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: Right now, I’m just holding on to the last little bits of Summer! Did you know, that before Lauren convinced me to join her in the design world, I was an elementary school teacher? I have never for one day regret my decision, but there are a few things that will always stay with me … A love for new school supplies, working with children (maybe that’s why Bar / Bat Mitzvah planning and birthday parties are a specialty of mine), and the feeling that Summer should be a time for taking a break. This month, I will cherish my time with my girls in the sun as we head off on our annual Palm Springs getaway, and when we return it will be time to get ready for Joie’s second year of preschool. Can’t wait!

What’s my designer tip this month? Summer vibes are still in style! I love me some tie dye, and am dying for the opportunity to incorporate it into some end of Summer party decor. What else do I love from these #inspo photos? Lots of pink pillows, sweet treats in the cutest shapes and colors, and I seriously want to find this exact backpack for my little girl! Anyone know where I can find it?

Lauren’s inspired: I agree with Tami. How on Earth is this Summer almost over? It’s so crazy! My girls start school in a little over a week, and I feel like Summer just started. Maybe that’s because I have just been working so hard since we got back from our trip in June, but we have one more weekend getaway … So you better believe this photo of the girl “relaxing” will be me! 

What’s my designer tip this month? Take time to create beauty in your chaos! Even though I have been busier than busy this past month, I have been doing a lot of shopping for pieces for clients and have picked up a few for myself along the way as well. Just these few new pieces have helped certain spaces in my house feel finished, and as I walk through these spaces it gives me so much joy. You can do the same. I promise, it will help give you peace even on your most crazy days! 

Here at Side by Side Design, we look forward to an exciting month including a little getaway for both of our families to Palm Springs and ramping up towards our big Bat Mitzvah event! We are working on some great remodels right now, and are excited to share some sneak peeks into their progress! We’ve been really busy getting back into events and with all of the interior projects we have right now too. We are going to work to do better posting on IG and IG stories @sidebysidedesign so that you guys can see all that we have been working on and will post each project as it finishes here as well. If you haven’t already checked out our “in a BOX” line (a custom gifting experience) … You should! Don’t forget to visit us for our next Get Inspired post on September 3rd for all new looks and inspiration! Have a great weekend from Side by Side!

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Written by: Lauren

Wow! Construction is really booming right now! People are moving and wanting to remodel or were home this past year and noticing things that they want to change. Whatever the case, this market is pretty insane and materials and tradesmen are hard to come by. We are very lucky to be very busy as well and are working on a few different construction projects at the moment ourselves. One being this amazing Hidden Hills ranch style home that our clients just moved into a few months ago. 

Before

We are working on this project in stages to break it up a bit and are getting closer and closer to completion on the first scope of work. So I thought it would be fun to share the before photos and some from the construction process before we get to the finish line.

The main project in this first scope is remodeling this kitchen. We are really doing everything from soup to nuts on this one; new flooring, reworking the cabinetry, paint, countertops, plumbing fixtures, lighting … You name it! However, the layout is staying more or less the same.


We are changing things up on this wall. The space in the back will now house a gorgeous 60 inch Wolf range with a built in hood, and they will have more island space for prepping some amazing meals.

In Process

As you can see, they are removing the island in this photo. We ended up building a brand new one since it made more sense than completely reworking the existing island.

We removed the old bar unit as well, and it has really opened up the space and made it feel even bigger. 

All gone!

Here you can see the new cabinetry being built in our dad’s shop …

… and how it is looking now installed.

Sometimes when you start a new project, there is a domino effect that happens and you kind of have to work on other areas at the same time. Not shown here are the dining room, breakfast room, butler’s pantry, new laundry room, and new mud closet that we are also currently working on finishing up. We will be sure to show these spaces as they are completed and I am sure we will get awesome photos as well as the owner is a photographer (wink). Stay tuned!

