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 inspiration! After a very long search on Pinterest, I finally found this gorgeous bathroom. I knew it was exactly what my clients were looking for for their powder bathroom, and I am so lucky to be working with my father in law Joel from BJ Discount to find all of the right pieces to bring it to life. More inspiration and details from the construction of this fun farmhouse coming your way soon. (Written by: Lauren)

#2: These walls! You have no idea how happy this dry wall makes me. I’ve been waiting to see it go up for a very long time in my Modern With Antiques construction project. Things are finally starting to take shape (Literally!), and it is starting to feel more like a home. I know when this project is done it will be well worth the wait as the design is so over the top and tres chic! I will continue to keep you updated on its progress. (Written by: Lauren)

#3: This detail! I can’t believe how soon my baby girl will be here! Only six more weeks to go until my due date (March 8th). I am busy working away on the details of her nursery and wanted to stop just long enough to show you one. Angel (our favorite muralist) came last  week and painted these ever so subtle palm trees in the corner of “Baby Daks” room to make it feel special and provide a little nod towards the city we live in. Can’t wait to show you all the rest! (Written by: Tami)

#4: This vendor! We worked with Hollywood Casino Nights on our recent Halloween event and immediately knew we had to book them again for another project. It is so perfect that we are now working on another event which requires this service … A casino night gala event for a local synagogue. We will be sharing more about the theme, decor, and all the fun details soon. Gotta love a project that supports a good cause!

#5: This makes me happy! There’s been a lot of dust and overwhelming decisions in my new home these past few weeks. When I went yesterday and saw this entry opened back up, I knew we were making progress and finally got to get excited. Luckily for me, things are moving quickly as our move-in date draws nearer and nearer, but this new entry space made me excited to finally have a house of my own. (Written by: Lauren)

We plan to share our “Favorite Five” for the month of February on the 23rd, 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: Lauren

We have been going to this hair salon basically our entire lives, so when we were asked to help with the redesign we were beyond honored. There were so many things about the space that were a great starting place, but we wanted to complete the look with a little bit more glamour and the perfect finishing touches without any real remodeling necessary. I met with Kelly and Sarah to discuss the new look and got to know them and their design style really well throughout the process. They are glamorous, edgy, and appreciate those extra details that really accentuate your design. I think the finished product really speaks to who they are and what Koby B is as a brand. Take a look and visit this awesome salon in person. We are sure you will love it as much as we do!

We all agreed that we wanted the design of the salon to start with the outdoor entry. We found this adorable acrylic set from In Mode Home and knew it was the perfect thing to put in this spot. We added topiary plants on either side to draw attention to the salon and create a more cozy sitting area for customers who are waiting to be helped.

On the other side of the entry window, they had this awesome floating shelf. We added acrylic barstools there to tie in with the outdoor set and to not take away from the window view. 

We went back and forth on the right image to use to really make a statement for the new reception area. When the painting by our favorite muralist was completed, I looked at it and then looked at Kelly and Sarah and it took my breath away how much it ended up looking like them even though that wasn’t our original plan. It turned out to be kind of a nice ode to the women in charge. Everything else in the reception area we kept pretty simple including this custom reception desk so that the amazing artwork behind would really be the featured element. 

One of the initial requests for this area was to create retail space next to the reception desk that somehow enhanced the design of the salon. I found these beautiful acrylic and gold shelves on Wayfair, and I think they were a perfect touch.

Our dad built the gorgeous center island for his brother a little while back. We planned the new design around it and love how we were able to give the salon a more glamorous feel. 

The thing I knew would make the biggest impact in the new design were the light fixtures. I absolutely love the gold fixtures and sconces we selected. They are my favorite detail and oh so glamorous. 

We opted to keep all of the new elements for the salon white including the cool tufted chairs, floor to ceiling mirrors, and used gold accents wherever we could. 

It was important to me to add in some greenery here and there to liven up the space and to not feel too sterile. 

Once again, Angel (our muralist), exceeded our expectations with her awesome artwork. The metallic gold lips were the perfect finishing touch to this adorable nail room. Of course, the acrylic shelves, acrylic nail polish holders, and this awesome Sputnik light look great too.


My other favorite detail, that I think completely transformed the space, is this glamorous vinyl wallpaper we added to the hair washing area, but I also love the new white chairs and how we planted the shampoo trough to once again give this space some life. 


The last space we did was this small coffee area. The little mirrored cabinet I found at In Mode Home fit so perfectly with their existing water dispenser on this tiny wall and is accented perfectly with a few treats for their customers. We once again hung the same acrylic and gold shelves above for a little extra storage or a place for an accessory or two. 

This project was so much fun to work on as the owner’s style was so in line with my own. I absolutely love how it all turned out and love even more the smiles I see on the employees faces each time I visit. I hope I get to work with these ladies again sometime soon and know exactly where my next haircut will be!

