5 easy tips to make your home chic for the hol­i­days

The Arizona Republic - - Your Home - Mary Chao Rochester Demo­crat and Chron­i­cle USA TO­DAY NET­WORK - NEW YORK

The hol­i­day sea­son is a spe­cial time of year for the Frel­ing-Brown fam­ily. That’s when Amie Frel­ing-Brown hosts a Christ­mas Eve din­ner for more than 40 fam­ily members and friends as well as other hol­i­day gath­er­ings. That means her Pitts­ford, N.Y., home has to be pic­ture-per­fect for en­ter­tain­ing.

“We go all out,” said Frel­ing-Brown, who is a de­signer at her busi­ness, Meme Hill Stu­dio. Here are her five tips on how to make your home hol­i­day pic­ture per­fect on time and on bud­get.

1. Bring the out­doors in

The nat­u­ral, rus­tic look is very much in vogue and it doesn’t have to cost any­thing. Gather some branches to make a cen­ter­piece. Or gather green­ery such as box­wood and tuck them un­der a place mat.

2. Go bold

Big or­na­ments stand out in a dec­o­rated tree. Make sure to tuck the larger or­na­ments in so it doesn’t eclipse the smaller or­na­ments.

3. Lighten up

Light­ing is an in­ex­pen­sive way to add drama to a Christ­mas tree or a gar­land.

Make sure to wave the lights in through­out the tree for max­i­mum ef­fect.

4. Mix high and low

Don’t be afraid to mix in less ex­pen­sive items with your heir­loom trea­sures. Frel­ing-Brown added small salad plates from Wis­te­ria in Rochester to her fine china col­lec­tion.

Her home decor is a mix of high and low with finds from HomeGoods and Mar­shalls mixed with with heir­looms such as her col­lectible Radko or­na­ments.

5. Add color

While the neu­tral white Christ­mas look is in, Frel­ing-Brown wanted to have color in her hol­i­day decor.

She se­lected the red and green color theme. But it doesn’t have to be tra­di­tional for­est green.

There are myr­iad shades of green in her decor from char­treuse to emer­ald green.

JAMIE GERMANO/ ROCHESTER DEMO­CRAT AND CHRON­I­CLE

Dec­o­ra­tor Amie Frel­ingBrown says it’s easy and in­ex­pen­sive to make your house more fes­tive for the hol­i­days.

Amie Frel­ing-Brown uses her nice china mixed with in­ex­pen­sive plates to add whimsy to her ta­ble.

Amie Frel­ing-Brown likes to use bold or­na­ments on her Christ­mas tree.

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