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. Obviously, at the moment, we aren’t inviting guests into our homes. So not technically “hosting”, but the content of these particular blog posts is meant to inspire each of you (whether inviting friends over for a last minute BBQ post-quarantine or doing something special for those in your “quaran-team”), 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!

A fiesta in quarantine is like all other gatherings (except far less people). You still could include all the essentials …

An appetizer – “It’s five o’guac somewhere!” Not gonna lie, all this time indoors feels a bit funny. Not sure what time or day it is ever! What we do know is that quesadillas and fresh guacamole make for a really fun snack, and anyway this adorable dish has been needing to make an appearance for a while. If you are like us, the amount of dishes you are washing these days is something out of a horror film, but adding something into the mix that you haven’t used in a while will at least bring a smile to your face when you’re scrubbing away!

A main dish – Have you been busy cooking for your family? It’s like, we have all been sentenced to more time at home which resulted in putting our culinary skills to the ultimate test. Whatever dish you have whipped up recently, you should seriously be proud! This was a simple plate of homemade enchiladas and a corn salad … It’s all about the plating! Let your creative juices flow while making your dinner look amazing!

A dessert – S’mores anyone? Yes, we have plenty of Zoom calls to get on and are keeping extremely busy, but without rushing to get anywhere we have plenty more time to spend with those we love. Make a sweet treat at the end of your meal … Your kids (who have been cooped up) deserve it!

An after the kids go to bed cocktail – Don’t forget that you deserve a treat too! Whether you are a whiskey fan or a spicy tequila cocktail is more your speed, you should end the night with something that makes you happy. We all need this for our mental health right now … Play a game, binge a show (We highly recommend Tiger King), you do you! 

Our social media feeds have been absolutely flooded with friends taking up new hobbies, creating culinary masterpieces, and finding ways to connect through these hard times. Keep it coming! We love to see how you are “hosting at home”. Share your pics with us @sidebysidedesign. 


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 countdown! 7 months … and counting until the big Bat Mitzvah weekend we are planning! Can you believe it? It is truly going to be here before we know it. With all this new found time at home, I have been working hard to bring all the visions and details we have planned for this event together. What’s next on the agenda? Finalizing our entertainment plan! In addition to bringing in a top entertainment company, DJ, and emcee, we will have fun arcade games for the kids, a dinner time show for the adult guests, and so much more! You didn’t think I would actually spill all the details, did you? (Written by: Tami)

#2: This eclectic bathroom! Still working out the final details for an eclectic master bathroom (i.e. what style cabinet, finalizing tile, specing plumbing fixtures, and fine tuning the layout dimensions). I am lucky that, for the most part, I can work from home and still get done as much as I possibly can for my clients. We are all in this together, but I want to make sure that when this is all over they get to thoroughly enjoy their new spaces. (Written by: Lauren)

#3: This cocktail party! It’s no secret that events big and small are being postponed all across the world, and we feel extremely fortunate to have clients who are just as excited to get back into planning as soon as we are all able to get less distance between us. Here’s a cute pic from the last event we planned in March, an at-home cocktail party. Who would have thought after this there would be a break? Not me! I am also just as excited as ever  to resume work (outside of my home) and create beautiful events again! (Written by: Tami)

#4: This vendor! What an awesome year the last one was for our company, and one thing we can say for certain is that we really feel confident now in the vendors that we work with regularly and all their creative talents. One such vendor that we have had the opportunity to work with on many events in the past twelve months is Mulberry Row. They created these gorgeous floral arrangements and many others too! Seriously, I always have a strong idea in mind for what I want the florals to be at our events, and every time these experts over exceed my expectations! (Written by: Tami)

#5: These company changes! Just like all other businesses at this time, we have had to adapt to our #newnormal. There have been some small changes in the way we conduct business and what we share on our IG feed, but overall our intent will always stay the same: To create stunning spaces for our clients to live in and memorable experiences for those hosting in their homes. What’s new with Side by Side? Virtual meetings to discuss plans for projects in the works, a discounted rate on our Interior Design Consultation Package (if booked by April 15th), and we will continue to share “The Things that are Keeping Us Going” (like this Zoom Circle Time with Cara and Sienna’s preschool) on our IG stories for those looking for creative ideas and inspiration. (Written by: Lauren)

Follow us on Instagram @sidebysidedesign for more all month long as we share our Designer Day! We plan to share our “Favorite Five” for the month of April on the 24th, and as always will be posting what’s inspiring us for the month ahead on the first Friday. See ya soon!


