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 (all holiday related). 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 Chanukkah party! Every year, I look forward to getting together with my family to eat Chanukkah treats and exchange gifts. For the last few years I have helped Lauren host in her home and this year she helped me. We decorated the table to match my already existing Chanukkah decor and gift wrap, Phil and I fried homemade latkes for the first time ever, and we each chose a name in secret to select a special gift for. What a great time we all had … Can’t wait for next year! (Written by: Tami)

#2: This ugly sweater party! I attended a fun themed party and even might have won a prize for this lovely Santa Claus sweater I borrowed from Tami. Always a great time with this group! I also got a few new great recipes to add to my repertoire. (Written by: Lauren)

#3: This tradition! Ever since joining Phil’s family a few years ago, I have been exposed to new traditions and new ways to celebrate the holidays. One tradition that I have embraced fully (‘cuz how could you not?) is his Aunt Wendy’s Family Baking Day. Each year, we get together and make loads of different kinds of cookies. We all get the chance to mix, bake, and frost the day away. Spending time with family is always special and we get sent home with a whole box full of sweets … I see this as a win / win! Shout out to Wendy this year for not only coming up with new and exciting recipes to try out but also making such cute “Family Baking Day 2017” labels for each of our take-home boxes. What a treat! (Written by Tami)

#4: This vendor! A fun sign was created by MyLicensePlateHeaven to let one of our youngest clients in on a surprise she is getting this year for Christmas … Her own room! I can’t wait to complete this space for her, hang her sign, and see the look on her face when she finds out. I plan to share this special story with all of you as our first post back after the New Year. (Written by: Lauren)

#5: These holiday treats! Not gonna lie … We are not exactly girls who love to bake. In fact, we usually keep these opportunities to a minimum during the year and many times when we have tried to make something new it has turned out to be an epic fail. One thing we usually do feel very confident in is our holiday baking. We almost always make the same treat and when we do occasionally go outside the box our efforts are appreciated. We do, however, love to decorate / wrap as you know and believe that presentation is truly key. Each year, we love to give family, friends, and especially vendors / clients a little something to show our appreciation, and although the treat inside may almost always be the same, we try our best to change up the outside creating a look that coordinates nicely with the season’s holiday flair from our homes. Happy Holidays from Side by Side Design!

Don’t miss us too much! We will be taking a short break for the holidays until January 3rd and plan to share a very special interior gift / project referenced above, and of course will be sharing what’s inspiring us for the month ahead on the first Friday of the month. See ya soon! 

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Every new year we take the time to reflect on the past year, re-evaluate our business model, and come up with goals and ways to take our business and blog to the next level. As this is officially our second to last post of 2017 (“Favorite Five” to come on Friday), we thought what better way to start the new year than to re-cap the past year’s worth of Interior Design (Lauren’s side) and DIY projects, Event Planning (Tami’s side), guest bloggers / collaborations, and monthly inspiration. We set a goal for ourselves last year to post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and even though this has been a bit of a challenge at times, have stayed pretty consistent. We have introduced our readers into our lives as well as our creative passions, and we have shown you our own personal styles through our “T Side / L Side” posts. Every year at this time, we update our readers on our ever-evolving business model, and we are overjoyed to say that we have once again spent the past year continuing to build a business we are truly proud of. This year even more than ever! We do want to mention that sometimes taking on more work and being presented with more opportunities makes it hard to focus in other areas. We have planned out a very exciting schedule of blog posts for the coming year but will be taking our weekly check-ins down to two blog posts (Wednesdays and Fridays) with a true focus on what we are all about … Interiors and Events. We will be sharing inspiration as well for these two areas of our expertise and plan to continue to allow our readers to get to know us on a more personal level as well. We are very excited for these growth opportunities and to share them with all of you!

