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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.…

Clare Elsaesser

Favorite Artists: Clare Elsaesser

We've had a lot of clients lately that have been interested in building a collection of original art in their homes, which means a whole lot of fun for us.  I know that once I sit down at my computer and start the search, I am diving down a rabbit hole and will eventually resurface hours later, not really sure of where the time went.  During one of these quests, I stumbled upon the artist Clare Elsaesser, and she stopped…

bookshelves around a window

Bookshelves around a window

When you are looking at a space to design, sometimes you just know that it doesn't matter what furniture you put in there, it's just not going to be right and it's screaming at you for something else.   We had just that sort of predicament and Chris came up with the idea to build bookshelves around a window, which ended up solving the problem.  The bookshelves transformed the space into a cozy reading room for a family of 5. We…

Jenny Lind spool bed / spindle bed

Spool Beds

There is something about spool beds that is so compelling and interesting.  I think it's the combination of intricate craftsmanship and the sense of nostalgia that they inspire.  And that it's just good design.  They have been around for hundreds of years and they actually have an interesting history. In the 16th century, colonial woodworkers rediscovered a tool called a lathe for the spindles, which dates all the way back to ancient Egypt and Greece.  Upon rediscovering it in Europe…

marble kitchen copper pot and macarons

Instagram updates

I just want to take an entire post to say how much I love Instagram.  I was a little late to the game, as it was launched in 2010, which coincided with the the peak of the insanity of early child rearing years.  In 2011, I had 3 kids under 4, so those years are a foggy haze with absolutely no awareness of what was going on in the outside world.  When I finally regained consciousness and caught on a…

design board for a girls room

Design Board for a Girl’s Room

It's Friday!!!!   I'm running behind on everything in life and I can fully place blame on the addictive show "Making a Murderer".  Ever heard of it?  Right, at least several times a day I hear someone talking about it, it's that good.   My friend just sent me this image, which I thought to be hilariously accurate: I was definitely questioning who I was as I was yelling at the TV and my husband at the end of the show.   I…

buffalo check bathroom with wood vanity

Powder Room Reveal

We've been working on a house in Barrington that has been really interesting and a lot of fun.  Our client bought a house that was built in 1969, with a fairly standard (boring) layout and decided to build some character into both the exterior and interior.   The house is for a growing family of four, and she wanted something livable, yet still fresh and modern. The first room to be finished is this little powder room, which we all…

park and oak sconce round up

Wall Sconce roundup

Happy Friday!  It has been a very busy but exciting week for us over here at Park and Oak.  We have been working so hard to get this new collaboration up and running for the last few months, and a few projects have started to come together and we're starting to see the fruits of our labor.  We would like to send a huge thank you to Anne Sage for the kind words on her blog: http://annesage.com/2016/01/19/traditional-interior-design-park-and-oak/ We've been following…

Park and Oak's favorite colors: Farrow and Ball Hague Blue

Favorite Colors: Hague Blue

It's exactly 1 degree here in Chicago and everything is completely frozen!  With all of this cold weather, I've been feeling very drawn to the deep and moody Hague Blue by Farrow and Ball lately, with it's dark, yet still colorful attitude. Navy is always a classic choice and somewhat of a neutral color because it blends in seamlessly with so many different color schemes.  Hague Blue takes navy to the next level, with rich and sophisticated undertones.  My favorite…

white kitchen design

Inspiring Kitchens

When it comes to kitchen design, people are always talking about the the next big trend.  With the speed and amount of information that social media provides, some of these trends seem to come and go overnight.  We like to think that the current "trend" is that you should do whatever you like and make your kitchen your own.  Classic all white kitchen with Carrara marble?  That always looks nice.  How about cabinets painted blue, green, or black?   Yup, that…