Decorating the Nickels-Sortwell House


It was an honor to be asked to assist in decorating the 1807 Nickels-Sortwell House for the holidays this season! Part of the Historic New England group of properties, the Nickels-Sortwell House is a beautiful Federal style home in the center of Wiscasset. I was tasked with decorating the dining room, while the Garden Club of Wiscasset and Water Lily Flowers took over the other first floor rooms.

The first floor of the home was open for tours this past snowy, cozy weekend and I loved having the chance to visit with old friends and meet new ones. If you haven’t yet been to the Nickels-Sortwell house, you should add it to your bucket list of historical homes and visit when it opens to the public again in June!

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2017 Thanksgiving Flowers

Michelle Peele Floral Maine Thanksgiving

I was pleased to have both of my daughters, their families, and a close friend attend Thanksgiving dinner at our home in Alna this year. With the excitement of a table full of guests, plus two little ones at the kids’ table, I crafted a larger scale fall arrangement for the dining room table. My grandchildren helped me forage for some filler leaves and branches that morning and the pops of color come from some of my favorite fall blooms. When I have the chance to do so, I’m always reminded of how fulfilling it is to design for oneself!

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Thanksgiving 2016

Michelle Peele Floral Thanksgiving Flowers

While the seats around our Thanksgiving table were few in number this year, I had a wonderful time setting the table for the occasion. I kept things simple on the table with greenery, succulents, and roses, and got a little more creative with peonies and thistle for an arrangement in the living room. In addition to a mid-day feast with our daughter, we took walks around the property with all three dogs, watched old home videos, and curled up on the couch for a movie night by the fire. Each year I realize how much we have to be thankful for, and after quite a few big changes this year, my heart is even fuller with gratitude than it was last year! I hope you all had wonderful holidays with those whom you love.

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