Happy Halloween! Today we are recovering from the big Halloween party we plan for our client each year, and putting the finishing touches on the Greek Mythology Halloween display to wow their trick-or-treaters. Although this month has been a bit crazy with all of this, we have found a little time to enjoy all that this time of year has to offer including decorating our homes and Lauren taking her girls to their local pumpkin patch. We have included some photos for your enjoyment and because these girls are too stinking cute not to share (spoken like a true Mom and Aunt). If you’re in the LA area tonight feel free to private message us for the address of the house we worked on. We would love for you to see our hard work!







Our T Side/ L Side posts help us express our individual cooking needs and are a way of showing how a specific ingredient can be used in two very different ways. This month, rather than choosing a key ingredient, we have chosen a Fall favorite kitchen necessity … the crockpot! We have prepared to share how each of us have used this tool along with the recipe so you can try out these dishes as well.

T Side: When registering, one of the things I was most excited for was our crockpot. This one came highly recommended. In fact, the friend of ours who gave it to us has the same one and loves it! Upon returning from our honeymoon, I absolutely could not wait to use it and did so right away! I decided to start out with something easy and settled on shredded chicken for tacos … because, why not?




This recipe for Salsa Verde Chicken was beyond easy! It literally took four minutes to put a few ingredients into the pot. As we had a million errands to run, we let it sit for most of the day and returned to a delicious smelling home. We added it to crispy tortillas along with cilantro, chopped white onion, tomato, avocado, and sprinkle cheese. Voila, tacos!

L Side: I’ve had my crockpot for a while, and always plan to use it more. Tami’s been motivating me for this lately, and so when she challenged me to make a chicken crockpot recipe, I immediately decided I wanted to make a one-pot meal that I could recreate the next time we have guests. In the end, this one fell short and so I am still on the hunt for the right recipe, but the soup I made out of the leftovers was quite tasty.




I threw in 1 1/2 cups dry quinoa, 1 lb. raw chicken thighs, 4 cups chicken broth, salt, pepper, and dried rosemary to taste, and 1 yellow onion sliced and covered and cooked on low for 3 1/2 hours. I then sauteed spinach and shiitake mushrooms in olive oil and mixed them into the finished product. This gave me the well-rounded meal I was looking for but was lacking in taste. Since I wasn’t too impressed with how this turned out but didn’t want to waste these simple ingredients, I decided to try to give it new life. I added all of the remaining contents of the crockpot (on the second day) to a pot of water mixed with chicken consomme and created a chicken quinoa soup. Way more steps than I was originally looking for, but in the end a success!

We fully intend to continue finding ways to use our crockpots this Fall. It is a great way to make a warm meal (or two, or three)! Have a favorite crockpot recipe to share? We would love to hear from you. Leave a comment below and include the link or send us an email at info@sbsdesignla.com.


In our previous editions of Wrap With Scraps, we have talked about how we reuse materials from past projects to enhance the look of wrapped gifts and homemade cards. The many scraps we have lying around come in handy when it comes to making cards and tags for various occasions especially when we are in a pinch for time. Our lives are generally jam packed full of events to attend , and we never like to show up empty handed. From birthdays to Bat Mitzvahs, to baby showers … We have attended it all and for each of the gifts showcased below, we have included a touch of our favorite metallic. Go for the gold!


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These feather dusted birthday gifts were for a set of sisters whose special days are close together and were celebrated at one party. We find that places like TJ Maxx, Home Goods, and Marshalls usually have a supply of really fun wrapping papers at amazing prices! We added some gold ribbon and a matching tag to each just for fun!

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Another great wrapping paper with a touch of gold and some festive pineapples! Tags were made by cutting out the main feature and securing it to a piece of cardstock. A gold foil letter differentiates the two as do the pink and blue over-sized tulle bows.

Bat Mitzvahs

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This gift was beautifully wrapped especially for Olivia (of our Vintage Disneyland Bat Mitzvah). We decided to stick with the theme and the overall color scheme in creating her card as well. It helped that we had a few scrap stickers (that were used on her personalized popcorn boxes) lying around to make this look especially Disney-esque!

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A matching card was made for her mom and dad for working together with us on this special event Side by Side!

Baby Showers



Tami found this gorgeous baby card at Home Goods and could not resist buying it. Of course, that did not mean she had to slack in the creativity department. If you buy a card, why not decorate the envelope? Scrap flamingo wrapping paper (as seen on our 2014 post, T Side / L Side: Holiday Wrapping) and some more gold sticker letters were oh so much fun to use for this baby shower gift! As was what she purchased to put inside …We might just know a thing or two about twins!


