home-for-the-holidays-blogger-christmas-tourChristmas Decorating Ideas

Merry Christmas!  I cannot believe that we are in our last month of 2016. Where did the year go? There’s no better time than now to get out the ski jackets and bring up all the bins from the basement and start decorating for Christmas. Are you ready to Tour 16 of the most beautiful bloggers homes decorated for Christmas? This year we’ve added some more friends to the HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS BLOG TOUR.  If you’re coming over from The Shabby Creek Cottage  “Welcome”.  We also have a very special gift to share with one lucky reader so read on all the way to the end. WE’RE PLAYING SANTA!

amie-freling-1973-plaid-christmas-home-blogger-tour-tree-ornament-glass-fireplace-mantel-garland-flocked-traditional-whimsical-stockingsLet’s begin with my 1973 Christmas portrait wearing a red plaid smocked dress. I liked RED and PLAID then and I love it even more now!  So why not take the inspiration and roll with it?

christmas-home-blogger-tour-tree-ornament-glass-fireplace-mantel-garland-flocked-traditional-whimsical-stockings-daybedDecorating with Plaid for Christmas

Each Christmas Eve I host my entire extended family. Close to 45 in total.  We all gather in our living room for our annual gift exchange. I love to make this room festive and bright with an abundance of color and lights.

christmas-home-blogger-tour-tree-ornament-glass-fireplace-mantel-garland-flocked-traditional-whimsical-stockings-meme-hill-red-lanternsThis year I purchased this light up MERRY sign from HomeGoods. The light up marquee matches my initial letter B that stays year round in the fireplace.  I added a gorgeous 9 foot pre-lit flocked garland from King of Christmas and hung our whimsical patchwork plaid stockings from it. I added simple green glass bulbs to the garland. It was so easy to hang a pre lit garland. No more going back to using my own lights. Its pre-lit from here on out.


Last week on my Instagram stories you might have seen a peek at the skis that I purchased at a yard sale this summer. You should have seen the looks when I squeezed these into my car in August. These vintage skis still have the old silver bindings and leather straps. I knew for $25 that they would make a colorful addition to my colorful mantel vignette.


Seeing Red

In keeping with the red theme I purchased red battery operated lanterns for the hearth, two wool snowflake accent pillows and the coziest polka dotted pom-pom throw blanket also from HomeGoods.


Make sure that you climb your way up to the top of Santa’s NICE LIST this year! This vintage apple picking ladder is the ideal spot to hang all our blankets during the cold NY months. When it’s movie time we get to pick from our favorites.

This year I purchased these light up mercury glass trees in a variety of shapes and sizes. At night we turn off all the lights and they shimmer from on top of the piano. The red plaid ottoman gets moved all around and is the perfect little footstool. Shop here for plaid holiday footstools.


Christmas Collectibles

Each year we cut our own live Christmas tree. We squeeze the tallest tree possible into the living room and load it with my collectible glass ornaments. This is one of my favorite glass Santa ornament from Christopher Radko. Start your Christopher Radko Collection today and have an amazing colorful hand painted glass ornament collection to pass on to the next generation.

TIP: Throw away the cheap and unreliable metal hangers and upgrade to green floral or pipe cleaners to hang your ornaments and rest assure that they won’t fall of the tree.


Another one of my favorites with a vintage inspired design and color scheme.


christmas-home-blogger-tour-tree-ornament-glass-fireplace-mantel-garland-flocked-traditional-whimsical-stockings-meme-hillChristmas Decor in Bedroom

This year we decided to decorate our master bedroom for the Holidays. Why on Earth haven’t I done this before? It was the best decision. I absolutely love coming home to this beautiful tree. At night I turn off all the lights and it makes for best nightlight anyone could ever imagine. This 7.5 foot King Frasier Fir LED pre-lit slim tree from King Of Christmas fits to a “T” in my reading corner. I turn on the fireplace and I’m in Christmas Heaven. It took us under 5 minutes to assemble the entire tree.


I put my feet up on this red tartan plaid ottoman and I’m ready to wind down.  We decorated the tree in a black, white, gold and red theme. I wove red wired ribbon throughout and tied bows at the end. I added a mirrored star as a tree topper.


