A festive facelift: Eden mansion becomes a paradise for the holidays

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 04:27 PM.

The Historic Point Washington Association has helped decorate the mansion for the past six years. This year, they lent “A Victorian Christmas” theme to “Tea in the Library.”

“Holly Christmas” is the 2012 theme on the downstairs porch. Jillian Doyle, the designer of the room’s decorations, is a retired elementary school principal who says she combines her love of art with her passion for enhancing the joy and beauty of the Christmas season.

Point Washington United Methodist Women again decorated the elegantly enchanting golden dining room.

The Town Planters Society of Freeport did the stairs and upstairs landing. Their theme is “Have Yourself a Berry Merry Christmas.”

Upstairs in the children’s bedroom, Sally Orlosky, a retired educator, children’s psychotherapist and freelance floral designer, showed she “is hopelessly addicted to Christmas and the euphoria that surrounds the season.” She and her husband live in DeFuniak Springs in a Victorian mansion that was built in 1886, and is on the Historic Register. It was the home of former Florida Governor Sidney J. Catts in the 1930s. During the Christmas season there, Orlosky decorates her home with sometimes as many as 37 trees. Her theme for the children’s room at Eden this year is “Visions of Sugarplums.”

Russ Barley of Emerald Coast Flowers is doing the blue bedroom in the theme “The Christmas Peacock.”

“All is Calm, All is Bright” is the 2012 theme of the upstairs back porch/sitting room, and was decorated by Karen Kolenberg, owner of The Custom House, where she specializes in interior design, space planning, and remodeling. Kolenberg covered her tree with crystal bobeches from an old chandelier.

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