Posts Tagged ‘interior design tips’

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

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

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Bring a Coastal Atmosphere Into Your Home

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If you love the sea and would like your house to have a decidedly nautical atmosphere you can use some home decorating ideas to redecorate. When your house reflects your personality and your love for the coast, you will feel happier and energized when inside the house. You don’t have actually to be at the beach to enjoy your home.

Here are some simple ideas that can get you started:

  • Use blue and green colors on the walls. In fact double shaded or textured walls even add to the design quotient of the interiors.
  • Have light colored furniture inside. Wicker adds a casual and beachy element to the décor.
  • Driftwood wall décor or even small tables give a coastal feel.
  • Bamboo and light-weight curtains complement the light and airy atmosphere.
  • Sea-themed paintings, boats or fish décor give a maritime look to your house.
  • Some colorful accessories can add interesting highlights as home decorating ideas.
  • Have large picture windows to let in light and air and also give a feeling of openness.

We have lots of interesting décor pieces at our stores. You can also share your inputs on our Facebook page!

Fun Recycling Projects to Decorate Your Home

You are always looking to do some redecorating in your home. These projects are always fun and give your home a new look. When thinking of home decorating ideas why not give your home a unique and beautiful look along with being eco-friendly at the same time. Keeping used items out of landfills is a great thing to do for our planet.

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Below are a few ideas on getting started with some recycled objects to decorate your home. Let your imagination and whimsy soar!

  • Mini cloches – Turn stemware upside down to enclose small items
  • Paint swatch organizers – Put two swatches back-to-back and stitch together the sides and bottom.
  • Wallpaper tree – Fashion a tree out of old wallpaper and affix to a wall
  • Mason jar lotion dispenser – Convert a Mason jar into a lotion dispenser for a vintage look
  • Fork and spoon door handles – Make door pulls from a fork and spoon from the same set

Home decorating ideas are only limited by your fancy and imagination. Use some common household objects for home decoration to give your home an individual look.

For more information on ideas and material for decorating your home check out The Paul Michael Company!

Tips on How to Decorate on a Budget

You don’t need a million dollars to achieve a million-dollar home design. All it takes is a little resourcefulness and an eye for style. Here are some ideas for transforming spaces without breaking the bank. Inspired by Redbook and Country Living, here are some of our favorite ideas for affordable DIY decor.

  • Reupholster or repaint old pieces of furniture
  • Find funky lamp shades or make your own
  • Use cushioned dining room chairs throughout your whole home
  • Turn cool bottles, jars and containers into decorative displays
  • Take old tea towels or cloth napkins to make unique DIY accent pillows
  • Use antique frames in unexpected places
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If you are looking for more guidance, here are a few books that provide fantastic tips, tricks and design techniques for home decorating on a tight budget.

  •  Flea Market Style by Emily Chalmers and Ali Hanan
  • The Way We Live with the Things We Love by Stafford Cliff
  • Decorate: 1,000 Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home by
  • Restore. Recycle. Repurpose.: Create a Beautiful Home by Randy Florke and Nancy J. Becker
  • Thrifty Chic: Interior Style on a Shoestring by Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell
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Rather than thrifting or coupon clipping, however, you can simply shop for home furnishings at Paul Michael Company in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. We pride ourselves not only on having unique home decor, but on offering our merchandise at incredibly reasonable prices as well. Come by and see for yourself! We’d love to help you update or redecorate your home.

Where to Find Design Inspiration Online

Welcome back to Paul Michael Company‘s Design 101 mini post series.  For the second and final part of our series on designing for non-designers, we’re going to shift our focus from design books to the largest digital library of design inspiration: the internet!

Two wonderful websites for design inspiration are Houzz and Pinterest. These free, user-friendly websites offer fantastic high quality photos of everything from DIY decorating to professional, high-end interior design. Houzz is one of the top online authorities for design and remodeling; not only does it showcase the work of millions of design professionals, but it also provides thousands of articles written by design experts.

As one of the fastest growing social media platforms to date, Pinterest is another fantastic resource – and our personal favorite – for DIY decorating and design. If you have yet to explore the millions of DIY decorating and home design pinboards, we suggest you start!

Blogs are another great resource for design inspiration online. Usually from the perspective of a professional or a creative-minded design enthusiast, design blogs can offer a more personal experience when searching for design inspiration or guidance and sometimes (if you’re lucky) even step-by-step instructions. Some of our favorite design blogs are Design Sponge, Desire to Inspire, More Design Please, Habitually Chic and Decor8.

Tell us in a comment where you like to go online for design help!

 

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The Best Design Books for Non-Designers

Welcome to Paul Michael Company‘s design 101. During this two-part, mini post series we will be divulging our favorite tips, tricks and secrets for designing like a professional.

In this first part, we will be presenting you with a list of books that can help you learn to shop, decorate and update like a professional. Here are our five favorite design books for non-designers who want to achieve a beautiful home on their own.

1. Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design by Christiane Lemieux and Rumaan Alam

2.  Be Your Own Decorator: Taking Inspiration and Cues from Today’s Top Designers by Susanna Salk

3. Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy by Deborah Needleman, Sara Ruffin Costello and Dara Caponigro

4.  Design*Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney

5. The Selby Is in Your Place by Todd Selby Author, Photographer

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Have you read any of these titles? Tell us in a comment what you thought and how it helped you approach your own home design.

Be sure to check back in a few days to see our next post on where to find design inspiration on the web!

 

 

Photo via Helloilmare

 

The Best Design Books for Non-Designers

Welcome to Paul Michael Company‘s design 101. During this two-part, mini post series we will be divulging our favorite tips, tricks and secrets for designing like a professional.

In this first part, we will be presenting you with a list of books that can help you learn to shop, decorate and update like a professional. Here are our five favorite design books for non-designers who want to achieve a beautiful home on their own.

1. Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design by Christiane Lemieux and Rumaan Alam

2.  Be Your Own Decorator: Taking Inspiration and Cues from Today’s Top Designers by Susanna Salk

3. Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy by Deborah Needleman, Sara Ruffin Costello and Dara Caponigro

4.  Design*Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney

5. The Selby Is in Your Place by Todd Selby Author, Photographer

interior design books

Have you read any of these titles? Tell us in a comment what you thought and how it helped you approach your own home design.

Be sure to check back in a few days to see our next post on where to find design inspiration on the web!

 

 

Photo via Helloilmare