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! My client’s kitchen is almost complete, but we still have the dining area to work on. They love this inspiration from the bench to the colors and even the overhead shelves, and so do I! I think it’s the perfect look to finish their space. I will keep you updated and can’t wait to feature this client’s home soon. (Written by: Lauren)

#2: This sneak peek! Now that Joie is here, all I want to do is snap photos of her … All the cute faces she makes drive me a bit crazy! Of course, all the photos Phil and I take cannot compare to having a set of professional ones taken that we will literally cherish forever. We once again called on our favorite newborn photographer, Erica Leigh Photography, to capture a photo shoot right in our home and this is just one of the amazing shots she got. The rest will be coming soon including so many cute photos of just Joie … I can’t wait to share. (Written by: Tami)

#3: This vendor! We always have an amazing time working events when our friend Dov of Cliques Photo Booth is involved. Talk about a creative mind! He loves a theme just as much as we do, and when we told him about the 40’s theme we had in store for this gala event / casino night he brought all the right props to give our guests a great time glamming it up for the photo booth. We love how these photos turned out when made black and white to fit our 1940’s theme!

#4: This vendor (double feature)! Not only is Kayla of House of Magnolias a totally creative genius but it’s almost like she is a mind reader too. Where did I get the idea for these stunning centerpieces you may ask? Well, that is quite a story … I was watching the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and if you are a die hard Housewives fan like me, you may recall Dorit throwing a birthday bash for her husband PK on a yacht. In the background, I saw gorgeous white florals with banana leafs behind (I know, I know nobody else really focuses on the decor in the background while all that great drama is going on!). It was all I could focus on! I knew we had to have something like them for our upcoming event. So I looked for photos online but could not find anything like the arrangements on TV and finally had to send Kayla a semi-fuzzy photo of the TV screen. I’m not sure how but between that and my description, she got my vision exactly … and the rest is history! (Written by: Tami)

#5: This time of year! This year I am doing the ultimate Spring cleaning. Setting up a new house is no easy feat, and believe me we have more boxes than I know what to do with. It does always feel good though to organize your stuff and looks great when it’s done. I’m a little bit of a neat freak and love things to be just so, so this is right up my alley. I’m loving how my new cabinets fit all of my dishes and glassware and how everything has its place. (Written by: Lauren)

We plan to share our “Favorite Five” for the month of April 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: Lauren

I am so excited! If you have been following my story, you know it has been a long time coming but we finally moved into our new house last weekend. The boxes are slowly getting unpacked, and I am seeing my vision come to life before my eyes. Most of the spaces still have a lot of work before I can call them complete, but I felt like my kitchen was done enough to share, and besides I was too excited to wait any longer. 


We weren’t actually planning to remodel the kitchen right away, but once we realized how much work we had to do throughout the house we acknowledged that the kitchen would be the only thing left to do at a later time on the interior of the house. We knew it didn’t make sense to do things piece meal nor was it very cost effective. We decided to take the plunge, and I am so glad we did because the newly remodeled kitchen has already been so nice to cook in and makes the every day grind that much more fun. 

To stay within budget, we opted to keep the layout of the new kitchen relatively the same (However, there were a few small issues we needed to address.). The dishwasher was sitting on the sub floor and needed to be raised, the refrigerator was sitting against the side wall making it hard to open all the way, and there was not tons of counter space. 

In the end, we decided to remove this double oven and the Wolf range (the only feature of the kitchen that I actually wanted to save) in order to minimize the amount of appliances and maximize our space for counters. By the time we made all of these changes, my dad said it would be wrong of him (being that he is a carpenter) to not switch out the cabinetry for new. This, mixed with a few other unexpected obstacles, lead to a whole new kitchen. 


We opted to keep the pantry as is, but you will see that a fresh coat of paint and new hardware does wonders!

Kitchen Inspiration

I put together this inspiration board (like I do for all of my clients) to help me come up with an overall plan for how the kitchen should look. The shaker cabinet doors we saved on top were copied for the new cabinetry. I love its style mixed with a “marble-like” countertop and an edgy black and white color scheme. I am always telling my clients to not be afraid to mix metals and sort of made my house the study of how to mix metals the right way starting with this kitchen (stainless steel appliances and matte gold hardware … Sure, it all works). I also loved this concept for the breakfast area, and you will see that I used that inspiration as well.



Here’s an overall look of how my kitchen turned out … I am obsessed!

