It’s Friday! Time for one of our favorite things … food! Today we are sharing a dinner recipe we have been using for so long that we honestly don’t remember where it came from. We think this recipe for salmon with mango salsa was part made up using ingredients we were craving at the time and part found while watching a cooking show on TV. So we won’t fully take credit for this one, but we love it anyway. Of course, we don’t mind sharing this beloved but easy recipe with our readers as well. So here goes:

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1. Bake salmon to perfection with just a few simple spices; paprika, salt, peppper, and olive oil.

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2. Chop into small pieces fresh mango, red onion, cilantro and add the juice of one lemon to make your salsa.

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3. To complete your meal, add quinoa. Follow directions on the package to make it nice and fluffy.

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4. Arrange all together on a plate to enjoy the combination of savory and sweet!

We hope you have enjoyed this edition of our weekly Food Fridays post. Sharing these recipes helps us to go back and remember some of our favorite meals we have made in the past. Do you have a favorite recipe to share? We would love to hear from you. Leave a comment below with the link or your own unique recipe. Have a great weekend from Side by Side Design!

 

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One thing we truly look forward to each month is our time spent with our Craft Club girls. It really is such a great way to spend a Sunday … chatting, eating, and getting our craft on! Depending on what the season is and what holidays are coming up, we will often times plan a theme and each girl will create something based on that general idea. However, there are many times as well that we all just feel like we have been wanting to get to something or other and this is that perfect opportunity. This was one of those months … no theme was planned. Although it turned out that the majority of the group had a common purpose; to create DIY decorations for upcoming parties in our lives.

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This month we kept the snacks simple. Our hostess, Paige, set out a few options to keep our tummies happy while our hands were hard at work.

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Beautiful floral arrangements that decorated our work space were enjoyed and so were these delicious glasses of rose.

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Unfortunately (for you) we don’t have much to show yet in the way of projects, as they are all still in the works and it would really ruin the party surprise if we showed our DIY creations ahead of time. We will just say that the girls really outdid themselves this time and we will post finished products and details as soon as we possibly can. Such a tease, we know!

After two years of crafting together, we are happy to announce that we still have just as much fun each month as we did in the beginning. It never ceases to amaze us how talented each of the girls we craft with is and how much we continue to inspire each other (#luckyladies … right girls?). For those of you crafty individuals out there, we would love your input. What is a good theme for our September Craft Club meeting? What are you crafting these days? Leave us a comment below? We’d love to hear from you.

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This project is one we have been dying to share, as it is one Lauren has been working on with our dad  who owns Jackie Bitton Fine Woodworking. He has been working hard to renovate this house for the last nine months to give each space a fresh, new look. We love that in the interiors side of our business we get the opportunity to work with him, and found through this project how seamless that collaboration is. He really has a great eye for design and amazing talent when it comes to woodworking, but knew this particular client could use some help when it came to selecting materials, colors, and finishing touches which is why he introduced them to Lauren.

 

 Crisp Cottage Kitchen

Before 

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The existing kitchen had a good layout and ample storage space, however the design was very outdated. Although this particular couple enjoys a somewhat traditional design aesthetic, they like things a bit more clean and crisp and knew that their kitchen didn’t reflect the personality of their young family. We knew that there were some simple changes that could be made to brighten up the space and give it the feeling they were after. We decided to refinish the cabinetry, create a simple new door face, remove the glass etching detail, open up the front of the island, cover the hood, and of course remove and replace these existing window coverings. We also opened up the space a little by removing the cabinet above the small desk and put a glass door on the pantry as well. Overall, the finished room feels less cluttered and more crisp.

After

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New door faces in a crisp shade of white with seeded glass panels give the room a fresh, new feel. We decided to install a custom valance box over the bay window like the matching shade on the other window so as not to obstruct the view and the gorgeous light it brings to the kitchen. The sink stayed the same, but we updated the faucet and other accessories.

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The granite counter top stayed the same but we created new panels for the refrigerator to match the cabinetry. We also designed a new facade for the hood to give it a finished look. Doesn’t our dad do great work?

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New hardware and a simple white subway tile with a mitered edge completes the look.

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Small changes really make a huge difference such as the new updated lighting, the  new pantry door, and the inset TV to replace that bulky cabinet. One of the biggest things we did in this house, was to replace the wood flooring throughout. Although it was not part of the original plan, it too made a huge difference and we love how it finishes the overall look.

Crisp Cottage Bar

Before

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The bar, which is located right off of the kitchen, needed some updating as well. The oak finish and glass front as you can see needed to go, and the layout felt bulky and uninviting.

After

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We streamlined the layout by taking out the corner unit and finished the entire piece in a dark finish to match the island in the kitchen. A white granite counter top and the antique mirrored backsplash brightened up the design and gave it the formal look we were going for.

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Leather bar stools from Restoration Hardware were the perfect selection, and we love how the client has dressed up this space with their existing accessories.

This transformation really is incredible. Sometimes you forget, when working on a project, just how different it looked in the beginning. We are so happy we were able to give this amazing family the kitchen they desired, and couldn’t be happier with the outcome. For more information on our design services email us at sidebyside.design@yahoo.com or leave a comment below.

