07.03.2020

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: Happy (almost) 4th! I find it ironic that at this time of year what I need most is a bit of independence! This #inspo balloon pic represents me getting out for more walks this month, finding a way to get some alone time with my husband, maybe going to a restaurant for the first time in soooo long (if they don’t all close again) … Who knows! The sky’s the limit in our new normal! 

What’s my designer tip this month? Red, white and you! Ok, super cheesy, but I mean it! You do you this month! Whatever is making you feel under water needs to be lifted … It’s time to liberate and gain independence. Still have your baby in your room? I do! Time to move them out! Been wanting to host? Have a few friends come over and do the distanced thing (with wine of course!).

Lauren’s inspired: Looks like we are going to be celebrating another thing in quarantine! Scott and my anniversary is this month, and we will be celebrating nine years! I am not 100% sure how we will be celebrating this year, but one thing is for certain we will make sure to honor it in one way or another. I looked up the “traditional and modern gifts” for year nine, and it said pottery and leather. Two of my favorite things to use in my home design, and they work well together too! We are working on some home improvement projects, and who knows maybe I will think of this combo while doing so.

What’s my designer tip this month? Mix materials that are free form with those that are structured! I just love the wood shelf above filled with fun stacks of unique dishes, and those fun fur throws on the leather chairs bring a softness to the space. While planning your events, it’s the small details that count. Try tying napkins off with a thin strand of leather and mixing different sizes and shapes of pottery down your table will create the look I am loving so much right now. 

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 celebrating NINE YEARS of blogging! Can you believe it?! Don’t forget to check out our next Get Inspired post on August 7th for all new looks and inspiration! Also, check out our Instastories @sidebysidedesign to see how we are spreading joy one box at a time!

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Written by: Tami

Our series, Hosting at Home, is a place for us to share the creative touches we add to our space when hosting in our own homes as well as tips from us as event planners for how to pull off a similar look or type of event at home. These events are not fancy and super pre-planned like the ones you are used to seeing us do but rather casual and impromptu. The content of these particular blog posts is meant to inspire each of you (whether inviting a few friends over for a last minute social distanced BBQ or doing something special for those in your “quaran-team”), to pull out dishes you haven’t used in a while, and to find those random accessories that help make your table look unique. Keep it causal! None of this is sponsored … It’s from the heart and straight to you from our very own homes. Enjoy!

Written by: Tami

It’s all so confusing … Don’t you think? Are we supposed to go out? Stay in? Gather … Probably not! Wear a mask? Definitely! Sometimes it’s just easier to pretend the out of the ordinary days don’t exist at all, but I seriously feel like we all need a chance at feeling like our old selves again too! With that said, the Fourth of July is only a couple of days away and I am still figuring out what I am comfortable with for this upcoming holiday, but one thing is for sure … Phil and I won’t let this holiday pass without BBQing and getting some much needed time in the sun! Here’s a look at how we celebrated last year when I hosted just a few friends and their families:

Crazy to think I only had one baby last year and my baby bump had barely begun to show! I love dressing my girls up for a good theme!

I always love to make casual gatherings just a bit fancy and themed napkins are kinda my thing! Metallic gold paper plates were the perfect touch to my red, white, and blue charcuterie display. 

Have a mentioned my husband is a grill master? He whipped up these burgers and hot dogs for our guests …

… Yum!

We did a quick clean up and used the same space to put dessert options out later in the evening.

One of our guests brought all the ingredients to create this flag on the spot. So cute!

What’s the 4th of July without fireworks? Phil, Joie, and I found a cozy spot to watch a great firework show after our guests went home. It really was such a nice day filled with friends and our favorite foods … The little things that make me so happy in life!

Whether hosting a few friends or family this year or keeping it really small and just doing something to commemorate the day, always strive to think outside the box. Doing something different each time and changing it up will break up the routine and help to make your day feel special. Happy 4th from Side by Side Design!

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06.26.2020

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: These 2020 grads! It’s been a rough go for so many through quarantine, but our hearts truly go out to the 2020 grads (especially those graduating from high school)! It really is hard finding ways to celebrate such special milestones in our loved ones lives. With that said, we have been lucky to get several orders this month to create custom boxes for graduates, and hope that we have brought some joy into their homes. Congrats Grads! In the grand scheme of things, this time is just a small piece of the puzzle. We know you are each destined for big things in your future! (Written by: Tami)

#2: These finishing touches! This Modern Eclectic Home renovation is wrapping up. I was there yesterday, and I absolutely love how it is turning out! There are so many fun details to share, but I must get some great photos first. Didn’t this stairwell turn out gorgeous though with its matte black metal railing and stunning wood floors? More coming soon … I promise! (Written by: Lauren)

#3: This room taking shape! It makes me so happy when clients send me photos these days. Business is not as usual where I am popping in to client’s homes as I regularly do for installations and deliveries, but when they take a moment to take an awesome photo after something has arrived it just makes my day! These gorgeous tables were delivered from ModShop and look so good in my client’s living room even though it is not quite done. Isn’t it spectacular so far!? (Written by: Lauren)

