Written by: Tami

Each event we have planned lately has been absolutely unique and for clients we truly are so lucky to have found. We wouldn’t have it any other way! We thrive off of coming up with new concepts and planning each detail to make the event truly one of a kind. This particular at-home party we helped plan a few weeks ago, was for a very special couple. Their daughters got together to prepare a celebration of fifty years together that fit their parent’s personalities and relationship just right.

The first thing they requested was to have a relaxed evening where guests could come and mingle and celebrate their parent’s marriage. We set up a small cocktail hour with a delicious spread of cheeses, meats, and other fun mediterranean inspired snacks. The bar was stocked and our hostess’ husband took his job as bartender very seriously!

Gold metallic balloons and fun fifties on sticks announced the special anniversary they were celebrating.

It’s always fun to have photos at these types of events to throw back to that special day. This sign in board will be a nice keepsake as well!

Photos on each of the tables also showcased special moments from their wedding day.

Table and chair rentals from Signature Party Rentals gave ample space for all guests to find a seat. We went for a garden look with these wood chairs meets a more formal setting with all black linens.

These flower arrangements created by Mulberry Row were stunning! We love the contrast of the all white flowers and greenery on the black tablecloths as well as the garden look they each have.

One more formal touch … Gold chargers for a golden anniversary!

Persian meats were set up buffet style as well as so many delicious salads and sides catered by Red Fish Kitchen. We plated each to perfection in matching white dishes! What a spread!

As each guest brought their dinner to their seat, they were greeted by a glass of champagne. A special toast was made and several speeches sharing so much love for this couple and their fifty years together.

For dessert, the hostesses went all out! A chocolate fountain with all kinds of fruit and other dipping treats were a huge hit so was this magnificent cake made by our girl Ashlee at cream+sugar!

As a take home special treat, Ashlee also created gold fifty shaped cookies with custom stickers. Wrapped to perfection and so yummy too!

We are so grateful to have been a part of this special occasion! Shout out to Michelle and Tara for being so fun to plan Side by Side with and a very Happy Anniversary to their parents, Bernie and Jerry!

All photographs taken by Jen Clark Photography.


By taking one of the looks from our Get Inspired: September 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). 

Written by: Lauren

In my September inspiration, I mentioned the idea of finding that glow in your space! Using materials that reflect the light just so to give that ambiance you are seeking to your interior and event space. Here is a list of ten items that do just that! Don’t worry … I included a link to make getting each item that much easier. Enjoy!

Interior Items

Wexler Barrelback Fabric Armchair – Restoration Hardware – $1,155 – $1,885 each

Orleans Side Table – Arteriors – $1,325

Champs-Elysees Chandelier – Lalique – $95,000

29″ Jefferson Outdoor Bust / Distressed Ivory – One Kings Lane – $250

Macarthur Sculptures – Arteriors – $40 for a set of 3

Event Items

1950’s Etched Glass Coupes – One Kings Lane – $275 for a set of 8

Topaz Silk Napkins / Jade – La Tavola – rental for $3.50 each

Dusty Blue Gauze Runner – Etsy (ShopUkrainianArt) – $10

Gold Crystal Glass Stemware – 1st Dibs – $5,410 for a set of 12 champagne and 6 water glasses

Crystal Block Taper Holder / Clear – Williams Sonoma – on sale for $37.99

Find that glow this month, and have a great weekend from Side by Side Design!


Written by: Tami

Last weekend, we helped to put together a really fun themed birthday party for an extremely amazing four year old! A guy who loves to camp! We included a lot of plaid, a little camouflage, and lots of love in the details … Check it out!

Craft paper and buffalo plaid runners transformed these kids tables into a cute camping lunch area. The centerpieces consisted of bright orange lanterns, lots of balloons, and s’mores trail mix that all of their guests truly enjoyed!

Parents need a place to lounge too!

This mama’s workshop (aka Rachel Miriam Headquarters) was transformed into all things food and drink. This adorable sign set the tone!

Sandwiches, pigs in blankets, salads, and more … What else do you need when camping? Wooden crates and lots of white trays made our food display extra special.

So did these handmade food tags in the party’s color scheme.

The kids had so much fun picnic-ing on the grass (on RM personalized blankets), building a fire (Don’t worry, it wasn’t real!), taking turns in cute cammo tents, and being led through a lot of fun activities by Happily Ever Laughter.

