Park and Oak favorite whites

The Right White

It's no secret that we love white here at P&O.   It might be a secret that finding the perfect whites almost drove me to insanity.  It seems like it would be a simple task, white is just WHITE, how could it go wrong???   But unfortunately it could go very, very wrong.  Although on a tiny paint sample, it might just look like white, there could be undertones and once it is all over the walls, your basic white…

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

To honor the men in our lives, we pulled together some of our favorite Father's Day gift ideas.  We know it's often hard to find the perfect gift for the guys who do so much for us. Our dads have always been there when we needed them most, from running along side of us as we learn to ride a bike,  to moving boxes into our college dorms, to walking us down the aisle.    And now we watch our…

Blue and White

With Memorial Day Weekend upon us, over here at Park & Oak we are celebrating the official kickoff to summer fun.  Whether its backyard barbecues or days lounging by the pool, this season is about expressing your laid back casual style.  Hopefully this list of our favorite blue & white picks will help you channel your inner sunshine as well.   Wishing a safe & happy Memorial Day Weekend to our families, friends and followers! Via Alicia Taylor Photography Via Verandah House Via  Mark…

Park and Oak Outdoor Lounge

Outdoor Lounging

Last weekend, I headed up to Green Lake (Wisconsin) for a couple days of sunshine by the lake and was so inspired for the lazy days of summer ahead.   We are renovating a home up there, with an outdoor space that has so much potential but needs a little bit of love to reach that potential.   As I stood outside, I imagined lounging by the lake, surrounded by good friends and family, creating memories that will keep us warm long…

Outdoor Accessories

Next up in our outdoor series is our Outdoor Accessories Roundup. Our team had a ton of fun pulling together some of our favorites to share.  Developing your outdoor living space goes beyond just furniture.   By doing a couple of things to accessorize your space, you can transform your backyard patio or deck into an outdoor retreat for your family and friends. Lighting, pillows, plants and dishes can all be used to easily perk up your space and create…

Outdoor Dining Roundup

  In the Midwest, we are forced into hibernation during our long and very cold winters, so when the ice starts melting, we are obsessed with spending as much time outdoors as we can.   You will find people packed into small sidewalk patios and rooftop decks, everyone competing for the coveted outdoor seating. There have been many occasions during the summer where we take our team meetings to the patio at one of our houses, we've found that sitting in…

Park and Oak bathroom

Bathroom Accessory Roundup

Well it's March and I know the blog has gone dark for a little while, but I promise we're working on it!!   There is a lot going on here - we have so many exciting projects (photos coming soon), and moving into a new and improved studio in June! Clients are always asking us how to freshen up a bathroom without spending crazy $$$.   It's always surprising to see how accessories can transform a space, so we put together…

Park and Oak Design kitchen

Western Springs Project

The Western Springs project was an exciting one for us because it pushed us out of our more traditional comfort zone.  Last spring, our clients showed us photos of very contemporary kitchens for inspiration and Christina and I both sat there a little stumped about which direction we wanted to go in.   We went back and forth for a while on this project, with a lot of brainstorming about how to blend the modern with the traditional.  We launched the…

holiday book shelves

Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Is anyone else really behind on Christmas shopping this year?  And pretty much everything else for the holidays?  I really wish I was one of those people that had the Christmas card perfectly timed to arrive on exactly December 1st, all of the holiday shopping completely finished in October, and the entire house decorated the day after Thanksgiving- wouldn't it be such a relaxing and stress-free season?  You could frolic along all month, without seeing the mental checklist of things to do and…

Park and Oak boys room

Boy’s Room Reveal

It seems like everyone gets very excited about the potential of their daughter's rooms, but when it comes to the boys' rooms, there is almost a sense of defeat, as if they have no chance.  Here's the thing, the boys' rooms can be cute and exciting too, I promise!   We had a lot of fun designing and installing this little boy's room (but full disclosure, we have been having a good time at all of our installs).  It is a challenge…

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