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The Brown-Pusey House is dressing up for the holidays.
The front exterior and most of the interior will feature Christmas décor at an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
“We have created holiday décor for each of the different rooms and will be showcasing what’s old and what’s new,” said Beth White of E’town Florist, which partnered with the Brown-Pusey House for the event.
Whether it’s peacock feathers, popular in the Victorian era, or trendy colors, visitors will get many ideas for designs to use in their own homes, White said. Each decorated room will have a theme.
For example, an upstairs bedroom’s color palette includes claret, a rich ruby or burgundy color, paired with a metallic champagne hue, White said.
“You don’t normally think of glitter and glitz in an antique home, but I think visitors will agree it works well,” she said.
Elsewhere, florists have adorned the foyer and stairway with generous garland and swags accessorized with red and gold ribbon. The swag, White said, especially is something homeowners should consider using in the holiday décor.
“It’s probably the most versatile and you will use this over and over,” she said, noting that it might decorate the corner of an entertainment stand one year, hang on a door the next and serve as a dining room centerpiece the next. Plus, swapping out the ribbon and accessories every now and then is an affordable way to keep the arrangement fresh.
E’town Florist representatives will be on hand during the event with a lesson they call “It’s all About the Ribbon.” They’ll give demonstrations on how to use ribbon effectively.
“This goes way beyond the bow,” White said.
Admission to Saturday's open house is $5 and refreshments will be provided. Additionally, all floral décor will be for sale. Proceeds from admissions and the sale will help keep admission low for the house’s annual Santa’s Workshop, which features crafts for children, Brown-Pusey House director Twylane Van Lahr said.
The event, part of downtown Elizabethtown’s Second Saturday, will share some holiday inspiration and a community resource, she said.
“This is a community house and we thought this was the perfect time to invite the community in,” she said.
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