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. 


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!


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! 


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!