Industrial Lighting Trend Continues to Shine

Lighting is the easiest and most economical way to update interiors designs. A simple switch or addition of a light fixture can completely change the look and feel of a room. And for the past few years, industrial lighting seems to be lighting up the pages of every design magazine. This trend is showing no signs of burning out anytime soon, too.

Industrial lighting is the perfect way to add a touch of sophisticated edginess to any style interiors. As Houzz design writer Wendy Hyde put it, industrial lighting is “bold enough to make a statement, yet quiet enough for those who just want to get their feet wet in the style.”

Here are some examples of how you can update interiors with industrial lighting.


Hang industrial pendant fixtures above the kitchen island.

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Opt for an industrial style chandelier over a casual dining table.

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Try industrial sconce lighting on either side of a mirror.

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Add interest to a hallway with multiple industrial ceiling lights.

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Create a retro feel in a powder room with

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You can even update your home exterior with industrial lighting!

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Paul Michael Company can help you incorporate this top design trend with our extensive selection of industrial-style light fixtures that can add interest to any space.
Photos via Houzz

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.

Back to School Spirit

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Sometimes the transition from summer to school can be tough. But Paul Michael Company can help you get excited about the new school year with decor and craft items that will keep you in the school spirit through to next summer. Here are some ways to keep school functions fun and spirited throughout the year.

  • DIY decorative wreaths streaming with school colors
  • Decor for academic banquets and sports games and celebrations
  • Holiday decor for school classrooms
  • Decor for birthday parties with school friends
No matter what occasion springs up this school year, Paul Michael Company will have the materials to make it fun! Be sure to stop by one of our store locations in Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana to see our fresh inventory just in time for a fresh start to the school year.
What other events and activities can you fill with school spirit? We’d love to hear! Tell us in a comment!

Seagrass Baskets, a Must-Have Home Accessory

In a home magazine, every detail is perfect. In a real home, this is not always the case. But interiors can look both “lived in” and magazine-worthy by ensuring that everything has its own place. One accessory that can help you achieve a clean, crisp facade in your home interiors is the seagrass basket.

Suzanne and Lauren from the Good Bones, Great Pieces blog say that this is not only a beautiful and beneficial accessory, but a “must-have.”

“No matter how high or low-brow, this nature-made container always finds its place in the best of the best interiors.”

This simple yet charming accessory can have a great impact on interiors. Seagrass baskets can hold anything, from toys and magazines to firewood and even plant containers. Found in a variety of sizes and sizes, they can be incorporated into any space and any style. Finally, they add wonderful textures and warm tones to interiors.


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Let Paul Michael Company help you recreate one of these gorgeous interiors with our extensive selection of woven baskets. Visit one of our store locations in Arkansas, Louisiana or Texas, and we’ll even help you pick out the perfect basket for your home.

Photos via Good Bones, Great Pieces

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!



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Paul Michael Company Helps Create a Willy Wonka Wonderland!

We hope some of our customers and friends in Monroe, Louisiana were able to make the recent production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at the Strauss Theatre Center. Performances were held on July 19-22 and 26-29, and the reviews were stellar!

The local talent that came together to form the cast got high praises for doing such a wonderful job of bringing the colorful story of America’s favorite candy man to the stage. The audience found themselves laughing and clapping throughout the entire production!

Paul Michael Company was overjoyed to participate in the production in their own way by lending accessories to decorate the Strauss Theatre lobby. Our friend and the Vice President of Hospitality and Volunteers at the theater, Bobbette Prince, came to the Paul Michael Company store in Monroe, Louisiana and used her fantastic eye to pick out just what they needed to transform the lobby into a wacky Wonka wonderful!

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If you were unable to make this production, there will be another chance to see local talent perform another classic with the production of “Cats” in October. All of us at Paul Michael Company can’t wait! We’re even practicing with our own kitties, Autumn and Guizmo, just in case they need any stand-ins!

If you are interested in supporting the Arts in Monroe, you can participate in the Strauss Theatre membership drive that is currently underway by calling 318-323-6681.