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About Paul

Paul Byron Downs was born and  raised in Atlanta, Georgia.  His love of the great outdoors was encouraged and cultivated by his family. He joined the Boy Scouts at a young age and worked his way up to achieve the highest honor of Eagle Scout, where he learned how to camp, cook, and protect and identify plants and animals. At home, he learned from his parents how to landscape gardens and lawns and how to repair, tear down, and rebuild houses so that they could be resold and rented for their maximum value. His grandparents were also a great influence in Paul’s life. His grandmothers taught him how to cook classic southern dishes and how to create art, while his grandfathers taught him how to hunt, fish, care for cattle and tend horses.

As early as high school, Paul was hard at work. He delivered the USA Today newspaper and worked for a privately owned business. During this time, Paul would help his parents at their newest rental property on the weekends, and even found time to play football, basketball, tennis and baseball. With so many skills under his belt, Paul went to The University of Georgia to pursue a degree in business. After becoming a model, Paul switched to art history since  he knew he would be traveling through Europe where he would be steeped in culture and aesthetics.

Paul’s modeling career took him to Milan, Paris, and London. He did print work for such notable publications as Vogue, W Magazine, Details and Arena, along with runway shows for influential designers likes Richard Tyler, Steven Sprouse and Romeo Gigli. Around this period Paul became immersed in the world of art and design. His new found love of art and design lead him to construct an installation at PS1 and design a room at the art inspired hotel, The Creek, in Miami. After three years of modeling, he decided to take a break from modeling and reignite his passion for cooking. He worked as a chef in Atlanta for a year and then moved back to New York City where he currently resides.

In New York, Paul embraced and improved his skills and passions. He used his entrepreneurial and restaurant skills to help open Jean Georges’ The Mercer Kitchen and Tyler Florence’s restaurant, Cafeteria. He served as an auditor and manager at Ian Schrager’s, Morgans Hotel, and General Manager at Republic Restaurant. Of course, Paul’s appetite for life was not satisfied with these successful ventures alone, so he also resumed modeling and creating his own art as well. His paintings, woodwork, sculptures, and installations have been displayed in small private shows and larger group shows all around the city.  Patrons include the Tisches and the late Farrah Fawcett.

The Basics is not a new creation for Paul. It is the natural accumulation of what he has learned and cultivated over the years. He is excited about sharing all of the tools of the trade that are in his belt. Paul has an eye for details and a thorough knowledge of the outdoors, the kitchen, and the art world. Combined with seasoned common sense, Paul is no stranger to success in everyday life.

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28 Comments leave one →
  1. March 17, 2010 1:33 PM

    Hi Paul – I have enjoyed walking through your corner which seems infused with a love for the higher things of life.

    Love the fusion between design & food.

    Thanks for the add @ foodbuzz. I look forward to a visit from you.

    Ciao,

    Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  2. March 29, 2010 6:31 PM

    Great website! There’s something for everyone here.

    • March 29, 2010 8:36 PM

      Thanks Candice. I hope you continue to check out THE BASICS for more great articles, projects, renovations and recipes…among other things.

      Paul

  3. Marina permalink
    April 17, 2010 10:49 PM

    Hi Paul,

    Do you still live in Atlanta? I am in Atlanta as well. Love your site!

    Marina
    http://marinasrecipebox.wordpress.com

  4. July 7, 2010 6:15 AM

    Thanks Candice. I hope you continue to check out THE BASICS for more great articles, projects, renovations and recipes…among other things.
    +1

  5. August 1, 2010 8:09 PM

    wonderful bio ~
    pve

  6. grady fredrick permalink
    August 15, 2010 9:18 PM

    Hey Paul, I am glad to see the site doing so well I hope you continue to be sucessful in future endeavors, keep up the good work.

  7. October 2, 2010 12:23 AM

    love your site Paul, you are a very special person !

    • October 2, 2010 1:05 AM

      Thanks Sandy,

      I hope you continue to follow. Have more great ideas for the coming holidays and a lot, lot more.

      Paul
      P.S. Tell your friends.

  8. Jane Stultz permalink
    November 10, 2010 12:19 AM

    Great bio Paul and loving the edible boxed table settings…I am always glad to see when creative people land in NYC my hometown!!!