#4: This Greek meal! We were supposed to have gone to Israel and Greece this month for our brother and sister in law’s wedding which of course didn’t happen. The trip has been postponed to next year, the happy couple got married anyway because why should love wait, and I made this delicious meal for my family to celebrate Greece in our own way. Can’t wait to start planning again soon! (Written by: Lauren)

#5: This very special day! As Lauren mentioned, this month is a special one for our brother and now sister in law and our whole family. I am so proud of them for following through with the ceremony portion of their wedding, and was thrilled to be part of a small family gathering. This picture says it all … It’s really all about the little things. Right!? Love you Noam and Ashlee! Can’t wait til your BIG day! (Written by: Tami)

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 July on the 31st, 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

To say that this year has been a weird and challenging one would be an understatement! It has changed the way that we celebrate, and I am surprised to find myself embracing it. I wanted to come up with something a little different for my oldest daughter’s birthday this year than the “drive by” concept we have all been seeing, and thought it would be fun for us to do the driving around instead. It ended up working out great, gave Ava a chance to talk to each of the friends she “invited”, and gave us something to do. We then culminated this with a Zoom call with the whole group of girls to sing “Happy Birthday”, eat our treats, and the girls had a blast coming up with fun games to play and activities to do! I am proud of Ava for embracing this as well. She loves being the “host” on Zoom calls so this was right up her alley, but I think this taught her a good lesson as well … It should feel as good to give as it does to get. Take a look at how we celebrated:

Ava was so excited to get her very own surprise Birthday in a BOX delivery from Aunt Tami with all the best JoJo Siwa swag!

What was inside? A JoJo Siwa bow of course, party plates, a fun foil balloon, cute banners, a birthday candle, and new pajamas to wear for her night activity. 

Introducing “in a BOX minis”! Mini versions of our Birthday in a BOX that can be used as fun party favors (with a cupcake or other gift items) or deliveries for social distanced parties.

I decided to go with mini versions of our cream + sugar cake so that each girl would have a treat to enjoy in this untraditional setting. We purchased custom JoJo Siwa stickers commemorating the birthday girl and topped each box with a signature JoJo Siwa bow. 

As I mentioned, we hand delivered each mini (from a distance of course). It was so fun to see so many of Ava’s friends, and the girls could hardly wait to dig in!

We were so excited to set up all of the contents from our Birthday in a BOX. I created the balloon arch the night before, added the awesome mylar star for one more fun touch, and the banners below were perfection! 

After dinner, I quickly cleared the table while Ava got in her JoJo jammies and reset it for dessert and the Zoom party.

Ava’s ready to Zoom!

Another amazing cake by cream + sugar. I swear she outdoes herself every time!

Did you really think the inside wouldn’t explode!? It was just delicious as it was beautiful!

Happy 7th birthday Ava! I love you so much and enjoyed celebrating with you! Thank you for finding fun in this new strange tradition and for always being the sassy, confident, and beautiful girl that you are!

To place your order for a custom Birthday in a BOX or in a BOX minis contact us at info@sbsdesignla.com. 

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Our series, Hosting at Home, is a place for us to share the creative touches we add to our space when hosting in our own homes as well as tips from us as event planners for how to pull off a similar look or type of event at home. These events are not fancy and super pre-planned like the ones you are used to seeing us do but rather casual and impromptu. The content of these particular blog posts is meant to inspire each of you (whether inviting a few friends over for a last minute social distanced BBQ or doing something special for those in your “quaran-team”), to pull out dishes you haven’t used in a while, and to find those random accessories that help make your table look unique. Keep it causal! None of this is sponsored … It’s from the heart and straight to you from our very own homes. Enjoy!

Written by: Lauren

It’s sort of surreal looking back on last year’s holidays as this year we seem to be in a whole different world. I don’t know about you, but I am still trying to limit the amount of people I am around, and therefore will not be doing my usual this Father’s Day … Going from one family to the next to try to spend time with everyone. My plan is to spread it out over a couple of weeks instead and to make each visit as meaningful as possible. Slowing down doesn’t sound quite that bad, does it!? Here’s a look back at how I hosted at home last Father’s Day:

I think this may have been one of the first gatherings around my new dining table. I set it up with lots of snacks for my guests to enjoy and placemats to keep the table clean too.

I love using these small square plates and festive cocktail napkins when appetizers are out so nobody feels the need to take too much all at once.

My Mother-in-Law Robyn made this incredible veggie board complete with dips and vegetable based chips too.

I always love to put a new spin on each cheese board I create and add delicious dips, festive snacks that fit the theme of each gathering, and fancy cheeses of course … But if you want to see a real cheese board check out my Sister-in-Law @darcuterie!

When it was time for dinner, I put out a separate buffet table with this cute basket full of all our paper good needs. A touch of twine goes a long way!

Everyone I invited brought something to share; summer-y salads, fresh fruit, fish, and lots and lots of meat. The guys even took turns on the grill!

When hosting in your home, do what feels most natural to you while trying to push yourself a little each time to think outside the box. None of this needs to be hard, but the special touches will be remembered. Until next time … Happy Father’s Day to all the awesome dads out there and Happy Hosting from Side by Side Design!

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