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December Home of the Month: The blue print

The Bartolones' four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home in Amherst is a traditional center entrance, decorated elegantly for Christmas in ivory, silver and gold with pops of red. They bought the house four years ago, moving from a home in Williamsville. Here is a peek inside:

The floor plan: Living room, dining room, family room, kitchen, sun room, laundry and half bath on first floor. Master bedroom with renovated bath, three additional bedrooms and a second bath on second floor.

Furniture: A mix of family pieces and items bought locally, including at Calvin's and Bassett, and from Homeward Bound (the furniture and accessories store Elizabeth Bartolone opened in 1996, which is now closed.)

Floors: Red oak in dining and living rooms; slightly wider-plank white oak in kitchen. Original pegged wood floors in family room and children's rooms. Area rugs, including Dash & Albert designs in sun room and dining room; Pottery Barn in living room, and traditional Oriental rug from David Tiftickjian & Sons (Georgetown Square) in the family room. Black-and-white checkerboard vinyl floor in sun room. Original slate in foyer. Neutral carpeting on stairs, upstairs hallway, master and guest bedrooms.

Paint: Benjamin Moore Muskoka Trail in living room and hall. Pratt & Lambert Seed Pearl in kitchen. Benjamin Moore New York State of Mind in son Sam’s room and dining room (with Seed Pearl wainscoting). PPG Pittsburgh Paint Sand Fossil in master bedroom. Benjamin Moore Fernwood Green in daughter Emma’s room and Nimbus in guest room

Windows: Treatments include gold and white wide-striped silk draperies with "goblet" pleats and button detailing in living room. Matchstick blinds in kitchen. Flat Roman shades in dining room, hallway, family room and master bath.

Accessories: Fun decorative pillows; original artwork; tabletop holiday displays under glass cloches and in apothecary jars; family pieces such as her father's old tools on bookshelf; a pair of antique skis in the corner of the living room.

-- Susan Martin

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