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07.09.2021

Written by: Tami

I honestly can’t tell you how much I have missed events! If you are someone who loves to entertain, or just loves to attend parties, or even loves to be busy on the weekends … You probably know what I mean! Start of Summer, events are back and back in a big way! It’s almost like people are nervous everything will shut down again. That’s how back they are, and I can’t be happier to be back in my happy place of planning. Most importantly though, the down time Lauren and I got (if we can call it that as we were miraculously busy all through Covid with our interiors side), was a perfect time for us to reimagine the events side of our business for how it will be moving forward.

When working with event clients, I can take on many roles. Some clients like to show up at their event as a guest knowing next to nothing about what went into the planning process or what their event will be, and I get to act as “full service party planner” setting into motion every detail from soup to nuts. Other clients love the process and love to create too! We work collaboratively together and I usually will take off their plate whatever it is that is most stressful to them (setting up day of, securing vendors, and even imagining the overall look). This was that type of event … “a first celebration” for our client’s daughter Zoya, the first major event of many in 2021 for Side by Side, and a true collaboration between myself and our client Misbah who loves the details just as much as we do!

I forgot to mention one very important detail … This is a first time event client for us, but Lauren has been working with this awesome family on the interiors side for a while to create gorgeous spaces in their home! More on that hopefully soon! We are dying to share photos from this special interior project!

The most important part of planning a first birthday, is coming up with a theme! Zoya and her mama love rainbows and cool color palettes. Therefore, a rainbow theme with a non-traditional color scheme was in order. These monochromatic balloon rainbows by Confetti and Sprinkles popped so cute on the family’s blue double doors. 

Like I mentioned, this process was very collaborative! While Lauren and I were in the back setting up a magical space for Zoya and her friends and family to enjoy her first birthday, one of her mom’s sisters wrote out this adorable sign to welcome all of their guests. 

Who doesn’t love a fabulous garland of matte balloons? This one also by Confetti and Sprinkles did not disappoint! In fact, this hardworking mama is a new vendor for us in 2021, and one we hope to work with on many many events in the years to come! 

The balloons and this cool architectural wall that lives in this space, were the perfect backdrop to Zoya’s desserts display! 

We added rose gold paper goods and serving ware, these adorable fringed rainbow napkins, a few framed photos of the birthday girl, and a burlap runner to tie it all together.

This cake from Vanilla Bake Shop was as delicious as it was beautiful. We love it’s simplicity with Zoya’s custom cake topper and first birthday candle on top.

Homemade sprinkled cupcakes are always fun too! I am definitely noticing a trend in individual desserts in 2021 … Gotta continue to keep us all germ free now that we are back together!

This decorative teepee by Heartcraft Girl was the perfect photo op spot …

… and we decorated one rented highchair for a very special one year old!

The kid’s table was set ready for them to enjoy their lunch with more rose gold, rainbows, a burlap runner, and a really cute crown for Zoya to wear. 

My mouth is literally watering just looking at this spread from our absolute favorite taco lady! 

Mmmm … Right? I am pretty sure everyone went back for seconds!

As Zoya has a big brother, it was very important to make sure he and his friends were entertained. Their mom arranged for a fun music class to take place in their living room and a rainbow craft was enjoyed by all!

As Zoya blew out her first birthday candle, she was surrounded by so much love from family and friends! We loved getting to be a part of this very special day!

You didn’t think her guests would leave empty handed, did you? Our signature in a BOX Minis filled with rainbow inspired goodies were the perfect parting gift. 

Each one was tied off with a bit of burlap string and a cute tag in our signature look. 

One major thing to consider when planning a first birthday party … Do a smash cake photo session ahead of time in order to display the photos on party day! What a great idea, Misbah! BTW these gorgeous photos (and all of the ones from the party as well) were taken by photographer Dewey Tann.

We cannot thank our client, Misbah, enough for trusting us to help bring her vision for her daughter’s first birthday to life. We know this is the first of many celebrations for this family that we can’t wait to be a part of! Happy 1st birthday Zoya! 

