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 awesome speaker event! On Monday night, I attended an event put on by my kid’s school at a beautiful private residence in the Palisades. I got a chance to hear Randi Braun of Something Major speak, and it was truly inspiring. I also got a chance to talk to her afterward for a few minutes and got some handy tips to push me in the right direction and set me up for the year ahead. I also love getting the chance to see other great hostesses putting together their table displays. You can get great tips from that as well! (Written by: Lauren)

#2: This countdown! 9 months … and counting until the big Bat Mitzvah weekend we are planning! Time to get the ball really rolling! We are working now to secure all major vendors and are excited about all of the small details we are planning as well. Picture pulling up to the event location and seeing this pop of pink carpet leading into the most magical sweets themed space our guests have ever seen. We can’t wait to see it all come together! (Written by: Tami)

#3: This un”Vail”ing! We are still working on the final selections and orders for our Vail project, but as we get closer and closer to the deadline, I am getting more and more excited to see how it all turns out. Just two more weeks until the big un”Vail”ing … Until then here’s a sneak peek at the master bathroom wallpaper we selected. Stay tuned! (Written by: Lauren)

#4: This classic movie! I shouldn’t even have to say what movie this is from right? OK, just in case you have been living under a rock … Wet Hot American Summer! It’s one of my favorites! What does this movie have to do with anything, you might ask? It is the inspiration behind one of our upcoming events … A summer camp themed 40th birthday party! We have a DJ booked that we know will get this party started right, are working to secure some of LA’s best food trucks, and will transform the space (The Beat Box) into a summer camp scene. Stay tuned for details from this March event! (Written by: Tami)

#5: These birthday celebrations! January is birthday month for us! I personally don’t really know where the month went … It feels like one minute it was New Year’s and the next we are approaching the start of February. However, we did both get some small celebrating in. Lauren’s husband, Scott, invited me to celebrate with them at The Angeleno, but my daughter Sadie had other plans. I guess she wanted to share in this year’s birthday celebration as she was born a week early and only two days before Lauren and my special day. I purposefully left the picture of myself out of this shot, as I had already been in the hospital for three days at that point, but super excited Phil helped me celebrate with two much needed things … Sushi and sleep! He ordered my fav take-out from Sugarfish and asked the nursery to watch Sadie for a few hours while we got to rest. I will never forget this “birth”day. (Written by: Tami)

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 February on the 28th, and as always will be posting what’s inspiring us for the month ahead on the first Friday. See ya soon!

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01.24.2020

Written by: Tami

On January 15, 2020 my daughter, Sadie Elle, was born weighing in at 6 pounds 12 ounces, and 20 inches long. She loves to sleep (during the day) and has a hint of a dimple when she smiles. We are over the moon to have this new addition to the “Girl Crew” and know she and her big sister Joie will be the best of friends soon. 

When I sat down to write this blog post, I was conflicted. I usually try to keep the content of our blog focused on Interior Design and Event Planning, but we also always want to be real with our community and so this one is straight from the heart. I also usually post these types of announcements in a very generic “everybody tells you” kind of way. Answering questions that everyone comfortably asks … What did she weigh at birth? How did you come up with the name? Maybe even, how long did you push? (That one is “pushing” it a little bit LOL!), but let’s be real. There is so much that happens on each mother’s journey with each new child that they don’t necessarily say. I wanted to include some of that too because maybe some of the things that I went through are different from what you did (or even different from my last time), but knowing that we all go through some unexpected or harder moments helps just a little. 

What they don’t say … Did you know that between 10 – 20 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage? I had two before getting pregnant with Sadie. Apparently, this is super common. I also had high blood pressure almost my entire pregnancy the first time around which turned into preeclampsia at about 38 weeks causing me to have a very long and painful induction process (almost two full days) before finally “laboring” and delivering my baby. This time, my blood pressure was under control until I reached that 38 week point and again got induced. Luckily, my body knew what to do this time and moved much quicker. So quick, in fact, that after about 8 hours of induction, I was fully dilated and Sadie literally birthed herself. The room was not prepped, my doctor was not there, neither was any of our family, I did not push (not even once) … This part I truly am not complaining about. It was quick, painless, and will be a cool story to tell her when she’s older.

Meanwhile, my almost two year old was home with the flu! My dreams of sisters meeting in the hospital crushed. You know, as a planner I had her perfect outfit ready to go, a gift wrapped up and in our hospital bag from her baby sister ready to give, and the whole scenario of how it would play out planned as well. This meeting didn’t happen until almost one whole week after Sadie was born when Joie was finally well enough to come home and rejoin our family. Thank god my in-laws were patient and flexible enough to watch her for so long. I am truly thankful!

The first 24 hours in the hospital were rough. With my first, I bounced back so quickly and so did Lauren both times. I was totally expecting to spend the normal 1 – 2 nights in the hospital, maybe even get caught up on sending out some event emails (Wishful thinking … I did make a point of doing a little of this although I wasn’t always up to it.), and getting back to real life and work as quickly as possible. The first night, I was in so much pain (I figured out later that something pulled in my lower back maybe even before I got to the hospital) that I couldn’t physically get out of bed. I lay there thinking about needing to care for my two children and how physically taxing working events can be, and worried that it would be a long process to get back to myself. That night, they wheeled in this chair / rehab tool and asked me to pull myself up to standing. It was brutal. It took a while, I made it up to a hunched over somewhat stand, and it took 3 days of hospital care and lots of pain meds to feel like I was in a place where I could go home. I am writing this over a week later and still not completely without pain. It’s a process, and I have to remember that all moms need recovery time after giving birth.

