how-style-your-living-room-black-white-beautiful-fireplace-mantel-HGTV-coffee-tableWith the start of the New Year we pack up Christmas and say good-bye to all the glitter and Holiday cheer. It’s time to reSTYLE after the Holidays! The house always seems so bare after it’s all put away but I look at it as the perfect time to uncluttered, purge and restyle with a refreshing new look. This Christmas, Santa brought us a brand new neutral gray and white carpet from Raymour and Flanigan. January 1st it hit the floor. At first I wasn’t quite sure about all the whiteness since I’m accustomed to so much color in my life. But it grew on me and the bright fresh look was a breath of fresh air.  I decided to keep with a Winter white theme and bring down all my black and white pillows and accessories. The focus was less on color and more about PATTERN. If you’re coming from Sheila’s Maison De Cinq home welcome! Sheila’s California home is so beautiful. Love how she infused her unique fresh style with a traditional home.


Neutral Decor

Blending the beige linens with the whites and wood was easier than I thought when I needed to restyle after the holidays. My linen covered furniture served at neutrals. White ceramic garden stools, home accents, tray, vases and picture frames were scattered thruout the room.


Coffee Table Styling

If you’re read my blog post before then you know that I love to collect old games and game pieces. The black and white dominos make another guest appearance. After all they are black and white.


On the coffee table I placed my large white painted wood tray from PBTeen. This huge tray acts as a bright backdrop to my accessories. When it’s time to restyle after the holidays I stacked books with black and white spines and covers, a graphic quatrefoil acrylic box, ceramics and my silver vintage drink coasters around my large Carrera marble and glass votive.

DESIGN TIP: If you have several little items try using a large tray to tie the pieces together for one cohesive look. Plus its a breeze to clear the table.



Black and White Decor

I have been collecting graphic stripes, checks, swirls, florals and blocked black and white pillows for some time now. Layering them adds to the interest and it makes for a interesting mix and match approach. See some of my favorite black and white pillows here.


I found these large soft cotton plaid fringed pillows at HomeGoods the day after Christmas. Welcome to the club. The more the merrier!



ReStyling your Fireplace Mantel

For years I have been scouring garage sales, flea markets, and stores for unique white pottery and ceramics in all different shapes and sizes. I brought in my mirrored star from the bedroom and leaned it against the wall reminding me of the snowy Winter wonderland that just outside the windows.



Pops of greenery give me hope that Spring is soon to come. GREENERY is also Pantone’s Color of The Year. You will be seeing it a lot not just in nature but fashion, interior design and everywhere else!  Green is one of my favorite colors and I couldn’t be more excited to use it in my design this year. I also picked up at HomeGoods a lucite based white coral paperweight. I’m sure once Spring comes this will be traveling down to the Lake with me but until then it takes center stage on my Winter mantelscape. I love to redecorate the mantel with blue and greens form Spring





When I stripped down for Winter I really went white. The Springtime butterfly slipcovers came off and the white duct upholstery is clean and crisp. Come April the bright graphic oversized butterflies will be back! I promise. So many of you love them. They are from one of my favorite Designers, Design Legacy by Kelly O’Neil. He’s my first stop when I go to Market. The light up marquee letter B is also from his showroom.



On the natural pine chest I stack more black and white books and a huge white covered porcelain vessel, my white “snowman” lamps and more green orbs and family photos. It’s one of my favorite place s to sit in the morning. The sunlight just floods in through the big picture windows.






By the piano I lean my vintage apple picking ladder and layer on the winter blankets. We have so many blankets in this house! There’s nothing better to snuggle up with and watch TV under.  Any one else out there blanket horders? My tall matte black iron candlesticks from Crate and Barrel flank the TV. At night I turn on my flameless battery powered candles. They have the most realistic flames.  As it flickers it casts the most beautiful shadows on the wall. If you don’t have any… get some. They have a remote!




January has been back to basics for me and a fresh start on my decorating color palette. I’m looking forward to sharing more additions with all of you in February. I think that red would fit right in to this space…. but that’s weeks away and until then I am going to savor every bit of this clean bright refreshing look with my new restyle after the holidays. If you are looking for inspirations please head on over to my super creative blogger friend Amy at Crazy Chic Designs. Her bay area home is so spectacular. She has recently renovated her kitchen and front yard! You will fall in love with her and her romantic chic design style. After then head to the rest of the Tour by clicking on the links below. 

Happy Decorating! xoxo


January Home Tour Bloggers

Amy at CrazyChic Designs

Kim and Lacey at

Sheila at Maison de Cinq

Jodie and Julie at The Design Twins

Janine at The Happy Happy Nester

Kathleen of Lindsay Hill Interiors 



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    Leslie a Borland

    January 15, 2017

    Your room is beautiful! I love all the light colors! Could you please tell me your paint color in the room? I am struggling to find the right color to replace my yellow/tan walls!

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      January 15, 2017

      HI Leslie- The wall color is Sherwin Williams Windfresh White SW 7628 ITs the perfect blend of gray and beige but really soft. Go get a sample and try it out!

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    January 15, 2017

    Amie!! You’re so amazing! I love this pale look, with the greens, blacks and whites! Perfection!!!

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      January 15, 2017

      Thanks Amy! I am kind of enjoying it too. Nice and clean. Happy Sunday. xo

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    January 15, 2017

    As always I look forward with great anticipation for your tours! And this month, you nailed a beautiful style. Uh, can I borrow a few items? Seriously, I loved everything. Are those Crate and Barrel candlesticks still available? They are stunning! Thanks again for an incredible tour, my friend!

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      January 15, 2017

      Janine! Thank you so much. The candlesticks from Crate and Barrel are a few years old. I’m not sure if they are still on their site. And yeas you an borrow them!. xo

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    Kathleen Field

    January 15, 2017

    Your living room looks so fresh and bright – I love your winter white and black look! And I am kind of jealous of your black and white plaid pillows – they are perfect!

    Excellent job as always, Amer! Love you, girl! xo

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    Sheila Irwin

    January 15, 2017


    The whole room looks so fresh and bright! I’m loving all the black and white. And I especially love the cute dominos in the bowl – might have to copy that idea at some point! So creative and fun, as are all of your ideas!


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    Kim Hazel

    January 16, 2017

    Amie, what a gorgeous room! love the fresh black and white with the pops of greenery!

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      January 16, 2017

      Thanks so much Kim! I love what you and Lacey did! I’d move right in.

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    Julie Lancia

    January 16, 2017

    Amie, Isn’t it so much fun to learn from each other? And I really do learn from you, My Friend. I imagine shopping with you, and can see you have a real knack for choosing interesting items, original shapes, colors, textures. Then, you have such talent for putting it all together. Amazing! I feel like a student. Thanks for the tutorial hee hee! Love, Julie

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      January 16, 2017

      Thank you sweet Julie! You know you are just drawn to things you like. I threw out the idea “does this work in my house” long ago. You buy what you like and put it together and that becomes your own signature style. Less worries, more interest and even more YOU. Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for stopping by. xo

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    January 17, 2017

    Such a beautiful space! I really love your color palette andI can’t wait to see how you incorporate red!!


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      January 20, 2017

      Thank you so much Lacey! This was a fun tour this month. Looking forward to the next one!

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"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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