Written by: Lauren

Just like everybody else, we got stuck inside for six months and started crossing home projects off our own list (like this front yard renovation), but we still have one very large project to complete. As my family spent more time at home, we started reimagining our plan for our backyard and decided it would be pretty awesome if we could include a pool. We brought at least six pool contractors by to give us quotes and to see if it would even be doable and finally decided to pull the trigger. Three months later, permits have been pulled, the construction has begun, and things are finally starting to take shape. Our plan is to complete the whole backyard during this renovation, and hopefully by next summer we will really get to enjoy it!

In Process

They’ve already begun to frame out the pool. You may be wondering why they are framing it this way (when normally they dig down to build a pool). We are building a large deck to go from our back doors all the way to the back fence, and the pool will actually sit in the deck itself.

In this picture, you can see a raised platform. That structure is a shed (which will stay in tact), but our plan is to put stairs from the pool deck to that landing for an additional seating space. Just past that, there will be grass and our trampoline for the kids to run and play.

Backyard Inspiration

Our house is a modern ranch style, so I am keeping with that overall look. I am thinking a natural wood deck with white coping around the pool, but I haven’t decided which direction I want to go for the tile. Naturally when you start a big project like this there are many other things that come up. I have yet to fine tune every detail as I want to take the process as it goes, but I know for sure I want to include an outdoor TV, a dining space, a BBQ counter, the right foliage to match the front yard, and of course a few bohemian touches. I might even switch out the back doors, but we’ll see! We know you love to keep up with this type of project, so we will make sure to give you updates as we go here or on IG. 

Are you looking to update some spaces in your home? Contact us about our design consultation and full construction services at info@sbsdesignla.com. 


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 inspiration photo! It’s always fun to start a new project, and this one is sure to be a great one! There’s nothing like the charm of an old house, and for this one we will be working hard to make it look fresh and updated while still keeping some of the original details in tact. This photo gives a hint at what we are planning to do … Stay tuned! (Written by: Lauren)

#2: This special mama! We consider ourselves lucky to be the creators / messengers of very special gifts that others purchase for their loved ones. These are hard times for many, and to be spreading joy is a very positive thing. Sometimes we get the opportunity to be the gift givers, and this particular BOX and delivery was a dream come true! We can’t think of anyone more deserving than this amazing friend of ours. She is a constant cheerleader for us and all other women and is celebrating a big accomplishment in her own personal career. Congratulations Jessica! We are so proud of you!  (Written by: Tami)

#3: These gorgeous dishes! The little details you live with in your home are just as important as large pieces of furniture and big construction decisions. Things like every day dishes are a part of every day life, and we love assisting our clients in stocking their cabinets and selecting accessories to make their space feel more like home. These L’Objet dishes, platters, mugs, and more are absolutely stunning, and we know they will make our client happy with every meal. (Written by: Lauren)

#4: This construction project! It will be hard to beat this client’s old kitchen as it was beyond gorgeous, but I think that we are doing a good job so far! The honed marble countertops went in this week, and they are pretty stunning. We have some other amazing details still to add to this kitchen, and I can’t wait for you to see! (Written by: Lauren)

#5: This start to the New Year! We celebrated the New Year this year at our own homes, and I really wanted to make a point to make it special. I set my dining table up for dinner, added some festive details to commemorate the day, and made a nice dinner for my family. I hope this New Year will be sweet. (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 October on the 30th, and as always will be posting what’s inspiring us for the month ahead on the first Friday. See ya soon!


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 (whether inviting a few friends over for a last minute social distanced BBQ 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!

Written by: Lauren

Many years ago, we were introduced by family friends to “breaking the fast” with breakfast foods. It has since become our tradition, and I love it! Especially when I host in my home (with such a heavy day as Yom Kippur), I like to keep it light. Here’s how I celebrated last year with some tips for those of you planning to host or those just staying in with your immediate family this year.

I always like to add festive decor to my table. These fresh pomegranates from my Father-in-Law’s tree were just the right touch!

If you are having breakfast for dinner, you might as well serve mimosas too! This is a serious holiday but also the start to a New Year. Pop the champagne!