For more information on our design services email us at and visit Koby B Hair Salon’s Instagram @kobybhairsalon .


With all of the craziness going on right now in both of our lives, it was really nice to slow down just a bit for a day this week and celebrate our birthday. As is our tradition, we found a new place to eat together last weekend with our significant others and took full advantage of the Dine LA menu at Valentino. We love to celebrate together, but found ourselves apart this year on the actual day of. Here’s a look at how we each spent our birthday this year:

T Side: With our baby on the way, a little babymoon planned for this weekend, and just being tired in general, I decided to keep this year’s special day super low key. Luckily, I had a chance to relax throughout the day, managed to not schedule any meetings, and got to spend some time just for me. When Phil came home, he and I went to one of our favorite places (Iroha Sushi) and among other things had our favorite dish, the spicy miso crab soup. To die for! What a nice day!

L Side: As we have mentioned, life has been on the crazier side the last couple weeks so I decided to follow Tami’s lead and not plan any extra meetings in order to spend a little extra time with my girls. Our birthday was spent in my weekly Mommy and Me with my little ones and at my new house where I had lunch with my contractor (dad) while we oversaw the project. My only request for the day was for Scott to bring home dinner, and he exceeded my expectations with Katsuya and Susie Cakes in tow. I also got a chance to celebrate a little more with my mommy friends last night and love every chance I get to spend with them!

This year, we got to focus on what’s really important … Spending some time with family and friends and taking some time for ourselves. Thank you so much to everyone who made this birthday special; sending texts and Facebook messages, calling to sing a birthday song, or getting together in person. You all mean so much to us! Have a great weekend from Side by Side Design!


Written by: Lauren

Wow! The last few weeks have been a real whirlwind. We closed escrow on our new home and have quickly started renovating to meet our move in date. To say that decisions need to be made quickly is an understatement, but good thing I really know what I want as I have been dreaming of this type of project for many years.

Even though I know that I am not going to be able to get to every project right away, I feel that it is important to have an idea for how the finished product will turn out from the start so that I am always moving towards one look and one overall concept. We have taken on the majority of the construction projects all at once in the house for a few reasons. Number 1: It is more cost effective to tackle more projects at one time as you don’t have to bring the different trades to the home at different times for different things. Number 2: It is also less time consuming to just keep moving, paint once, and move on … and Number 3: It is simply easier to do all of this without all of our furniture, belongings, and ourselves in the way. Our incredible dad is running the show, and I cannot wait for you to see the progress and finished spaces. 

I always like to start from the outside in when designing a home. My new house is a ranch style that has a bit of a retro feel. Although we are modernizing it and bringing all of the elements into this century, I still want to incorporate some mid century modern touches to honor the architecture. The overall board that I put together for my space has a touch of that, some bohemian elements, and an overall clean aesthetic. I have kept things mostly neutral with lots of white, gray, natural wood tones, a touch of blush pink in my girl’s rooms, some gold, and black details for a little edge. To me, it is very “California”. A mix of styles with an overall crisp and clean aesthetic. 

Obviously, I am busy over here working away at trying to get this project done with enough time for my family to move in, but it is really important to me for our readers to get to see the process. It is sure to be a long one as this house really needs a whole lot of TLC, but I just thought this was a great starting point as you can see my main vision boards for the house which as I said is where I like to start any project. Stay tuned … In a few weeks, I will be sharing the under construction post with all of the details of the remodel we have been working away on. 


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

Written by: Lauren

I cannot be more excited about being a first time homeowner … FINALLY! In honor of my new home (which has begun its renovation stage), I have hijacked this post this month and made it all about the items I want to incorporate into my new space. I have included a list of five interior items that are must haves for me (and I would of course recommend as well) and five items I can use in the near future when entertaining in my new home. I have also included a link for each item for your convenience in obtaining them. Enjoy!

Interior Items

1. Acrylic and Rose Gold Chairs – The Nest (Sherman Oaks) – $95 each

2. 60″ Oval Wood Top Daisy Dining Table – Poly and Bark – $599

3. Highland Console – West Elm – $1,299

4. Cowhide Rug Neutral Tones / Cream and White – Etsy (JordHome) – $394.20

5. Handwoven African Mud Cloth Pillow Covers – Restoration Hardware – $109 – $169

Event Items

1. Mega Candles / Unscented 10″ Straight Taper Candles / Black – Amazon – $10.95 for a set of 12

2. 3-Piece Roundabout Taper Candle Holder Set – CB2 – $39.95

3. Marin Matte Black Dinner Plate – Crate & Barrel – $9.95 each

4. Madeleine Side Chair – Restoration Hardware – $132 each

5. Mikasa Serenity Gold Red Wine Glass – Amazon – $18.19 each

I truly can’t wait to purchase items like these for my new space, but in the meantime will keep you all updated on the construction that is currently taking place. Stay tuned for more information and inspiration next week.