Every year I attempt to make gift giving more personal and meaningful. But what exactly do you buy that person who has just about everything?  In my family, that person would be my mother.  Every time that she wants or needs something,  it appears the next day.  She just goes out and buys it.  My mom is a hard working realtor and at the end of a long day showing properties, she loves to wind down and relax. I recently helped her pick out a new bed and mattress and noticed that she was in need of some new bedding.  Thinking ahead this year, I decided the perfect gift would be to surprise my parents with new bedding and decorate their room for Christmas!


Go with a Classic

 My mom’s impeccable decorating style has always leaned towards classic traditional. She has discriminating taste and only likes the best.  I enlisted the help of my daughter Chloe and niece Charlotte and went directly to The Bon-Ton website to see what they offered. My mom has always loved Laura Ashley so I knew I couldn’t go wrong with such a reputable brand. There were so many beautiful choices when it came to gorgeous  bedding sets. Pulling inspiration for the new bedding from the botanical art prints that hang above their bed- a soothing palette of turquoise, creams and beiges.  

After spending close to an hour looking at all the fabulous selections, the girls and I chose the Edwin King Sheet Set  and  Amberley Quilt and Sham Set in Biscuit . In addition to the bedding sets, we also discovered a wonderful 100% all cotton woven dot throw for hanging out and watching TV in bed.  This gorgeous bedding would be such a wonderful treat for them. Finally, something that they needed! 

Christmas_bedroom_gorgeous_Turquoise_Makeover_bedding_bonTon_Laura_ashley_Meme_hill_Amie_freling_Tree_pillow_sheetsMaking the Bed

New king size hypo-allergenic pillows were also in the lineup. After all, new bedding deserves new pillows! The Edwin Sheet Set  was so beautiful! It was incredibly soft and the light beige chevron pattern was stylish and classic. I will never buy anything other than 100% cotton sheets. There is nothing softer.  


Finishing it off was the Amberley Quilt. With a different pattern on each side it was tough to choose which side to show more of. The girls decided that the dotted throw would look best on the beige mini floral side and I agreed.  The white and tan floral pattern would peek out over the folded top. 


We layered on the quilted shams and added silk, velvet and linen accent pillows and a petite silk embroidered JOY pillow trimmed in feathers. The Gray Woven Dot Throw would tie in all the colors and add the final layer of warmth. 


Pattern Play

To add interest I always like to miix a solid with a floral and a geometric. In this bedroom ensemble the geometric is my fringed polka dot cotton throw. You can never go wrong with a polka dot. (On a side note; this cozy throw also comes in raspberry and cream version


Adding Christmas Cheer

Now that the new bedding was on and bed made we focused on the Christmas decor. We added a mix pine wreath with turquoise hydrangea, frosted pine cones, light green & aqua blue glass bulbs and a shimmery gold ribbon.


Fit for a Queen (and King)

To make the bed even more inviting,  Chloe added a silver tray with champagne colored bottle brush trees, candles, and more pine branches and cones. 


On the nightstand we added silver plated sculptured pine trees. It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas.



Christmas_bedroom_gorgeous_Turquoise_Makeover_bedding_bonTon_Laura_ashley_Meme_hill_Amie_freling_Tree_Bird_art_botanical_floralTrimming the Tree

Just past the antique maple French armoire we put up a 7 foot pre-lit slim frasier fur artificial tree. We centered it in front of the window so that when they entered the room it would draw you in with it ‘s bright lights and glistening ornaments.  


On top of the armoire artificial pine boughs and silk iridescent green ribbon highlight a glittered Merry and bright sign. 


For The Birds

To the left of the tree right above the accent chair are a trio of Audubon bird prints. We collected every bird ornament we could find and created a virtual Christmas aviary. Some of the glass bird have the most beautiful feathered tails. Surrounding the birds are hand blown and hand painted glass bulbs and ornaments in shades of copper, bronze, gold, turquoise, green and champagne. At last, the room was finished and ready for my parents!


A Big Surprise

The second my mom walked in the room she couldn’t believe that we did it all while she was having an open house. Sneaking in the bedding, making the bed, setting up the tree and stand, hauling bins and bags from the basement, and cleaning up took just under 4 hours. It was a gift of time and love and now she has one less chore to do this holiday season. My parents loved sleeping that night with their gorgeous new bedding. My mom called me in the morning late and told me that she woke up feeling like she had stayed in a 5 star hotel. 


The Elf Crew

The girls and I loved shopping for their room makeover. Also making into my shopping cart were 5 rolls of fabulous Laura Ashley wallpaper that I used in my daughter’s bathroom makeover. A faux subway tile wallpaper that will have you swearing it’s real tile!   Did you know that Laura Ashley made wallpaper ? Surprising my parents was so much fun. Especially since it was before the Holidays and they had no idea. Now they can enjoy their master suite decorated in a turquoise blue and beige Christmas theme and brand new bedding. Now, off to shop and decorate some more trees!

Happy Thanksgiving friends! xo Amie 




* I have happily partnered with The Bon-Ton and received merchandise in exchange for this post. Opinions are 100% my own. 





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    November 22, 2017

    What a beautiful post! It definitely looks like a 5 star hotel.

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    November 22, 2017

    Terrific post – loved seeing the whole family pitching in ❤

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    Janice Morrow

    November 22, 2017

    Oh Amie this is such a fabulous Christmas make over surprise! Your mom’s room is absolutely dreamy!
    What a special giftI can’t even imagine how thrilled your darling mom must be!
    xo Janice

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    November 22, 2017

    Amie! What a great surprise! Love all the elements you chose, you have such a great eye and ability to pull it all together!!

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      November 22, 2017

      Thank you so much Sandra! Coming form you thats a big compliment. I love everything you do too! Happy Thanksgiving to the whole gang. xo

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    Kathy Kujawa

    November 22, 2017

    Amie I always told you you are the best.. What a wonderful surprise for your mom the room is just beautiful as usual.. Have a wonderful Holiday.

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    Erika Crane

    November 22, 2017

    LOVE the bedding, LOVE the recipient, LOVE the elves! XOXOX

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      November 22, 2017

      Aww thanks Erika! Looking forward to seeing you in your elf costume this Christmas! cant wait. Love you! xo

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    Karen Eletto

    November 22, 2017

    Great idea, great job!! Love teaching the elves the value and the meaning of a good sur a good surprise.
    Happy to see Laura Ashley is alive and well. Love it!

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      November 22, 2017

      Hi Karen! Thank you! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I miss seeing you. xo Amie

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    Penny Ferguson

    November 22, 2017

    I love it all, but would love to know if the prints above the bed are available anywhere.

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      November 23, 2017

      Hi Penny! Yes they are. We purchased them last year thru my family’s store Wisteria Flowers and Gifts. Will get you a price and sizes in the next few days and get back to you! Happy Thanksgiving! Amie

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    November 22, 2017

    Amie this is gorgeous!!! I love all your choices! Your mom must be thrilled!!!!

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    LouAnn. Washing

    November 23, 2017

    How dreamy! My favorite colors, a scrumptious choice, and created by lovely ladies for a dear Mmom

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      November 23, 2017

      HI LouAnn! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I miss seeing you. How’s the new place going? Say hi to the entire family for me.

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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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