By taking one of the looks from our Get Inspired: February 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: Tami

Ready or not … This baby is coming REALLY soon! I know that Lauren has been busy working away on all of the details for my baby shower this coming weekend, and I truly cannot wait to see what she has come up with (I have been kept completely in the dark). The one thing I did have a bit of a say in was what I registered for. Putting together a very special nursery for my little girl has been in the forefront of my mind, so I pulled actual items from my own personal registry to include in this post today. When paired with five fun event items I found, I think you will all get an idea for how to plan a baby shower that fits the look of your nursery space. Lauren wants to make perfectly clear that these items are in no way a “what to expect” for the baby shower we will share next week … It is still all a secret until I get there! If you do want to purchase any of these items, I have included a link for your convenience. Enjoy!

Interior Items

1. Gold Gallery Frame – Pottery Barn Kids – $29 – $39 each

2. Sloan Acrylic Convertible Crib – Pottery Barn Kids – on sale for $599

3. Organic Little Angel XOXO Crib Fitted Sheet – The Land of Nod – on sale for $17.97

4. Square Soap Pump Dispenser – Target – on sale for $6.64 

5. Black and White Hand Tufted Katte Area Rug (5′ x 8′) – Amazon – $151.69

Event Items

1. Black and White Striped Linens – Signature Party Rentals – $55.17 each rental

2. Acrylic Trays – West Elm – $34 – $69

3. Funny Baby Clothes Poppin’ Bottles All Day Every Day – Etsy (BumpAndBeyondDesigns) – $16

4. XOXO Gold Foil Hang Tags – Paper Source – on sale for $5.97 for a set of 10

5. Printable Baby Shower Invitation – Etsy (whitekittin) – $18

I truly cannot wait for this weekend! My baby shower is going to be awesome (I have the best of the best planning it!), and our little girl will be joining us before we know it! Check back in next week for the details from the shower and for more inspiration. 


Written by: Lauren

Things are really starting to take shape at our Modern With Antiques home. The drywall is up, the guest bathroom has been fully tiled, and we are almost ready to start the fun finishes we have been planning for so long. There are still a few rooms we haven’t shared here in our Under Construction series, and I realized I better get them done quickly before we get to show you those awesome Before and After shots. Today, I am sharing the plans for the media room. We just finished the design for this space … Here’s a sneak peek. 

In Process

All of the wiring is in for the large TV going on this wall. We are designing a media cabinet to go below and all of the proper equipment to go with it.

This sliding glass door will eventually be covered up with some window coverings to give enough darkness to watch a movie even during the day. 

There is not tons of space in this room for traditional movie viewing seats, so we ordered an ultra comfy recliner sofa in an awesome metallic leather to complete the space. 

Media Room Inspiration

In keeping with the modern yet elegant look of the rest of the house, we decided to keep this room pretty neutral in color but to add in fun details (such as an animal print pillow, a cozy rug, some fun wall upholstery, and a bit of metallic). This will give it that media room feeling and give the client a place they can enjoy at the end of each day. 

Please follow along as we continue to work on this dream project! For more information on our design services email us at


Since they started dating, Scott and Lauren have made it a tradition to spend Valentine’s Day at home. In the past,  Lauren takes this as her opportunity to set the table beautifully while making a special meal for Scott. She has had fun coming up with a menu consisting of food items that she does not regularly serve and a fun theme that will keep things exciting. As a mom, she has continued this tradition in a more kid-friendly fashion and this year will once again plan something special for her husband and all three of her girls. After a few years of being with her now husband (and soon to be father of their child), Tami began this tradition as well in her and Phil’s home last Valentine’s Day. Here’s a look back on how each couple spent their Valentine’s Day last year.

T Side: I was so excited last Valentine’s Day to finally be at home (I know, sounds weird right?). Don’t get me wrong, Phil and my first two times together celebrating this special holiday were extremely memorable as our first he took me to one of his favorite restaurants (Malibu Seafood) which ended up becoming the place we went for lunch the day we got engaged and the next year we were having fun in Vegas. With all that said, the comfort of home and letting my creative juices fully fly was calling to me. I wanted to surprise my new husband with a planned out meal and matching theme / decor. He definitely deserved it!

I started out Valentine’s Day morning by announcing the theme to Phil with this special invite to our dinner / PJ party. I chose red, black, hot pink, and gold as my color scheme and made sure that all aspects of this event coordinated (using this really fun buffalo plaid as my overall inspiration). 

I love to make my own cards whenever I get the chance and created this one special for my love. 

