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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