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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 Design

Everything Plaid

  We are loving everything plaid on the blog today. There are a variety plaid patterns, each with a unique personality, it’s hard to pick a favorite.  Windowpane check, featured in this photo, is named after the pattern of panes on a window. The pattern is simple, only using a combination of 2 colors, yet it adds a great layer of depth and sophistication to the room. We can call it the airiest plaid of the plaid patterns. It is also…

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…

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…

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…