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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…

Park and Oak's favorite colors: Farrow and Ball Hague Blue

The Bar Cart

I recently read somewhere that we are currently in a cocktail Renaissance, which is a very exciting idea.   The original "Golden Age" of cocktails was between 1860's up until prohibition, when drinks like the martini, the daiquiri, and the Manhattan were all invented (what a productive era!).  People learned to love mixed drinks, which of course led to the need  for a cart to roll around their bottles of liquor, easily accessible at all times. If you watch old movies,…

holiday gift guide 2015 - Park and Oak design

Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Here are some of our favorite holiday gifts this year!  Ugg slippers - the coziest slippers ever made Jonathan Adler candle holder - there is also a Muse candle that is amazing Chanel lip gloss Sunday Suppers - this is a beautiful book, inside and out Edge champagne flutes Jo Malone gift set - every scent is amazing Aheirloom state cutting board - love all of their products Marble and wood cake stand Kate Spade wine tote Aveda Stress Fix…

Park and Oak living room with brass coffee table

Coffee Table Round up

When we're working on a family room, my favorite item to choose is the coffee table.  It's usually right there in the center, with all of the other pieces of furniture gathering around it.   With such a commanding presence, it's important to choose the right one for the space.  Take into consideration the rug, colors, and other textures in the room.  We chose this brass coffee table with glass because the rug is very textured, so the smooth glass provides…