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 favorite holiday! The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays from when I was young celebrating up at camp to now spending time with friends and family. I guess it’s because I am truly a sun loving California girl and any excuse for a pool party with tons of snacks makes me happy. Plus I go crazy for fireworks! This year was very different and I won’t say it was my best yet, but I loved getting to celebrate in a new way … By spreading joy to others! (Written by: Tami)

#2: This move-in! The last few weeks have been super busy! One of our amazing clients is in the process of moving into a new house, and we feel lucky to be helping him get settled. Move-in days can be quite overwhelming, but he has a great team in place. We look forward to finalizing all of the details we are working on in this new house and sharing those soon! (Written by: Lauren)

#3: These dishes and more! As we mentioned above, we are working on a big move-in right now assisting our client in selecting dishes, kitchen necessities, and other accessories for around the house. We have a great relationship with Bloomingdale’s and love to “shop” for our clients. Here’s a sneak peek at some gorgeous things we found to fill his shelves. (Written by: Lauren)

#4: This rebrand launch and special feature! One of our all time favorite vendors has been working hard to put the finishing touches on her brand new website for her re-branded company Gathered! We absolutely love to work with the owner Kayla and her team on all things related to flowers and love even more that she featured us as her go-to girls for planning Southern California micro-weddings and elopements. If you have one of these in your near future, feel free to reach out. We will help to make your day extra special in an intimate way! (Written by: Tami)

#5: This 9th anniversary! Scott and I wanted to do something a little special for our anniversary this month, and since we still really aren’t going out to eat or leaving our kids with sitters, we put them to bed and had a nice dinner for two a la Katsuya. Their sushi never disappoints and it sure was nice not to cook for a change! (Written by: Lauren)

Follow us on Instagram @sidebysidedesign for more all month long as we share our deliveries and Designer Day! We plan to share our “Favorite Five” for the month of August on the 28th, and as always will be posting what’s inspiring us for the month ahead on the first Friday. See ya soon!


Written by: Lauren

When my brother and now sister-in-law asked me to help with their surprise wedding, I was more than happy to offer my services! Matt and Tshering had very few requests and were very easygoing about the whole thing. They were mostly looking for a small, intimate way to celebrate this milestone and thought it would be fun to surprise the groom’s parents (my in-laws) for their anniversary. I thought it would be fun to help them create some special details to remember it by. 

The couple had some time with their photographer, Dewey Tann, before the festivities started for a little reveal and photo opportunity. The wedding took place on the grounds of Terranea which was a gorgeous backdrop for this beautiful Bride and Groom.

Here are the Groom’s parents learning about their surprise … Or what they thought was a surprise anniversary party for them! 

What they didn’t know was that the Bride and Groom were waiting down below and ready to start the ceremony that was scheduled to take place. 

We gathered our stuff and met this happy couple down below to walk to the ceremony space.

This gorgeous bridal bouquet, boutonnière, and all of the flower arrangements were created by Kayla at Gathered! She even snuck in the anemones that she told me were not in season because she is that amazing!

Matt and Tshering were very lucky to have one of his best friends officiate the ceremony. Nick did such an awesome job, included lots of personal details, and kept the mood light. 

The couple wrote their own vows and definitely included things to make each other laugh.

My little ones were honored to be asked to hold onto the rings. It was nice of Matt and Tshering to find jobs to make each of my girls feel special!

The couple bought these gorgeous little boxes to keep their rings safe and to give Cara and Sienna something to hold onto.

We took a moment after the ceremony to cheers the Bride and Groom before heading back to our room for a little post-wedding cocktail hour.

This gorgeous food display was created by my sister-in-law Darci @dar.cuterie. I love how thoughtful she was placing each snack spaced apart to allow for as little contact as possible. 

She even added in some fun sweet treats in different shades of pink to go with the color scheme and overall look of the event.

Darci and I were a great team in making sure that some fun details were planned. I created these name cards to let each person know which table they would be sitting at our dinner after, and Darci got these fun Sugarfina favors to give each person something to take home.

