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

Favorite Colors: Hague Blue

It's exactly 1 degree here in Chicago and everything is completely frozen!  With all of this cold weather, I've been feeling very drawn to the deep and moody Hague Blue by Farrow and Ball lately, with it's dark, yet still colorful attitude. Navy is always a classic choice and somewhat of a neutral color because it blends in seamlessly with so many different color schemes.  Hague Blue takes navy to the next level, with rich and sophisticated undertones.  My favorite…

Park and Oak's Favorite Artists: Michael T. Noonan

Favorite Artists: Michael T. Noonan

One of our favorite things to do is to look for art for clients.  We come across so many talented artists and get so excited about their work that we need to share our discoveries.   And it becomes even more exciting when we have the opportunity to meet and know the artist and to hear the story behind the piece. I’ll never forget years ago going to a good friend, Michael T. Noonan’s, condo and seeing the most unusual…

white kitchen design

Inspiring Kitchens

When it comes to kitchen design, people are always talking about the the next big trend.  With the speed and amount of information that social media provides, some of these trends seem to come and go overnight.  We like to think that the current "trend" is that you should do whatever you like and make your kitchen your own.  Classic all white kitchen with Carrara marble?  That always looks nice.  How about cabinets painted blue, green, or black?   Yup, that…

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,…

Park & Oak living room design board

Living room e-design example

Ok, well the past few months have been a whirlwind.  Chris and I didn't know what to expect as we blindly took the plunge into this new venture, and we are so thrilled to take on a lot of new local clients! We just decided to expand our services into e-design.  If you're not familiar with e-design, it basically means that we can design a space for you based on photos and measurements, even if you are across the country.  …

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…

Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal

Favorite Colors: Kendall Charcoal

When it comes to choosing colors for a room, we're usually drawn to more extreme colors.  Either bright and very light, or deep, moody tones with a dramatic impact.   One of the most versatile deep, dramatic colors is Benjamin Moore's Kendall Charcoal.  It's a rich, pure gray color that doesn't reflect any unwanted undertones.  It looks great with gold, natural wood, and white accents.  Here are a few examples of people nailing it with Kendall Charcoal: Via House and Home…

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