2019 Blogger Christmas Home Tour: It’s All about the Trees

Date
Dec, 23, 2019

Twin Trees in The Living Room

Welcome to my Christmas Home Tour. This year its all about the TREES in all shapes and sizes! I have been enamored with thin pencil trees for a few years now and my collection has grown. So come in and let me show you how I decorated for Christmas this year at home!

When it came to picking out a color scheme I chose the traditional reds and greens. I have the best red mercury glass tree collection and again it took center stage on the fireplace mantel. I opted for two pencil trees from BCP Products and what attracted me online was the wood looking trunk. They came pre-lit so no fussing over string lights anymore and these guys can be moved around the house easily!

I hung our collectible Mackenzie-Childs plaid stockings and added mini trees at the base of the fireplace to create our own little Winter Wonderland. For an easy coffee table centerpiece I sent Ross outside to clip some fresh pines. I nestled oversized glass bulbs on the fresh pines and called it a day. You can only imagine how fragrant this centerpiece is! 

Christmas Home Tour: Our Kitchen Sitting Area

If you remember on my Instagram stories last Fall I was struggling with Bo bringing in all the mud from the front yard and conveniently wiping his paws on my white and back rug. Well, one only has enough time to wash a rug once a week and after a few washes I waved the white flag and gave up. Enter an unexpected color for me PINK.  One day an email from Boutique rugs arrived with a hard to believe deal and within a week I had this beautiful happy hot pink rug. I have never looked back. Even Ross loves it! If you are looking for a rug that can withstand your kids and pets this is it! As an affiliate you can enjoy my 55% off discount until December 30th! 

Decorating with PINK for Christmas

I headed to HomeGoods for some festive decor.  I  came home with a a trio of glitter cone trees, two black and white MERRY and JOY pillows and a white ceramic light up Christmas tree that reminds me of the vintage one my mom has that belonged to her Aunt Josephine.  You know the gorgeous glazed one with colorful mini bulbs? 

I grabbed some pink books from the living room and a silk fuchsia accent pillow from the attic, wrapped a few secret Santa gifts in pink polka dot paper and added our ombre champagne glasses. Who knew I had so much pink around the house? 

I decided to put our full-sized tree in the kitchen near the fireplace and farmable. I decorated with my collectible glass ornaments and wove a pink wired ribbon through the tree. While shopping at Michael’s for frames I spotted these mini white porcelain houses from Ashland that can be lit with a small tea candle. At just $4. and $6. each this addition was a no-brainer. I love white how white Holiday decor can be mixed into any color scheme.

Scattered around the house are bottle brush trees in all sizes and colors. 

Setting The table for a Christmas Dinner

For Christmas Eve I host 40+ family members. This year the group will be a bit smaller but that doesn’t mean that the table should look any less beautiful!  I believe that you should always use your good china. I love to mix high and low style and create a beautiful table scape with both the good expensive stuff and the affordable pick me ups. 

This past Fall I was fortunate to tour the MacKenzie-Child factory and attend the Mackenzie-Childs Courtly Check Camp. At the end of the two day event we were able to shop in the on-site store and the brand new Winter Collection caught my eye.   The best thing about this collection is that I can use it all Winter long. 

I layered inexpensive gold chargers from the dollar store and then the signature Courtly Check Dinner Plate and then my Richard Ginori wedding china. Adding a festive Winter touch is the plaid winter scene salad plates.

I didn’t want to cover the beautiful blue plaid so I tucked the place cards in between the salad and dinner plate.  Taking from the gold rim of the plates I used my matte gold silverware and hand painted holly goblets. 

Time to celebrate in style! 

Christmas Home Tour: Master Bedroom

Our bedroom got a few updates this year with a Sienna carpet from Under The Canopy lined blackout curtain panels to keep the cold draft out and some new bedding. Our bedroom tree stays lit almost all day and night.  At the end of the day it welcomes us with it’s illuminating warm glow! I share more the changes to our room in my last blog post. 

Teen White Christmas Tree 

What do you get the child who basically has everything they need? Well, you surprise them with a new rug, bedding and a room decorated for Christmas as a “welcome home” gift from college.  After Chloe’s first semester away at Ithaca college coming home to her own room never felt so good! 

Mighty Mini Christmas Kitchen Tree

Although our kitchen tree may be the shortest it is by far my favorite.  Over the years my family has been gifting us fun food and drink ornaments and last year it was time to dedicate a tree to our favorite food and drinks!  I share more of our kitchen decorated for the Holidays with red, white and plaid. My favorite! 

kitchen christmas trees, food ornaments

A Quick & Easy Gift Idea: Hot Cocoa & Coffee Spoons

Just last week I was in Trader Joes and found near the check out these cute spoons dipped in chocolate and garnished with marshmallows. A light bulb went off and off I was to replicate these sweet treats! I knew all the kids big and small in my family would love them.  Not only were they great for hot cocoa but how amazing would they taste in my morning coffee? I set out to the grocery store and found some cute Christmas candy shakers, mini chocolate Santa Claus, mini ores, peppermint crumbs, Hershey hot cocoa kisses (kisses with a marshmallow filling) mini marshmallows, and candy canes. 

Chloe and I melted a bag of each white and dark chocolate in the microwave for two minutes and filled mini muffin tins halfway. In went a spoon and we got to topping them. Each one a bit different. I found some cute wooden spins at TJMaxx. With a permeant marker I wrote a Christmas note. We bagged each one individually in clear candy bags. They have been the best pick me up gift for everyone from the mailman to neighborhood kids to hostess gifts. And trust me! They are so easy to make! I have absolutely NO baking skills. I think ours turned out  even better than Trader Joe’s!

Christmas Blessing

Well, that’s our Christmas Home Tour 2019! Thank you again for all your support and encouragement throughout the year. Sharing what inspires me and seeing and reading all your comments and how you bring my ideas into your homes is the best present! May you have a Merry Merry Christmas! See you in 2020 with even more design inspo! 

xoxo Amie 

 

 

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Amie Freling

"Life's too short for white walls .." Amie Freling-Brown, a Rochester, NY-based designer and artist who transforms ho-hum spaces into works of art. Her creative designs can be found in many fine homes, restaurants and businesses. Her work has been featured in national magazines, on HGTV and has been sold through retailers nationwide from True Value Hardware to Nordstroms. She proudly offers such professional services as design, staging, color consultations and fine art.

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