 

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In our first Cookbook Club post, we introduced the concept for this new monthly “treat” that we get to take part in. Each month, one of the girls will host a dinner party in their home and each of us will bring one recipe from the pre-selected cookbook or cooking magazine of their choice. We have also decided that we will give the hostess the opportunity to write about their cookbook selecting process, what they did to prepare for their guests, or whatever else is on their mind. This will allow for a different perspective each month. We will also make a point to announce the cookbook choice for the upcoming month in each of these posts so that you all can take part as well if you so choose! So without further ado, we introduce Katie, our hostess for the month of August!

 

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Paige hosted our first Cookbook Club last month at her place. When the night was coming to an end, Paige asked where we should have the next one. Having recently moved into a new apartment, I jumped at the opportunity. We decided on the August issue of Cooking Light.

The week leading up to our dinner, I decided that I wanted to do a picnic theme since we are nearing the end of the summer and everyone would be bringing a dish, potluck style. Keeping in mind that I am on a budget, I decided that some fresh flowers, a table runner, and some cute paper goods would do the trick and get the theme across. Not to mention the easy clean up ;).

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To make the table runner, I just purchased a couple yards of red and white plaid fabric and a package of fabric tape. I cut the fabric to make it about 16 inches wide and folded the sides of the fabric, keeping it secure with the fabric tape. This hid the fringe and took a lot less time than if I were to sew it. With limited space, I had to make a couple changes to the table set up to accommodate everyone- 10 ladies in total. Thankfully, a couple of the girls had some chairs and a folding table for me to borrow. I moved the table and set it up the night prior to having company- I would definitely recommend this! It gave me more time to focus on last minute setup.

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Morning of, I headed over to the Downtown Flower Market to get some flowers to dress up the table and pull the whole picnic theme together. With so much to choose from, it was hard to decide! I finally settled on a couple different types of flowers to make up a summery bouquet- only two of which I actually hadn’t seen before!

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After work, I did a couple last minute adjustments to the table, put the bouquets together and prepared my dishes- Crispy Fish Sticks and Peach and Prosciutto Canapés. I definitely should have started my dishes a bit earlier, but I had some friends willing to help me out. I can honestly say that I would recommend each and every one of the dishes! Below are the links to each of the dishes that were made.

 

Crispy Fish Sticks with Pineapple Ketchup

Peach and Prosciutto Canapés

Crab and Heirloom Tomato Salad

Asparagus, Ricotta, and Egg Pizza

Summer Bread Salad

Toasted Millet with Cilantro Vinaigrette

Bourbon-Peach Limeade

Quinoa-Stuffed Heirloom Tomatoes with Romesco

 

Really, how can you go wrong with food, friends, and wine? After reading this you surely are interested in starting a Cookbook Club of your own! Come on, it’ll be easy! We’ll even tell you what cookbook or publication to use each month! Then we can all talk about the yummy recipes we tried. Are you excited? We are! If you already started your own Cookbook Club, let’s start the dialogue now … feel free to comment below and get it going; Which Cooking Light recipes did you like? Which ones can be tweaked? We made the crab and heirloom tomato salad along with the asparagus, ricotta, and egg pizza. Tami found the salad easy to make and very tasty. Great choice for just having moved into her new kitchen. Lauren however, made her recipe twice. It turned out great and was delicious … the second time around with a little help from her husband. Eek!

We are already looking forward to next month’s meeting (Lauren will be hosting!) where we will be creating dishes from the September issue of Bon Appetit magazine, and this month we have made it even easier for you. Don’t get up! Just click on this link and you can purchase the magazine right from home! Gather your friends and get cooking!

 

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In our previous post, Under Construction: Modern Dream Theater, we continued our Under Construction series of Robyn and Joel’s dream home by showing the part of the house that has been added on. In addition to the theater, this area will have a bathroom that is easily accessible to those out by the pool and possibly the room that Robyn is most excited about. A place to store her many craft supplies and create all of the cards and other DIY projects she loves to do … otherwise known as the craft room!
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This room is rather small and has two nice size windows. Although this makes for amazing views to enjoy while crafting, it was a bit of a challenge while designing the layout of the space. Robyn decided to go with a desk space and cabinetry on these two walls and create a high-top table by the door for others to work. 
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We were excited to see in our last visit to the house that the cabinetry had been installed in this space and the walls had been painted as well. We went back and forth on the right color selection for this room and finally agreed on this shade of green as it was bright and cheerful to meet Robyn’s request and also tied in with the leftover countertop material they planned to use from their previous home. 
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As you can see, we are well on our way to making this room look like our original inspiration. The plan was to incorporate white cabinetry so as not to take away from all of the fun craft supplies that will be found here. The bright wall color and funky countertop material add interest to the space. Otherwise the inspiration board really focuses on ways to organize this type of room. 
We look forward to helping Robyn figure out the right spots to put away all of  her supplies and can’t wait to join her in crafting some fun projects … you all know we love a good DIY! Only one more room to go in this Under Construction series before we start unveiling the finished product. Stay tuned for Robyn and Joel’s plans for their beautiful office that we are working on with our dad in an upcoming post.
 
 
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