It’s the end of the month, and we are extremely grateful for all of the design challenges and experiences that have come our way. Today, we continue to show you some of our favorites … 5 things that truly made us happy in the great big world of design this month. This has proven to be a great way for us to share sneak peeks into projects that are in the works (but not quite ready to show in their entirety), flashbacks of projects from the past, and highlight an interior or event vendor that deserves recognition. Enjoy!

#1: This bling! I have been continuing to work on my big renovation project for my amazing clients. Right now we are working on lighting fixtures for their home among other things, and I love that they are willing to go over the top on so many of their design decisions. This week, we visited a crystal showroom in the valley that does lots of custom work and has some pretty amazing antique Venetian glass fixtures that I am still drooling over. We are considering a fixture like the one on the right in this photo for their living room. Stay tuned to see if they are this daring! (Written by: Lauren)

#2: This food tasting! Halloween is quickly approaching, and if you have followed us for a while, you know that one of our biggest and most creative events of the year is the themed Halloween party we throw for one of our clients. We spilled the beans last month on what the theme for this year will be, so it is no longer a secret … Wild Wicked West, ya’ll! Now it is time to put all of the last details into place. What will the decor look like? What activities will the kids partake in? What will the guests enjoy for food? We never like to leave out any detail and believe it should all go with the theme, so this year we took BBQ cuisine very seriously. Our client collected samples of ribs, pulled pork, slaw, cornbread, etc. from a few local hot spots and put together a proper tasting to decide who would cater our upcoming event. We are not sure party planning can get any more fun than this!

#3: This feeling! There is nothing in the world like the feeling of appreciation. Sometimes all it takes is a phone call or handwritten note to tell someone you care. Recently, one of our Brides went way above and beyond. Although it had been a few months since the wedding we helped her plan, she sent beautiful bouquets each of our way. They came with very personal notes saying how much she appreciated us bringing her vision for her special day to life, and this brought tears to our eyes. As event planners, we feel such a strong connection to each individual, couple, and family we get the opportunity to work with but unlike most of our interior design projects, these events have a very definite ending point. We always hope to be able to foster these relationships past event day and know that this particular Bride will be a friend for life!

#4: This vendor! We have showcased the incredibly talented artist we work with, Angel, many times here on our blog, but can’t say enough how much we love her. We are currently working on three different custom art pieces for three very different homes and are so excited. One of our clients sent us this photo as inspiration, and we can’t wait to see what Angel creates with this and the client’s home as her muse. For more information on our custom art and framing services, contact us at 

#5: This personal project! We definitely both have a lot going on right now with events and interiors but always seem to have a personal project underway. I have not quite gotten started yet on this particular undertaking (my baby’s nursery), but have some ideas in the works and know that Lauren is dying to help out with design. In my own home, I am not a huge fan of color and have opted for a mostly white and black color scheme (with some metallics thrown in). Now that I know I am having a girl, you would think I would be rushing to the store to buy everything pink. Lucky for my husband, this just is not my thing! Some blush hues may be the ticket to softening up the space, but otherwise I think I’ll probably give my baby a mostly black and white but feminine nursery. The thought of this makes me want to get started right away! Stay tuned … You know we will be sharing this process on our blog! (Written by: Tami)

We plan to share our “Favorite Five” for the month of October on the 27th, and of course will be sharing what’s inspiring us for the month ahead on the first Friday of the month. See ya soon!


