Ettiquette 101: The Proper Way to Set the Dinner Table

Setting the perfect dinner table involves more than just laying out the proper utensils. A good host will also consider the aesthetic details of the process as well. Here are some great tips for setting an inviting and beautiful dinner table.

Add Color: Placemats and chargers are an excellent way to add color and excitement to your dinner table.

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A Little Fragrance: Flowered centerpieces are both eye- and nose-catching but take care not to make them too high or too aromatic. 

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Use Multiple China Sets: Contrasting dinnerware is an easy way to add complexity to the décor of your dinner table. The look should result in an eclectic feel that is definitely going to be a great icebreaker at the start of your dinner party.

Place the Silverware Properly: Forks on the left, knives and spoons on the right. Also, be aware of which glasses to use for water, red and white wines.

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We carry a large variety of napkins, place mats, aprons, cookbooks, and glassware that would be great for any home. For information about the best ways to set your dinner table or for other home design ideas, visit us at the Paul Michael Company website or join us on Facebook. We’d love to share with you the latest trends and styles.

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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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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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Infusing Southwestern Design Style into Your Home

When it comes to designing and decorating at home, there’s always so much talk about modern, contemporary, traditional and the like. But what if none of those design styles tickles your fancy? What if you’re looking for something a bit more… rugged?

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Let’s take a deeper look at what’s known as Southwestern design style. Here’s a few features that it often includes:

  • Vibrant colors that produce old Western look and feel… deep Earth tones are very predominant
  • A healthy blend of both old and new elements
  • An overall sense of a particular time and place… there’s no mistaking when you’re in the midst of a room decked out with Southwestern style
  • Homage to what’s natural: deserts, mountains, sunsets, parks, animal hides and longhorn skulls
  • A hint of cowboy/cowgirl flair with boots, hats, lassos and the like

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If you’re an outdoorsy person who enjoys all that good old Mother Nature has to offer, then Southwestern style might be the perfect design style for your home. Don’t forget that Paul Michael Co. has plenty of accessories that’ll blend perfectly for your home’s Southwestern look, so be sure to visit one of our locations to get shopping!

 

 

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!

Need a New Hobby? Think Antiques!

Collecting antiques can be more than just an interesting and timeless way to decorate your house; it can also be a fun hobby! You’ll have the thrill of discovery every time you find the perfect piece for your home, and collecting antiques has several benefits both to your home and to the environment.

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Stories of the Past
Just the thoughts that will come when you look at that nineteenth century lantern on your fireplace mantle will have you appreciating your new hobby all the more. Who owned the lantern when it was first made? Who else thought this vase would be perfect for their home?  A good antique can connect you to people of similar tastes from the past.

Built to Last
Antiques are still around for a reason, and that is due to the fact that they were built to withstand the years of use.  Additionally, regardless of what trends come and go in design, your antiques will always be in style.

Environmentally Friendly
Buying antiques is better for the environment than purchasing newly manufactured items, especially those that aren’t built to last and may need to be thrown away in a few years.

The Paul Michael Company carries unique antique finds, and we would love to have you come in and visit at any of our locations. Come to our Facebook page too; we’d be happy to share with you many ideas on decorating with antiques.

Lovely Ideas for Decorating with Red

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Decorating with red can be intimidating. If you’ve ever tried to find that perfect shade of red lipstick, or just the right paint color, you know just how hard it can be. With Valentine’s Day inching closer, we’re all well aware that the color red signifies love. But you can show your adoration for this vibrant hue year-round with a few creative home decorating ideas. Let’s dive right in!

  1. Wow them at the front door. Nothing is more inviting or intriguing than a red door. Choose a shade of red paint that’ll pop against your home’s exterior.
  2. Accessorize. Sometimes less is more – add a hint of red in unexpected places such as your coffee table, throw pillows or mantle.
  3. Show your artistic side. An injection of red through a painting or a piece of art can draw your eye to an otherwise invisible area of the room.
  4. Step on it. An area rug infused with red permeates warmth throughout the space without being overwhelming.
  5. Weave your way. A pillow or throw can add function and beauty to your space while complimenting other fabrics in the room.

The Paul Michael Company has all kinds of great accessories for your home, so stop in and visit us today.