Written by: Tami

I love the holidays! It’s a time for family and friends to get together, for exchanging of gifts, for decorating your home in the most festive ways, for hopefully getting a little time off to relax before the new year, and of course … for company parties! I can’t think of a better way for employers to show their staff that they appreciate them than to host a party (small or big) with tasty food and drinks and time to all be together outside of work. This past weekend, we planned an at-home company party that really encompassed all of these things. Check out all of the details!

Festive decorations? We kept it simple but super festive incorporating live eucalyptus garland created by Mulberry Row in all areas of the home (where the party took place starting with this entry console), small strands of twinkle lights, and lit candles for ambiance. 

Delicious food and drinks? You can’t have a party without it! We set up their formal dining room to house a station of really yummy food and an adorable farmhouse bar rented from Signature Party Rentals.

Here’s another look at that gorgeous garland atop a gray linen table runner. Love this simplicity!

Many guests frequented this bar and were excited to try the signature Paloma cocktail and Lemon Drop shots our bartender whipped up. I personally love the details best … Pinecones and sprigs of eucalyptus, cute cocktail napkins, and black bar glasses to match the party’s decor. 

The living room was another space we used for this particular party. It was a great place for guests to mingle and to watch a special show put on by mentalist Riccardo Berdini later in the night. 

I love the way this garland looked wrapped around the already existing accessories in our host’s home. It really fit right in and gave a festive holiday feel. 

We incorporated candles and pinecones in all trays and decorative dishes too. Oh what fun!

Company swag? We had that too! Each employee (and their significant other) got to take home a special tote bag with the company’s logo filled with swag … T-shirts, hoodies, and eco friendly water bottles created by Invite Amy, and softer than soft Rachel Miriam throw blankets embroidered with the company logo as well. 

Did I mention delicious food? The cuisine at this party was seriously next level starting with tray passed appetizers including Jon and Vinny’s signature mozzarella sticks and so many other yummy things catered by Carmelized Productions.

A “Jon and Vinny’s” station was set up with more signature dishes including their gem lettuce with parmesan and bread crumb salad, pastas (The fusilli was insane!), delicious garlic bread …

… and those meatballs though! We can’t wait to work with this amazing catering company again!

For dessert? Tray passed strawberry cheesecake squares and chocolate fudge brownies! Is your mouth watering yet? This hamburger is not made of meat but rather ice cream! An action station was set up to give guests a taste of this delicious dessert as well!

Guests didn’t seem to want to wander back into this back bar area of the house, but its beautiful garland detail will not go to waste! I hear another party is happening here again this coming weekend! 

We couldn’t be happier with how this company party came together and hope that each employee feels as appreciated as we do by these dream clients! Keep checking back … We have so much more fun holiday decor, gift wrap, and events to share in the next coming weeks! Happy Holidays from Side by Side Design!

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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: You might think this is a bit strange, but I am kind of obsessed with gift wrap! Every holiday season, I challenge myself to think outside the box and come up with new and exciting color schemes and ways to make each gift special. This year, however, I have really stepped up my game! Not only do my own family and friends get to enjoy my love for holiday flair, but Side by Side Design clients have hired us to create perfectly curated (and wrapped) gifts for their family and friends too! What a happy holiday season for me! 

What’s my designer tip this month? Add some holiday cheer into your space! Why not make your gift wrap colorful this year with fun patterns and bows … and while you’re at it the tree should match this color scheme too! No reason to go traditional … Think outside the box! Having a party? Create a home bar with festive (and colorful) options for all, and bring in some bright florals that your guests won’t soon forget.

Lauren’s inspired: What’s inspiring me this this month? Paper! Or at least that is what we are knee deep in these days (as Tami mentioned). Whether it be wrapping up presents for my kids for the holidays or preparing gifts that look just so for our clients, I simply love every detail and enjoy putting my personal spin on it! We have also spent countless hours picking out just the right wallpapers for my client’s Vail home which is equally fun. I really love what I do!

