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

This month, we really only have one store on the brain … West Elm! We did mention that we will be hosting a pop up bridal registry event in their Santa Monica store right? Visit our Instagram soon for the Eventbrite link to RSVP. So we decided to create a list of ten items we would not start any registry without. We included items for your every day life and ones to dress up your space when you are expecting company. Enjoy! Really though … You should get this stuff!

Interior Items

1. Classic Cafe Dining Chair – West Elm – $149

2. Grand Waterfall Chandelier / Round – West Elm – $1,299

3. Axel Leather Sofa / 76″ – West Elm – on sale for $1,749 – $2,499

4. Forma Side Table – West Elm – $199

5. Julia Kostreva Wall Art / Knot III – West Elm – $169

Event Items

1. Textured Dinner Plates / White Dots – West Elm – $40 for a set of 4

2. Textured Salad Plates / White Lines – West Elm – $32 for a set of 4

3. Textured Bowls / White Grid – West Elm – $32 for a set of 4

4. Center Stripe Woven Runners / Platinum – West Elm – $39

5. Bormioli Rocco Premiere Wine Glassware – West Elm – $30 for a set of 6

We are busily preparing for our West Elm event and hope that if you are local you will consider coming. Whether you are a Bride and Groom to be, know someone who is, or just really love a good pop up, this one’s for you! July 29th from 11:00 – 5:00 at West Elm Santa Monica … Just sayin’! Have a great weekend from Side by Side Design!

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In our last post of this series, we shared the work our dad and his wife Evon were doing on their home. As per usual, your own project is always the last to get started when there are so many others in the works. That is true for this project as well. It may be last (but certainly not least) as this duo is really taking their time to perfect the process and create the updated home they desire. We figured it has been a while since we shared their progress, so decided to give you an update today.

It’s amazing what just adding new windows and doors can do to a space. It took this home from eclectic to modern.

A new stone hearth freshened up this fireplace …

… and the absolute black stone countertop really pops against the newly painted cabinetry.

 

They are still trying to decide on which tile option to use for the backsplash and whether to go gray or white.

More new windows really brighten up the space!

This is the wall that connects to the gate on either side of the house. We love how it looks.

Our dad loves a challenge and he has been so excited to tell us about this umbrella he’s building. So far, the metal base and wooden slats have all been his unique design. 

Each day, our dad and Evon come up with new and innovative ideas for how to remodel this space. It’s always fun when a husband and wife get to come together on a project that they ultimately will spend so much time in. We admire their excitement for their project and know that together they are creating something amazing. We look forward to seeing the finished product (and of course continuing to help them along the way). We will be sure to continue to keep you updated with their progress too.

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07.09.2017

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 have been waiting for July for a long time as Lauren and I will be working with one of our favorite stores of all time in just a few short weeks!! As you can see by my inspiration photo and the ones I have previously shared from my home on the blog, I love West Elm! So, I couldn’t be more excited to share that we are planning a Pop Up Bridal Registry Event on July 29th from 11:00 – 5:00 in their Santa Monica store. There will be treats, beats, and lots of vendors to meet. If you live in the LA area and are getting married, know someone who is getting married, or just love to go to Pop Up events … you should totally come (Eventbrite details coming soon). 

What’s my designer tip this month? Fill your space with your West Elm favs! I love this store for its casual, modern, and a bit rustic feel. Registering for the first time? You will need basics like these classic West Elm white dishes. This mix of textures can’t be beat! Need to spice up a space that’s feeling stale? Add in a new wooden cabinet or a funky potted plant. Planning an event in your space? I live for their woven place mats, classy wine glasses, and antique glass candle holders.

Lauren’s inspired: My inspiration photo is a true “reflection” on a marriage that began six years ago! My how time flies! I LOVE this photo so much which is why I put it on my wall, and I love even more the amount of attention it gets from my girls. My younger ones are always pointing at it and exclaiming, “Dada” and “Mama”. Ava loves it too! This month I will be celebrating Scott and my six year anniversary, and I couldn’t be happier to have this well-dressed man in my life!

What’s my designer tip this month? “Reflect” on your past! Remember those mirrors you had inscribed with all of your wedding guests’ names? They could make a really nice piece of art for your home. Throwing a dinner party? Make sure to use lots of glass and shiny silver pieces in your tablescape. It will make it look classy and oh so spacious. Unique chandeliers and wine cabinets happen to be two of my favorite details in home decor. Aren’t these stunning?

Here at Side by Side Design, we look forward to an exciting month including a really exciting collaboration with West Elm, the anniversary of two awesome things … Lauren’s wedding and our blog, and more updates on gorgeous interior spaces in the works! Don’t forget to check out our next Get Inspired post on August 4th for all new looks and inspiration! 

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Written by: Tami

This past Monday, we shared a truly magical wedding ceremony that we had the opportunity to be a part of. We mentioned in Part 1 that most of Sasha and Mikey’s wedding guests were staying up at camp for the weekend, so it should go without saying that these guests did not have far to go and thus partied hard late into the night. What a fun day! We are so excited to be able to share all of the details from Sasha and Mikey’s wedding reception today. Enjoy!

 

A few pops of color and some gorgeous wildflower floral arrangements (created by Pigsty) transformed this space from Summer camp to spectacular wedding venue. The guests took on a few projects at arts and crafts during the day including stringing felt flowers for this background …

… and potting plants and succulents to include in each table’s centerpiece. These also became the perfect take-home gift at the end of the night.