Here’s a look at what we have accomplished this past year, the different types of posts that frequent our blog, and our favorite of each type of post with insight as to how this all works Side by Side:

Interior Design – This has been an absolutely incredible year for the Interiors “side” of our business. Lauren has been very lucky to have worked on lots of different types of projects including everything from design consultation to full construction and remodel as well as Interior Design both in residential and commercial spaces. We have loved every minute of seeing each vision come to life and are so grateful for having this platform to showcase our work. We have continued to include blog posts introducing our readers to the “Before and Afters” of completed projects, the entire process of her many construction projects, and various furniture and room designs. She has worked on many spaces this year that are true representations of her design aesthetic (gorgeous home remodels and designs, a stunning hair salon with photos coming soon, personal projects including Ava’s preschool, our dad’s living room and kitchen, and Tami’s new place, and loads of inspiration and details on the construction from her many high end projects in the works). One of our favorite projects of all time (as seen on our post, Transitional Edge Entry) is ultra glam and so so chic! Lauren feels pretty fortunate to have worked on a project that shares her design aesthetic exactly. In the coming months and year, we plan to show the many other completed projects she has been working on and continue to take on interior challenges and new opportunities as they present themselves to us along with a very personal and special project Lauren may be starting soon (This has been a long time coming!) … Stay tuned!

Event Planning  As we have mentioned, here at Side by Side Design we have two “sides” to our business, Interior Design and At-Home Events. Our mission is to work with a family to design their home making it fit their lifestyle and personal taste. When assisting these clients with their home event planning, we not only get to continue to work with them Side by Side but get to pull from the look of their home for inspiration. Tami runs this side of the business and has taken on larger events such as weddings and Bar / Bat Mitzvahs as well this year. Each event we have planned has been amazing and we love exposing ourselves to various types of themes, clients, and design challenges. Every time we start a project it is different, new, and exciting! This year, we have had many favorites, but we only get to choose one! Sasha and Mikey’s wedding (as seen on our post, Camp Wedding Ceremony) was a true collaboration between Bride, Groom, and ourselves (as well as a team of awesome vendors) and was magic in the making set in one of our all time favorite locations. Tami looks forward to opportunities on the horizon for further growing the events “side” of our business this coming year and continuing to build upon relationships with other creative individuals (our vendors) to keep creating new and exciting ways for our clients and their guests to enjoy their most special days. Although her new baby girl will be joining us in the beginning of March and she will therefore spend some time getting acquainted with being a mom and all that entails, Tami feels strongly about getting back to work and getting the chance to plan really great events in 2018!

Holidays – We not only got the opportunity to work on our annual Halloween decor project this year, but once again created an equally awesome event for this client (as seen on our post, Wild Wicked West). We love the challenge our clients presented us this year with this country western meets Halloween theme and wanting to go bigger, brighter, and more bold with all aspects of the party we planned. This team has truly set the bar high for next year, and has already started to come up with new and exciting ideas. We, at Side by Side Design, hope to continue growing in this area through collaboration with other vendors to create memorable experiences for our clients at holiday times (including table centerpieces, home decor, festive food and treats, and gift wrap).

DIY Projects – Although we have lots of amazing vendors we work Side by Side with, we have been known to create many things ourselves. Everything from flower arrangements, to gift wrap, to handmade invitations have been showcased on our blog. We enjoy putting a personal touch on each project and love doing so through handmade details. Our favorite of the past year was one particular project we worked on for another set of twins (as seen on our post, Sweet and Sassy 1st Birthday Party). There’s definitely something so rewarding about putting personal touches on an event for a loved one (or loved ones), and Cara and Sienna’s guests loved arriving and getting to see each carefully placed detail. We love to create for our client’s events as well! This year, we plan to continue to leave our own creative stamp on each event (personal or not) while keeping who the party is for in the forefront of our minds.

Guest Bloggers / Collaborations – Since the start of our blog, we have given vendors, friends, and other creative individuals the opportunity to showcase their work or projects on this platform. We love hearing from others as it gives new perspective to our readers and helps us to continue to learn and grow. This year, we have not had a focus on having many “guest bloggers” but rather taking opportunities to collaborate with some fabulous small business owners (like ourselves) as well as some well-known companies on projects, advertisements, etc. We have loved every minute of working with the following creatives: West Elm, Shirra Arden, Kayla of House of MagnoliasMinted, DJ Kara, Jack Rodriguez of Brass Street Booth, Ariel of Leira Productions, So Posh Beauty, Conges Jewelry, Himal, Modern Art Catering, Dine and Design Group, The Black Tux, Le Grand Courtage, Staples, Red Bird, University Synagogue, DECASO, and our favorite artist Angel. The time and dedication each of these companies have put into these collaborations is truly inspiring. Once again, we only get to choose one to showcase and we are particularly proud of the work we did with our West Elm Pop Up Registry Event. As this is one of our all time favorite stores, we loved getting the opportunity to collaborate with them and bring a new type of event their way. What an honor! We can’t, however, let the chance pass to also mention that we were featured this year on a Staples advertisement for their Trade Secrets campaign (as seen in our post, Staples Trade Secrets Feature). What an absolutely amazing opportunity! Our goal this year is to reach out to more creative individuals, small business owners, and larger well-known companies, to share their points of view on our blog as well as to collaborate, collaborate, COLLABORATE! Let us know if you would like to be our next guest blogger or would like to join forces with Side by Side Design to create something special. We would love to work with you!