I used our wedding china for the first time (Shhh … Don’t tell anyone, I haven’t used it again since!) and set the table for a cozy but semi-formal dinner at home. 

A plaid runner, antique glass candle holders, fresh hot pink flowers, and a fun bottle of rose were added to finish the look. 

I also made this bunting to coordinate complete with hot pink hearts and gold foil letters that read “You & Me”. 

Surprise! Phil had a few plans of his own … A dozen red roses and a heartfelt card. He always knows just the right things to say. Quickly after coming home from work, I asked my hubby to get comfy. After all, this was a PJ party! So he put on his favorite sweats and joined me back downstairs for dinner. No need to get all dressed up in the comfort of your own home.

As the theme was pajama party, I wanted to make sure to create a menu that coordinated nicely. We started with cocktails made from mixed fruit juice and “Be Flirty” rose. What a perfect name!

I made breakfast foods for dinner such as this hash brown dish topped with a fried egg and a little Sriracha. 

For dessert, we had brioche french toast and maple bacon with bananas on top. 

To finish off the night, we cuddled up on the couch with another glass of rose and watched a movie together. I wouldn’t trade this first Valentine’s Day at home for anything!

L Side: Last year was the first year that Ava helped me plan our Valentine’s celebration. We came up with a cookie and crafting theme, and I decided since she was so into it to plan the activities mostly for her (Sorry Scott). Ava liked the idea of making cards and treats to pass out to her friends and we set out craft projects for her to work on leading up to the big day. On the day of, it was all about celebrating with our family of five and we made a special dinner for the ones we love most. 

Ava picked out these valentines to give to her friends … 

… and used these fun stamps to make some cards to go with.

She also helped me put together this fun bow and arrow bunting which we hung to enjoy all month long.

We set the table and used the stamps and decor we made to decorate with as well. 

Cara is ready to celebrate!

Even though my kids would have just eaten cookies for dinner, I made a delicious arugula salad for Scott and I to enjoy and some heart shaped pasta caprese style with a more simple version for the kids.

Ava had too much fun decorating cookies! I put out fun frostings and sprinkles for her to use.

You can’t have cookies without milk, and a fancy hot chocolate is even better! 

We each plan to have an equally special Valentine’s Day this year even though with an upcoming move (Lauren) and a baby on the way real soon (Tami) this may be a bit difficult. Lauren, Scott, and the girls are continuing to keep things simple and keep their at-home tradition while including Ava in on the plans. Tami may not be able to go all out with her cooking but still wants to celebrate with Phil at home as this will be their last Valentine’s Day before getting even busier as parents. Whatever you plan to do with your Valentine this year, remember that what is really important is that you make the day special and show them how much you really love them! Happy Valentine’s Day from Side by Side Design!


Written by: Lauren

Some people like to walk into a finished house and picture new furniture with minimal changes to make it their own. I, however, am the opposite. I love a project house (or at least the idea of a project house), getting to reimagine the space, picking out my own finishes, fixtures, and overall look is my fun. Call me crazy! Of course, there are millions of stressful aspects to balance out the joy, but overall the end result is a space I will truly love. When Scott and I took on this project, I don’t think we fully anticipated the sheer magnitude of what we were getting ourselves into with this level of a project house, but I still believe that when it’s all done we will look back at our hard work and be proud of ourselves for what we have accomplished. 

The outside of our house has so much character and is initially what we were drawn to. It’s California ranch style makes me happy, and we all know I am in love with an all white house. There are very few things we are changing to the exterior of the house in this first scope of work, but we are reviving the front entry and fixing the exterior wall to the playroom which was deteriorating. 

The previous owner had closed up this entryway to use as interior space. Opening it back up was quite possibly one of the best decisions we have made so far. I absolutely love this space with all of its character. I plan to put a fun bench and mirror here like you would in an interior entry even though it is technically outside. 

Living / Dining Room

We only did small changes to the living / dining room as it was already a pretty nice space. However, we will be replacing the slider doors and refinishing all of the wood flooring throughout the house. I think the finishing touches I have planned for these spaces will be what transforms them.



We opted to keep the existing galley kitchen. Although there were many changes we could have made to update it further, we opted not to spend the money, and to be honest, I kind of like how that helped to keep the integrity of the original architecture. Lucky for me, my dad was able to build a custom bench for this space so that I can make my favorite Mid-Century Modern inspiration come to life and enjoy this space every day with my family. 

It was not our intention, however, to completely gut the entire kitchen. Every time we pulled something out to replace it we found another issue, and in the end decided it would just be best to start over. I saw pictures of my custom built kitchen today. I can’t wait to see how it looks in this space. 

