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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  /…

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Barstools

We have found that in our own homes and in our client's homes,  the barstools at the kitchen island are one of the most popular destinations in the entire house.    They have become the focal point for both living and entertaining -- it's the place where the children sit early each morning slurping their cereal bowls,  or the seat for a girlfriend who stops by for that happy hour glass of Rose. We are wrapping up a lot of…

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

To honor the men in our lives, we pulled together some of our favorite Father's Day gift ideas.  We know it's often hard to find the perfect gift for the guys who do so much for us. Our dads have always been there when we needed them most, from running along side of us as we learn to ride a bike,  to moving boxes into our college dorms, to walking us down the aisle.    And now we watch our…

Blue and White

With Memorial Day Weekend upon us, over here at Park & Oak we are celebrating the official kickoff to summer fun.  Whether its backyard barbecues or days lounging by the pool, this season is about expressing your laid back casual style.  Hopefully this list of our favorite blue & white picks will help you channel your inner sunshine as well.   Wishing a safe & happy Memorial Day Weekend to our families, friends and followers! Via Alicia Taylor Photography Via Verandah House Via  Mark…