Written by: Tami

It has been two years since I first shared this special nursery (as seen in our previous post, LA Inspired Nursery), and in that time my husband Phil and I added another girl to our family who is now also out of our room. Yay! Of course like anything else, having two kids share a bedroom is awesome but has its challenges. One big fear I had is whether one of my girls or the other (unclear which I was more worried about) would wake up their sister at any random time of night or early morning. Another challenge we faced was with the current layout of the room and fitting two cribs into a rather small space. I think we figured it out though and are slowly working towards both girls sleeping through the night as well. Go us! Here’s a cute update from our LA Inspired Nursery …

If you take a look back, you will notice just a few small changes to this portion (Joie’s side) of the room. We are still over the moon with these painted palm trees created by Angel and our modern acrylic and wood crib from Pottery Barn Kids. You never know what doll / blanket / other item your kid will attach themselves to, and Joie lives for her best friend “Monkey”. We decided with her little sister moving in she should have something new too. Brand new gorgeous sheets (also from Pottery Barn) were the perfect addition to this room to give it a special new twist.

Here’s Sadie’s side! You might remember this gorgeous AFK crib from Lauren’s oldest daughter Ava’s nursery (as seen in our previous post, Nursery Design). Having two different (but both beautiful) cribs brings a fun eclectic feel to the room. I know Sadie is pretty obsessed with her sister and probably loves getting to see her from across the room each morning when she wakes up.

Both Joie and Sadie are super sweet with a little sass, and I think this room suits them well! Their dad and I both grew up here in LA which makes this theme fit even more perfectly. Sweet dreams my sweet girls!


Written by: Tami

It’s so rare that I get to write these interior posts, but this is one that I have been waiting to share for a while and I am extremely proud of the work that I did. Of course, it goes without saying that Lauren was with me every step of the way in designing my daughter Joie’s nursery which is mostly made up of my two favorite colors … black and white! It’s a little bit sweet and a little bit spunky just like my little girl’s personality and has an overall Los Angeles vibe as her parents were both Cali kids. I am also proud to announce that Joie turned three months this past weekend and moved into her own room (and out of ours). What a special time to finally share these finished photos and to tell about all of the carefully selected details we put into Joie’s nursery.

They say it takes a village to raise a child, and I agree! It also took a village to put together all of the pieces to this gorgeous room. Phil and I selected all of our favorites and put them on myregistry.com with the hope that our friends and family would contribute to making this room beautiful. We cannot thank so many of them enough for all of the fabulous gifts! The first thing I picked out when designing this room was the Sloan Acrylic Crib from Pottery Barn Kids. I am completely obsessed with its simplicity yet it has unique flair. If you know me well, you know I always want to do something slightly untraditional and “different”. These “Joie” letters were purchased on Etsy and hand painted gold foil by yours truly. 

Other details we added to finish off Joie’s beautiful bed were a black and white blanket and tassel bedskirt (also from Pottery Barn Kids), a little pop of pink X’s and O’s on her sheets (from Crate & Kids), and an adorable stuffed swan. We can watch our sweet girl while she sleeps from the comfort of our room from our Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor. What a dream!

Joie will love playing with all of her fun stuffed animals (including this flamingo from her mom’s “Let’s Flamingle” Baby Shower), but the real stand out detail in this room are these hand painted palm trees … Bet you can’t guess who’s work this is! Angel, of course. Our faux painter is seriously so talented!

I couldn’t resist sharing this picture as well … So many gorgeous shots of this space!

This bookcase is completely custom and was made with love by Joie’s “Saba” (grandpa). I know you have heard us mention his work before. I selected brass hardware to give it a very special and modern look. I love how it turned out! 

This bookcase was designed to house toys and other keepsakes (not just books), and I love that it has the option of showcasing items while keeping others behind closed doors. Some of our favorites are the metallic train that Joie’s cousins love to play with when they come over and all of her classic books … Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar just to name a few!

Those Newborn Photos we took with Erica Leigh Photography came in handy when filling the many gold frames around Joie’s room. I love this family photo most! I am also completely obsessed with this lamp and lamp shade combo. We color blocked it just right adding in one more soft pop of blush into this space. 

Adding this rug to the room changed everything! I love me a geometric, black and white pattern!

A rocking chair in a nursery is a must, and this one is extremely cozy as I rock my little girl to sleep each night. Besides her longer than long lashes and dark brown hair, one thing I was excited to pass on to my sweet Joie was this framed and signed drawing of The Little Mermaid by talented Disney artist, Glen Keane. 

Each item on these floating shelves was hand selected to give the room more LA inspired flair. I specifically love this Jellycat flamingo!


Although it is mostly unused right now, I know we will be very happy to have a bathroom attached to Joie’s room real soon. As these two rooms are connected, it was very important to us to add in a few details that coordinated nicely with her bedroom.

I found the perfect white and gold shower curtain at Target, filled this beautiful basket (which Joie’s grandma brought to the hospital when she was born) with washcloths, put up a keepsake from my baby shower wishing my baby to “stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet in the middle”, and found a place to hang her Aden and Anais hooded towel. 

Joie’s Saba made not one, but two gorgeous pieces of furniture for her to continue to use as she grows up. This custom dresser houses all of Joie’s clothes and signature headbands and has the perfect drawer right in the middle for diapers and wipes. 

Phil and I had a hard time selecting just four photos from all of our favorites from our family photo shoot, but we love how they look in their floating gold frames. 

Another black and white detail was added to Joie’s dresser to turn it into a changing table. I completed this space with a white wicker basket filled with many necessities and my favorite touch … Two acrylic and gold dispensers from Target filled with hand sanitizer and lotion. What else do a mom and dad need when changing a diaper?