A white marbleized quartz material was the right choice for my family of five as I love the look of marble but needed the durability to go with it. I opted to go with the two tone finish on the cabinetry to create interest and because I was obsessed with the photo I found above on Pinterest. The gold hardware was the perfect finishing touch. 

My Kohler farm sink and Grohe faucet are from BJ Discount. It’s amazing to have a father-in-law who sells plumbing equipment since I was able to get some fun extras such as my water filter and the deck mounted garbage disposal button that make life so easy. 

We moved the refrigerator location just four inches to the right. Which doesn’t seem like it would make that big of a difference, however, we are now able to open the fridge all the way and it is pretty awesome. By removing the double ovens that were to the right we gave ourselves so much more counter space as well. 

I think the stainless steel appliances look pretty great too!

I wanted to make sure that the pantry felt like an extension of the kitchen. I used the same hardware and the same white finish to differentiate but still tie it all together. 

We also took out the water heater from this space and replaced it with a stackable washer and dryer. I felt this was the perfect spot for the laundry to go instead. 

Here’s a view from the other end of the kitchen with a sneak peek at my breakfast area that is not quite finished. We already love using this space nonetheless.   

I am working away every day to put my house together and complete each space the way I had envisioned. Although it is going to take some time, I am already really proud of what I have accomplished. I am currently busy unpacking my closet and think that might just be the next space I will get to share. Stay tuned!

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By taking one of the looks from our Get Inspired: March 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

This weekend, we officially move into our new home! It has been a long time coming, and I can’t wait to share all of the details I have had in the works with the construction and design of each space. For now, you will have to settle for a little bohemian yet modern inspiration (although all are items that I love). I have prepared a list of five interior items that will transform 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. Safavieh Adirondack Vintage Boho Black / Silver Runner – Overstock – on sale for $52.49

2. Vero Barstool 24″ – Houzz – $1,622

3. Delta Essa Pull Down Single Handle Kitchen Faucet with MagnaTite Docking and Diamond Seal – Wayfair – $206.99

4. Black and White Decorative Pillow / Southwest Diamond Chevron by FABLE DESIGN – Etsy (Roostery) – on sale for $31.50

5. Retro Pendant Lamp – Ebay – $4.99

Event Items

1. Prestigious Textiles Cube Zodiac Geometric Design in Black and White Cotton Fabric Table / Bed / Wedding Runner – Etsy (Janellehometextiles) – on sale for $14.92

2. Cookies and Cream Macarons – Etsy (BumandBearMacarons) – 10 for $15

3. Couture Copper 5-Piece Flatware Place Setting – Crate & Barrel – on sale for $47.96

4. Christian LacroixSol y Sombra Dinner Plate – Neiman Marcus – $75 each

5. Faux Air Plant – Crate & Barrel – $19.95

The boxes are packed, the walls have been painted my favorite color (white), the kitchen cabinets have been installed, and so much more … Stay tuned for more details from the design of my new Modern Bohemian Home coming to our blog this April!


This past weekend, we were involved in coordinating a very exciting event. In honor of their 75th year, University Synagogue hosted a 1940’s themed casino night gala event for their congregants. Several months ago, we proudly joined a committee full of highly qualified individuals who worked on everything from sponsorships to marketing. We took our role of planning the decor very seriously and are excited to share the details with all of you.

There’s truly nothing like being greeted at an event by a red carpet and step and repeat. It set a glamorous tone from the very beginning of the night and allowed for lots of great photo opportunities. 

Next, each guest checked in and received drink tickets and chips to play all of their favorite casino games. We decorated the registration table with a vintage suitcase on top of an old Coca Cola crate, a couple of books, and a gorgeous bud vase of white roses. 

During the first hour, guests were encouraged to grab a glass of champagne, eat a tray passed appetizer … 

… and bid on silent auction items such as this “Orange is the New Black” swag bag. 

Right in the center of the lobby, we placed this round table with a gold sequin linen as the main focal point of the room. The floral arrangements Kayla of House of Magnolias made for this table were beyond stunning and made such a huge statement. So did the crudite provided by the event’s Parisian caterer.

In order to make a statement and keep guests in the one area to start, we set up a red pipe and drape in the space between the lobby and the main social hall. After an announcement was made that guests could enter the casino portion of the event, we pulled the drapes back. So dramatic!

Deco inspired lounge furniture was rented from Pico Party Rentals to give a cozy place to rest in between games …

… and tables and high tops were set up to give a place to continue eating appetizers and delicious desserts.

Drinks were flowing at the bar all night long! These cocktail napkins were such a creative way to honor the guests who sponsored this area.