This camping themed cake (created by cream+sugar) was a true show stopper and was filled with delicious layers of s’mores inside!

This fourth birthday party was so much fun and was a true collaboration between his mom and us! We loved getting to be a part of all the details and helping to make sure it all ran smoothly. Happy 4th Birthday Graham!


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: I am looking forward to the beginning of fall and all of the events we already have planned. It’s going to be a busy month! September is also the month I got married three years ago. Wow, time has flown! The traditional gift this year is either leather or glass which is what my inspiration photo represents. Honestly though … forget leather and glass! Phil and I are gifting each other some much needed time away. Just us two. 

What’s my designer tip this month? Flow into fall! The colors in my inspiration board are soft and neutral. I love this look for fall! Add in touches of leather and glass too! Isn’t that light fixture divine!?

Lauren’s inspired: Whether I am working on an interior project, assisting Tami with an event, feeding and taking care of my kids daily routines, volunteering or attending board meetings at their school / our synagogue … Most days are spent trying to keep my head above water and working hard to get done as much as I possibly can while remaining calm (at least on the outside). It’s going to be a very busy month!

What’s my designer tip this month? Find that glow in your space! There are certain materials and textures that really do something special to a room. They reflect light in such a way that it almost feels like your space is glowing. Sometimes it happens by accident, but it doesn’t need to! Find that special glow and give your space or event the ambiance it deserves.

Here at Side by Side Design, we look forward to an exciting month including all the details from a fun fourth birthday celebration, a gorgeous golden anniversary party, new interior consultation projects, and more! Don’t forget to check out our next Get Inspired post on October 4th for all new looks and inspiration! Also, check out our weekly Instastories feature “Designer Day!” @sidebysidedesign to see how we fill our days with the things we love.


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 first consultation project! A little over a month ago, we sent out an email describing our new consultation service we are offering, and since we have already completed the consultation portion of our first one. This particular client, wanted to update their office space that also doubles as a playroom for their son in their converted garage, and was looking for a bit of a mid-century modern design with lots of storage. This is the layout that the client has selected moving forward. Can’t wait to really get this space under way! (Written by: Lauren)

Love Boat

#2: This year’s gala! For the last two years, we have been involved in helping to plan a very special gala event. Not only is this a really nice opportunity each year for friends and colleagues to get together, but it is fundraising for a very important cause. However, we like to keep the themes light and make sure everyone just has fun! This year’s date has been set, the theme has been picked, and we don’t want anyone to miss the boat! (Written by: Tami)

#3: This inspiration! I started a new project this month with a client out in Westlake Village. Have any of you ever been to Sherwood Country Club because this house reminds me of that property! I have already put together most of the inspiration board to guide this project in the right direction, and I believe the demo is almost complete for the different areas we are remodeling. This picture is one of my favorites in the bunch. As I was looking on Pinterest to find images to show the clients of how their space will look transformed, I found this picture which very closely represents the exact idea we had when converting their staircase. I love when that happens! It makes it so much easier for the client to visualize what their finished space will look like. (Written by: Lauren)

#4: This vendor! We were so excited to work with Mr. Bartender last weekend on our Tacos and Tequila Birthday Party! Let’s be honest … With this theme there’s not much more of an important detail than the drinks (Well, tacos too of course!), and this amazing vendor was right there with us the whole way. Planning the signature cocktails, providing a shopping list for my client, and overall amazing service the night of the party. What more can you ask for!? (Written by: Tami)

#5: This master bathroom update! I have been scouring stores for the last year and a half to find the right carpet runner to go in my master bathroom. I had a photo on my inspiration board with an awesome bohemian black and white runner and knew this was the right touch to add to my bathroom to give it just the right amount of character. I didn’t believe it, but this was one of the hardest things to find as I really wanted to find something that was vintage (or at least looked vintage), and they simply do not make them in black and white. Not in the right size either! During one shopping trip to HD Buttercup, I found these small rugs that I fell in love with. I brought them home, interlaced the tassels between them, and I got the runner of my dreams! I also added a large black basket to the other side of my bathroom for another bohemian touch and a little extra storage! (Written by: Lauren)

Follow us on Instagram @sidebysidedesign for more all month long as we share our Designer Day! We plan to share our “Favorite Five” for the month of September on the 27th, and as always will be sharing what’s inspiring us for the month ahead on the first Friday. See ya soon!