What’s my designer tip this month? The most gorgeous papers will finish off any room or gift you are trying to “wrap” this holiday season! People either love wallpaper or are afraid of it. I find there is very little in between, but get on board. It’s the “it thing” (again), and what the wallpaper companies are coming out with just keeps getting better!

Here at Side by Side Design, our holiday season is already in full swing. Some things to look forward to include all the details from a fabulous company holiday party, tons of curated gifts and gift wrap, a beautifully designed modern kitchen and more! Don’t forget to check out our next Get Inspired post on January 3rd 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.

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12.04.2019

Written by: Tami

Wow! I can’t believe this past weekend was my “sprinkle” … It all has been happening so fast and I am trying to be in the moment as much as possible! Let’s be honest though, being pregnant is not really all that fun, and I am happy most days to be super distracted. With that said, I truly cannot say enough about how perfectly planned this event was. Planning for the planner is no easy feat, and my sister tribe took on the challenge and way over exceeded my expectations! With so much going on, I only had one request. I wanted to keep it as small as possible (just a few friends, my sisters, and the moms / grandma) to have a relaxed time and not make a big deal as this is my second shower. Here are all the details from my point of view:

Joie, Phil, and I arrived just as my guests were getting to Lauren’s house. I love that we have some photos of just us three before we add our fourth!

I mean, does it get any cuter than this? What a great idea to set up the event in Lauren’s newly landscaped front yard! It is such a perfect clean backdrop, and I am so grateful that the weather cooperated.

Lauren and I are not the only ones in the family who do events for a living … Our soon to be sister in law’s sister, Lindsey, is responsible for this perfect professionally done balloon garland. So amazing! 

Other details that caught my eye were these neon pink plastic servingware (LOVE!) and vintage vases full of flowers in every shade of pink! Chairs and linens were provided by our favorite party vendor, Signature Party Rentals, of course!

Printed seating cards told all of my guests where to sit …

… and these sprinkle take home gifts were such a hit!

I especially love my pink personalized Rachel Miriam bag that was waiting for me at my seat!

This adorable teepee that comes complete with a felt campfire, s’mores, and adorable star shaped twinkle lights is a favorite of ours from Heartcraft Girl! I was so excited to get my own and bring it home for my girls to play in! It made for the cutest display at the party when all of our guests put their gifts inside. Here is a link and 20% off to purchase your own!

Lauren used her adorable covered entry area as a place to house all of the food. The salads and sandwiches from Lemonade were so yummy!

So were all of the treats!

This cake was made by Ashlee of cream+sugar (aka my sister in law) and “sprinkled with love”! 

I love LOVE these Daks to the 4th custom cookies she made too …

… and honestly can’t get over the fact that this was Ashlee’s first attempt at making macaroons! So much talent! 

Thank you Lauren (and Scott) for hosting this really special day for me and my family! You are the best sister and business partner a girl can ask for … but from now on, I get to do all the major party planning!

I know Lauren’s girls are excited to add another female cousin into their girl tribe!

I especially want to thank this group of girls (Maya, Lauren, Ashlee, Rebecca, and Lindsey who was taking the photo) for all of their hard work and creativity! My sisters truly are the best!!! 

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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 perfect day! We are still on a high (pun intended) from last week’s work trip! I mean it hardly feels like work when you are doing what you love, designing the interior of a fabulous ski home, traveling in style, and going for lunch in the quaint town of Vail. I loved getting to share this opportunity with Tami and am beyond grateful to our clients who made all this happen / are trusting me to bring their vision to life! (Written by: Lauren)

#2: This holiday prep! The holidays are upon us, and I am excited to do one of my favorite things … Select gift wrap and coordinate the way it will all look when put together. This year, not only did I get to select my own (post coming soon), but a very special client hired me to do it all! Plan out personalized gifts for friends and family, source all materials, and wrap to perfection! Isn’t this plaid so fun? I promise to share all of the finished details very soon on the blog! (Written by: Tami) 

