Halloween is our absolute favorite time of year to decorate our living spaces. We both love to add festive touches into our existing decor. Here is a look at what we did last Halloween! In preparing to decorate this year, we once again realized just how truly busy we are and had time to purchase just a few new items, dusted off some of our old favorites, and came up with new (but quick) overall looks. Here’s a peek at how each of us used our different styles to create the right look for our homes and what we have goin’ on this Halloween.

T Side: Apparently, it being Joie’s first Halloween is my excuse for going a little bit overboard this year. I wanted to do it all … craft, create a really fun tablescape, pumpkin shop, and even dress my little one up in a coordinating costume! I’ve been busy making the most adorable black and white scene all for my darling Joie. What’s she dressing up as this year? A black cat! Here are the details (and photos) of our cat inspired Halloween decor …

Just a few black and white touches are found on our coffee table; a few candles, a pumpkin, a ball of string (Don’t cats like playing with those?), a cute sign, and a bowl full of my favorite Halloween “mix”. 

My table is set for a fun festive party! Joie has a place to sit too! My new black tablecloth and our everyday dishes make this setting a bit formal while black and white paper napkins are casual and fun.

Yes, I made these buntings! I told you I was in a crafty mood!

Our centerpiece is the white pumpkin we purchased at our family trip to the pumpkin patch last weekend. Don’t you love its disguise?

A kitty cat take home gift is fun too. Meow!

Joie’s highchair is decked out too in all black and white. She loved this mini pumpkin!


These bags are filled with homemade “mix” and are being saved for a special Halloween party Joie and I will attend.


Ok, so a baby photo shoot never really hurt anyone! I think she’s ready to go trick-or-treating for the first time. Don’t you?

L Side: My first time decorating for the holidays in my new home, and I was excited to add some fall touches to my existing decor. Scott and I took the kids to pick out pumpkins last weekend, and we all had fun selecting the most interesting ones we could find. I decided to keep my decor super simple so that it just enhances our Modern Bohemian home. 

This fun grouping of multi-colored pumpkins in all different sizes gives my entry bench fall flair.

The kids have been having fun moving the pumpkins all around and creating their own set ups too.


Proud of their pumpkin picks!

I just love these photos of my Cara …


… and all of their personalities truly come out in these individual pictures. Too funny, Sienna!

Ava wanted to pose with the pumpkin she picked out!

I bought this funky role of mudcloth wrapping paper from Cost Plus World Market and used it as my table runner. I love how it ties in the black and white details of my home and still feels festive for this time of year. 

As you can see, we each have our own style when it comes to decorating, but we also love to see what each other comes up with. Halloween lends itself to millions of different ways of decorating, so many directions you can go. What is your plan this year? We can’t wait to hear how you decorate your space for Halloween, and of course (as we are very visual gals) we would love to see photos as well. Send them our way!


Written by: Lauren

I am really excited to be sharing this space with all of you today. I have been known to say that a room is never quite complete, and this is true of my master bathroom. Although it is beautiful and it turned out to be everything that I wanted and more, I am dying to add in just one touch of bohemian flair to finish it off. I have been searching high and low for the perfect runner rug to put in front of the sink counter. Not as easy as it sounds, when you want something vintage, cool, a specific size, and with really no color! I will keep my eyes peeled, but until then this bathroom was too beautiful to wait any longer to share. 




Who wouldn’t walk in this bathroom on a home tour and run for the hills? It was never a question that the bathrooms in our house would get completely remodeled before we even moved in, and everything (I mean EVERYTHING) would get replaced including all of the pipes underneath! While we were at it, we re-worked the layout and opened up the space to create an even bigger master bathroom even though we took a foot away on one side from our Master Closet

In Process

This was the new layout we came up with removing all excess walls and the tiny closets and creating two much larger and cleaner floor plans …

… and we gave ourselves an even larger shower! 


Can you believe this is the same space? I absolutely love how my bathroom turned out. It is so me! I love the crisp white cabinets mixed with the marble tile and all of the black metal touches give it just the right amount of edge and masculinity I was looking for and to appease my husband.

My dad built this gorgeous white floating cabinet for us. It gives us just the right amount of storage, but if we need more, we could always tuck some large baskets underneath for extra towels and toilet paper.

A crisp, white quartz countertop installed by Sistone, black industrial faucets by Delta and sourced from BJ Discount, along with my sleek Kohler sink … but the thing I get asked about the most is my over-sized black framed mirror which I had custom made to fit the space. A few accessories keeps the look sleek but also warms it up just a little.

I kept all of the tile the same but used the matte finish on the floor and kept the sheen for the walls. They had an option for a smaller size which I used on the shower floor to create a surface with more traction.

You wouldn’t believe how excited I got when I met with the guy who did my glass shower enclosure. I told him I wanted matte black hardware, and he said that I was in luck. He had just added that option to his line. I just love how it all coordinates and works together!


I know what you are thinking … Do you really need three shower heads? No, but I am not complaining about it either! This set from Delta that I got from BJ Discount is pretty incredible! The one thing that I was super adamant about though was the placement of the valves. I really wanted them directly across from the entry so that you don’t have to get all the way into the shower to turn them on, and I liked the look of insetting them into the shampoo niche so they don’t stick out too much.