Here’s one last shot of this gorgeously designed space! Even though it was designed before she was born, it fits our Joie’s personality perfectly! She has been such a blessing to us and to our home and three months later, we seriously cannot imagine our lives without her in it! Thank you again to all of our family and friends for all of the love, support, and items you have gifted to this beautiful room … and to Lauren. I would never design a space without your expertise! Sweet dreams baby Joie … Enjoy your finished LA inspired room! 

Are you looking to design a nursery or kid’s room of your own? Contact us at info@sbsdesignla.com to get started with your free consultation. 

I did also want to mention that this post was not sponsored in any way. I love all of the items selected for Joie’s room and wanted to let you know where they were all from in case you are looking to use any of these products in your own home.


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Our Instagram and Facebook pages have been absolutely swarming with Coachella feed by friends and family that attended this music festival last weekend. Of course it was tempting to read up on the hottest trends and what the stars wore this year as well. What we found was lots of crochet, fringe, distressed denim, floral crowns … in two words, boho chic! Although we haven’t taken part in these festivities, we do have a secret love for the hippie vibe. We figured the next best thing to going to Coachella is creating an inspiration board to bring that same vibe into one’s home. As our business is all about where interiors and events meet (and we are currently smack dab in the middle of the two weekends of Coachella), it is only fitting to post about an interior that draws inspiration from this event.

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To us, the most chic color is white. A macrame curtain adds interest to an open doorway and the distressed flooring reminds us of a nice worn pair of jeans. We love the idea of bringing the outside in through the use of lots of indoor plants. It really brings life to this space.

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The intricate details in this over-sized rattan chair are reminiscent of the various crocheted cover-ups worn at the festival.

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A hanging shelving unit is a cool way to display your belongings in a casual and very informal way, and this bedding has just the right amount of detail and bead work to make it interesting.

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These antlers would be a perfect place to hang your dainty necklaces or bangle bracelets.

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A simple kitchen is off set by an abundance of accessories much like the Coachella fan.

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This would be a cozy spot to hang out. It ties right in with its knit design and fringed tassels.

We hope you had fun “free flowing” through this inspiration with us. If you (like our friends on Facebook) have had the opportunity to attend Coachella this year, this may give you some ideas for how to bring the feel of this special event home with you. Comment below … what was the most amazing part of Coachella 2015? Those of us in Daydream Land would love to live vicariously through your stories!


By taking one of the looks from our Get Inspired: March boards, we are providing our readers with further information for where to purchase similar items with a range of price points (from super affordable to fancy and one of a kind). 

Now that it’s Spring we are all about wearing lighter colors and eating ice cream! We have prepared a list of 5 interior items and 5 coordinating event items that capture all of the “flavors of Spring”. We have also included a link for each item for your convenience in obtaining them. Enjoy! 

Interior Items

1. Spin Vase – CB2 – $89.95

2. Low Belgian Slope Arm Slipcovered Armchair – Restoration Hardware – $395 – $950

3. Paris Flea Market Small 8-Light Chandelier – Horchow – $1,500

4. Loft Seafoam 1/2 x 2 Brick Pattern Glass Tile – Tile Bar – $12.99 per sheet

5. Viv Wine Glasses – Crate & Barrel – $4.95 each

Event Items

1. Jade Colored Glass Pedestal Stand – Cost Plus World Market – $19.99 – $29.99

2. Koyal Wholesale Rectangle Sequin Tablecloth / Gold – Sears – $45

3. Rectangular Mint Green Tablecloth Polyester – Etsy (GOLinen) – $6.99

4. Gold Foil Hello Notecard Set – Etsy (twinklpress) – $12


5. Metal Marquee Letter – Target – on sale for $14.24

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Click on the speech bubble icon below to leave a comment! Have a great weekend and Happy Spring from Side by Side Design! 


Last month, we introduced a new feature on our blog that goes along with our monthly Get Inspired series. We explained that each month we select a photo that represents our overall inspiration and pair it with two interior shots and two events that coordinate with its color scheme and overall concept. This particular series has been a favorite among our readers. It is also one we consistently look forward to writing as it allows us an opportunity to reflect on the past month and make predictions for the month ahead. We also mentioned that one thing we have noticed is that our readers often comment that they love our inspiration boards, but are not sure from where to get similar items. We always like to take reader feedback into account and figured that this makes perfect sense. So we decided to give our readers a closer look at something that is inspiring us, providing further information for where to purchase similar items and their range of prices (from super affordable to fancy and one of a kind).

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This month, we are totally obsessed with Lauren’s black, white, and patterned children’s decor. This is a trend we have seen all over our Pinterest and Instagram feeds and one we love to incorporate into children’s rooms and event spaces. We have broken this post down into two sections, interiors and events, and have included five items in each section that go along with this patterned theme. We have also included a link for each item for your convenience in obtaining each piece. Enjoy!

Interior Items

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1. Decorator Border Rug – Pottery Barn Teen – $169
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2. Baskerville Floor Bin – Black – Land of Nod – $32
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3. Gingham Sheet Set – Serena and Lily – starting at $128
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5. Josephine Bed – Black / White – Art for Kids – $3,819
Event Items
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1. Cabana Outdoor Cylinder – Black – One King’s Lane – $45
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3. Ikat 20 x 20 Outdoor Pillows – Black – One King’s Lane – $45 for a set of 2
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4. Black and White Striped Straws – Etsy (AHoleinthePunch) – $15.40 for a set of 100
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What are your thoughts on this new featured blog series? We love to hear feedback from our readers and encourage any comments to be left below by clicking on the speech bubble icon. If you “like” this post you can simply push the heart icon below!