols that are still used in fall and Thanksgiving decorations today. Carry on these fall harvest traditions with meaningful and beautiful decor from Paul Michael Company in Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas.

 

Photo via Victorian Traditions/ Shutterstock.com

Fall 2012 Decorating Trends

Move the cinnamon, clove and nutmeg to the front of your spice rack because fall is just about here! While preparing your home for the autumn season, think of adding warmth and spice to your home decor. To find out some of the top trends for fall decorating this year, She Knows Home & Garden asked top Pinterst users what they are pinning about.

Andrea Currie of TLC’s Craft Wars says . . .

 “This fall is all about showcasing fun fall colors in mix-and-match patterns.”

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Via SheKnows

Jennifer McAliley of the Scissors and Spatulas Pinterest page says . . .

“I love decorating outdoors with hay bales, pumpkins and mums (one of my favorite flowers!)”

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Via SheKnows

And Jennifer Holmes of the Dear Lillie Pinterest page says . . . .

“My favorite fall decor trend this year (and pretty much every year/season) is to bring the outdoors in!”

Via SheKnows

Paul Michael Company can help you celebrate the autumn season with mesh pumpkins and wreaths galore! Several of our decorative fall items are made with burlap and other natural materials and warm colors. Come by one of our stores to see our fall displays!

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Burlap-inspired, poly mesh autumn wreath that was made at our Monroe, Louisiana store for the WFR Relief Ministries' HeartFest Banquet.

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The "pumpkin patch" at the Paul Michael Company store in Lafayette, Louisiana

Tailgating Tips: Cheering on Your Team in Style

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What comes second to football in the South? Tailgating! Now that the football season is here, it’s time to talk about our favorite game-day traditions. After all, it’s creative decorators and entertainers that put LSU and Ole Miss on the list for the Top Five SEC Tailgating Universities! Whether you’ll be rooting for LSU, Ole Miss or University of Arkansas, Paul Michael Company wants to help you achieve a winning tailgate setup this season.

From table clothes and serving platters to wreathes and flower arrangements and even chandeliers, there’s so many ways to add team colors and excitement to your tailgate. For inspiration, here are some examples of fabulous tailgating decor for some of our favorite southern teams.

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Via Amy's Party Ideas

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Via GridIron Belles

Via The Daily South

 

And to complement your decor, here are some of our favorite team-inspired recipes that we found from Southern Living.

 

LSU Gumbo Recipe

University of Arkansas Cupcake Recipe

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Ole Miss Mud Brownie Recipe

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For more ideas and inspiration for tailgating during the 2012 football season, be sure to check out our Pinterest tailgating page! Are you a tailgating champ? Tell us in a comment what some of your favorite tailgating decorations and easy tailgating recipes are!

 

Giving Thanks: 3 Things Paul Michael Co. is Thankful For…

With Thanksgiving here tomorrow, we thought this would be the perfect time to share what we’re thankful for. Here are three things Paul Michael Company is giving thanks for this holiday season:

  1. We are thankful first for our fantastic, dedicated employees—they are the Paul Michael Company.
  2. Our customers who feel like they are part of our Paul Michael family—their enthusiasm and excitement keep our energy positive.
  3. On a lighter note, each of our furry kitties who watch over the shop and soothe frazzled nerves with a purr.

Happy Thanksgiving! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our post on our holiday hours and Black Friday sale!

Need Last-Minute Halloween Décor? Stop by Paul Michael Company!

Can you believe Halloween is next week? If the October holiday snuck up on you too, don’t fret; there’s still time to decorate, and we have Halloween décor galore perfect for last-minute embellishing.

If you’re looking for a really easy solution, this giant spider web is all you need to create an instant Halloween atmosphere.

Whether you’re hoping to turn your space into a spooky setting or aiming for a cute and friendly look, you’ll find what you need at Paul Michael Company. We have pumpkin décor, wreaths, candles, witches hats, gourds, vines, branches and tons of other goodies in the quintessential Halloween colors—orange, black, green and purple. To get inspired, check out this video of our Halloween offerings on Facebook!

Paul Michael Company has locations in Monroe and Lafayette, LA; Lake Village, AR; and Canton, TX. Stop by one of our stores to get everything you need for last-minute Halloween decorating!

Creation Station Abuzz at Paul Michael Company

The Creation Station is in session at Paul Michael Company. Our hands are like little machines helping Santa’s elves decorate for the season. All locations have designers ready to help you turn your selections into a custom work of art. Here’s a peek at our Canton, Texas location’s Creation Station.

It’s so much fun to watch the designers create your own original wreath or garland. Take a look at a few of the wreaths that have been made this year, and just imagine all the possibilities!

A beautiful wreath for fall.

Cheer for the Saints with a black and gold wreath!

You still have time to put out a wreath for Halloween!

And Christmas is just around the corner.

Visit one of our four locations in Lake Village, Monroe, Lafayette or Canton to have a wreath custom-made for you. Or if you’re in a crafty mood, you can pick up supplies to create one yourself. We have a helpful video on Facebook demonstrating how to make a wreath. Happy decorating!

Don’t Miss Paul Michael Company’s Ladies’ Night Oct. 20!

Paul Michael Company is having its annual Ladies’ Night on October 20 from 5-9 p.m. at all of our locations, and it’s sure to be a good time! We began the party years ago as a way to say “thank you” to our customers, and have continued the tradition ever since. It’s an intimate, laid-back event just like a private party—one year we had more than 50 women singing “I Feel Like a Natural Woman”!

The event will feature our amazing fall and Christmas decor, and include music, appetizers, cocktails, how-tos, sales, discounts and visiting artists, and each Paul Michael Company location is putting its own personalized twist on the party:

Lafayette, LA
Our Lafayette location is having the event catered by Joey’s, and Sean Trcalek will be the musician. He’s well known around River Ranch and is fantastic!

Monroe, LA
Here’s what’s on the menu in Monroe: The chef from Trio’s, Jennifer Walker, will be making her mother’s recipe for Keftedes Greek meatballs, asparagus wrapped in phyllo with Fontina and Asiago cheese, pita with homemade hummus, homemade roasted red pepper and cucumber dill dips, and southwest egg rolls. Newk’s will be supplying Tippah County Caviar and tri-colored pasta salad, and two of our own very talented employees who love to bake on the side will be supplying the desserts. Crystal Crockett, Royal Icing Bakery, will be bringing miniature cupcakes in a variety of flavors for fall (caramel apple, pecan pie, pumpkin, mint chocolate, dark chocolate raspberry and classic vanilla butter cream). Donna McManus, The Sugared Violet, will be bringing walnut sandwich cookies, pistachio harlequin cookies, maple nut logs, chestnut madelines, nutmeg kisses and more. And, of course, we will have Cokes and wine to drink. Yum!

Lake Village, AR
In Lake Village, Benji and Reed Breedlove and band will be playing, and there will be a quick Zumba demonstration. Shellie Rushing Tomlinson will be doing a book signing of her newest book, Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy.

So be sure to mark your calendar—Ladies’ Night is Oct. 20!