Pining For Pinterest – Our “Pining for Pinterest” posts allow us an opportunity to dream a little while still staying true to our business model. Four times a year, we share what is “pinspiring” each of us going into the upcoming season (as seen on our post Pining For Pinterest: Summer 2017). Each look showcases an event that works with an interior space as well as all of the details you would find there (signature cocktails, home accessories, delicious catered appetizers, and so much more). This particular post was our favorite this year because the two inspiration boards were so different from each other. While both were ultra-feminine in style, one was soft and the other a bit wild. However, the details we used for each were so much fun. By creating these boards, we are hoping to inspire those of you who are hosting parties in your near future or those looking to do something new with their home. Don’t worry we are just a quick email away if you need our help. Email us at info@sbsdesignla.com.

Get Inspired – This series features each of our inspiration photos for the month ahead along with two interior photos that follow the same look and two coordinating event photos. It gives us a chance to post what’s inspiring us each month and give a preview of what’s to come as well as really let our readers into our lives. In looking back, a personal favorite is our January inspiration (seen on our post Get Inspired: January) as this was a significant month for us … Cheers to 35 years! Our readers enjoy our monthly “Get Inspired” posts so much that we decided to continue writing and sourcing for last year’s new monthly feature also titled “Get Inspired”. This addition has allowed us an opportunity to fill readers in on where to get some of the fun home and event items they see on our blog. We absolutely love writing this series and look forward to looking back each month on all that has been accomplished. Check back on January 5th for all new looks and inspiration for the New Year.

Overall, this truly was a huge year for Side by Side Design! We set two very distinct goals for our business at this time last year and are proud to say we have really made these two areas of growth our focus. The first was to continue to write on our blog more from the first person. To share who we are as individuals, what is going on in our lives, and give insight as to what makes us different and how that contributes to the two “sides” of our business. Doing this has allowed us to be much more vulnerable. In 2018, Tami will become a working mom too (Lauren has three girls at home) and knows that while finding time to write will become more of a challenge, she will embrace chances to get to share about her daughter on the blog. Lauren, who has always been a more technical writer, is hoping to take on a more personal design project (in addition to all the work already on her plate) and might find that her writing style will change too. We truly look forward to blogging from a more raw and personal place this year.

Last year, we also shared a fine-tuned list of the services that we provide on each side of our business. For the Interiors side, these include Interior Consultation, Full-Service Interior Design, Custom Art, Custom Furniture / Built-Ins, and Weekly Home Floral Installations. All of which have been a focus on the Interiors side and will continue to be. We can’t wait to share some of the custom art that has been created for our clients’ homes and a very large construction project that has been underway for the past year soon. Our Event services include; Full Event Coordination, Day-Of Event Coordination, Design Consultation, Vendor Selection and Coordination, Dinner Party Table Design and Set Up, Home Floral Installations for Special Occasions, Rentals of Event Decor (such as vases and candle holders), and Holiday Decor and Gift Wrap. We spent a lot of time this year organizing our event rentals and have been able to offer them more accessibly to our clients and those just looking to not have to buy decor for their event. We feel that the more we share what we do in 2018, the more opportunities we have to work with you Side by Side.

