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Christmas Cottage

The Old Hacienda

Contributed by Heather Chadduck Interiors

Getting your home ready for Christmas is one of the most festive and heart warming decorating challenges that you’ll face all year. Make an event out of it (like Heather does) by putting on some Christmas music, making some festive cookies and cocktails, and enjoying the company of your family and close friends as you deck the halls together.

Cottage decor guru and interior design inspiration, Heather Chadduck, takes us on a tour of her pleasantly festive 1930’s Bungalow, (or “old Hacienda,” as she fondly refers to it as!) and shares some of her design tips that helped her through her remodel.

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PHOTO: Tim Street-Porter

Heather’s Design Tips

1. Decorate your fireplace, not just the mantel. “This fireplace required two weekends, three containers of tile mastic, and four buckets of oyster shells,” says Heather.

2. Breathe life into old pieces. Heather found her oversized metal chandelier at a flea market, and had her father help her to rewire and hang it. Good as new!

3. Create an edible still life. An appetizing artform, Heather displays bread, fruit, and cheese on a wooden tray and adds new wedges and wheels as needed.

4. Set it out; relax. “When I have company, I leave the liquor and wine out so I don’t spend the entire evening playing hostess,” says Heather. “This was people feel comfortable enough to help themselves.”

5. Decoupage it. Longing for some added interest in the space, Heather chose to cover the walls of her breakfast room with old French ledger pages.

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Short on Space? No problem!

“I put the Christmas tree on the front porch because my living room is small, and Lillie and I are still able to admire it from there!

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5 Fresh Cottage Ideas

1. Embellish your wreaths with something you love. “I collect flatware from all over the world,” says Heather. I tied some pieces on with twine and finished my wreath with a silver plated creamer from a flea market.”

2. Allow practical spaces to serve more than one purpose. The counter over Heather’s washer and dryer doubles as a gift wrapping station, fully stocked with baskets of wrapping paper, ribbon, and tags.

3. Everyday items can make a lovely display. Heather found an old wooden rack with metal hooks to hold her pots and pans. Decorative AND functional; a happy union indeed!

4. Don’t tuck your favorite possessions away; show them off on decorative shelves or wall brackets where you can see them and enjoy them.

5. Soften up an iron or wooden headboard by sheathing it with fabric. Heather covered hers with extra toile to match the curtains in her room, and finished the look with ties made from vintage seam tape.

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PHOTO: Tim Street-Porter


Heather Chadduck is an interior designer with an unmistakable cottage style. Referring to her own renovated 1930's cottage bungalow as the "Old Hacienda," she can help anyone bring the old time charm to their space.

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