Pantry / Powder Bathroom 

I absolutely love that I have this back pantry area, but didn’t understand why it wasn’t being used for laundry as well. By removing the large water heater, that was back there, I was able to get my washer / dryer in. One of my wish list items was a powder bathroom, and I love that I got that as well. Infinite possibilities to come for wallpaper and funky details!

Kid’s Playroom


This space was previously being used as the entry to the house and as a laundry room. I immediately envisioned it as a playroom and love how it is taking shape. A few small changes were all it needed to make a major impact. We removed the existing closet as well as the false ceiling that sat below the more beautiful wood planked peak ceiling as it wasn’t doing anything to enhance the space. This resulted in a much larger feeling room for the kids to enjoy. 

Kid’s Bathroom

To say that the Jack and Jill bathroom between the girl’s rooms was small is an understatement. We were able to enlarge it just a bit in order to add a much needed bathtub to the space. I’d like to think what it lacks in size we’ll hopefully make up for in style. 

Master Bathroom / Closet

The biggest transformation in our new home (and the one I am most excited about) is our new master bathroom and closet. The closet was way too small and the bathroom was in major need of updating. We used the exterior patio that had previously been closed up to create our new walk-in closet, and by moving the wall only a foot were able to gain hanging space on both sides which was the best decision ever! Losing a foot in our new master bathroom didn’t hurt at all. It is still a great size, and the new layout really uses the space to its fullest. 

I truly cannot thank everyone who is helping to get this project done and done quickly enough! My dad has been there almost every day and has poured his heart into this project. It still has a long way to go before it is done, but I am confident that it will be well worth it at the end. I will continue to keep you all updated with the progress from construction to finished spaces. For more information about our design services email us at



Before we move on with the regularly scheduled program (this Friday’s feature), we want to mention that today is officially our 900th blog post! We really cannot believe where the time has gone since we began this journey over six years ago and want to thank all of our readers for sticking with us through our many changes structurally, personal highs and lows, and professional endeavors. Here’s to 900 more!

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 finally here … This month I will be showered by family and friends with gifts for my new baby and it is even possible (although she is supposed to be born in March) that our little girl might arrive a week or two early (says our doctor). Needless to say, I am so busy! Her room is not quite ready yet, I have tons of adorable outfits that need to be washed (Thanks Laur for all the hand-me-downs), and thank goodness I got a dress to wear to my shower yesterday (Check!). I really can’t wait to meet the girl that has been growing rapidly inside of me and to share what we have planned for her nursery with all of you which is why I used my favorite inspiration picture as what is inspiring me this month. 

What’s my designer tip this month? Create all things girly! It doesn’t have to be the month of love to use hearts in your decor. I am completely obsessed with black and white color schemes and will be incorporating pops of blush into the mix. So, you can see why this heart tiled floor speaks to me so much. Create a space of comfort for your littlest princesses with soft patterned wallpapers, pillows, and poufs, drape fabric and tassels around a very girly chandelier, and add ruffles into the mix whenever you can (Isn’t this cake great?). Show your love this month for all of the girliest details!

Lauren’s inspired: My inspiration for this month shows how I will be spending a lot of my time. We are hopeful to move in to our new home on March 1st, but it is going to take a lot of work to get there. If it looks like my inspiration board is a little all over the place this month, it’s only a reflection of what’s to come. We definitely have some highs in store (a baby shower I’ve been planning, my twins turn two, and a low key Valentine’s Day … hopefully), but I know it is going to take a lot to get through this month mentally and physically and I am preparing myself for that. With the new home brings a lot of change. Ultimately it will be great, and even though I look forward to not having to move with babies, I’m holding onto this Winter month just a little as I know when my girls turn two there will be a lot of change for them as well. 

What’s my designer tip this month? Change can be good! If you are working on a new home or want to switch things up in the one you’ve got, don’t be afraid to do something different and out of your comfort zone. Add in an interesting color (A little sea foam green anyone?), a cool light fixture, or an over the top balloon tablescape. You might be surprised and really love the change … and while you’re at it, remember to embrace these moments and take a few minutes out to sip some hot cocoa. 

Here at Side by Side Design, we look forward to an exciting month full of well planned out blog posts (using our brand new structure of posting on Wednesdays and Fridays); a look at the construction taking place at Lauren’s new home, a few baby showers for some really special moms-to-be, Valentine’s Day inspiration and decor, and more! Don’t forget to check out our next Get Inspired post on March 2nd for all new looks and inspiration!