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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 kitchen renovation

Wilmette Renovation Kitchen – Before and After

One of our most memorable kitchen renovations was completed this year in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago.   Renovations are always a challenge because you have to be creative in overcoming a lot of obstacles and there are a lot more parameters that you need to work within.  When you see the reno shows on TV, it seems like they transform the house in a half hour, but in reality, there is so much that goes into it.  In…

Park and Oak Design kitchen

Western Springs Project

The Western Springs project was an exciting one for us because it pushed us out of our more traditional comfort zone.  Last spring, our clients showed us photos of very contemporary kitchens for inspiration and Christina and I both sat there a little stumped about which direction we wanted to go in.   We went back and forth for a while on this project, with a lot of brainstorming about how to blend the modern with the traditional.  We launched the…

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…

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…

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…

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…