In our previous posts, Bathroom Remodel Inspiration and Under Construction, we talked about the construction Lauren was doing in her home. We are overjoyed to finally share the first of three posts showing the finished product. As you will see, this beautiful master bathroom has come a long way from the old 50’s style that was there before. So without further ado, we invite you to tour a very special project for us, Lauren and Scott’s new master bathroom. 
Before

When Lauren and Scott moved into their condo in Brentwood, there were a couple of problems with this over-sized bathroom which is why they didn’t choose to use it as their master bathroom originally. First, there was no door leading into the adjacent bedroom from this bathroom only a hallway entrance. Next, showering in a bathtub was not preferable to the walk in shower found in their other bathroom. Lastly, the coloring of this bathroom was definitely not desirable. In fact, when they moved in, in addition to the peach plumbing fixtures and peach tile and countertops, the walls were painted a soft mint green reminiscent of rainbow sherbet. As a quick fix, Lauren immediately painted the walls a dark charcoal grey color to tone down the peach just a little bit. After three years, they decided this bathroom needed more than just a paint job. 
 
 
After
Lucky for them, Scott’s dad sells plumbing and electrical fixtures / equipment and Lauren’s dad is a carpenter. Along with her interior design expertise they were the perfect team to complete this dream bathroom. 

A simple, sleek, modern bathroom replaces the old 50’s look. Although the layout stayed relatively the same, the design is completely different.

A glass enclosed shower is complete with a white stone seat, mosaic tile floor, and textured walls.

Our dad built this modern sink cabinet with self closing drawers, a floating stone countertop, and an inset Kohler sink. 

The main focal point of the room is this beautiful textured tile wall. It gives the bathroom a slightly organic feel and the tiny bits of glitter in the stone adds a touch of glamour.

This pocket door was added to the room creating the new entry to their new master bedroom (which we look forward to showing you next). The inset mirror on both sides of the door has proven helpful while getting ready in the morning.

All of the shower heads, faucets, light fixtures, towel bars, and even this cool Toto toilet were picked out at BJ Discount, and look beautiful in the room.

The grey linen tile floor and crisp white walls and moldings complete the look. 

Now that the peach is all gone, there is a door leading to the bigger bedroom, and this amazing walk in shower has replaced the tub, Lauren and Scott feel at home in their new space and are loving it each and every day. 

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Although our parents are not so into baking, we distinctly remember a special birthday treat we used to have at our birthday parties when we were little … cupcake cones. Simple cupcakes were placed inside of regular ice cream cones and frosted to match the color scheme of the party. The fun part comes next … toppings were put out on the table for guests to decorate their cupcakes with. We took this idea and added in some of the aspects of another of our favorite childhood treats (Drumsticks), as well as an idea we saw on Pinterest, and look what we camp up with!

We made these special cupcake cones for our blog birthday party and as our feature treat for our link party. Each sugar cone was filled with a neon pink cupcake and coated in hard white chocolate. We sprinkled gold sugar sprinkles on top and added a special surprise … white chocolate at the bottom of the cone. These cupcake cones were easy to make and tasted fantastic!

Thank you to all who have participated in our special birthday link party. We are so glad we got to celebrate with all of you! Check out their favorite birthday party treats below.

Lollipops

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Pimento Cheese

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Funfetti Cake

Rebecca

Ice Cream

Karen

We will be choosing a winner to showcase in a special bonus post for the most creative treat on August 3rd along with more information about their favorite birthday party treat. It’s not too late to get in on the fun … we will be accepting comments through the rest of the weekend. Best of luck to all of our participants!


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Today is officially one year since we began our beloved blog. In our first post ever, A Pink and Purple Party , we let you in on the fact that as little girls our parents used to dress us in pink and purple to differentiate one twin from the other. We have decided that it only makes sense that our “signature colors” carry through to our blog and more importantly, to our brand. When planning to celebrate our one year blog birthday, we wanted to really establish this brand and thus used our colors as the color scheme for our party.

 
A party’s tone is set when you send out the invitations. Our friend and graphic designer, Leigh, created this beautiful invitation for us to send to those who we wanted to thank for supporting us this year. 
 
We created this number one out of cardboard and tissue paper. The ombre effect adds a modern twist and the fringing makes it almost look like a pinata. Thank goodness for the fringing scissors that made our lives so much easier.  
 
White balloons were strung on fishing wire to give them a floating effect. We hung them across the living room and into the dining room to make this space more festive. 
 
We made homemade confetti out of scrapbook paper in our color scheme to decorate the tables. 
 
Leigh also made us this beautiful sign to honor our blog. She used her Cricut to cut out adorable gold glitter letters and these fringed circles to go with the look of our other decorations. 
 
The monochromatic color palette of Lauren’s place really lends itself well to any party decor, and we love how it all came together! Neon pink is so much fun! 
 
Many of our girlfriends took this as their opportunity to wear their brightest neon pink party clothes. 
These dessert tags, made by Leigh, were a great addition to the dessert table and they coordinated nicely with the look from our invitations. 
 
No birthday party is complete without a birthday cake. To continue with the color scheme, we layered neon pink cake on top of regular white cake, frosted it, and added neon pink sugar sprinkles along the ridge to make it extra fun. The cake was topped with gold sugar sprinkles and a pink number one candle for us to make a wish upon for the coming year. 
 