I feel in love with this large glass bulb. It fit my color scheme and the gold glitter was the icing on the tree. I added gold glitter curly Q floral picks and crystal light up stars to the red checkered ribbon. Notice how lifelike these branches look.


Christmas Bedding

I also made some changes to my bedding.  I wanted the plaid and red theme to take center stage in the room so I layered large white matellase Euro pillows with natural trim fringe, snowflake sheets, and tartan plaid and velvet accent pillows from HomeGoods.  The pair of bright green ginger jar lamps were purchases at my daughter’s school fundraiser for $8. each. They are the perfect compliment to the reds scattered around the room.


Above the bed I added a gold metal and white washed wood BE MERRY sign. I bought this way back in October. I knew that it would be gone if I didn’t buy it right away.


Gold and red ceramic and bottle brush trees are added to the dressers and tables.



christmas-decorating-ideas-master-bedroom-homegoods-plaid-tree-cozy-closeottomanI’ve never been so happy with our bedroom like I am now with it decorated for the Holidays. In the new year though I will be making some changes. Until then I will enjoy the colors that Christmas had brought in and our King Of Christmas tree will always have a loving home.


Heres a look back at Christmas 2015. Click here to tour our home.

Christmas 2015 Home Tour with Meme Hill Studio

If there’s a teen in your family you’ll want to stop by my last post about decorating my daughter Chloe’s teen room. It was so much fun adding pink holiday decorations to her black and white themed room.


Lastly, please go see how my friend Janine from HAPPY HAPPY NESTER  has decorated her home for the Holidays. Her white and bright home is a breathe of fresh air!  From the bottom our hearts we wish you the happiest of Holidays and good fortune, continuous happiness and a healthy future.


For our Home for the Holidays Blog Tour, King of Chrismas is kindly giving away one 7 foot flocked unlit tree to one lucky winner. Here is how you enter the giveaway. Each comment (one per blog) qualifies as an entry. So, the more blogs you comment on in our tour the more entries for you. Also, if you subscribe to our blogs each subscription gives you two more entries. This giveaway is for US residents and you must be at least 18 years old. This King of Christmas tree giveaway ends on December 11th at 8:00 pm Pacific Standard Time. The winner will be announced that week.

UPDATE: We’d love to congratulate Sally Puckett for winning the tree form King Of Christmas!



  1. Happy Happy Nester


  1. Designs by Laila


  1. Lindsay Hill Interiors



  1. Crazy Chic Design


  1. The Design Twins


  1. Home and Fabulous


  1. Styled with Lace


  1. I don’t know how she does it


  1. Oscar Bravo Home


  1. 2 Ladies and a Chair



Much love and happy decorating ,


Christmas 2015 Home Tour with Meme Hill Studio

  • I have partnered with King of Christmas and received products in exchange for this post. All expressed opinions are 100% mine. Amie Freling



  1. Reply

    Jodie Kammerer

    December 2, 2016

    This is beautiful Amie! I love your living room and the colors and style there. Your fireplace is amazing as is everything little detail! I’m in love and taking away a lot of good ideas for next year!

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      December 2, 2016

      Thank you Jodie! Merry Christmas sweet friend! xo

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    kim dwyer

    December 2, 2016

    Your house is absolutely stunning Amie ~ your family is truly blessed to be able to celebrate the holidays with you! <3

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    gloribell lebron

    December 2, 2016

    Love you eclectic decor, Amie; and of course your love for plaid!

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    December 2, 2016

    Everyday in this community even though it’s been over a year now, I land on a feed so beautiful it’s hard to leave. It’s impossible not to love most everything . Your Christmas decor is Holiday beautiful!! Every room is has the touch of holiday that it needs. Stunning home!!

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    Sandra Dunn

    December 2, 2016

    Just lovely!

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    Coco in the Kitchen

    December 2, 2016

    Your home is so cheery! I love what you did with the fireplace. Ours is out of commission, too. So I’ve put some logs in there with some Xmas lights and an old tin coffee pot. Love it.

