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…

Park and Oak Holiday table setting

Holiday Entertaining

I cannot believe it's already time to start thinking about the holidays.  Christina and I have been going at full speed since the end of August, so the last 2 months are somewhat of a blur.  Although I really can't complain, Chris is still not back in her house yet and has been living downtown and commuting the kids to school in traffic every day.  She is working on a blog post about her renovation process so you will hear…

Park & Oak Timeless Rugs

Timeless Rugs

We were attempting to come up with a list of current rug trends, but trends are usually something that we try to stay away from. Our philosophy here at Park and Oak is to create a classic aesthetic that will stand the test of time.  So, our "trend" is no trend but how do you even find that with all of the beautiful room and rug styles out there?! Not to mention some of those other little details. Location, size,…

High Point Market

Our trip to High Point Market

Sunday morning, Christina and I both dragged ourselves out of bed at 3 am and began our adventure to High Point Market in North Carolina.  Christina is more of the morning person and decided that a 5:30 am flight is totally normal and not insane.   I have to admit I complained every day up until the flight, but we do what we have to do to make it work with our crazy schedules.  It ended up being fine, but…

Inspired by

Well this week was a doozy.  We had a large furniture delivery for a client that did not go quite as planned.  At one point, I felt like I was on some sort of hidden camera prank show that sets up an unsuspecting victim for a total breakdown.   We plan for issues with every delivery, it's just the nature of the industry, and there's nothing that we can do to prevent it.  So we brace ourselves and wait for deliveries.…

Park and Oak brass hardware

Favorite Brass Hardware

Changing your hardware is a quick and inexpensive way to transform a space. It may seem minor but it makes a big impact. Brass is neutral and mixes well with other metals. We always recommend using a variety of metal types to add richness to a space. Brass is like copper’s favorite cousin, it has a living finish, and ages with grace over time. We love to see brass paired with organic elements like wood and natural stone. And while brass may…

Park and Oak porch

An updated porch

You might have seen on our Instagram stories this week with Christina standing on our conference room table and installing ceiling tiles in our studio.  We are fully moved in to our new studio on Main Street but we are slowly making adjustments to make the space our own.   So, any given day, you might find us standing on tables, covered in dust and installing samples of drop in ceiling tiles.  The good news is that they work and…

Park and Oak Design

Orchard Harvest

This is the time of year when we start getting excited about the much cooler, crisp weather (although it's a record breaking 92 degrees today, but it's Chicago, so it would not be surprising to see that plummet down to frosty temps by nightfall).   As the weather and leaves change, we habitually honor the Midwest tradition of putting on a plaid shirt and taking the family out to visit the orchards and pumpkin farms.   It does seem like…

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