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Park and Oak Outdoor Lounge

Outdoor Lounging

Last weekend, I headed up to Green Lake (Wisconsin) for a couple days of sunshine by the lake and was so inspired for the lazy days of summer ahead.   We are renovating a home up there, with an outdoor space that has so much potential but needs a little bit of love to reach that potential.   As I stood outside, I imagined lounging by the lake, surrounded by good friends and family, creating memories that will keep us warm long…

Outdoor Accessories

Next up in our outdoor series is our Outdoor Accessories Roundup. Our team had a ton of fun pulling together some of our favorites to share.  Developing your outdoor living space goes beyond just furniture.   By doing a couple of things to accessorize your space, you can transform your backyard patio or deck into an outdoor retreat for your family and friends. Lighting, pillows, plants and dishes can all be used to easily perk up your space and create…

Outdoor Dining Roundup

  In the Midwest, we are forced into hibernation during our long and very cold winters, so when the ice starts melting, we are obsessed with spending as much time outdoors as we can.   You will find people packed into small sidewalk patios and rooftop decks, everyone competing for the coveted outdoor seating. There have been many occasions during the summer where we take our team meetings to the patio at one of our houses, we've found that sitting in…

Park and Oak bathroom

Bathroom Accessory Roundup

Well it's March and I know the blog has gone dark for a little while, but I promise we're working on it!!   There is a lot going on here - we have so many exciting projects (photos coming soon), and moving into a new and improved studio in June! Clients are always asking us how to freshen up a bathroom without spending crazy $$$.   It's always surprising to see how accessories can transform a space, so we put together…

holiday book shelves

Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Is anyone else really behind on Christmas shopping this year?  And pretty much everything else for the holidays?  I really wish I was one of those people that had the Christmas card perfectly timed to arrive on exactly December 1st, all of the holiday shopping completely finished in October, and the entire house decorated the day after Thanksgiving- wouldn't it be such a relaxing and stress-free season?  You could frolic along all month, without seeing the mental checklist of things to do and…

best throw blankets

Cozy Throw Blankets

  I'm not sure what happened this year, but we were actually wearing sundresses this month.   In November.  In Chicago. So as we strolled around town in the sunshine, wool blankets were the last thing anyone wanted to think about.  But every Midwesterner knows that winter will undoubtedly come, and we actually start getting nervous if the weather is too nice for too long.  Like we're going to have to pay for it with a more extreme and aggressive winter.  So…

Park and Oak holiday decor

Holiday decor

  Ok, so I looooove the holidays and part of the fun is digging out all of the holiday boxes and opening them to be pleasantly surprised by decorations that are completely forgotten over the course of the year.  Some are sentimental, from the nostalgic ornaments that were on grandma's tree to the homemade projects that come home each year from school.  Most people are also harboring the collection of weird things acquired in a moment of over-enthusiasm for the holidays…

Park and Oak tulip table

Tulip Tables

I'm realizing with this whole blogging process that I have somewhat of a history addiction and once I start researching a topic, I usually get lost in it and end up completely off the subject and then behind on deadlines.  I didn't realize that the history of tulip table would lead to hours of reading and research.  It's possible that I'm a nerd and no one else wants to hear about it, but I'm going to relay some of the…

natural fiber rugs

Natural Fiber Rugs

Although natural fiber rugs are usually neutral in color, their texture is what makes them shine.  They add a natural and organic element and can serve as the perfect foundation to any room.  Another advantage is that they are woven from plant-based fibers so there aren't as many chemicals used in production.  Their versatility and ability to complement any style of decor makes them a favorite among designers. Jute Jute is a plant grown in India and Bangladesh.  The fibers…

round mirror

Round Mirrors

I'm really loving this round mirror trend and I'll tell you why.  Round mirrors create a visually interesting vignette when paired with the square or rectangular shape of a dresser, bathroom vanity, fireplace, etc...  It provides balance and can instantly soften harsher angles.   And although it is considered a "trend" right now, round mirrors have been around for a long time and are not going away anytime soon! Here's a few examples of round mirrors in rooms: Via Jersey…