    I’m nuts about plaid, too. Not sure why we always bring it out at Xmas. I love it all year long!

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    December 2, 2016

    Amie, your house is just beautiful. You have such a way to make everything you do warm and inviting. Merry Christmas to you, Ross and Chloe! I will for sure see you in 2017! ❤️

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    Lydia Pisa

    December 2, 2016

    LOVE IT!

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    Sara Canzano

    December 2, 2016

    Your talent makes your home so warm and joyful! Everything is so gorgeous and inviting! It is even prettier in person! Thanks for adding magic to my holiday season!!!!

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    Erika Pisa

    December 2, 2016

    I’m on a hunt for mercury and bottle brush trees, but I think you might have bought out all the local Marshals & TJ Maxx in the tri-county area! I also wouldn’t mind that King of Christmas tree too! 😉

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    Kathy Beltran

    December 3, 2016

    Amie! That picture of you with the plaid is so adorable! Such a wonderful inspiration! Your home is absolutely beautiful!

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    Kristin McCullough

    December 3, 2016

    Great tour Amie! I truly enjoyed it. The plaid is great and you’re bringing Red back!!!

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    December 3, 2016

    Amie the rooms are AH-amazing and even better when you get to see them in person. You home is beautiful and so welcoming, just like you. Thanks again for a fun night!

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    December 3, 2016

    Love everything about your decorating and if you ever want to get rid of those skis… Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Mary McElroy

    December 3, 2016

    I love the school picture. Lol. My husband thinks it isn’t a Christmas decoration if it’s not red. Therefore, my tree is red and white and traditional. I appreciate the pops of color and pattern in your home.

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    December 3, 2016

    This is so festive and lovely! I especially love your throwback pictures! So cute. It’s fun to look back on our Christmas memories!

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    December 3, 2016

    So colorful! And Merry! Where did you find that cute tartan ottoman?

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    December 3, 2016

    I love your look back of Christmas past with your adorable pictures! Your home is beautiful in plaid! Everything is decorated so beautifully Amie! Merry Christmas

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    Summer Adams

    December 3, 2016

    Oh Amie!!!!! This was truly so much FUN to tour your home! There is no better way to start off your tour then went with that adorable picture of you! I love it so much! Absolutely love the theme you have chosen from it and your mantel is just magical! ❤️️ Loved your tree and all of your fun details. And wow Chloe has such a fun and gorgeous tree. Oh what a lucky teenager to have that and have such a creative mom. Merry Christmas to you and your family

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    Oscar @OscarBravoHome

    December 4, 2016

    Your bright, beautiful and fun decor mirrors your personality so well my friend!! What a great space to host a holiday party! BTW love the kid pics!

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    December 4, 2016

    Amie – I think I can officially crown you the “Queen of Christmas”! I LOVED this tour. Your effervescent personality shines through in everything you do, and nowhere better than in this Christmas tour. Love, love, love!

    Your home is so charming, I just want to invite myself over to hang out. 🙂

    And those pictures of you as a little girl….priceless!!

    Love you, my beautiful friend!



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    Kim Hazel

    December 4, 2016

    Amie, love your inspirational photo and how you incorporated all the plaid! And I especially love the bright pink room, soo chic!

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    Kim Jamison

    December 4, 2016

    Love your fireplace! I wish ours weren’t electric so I could copy your idea lol, since we don’t use it, it would be perfect. And your bedroom is too dreamy, IDK if my kids would ever get fed or make it to school if that were my room!

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    December 4, 2016

    Plaid perfection, Amie. Looking at your home, makes me want to do a red and plaid Christmas.

    Hope you are feeling better, sweet friend!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!


    P.S. Cutest kid ever! 😉

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    December 4, 2016

    Love all the beautiful colors in your home. Makes it look so festive. I love plaid too and how it transforms a room. Your home is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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      December 5, 2016

      Thank you so much Delina!

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    Sheila Irwin

    December 5, 2016


    Your house is so colorful and cheerful – I can just imagine how fun it must be to be at your house for Christmas Eve! I love so many things you’ve done; the skis, vintage ornaments, mercury trees, but most of all, I love that you decorated the master bedroom! I am going to have to copy that idea next year! And the Be Merry sign is TDF! I would’ve plucked it up too!

