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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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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

PROJECTS & DIY

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

DESIGN & STYLING

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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When we started this renovation at the end of April I really thought it’d be a 6 week quick in and out, done. Clearly like most projects that wasn’t the case. They always tend to take just a little longer than we think and somehow cost a little more than we anticipate too. I’m sharing […]

ORGANIC MODERN KITCHEN RENOVATION REVEAL

DESIGN & STYLING

The main piece to our kitchen renovation I was set on in the design was a show stopping tile that would become the focal of our entire space. I love handcrafted zellige tile for it’s raw, natural beauty, but it was out of budget for this project. I really wanted to take the tile floor […]

ZELLIGE TILE LOOK FOR LESS ORGANIC MODERN KITCHEN RENOVATION

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A quick refresh as the seasons change always brightens a space, and I especially like doing this in the bedrooms with new linens. I still LOVE the look of a layered bed in spring and summer, but once the warmer months hit I take thinner linens to get the same cozy, layered look I love. […]

PRIMARY BEDROOM SUMMER REFRESH

DESIGN & STYLING

Trend or Timeless. Here’s what we have to say on the most popular wall treatment styles.First, keep in mind if you love it that’s all that matters. Home should be a reflection of you and your style not what’s trending, or even timeless if that doesn’t fit you. *click the photo to go to the […]

2022 WALL TREATMENT TRENDS & TIMELESS WALL DESIGN IDEAS

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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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