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Park and Oak free standing tub

Free Standing Tubs

During consults with clients who are embarking on a new design project, we often talk about their number one must, that one thing they dream of, and sometimes we will hear free-standing tub. We’ve even had a client with a small master bath who sacrificed a double sink and almost considered nixing the frameless shower too if it could not fit. I’m not sure exactly what the allure of the free-standing tub is but it is certain that they are…

Park and Oak Holiday table setting

Holiday Entertaining

I cannot believe it's already time to start thinking about the holidays.  Christina and I have been going at full speed since the end of August, so the last 2 months are somewhat of a blur.  Although I really can't complain, Chris is still not back in her house yet and has been living downtown and commuting the kids to school in traffic every day.  She is working on a blog post about her renovation process so you will hear…

Park & Oak Timeless Rugs

Timeless Rugs

We were attempting to come up with a list of current rug trends, but trends are usually something that we try to stay away from. Our philosophy here at Park and Oak is to create a classic aesthetic that will stand the test of time.  So, our "trend" is no trend but how do you even find that with all of the beautiful room and rug styles out there?! Not to mention some of those other little details. Location, size,…

Park and Oak brass hardware

Favorite Brass Hardware

Changing your hardware is a quick and inexpensive way to transform a space. It may seem minor but it makes a big impact. Brass is neutral and mixes well with other metals. We always recommend using a variety of metal types to add richness to a space. Brass is like copper’s favorite cousin, it has a living finish, and ages with grace over time. We love to see brass paired with organic elements like wood and natural stone. And while brass may…

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Orchard Harvest

This is the time of year when we start getting excited about the much cooler, crisp weather (although it's a record breaking 92 degrees today, but it's Chicago, so it would not be surprising to see that plummet down to frosty temps by nightfall).   As the weather and leaves change, we habitually honor the Midwest tradition of putting on a plaid shirt and taking the family out to visit the orchards and pumpkin farms.   It does seem like…

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Globe Pendants

  It has been a crazy week as usual, we are wrapping up a couple projects with accessories and also beginning several new builds!   We're so happy that our clients came to us early in the process so we are able to work on the drawings with the architect and the exterior details, which is always a good time. We wanted to share with you some notes on globe pendants.   Globe pendants originate from street posts and distribute…

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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…

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Fall Favorite Finds

Fall is in full force. This was confirmed when customers were ordering pumpkin loaves at Starbucks this morning! Season changes are so refreshing, like a new canvas. We started replacing beach towels with denim and leather in the mudroom, adding some scarves and few storage baskets to complete the transition. Wardrobe changes are underway, the search for the perfect everyday cashmere sweater, skirts with tights, and long sleeve silk blouses. Add a cozy throw with some butternut squash bisque and…

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Wallpaper Patterns

Today we are dreaming of beautiful wallpaper patterns. Whether or not to use wallpaper can be a difficult decision. You may find yourself wondering if wallpaper is in style, out of style, or if the pattern you select will go out of style. Maybe I’m the only one but these are definitely some concerns that popped into my mind when picking my first wallpaper pattern. What I learned from that experience is that wallpaper is art, and if you buy…

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

We found some fun accessories from the Nordstrom anniversary sale that we wanted to share.   Enjoy the savings!    Cutting Board  /  2.  Rug  /  3.  Lamp  /  4.  Throw  /  5.  Candle  /  6.  Bar tools  /  7.  Rug  /  8.  Basket  /  9.  Coasters  /  10.  Kid's Blanket  /  11.  Bar cart  /  12.  Rug  /  13.  Waste basket  /  14.  Pepper Mill  /  15.  Pillow  /  16.  Pillow  /  17.  Pouf  /  18.  Picnic Basket  /…