Written by: Tami

I cannot believe last week Phil and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary! Seriously, where has the time gone?! (For a look back on our beautiful Garden Glam wedding use these links: ceremony, reception, and photo shoot). In honor of one whole year as man and wife, we decided to plan a little getaway. When trying to choose the right location, we realized what was most important to us was to cut down on travel time, cost, and have great food. So adult of us, I know! Living in Los Angeles we have a wide variety of options of places to go that are close by and chose San Francisco as it is only one hour by flight away. We had a fabulous few days together in a really fun city … What else can you ask for on your first anniversary? For your convenience (if any of you are looking for a travel destination or have plans to visit San Fran soon), I have broken this post into three parts that I feel encompass all of your travel needs. After all, what else is there besides a great place to stay, what to do and see, and delicious things to eat? Here are my and Phil’s recommendations broken down into these three categories (with a few side tips along the way):

Where to Stay

I am not sure anything beats staying at a Ritz Carlton hotel, and this location on Nob Hill definitely did not disappoint. Their service is impeccable, the rooms a dream, and we quickly made friends with the concierge on staff who directed us towards all of our San Fran needs. As it was our anniversary, they left us a little treat (chocolate covered strawberries) and something small for our baby-to-be as well (an adorable Ritz Carlton bib and rubber duckie). We truly cannot give a higher recommendation to anyone considering staying here … Just remember, YOLO!

I should mention that the hotel was only a short cab, car ride, trolley (you name it) away from beautiful ocean views …

… and so close to China Town you could walk there in minutes!

Where to Eat


First things first, when you get off a plane and you are hungry (and pregnant), you must check out the local cuisine. We found a quick burger spot with great reviews (and a long line to show for it) called Super Duper Burger and knew we had to find out what all the hype was about. Their “Super Burger” and garlic fries were dee-lish!

Phil made a reservation for our official anniversary dinner at a really romantic Italian restaurant reminiscent of our honeymoon (as seen on our previous posts, Traveling T Side: Honeymoon in Italy Part 1 and Part 2). Seven Hills was the perfect place to chill and eat great food!

A snack on the wharf was what I was looking forward to most! You can’t go wrong with clam chowder in a fresh sourdough bread bowl.

The other stop we knew we had to make came highly recommended to us. The experience to come was not at all expected, however. You may be wondering where the photo of this meal is, and while I will admit there have been times (lots actually) where I get so excited to eat something that I completely forget to take a picture, that was not the case this time. After we sat down and ordered at Burma Superstar, the power went out and did not come back on. This did not in any way ruin our meal. Candle light is super romantic, and you must try their famous “Tea Leaf Salad”!

Last item to check off the list was a stop in China Town for Dim Sum. We had a really delicious meal at Yank Sing of all of our favorites; dumplings, pot stickers, and hot tea.

What to Do / See

The city of San Francisco is full of sights to see, so we thought what better way to get a new perspective than to hop on a boat and ride around the bay. Our audio guided tour taught us tons (Most of all that other tourists will do anything to ruin your shot, LOL). 

Here’s a good one of the city …


… and although Phil joked that he did not want to tour Alcatraz this time around because it was too ironic being at a jail on his first anniversary (ha ha), we got a great shot of that as well!


Being this close to the Golden Gate Bridge was breathtaking!

Other things to see / do: Pier 39 (where all the sea lions live), take a ride on the trolley (but hold on tight) …

… and walk down Lombard Street (the most crooked street in the world). What a great spot for a selfie!


A quick getaway is always appreciated, and I know that we will never forget spending this first anniversary together in such a special city! Happy one year to us! 

I hope you have enjoyed this look into our vacation, our tips, and will consider using all of this information the next time you visit San Francisco. If you have any tips of your own to share, we would love to start a dialogue below. Leave a comment by clicking the speech bubble icon. 

Next week is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, a holiday that has always been very significant to us as it is a time for a fresh new start. Not to mention time spent with family. As of now, this is not a holiday we host in our own homes, however we are always looking for new ways to entertain guests in a unique way. For now, this inspiration post will feed our need to create a holiday gathering that is fresh and new for the New Year.

One of our favorite Rosh Hashanah traditions is eating apples dipped in honey. This is meant to give a sweet start to your year. To set the tone for this party, we used the honeycomb pattern as our inspiration. Golden hues and lots of sweet treats were incorporated too.

We always start our inspiration with the home we are designing for. This cozy kitchen provided us with our color palette and casual design scheme.

