It's the most wonderful time of the year.....

Dining at Heritage Oaks this Christmas

Can you believe Christmas Eve is tomorrow? Where did the time go? I feel it gets rushed more and more every year. The time just slips through my hands. It starts off so far away and then all of a sudden all the hustle and bustle is over just like that.

I had high hopes to get this up last night but I had an impromptu surprise from my friend as she stopped by unexpectedly . I’m glad she did, lol. Tis the season as we drank wine by the warm fire surrounded by the Christmas tree, decor & music. We then decorated gingerbread houses with the children. I just love this time of the year. The home feels extra cozy and filled with magic & a feeling I can never really explain. It’s like a feeling of comfort mixed with hopes, excitement and happiness.

I was at Home Depot the night before grabbing some fresh greens to add to my decor and my mom had called me. We were talking and she asked what I was doing. As I explained I was at Home Depot for greens she pointed out to me that I have tons of trees with inventory galore right in my backyard. I didn’t even realize it. I totally confused the worker at Home Depot after I told him I was so excited they still had fresh garland at their store, making a big hoopla about it and then I put my giant pile down and left. I’m sure I left him totally puzzled. Here are some of the greens I picked and you will see how I used them as you scroll through the pictures later down this blog.

 We are hosting Christmas here. I really wanted to do something great in the new dining room. It was like a fresh canvas for me. I needed a new table and I for sure thought I wasn’t going to be able to pull off trying to find one I loved and then getting it delivered before the holidays. I surprised myself and did both. It really just fell into place. I wanted a barn wood salvaged table that was massive and had character. I’m in love with the table. I LOVE it. It’s perfect for the room. I added chairs to one side and then flipped a sofa I found at a garage sale to put on the other side for seating. I painted it with milk paint in an antique white, distressed it and then added an assortment of pillows for comfort and a cozy feel. I’m really happy with the outcome of the project and think it really adds character around the table.

I would also like to give a shout out to my sister “Kate”. Without her in this crazy holiday season, this sofa would never have gotten the make-over until after Christmas. It really really makes the table. Thank you so much sister. Love you!!!

Here are some before pics and the process through it. The ‘afters’ are amazing and you can find them in the pictures further down this blog.

I will start by filling this page with the dining room pictures. I hope my guests find themselves right at home as I do. With the furniture, lighting and decorations I do promise them a cozy and relaxing atmosphere where they can fill their bellies with great foods and drink their cocktail in comfort and in style.

Please keep in mind these walls are due for a makeover. This paint must go but I couldn’t pull off a paint job before Christmas. After they get painted they will get to wear something as well over them. I’m sure you can guess what I’m talking about. If you have no idea what I’m talking about you will have to wait and see in the spring. So with that in mind please enjoy the pictures of Christmas here at Heritage Oaks in the dining room scene.


I Love the detail of this table. Peek under the tabletop. This table makes such a statement in this room. There are 2 leaves so it’s versatile in size when you don’t want to seat so many people.

I love salvaged wood. It gives off such a “farmhouse feeling”.

You have to love these vintage ornaments.

Fresh pines to make garland. Taken right from the trees in my backyard to help dress up this tabletop.

Mercury glass candle holders pair great with these vintage ornaments and fresh garland. If you have the option always choose fresh over artificial. It makes such a difference.


My dad hung these DIY shelves we made. They fit perfect on this wall.

These tall thin adorable Christmas trees share this corner this Christmas season.

The buffet. I was told this was pulled out of a wall in an old Chicago bungalow. A piece of history right here in our home.

I hope you enjoyed a tour of our dining room this Christmas season. Hope you all have a Merry Merry Christmas.

Here are a couple pictures of this adorable vintage shelf I just got for our bedroom. I dressed it up a bit for Christmas.



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