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…

best throw blankets

Cozy Throw Blankets

  I'm not sure what happened this year, but we were actually wearing sundresses this month.   In November.  In Chicago. So as we strolled around town in the sunshine, wool blankets were the last thing anyone wanted to think about.  But every Midwesterner knows that winter will undoubtedly come, and we actually start getting nervous if the weather is too nice for too long.  Like we're going to have to pay for it with a more extreme and aggressive winter.  So…

Park and Oak holiday decor

Holiday decor

  Ok, so I looooove the holidays and part of the fun is digging out all of the holiday boxes and opening them to be pleasantly surprised by decorations that are completely forgotten over the course of the year.  Some are sentimental, from the nostalgic ornaments that were on grandma's tree to the homemade projects that come home each year from school.  Most people are also harboring the collection of weird things acquired in a moment of over-enthusiasm for the holidays…

kitchen remodel

The Barrington Renovation: Before and Afters

Ok, so I know it's been quite some time since we posted on the blog, but a lot has happened in the last couple months.  First and foremost, we moved into a new studio, right downtown Glen Ellyn!  It's a brand new world so far, with more space to organize samples and accessories, and then also room for the new employees we are hiring.  Very exciting stuff.  We also just started on several new builds and renovations, so as we…

bathroom with an antique vanity

A Vintage Powder Room

My house is slowly coming together, it's so nice to be back home after a very long renovation.  There seems to be a million small details that need to be wrapped up in the final stages, so it is such an exciting accomplishment when one room is completely finished!  It's the powder room, which happens to be the smallest room in the house, but still an accomplishment.  For such a tiny space, I have to say the powder room was…

Park and Oak tulip table

Tulip Tables

I'm realizing with this whole blogging process that I have somewhat of a history addiction and once I start researching a topic, I usually get lost in it and end up completely off the subject and then behind on deadlines.  I didn't realize that the history of tulip table would lead to hours of reading and research.  It's possible that I'm a nerd and no one else wants to hear about it, but I'm going to relay some of the…

natural fiber rugs

Natural Fiber Rugs

Although natural fiber rugs are usually neutral in color, their texture is what makes them shine.  They add a natural and organic element and can serve as the perfect foundation to any room.  Another advantage is that they are woven from plant-based fibers so there aren't as many chemicals used in production.  Their versatility and ability to complement any style of decor makes them a favorite among designers. Jute Jute is a plant grown in India and Bangladesh.  The fibers…

round mirror

Round Mirrors

I'm really loving this round mirror trend and I'll tell you why.  Round mirrors create a visually interesting vignette when paired with the square or rectangular shape of a dresser, bathroom vanity, fireplace, etc...  It provides balance and can instantly soften harsher angles.   And although it is considered a "trend" right now, round mirrors have been around for a long time and are not going away anytime soon! Here's a few examples of round mirrors in rooms: Via Jersey…

white mantel styling with layered art

Mantel Styling

The fireplace is one of the most interesting areas to work on in a house.  I think the reason is that it is usually the focal point of a room, and it makes a dramatic statement, especially when it's lit.  Living in a cold climate, it evokes feelings of warm and cozy evenings, sitting around the fire with friends, drinking big glasses of wine while it's snowing outside. There are so many different ways to style the mantel, so I…

Inset vs overlay kitchen cabinetry

Inset vs Overlay

In designing a kitchen, the final product is really the sum of all of the details.  And there are so many details.  Of course, the obvious like cabinetry color, style, counter tops, and back splash, but it goes way beyond that. One of the decisions that you need to make is whether you want inset or overlay cabinets.  I've done some exploring into this debate and I've found a lot of information that can be useful in making a decision.…

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