Cocktail Hour was enjoyed by all! Specialty cocktails and tray passed appetizers made this atmosphere a bit more fancy and not quite so “campy”. 

The kids in attendance didn’t waste any time getting their dance on! I really just couldn’t resist including this photo … It’s one of my favs!!

The adults followed closely behind! This Hora was so much fun, and it went on …

… and on …

… and on! Shout out to Kenan of Les Loups Pictures and Songs for putting together one of the most rousing renditions of Hava Nagilia we have ever heard!

Sasha’s youngest sister and brother joined in all of the fun …

… and speeches were made to express family member’s love for this couple and the many years they have shared together.

Rentals from Party Pleasers came in handy such as these heat lamps for the slight chill in the air. John Bard and his staff created the most delicious meal of steak with chimichurri, grilled veggies, and tender chicken breasts, but the real show stoppers were the homemade empanadas made by Mikey’s mom.

Groups of friends posed for pics overlooking the ocean. What a great view!

 

I am a bit partial to this group of guests (who felt right at home in this wedding venue) as many of them were my campers when I was a counselor at GHC! Love you guys!

The Bride and Groom’s first dance song was played by Sasha’s brother Darrow. Simply gorgeous!

 

Guests danced all night long and did not stop! This is not an overstatement! We were really impressed by the energy and excitement in this group.

They paused only to enjoy a taste of this custom cake (complete with chocolate photos of the Bride and Groom) made by Sasha’s cousin Lisa. 

As I mentioned, the music kept going and dancing continued late into the night. I have absolutely loved sharing this wedding celebrated (in my opinion) in one of the most beautiful and magical places on Earth. Lucky for me, this couple is equally beautiful inside and out and I got such pleasure out of working with them and seeing their vision through to the day they said “I do!”. Of course, I could not have done it alone. Not only were both the Bride and Groom extremely hands-on and organized but the venue was a dream to work with. Shout out to Maria and Jara for their spectacular attention to detail. We can’t wait to work with you again! 

All photographs taken by Les Loups Pictures and Songs.

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Written by: Tami

Words truly cannot express the feeling I get when I work so closely with a couple, their wedding is complete, and I finally get the pleasure of sharing the details with all of you. This wedding, for me, was the most special! Not only do I think so highly of this couple … They are two of the coolest people I know, are very confident in what they want out of life, and smile through everything they do. I also have known them separate and together, have seen their relationship grow over time, and love and admire the people they have become. Sasha and Mikey are truly an amazing couple and their wedding was something out of a fairy tale. Gindling Hilltop Camp is a magical place. It has been that way for me since I was small. The fact that Sasha and Mikey met there, spent many summers together there, and chose to return to this special place to say “I do” can only be described in one word … Magic!

A couple might choose this location to get married based on this view alone!

However, spending many many summers here allowed Sasha and Mikey the ability to see the full potential Gindling Hilltop Camp (clap, clap) has to offer. They chose to not only get married here but to invite their closest friends and family to spend the entire weekend up at camp and partake in their favorite camp activities such as sports, arts and crafts, ropes course, and even a campfire complete with s’mores. Shout out to Fulcrum Adventures for taking the Bride and Groom to new heights just hours before they said “I do”. 

After the day’s activities, Sasha went back to her “cabin” to get ready. What a gorgeous Bride she was in her Sarah Seven dress and a little “something blue”. A simple side-swept braid by The Loft Hair Studio and make-up by Saida Staudemaier were both understated and oh so classy.

Mikey has always had a style of his own, and it showed so well on his wedding day! A special touch … the collar of Mikey’s suit jacket was stitched with the date he would marry his beautiful Bride.

A private moment was shared just before they were whisked off to take about a million photos …

… Obviously these photos speak for themselves, but I would love to take a moment to give a huge shout out to the woman who captured these moments. Ro of Les Loups Pictures and Songs was beyond amazing to work with, has a gorgeous personality, and a true creative eye!

From here, it all went so quickly … The couple were announced by Rabbi Todd Silverman to their closest family members as husband and wife in the Jewish tradition as they signed the ketubah.

The Bride’s brother, Darrow, led the “Shabbat Stroll” to the chapel as the couple has done many times over their years at camp, but this time for a whole new purpose. 

The chuppah was beautifully decorated by Hope Sword of Pigsty. She proudly announced as she was weaving these vines through its branches that she had stopped on the way up the Malibu hillside to “forage”. Love it!

        

I had the opportunity to share a special moment with this Bride right before she walked down the aisle. I will never forget how excited she was and how ready to finally marry her man! P.S. Isn’t this bouquet stunning?

  

This ceremony brought all guests to tears starting with the way Mikey met Sasha in the middle of her walk down the aisle to guide her the rest of the way …

… the circling of each other symbolizing their bond …

… and the beautiful words that their officiant and friend shared! 

The crowd cheered as they both stepped on the ritual glass and shared their first looong kiss as husband and wife!

Looking back on this wedding gives me so much joy! Growing up at this camp myself, allows me to truly understand why Sasha and Mikey chose this as their venue. It is the place in the world where they feel most like themselves. The staff at Gindling Hilltop Camp was beyond incredible to work with and helped us bring this couple’s vision to life. I feel blessed as well that I had the opportunity to work closely with Sasha throughout the planning process who was extremely organized and knew exactly what she wanted every step of the way. Ok, ok, I can go on forever, but I know I need to keep some details for Wednesday. Check back in to see part two of this magical feature.

All photographs taken by Les Loups Pictures and Songs.

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