Although their home is casual, this couple likes to step it up a bit when celebrating the holidays. We are obsessed with the subtle ways this photo incorporates the shape of the honeycomb and the over-the-top way it has incorporated fresh flowers.

“L’shana Tova” is the way you wish your friends and family a “Happy New Year”! These crafty cards can be sent out to friends and family wishing them all of the best in the coming year.

What to wear to this type of affair? Only your holiday best!

A ruby red and rosemary honey cocktail is the perfect way to cheers to the year ahead.

Start off with some small bites … We love us a fabulous cheese board! Especially this mix of savory and sweet!


Do dessert right and you are sure to have all that you wish for this year.

What about a little sweet treat to send home with your guests?

As always, we had way too much fun preparing this adorable holiday inspiration board for all of you and truly can’t wait for next week’s festivities. We hope that you have liked it as well, and that you have been able to get inspired by some of our ideas. Happy New Year from Side by Side Design!


Written by: Tami

On Monday, my husband Phil and I made a really exciting announcement … Our family is growing! Today, I want to share how we introduced whether our baby will be a boy or a girl to those most close to us. It’s no secret that gender reveal parties are becoming more and more popular. So, having this type of event was a no-brainer. All we had to decide was whether or not we wanted to find out the sex ahead of time or find out with our guests and once we made that decision we had the hardest job of all. Keeping it a secret from everyone (including my twin sister, Lauren) for an entire week!

Although Lauren was not in the know on the biggest news of the day, she helped me plan and set up a fun black and white party at our home. The theme was “Staches or Lashes?”, and as each guest arrived they were encouraged to use our sign-in sheet to cast their vote and grab a stache or lash cup to be used inside. 

We incorporated a few small gold details into the party decor as there are already some that live permanently in my home. A dish of chocolates was the perfect addition  to our coffee table … ‘Cuz who doesn’t love chocolate?

We wanted to keep the dining room table clear to optimize space for our guests to sit but bought a brand new black and white striped table cloth for this special occasion. A few other decorations made the space oh so festive. I love how our hand-crafted balloon tassels and “Him or Her” bunting turned out.

As the party was in the morning, we served our favorite breakfast foods; mimosas …

… bagels, lox, and cream cheese. What better way can you think of to start your day? 

A black and white dessert bar fit the party theme perfectly! Thank you Lauren for arranging each Oreo in such a precise pattern!

An all berry fruit salad was the ultimate finishing touch!

Our immediate family enjoyed spending time together and talking about who our baby will look like, act like, and what the gender will be. Most were extremely convinced one way or the other, and I even overheard a few heated discussions. In fact, my brother showed up wearing a pink headband so that he could show his support for what he “knew was going to be the outcome”. 

After everyone had a bite to eat, we read the results of the vote aloud and prepared to finally share what we are having. We handed out poppers that had one colored confetti inside, and although it made a huge mess, it was so much fun to watch them go off …

… It’s a Girl! 

I know Lauren’s girls were excited to see pink come out of those poppers and will be even more pleased to welcome another little princess into the bunch. 

Phil and I truly could not be happier to have “Baby Daks” on the way! Now that we know she is a girl, we can start planning properly for her arrival. Of course, she will be loved unconditionally either way.

Planning your own gender reveal party in the upcoming future? We would love to help you come up with a new theme and / or way of making this a moment your guests will never forget. Contact us at for more information on our events services.


Written by: Tami

My husband Phil and I are really excited to announce that we will be having a baby girl this coming March! We have known for a little while that we will be welcoming our first child into our lives but assumed from the very beginning it would fall into Phil’s family’s long line of boys. Much to our shock, the test results were girl all the way! We are extremely excited (still a bit shocked a few weeks later) to add another little girl into the mix. Not gonna lie, we know this means lots of cute hand-me-downs coming our way … Thanks Laur! Look forward to many more posts to come with updates on her growth, a baby shower, nursery design, and lots of mommy tips along the way! We will be sharing more on our social media as well.