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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.

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Decorative Winter Wreaths

Although there is a connection between the winter holidays and decorative wreaths, a wreath can be successfully implemented into tasteful decoration during any season. Experimenting with alternative materials, various color schemes, and cute themes, you can craft something impressive with minimal time and effort.

Stay winter ready with a beautiful holiday wreath

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A comfortable, traditional, feeling can be inspired by a well-constructed wreath in dark browns and neutral tones. Consider using a retired wheel as the base for your project and supplementing it with natural items such as sticks, leaves, and berries.

Bright flowers, colorful herbs, and man-made decorative accessories can combine for an uplifting and fun summer wreath. Try to stick to a monochromatic theme and match existing atmosphere or even use small, fresh, fruits for a novel appeal, though this may cause for a short-lived wreath.

You can also make wreathes for other holidays.  For example, folding together green, purple, and yellow ribbon into a bushy wreath sets a lovely Mardi Gras tone. It can be accentuated with bright baubles, bells, beads, and balls to add a festive touch and adorning the wreath with appropriate masks will pull the message together.

For unique materials and inspiration for your next wreath project, be sure to stop by Paul Michael Company.  We have stores in Lake Village, AR; Canton, TX; Monroe, LA; and Lafayette, LA.  Be sure to visit us on Facebook!

Mardi Gras Is Feb. 12: Is Your House Ready?

Mardi Gras is just around the corner, and that means you can start colorful home decorating! Whether you’re throwing a wild party or just hosting a small get-together, decorations are a must for any Mardi Gras activities. Try these ideas for making your home festive this February.

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  • An LED flag on your porch is a great way to invite people inside, or let people know where the party is.
  • Colorful beads, lights, and a vase come together to make great centerpieces. Layer the coins and traditional beads however you’d like!
  • Recycle old beads and make unique coasters with felt and craft glue. Choose bead strands with unique medallions on them to make each one unique.
  • Go all out with your place settings at a dinner party by using masks, more beads, and festive napkins. If you know your guests well, personalize a place setting by using a mask that suits them well.
  • Of course, no Mardi Gras is complete without King Cake. Follow this easy recipe, put a trinket inside the cake, and see which guest finds it!

Doing your Mardi Gras decorating for an amazing party doesn’t need to be difficult or expensive. Get creative, get crafty, and find more supplies and ideas at Paul Michael Company.  We love Mardi Gras and we’ve already started collecting great decorations in our stores.  Share your own decorating ideas on our Facebook page!

DIY Ideas for Making Your Own Tree Skirt

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Holiday DIY projects are unique and creative ventures to undertake during the yuletide season. Are you looking for inspiration for you next DIY holiday creation? Check out the latest craze, the homemade tree skirt! Here are some ideas for making your own tree skirt.

Quilted Tree Skirts
Quilted tree skirts are cozy creations that you can make with leftover fabrics. Simply gather the fabric you want to use, find a stitching pattern if you need one and create your very own patchwork skirt. The homey touch is perfect for cozy holiday celebrations.

Overlapping Tree Skirts
Using yuletide-inspired colors of felt (think red, green, and gold), you can cut each piece to be a little larger than the other, cut a pattern edge for each and stitch them together. The result is a branched and festive homemade skirt.

Simple Tree Skirt
For a simple tree skirt, cut out a piece of felt and grab some decorative yarn. Get create and adorn the skirt any way you choose!

Paul Michael Company has everything you need for your DIY holiday creations. Stop by one of four locations and check out the inventory. Make sure to visit the “Creation Station” to make your own wreath during your visit!

7 Unique Ways to Wrap Holiday Presents

Wrapping gifts can be almost as exciting as giving them to your loved ones! It’s a great opportunity to show off your creative side and the love and care that went into picking out the perfect present. Instead of sticking with the ordinary store-bought wrapping paper this year, branch out and try some of these unique ways to wrap your holiday gifts.

 

Start with simple brown paper and then spice up it up with a homemade paper snowflake.

10 Unique Ways to Wrap Holiday Presents

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Create your own unique Christmas ribbon by simply using strings of colorful yarn. 

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Find some holiday themed cloth and swaddle it around your present. In addition to being festive, the fabric can be reused, too!

10 Unique Ways to Wrap Holiday Presents

Via Houzz

 

Hold on to your Sunday paper and use it as a way to wrap your holiday gifts.  Believe it or not, you can even create a decorative bow for your gift out of newspaper, too!

10 Unique Ways to Wrap Holiday Gifts

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If you are feeling especially crafty, create a felt garland of colorful circles or stars in varying sizes and attach them to your gifts.  If you have any leftover, you could even use this garland to decorate your home!

10 Unique Ways to Wrap Holiday Gifts

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For a stylish shabby-chic wrapping job, use burlap to wrap presents and pair it with raffia or ribbon. 

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Use an inexpensive map to wrap a present and finish it with a bright ornament.  

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All photos via Houzz

How the Most Popular Christmas Traditions Came to Be

There are so many sights, sounds, and smells that make the holiday season magical. Wouldn’t you like to know where some of these Christmas symbols originated from? Here’s a quick little history lesson on some of our favorite Christmas traditions.

Nutcrackers: These little men stem from the iconic ballet that remains one of the most treasured Christmas activities. According to German folklore, these wooden dolls were given as keepsakes to bring good luck and protection to your home. The nutcracker represents strength and was believed to ward off evil spirits. And today, it is an added bonus that these popular Christmas decorations can be put to use at the dining table!