What else are we planning for the year ahead? You may have noticed that we have already started trying to focus our blog’s attention on what matters most and keeping things relevant to the two sides of our business. A short while back, we decided to eliminate our “Food Fridays” feature as it was not exactly the right fit but to still include recipes occasionally when focused more on the entertaining aspect of food. We also added a series to our blog that might just be our new favorite … “Favorite Five”. This has been a great way for us to share five things with all of you each month that we are working on and highlight vendors who we could not have done our jobs without. In addition, we plan to take on more events and more interiors than last year. We got this!

Our reader’s feedback truly means so much to us and allows us to continue doing what we love to do. Please take a minute to let us know your thoughts. What kinds of resolutions do you have for us? What are your favorite types of posts? What would you like to see more of in 2018? What can we add to enhance your reading experience? Any constructive criticism is welcome as well. Just push the message icon below or email us at info@sbsdesignla.com … It’s super easy. Or if you just really “like” us a lot, you can click the heart. Your comments are greatly appreciated and will be taken very seriously. Happy New Year from Side by Side Design!

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By taking one of the looks from our Get Inspired: December 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 is all about sparkle, shine, and having a good time, but don’t forget to also reflect upon the past to be a more productive and healthy you in the New Year. In honor of the holiday season, we have prepared a list of five interior items that will spruce up your space and five items you can use in your at home events. We have also included a link for each item for your convenience in obtaining them. Enjoy!

Interior Items

 

1. Grayson Drum Chandelier – HD Buttercup – $2,850

2. Venetian Mirror / Clear – One Kings Lane – $769

3. Worlds Away Round Faceted Antique Mirror Wastebasket with Silver Detailing – Houzz – $223

4. JackCubeDesign Overall Acrylic Mirror Square Tissue Box Cover Holder – Amazon – $18.90

5. Luxe Faux Fur Throw / Arctic Fox – Restoration Hardware – on sale for $59 – $119

Event Items

1. Silver Tassel Banner – Etsy (OhSoFancyParty) – $14.95

2. Vlovelife Silver Sequin Tablecloth – Amazon – $13.99

3. New Years Balloon with Gold Mylar Tassels / 36″ Balloon with 4 ft Tassel – Etsy (RevelryPartyCompany) – $15

4. White Resin Folding with Pad – Signature Party Rentals – rent for $2.51 each 

5. Gold Metallic Ribbon – Paper Mart – $5.06 for 100 yards

What are you reflecting upon this holiday season? Want to get on a better work out regiment or eat healthier foods? Are you hoping to host more at-home gatherings? Whatever your focus is on going into the New Year … Make it count! Have a great weekend from Side by Side Design!

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In last year’s post, T Side / L Side: Holiday Wrapping, we introduced you to our homes and our own personal design styles. We each have our own “side” or way of doing things, which makes us unique (even though we are twins). When we plan our gift wrap for the holidays and ways to decorate our spaces and make them festive, these distinct styles carry through. With Chanukkah having just started and Christmas just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to give you some last minute ideas for how to wrap and decorate for the holidays. Gone are the days of tacky blue and white paper for Chanukkah with dreidel tags and a possible pop of color. We especially always like to think outside the (gift) box when planning our gift wrap. Here is what we have come up with for our own Chanukkah wrapping this year. Feel free to use this as inspiration in planning your own holiday gift wrap as well.

T Side: As this is the first holiday season spent in our current home, I got to experiment a little with how I would decorate this year. No falling into any old ruts for me! I got really excited about keeping a very neutral color palette and playing off of the few white / gray marble areas we have in our space. It made sense to decorate our fireplace and set my beautifully wrapped gifts up there as well as add a few other festive touches here and there. I stuck with the white and gray color scheme throughout and mixed in some silver to make it feel special.

As I mentioned, the fireplace is the main focal point for my holiday decor this year. Family photos are displayed all year long in this space. I weaved a sparkly silver ribbon through and added a few pinecones. I created these hanging fur pom poms (Thank you Pinterest!) for a fun effect.

Our gorgeous Nambe menorah sits atop the fireplace as well.

Upon receiving Paper Source’s most recent catalog, I fell in love with these large tinsel pom poms and this silver and white plaid printed paper. I knew right away I had to get them! I put great care into wrapping each one of our gifts slightly different to make them each special and also incorporated burlap string, teeny tiny tags, and a few more handmade pom poms into my display. 

