Design Detour: Oak Development & Design


Nautical elements need not apply—so goes the mantra of Oak Development & Design, a full-service design-build firm helmed by husband-and-wife team PJ and Lizzy Antonik. For the Antoniks and their team, whose focus is on renovating coastal New England homes (and documenting the process with a reality series, Heart of Oak), it pays to think outside the box and keep it clean and classic.

Photography: Melanie Chandler-Blood

“Our style is modern New England,” says Lizzy. “We combine classic materials and old New England charm with inspiration from all over the country.”


“We do a lot of staging for our custom spec builds, and we love using Farmhouse Pottery to warm up a kitchen or living room. Their handmade pieces lend a classic design element that compliments our modern New England style.”


“If you are in Boston's South End area and have a chance to stop into Hudson Interior Designs, make the trip! The owner, Jill Goldberg, has done a fabulous job curating the most unique pieces. From exquisite designer furniture selections to one of a kind home decor pieces, Hudson is a must-see shop!”

Goodman Medium Hanging Light by Thomas O'BrienGoodman Medium Hanging Light by Thomas O'Brien

“In our kitchen renovations, we always incorporate task lighting over windows and under-cabinet lighting wherever possible, in addition to recessed and over-island lighting, like the Goodman Medium Hanging Light by Thomas O'Brien. The ability to change the ambiance of a room from day to night is something that can really make a statement in any space.”


“We’re using Margate Wallpaper in the Neutral colorway (from the Anna French Watermark Collection) in the powder room of a large renovation project. The watercolor-type aesthetic pulls more organic tones and textures which really compliment the style of this specific home.”



Salt Society is a restaurant that recently opened up in Situate, MA on Boston's South Shore. It has an outstanding menu of unreal craft cocktails and dishes that put an eclectic spin on classic seafood favorites. If we had a chance to invite some special guests, we'd love to include builder Andrew Patterson, designers Molly Britt and Meredith Thayer, McLaren Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo and photographer Chris Burkard.”


“We love the elevated industrial look of the Henry Industrial Hanging Light by Thomas O'Brien!”



“The Katie Conical Sconce by Thomas O'Brien is classic and goes with any style, making it a go-to piece when designing.”


"The Sarnen Small Pendant by AERIN has such a interesting shape that adds a unique touch to any space."