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Mudrooms

With rainy days on the horizon, we are spending a little extra time thinking about styling and organizing mudrooms. The timing could not be more perfect as we recently wrapped up a mudroom project that we are excited to share! Honestly, I never fully understood the beauty of the mudroom until I became a homeowner with a growing family. Without it, Monday mornings might be like running hills on a treadmill. I'm picturing 3 trips to the kitchen, a quick…

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Tartan Builder’s kitchen

The kitchen is a very personal space and one of the most used and seen rooms in a house.  So it is important that it not only looks great, but also functions for the family it serves.  The classic style and crisp nature of a white kitchen is often most appealing to people.  Which then leaves us with the question of how can we make a white kitchen feel warm and different from the next white kitchen? pitcher / serving bowl…

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Grandview Office

We are all officially back in the studio this week, feeling rested and recharged after a long break with our families.  The weeks leading up to the holidays slowly just escalate in intensity until Christmas finally arrives and then you can finally exhale, sit down, and enjoy the peaceful time between Christmas and NewYear. Christina and I spent time after New Years regrouping, reorganizing, and discussing our 2018 goals.  Park and Oak has surprised us both in how quickly we…

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…