They say, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”, and my family’s life is really just beginning. I am beyond excited to start this new chapter with my girls and always in awe of how much women endure to become mothers. Over the next month or so, you might notice our blog and social media feed get a bit interior heavy. I plan to get ready for our late February / March events from home and try to take it a bit easy for a while. Lauren and I pride ourselves on two things … This business that we have grown over the years that is thriving and makes us truly happy, and the fact that we know when to take off our business women hats and care for our families. We aren’t perfect, the struggle of a “mompreneur” is real, but we wouldn’t have it any other way!

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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

Make new goals and get rid of the old … One is silver and the other’s gold! Ok, super lame, but now I have your attention! I am all about setting goals this January / New Year both personal and professional and want you all to take this advice … Set goals for your house or event and crush them! Follow your dreams for how you would like these spaces to look. The sky’s the limit! Here is a list of ten items that are personal favorites of mine (in case you need a place to start)! Don’t worry … I included a link to make getting each item that much easier. Enjoy!

Interior Items

Milano Chandelier Brass with Lucite Accents – Clayton Gray Home – $1,155

Rivulet Gold Stainless Steel Upholstered Velvet Bar Stool – Modern in Designs – $485 

Aqua Virgo Dining Table – CB2 – $599

Marble Flatware Tray – Williams Sonoma – $89.95

Blanca Glass Canisters by Guzzini – The Container Store – $15.99 – $22.99 each

Event Items

Cheers Classic Balloon Mix – Bonjour Fete – $14

MerryNine Paper Garland – Amazon – $12.99 for a pack of 5

Finessa Dinner Plates – Williams Sonoma – $35 – $140 each

Kaloh Dinner Plates / Pink – West Elm – on sale for $8 – $32 each

Balloon Tassels – Etsy (ModParty) – $8.95

Start the New Year off right by setting goals and bringing the right interior and event items into your space. Happy New Year from Side by Side Design!

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Written by: Tami

How did you ring in the new year for 2020? We kept it simple this year … Lauren had a few other families over for dinner, drinks, and an early ball drop, and my family did the same at a friend’s house. But first, we got in one last event set up of the year! A roaring 20’s New Year’s event at Braemar Country Club

For this event, our focus was on decor and as it was New Year’s we made sure to pull out all of the stops! We set up a prop station next to their photo booth for 20’s inspired fedoras, feathered tiaras, and lots of pearls. Each guest was encouraged to dress up for this fun themed event, and as they were able to keep these hats throughout the night definitely looked the part.

Each table was dressed up as well … In black or gold sequins! We just couldn’t help ourselves!

Centerpieces were created with a gold charger as each base, a glass vase full of ostrich feathers, more pearls, party horns, and lots of candle light. We love how these napkins were folded providing us the perfect place to leave each guest a noisemaker to blow when the clock struck twelve!

Cocktail tables were the perfect place for sequin runners and “midnight kisses” …

… and the buffet was dressed up as well! We added more tall feather arrangements, and don’t you just love a good gold lamè fabric?

We know each guest had a grand old time celebrating New Year’s at Braemar, and that our decor was a nice pairing to all that they had planned … A speakeasy bar, casino games, DJ, dancing, delicious catered cuisine, and more. This last photo was our favorite detail. Beautifully displayed champagne coups that no doubt were filled and enjoyed at midnight. Love it!

Interested in booking our event services this year? Contact us at info@sbsdesignla.com. We would love to hear from you and assist with all of your design needs!

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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: I really can’t believe it … My “sprinkle” has come and gone, today I am working to organize all of the beautiful things that we received, and within the next three weeks I should be a mom again! It all feels so surreal. My emotions are a little mixed. I am nervous about sleep deprivation and figuring out how to care for two, but excited to finally meet baby girl #2 and see what Joie is like as a big sis. Somehow between Lauren and I, we can only make girls (LOL), so I am adding another girl to the crew … and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

What’s my designer tip this month? Use the new year (and a new baby) as an excuse to get yourself organized! Big floral printed wallpaper will compliment an otherwise super clean nursery and will look great in your laundry room too! I am obsessed with this event space. Whoever thought to organize these fabulous velvet chairs by color should be seriously applauded. The way these envelopes are return addressed is pure genius too!

Lauren’s inspired: “Set goals and fu***** crush them” … If that is not motivation, I don’t know what is! I am so proud of Tami and I for crushing our goals last year for our business, and I can’t wait to do the same this year again! This past year, I have been listening a lot to different motivational podcasts including Rachel Hollis’ Rise, and one of her pieces of advice that majorly has stuck with me is to set a goal, but when you get close to that goal, raise it and push even harder. This is something I live by now and it motivates me each and every day! As for my board, since this is our birthday month, I decided to go completely white, gold, and black since those are my favorite colors and they make me happiest!

What’s my designer tip this month? Set goals for your house or your event and crush them as well! There’s no reason your space has to be ordinary or like anyone else’s. If you have a vision for how you’d like it to look, follow your dreams. The sky’s the limit!

Here at Side by Side Design, we look forward to an exciting month including all the details from our last event of the year (a roaring 20’s themed New Year’s party), updates from our Vail interior project, and (fingers crossed) a baby will come soon … We have mentioned that Tami is just a few short weeks away right?! Don’t forget to check out our next Get Inspired post on February 7th 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.

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