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I love cozy season! The weather gets a little more crisp and our spaces become so much warmer and cozier. I’m sharing the best of fall home decor, our Fall Guide to help you in creating the most inviting and cozy space this season. FALL GUIDE BRANCHES/FLORALS VASES BOWLS, TRAYS, + FILLER THROW PILLOWS THROW […]

FALL GUIDE, THE BEST OF FALL HOME DECOR

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I love cozy season! The weather gets a little more crisp and our spaces become so much warmer and cozier. I’m sharing the best of fall home decor, our Fall Guide to help you in creating the most inviting and cozy space this season. FALL GUIDE BRANCHES/FLORALS VASES BOWLS, TRAYS, + FILLER THROW PILLOWS THROW […]

FALL GUIDE, THE BEST OF FALL HOME DECOR

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If you love the Restoration Hardware Cloud Sofa but not the price I’ve found the perfect dupe! You’re going to want to read this review… because it’s GOOD! So, what happens when beauty, comfort, AND the right price meet? Obviously it’s a winning combination! The infamous Cloud sofa boasts “the world’s most comfortable sofa” features […]

RH CLOUD SOFA LOOK FOR LESS & A REVIEW

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While planning our kitchen renovation (read more and see reveal here)this spring I knew there were a few updated we needed to make to the breakfast nook. One being a larger dining table. I love RH, especially their dining tables. So much character, so unique, the designs are gorgeous, but often come with a steep […]

DIY OVAL WOOD BEAM DINING TABLE

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Every year I love dressing the porch up for fall. I find myself gravitating towards very similar looks each year. An array of white and green pumpkins, mums, and a planter of seasonal oriental grass or cabbage. I just love the natural and neutral, and I think it’s great to have your exterior match the […]

FALL PORCH

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Should you add beams with 8′ or 9′ ceilings? A design question I’ve gotten quite a bit before. And coming from me, an interior designer/stylist and my midwest, textured 8′ ceilings- I say YES! Not everyone has a grand 10 foot plus ceiling home and that’s okay! It doesn’t mean your space shouldn’t include beautiful […]

DIY WOOD BEAMS AND INSTALL WITH SHORTER CEILINGS

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I’ve wanted to add box/picture frame moulding to my home for quite awhile. When we recently completed our kitchen renovation which consisted of removing horizontal shiplap for tile, I knew I had the perfect spot for it! The entry was the first project we did adding shiplap to our home, and now the last space […]

DIY PICTURE FRAME BOX MOULDING

DESIGN & STYLING

One of the trickiest parts of this kitchen design was knowing something needed added next to the cabinetry, but also feeling like I didn’t want anything substantial like bulky open shelving, for example. It’s an area I considered for quite awhile because I’m huge on symmetry, and I knew whatever I did there I had […]

DIY MINIMAL SHELF WITH BRASS GALLERY RAIL

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It is no secret I am coffee obsessed. Well, actually iced coffee obsessed. It’s also no secret I end up in the Starbucks drive thru way too many times a week. I’m also a firm believer in creating functional yet beautiful spaces. So, what happens when these two collide? BUILT-IN COFFEE BAR Our kitchen has […]

BUILT-IN HOME COFFEE BAR PERFECT FOR THE COFFEE LOVER

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We rarely use our dining room and at one point never even had one. Our kitchen has the typical ranch style setting with an eat-in kitchen layout. A few years ago we built a built-in banquette bench on our half wall. The other side has our staircase so it isn’t something we’ve ever been able […]

BREAKFAST NOOK WITH BEADBOARD BUILT-IN BANQUETTE BENCH

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With our recent kitchen renovation I was really excited to upgrade a few old pieces to better quality AND better materials. One of those being our pots and pans. I’ve been using Caraway cookware everyday for a few weeks now, and can honestly say I LOVE them! I’ve been on a cleaner, non-toxic journey the […]

CARAWAY COOKWARE REVIEW AND MY FAVORITE SIMPLE SUMMER GARDEN HERB PASTA SALAD RECIPE

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I created Grace Oaks Designs based on a need for attainable design. I kept coming back to my signature style time after time and realized, this is it! We bridge the gap creating attainable design for the modern family. Home tells our stories. It's the cornerstone of where we're going and where we've been. Where beautiful style meets comfort and functionality. For an elevated everyday. It's our safe haven. Which is why I'm so passionate about creating refined casual interiors. Elevated yet livable. Because I want you to love coming home. 

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Grace Oaks Designs is an interiors and lifestyle brand located in Central IL. We offer inspiration and design services to help you elevate your everyday.