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07.02.2021

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: The plans my family has for this month feels like old times (in the best way possible)! We are going to get outside as much as we can, spend time in the pool (We don’t have one, so if you do expect us to be over, wink!), and be with friends we haven’t seen in way too long! I love the 4th of July and the vibe it brings! Mostly, I’m just here for the snacks, but after a global pandemic what we need right now is to be together, relaxed, and carefree! Bring it on, July!

What’s my designer tip this month? Red, white, and relax! Be carefree this month in the way that you dress, entertain, and style your home. Seriously, don’t give one flying F! Life’s too short … I should take my own advice! Usually use fancy dinner plates? Use fancy paper goods instead! Your guests will thank you! Always make your bed? Pull up the covers and throw the pillows on. One day won’t make a difference! Feel like enjoying a drink in the middle of the afternoon. Just do it! Probably best though if it’s a weekend or you’ve taken the day off … Let’s not be totally irresponsible, right?

Lauren’s inspired: This month, my husband Scott and I celebrate our 10 year anniversary! This photo (taken by the amazing Mi Belle Inc.) is still one of my favorites, and I love how it ties in today as we reflect on all the memories we made these past 10 years. It was really important to me when I was planning my own wedding to make it as classic as possible so that I wouldn’t look back on the details and find them super dated. You can’t necessarily tell from this photo, but I think we accomplished just that, and I still wish that I could go back and relive that amazing day!

What’s my designer tip this month? Keep it classic! There are certain styles that truly stand the test of time and certain color stories too. Keeping a timeless feel in your design will make it so that you love your space for longer than just a season and so that you can enjoy photos from an event for years to come. I promise you won’t regret it!

Here at Side by Side Design, we look forward to an exciting month including catching up on sharing all the events we have had recently and one big blog birthday at the end of this month … 10 years (Oh, and a HUGE Happy 10th Anniversary to Lauren and Scott too.)! We are working on some great remodels right now, and are excited to share some sneak peeks into their progress! We’ve been really busy getting back into events and with all of the interior projects we have right now too. We are going to work to do better posting on IG and IG stories @sidebysidedesign so that you guys can see all that we have been working on and will post each project as it finishes here as well. If you haven’t already checked out our “in a BOX” line (a custom gifting experience) … You should! Don’t forget to visit us for our next Get Inspired post on August 6th for all new looks and inspiration! Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend from Side by Side!

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Written by: Lauren

Ava is 8! I feel like planning her birthday party this year was just a little bit different. She was very specific about her theme (Disney’s Zombies) and every detail she wanted to include. Let’s be honest … Ava really planned most of it herself, but I am glad she still let me help. As we are still coming off of a pandemic, we decided to keep it pretty simple this year. Drop off with just a few friends in our front yard, pizza, and cake. What more do you really need anyways? They all had a blast!

We picked an all pink and green color scheme to fit the theme, and Ava and I created this balloon garland ourselves!

We did a small table set up with all the supplies for the activities (Mad Libs, art pages with markers, and a microphone for a sing-a-long).

We kept the eating table simple as well. Just some pink plates, green napkins, and our signature in a BOX Mini party favors for a special touch …

… Oh, and don’t forget the fun disco lights running down the center! 

What’s inside these fun Mini favors? A few Disney’s Zombies stickers and “Z bands” of course! We tied each one off with a green satin ribbon and a pink pom pom to represent the Zoms vs. Poms party theme. The “Bamm! Oh man, Oh man, Ava’s 8!” tags are reminiscent of our favorite song from the movie because it is so catchy.

Ava really wanted to have a photo booth (with props of course). 

Ava and some of her closest friends … A small sweet group of girls made for such an easy party!

These cuties wanted in on the action too just like the big girls! 

When Auntie Ashlee is out of town, you make due with Baskin Robbin’s

Happy 8th birthday Ava! I am just amazed by how resilient you have been this year. It wasn’t easy, but you always stayed positive and made the best of each situation. You are growing to be such an amazing young lady, and I am absolutely so proud to be your mom! 

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