#3: These published words! Did you know that the story of Side by Side Design was published in Voyage LA Magazine this month? We are beyond honored that they chose to highlight our business, how we got to where we are, and grateful for all the love and support we received from those who read our story. If you have not gotten a chance to read our article, follow the link above! (Written by Tami)

#4: This vendor! We have been working with a really awesome vendor on the events side for a while now that we are excited to tell you all about! Events these days are all about branding! Even if they are for an individual and not a company. That is why working with a really talented graphic designer like Bo Jack Studios is so important! These custom “SA12” stickers for a recent 12th birthday party we planned are just one example of this designer getting our vision exactly. Can’t wait to see what all of the holiday tags we ordered for ourselves and clients look like in print! (Written by: Tami) 

#5: This amazing opportunity! If you are following us on IG Stories, you may have noticed that a few weeks ago we were busy promoting a very special company. Lincoln let us drive not one but two of their Aviators for a whole week! This experience was so much fun! It would have been enough to drive around in style, but the adventure did not stop there … We were invited to a classy dinner party (aka a night away from the kids), introduced to top executives in the company, and treated to a really relaxing day with some of our fellow mompreneur friends (brunch + mani pedis)! We are so grateful to Lincoln for selecting us and only hope to tell everyone we know about their generosity and how great the cars are! (Written by: Lauren)

As yesterday was Thanksgiving, we really want to take a moment to share how grateful we are for everything that has come our way with business and our personal lives this year! You can see just a small sampling of everything we have accomplished and have been lucky enough to participate in from this month’s Favorite Five. It is truly remarkable! We are thankful to all of you who tune in every Wednesday and Friday to read about the projects we are working on and most of all to our amazing clients who give us opportunities every day to design spaces and events that we are truly proud of!

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 December on the 27th, and as always will be posting what’s inspiring us for the month ahead on the first Friday. See ya soon!

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Written by: Lauren

As I have mentioned, it was a long road finishing this home, but when you see this room I think you will agree it was well worth it! I know it’s not right to pick favorites, and I definitely have many elements and rooms in this home that I love, but I think this might be my most favorite one of all! May I present to you this gorgeous marble master bathroom!

Upon entering, you can totally see why I love it so much! This gorgeous panda marble from Tristone completely steals the show with its larger than life pattern, and the limestone floors from Westside Tile and Stone pairs with it perfectly. A special shout out to Sistone for being the most amazing fabricators in this business!

What’s truly special is we didn’t just stop with the marble walls. We continued the marble all the way around this amazing bathroom including on every side of these modern vanity cabinets matching the pattern every step of the way. This took a lot of preparation as you can imagine. I, along with the clients, met with Sistone on several occasions to view the superimposed drawings they created in AutoCAD with the client’s own marble slabs they had already purchased. For the make-up counter, we decided to break up all of the marble and cover it in beveled mirror.

As I mentioned, the marble is the showstopper, but what makes this master bathroom even more special are all of the extraordinary details. We covered this vintage stool in the most fabulous green Mongolian fur and selected just the right accessories from the client’s collection to place on the countertop.  

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Here’s a view from inside their open shower concept complete with floating bench, and frosted glass windows. 

A view from the other side … As you can see, the windows work on a switch glass system to go from frosted to clear at the flip of a switch. The modern bathroom fixtures finish off the space nicely. Don’t you think?

I wasn’t kidding when I said that every inch of this bathroom is covered in marble. Even the water closet looks stunning!

It feels surreal to finally have this space done, photographed, and up for everyone to see. I am pretty proud of this project, as I put my heart and soul into creating something gorgeous for this very special client. However, I couldn’t have done it alone. All carpentry done by Jackie Bitton Fine Woodworking, plumbing fixtures from BJ Discount, and this was an example of true collaboration between the vendors, me, and my client. We will keep taking pictures as each space is completed … Stay tuned!

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