Christmas Trees: For hundreds of years, evergreen trees have remained a special symbol of winter. In some cultures, these year-round trees were believed to ward of evil and illness. The tradition of displaying an evergreen at Christmas time, however, began in Germany. Years ago, Germans began bringing trees indoors to decorate their homes during the holidays. At first, Americans found this very strange, but now the Christmas tree is the ultimate symbol of the season!

Mistletoe: According to Celtic legend, this plant was cherished for its ability to bring good luck and heal wounds. But over the years, we started hanging this small bushel of holly and using it as an excuse to sneak a quick Christmas kiss. Who knows how it went from Celtic mythology to kisses? But we do know one thing: it’s the most romantic Christmas tradition of them all.

 Does all this talk of Christmas have you in the decorating spirit? Make sure to stop by Paul Michael Company for a wonderful selection of gorgeous Christmas decorations from nutcrackers and ornaments to Christmas ribbon and DIY holiday wreaths.
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Fresh Ideas for Christmas Table Settings

Make Christmas dinner even more magical this year with a creative theme for your tablescape. From centerpieces and chandelier decor to napkin holders and place cards, there are many ways you can decorate your dining table to make it extra special. To inspire you to get a little creative with your dinner table decor, here are some of our favorite ideas for Christmas table settings on Pinterest.

Transport your guests to a whimsical wonderland by choosing an energetic color palette and incorporating bright ornaments and a little sparkle.

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Create a gorgeous woodland scene with natural evergreen branches, pinecones, twigs and other rustic decor like earthy candle holders homemade from mason jars.

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To achieve a winter wonderland effect, try hanging snowflakes, ornaments or other pretty decor from the light fixture or chandelier above your Christmas table.

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Dress up the chairs! Come up with a unique way to incorporate your dinner table chairs into your tablescape theme.

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 Tell a story with your Christmas table decor. This holiday setting features a table runner made from actual pages of an old book – how neat!

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Do you know of any other creative ways to dress up your Christmas table? How are you planning on adding holiday cheer to your table for Christmas dinner? Share with us in a comment!

Paul Michael Company in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas has all of the Christmas decorations and any other materials you need to achieve a designer Christmas table setting this year! Come by one of our stores and we’ll help you with your theme, color palette, table runner, centerpieces, place cards and even your dinnerware!

 

Beautiful & Bountiful Thanksgiving Table Settings

No need to plan your entire Thanksgiving menu just yet. But if you want to plan early, now is the time to start thinking about your Thanksgiving tablescape. As we discussed in our recent post, Tips on How to Better Budget for the Holidays, planning holiday decor ahead of time helps prevent overspending and stressing!

With a beautiful Thanksgiving table setting, you can create the ideal atmosphere for giving thanks with family and friends. First, think about the look and feel you want your Thanksgiving table to have. For instance, do you want it to be rustic, casual, traditional or elegant? Next, think of creative ways to add warmth and decor that symbolizes bounty, thankfulness and joy.

For inspiration, here are the top pins for Thanksgiving decor currently on Pinterest.

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Via Delish

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Via A Home in the Making

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Via Layla Grayce

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Via Holly Tripp Event Design

Via Sweet Something Design

To find additional ideas for meaningful Thanksgiving decor, be sure to check out our recent posts on fall and Thanksgiving traditions. Then, when you start shopping, make it easier on yourself by heading to Paul Michael Company, your all-in-one store for holiday home decor in Arkansas, Louisiana or Texas.

5 Unique Ideas for DIY Holiday Wreaths

Wreaths make wonderful decor any time of year. They are one of those accessories that help to turn a house into a home. And since they are easy to make on your own, they can be custom designed to celebrate any holiday or season. For inspiration, here are some of our favorite ideas for unique and beautiful DIY wreaths from Martha Stewart.

Make a multiple wreath display.

wreath designs

Turn a wreath into a chandelier centerpiece.

diy holiday wreath

Play with different shapes; try an oval or even a star.

diy wreath

Add a little sparkle with lights.

diy wreath

Almost any item can be used to make a wreath; think outside the box.

diy holiday wreath designs

Whether you are looking for a pre-made wreath or you are looking to make your own, Paul Michael Company has you covered this holiday season. From infinite ribbon selections to all the fun toppings, we can help you achieve any theme of holiday decor, from cute and playful to elegant and traditional. To see some of the wreaths we’ve been busy making this fall, see our photos that we have been posting on the Paul Michael Company Facebook page.

 

 

Photos via MarthaStewart.com

5 Unique Ideas for DIY Holiday Wreaths

Wreaths make wonderful decor any time of year. They are one of those accessories that help to turn a house into a home. And since they are easy to make on your own, they can be custom designed to celebrate any holiday or season. For inspiration, here are some of our favorite ideas for unique and beautiful DIY wreaths from Martha Stewart.

Make a multiple wreath display.

wreath designs

Turn a wreath into a chandelier centerpiece.

diy holiday wreath

Play with different shapes; try an oval or even a star.

diy wreath

Add a little sparkle with lights.

diy wreath

Almost any item can be used to make a wreath; think outside the box.

diy holiday wreath designs

Whether you are looking for a pre-made wreath or you are looking to make your own, Paul Michael Company has you covered this holiday season. From infinite ribbon selections to all the fun toppings, we can help you achieve any theme of holiday decor, from cute and playful to elegant and traditional. To see some of the wreaths we’ve been busy making this fall, see our photos that we have been posting on the Paul Michael Company Facebook page.

 

 

Photos via MarthaStewart.com

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