  9. nina permalink
    November 22, 2010 9:35 AM

    Interested in placing an ad on https://thebasicsbypaulbyrondowns.wordpress.com/2010/09/26/dylans-candy-bar/
    Hi,
    I was interested in placing a link advertisement on your site for one of my clients that runs a candy website.
    Please send me information on your advertising rates.
    Thanks,
    -Nina

  10. Amy Perry permalink
    November 28, 2010 12:44 AM

    Paul, your site and your accomplishments are enviable. I am so proud of you. If you want someone to edit your prolific writings, I am still on board to edit for you for style only, because it seems you have come into your own regarding content and details and don’t need edits for content. I will be your willing helper if you’d like an editor for fun for me and since I have my master’s that is going unused at work, my abilities are at your disposal. I so enjoy reading your works! Can’t wait for your home visit. Your friend, Amy PS after viewing your site I don’t see any reason you need an editor, really. You’ve become a great writer and an even better presenter. I love you and am so proud of you.

  11. Shannon Place permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:04 PM

    Paul WOW You have so many accomplishments I’am speachless. Thank you for the invite. Have you thought about being a mentor? For a large part of my life I was a Member of Civil Air Patrol (the auxilary of the Air Force). By the way today is there anniversary Dec 1, 1941. Think about how being a mentor can change lives. Sorry I’m not running for office or any thing. I have thought about writting a Bio about my life. Have you ever wondered what shory’s people have to tell? They can be insightful and more moving than fiction.

    • December 1, 2010 9:54 PM

      Hello Shannon,
      Thanks for the kind words. Mentoring would be great if I had the time to breathe. Between my day job and this at the moment
      only have five minutes to myself. That might be four minutes to long:)

      • Shannon Place permalink
        December 6, 2010 5:35 PM

        Paul Hi!
        I love your web site! Your ideas are great, I really enjoy the natrue elements. Sorry you have a lot going on, I could not keep up with you. If you get a minute check out my FB page that says Pams baskets. I think you will like them.

  12. December 6, 2010 9:29 AM

    Go DAWGS!

  13. Karen Grefsrud permalink
    January 2, 2011 12:25 PM

    Aloha Mr. Paul

    THANK YOU, their is something for everyone here. I love it.

  14. linda cohen permalink
    January 3, 2011 8:24 PM

    I’m so happy you sent me a message to tell me about your site. I took a quick look and was very impressed. I’m sure I will keep coming back to see what’s going on with you and I look forward to checking out everything!!

  15. January 4, 2011 1:25 PM

    Paul, your site and your accomplishments are enviable. I am so proud of you. If you want someone to edit your prolific writings, I am still on board to edit for you for style only, because it seems you have come into your own regarding content and details and don’t need edits for content. I will be your willing helper if you’d like an editor for fun for me and since I have my master’s that is going unused at work, my abilities are at your disposal. I so enjoy reading your works! Can’t wait for your home visit. Your friend, Amy PS after viewing your site I don’t see any reason you need an editor, really. You’ve become a great writer and an even better presenter. I love you and am so proud of you.
    +1

  16. Patricia McFeely permalink
    January 22, 2011 3:15 AM

    Paul,

    Wow! It’s so wonderful that you had a family that helped you widen your horizons at such a young age, and that you still had the time to do sports and other things that you liked! It is so envious! It’s nice that you have an appreciation for such a wide variety of things! I like your site. It has so much to offer, and there is something here for everyone! It was nice reading a little bit of your background.

    Sincerely,
    Pat

  17. January 31, 2011 1:12 PM

    Big Man Paul you are!!

  18. February 5, 2011 3:48 PM

    Ohh! Eagle Scout – I’m impressed! I have enjoyed perusing your blog. It seems to have a little bit of everything that interests me.

  19. February 6, 2011 1:08 PM

    Paul – wow, what a life you have lived! Sounds like you have lived 100 different lives to the fullest – I look forward to following your blog! Enjoy Life!

  20. February 26, 2011 4:57 PM

    I love your site!

    It’s really got something for everyone….

    Thanks for letting me know about it…

  21. March 2, 2011 11:04 AM

    Thanks for the e-mail a few days ago, Your most delish section will be a hit. Can’t wait till March 13th. Great site.

  22. Jacque Stephens permalink
    March 3, 2011 12:51 PM

    Hi Paul! I loved the mimosa recipe in January. Guess I’ll have to make it again soon and try your muffin recipe. I love all of your tips you share with us. Have a great week!!!!!!!

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