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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…

Park and Oak Design console table roundup

Console Table Roundup

Hello and Happy New Year!  Chris and I are back to work after a long and much needed holiday break with our families.  December is always such a crazy month, isn't it?  I had lists to keep track of my lists.  Chris and I were running around like crazy people trying to keep up with deadlines and projects, which was exciting and fun, but we both realized that we might combust if we continued on at that pace.  After a…

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

The Bar Cart

I recently read somewhere that we are currently in a cocktail Renaissance, which is a very exciting idea.   The original "Golden Age" of cocktails was between 1860's up until prohibition, when drinks like the martini, the daiquiri, and the Manhattan were all invented (what a productive era!).  People learned to love mixed drinks, which of course led to the need  for a cart to roll around their bottles of liquor, easily accessible at all times. If you watch old movies,…

Park & Oak living room design board

Living room e-design example

Ok, well the past few months have been a whirlwind.  Chris and I didn't know what to expect as we blindly took the plunge into this new venture, and we are so thrilled to take on a lot of new local clients! We just decided to expand our services into e-design.  If you're not familiar with e-design, it basically means that we can design a space for you based on photos and measurements, even if you are across the country.  …

holiday gift guide 2015 - Park and Oak design

Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Here are some of our favorite holiday gifts this year!  Ugg slippers - the coziest slippers ever made Jonathan Adler candle holder - there is also a Muse candle that is amazing Chanel lip gloss Sunday Suppers - this is a beautiful book, inside and out Edge champagne flutes Jo Malone gift set - every scent is amazing Aheirloom state cutting board - love all of their products Marble and wood cake stand Kate Spade wine tote Aveda Stress Fix…

Park and Oak living room with brass coffee table

Coffee Table Round up

When we're working on a family room, my favorite item to choose is the coffee table.  It's usually right there in the center, with all of the other pieces of furniture gathering around it.   With such a commanding presence, it's important to choose the right one for the space.  Take into consideration the rug, colors, and other textures in the room.  We chose this brass coffee table with glass because the rug is very textured, so the smooth glass provides…