Lauren also attended a baby shower this month and went very boy with her wrapped look! We love how she included just a small touch of gold to the otherwise matching tag!

Next time you find yourself attending a birthday, Bat Mitzvah, or baby shower, don’t go running off to the craft store to replenish your supply. Remember these tips: Keep scraps handy (you never know when they will be useful), a handmade card or tag will always make a loved one feel special, and a touch of gold will go a long way. With these tips in mind, your gifts are sure to be remembered for more than just what’s inside.


Written by: Tami

While Phil and I were busy planning our wedding, some of our close friends and family members were busy planning as well. We have been extremely fortunate in the last few months to have had two Bridal Showers (Garden and Boho Glam), a Henna Party, and Bachelor / Bachelorette weekends thrown in our honor. Each party host said the same thing … They felt the need to go all out with their creativity as they know that we would do the same for them! I guess someone was lookin’ to impress the party planner!! I had a little something for each of these hostesses up my sleeve as well!

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I went to one of my favorite spots, Paper Source, and stocked up on almost everything I needed to complete all of the gifts. Don’t you just love the idea of providing a hostess with some new tips and tricks to pull out at their next event? I chose this book as the gift for Phil’s three aunts who hosted our first shower.

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I quickly fell in love with this Paper Source print and knew I had to use it to wrap my gifts!

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Gold foil thank you cards and hand decorated envelopes with gold foil initials finished off the look …

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… along with an over-sized silk flower and gold foil ribbon. I love how these turned out!



This next beautifully wrapped gift (If I do say so myself), was for a very special someone … My twin sister Lauren! She planned an amazing weekend getaway for the girls and put so much heart and soul into creating the perfect details. I wrapped up a special silk robe for her to wear during our “Pajama Party” and in those comfy hours leading up to the wedding with some sparkly gold paper, some more silk flowers, and a bit of ribbon.


These “Hello Beautiful” mugs (also from Paper Source) were stuffed with crinkle cut paper and a Starbucks card too! A perfect way to thank my aunts and a family friend who threw me another most beautiful shower.



I added some cellophane, gold ribbon, a big pink rose, and a blush colored thank you card. Presentation is key!



One last gift was given to my Step Mom and my Aunt Suzie who threw us our Henna Party. I found these carafes and the large floral bags at Cost Plus World Market and dressed them up with a bit of florals and ribbon.

Each of these Garden Glam gifts was chosen and wrapped with love by yours truly. One of  the things we always tell our readers and clients is that gifts should be remembered for more than just what’s inside, and I truly believe it!

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By taking one of the looks from our Get Inspired: October boards, we are providing our readers with further information for where to purchase similar items with a range of price points (from super affordable to fancy and one of a kind).


Who doesn’t love to decorate for Halloween? We do, of course, but also love to find new and unexpected ways to do so. By now, you might know that this year’s Halloween theme is Greek Mythology, and many will probably ask how we plan to incorporate this theme into a Halloween event that we plan each year. We will not lie, it was not an easy feat, but we sure do love a challenge. It turns out statues can be quite scary when mixed with spider webs. In order to achieve a similar look to what we came up with in your own home, we have broken this post down into two sections, interiors and events, and have included five items in each section that go along with this statues and spider webs theme. We have also included a link for each item for your convenience in obtaining each piece. Enjoy!

Interior Items


1. Dionysys Bust / Weathered White – One Kings Lane – on sale for $249


2. Kingston Brass Vintage Clawfoot Soaking Bathtub / White, Satin Nickel – ATGSTORES.COM – $1,560


3. Elza Twin Daybed Mattress – Anthropologie – $498


4. Faux Fur Leopard Pillow – Pier 1 Imports – $24.95


5. Dana Stripe Lumbar Pillow Cover – Pottery Barn – on sale for $47

Event Items


1. Simple Antique Mercury Hurricane – Pottery Barn – $59


2. Glass Cloche – Crate & Barrel – $10.95


3. Set of 8 Viv Champagne Glasses – Crate & Barrel – on sale for $27.96


4. Colwyn Bronze Centerpiece Tray – Crate & Barrel – $129


5. Madeleine Side Chair – Restoration Hardware – on sale for $98

This October, think outside of the Halloween box! Try out some statues and spider webs in your home and Halloween display.

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