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Home of the Week: Do-it-herself Christmas decor

Two years ago, empty-nesters Pamela and Ray Witte moved from their two-story home in the Northtowns to a ranch-style home closer to the Southtowns.

The Buffalo News recently reached out to Pamela Witte, a longtime interior designer and member of the Interior Design Association of Western New York.

Here is how she described their home and her approach to decorating for Christmas in their new place for our Home of the Week online feature:

“After raising our children in a four-bedroom Colonial, my husband and I decided it was time to downsize to a ranch-style home. Ending up close to the Southtowns wasn’t in the plan but it was the best thing we ever did.

“I help people all the time with downsizing. So, it was time I put all my experience to good use for myself. Or, to put it another way, it was time to clean 33 years of junk out of the basement and move!

“All my folk art decorations that went well in our old Colonial did not fit well with this newer, more modern home, so it gave me an excuse to make some new Christmas decorations.

“Adding lots of berries, ribbon, ornaments, and sparkly stuff to plain garland is really the way to go. For most of the decorations, I shop at the discount stores locally, although I did splurge on MacKenzie-Childs ribbon.

“I enjoy painting and sewing so it’s really fun to make just about all my decorations for Christmas,” she said.

The tree at the Witte home.

Do you love your house enough to show it off? This could be your chance.

Last fall, we launched our online Home of the Week feature. This lets readers inside homes throughout Western New York. In the past year, we have featured a lake house, lofts, a cabin, old city houses, rural homes, suburban homes, townhouses and a penthouse apartment.

The Buffalo News continues to look for more homes to feature and the stories behind them and their décor. Those chosen will be displayed in a weekly feature at and could be chosen as a future Home of the Month in a Sunday print edition of The News.

Here’s what you need to do if you’re interested in submitting your residence for Home of the Week: Tell us about your home in 150 words or less, and email 10 hi-res images (in jpeg form) of the interior and exterior to

It’s OK to send the images split among several emails. Please include your name and the city or town where you live – and a phone number. While we can’t return a personal response to every submission, we plan to let you know via email that we received it.

We will contact those chosen to be featured on We will include your first and last names and the city or town in which you reside but not your exact address and certainly not your phone number.

    * Take a look at another recent Home of the Week:


Home of the Week: A farmhouse with barn in Marilla


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