Written by: Lauren

For anyone who has been following us for a long time, they know that my family moved into a new home last year and completely renovated the inside of the house at that time. As is the case with most projects, we wanted to take some time before starting the next big scope of work, and have slowly been ticking away at the small projects and furniture to finish the inside while we waited. We finally decided it was time and hired a contractor to begin the process of renovating our front yard. Believe me when I say that it is quite the under taking!


See what I mean? This front yard needs some serious TLC and was a bit overwhelming to us. If I am being honest! Our main goals are to create more parking, a cohesive look, and somewhere our kids can run around / ride bikes more freely.

Front Yard Inspiration

This is the overall look we are going for. Something clean yet earthy and that goes with the ranch style of our house but still relatively modern. Specifically, I love the wood fence, the bench with planter detail, and the large concrete slabs with either rocks or grass in between.

Front Yard Floor Plan

Here you can see the layout we are going for. We are still tweaking it slightly, but it should be laid out on the ground by the end of the week. I can’t tell you how excited I am!

In Process

Demolition has begun! I am excited to see how this project is taking shape. I have put a lot of thought into how I want the design to turn out in the last year and know it will be both functional and look amazing too!

Looking for design consultation for your own home? For more information about our design services email us at info@sbsdesignla.com.


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

In honor of my eighth anniversary of the day I got married and for eight years of blogging, I have created a list of items that bring the two materials together that represent eight years … Bronze and pottery! You may think these two are a bit of an odd match, but I think they compliment each other quite nicely. You can’t go wrong with a mix of modern and antique or metallic and matte. I have also included a link for each item for your convenience in obtaining them. Enjoy!

Interior Items

Las Condes Bronze Containers – The Citizenry – $75

Rounded Rectangle Metal Framed Mirror – Rejuvenation – on sale for $239

17th C. Ming Dynasty Console Table – Restoration Hardware – $1,095

Indigo Organic Reactive Dinnerware – Cost Plus World Market – $5.98 – $19.99

Arteriors Stefan Light – Arteriors – $545 each

Event Items

Sonoma Vase Collection – Pottery Barn – $12.99 – $48

22″ Artisanal Tall Vase / Transparent Green – One King’s Lane – $89

Hollowick Ribbed Tealight Lamp / Amber – Chefs Toys – $4.49 each

Vintage Clear Cut Crystal Goblets – Casa de Perrin – rental for $2.95 each

Tuscany / Ocean – La Tavola – rental for $55 – $69 each

Whether celebrating a big eighth anniversary or not, you will love incorporating these bronze and pottery items into your home and event decor. Try a few out … or why not purchase the whole list? Live a little! Have a great weekend from Side by Side Design! 


By popular demand, we have added consultations to our services list and have a great offer we wanted to share with all of you today!

Interior Design Consultation Services ($500 – per room):

In Home Consultation Meeting – We have had lots of requests through the years for design consultation, and although we have done these before, we have never really put together a proper package. We think a well rounded company is able to offer a little something for everyone, and we wanted this to be our case as well. Although we generally tailor our interior design services to the high end market, the part of the process we enjoy most and we feel like we can offer more people are inspiration boards and an original concept. Generally we feel that this is where people get stuck and need a little guidance and we think we can help! In order to create a full package at an affordable price point, we decided to offer our first three steps in any interior project starting with an in home consultation meeting. This consists of a one hour meeting in our client’s home to discuss the room or scope of work and to get a great feel for the space in order to start generating ideas.

Creation of Vision Board to Show the Overall Look – We then take our ideas home and create the vision board. This usually consists of a few inspiration pictures that really show the overall look we feel this space should have once completed as well as detail shots of specific items or materials that give the feel for what the client should be looking for. We have become kind of known for our inspiration boards, and they are Lauren’s absolute favorite thing to create.

Curated Shopping List (5-7 stores and websites to fit your design aesthetic and budget) – To give you one more push in the right direction, we will include a curated shopping list created by one of our designers with a list of our favorite shops (both online and local) that fit your needs, design aesthetic, and budget.

Floorplan (can be added for $150) – For those wanting to take a project one step further, a floorplan can be added for $150, created by our drafter to show how we would layout the space, and complete with measurements to use as a guide while shopping.

Additional Services Include ($125 – per hour):

Shopping and Sourcing of Any Furniture, Fixtures, and Accessories – As this is a “consultation”, the service does not include any actual shopping or sourcing of any kind. Of course, this can be added but is not the true intention as we are really just empowering our clients to complete the job themselves!