Of course, I couldn’t help but gift Matt and Tshering with a little box of their very own! Along with their florals, I included Mr. and Mrs champagne flutes (that you saw earlier they used at their ceremony), a bottle of Moet, and some fun cocktail napkins that went with the overall look of the party. 

Last but not least, this gorgeous cake was made by Ashlee of cream + sugar with florals by Gathered. It tasted just as delicious as it looked!

Side by Side Design is excited to be planning micro-weddings and elopements with Gathered while the Safer at Home Measures are still in place. We can create an in a BOX to help make your micro-wedding special or help to plan the entire event bringing in florals, photography, a cake, and catering from our preferred vendor list. To request more details email us at info@sbsdesignla.com. 

All photographs taken by Dewey Tann.


It has officially been nine years since we began our blog (and the official start of our business)! Wow, how time flies! What’s really crazy though is how truly far we have come since those first days of blogging and how our business has evolved. Here’s a quick look back …

Obviously this picture dates back way farther than nine years as we have been “working together” our entire lives. Some things you may not know … Our mom used to dress us in our signature colors (Tami in pink and Lauren in purple) so that people could tell us apart. Although some people still have a hard time (especially while we are wearing masks). We consider being twins to be the biggest contributor to our success in business. Why? In our relationship and in the way we work together we each have very specific jobs, and we don’t have to discuss who will do what task. It is seamless and many years working on school projects and at-home creative endeavors prepared us for these days. 

We wrote our very first blog post nine years ago about a birthday party we threw for ourselves (with a Pink and Purple theme, of course!). We will be honest, we had no clue what we were doing and no teacher to instruct us in the ways of blogging! We only had one goal … To document the creative things we were doing and have a place to look back at these projects. Maybe the second goal (if there was one) was to share these projects with others, but we weren’t even sure how this whole thing worked or how to get the word out. These photos are from that first birthday party post, and if you have been following us in the more recent years, you know we have come a loooooong way with our event planning skills (and camera technology has come a long way too)! 

So many things have changed over the past nine years. Our focus never really was (and still is not) on how many people will visit our blog. We know that blogging is becoming a thing of the past and we (these days) focus much more of our attention on social media, but our blog is dear to us as it still remains a place for us to document the creative things we are doing. Our projects have grown in size, budget, and prestige, but we are still the same girls who love to think creatively and work collaboratively with our clients too! Events are different in this current state of quarantine as well! Usually we love to plan a good party, but for now we will continue to lay low. This adorable birthday box from our in a BOX line will commemorate this special day and help us to celebrate remotely. You can help us to celebrate nine years by wishing Side by Side Design a very Happy Birthday! – With love, Tami and Lauren


In our Pining For Pinterest posts, we prepare our readers for the upcoming season with interior shots alongside decor and event details in a fresh, new color story and overall look. Summer is in full swing! The sun is out and we are all trying to spend as much time outdoors as possible while still adhering to the social distancing rules in place! Please enjoy as we take you through our inspiration for two totally different concepts that stay true to the essence of the Side by Side Design model of Interior Design and Event Planning going hand in hand. These events, whether casual or over-the-top, are meant to take place where you feel most at home … and since that’s where we all spend most of our time these days it just makes sense to create at-home events. Are we right!?

Tami’s Pins: What’s “pin”spiring me this season? Summer vibes with a Moroccan twist! So we all know we are limiting our interactions these days, but that doesn’t mean our celebrations should take a back seat. I am picturing a beautiful bohemian backyard picnic for a few special friends (or those in your pod) with Moroccan tea (or maybe something stronger), casual attire, and pillows on the floor. 

You actually have to leave your cozy indoor retreat for this one …

… but the patio set up is not so bad either (wink).

Isn’t this the most gorgeous spread?

Make yourself a cocktail before getting ready for your guests … You have all the time in the world today!

Keeping it casual in cozy backyard attire …

… and adorable silk robes for your friends!

Who writes the rules these days? You do … and your rules state nobody leaves until they’ve had an ice cream sandwich!