I replaced the usual accessories on our West Elm marble-topped coffee table with a few silver candles and a dish full of holiday fun.

  

Here’s a few close up shots … Sorry, I couldn’t help myself!

L Side: It should come as no surprise that my decor and overall plan for wrapping revolved completely around my kids this year. With a crazy schedule, lots of gifts to wrap, and no time to do it, I wanted to make this process as easy as possible and opted to go with a few simple coordinating papers, a roll of trusty white ribbon, and simple sticker tags. I couldn’t help my creative self though, and threw in a few fun extras. A bit of pom pom string and some specialty tags with cute sayings made it just that much more fun!

I found this adorable ice skating print and based my whole scheme around it. It was too cute not to. A lot of people are scared of mixing prints, but I am clearly not! I also decided to hang all of the fun holiday cards we receive this year across the mirror. My daughter, Ava, just loves to look at each one and I love putting all of our friends and family on display.

Two different snowflake prints and some mini stars in a light, soft color palette with a bit of metallic keeps things fresh and festive.

“No peeking!” … I kept everything out of my three daughters’ arms reach and let them know that it is fun to be surprised every once in a while.

  

I may not have used traditional Chanukkah colors or prints, but I prefer a Winter theme most years and love how this look can be carried through to the entire holiday season. I put out a few dreidels though for my girls to play with and love incorporating all of the traditions into our nightly Chanukkah routine.

As you can see, we each have our own style when it comes to wrapping and decorating for the holidays. In your own holiday decor, which “side” do you relate to most? Leave us a comment below. Wishing all of our readers a wonderful holiday season from Side by Side Design!

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As we have mentioned many times on this blog, we absolutely love the holiday season. Whether it be wrapping and giving gifts, attending gatherings, or hosting in our own homes, this time of year really makes us happy. When we have people over, it is very important to us to be true to our Side by Side Design concept and not only work together closely but also make sure that the style of our home and the event’s decor go together hand in hand. With that said, we both have chosen monochromatic design schemes for our homes so that we can really think outside the box a bit when decorating for holidays and guests. 

Last year (as seen in our post, T Side / L Side: Holiday Wrapping), Lauren declared her love for “Christmas-style” wrapping paper and decor. She said that she is drawn to patterns such as plaid and even challenged wrapping paper designers to come up with something a bit more creative for us Chanukkah-celebrating folk next year. She wrapped all of her gifts in either craft paper or an option with a blue snowflake print but added in some red plaid just for fun. When she decided to host one of our family’s  Chanukkah parties, she knew she had to carry this look through to the design of her holiday dinner table as well. We worked together to create a look that we were very proud of.

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We started by draping Lauren’s dining room table and an additional fold up one with flowing red tablecloths. Then, we lined the top with some craft paper to match her gifts and keep things consistent.

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Tami received these adorable dreidel shaped plates a few years back as a Chanukkah present, and they made for the perfect small salad plates in our table set up. 

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Flower arrangements were made as well as red plaid napkin bows to give life and more color to the space. We also used Lauren’s shiny silver chargers to make the table feel fancy.

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As we were celebrating on the Friday night of Chanukkah, it was also Shabbat. A great excuse for Lauren to take out her gorgeous wedding kiddush cup and candle set.

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Planning the meal is just as important as the decor. We started with a fresh green salad …

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and some delicious hot spiced apple cider! (Recipes included, in case you want to try any of these out.)

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A more traditional holiday / Shabbat meal was decided upon for this group gathering. This lemon paprika chicken turned out so tasty!

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So did the greens: balsamic garlic roasted green beans

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and balsamic sea salt roasted brussels sprouts!

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We are not sure, however, if anything can beat the display of this mix of fresh and dried fruit and nuts Lauren created. How fun to be able to use our large dreidel tray!

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Just in case that was not enough, we also had an assortment of cookies and some traditional sufganiyot (jelly donuts).

Are you hosting any holiday dinner parties this year? Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Don’t! We are just an email away and would love to help you in any way we can … Planning a menu, creating an overall look for your tablescape, bringing in flower arrangements and decor, etc. The most important thing is that you get to spend this special time with your loved ones. For more information regarding our holiday / event services, contact us at info@sbsdesignla.com. Happy Holidays from Side by Side Design!

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