Nice to meet you

Heyo! Hola! Howdy! And Hello! However you found us, welcome! We’re so happy you’re here.

I’m Kristen, a graphic designer with a compulsive need to improve everything around me in a way that blends form with function. Nick (the hubs) is a super chill, funny, athletic, and all around awesome guy, who’s also a construction inspector – the perfect zen yin to my high-strung yang. And if you can’t tell, I kind of like him. We don’t really seem to relax well, keeping ourselves challenged and busy with just about anything we can get our hands on, pairing his need to always be moving with my constant habit of endless problem solving.

We’ve been together since freshman year of high school and have two big fur babies – a reverse-deer-spotted Aussie-mix who thinks he runs the show, and a big black lab who’s afraid of the dark and tries his darnedest to prove he’s a lap dog. Between spoiling our boys rotten and our love of projects, we’re always working on something, whether it’s transforming our first (and present) home, flipping a house, or our current project – renovating a vintage travel trailer. We’re sharing our how-tos — stories, tips, tricks, failures and successes – as we tackle our passion projects.

It’s a small world when you’re in a sea of kids and get sat next to your future husband for a swim team photo. Here Nick and I are sitting right next to each other, 7 years before we ever even met!

It’s a small world when you’re in a sea of kids and get sat next to your future husband for a swim team photo. Here Nick and I are sitting right next to each other, 7 years before we ever even met!

 

Our project credentials

So far, our track record includes:

  • Gradually and continually customizing our current (and first) home together — a nice, but basic 90s builder-grade house we bought back in 2012 — into what I like to call “rustic transitional” style*, adding cozy and functional things like wainscoting, built-ins, a screened-in porch & custom lighting;

  • Flipping a large, basic two-story rental house into a warm, modern family-owned home; and

  • Our current project: renovating a 50-year-old pull-behind travel trailer for ourselves (to use for camping, tailgating, etc.)!


    *Rustic transitional: Cozy and warm, and I suppose a nice way of me saying it doesn’t have to – and will never – be a spotless minimalistic home because, life y’all. Stains and clutter and dog hair are a way of life around here, so we’ve chosen a style smush I feel somewhat embraces that awesome inevitability.

 

So, why “Lone Oak”?

Chosen after much consideration, Lone Oak Design Co. is a name whose inspiration is near and dear to our hearts. We wanted our name to mean something. One that was strong and stable, yet resilient, ever-growing, and had deep roots. The name of Nick’s family’s farm in Oklahoma, the Lone Oak Farm is a warm and cozy place that holds many memories for us with some of the most amazing people we’ve been privileged to know and call family. We can think of no name more fitting for us as we continue to build our future together and share our story with you.

The beautiful, towering Blackjack Oak at the end of the long dirt drive | Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

The beautiful, towering Blackjack Oak at the end of the long dirt drive | Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

We’re so happy you’ve found us and hope you enjoy our labors of love. If you have any questions, suggestions, or stories of your own, please feel free to reach out to us. We’d love to hear from you.

We love to beautify our spaces and challenge ourselves to build better, and hope through our stories, tips, tricks, hacks, successes – and yes – failures, we can inspire you to do the same.

Love, Nick & Kristen