Paint Color and Material Selections – Same as above … This is not included, but as we know that specifically paint selections can be one of the hardest and most intimidating parts of the process, this service can be added as well.

The above photos show the inspiration board we created and the completed kitchen that came from it. As you can see, we kept very close to the original inspiration, and we think it turned out great!

For more information on any of the above services please contact us at info@sbsdesignla.com or call Lauren Gwartz, our Lead Interior Designer, at (602) 317-8031.


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: There is something so incredibly special about finally getting the freedom to design events in the way that I see fit! For many years, way before this blog began, our business was even a thought, and the creation of Pinterest took place, I would dream endlessly about fancy parties. I often pulled pictures out of magazines of beautiful design elements to be used for made-up events. Even after I realized that this is what I truly should be doing as a career, it took a while to get to a place where clients trusted me enough to allow me any kind of creative freedom. Of course, every project is different, and I love the feeling of collaboratively working with my clients just as much as I do surprising them with all the awesome details, but I take advantage of the freedom when I can! This month (as we celebrate the “Land of the Free”), I celebrate my chosen career taking on wings and truly taking off to levels I didn’t even know were possible!

What’s my designer tip this month? Create freely! Wanna be seen as a free spirit? Start by combining patterns that are unexpected in your home. Gather pieces of art or other decor from spots all across the globe, and find creative ways to display them in your space. Entertain outdoors whenever you can … and speaking of entertaining, the more layers the better when it comes to designing your dinner party set up! Can’t decide between red or blue cake? Serve them both!

Lauren’s inspired: Each month seems to want to top the last! This month, we are knee deep in planning for a very special 50th birthday party, and I have a few other things I am planning for as well as the big move-in date for my client’s “Modern with Antiques Home”. We have been working towards this move-in for a very long time! On a personal note, Scott and I are sharing our 8th anniversary. Which brings me to my inspiration picture. The traditional gift for an 8th anniversary is bronze or pottery, and I thought this photo fit right in. Although I don’t think we will be gifting each other bronze or pottery this year, we have a lot of home projects we are working on and gifting ourselves, and I am excited to share all the details with you.

What’s my designer tip this month? Find inspiration through something unexpected! The great world wide web can be an amazing resource, and you never really know what you will find when you make your way down that rabbit hole. Type in materials you love for example, and you can come up with something cool like this that will inspire your next home project or your next event.

Here at Side by Side Design, we look forward to an exciting month including all the details from a fun fiftieth birthday celebration, more celebrating … our blog’s 8th birthday, updates and installations from a one of a kind modern home we have been working on, and more! Don’t forget to check out our next Get Inspired post on August 2nd for all new looks and inspiration! Also, check out our weekly Instastories feature “Designer Day!” @sidebysidedesign to see how we fill our days with the things we love.


Our series, Hosting at Home, is a place for us to share the creative touches we add to our space when hosting in our own homes as well as tips from us as event planners for how to pull off a similar look or type of event at home. These events are not fancy and super pre-planned like the ones you are used to seeing us do but rather casual and impromptu. The content of these particular blog posts is meant to inspire each of you to invite friends over for a last minute BBQ, to pull out dishes you haven’t used in a while, and to find those random accessories that help make your table look unique. Keep it causal! None of this is sponsored … It’s from the heart and straight to you from our very own homes. Enjoy!

Written by: Lauren

For some reason, 4th of July sneaks up on me every single year! I always like to do something but never can get my act together far enough in advance to plan. Last year, I threw together a quick last minute get together at my house for some of my friends which seemed to go from lunch to dinner, and we all had a lot of fun!

The girls got into the spirit early and we put out some activities for all of their friends to come play.

Some beads were set out to make their own red, white, and blue jewelry to wear, and we set up a kiddie pool, a large bubble station, and our permanent trampoline to keep the kids busy.

For the adults, snacks and drinks to get the party going!

We decided to go with sandwiches for lunch and put out cold cuts and sides for all to enjoy. This was an easy set up, clean up, and made all our guests happy!

It’s nice to switch it up. Since we had cold food for lunch, we decided to heat up the grill and serve salmon, sausages, and other warm sides at night.

When hosting in your home, do what feels most natural to you while trying to push yourself a little each time to think outside the box. Until next time … Happy 4th of July and Happy Hosting from Side by Side Design!