Lauren’s Pins: What’s “pin”spiring me this season? Micro-weddings, showers, and more! Were you planning a lavish Summer wedding that has been postponed? You’re in great company! This is unfortunately very common right now, but no need to put off your big day all together! Time to plan an intimate micro-wedding, micro-wedding weekend, or small but stunning shower for those you hold most dear. They can still be part of celebrating this most special day in your life. The rest to come next year!

White, on white, on white … yes, please!

Perfect locations for this type of intimate gathering include weekend staycations at your local boutique hotel, an awesome Airbnb, or host where you feel most at home. Your house, of course!

I have no words for this fabulous set up!

The biggest bouquet for the Bride-to-Be. 

No need for fuss or frill, but definitely wear white!

Refreshing cocktails will set the tone …

… and something sweet is always a treat!

This Summer is beyond busy. Although some of the events have been put on hold, we have been working on lots of fabulous interior projects, tons of in a BOX gifts for some very special people, and we are certainly ready to help you with your next intimate home event. We look forward to using some of this inspiration in our own planning as well. We would love to work with you in creating the right look this Summer by tying in the inspiration of your event with the essence of your home decor. Contact us at info@sbsdesignla.com for more information. 

To see more of our individual styles through our inspiration, follow us (Tami and Lauren) on Pinterest!


Written by: Lauren

When my family started at my girl’s preschool back in 2014, I had a very good friend who was as active in the school as I am now say to me, “How can you help?” I think I looked at her like she was crazy at the time but as we kept talking she mentioned to me that everyone here can help in some way and it didn’t need to be anything huge or time consuming. During my time at this amazing preschool, I have made it my personal goal to help with all of the renovation type projects the school has taken on. The largest one to date being the new playground. This project has been a very long time in the making. I have shown a few sneak peeks here and there, but I am excited that it is finally complete and that Cara and Sienna (my four year old twins) and their friends are finally starting to get to enjoy it. I find it fitting that it is almost the start of their last year at this school, and we will be able to leave this playground for so many kids in the future to enjoy!

This is the entry wall into the playground. It was hand painted by two of the moms from the school, Nicole of The Avantgartist and Eli, who did an amazing job! It’s also a gorgeous backdrop for these flowering milkweed plants that help us always keep monarch butterflies in and around our school.

Here’s an overall shot of how the playground turned out. We worked with The Outdoor Classroom Project on the overall design and went for a very natural look with lots of areas to set up for small group activities or centers. 

We created a reading nook sponsored by the Temple’s Sisterhood around this gorgeous tree that has been there for years.

The play structure was designed by Geri of My Playground. It fits our space perfectly and the age kids we are tailoring this space to.

This mud kitchen was a request of the teachers and was generously donated by the Zucker family. I just know the kids will enjoy playing here.

The art easel was also donated by one of our wonderful families. I know the Ross boys will enjoy painting many masterpieces with all of their friends. 

The Michelle and William Ruby Play House is one of my favorite details in this yard … but I am sure you wouldn’t have guessed that (wink). 

We purchased these wooden sheds to store all of the play equipment and art supplies. They fit here perfectly, don’t you think?

This deck can be used as a stage, a spot for circle time, and can have so many other purposes. The cubbies behind will be a great place to store toys and other materials to use in this space.

Another view of the amazing mural. Of course it is super helpful (especially NOW) to have a wash station outside.

I am sure these garden beds will be planted in no time. I can’t wait to see what they use them for …

… and this area will be a fairy garden. Hence the gardening tools between the two spaces.

A sneak peek at the fairy garden starting to take shape!

I absolutely did not work on this project alone. I couldn’t have done it without all of the hard work and tireless efforts from our Director and Assistant Director April and Alana, my other co-presidents Rachel and Marisa, Rob and his entire crew, Nicole and Eli, Jaynes Brothers (our awesome contractors who brought this vision to life), The Outdoor Classroom Project, My Playground, and all of the amazing donors who made this happen. Special thanks to the Ruby family (of which this playground is named) for their very generous donation and all of their support along the way!