 
These neon pink straws were a hit, complete with gold glitter flags (which were made out of just a little gold glitter tape and scissors), and matching plastic cups!
 
 
Refreshments on a hot summer day included pink lemonade and sparkling punch made from a bottle of moscato, a can of beer, two liters of diet 7 Up, and fresh raspberries. 
 
Our dessert bar consisted of birthday cake, round pink mint candies, white heart mints, cupcake cones (more details for this to come on Friday), and white cake batter fudge with pink sprinkles. We made this backdrop to go with the rest of the party decor using a color blocking technique with fringed tissue paper. 

Although this party was very relaxed, we did take a moment to stop our guests from their mingling to express our sincere gratitude for all of the support they have given us throughout this first year.

 
Spending the day eating, drinking, and getting caught up with some great girls was the perfect way to celebrate this special event. We put out supplies (adorable stickers, scrapbook paper, and blank cards in the color scheme) so our guests could make their very own birthday cards. We figured this was a great way to incorporate the “blog” theme and to give us all something fun to do at the same time. Plus it’s always nice to have a few cards lying around to give to a friend for their birthday! 

Lauren’s cards were sweet and a little sassy in soft pink mixed with gold glitter letters.

Tami created bright cards with three dimensional pops by fringing edges and adding rolled paper candles.

 
These cards were made by some of our friends to send overseas and to give to a boyfriend for their upcoming move in together. Yay! 

Each guest left with a thank you lollipop complete with a homemade confetti tag, a copy of our mock-up business card, and a ruffled hot pink ribbon.

Thank you to all of our readers for a wonderful first year. Keep reading! Keep sending your feedback! It is greatly appreciated! Don’t forget to tune in on Friday for our special bonus link party post and let us know what your favorite birthday party treat is. There is still time to get in on the fun … send us a picture of your favorite birthday party treat and we will include it in our post on Friday. Also, if anyone is interested in these decorations for a first birthday party (we know there are lots of you out there with baby birthdays around the corner), contact us! We would love to give them to someone to use!
 
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07.23.2012

Ever since we were really young we have always expressed our creativity through different projects. In fact, we have always had a project to work on. Everyone who knows us can attest to the fact that we can barely finish the project we are currently working on before we are bursting with excitement to start the next one. Almost one year ago, Lauren returned from her honeymoon to a couple of text messages from Tami who was eager to start the next project. She asked Lauren if she had ever considered writing a blog and after a long talk about the pros and cons of whether or not to pursue this type of undertaking, we decided it would be a great way to keep track of our design projects (especially those we had just completed for Lauren’s wedding). So many of the small details get lost when you are planning a large event and this gave us the opportunity to share those small details with others.


Almost one year later, we are proud to say that we are committed to our blog, we have accomplished the goals that we have set for ourselves, and we have many more projects and exciting things up our sleeves that we can not wait to show you.


 In honor of our blog’s first birthday, we would like for all of our readers to celebrate with us by participating in our link party. Read the invitation below to follow step by step directions of how to participate. 

(If viewing from your phone, click on the picture to see it clearer.)

This invitation is really tailored towards those of you with your own blog. However, we want to open it up to everybody who is interested. Please participate and show your support by emailing us a picture of your own creation or something you found on Pinterest (or elsewhere online) with the title of your favorite birthday party treat to sidebyside.design@yahoo.com. You are also welcome to comment on August 27th (the date of our link party) on our blog or on our Facebook page with a description of your birthday party treat or even just some birthday love.

We would love to thank our amazing friend and graphic designer, Leigh McFarren, who worked with us “side by side” in creating this invitation as well as our new look (more to come…). We look forward to hearing from all of you and are excited to celebrate a successful first year!

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Two brides, two teams, one really fun day in the park … 

We generally write about parties that we plan, but every once in a while we attend an event that is just too cute to pass up. Scott’s Aunt Cindy and her sisters did a great job planning her daughter’s “kickball in the park” engagement party. Lauren was honored to be asked to arrange the flowers for this event as these ladies left no details unplanned.  

These party guests are taking a break from their strenuous game of kickball. The brides’ team won of course! 
April and Judy were in charge of the “mix”. In Scott’s family a party is not complete without it (a mixture of  Chex, pretzels, and other sorts of treats). It was displayed in these adorable pails and smaller pails were set out for each guest to put their mix in. They even set out shovels as scoops. Perfect for a park theme party. 
Each guest was given a baseball t-shirt in their team’s color which they proudly decorated with markers and these fun pins. 
Purple and yellow flowers to match the color scheme were purchased at the LA Flower Mart. They were arranged in mason jars and a small strip of purple glitter tape was added for a fun touch.
A party in the park is not complete without a red and white checkered tablecloth and a picnic. They even included cute details like these terracotta planters filled with wrapped silverware. The napkins read “Here come the brides, Maddie and Rachel”. 
Food trucks have become very popular here in LA. Our lunch was catered by a BBQ truck. It was delicious and much needed after working up an appetite. Scott’s mom, Robyn made the dessert (which Lauren didn’t get any pictures of because she was too busy eating it).

Thanks Maddie and Rachel for allowing us to share this special event in your lives. Congratulations on your engagement. Looking forward to more celebrations in the future.

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