    Merry Christmas sweet friend!



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      December 10, 2016

      Thank you so much Sheila! What a fun and festive tour. I love this group so much.

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    December 5, 2016

    Amie!! Love the photos of you as a child! You’re a doll! Your home looks so amazing! You do color so well! Love the red and green, and also love your daughter’s chic christmas too! Gorgeous!!!

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      December 10, 2016

      Thanks Amy! You know me. I don’t shy away from color too much and Christmas is the perfect time to go all out! So fun to be with you in this tour! xo

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    Designs By Laila

    December 5, 2016

    Amie, your Christmas home tour is absolutely beautiful!! I love the cute photo of you! 🙂 You are so talented my friend and it’s been so much fun doing this tour together with you!! Happy Holidays!! xo

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      December 10, 2016

      Thank you so much Laila. What a fun tour and so happy to be in it with you. Love you! xo

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    December 6, 2016


    Loved seeing your tour and the captivating reds pulling you in….and your mantel has me like so gorgeous. Is the garland from king of Christmas?…. love its fullness!

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      December 10, 2016

      Thank you so much Alicia. I can’t get enough red this Christmas. IT might be staying around longer than usual. Happy Holidays!

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    Iris Nacole

    December 7, 2016

    How beautifully festive this is! I love it all!

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      December 10, 2016

      Thank nous o much Iris! Have a great Holiday season.

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    December 7, 2016

    Amie, nothing would please me more than to behold your glorious home You exude the very heartbeat of Christmas❤️️ It’s just who you are! Bright! Fun! Filled with love and more importantly joy Love you sweet friend

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      December 10, 2016

      Thank you Denise! You are so sweet and always so supportive and kind. Many blessings to you this Christmas! xo

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    December 8, 2016

    I love the red and green. I do the same. I figure it’s ts the only time of year I can get away with it. And the colors make me happy too. Happy Holidays!

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      December 10, 2016

      Hi Vicky! Yes I love red and green and what a better time than now to Deck the Halls with that color combo. I can’t seem to get enough red this Christmas….

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    Lauren H

    December 8, 2016

    I love your style and the fireplace is beautiful.

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      December 8, 2016

      Thank you Lauren! Have a great Christmas and thanks for checking out the post!

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    December 9, 2016

    So very pretty! You have such great style! Where in the world did you find that amazing plaid ottoman???? Lovely home all decked for the holidays!

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      December 10, 2016

      Hi Lisa- Thank you so much. The plaid ottoman is from Joss and Main and I believer that it’s on sale now! IT comes in another plaid color scheme too. Thank you for stopping by!

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    December 10, 2016

    Thanks for these beautiful Christmas decorating ideas! I love this time of year. Enjoy the season!

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      December 10, 2016

      Thank you Annette! Have a great Christmas. Amie

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    Jess Stanton

    December 10, 2016


    Your attention to detail and love of the spirit of Christmas shines through in this post! I absolutely love everything that you have done to decorate your home and how fun is it that you found those ski’s for $25! What a steal and a true treasure you found!

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    December 10, 2016

    I love all your posts. My goal in2017 is to have a meeting / consult with you. Can we set up a date for January? Love your holiday post but especially love the nostalgiic photos!

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      December 10, 2016

      Hi yes Deb! Email me at memehillstudio@me.com and we can get something on the calendar. Can’t wait. have a great weekend.

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    SdotD Gold Dust

    December 11, 2016

    Yout decor is very Merry Bright, I really enjoyed your tour.

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    Marcia Wishes

    December 5, 2017

    This is marvelous! I just love your home!

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    Solid Wood Bedroom Furniture Sets

    December 26, 2017

    I love these color designs, awesome decoration. Tree in the room is also a great idea. I like your ideas, Thanks, for sharing these ideas!!

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    April 28, 2023

    Hello. This is stunning. I’m wondering if you know where you got the red polka dot blanket. I adore it. Thanks!

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      July 12, 2023

      Hi Tristan- The red and white pom pom blanket is from HomeGoods. We love it!

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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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