Written by: Lauren

Celebrating my husband’s 40th birthday during Covid wasn’t exactly how I (or he) pictured it, but I wanted to make sure that we didn’t let the day pass without getting to celebrate it. I wanted to think outside the box (and sometimes in the BOX in this case) with some fun ideas that were Covid friendly and that would give him something to remember this special day. 

A tiny set up, our favorite taco cart, and cupcakes by Vanilla Bake Shop were accompanied by laughs and some much needed time away from the kids …

… and since restaurants are now back open in LA, we hit up one of our favorite spots (Mastros Ocean Club) for the most amazing meal! 

I created these in a BOX Minis with some of Scott’s favorite things; soccer (chocolate balls), red wine, Junior Mints, a back scratcher ‘cuz he loves a good back scratch, and hand sanitzer because IYKYK. 

Each Mini BOX was finished off with a photo of Scott through the years and a gold 40 too! 

Since we weren’t able to celebrate with everyone we love, I put together a special video for Scott (with help from Ashlee and Noam). All of the creative messages and photos that came in are truly something to cherish and a testament to the special relationships Scott has with all of his friends and family. Happy 40th Scott! Love you so much!


We are so excited to announce our most recent addition to our in a BOX line (exclusive offer for Mother’s Day 2021)! Make sure you order yours quickly! These ones are sure to fly off the shelf … Looking for a great gift for your wife, baby mama, mother, mother-in-law, sister, yourself? Each Mother’s Day in a BOX purchase will make your life super easy, and each mama will love what’s inside. All you have to do is select from the options below (or send us some information about her, and we will curate something more personal), pre-order by May 2nd, and if the recipient lives within the Los Angeles area we will deliver it to their door on Mother’s Day at no additional cost (Shipping available within the US as well). 

10% of all proceeds go to the American Heart Association in honor of Mina Torkian.

Got It (For) My Mama: $175 – The “IT” BOX. (You might just have to keep it for yourself!) Features a bottle of rosè along with pampered products to make mom feel extra special. 

Mama’s Mini: $75 each ($350 for five) – Mini BOXes to gift all the mamas in your life! Features rosè, sweets, adorable cocktail napkins, and a festive stemless glass too. 

Not Your Mom’s Mini: $75 each ($350 for five) – Mini BOXes to gift your girls! Features rosè, sweets, cheeky cocktail napkins, and a cute candle too.

We are taking orders through May 2nd. To order, contact us at info@sbsdesignla.com or call (480) 628-8264. Delivery included within the Los Angeles area. Shipping available within the US. 

Don’t see exactly what you are looking for? Customized BOXes are available as well starting at $200.


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: Boho vibes seem to be taking over all of my event designs right now, and I can’t say I am mad about it! I truly am a boho girl at heart! I am finding so much inspiration in mixing textures of fresh Spring florals with tall strands of pampas and monochromatic soft tones. Whether its a styled shoot, an intimate dinner tablescape, a first birthday party, or a big blow out mitzvah I am planning (and I am working on all of these things right now), you will be sure to see hints of boho wherever I go! 

What’s my designer tip this month? Bring on the boho! It’s a mood! You can include subtle hints by creating a soft atmosphere with hints of bohemian textures (pampas, rattan, crystals) here and there. OR you can go boho big like this pampas grass photo backdrop and over the top geode macarons. 

Lauren’s inspired: What’s inspiring me this month? This awesome guy! This picture sums him up pretty well. He’s strong yet nurturing and the absolute best dad! He’s also turning forty this month giving us lots of reason to celebrate which he totally deserves.This year (as I’m sure for most has been a struggle), but it has also brought us so much closer, given us perspective into each other’s daily routines, and pushed us to be a stronger team.This month is for you, Scott! I know this isn’t exactly how you pictured celebrating this big milestone, but I plan to still make this birthday special.

What’s my designer tip this month? Look on the bright side! Although this pandemic is still not over, it sure is feeling like the days are getting a little bit brighter. Try to let the light in and come from a positive POV. I believe there is good that can come from a year like this if we let it. How’s that for a “designer” tip (wink)?

Here at Side by Side Design, we look forward to continuing to keep it real this month from our homes to yours … We are working on some great remodels right now, and will be sharing photos from an awesome styled shoot and our upcoming Mother’s Day event we are so excited to be a part of! 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 May 7th for all new looks and inspiration! Also, check out our Instastories @sidebysidedesign to see how we are spreading joy one BOX at a time!