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…

Christina Samatas and Renee DiSanto

Welcome!

Welcome to the Park and Oak blog!  Christina and I became friends a couple years ago when we both moved to Glen Ellyn, IL with our families (3 kids each!).  She has been working as an interior designer and I started a blog last year that included food, travel, design, projects, and other random ideas. It became very clear right away that Chris and I share a similar aesthetic and passion for design.  After spending a long weekend with our…

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