Written by: Lauren

As a designer, I work hard to create spaces for my clients that they love to be in at the end of long hard days. I can only hope that right now with all that is going on, these spaces are ones of comfort and are highly functional for all of the things that they are doing in their lives while working and being in their homes. It is truly crazy, how we are all learning (including me) that being home all day can be an adjustment, and that finding things we love in our space is really really important. I want to stress that what we see on our social media as always is not reality. Please know that next to each of my perfectly staged insta-worthy photos is a pile of clothes that needs to be folded or of papers and kids activities that haven’t been put away. It is ok, however, to still want to find beauty in the crazy! With that said, I have created a list of five things (staged for this post) that I am loving in my home right now. Here it goes …

#1: My girls have been having sleepovers in Cara and Sienna’s room every night. This bed (Ava’s) makes me happy because it is staying made … LOL! Therefore, one less bed to make! Silver lining, people! “Pink pyramid” as Ava calls it (otherwise known as this painted corner of Ava’s wall) is one of her and my favorite things in our house. It makes me so happy that after two years she still loves it so much. I appreciate, though more than anything, that my girls love spending time with each other (awake and asleep).  

#2: I love getting to see my dining room come together little by little. I have been taking small moments throughout the day to online shop for the right pieces to finish up this space. Now that I have the time. Although it is not quite finished, it is a beautiful space. The window in this area lets in plenty of sunlight, and I dream of being able to host my family and friends again here soon. 

#3: We have been trying to prioritize doing some sort of fun project or activity together each day. Whether it be going on a rainbow hunt, doing a cooking or art project (like these kosher pigs in blankets), or watching a movie we all want to see. These moments during the day where we all get to unwind and spend time together are usually few and far between during our normal life, so I am trying to soak it all in and make each moment count for now.

#4: Every night at 6:45, our preschool has been leading a bedtime Zoom call with different songs or stories. My girls have been looking forward to this each night so much that they rush through dinner and bath time to get to it. Which makes for an early bedtime for them … So nice for me! Thank you University Synagogue for making these times more bearable for my family! We are truly grateful!

#5: This is my and Scott’s favorite spot to unwind at the end of the night. We have been binge watching 24 together from the beginning. So good! It has been nice to have something to look forward to when the girls go to sleep. What keeps you going?

I am so curious … What are some things at home that are bringing you joy in this crazy time? We are all in this together! Stay strong for your families! Stay healthy! Stay home, and be there for each other!


What a crazy time! With all that is happening in the world, we know everyone’s goal is to stay home as much as possible and practice “social distancing”. As with most jobs, this makes ours very difficult as we pride ourselves in our ability to relate to our clients and work “Side by Side”. For now, at least, virtual is the way to go! Therefore, we thought what better time to revisit our interior design consultation services here on the blog. We have prepared a package we think you will like that is reasonable in cost and will allow you to work one room at a time while getting guidance from a skilled designer! Here are the details (and a discount for those of you looking to secure these services in the next few weeks):

Interior Design Consultation Services ($500 – per room, or $400 if booked by April 15th):

In Home (or virtual) Consultation Meeting – We think a well rounded company is able to offer a little something for everyone, and we always want this to be the case for us 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 (or virtual) consultation meeting. Generally this consists of a one hour meeting in our client’s home, but for now FaceTime, Zoom, or your preferred mode of communication will provide us an opportunity to discuss the room or scope of work. This will give us a great feel for the space in order to start generating ideas.

Creation of a Vision Board to Show the Overall Look – We then take our ideas 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 (Online resources are great right now!) 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 if doing it yourself is not your thing!

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 living room 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.


Written by: Lauren

When our clients came to us and mentioned they wanted us to furnish and make their new home in Vail, Colorado something special, we were over the moon! We are very lucky to get the opportunity to work Side by Side with this client to make their Winter home extra cozy and something they would look forward to spending as much time in as possible. As they purchased in the Fall, and wanted to be able to enjoy it this Winter, they decided to secure all of the big items (mostly furniture and rugs) from big box stores (primarily Restoration Hardware), so that this process would move rather quickly. We decided to jazz things up by using amazing wallpaper, high end drapery fabrics, and only the best accessories to really give this space a well designed and curated look. 

This is the overall inspiration board I created to show my clients my vision for this space. I kept everything relatively neutral in color with some fun textures and pops of different shades of blue to keep things interesting. 

My client wanted a special place to display a portrait of her horse, and so I am giving her just that in her entry.

The common area in this home consisting of the kitchen, dining area, and living room is all one large space. I want to keep it open and inviting in one consistent look with a few fun and interesting details. 

To distinguish the living room area, I selected an awesome textured wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries and included lots of cozy pieces for the family to enjoy after a long day on the slopes.

The bed is the main feature in this master bedroom, but the gorgeous drapery fabric comes in a close second.

This guest room is one of my favorites with the most spectacular wallpaper and some unexpected finishing touches.

This bunk room is turning out amazing! Spoiler alert … The navy wall covering you see here ended up on the ceiling!

We are so close to being finished with our work on this home, and I cannot wait to share it with all of you! I am hoping when this whole virus situation is behind us, I will be able to go out there again to stage everything properly and take gorgeous photos … Stay tuned!