Floral designer Laura Tibbetts takes measurements of the Nickels-Sortwell House rooms in preparation for creating floral displays for tours during Wiscasset Holiday Marketfest, set for Dec. 3-5. Marketfest photo

WISCASSET — The historic Nickels-Sortwell House, built in 1807 and owned and managed by Historic New England, is scheduled to be open for tours during Wiscasset Holiday Marketfest, Friday, Dec. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 5.

Floral designer Laura Tibbetts, owner of Midcoast Blooms in Damariscotta, is adorning the 121 Main St. house with seasonal greens for its holiday celebration.

“We all need some brightness in our lives right now,” said Tibbetts, according to a news release from the partnership event of Wiscasset Creative Alliance and Wiscasset Area Chamber of Commerce. She expects color to play a large part in the floral displays she creates for the house.

The existing features of the house, she explains, will guide her creative decisions. In the sitting room, she said she envisions a big, beautifully decorated tree “which will say home in New England for the holidays.”

In addition to being a master gardener, Tibbetts describes herself as a constant student who has learned from design mentors, observation, and travels. She describes her design style as European “with greens, twigs, branches, not just flowers.”

And when she’s done with the Nickels-Sortwell House, “visitors will find inspiration for timeless, classic decorating,” which responds to the house and to the holiday. “Everything will be just right for the space,” she said.

To make a reservation for a Nickels-Sortwell House tour and for information about other Wiscasset Holiday Marketfest activities, visit wiscassetholidaymarketfest.com and browse the calendar.

Wiscasset Holiday Marketfest is a partnership event of Wiscasset Creative Alliance and Wiscasset Area Chamber of Commerce. Major sponsors are Carriage House Gardens, First National Bank, IndustrialME, J. Edward Knight Insurance, Midcoast Federal Credit Union, Norm’s Used Cars, Red’s Eats, Rock Paper Scissors and Wiscasset Ford, with additional support from BIRCH Home Furnishings & Gifts, Chewonki Campground, Old and Everlasting, and Sprague’s Lobster.

For more information, email [email protected].

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