A big band played all of our favorite 40’s tunes …      

… and everyone had so much fun playing Poker, Blackjack, Roulette, and Craps. 

Black and white photos (to represent the photos of the time) were taken by Cliques Photo Booth with fun props such as fedoras and feather boas!

Other late night activities included the opening of a crepe bar complete with savory and sweet crepes and a roaming magician who kept us guessing how he did all of his tricks!

Guests were encouraged to take part in one last game (aka the “Last Chance Drawing”) where a few cards were pulled and the ones with the matching cards received some really awesome prizes.

On their way out the door, everyone was given a deck of cards with the temple’s logo on it. What a perfect gift to take home!


As we mentioned, this event was coordinated by a committee of temple members and staff who met monthly (and then weekly) to make sure that every detail was well planned out and a true representation of the 75 years we were celebrating.  Shout out to Courtnie, Lisabeth, Bonnie, Emilie, Abbi, Allan, and Deborah! We are so lucky to have been a part of such a great team!

All photographs taken by Dewey Tann of Cliques Photo Booth


Each month, we look forward to getting the chance to sit down and really think about what’s inspiring us, make predictions for the month ahead, and reflect on the past month. This month, however has completely gotten away from us! How is it already more than halfway gone!? With Tami’s baby being born on the 2nd and her taking time to learn her new job (being a mom) and Lauren packing up her life (having lived in the same condo for the last almost nine years) and working through the process of moving into their new home (still under construction at the moment), you can bet we have been extremely busy. This post, though is one that really means a lot to us. Better late than never, right? We see our monthly “Get Inspired” posts as a chance to let you all into our lives and share our raw honest feelings about the month ahead … So here goes! As usual, we have each selected a photo that represents our overall inspiration and have paired it with two interior shots and two events that coordinate with its color scheme and overall concept. In addition, we have provided you with our designer tips to keep you on trend for the month ahead. 

Tami’s inspired: Wow! So much has changed for me personally in the last two and a half weeks. I have officially become a mom. It’s crazy how much your daily routine can change when you throw in all these additional diaper changes and feedings, etc. but even crazier how different your home feels when you bring a new life into it. I wouldn’t have it any other way and truly already can’t imagine my life without Joie in it. I’ll spare you all the details of the four long days and nights I spent in the hospital! This past weekend, I did two exciting things … Joie, her dad, and I had our first family photo shoot which I cannot wait to share with all of you and I took my first several hours off from being a mom to coordinate an event that we have been planning for the last few months. It felt really good to leave the nest, test out being a “#momboss” (I think they call it), and prove to myself that it won’t be easy but I can do both … work and take care of my little girl. 

What’s my designer tip this month? It’s time to Spring into action! Newborn photo shoots sneak up on you when you are a new parent. You want to make sure you get them done while they are still small and sleeping all the time. You have to make split second decisions on who will photograph you, what to wear, and where to take the pictures. You must act quickly. This Spring, go with your gut … If it is telling you to buy the blue rocking chair even though it doesn’t match perfectly, do it! It will make a statement. If it’s been a while since you’ve seen your girlfriends, invite them over for Sunday brunch. You can plan out floral arrangements all you want, but in the end it will depend on what is in bloom and what your local florist has to offer you the day you go to pick the flowers up. Basically, don’t think too much. Just do!

Lauren’s inspired: I found this quote and thought it was pretty fitting this month. As Tami mentioned it has been a crazy month for both of us with huge milestones and life changes. My family of five and I are currently living in one hotel room while our house is finished up this week, but we know at the end of all of this we are moving onto better things and it will be worth all of the stress and hard work we have put in.

What’s my designer tip this month? Don’t be afraid to mix metals or mix styles! If you like a black matte faucet but like some gold accents too … Don’t worry, that’s OK. A little bohemian, a little modern, some fun patterns, and an overall monochromatic look (my favorite) really do go a long way. 

Here at Side by Side Design, we look forward to an exciting month full of well planned out blog posts. Of course, with Lauren’s house under construction and Tami taking a bit of a maternity leave, we mostly have these two subjects in mind. Many of our remaining March posts will focus on babies (Tami’s finished nursery design, adorable newborn photo shoot / baby announcements, and more!). We also can’t wait to share the details from the 40’s themed casino night we coordinated this past weekend and we will go back to our regular schedule while showing Lauren’s home next month. Don’t forget to check out our next Get Inspired post on April 6th for all new looks and inspiration!