We are so excited to once again share our monthly inspiration with all of you! 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. 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: Like most new moms, I am daydreaming about uninterrupted sleep. Don’t get me wrong, my baby (like the one in this picture) is super cute and I love spending time with her but not necessarily in the middle of the night. I know, however, that I am just paying my dues right now. This is normal. It is what babies do and some day (hopefully sooner rather than later) she will sleep through the night, and I will probably miss all the snuggle time that we get these days. For now, though (to hold on to my sanity) I will settle for a few hours to go out to dinner with my man. Babysitters? Any takers? 

What’s my designer tip this month? I’m all about those baby blues! I don’t mean being down in the dumps, and I am not talking about a nice set of blue eyes … This inspiration is all about the color baby blue. When paired with anything bright white, it looks so right. This kitchen is crisp and cool with it’s all white cabinetry and baby blue runner. I love the watercolor details given to this wall and invitation suite. Having a dinner party al fresco? Add in light blue linens or a single detail in this color way like these fabulous cloth napkins. You won’t be blue over making any of these choices! I promise!

Lauren’s inspired: As I mentioned in the last few posts, we are all moved in, slowly unpacking day by day, and getting things all put away. Between the move, my husband working more than usual this time of year, and my kids being on Spring Break the last couple of weeks, I have been looking for little bits of time to spend on myself to relax just a bit and have a moment of quiet. I am also spending my alone time catching up on a new favorite show … Is anyone else watching This is Us? I love it! 

What’s my designer tip this month? Create your space so that it doesn’t add stress to your life! Simplicity is key. Live a little more minimally and don’t over accessorize. Put out what you truly love. A vase full of gorgeous flowers and a couple of interesting pillows. Do the same for your event. Don’t over think it. 

Here at Side by Side Design, we look forward to an exciting month full of well planned out blog posts (Check us out each week on Wednesdays and Fridays!); continuing Lauren’s home tour as she unpacks each room and thoughtfully puts things away, the reveal of Joie’s nursery (finally), newborn photos, and more! Don’t forget to check out our next Get Inspired post on May 4th for all new looks and inspiration!


Written by: Lauren

I’m still unpacking over here … Who knew we had so much stuff? I am currently working to finish one room at a time and put away as much as possible each day. This week, I completed another space and took some pictures for you all to see. I hope you like my new closet!


I would be lying if I said that this wasn’t one of the weirdest things about the house when we bought it yet one of the things that made me want the house the most … This space used to be an entryway leading into the house and a front porch but was closed off by the previous owners and used (I believe) as a rental unit for someone to live in. Weird, I know! I immediately had big plans to open back up the entryway portion (We will talk about that in a later post.), but was secretly grateful for the additional closed space which was immediately behind the tiny closet in my master bedroom. A walk-in closet … If that’s not a selling feature, I don’t know what is!

Although this space initially felt rather large, we knew we needed to move the bathroom wall in order to give us hanging space on both sides and enough room to walk within. We ultimately decided to do this, and I can’t say I miss the one foot we took away from the master bathroom one bit.

This is the original master closet. I think just Scott’s shoes alone would fill this up!

In Process

My dad got to work framing my new closet. He checked the dimensions very carefully to make sure we used each and every bit of space we had wisely. 

Moving that center wall really was the key!


We had our tile guy float the concrete floor on the porch section of this space to make it all level and now you can barely tell it used to be exterior space. 




What do you think of the finished product? Keeping this closet organized is key since I am bound to be showing it off! I love the units my dad built. They make plenty of room for Scott and my stuff. Some of my favorite features include the fact that every hanger in this closet matches, the display on the top of our dresser with his and hers jewelry boxes, our fun woven black and white hampers, and this super plush carpet remnant I found that was just the right size. We also kept the paneled ceiling from the old porch in tact as a cool reminder of what this space used to be. 

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