Apples dipped in honey and more make the perfect appetizer!

My breakfast (for dinner) buffet included bagels and all the fixings, a green salad, a quiche, and tuna too. Yum!

Although this meal is uber casual, I like to display it in a very special way. Presentation is key!

More fruit for dessert to start the year off right!

Whether hosting a few friends or family this year or keeping it really small and just doing something to commemorate the day, always strive to think outside the box. Doing something different each time and changing it up will break up the routine and help to make your day feel special. Have an easy fast (if it’s your tradition) and a great start to the New Year from Side by Side Design!


Written by: Tami

Tonight is the start of the New Year for us and many of our clients and friends (aka Rosh Hashanah). Reflecting back on this holiday from years past will be very different in #2020. I’m not gonna lie … This leaves me yearning for times when I could gather with extended family for large dinners and so much joy. These are just not those times. As you know, Lauren and I have started a new tradition for holidays and other occasions, and our hope is that  we are spreading a little joy in these uncertain and difficult times with our “in a BOX” line. 

Each holiday, we put together a concept for a family BOX and one more geared towards adults that you can purchase to help celebrate in your home or to send to a loved one you may not get to spend time with this year. We partner with other high end companies (many of them local) to bring you the most beautifully curated creations. This “Apples BOX” featured sweet treats from our friends at Napa Nuts, a delicious jar of honey made right here in Malibu, and the most adorable bee napkins made by Jollity and Co.

We were beyond excited this year to create a gift for a summer camp that is near and dear to our hearts and their alumni. These minis were a perfect Rosh Hashanah gift and included all of the elements of what makes this holiday so sweet. Each BOX was created with love, and we even got to get back in contact with some old camp friends in the process! 

It’s hard not to get in on the fun of gifting this time of year! Lauren and I created cute minis to pass out as well with a festive apple and honey theme.

Did you miss out on the fun? Don’t worry! It’s only the start of the holiday season, and we have many concepts in the works! In the meantime, have a kid or other loved one with a birthday or special occasion coming up? Get your in a BOX order in NOW!

Contact us at info@sbsdesignla.com with any questions or to place an order.


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: Something crazy happened this week! My little girl started preschool … She’s all grown up (tear). As a first time mom dropping my daughter off for her first day, I just couldn’t help myself. I went leopard on leopard (It’s my fav!). This month, Joie is my inspiration. I know getting used to this routine can be tough, but she is super excited each morning to get up and see her new friends. The start of school in Covid times is not exactly what I imagined this to be, but I couldn’t be happier with the decision we made to send her!

What’s my designer tip this month? Be brave! What are some things you can do to take yourself out of your comfort zone without going too far (LOL … wouldn’t want to push you too much)? Go all white when it comes to wall color, bedding, and a cute day bed in your kid’s room. Add a little leopard print! A pillow or two will spice up your space without going too crazy! Have a back to school backyard celebration (just those in your inner circle), but do something special for the kids like this table setting and / or bringing in an ice cream cart. They deserve it!

Lauren’s inspired: I found this quote, and it pretty much sums up exactly how I’m feeling right now! With everything that we are all going through it’s easy to fall into a spiral of negative thoughts, but I am determined to look at every single win and to know that there is good that is coming from the change, the slower pace of life, learning to pivot, and switching up your routine. Hey, it doesn’t hurt either that people are home right now and thus wanting to work on their homes!

What’s my designer tip this month? Be positive! The design in all of these inspiration photos has something in common. They are all very cheerful. If you’re looking to update, make sure you find what makes you most happy and accentuate it! Use big bold patterns if you like them, bright colors if that’s your thing, and if monochrome makes you happy … Know you are in good company! 

Here at Side by Side Design, we look forward to continuing to keep it real this month from our homes to yours … We have some awesome upcoming finished spaces that we can’t wait to show off, new projects that have begun their construction phase, and we have lots of boxes in the works! If you haven’t already checked out our “in a BOX” line … You should! Don’t forget to visit us for our next Get Inspired post on October 2nd for all new looks and inspiration! Also, check out our Instastories @sidebysidedesign to see how we are spreading joy one box at a time!