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: It’s that time of year again … Time for our annual trip to the desert! My family has been going since I was little, and every August I look forward to a little time away. Especially since my sisters and I started having kids and the cousins play together. It’s going to be a bit different this year (because #2020), but I couldn’t be more excited to get out of town! I am very much looking forward to next week’s getaway, pool time, meals together with my family, and a bit of a break. 

What’s my designer tip this month? Stay-cation! You don’t need to go far to feel like you are “getting away”! Find yourself the perfect Airbnb for your fam and continue to be with those in your “pod” and cook meals in (in a different location). Other things you can do to make yourself feel a bit new include buying fresh florals, placing gorgeous arrangements where you look most, and taking on one organization project at a time. 

Lauren’s inspired: There is so much going on this month! My oldest is “going back to school” (or whatever that means), I am just getting started on several new interior projects that I am very excited about, we are getting a few days away as Tami mentioned, and we are building a pool! Like I said, it’s busy … but anyone who knows me knows I like to be busy! 

What’s my designer tip this month? It’s all in the details! One of my new projects is for a client I have worked for before (who is just as meticulous as me). We notice everything from the smallest details in a room to the undertones in color. It’s both a curse and a blessing. Although it can be annoying at times to have that kind of eye, we also appreciate the finer details in things and take notice to things others might not. Try it, it can be kinda fun!

Here at Side by Side Design, we look forward to continuing to keep it real this month from our quarantine to yours … We have some awesome upcoming finished spaces that we can’t wait to show off, new projects that are just getting started, and we are planning some fun intimate events we can’t wait to share! Don’t forget to check out our next Get Inspired post on September 4th for all new looks and inspiration! Also, check out our Instastories @sidebysidedesign to see how we are spreading joy one box at a time!


Introducing the mini version of our “in a BOX” line … in a BOX minis! Another custom gifting experience brought to you by Side by Side Design! 

In our previous post, A Birthday in a BOX Celebration, we mentioned that birthdays and other events look very different right now. We are embracing this new normal and have been spreading joy all over town with our custom box deliveries. Our full size boxes (aka “in a BOX”) are meant to celebrate occasions. They are a gift to send to a friend or family member or can be used as the “party” itself as they tend to include party essentials such as sparkly banners, cake plates, and fun cocktail napkins with cheeky sayings among other things. This mini version of our regular size box was created to spread even more joy. Ava delivered each in a BOX mini to a friend invited to her Zoom party that night. She loved getting the opportunity to surprise her friends and give out gifts in her chosen theme on her birthday. 

Our minis have many purposes! All orders are custom and can include specially designed cupcakes by cream + sugar or other special gift items! These blue velvet cupcakes topped with fancy sprinkles were delivered to each of Brawerman’s 2014 grads to enjoy during their Zoom alumni event! I mean, how do you celebrate without something sweet!? Custom stickers help to personalize each order too!

Really, the possibilities are endless! This option could be used as a fun favor at a bachelorette party or to invite your girls on a getaway! You can’t go wrong with mini bottles of Patrón ever, and did I mention we are suckers for a fun cocktail napkin?

Some day things will go back to “normal” and we will all host events in our homes again … Right? When you are ready, minis will be the perfect party favor for all of your guests. With our signature all white backdrop, they can accommodate any theme, will be loved by any age group, and are filled to the brim with fun surprises! In the meantime, these would be fun to hand out at a drive by birthday celebration, don’t you think?

Place you order for in a BOX or in a BOX minis today! Contact us 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 favorite holiday! The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays from when I was young celebrating up at camp to now spending time with friends and family. I guess it’s because I am truly a sun loving California girl and any excuse for a pool party with tons of snacks makes me happy. Plus I go crazy for fireworks! This year was very different and I won’t say it was my best yet, but I loved getting to celebrate in a new way … By spreading joy to others! (Written by: Tami)

#2: This move-in! The last few weeks have been super busy! One of our amazing clients is in the process of moving into a new house, and we feel lucky to be helping him get settled. Move-in days can be quite overwhelming, but he has a great team in place. We look forward to finalizing all of the details we are working on in this new house and sharing those soon! (Written by: Lauren)

#3: These dishes and more! As we mentioned above, we are working on a big move-in right now assisting our client in selecting dishes, kitchen necessities, and other accessories for around the house. We have a great relationship with Bloomingdale’s and love to “shop” for our clients. Here’s a sneak peek at some gorgeous things we found to fill his shelves. (Written by: Lauren)

#4: This rebrand launch and special feature! One of our all time favorite vendors has been working hard to put the finishing touches on her brand new website for her re-branded company Gathered! We absolutely love to work with the owner Kayla and her team on all things related to flowers and love even more that she featured us as her go-to girls for planning Southern California micro-weddings and elopements. If you have one of these in your near future, feel free to reach out. We will help to make your day extra special in an intimate way! (Written by: Tami)

#5: This 9th anniversary! Scott and I wanted to do something a little special for our anniversary this month, and since we still really aren’t going out to eat or leaving our kids with sitters, we put them to bed and had a nice dinner for two a la Katsuya. Their sushi never disappoints and it sure was nice not to cook for a change! (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 August on the 28th, and as always will be posting what’s inspiring us for the month ahead on the first Friday. See ya soon!


