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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…

Jenny Lind spool bed / spindle bed

Spool Beds

There is something about spool beds that is so compelling and interesting.  I think it's the combination of intricate craftsmanship and the sense of nostalgia that they inspire.  And that it's just good design.  They have been around for hundreds of years and they actually have an interesting history. In the 16th century, colonial woodworkers rediscovered a tool called a lathe for the spindles, which dates all the way back to ancient Egypt and Greece.  Upon rediscovering it in Europe…

park and oak sconce round up

Wall Sconce roundup

Happy Friday!  It has been a very busy but exciting week for us over here at Park and Oak.  We have been working so hard to get this new collaboration up and running for the last few months, and a few projects have started to come together and we're starting to see the fruits of our labor.  We would like to send a huge thank you to Anne Sage for the kind words on her blog: http://annesage.com/2016/01/19/traditional-interior-design-park-and-oak/ We've been following…

Park and Oak Design console table roundup

Console Table Roundup

Hello and Happy New Year!  Chris and I are back to work after a long and much needed holiday break with our families.  December is always such a crazy month, isn't it?  I had lists to keep track of my lists.  Chris and I were running around like crazy people trying to keep up with deadlines and projects, which was exciting and fun, but we both realized that we might combust if we continued on at that pace.  After a…