Written by: Lauren

Welcome back to our Modern With Antiques Home Tour. Today we will be featuring the sitting room, which is the space just off of the main living room, and will mainly be used for casual times of the day (reading or enjoying a cup of coffee or a cocktail with a few guests). We plan for it to be a cozy space with a bit of a moody atmosphere and will also house the bar.


There’s nothing really wrong with this room except that the style didn’t match our new plans for this home. Thus pretty much everything has been removed (from the bookcase, to the shutters, to the Chinese bar, and even the flooring), but the overall use for the space will stay the same. 

In Process

This niche will once again be used for a bar and will also house the media equipment for the home. We plan to keep it much more open looking and create drama through some sort of backlit onyx. 

This corner of the room will be a nice cozy space with a sofa, chairs, and maybe even some interesting wallpaper. 

The bookcase was removed, and it makes the room look a little bit larger. 

I’m looking forward to finding the right piece of art for this wall as you can see it from the entry.

This view shows the entrance into the main living room from this sitting room. The ceiling heights alone give you the feeling of moving from a small, cozy space to a large, open area.

Sitting Room Inspiration

Here’s the inspiration board I created for this space. We know we want a sofa, coffee table, and some sort of wall treatment to give this room the inviting quality we are after. To create that coziness we mentioned, we love the idea of these fur chairs, and we are looking for a few lighting elements to create interest such as this over-the-top floor to ceiling sconce and the backlit bar.

This week I have been busy meeting with our lighting specialist to discuss every last detail where lighting is concerned for this home (from recessed cans to specialty light features and even the proper lighting for artwork. We are really making progress where the planning is concerned, and the construction is underway. We still have more spaces to share in this Under Construction series and will be getting to those soon.

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Written by: Lauren

There is a commercial on the Disney channel that Ava and I love that says, “For every girl who dreams big, there is a princess to show her it’s possible.” I won’t lie, Ava and I even know the song that goes with it. I came up with an idea to use this concept as a birthday party theme many months ago, and Ava surprisingly not only went along with it but stuck with it for the long haul. From there the concept has evolved, and I (as I tend to do) have collected and purchased items along the way to create the perfect birthday party for my favorite four year old.

I have created a sign each year for Ava’s birthday party and kept the tradition going this time around. It was the perfect thing to welcome our guests and showcase the party theme. 

Ava waited so patiently for her friends to arrive and even helped Tami and I with the set up.

I absolutely love how the head table turned out. I waited and waited for these plates and goblets to go on sale and completely fell in love with these pink chairs when I saw them on Alex Party Rentals website. We made this setting fit for little princesses with an abundance of fabric, flowers, and a gold lace crown (from Etsy – CherylsBowtasticBows) for each girl.


We continued the theme with handmade tags on each crown and Ava’s various princess must-haves (tiara, crown, and wand) at her setting. 

We set up an activity table to keep the girls busy with princess coloring pages and crayons, kings crowns for the boys in attendance, beads, and more. 

A few more items for our princesses to take home; bracelets, lipgloss, and a handmade necklace.

A few snacks and a yummy lunch from California Pizza Kitchen kept our guests well-fed.


Sarah from Glitter and Pearl made this “Princess Ava” cake topper, and I love how delicate it is! I kept the cake simple with just a few roses on top so as not to distract from it.


The big surprise of the day was the arrival of Ava’s favorite princess, Belle. She and Enchanted Party Tales were amazing to work with. This Beauty came prepared with fun games and face paint to keep the kids entertained …

… and they were!

Cara and Sienna were party-ready with their Cinderella and Elsa shirts and tutus (of course) …

… and each girl came dressed to impress in their favorite princess party gown.

Ava is still talking about her special party guest!

A group shot was definitely necessary!


After Belle left, the girls had fun making their own beaded necklaces … 

… and every perfect party ends with a cake! 

[Mandatory family cake photos]

I still can’t believe I have a four year old. Ava is getting bigger and more mature every day, and I love spending time with her! Thank you Ava for letting me plan your birthday party and for helping me every step of the way. I had way too much fun! I guess this was a success considering Ava told me today that next year she wants her birthday party to be the same. Dream big princess!


We have prepared a special Father’s Day treat for all of you to give some last minute ideas for gifts and decor for this year’s at-home celebration. This inspiration comes complete with links for a few recipes and a few places to get similar items based on our overall inspiration photo. Enjoy!

When looking for the perfect inspiration photo to base this whole event around, we decided to keep things light. This Father’s Day gathering is not your typical BBQ in the park. It’s a classy but casual backyard picnic … because, why not? The next step was to search for similar items to use to create this look. We found that it really would be super simple to recreate … Perfect for your last-minute Father’s Day preparation!

