Mudrooms

With rainy days on the horizon, we are spending a little extra time thinking about styling and organizing mudrooms. The timing could not be more perfect as we recently wrapped up a mudroom project that we are excited to share! Honestly, I never fully understood the beauty of the mudroom until I became a homeowner with a growing family. Without it, Monday mornings might be like running hills on a treadmill. I'm picturing 3 trips to the kitchen, a quick…

Console Tables

Console tables are attractive and functional without the weight of a chest or bookcase. They are also a great way to show off your personal home style. We love our new Gabby Bryson Console Table in the studio entryway. We added some of our favorite accessories - table lamp, books, candles, and vases to create a lovely vignette. Not only does it draw attention to the artwork on the wall, but it gives guests a warm welcome. LAMP / BASKET /…

Tuesday Top Finds

Every Tuesday, we'll be rounding up some of our recent favorite finds. Be sure to check back each week for more of what caught our eye, like this week's round-up that includes shelf accessories, vintage finds, love for your walls and more. one / two / three / four / five / six / seven / eight / nine / ten / eleven / twelve

Park and Oak kitchen

Tartan Builder’s kitchen

The kitchen is a very personal space and one of the most used and seen rooms in a house.  So it is important that it not only looks great, but also functions for the family it serves.  The classic style and crisp nature of a white kitchen is often most appealing to people.  Which then leaves us with the question of how can we make a white kitchen feel warm and different from the next white kitchen? pitcher / serving bowl…

Park and Oak bedroom

Staying Cozy

It’s hard to find reasons to like winter when you are shucking ice off the windshield of your car in subzero weather and wearing three layers of puffy clothes, but then you read a quote like this and you are reminded that winter is very special in its own way. “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friend’s hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for…

Free standing tub fillers

Tub Fillers

After numerous discussions with out clients about master bath layouts, we've learned that there are bath people and anti-bath people—both of which have pretty strong feelings either way. I, personally, am a very strong advocate of the bath tub and can not understand the opposition. Just talking about it makes me want to pour a glass of wine and go hop in right now, especially after a long day. Once the decision has been made to include a tub (and,…

Park and Oak Office

Grandview Office

We are all officially back in the studio this week, feeling rested and recharged after a long break with our families.  The weeks leading up to the holidays slowly just escalate in intensity until Christmas finally arrives and then you can finally exhale, sit down, and enjoy the peaceful time between Christmas and NewYear. Christina and I spent time after New Years regrouping, reorganizing, and discussing our 2018 goals.  Park and Oak has surprised us both in how quickly we…

Park & Oak Holiday Decor

Holiday Decor

We love to design interiors year round, but there is something very special about decorating for the holidays.  It evokes comforting feelings of nostalgia that are upheld each year with our traditions and decor.  Festive greenery, lighting, and a roaring fire make your home feel like an oasis from the bitter cold wind and snowy sidewalks that we find outside in Chicago during these months. A classic Christmas look is always in -- and that's easy to understand considering people…

studio barn mood board

Studio Barn Update

Things are moving along quickly with our studio barn project in Colorado!  The barn is the studio space for Tieghan over at Half Baked Harvest, and it's in the mountains of Colorado, outside of Denver. Tieghan and her Mom have been so wonderful to work with and this project has been a fun one for us because the concept is so unique and so different from the homes that we typically work on.  We're looking forward to heading out there…

Park and Oak free standing tub

Free Standing Tubs

During consults with clients who are embarking on a new design project, we often talk about their number one must, that one thing they dream of, and sometimes we will hear free-standing tub. We’ve even had a client with a small master bath who sacrificed a double sink and almost considered nixing the frameless shower too if it could not fit. I’m not sure exactly what the allure of the free-standing tub is but it is certain that they are…

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