To finish off my bathroom, I ditched the traditional towel bars and hung my towels on matte black hooks on the wall for ease and a visual effect. 

I am still slowly getting through finishing each room in my modern bohemian home. I will continue to share as I go, but until then thanks for following along! For more information about our design services contact us at info@sbsdesignla.com.


By taking one of the looks from our Get Inspired: October 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

I absolutely love getting together with my friends (the Wonder Women I surround myself with) and look for every opportunity to do so! This Halloween, I propose putting together a special gathering for the girls in your life celebrating women and all that we do. I have included a list of 5 must have items for your home and 5 event items that your guests will love. Don’t worry … I included a link to make getting each item that much easier. Enjoy!

Interior Items

1. Pointillism Skull Framed Print – Fine Art America – $83

2. Vintage Hand-Knotted Oriental Rug / Red and Blue – 1st Dibs – $1,415.96

3. Faux Fur Ombre Throws – Pottery Barn – $103 – $239

4. Pendant Ceiling Light in Rubberized White Outside, Copper Inside – LBL – $550.80 each 

5. Dimond Home Box Rings 48″ Round Gold Leaf Entry Table – Luxe Decor – $1,412

Event Items

1. Wonder Woman Cupcake Toppers – Etsy (creativien) – $4.75 for a set of 6

2. Modernica Case Study Ceramics Raised Large High Pan With Wood Stand – Modern Planet – $360

3. Gold and Sable 5 Piece Place Setting – Replacements, LTD. – $109.95

4. Trap Pitcher – CB2 – $14.95

5. Wonder Women Costume – Etsy (FloraDesignsLLC) – $99

This one is for our Wonder Women readers … Have a great weekend from Side by Side Design!


Written by: Lauren

You might remember the last post from this Earthy Casual Under Construction home tour. As you saw, the main parts of the house were almost completed, but the overall project was put on hold for some time so that our dad could remodel the guest bathroom as well before finishing up with flooring and paint. I met with my dad and his wife yesterday to help them make some final decisions on the finishes to use in the bathroom and was pleasantly surprised by the progress they have made in the short time since starting up again. 

In Process and Inspiration

This is how the living room looks currently, but it is still not done. Our amazing faux finisher will be coming in shortly to touch up the brick some, new wood flooring is ready to be installed throughout the entire house, and I am sure that new furniture is among the next on their list.


This sink area will house a new floating cabinet, new plumbing fixtures, and a large round mirror. We will select the countertop material next, but I know they want that concrete look. We also love the idea of concrete-like tile for the floor and a natural wood ceiling.

Here are some inspiration pictures we will use for this area.

Our dad was able to enlarge the shower area by taking a foot away from an existing closet, and what a difference that made! The new walk-in shower will feature a rain shower head, a floating seat in the same concrete material as the countertop, and a glass enclosure.

Here is the inspiration they are using to complete this look.

They have decided to use the toilet area as the focal point wall. A darker textured tile (maybe?), a built in magazine rack, a modern wall flushing mechanism, and all the best that Toto has to offer.

They really love this photo!

While they are at it, they are updating some other closets and spaces throughout the home. Here’s a sneak peek at where it is currently, but I promise to show the finished product when it is all complete.

One more inspiration photo for a new office nook in the works.

I cannot take credit for all of the hard work my dad and Evon are putting into this awesome project. They take great pride in finding inspiration photos that really speak to them, and our dad absolutely loves overseeing his own project and seeing their vision come to life. I am honored that they have asked my opinions here and there, but love what they are doing, and can’t wait to see it finished myself!


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: Two things I love come together this month … Decorating my home for holidays and a good theme. Not only that, but I get to dress my mini me in whatever costume I want (She does talk a lot but doesn’t have an opinion quite yet.)! For Halloween this year, I have decided to have one cohesive look for my decor and the costumes Joie and I wear for her first adventure in trick-or-treating. Here kitty, kitty! Can you guess what it is?

What’s my designer tip this month? Make your design kid and kitty friendly! These pink cat balloons will keep even the busiest of babies entertained while the adults enjoy some spiked hot apple cider. The weather’s getting cooler … Time for throw blankets and candles in the cutest colors. Don’t forget to “Treat Yo Self”! This display is perfect for an at home Halloween baby bash.

Lauren’s inspired: Wonder Woman … Hmmm? Most days, I think not! I definitely strive for that level of commitment, but don’t always quite meet that goal. I am pretty proud of myself though for the sheer amount I am able to get done each and every day, and of course like many sometimes feel that whatever I do it is still not enough. This month I am just working on reminding myself that I am doing my best and I am putting out my best efforts each day. After all, I am raising three small super heroes while running this awesome business. 

What’s my designer tip this month? Create a super space! They say your home should reflect you and you are super after all! A really cool light fixture, fur throws, an awesome rug, dynamic art … You name it! If you love it, don’t be afraid to add it to your home. If it doesn’t quite work, make it work. Find something that ties it all together and gives that piece meaning or just plain let it shine. Go all out for your events this month also, and don’t be afraid to be unique. 

Here at Side by Side Design, we look forward to an exciting month including our spookiest decorations in our own homes, lots of finished interior spaces, and many more tricks and treats! Don’t forget to check out our next Get Inspired post on November 2nd for all new looks and inspiration!