Written by: Lauren

When my brother and now sister-in-law asked me to help with their surprise wedding, I was more than happy to offer my services! Matt and Tshering had very few requests and were very easygoing about the whole thing. They were mostly looking for a small, intimate way to celebrate this milestone and thought it would be fun to surprise the groom’s parents (my in-laws) for their anniversary. I thought it would be fun to help them create some special details to remember it by. 

The couple had some time with their photographer, Dewey Tann, before the festivities started for a little reveal and photo opportunity. The wedding took place on the grounds of Terranea which was a gorgeous backdrop for this beautiful Bride and Groom.

Here are the Groom’s parents learning about their surprise … Or what they thought was a surprise anniversary party for them! 

What they didn’t know was that the Bride and Groom were waiting down below and ready to start the ceremony that was scheduled to take place. 

We gathered our stuff and met this happy couple down below to walk to the ceremony space.

This gorgeous bridal bouquet, boutonnière, and all of the flower arrangements were created by Kayla at Gathered! She even snuck in the anemones that she told me were not in season because she is that amazing!

Matt and Tshering were very lucky to have one of his best friends officiate the ceremony. Nick did such an awesome job, included lots of personal details, and kept the mood light. 

The couple wrote their own vows and definitely included things to make each other laugh.

My little ones were honored to be asked to hold onto the rings. It was nice of Matt and Tshering to find jobs to make each of my girls feel special!

The couple bought these gorgeous little boxes to keep their rings safe and to give Cara and Sienna something to hold onto.

We took a moment after the ceremony to cheers the Bride and Groom before heading back to our room for a little post-wedding cocktail hour.

This gorgeous food display was created by my sister-in-law Darci @dar.cuterie. I love how thoughtful she was placing each snack spaced apart to allow for as little contact as possible. 

She even added in some fun sweet treats in different shades of pink to go with the color scheme and overall look of the event.

Darci and I were a great team in making sure that some fun details were planned. I created these name cards to let each person know which table they would be sitting at our dinner after, and Darci got these fun Sugarfina favors to give each person something to take home.

Of course, I couldn’t help but gift Matt and Tshering with a little box of their very own! Along with their florals, I included Mr. and Mrs champagne flutes (that you saw earlier they used at their ceremony), a bottle of Moet, and some fun cocktail napkins that went with the overall look of the party. 

Last but not least, this gorgeous cake was made by Ashlee of cream + sugar with florals by Gathered. It tasted just as delicious as it looked!

Side by Side Design is excited to be planning micro-weddings and elopements with Gathered while the Safer at Home Measures are still in place. We can create an in a BOX to help make your micro-wedding special or help to plan the entire event bringing in florals, photography, a cake, and catering from our preferred vendor list. To request more details email us at info@sbsdesignla.com. 

All photographs taken by Dewey Tann.


It has officially been nine years since we began our blog (and the official start of our business)! Wow, how time flies! What’s really crazy though is how truly far we have come since those first days of blogging and how our business has evolved. Here’s a quick look back …

Obviously this picture dates back way farther than nine years as we have been “working together” our entire lives. Some things you may not know … Our mom used to dress us in our signature colors (Tami in pink and Lauren in purple) so that people could tell us apart. Although some people still have a hard time (especially while we are wearing masks). We consider being twins to be the biggest contributor to our success in business. Why? In our relationship and in the way we work together we each have very specific jobs, and we don’t have to discuss who will do what task. It is seamless and many years working on school projects and at-home creative endeavors prepared us for these days. 

We wrote our very first blog post nine years ago about a birthday party we threw for ourselves (with a Pink and Purple theme, of course!). We will be honest, we had no clue what we were doing and no teacher to instruct us in the ways of blogging! We only had one goal … To document the creative things we were doing and have a place to look back at these projects. Maybe the second goal (if there was one) was to share these projects with others, but we weren’t even sure how this whole thing worked or how to get the word out. These photos are from that first birthday party post, and if you have been following us in the more recent years, you know we have come a loooooong way with our event planning skills (and camera technology has come a long way too)! 

So many things have changed over the past nine years. Our focus never really was (and still is not) on how many people will visit our blog. We know that blogging is becoming a thing of the past and we (these days) focus much more of our attention on social media, but our blog is dear to us as it still remains a place for us to document the creative things we are doing. Our projects have grown in size, budget, and prestige, but we are still the same girls who love to think creatively and work collaboratively with our clients too! Events are different in this current state of quarantine as well! Usually we love to plan a good party, but for now we will continue to lay low. This adorable birthday box from our in a BOX line will commemorate this special day and help us to celebrate remotely. You can help us to celebrate nine years by wishing Side by Side Design a very Happy Birthday! – With love, Tami and Lauren