The Comforts of Home

There’s nothing like the comforts of home, especially when you’re a guest. Whether it’s an afternoon visit or a week’s stay, it’s those small details that make a room cozy, calm and comfortable.

At Paul Michael, we know how to make guests feel at home. Here are a few amenities that can help you be an excellent host.

1. Plush accessories like pillows and ottomans encourage guests to stay a while and relax.

Pillows and a cushy ottoman invite relaxation.

Pillows and a cushy ottoman invite relaxation.

2. Art and plants add visual interest.

Bedside amenities.

Bedside amenities.

3. A lamp adds extra lighting next to the bed. For late night reading, put books and magazines on the nightstand.

Brighten up the room with a lamp.

Brighten up the room with a lamp.

4. A colorful rug gives bare feet something soft to step on.

Add color and texture with rugs.

Add color and texture with rugs.

5. In the bathroom, add glass jars so guests can see where cotton balls, soap and Q-tips are stored.

6. A large wooden mirror helps guests look their best.

7. Candles are always a nice touch that adds color and fragrance.

8. A wooden tray serves as a designated space for this and that.

9. Colorfully stitched hand towels are a lovely accent.

Bathroom accessories are essential.

Bathroom accessories are essential.

10. Fill a vase with something interesting, like butterflies or exotic flowers.

11. A bonus counter top accessory is a radio. This lets guests connect and charge their phone while playing familiar tunes.

Fill vases with something lovely!

Fill vases with something lovely!

As host, be sure to take inventory of your space so that you can accommodate your guests. Paul Michael has all the essentials you need to create a home away from home. From nightstand to counter top and everything in between, we have the details covered so you and your guests can enjoy the comforts of home.

Branching Out

Bringing the beauty of nature inside with flowers doesn’t have to be expensive or high maintenance. While real flowers can add fragrance, the short life span doesn’t live up to the investment. Faux flowers are the secret to year-round blooms that add a punch of color to liven up your space.

Faux flowers have come a long way from fake. Our team at Paul Michael Company has hand picked life-like blooms that can fool even an expert eye. The trick is in the styling. Wire stems invite you to bend and shape blooms into a picture-perfect design.

Make a simple statement with one single stem.

Combine sizes and bold colors to accent neutral spaces.

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Mix and match different varieties that have a common palate. Texture from baskets goes a long way, too.

Branching out with faux flowers is easy to do when Paul Michael Company stocks a huge selection. Come by and branch out into faux flowers – the secret’s out.

Pots to Plant In

Dig in to Summer. An easy and inexpensive way to do this is by planting fresh blooms in planters – but not just any planters. Think beyond the plastic pot. Instead, go for a decorative container that enhances the plant’s natural beauty. This creates curb appeal and a welcoming statement.

Plant a patio garden of herbs. Keep it simple with succulents. Fill ‘em up with flowers. Or give the gift of a garden in a pot. The possibilities are endless, so dig in and go from this…

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or this…

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to something like this…

Get your green thumb in gear by shopping the selection of planters we have in store. From terra-cotta, to bold and bright, and everything in between, Paul Michael has containers that can make your patio the main attraction.

Add Water to Your Landscape

There is nothing that creates a more welcoming ambiance for a garden than a delightful water feature. As more homeowners spend time “staycationing” at home, outdoor water features have become very popular and attractive additions to their outdoor living spaces.

Fountains and birdbaths are generally the best suited for a wide variety of different landscapes. No matter what type of water feature you are thinking about installing, there are several considerations you should keep in mind.

Placement
Choose a location near your home, to allow your family to enjoy it from indoors or on a patio. However, locate it far enough away from your house to reduce possible water damage. While many homeowners keep their fountain installation away from trees, to avoid leaf debris, others specifically locate their birdbaths near trees, to provide a safe exit for their feathered friends.

Utilities
A water supply and electricity are the basic minimums for most types.

Accessories
Create a complete outdoor retreat with your water feature by complementing it with comfortable seating, wind chimes, lush plantings and interesting outdoor art. Paul Michael Home offers a variety of beautiful fountains and birdbaths, as well as Coastal Living merchandise to enhance your garden retreat.

Color Your Garden with Decorative Planters

Now that spring has returned, it is officially gardening season and Paul Michael Company is currently bursting with a variety of ceramic pottery that is perfect for container gardening.  Container gardens are a wonderful way to add some color to your front porch or your patio, but they can also create beautiful variety in your garden or landscape.

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Celebrity gardener and lifestyle guru, P. Allen Smith, offers some excellent advice on his blog to help you create a successful container garden.  Here are some of his tips:

  • Make sure you choose the right size container for the plant you intend to place in it.  You also need to ensure that the container has a drainage hole.
  • Get soil that is meant for use in containers, and if you can match the type of soil to the type of plant that’s all the better.
  • When watering your plants, water the plant at the bottom of the pot to reach the roots more quickly.

Choosing the right plants for your container is important for a successful container garden, but you should also consider the design of the container itself.  Don’t settle for cheap plastic containers or boring terra cotta either; you can make a statement with the containers you choose, and high-quality pottery will last you a lifetime.  Stop by any of Paul Michael Company’s locations to see containers that can add personality to your porch or garden.

Brighten Your Home with a Touch of Spring-Like Decor

Spring time is the perfect excuse to refresh your home decor and make your house feel like new inside, especially after a long winter of being cooped up indoors.  Although you may want to focus on a single bedroom, there are marvelous ways to add a spring-like touch throughout your entire home!

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Image via House Beautiful

spring decor

Image via House Beautiful

What you’ll need are uplifting new colors and decor that’ll add a fresh touch. Here are a few tips on incorporating spring hues into your home this season:

  • Traditional spring colors translate well to many rooms, and they work especially well in spaces that get lots of natural sunlight.
  • Pair a pretty pastel with a solid color to keep rooms from looking like it was taken over by the Easter bunny. A soft blue along with a neutral is a great example of how to tone down a spring color in the home.
  • Don’t forget the spring green! This season is all about getting back outside and enjoying nature, and we all know that green is the most natural color there is. Be sure to infuse it throughout your home for an organic touch.
  • If bright spring colors are not your style, you can still add spring cheer with more muted tones like cream or beige instead of outright yellow.

Of course, we’ve got plenty of spring inspired decor items right here for you at Paul Michael Co.! What do you think about these?

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spring decor items

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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!