This Ivory Mongolian Faux Fur Throw Pillow from Cost Plus World Market ($29.99) …

… and this Pineapple Printed option on Etsy (FLAXandSYMBOL for $44.50) will bring some comfort and an eclectic feel to your event space. Plus the pineapple is the symbol of hospitality after all!

A few Geometric Candle Holders from Etsy (RongDesigns for $30 each) will give height and texture to your table set up.

We fell in love with this Wooden Hexagon Tray  from Etsy (whiskyginger for $58) for its simplicity and overall masculine feel.

Our favorite part of this look (and something we should really consider purchasing for our own kitchenware collections) is a nice set of gold flatware. This Gold Flatware Set from West Elm ($39 per 5 piece set) is a perfect option! We love WE! 

Set this gorgeous cheese display … 

… upon a Walnut Cheese Board with Handle from Williams Sonoma (on sale for $69.95). 

What’s for dessert? Dad’s favorite! 

Your father deserves something special like a new button down in a cool color or pattern like this X-Trim Fit Textured Dot Dress Shirt from Neiman Marcus (on sale for $29). 

When planning a party, we try not to miss a single detail from the food, to decor, and even to the matching gifts. These particular items will make your Father’s Day gathering unique and special. We would love to hear how you celebrated Father’s Day this year. Keep us in mind when planning your next event. We look forward to working with you Side by Side to create a special party for you and your guests.


By taking one of the looks from our Get Inspired: June 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). 

This month, Lauren is excited for her daughter Ava’s upcoming birthday. Ava is just like most girls her age. She loves the color pink, sweets, and princesses (of course). In Ava’s honor (as she is a girl who looks pretty in pink), we have prepared a list of five interior items and five items you can use in your own events that go along with all of the things that Ava loves. We have also included a link for each item for your convenience in obtaining them. Enjoy!

Interior Items

1. A Bed Fit for a Princess – contact Jaxon Home for pricing

2. 2 Pack House Shelves with Pinboard – Target – on sale for $14.99

3. Striped La Jolla Baskets – Serena & Lily – $78 – $168

4. Strawberry Dipped Ice Cream Cone Pillow – Etsy (WildRabbitsBurrow) – $30

5. Flokati Fluff Rug – The Land of Nod – $129 – $629

Event Items

1. Mini Leather Pennant Flag Banner – Etsy (FourSeventeenLeather) – $23.50

2. Large Boho Wedding Dream Catcher – Etsy (KnSDesigns2014) – $117.19

3. White 2 oz. Ramekins – Cost Plus World Market – $1.92 for a set of 4

4. Pink Candy Coated Popcorn – Etsy (TastyConfections) – $10

5. 5 Yards Peach Pink Jumbo Pom Pom Trim – Etsy (ichimylove) – $9.90

We are anxiously awaiting Ava’s upcoming birthday party and busy preparing the decor, food, and activities (of course). Don’t worry! We will post all the details as soon as it’s done! What are you celebrating this month? Leave a comment below. We love to hear from our readers! Have a great weekend from Side by Side Design!


Written by: Lauren

Here’s the last bathroom in our Under Construction: Modern With Antiques tour. Today we are sharing one of my favorite rooms to design in a home … the powder bathroom. I think it’s the one space you can do whatever you want, treat it as a jewel box, go completely over the top, or do something unexpected, and that’s just what we plan to do! 


Unfortunately, I didn’t get any good photos of this horribly painted bathroom before the demolition, but this picture does a good job of showing its location (immediately next to the front door) and the in process photos will give you a peek at what was there as well … Let’s just say, the whole bathroom was sponge painted pink (including the door), and the bamboo detailing was just not my thing!

In Process

We decided to move the door to the bathroom so that you see the main focal wall upon entering it and to create a larger wall for art in the front entry space. Because of the angled wall, we lost the existing coat closet that was here but gained a bit of a bigger bathroom, which is a win in my book.

Nothing will remain the same in this space. We will be starting fresh with a new toilet, a new sink and counter, wood flooring to match the rest of the house, and complete marble walls with a few fun lighting features.

Powder Bathroom Inspiration

Here is the inspiration board for our little jewel box of a bathroom. I think it’s safe to say that is exactly what it will become. 

So far this week we are busy focusing our time on ordering all of the plumbing fixtures for all of the bathrooms and the kitchen in this home, and I will be meeting later in the week with our amazing marble fabricator to go over all of the details for both marble bathrooms as well as the kitchen. This project is truly a dream project for me as it has been incredible to be such an integral part of each decision along the way. Stay tuned to see how it all unfolds.

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