Written by: Lauren

I feel the need to start off this post by saying go back and read these other ones (Here and Here) … You won’t believe how big this transformation truly was otherwise. Did you read them? Ok, now you understand. This house looks absolutely nothing like the way it started.

It goes without saying that this room had a full remodel renovation. We basically took it all the way down to the studs. This side of the room was always the breakfast nook, but now it looks a lot lighter, brighter, and updated. We kept the color palette mostly white and silver in this room to keep the space looking even larger than it is, but we couldn’t resist hanging this Picasso (from the couple’s collection) for some added color and character.  

This table and chairs are from Italy 2000, and the table is truly a piece of art. Finding a light fixture that worked with it was a bit tricky though. However, I love the ying and yang that these two play (Light from Delightville).

This side cabinet is a great place to store dishes and serve ware the couple has been collecting for many years. We used the glass cabinetry above to store very special and artistic glassware (Cabinetry built by Jackie Bitton Fine Woodworking with a hand applied silver leaf finish by Angel).

We had fun accessorizing each area with all of the client’s gorgeous pieces. 

This fabulous pantry door was made in stainless steel to match all of the high end appliances in this kitchen. We had a photo of the general idea, and I absolutely love how it turned out.

Here’s another view of the stunning cabinetry along with the beautiful marble we got from Tristone and Tile. Sistone was our fabricator. Their attention to detail is insane.

Although there are many incredibly gorgeous details in this kitchen, the true showstopper is this La Cornue stove. We opted for the stainless with brushed brass finish. Mixing metals in the right way gives a glamour that is unmatched.

I mentioned in the beginning of this post that this room was taken almost completely down to the studs while it was being renovated, but I didn’t mention that the best find while doing this was the open ceiling. It is amazing what a high ceiling can do for a smaller closed in kitchen, and that window above adds an extra bit of natural light that was much needed. 

This project was a true collaboration with my clients which is my favorite way to work! I love to guide my client’s vision and bring their personality to life in their home. When I went back to take these photos, my client let me know that she has been loving living in her new home. It doesn’t get any better than that!


You’ve heard us mention that our in a BOX line is a custom gifting experience, and if you have purchased a BOX for a loved one’s birthday or another special occasion you will surely agree! Each gift is unique and tailored to fit a special theme, the taste of the recipient, and what it is that they are celebrating.

For holidays, our concept is slightly different. One of our all time favorite things to do is to bring a new fresh look to each holiday season. Therefore, each holiday, we bring you curated gift options that are on trend and perfect to gift another couple, a family, and we always throw in a boozy mini just for fun! Of course, you can also feel free to keep the BOX and its contents for yourself! We know it’s tempting …

Holiday BOXes like this Halloween in a BOX come complete with all of our favorite finds; the most beautifully designed paper goods to use throughout the season, bottles of wine (or really any alcoholic beverage), snacks, decor items and more! Looking for a way to celebrate Halloween this year? We know finding creative ways to celebrate all occasions has been a common theme of 2020. Stay in … But make it spooky! 

Once your BOX is delivered, take your BOX contents and create your own scene. We love to include banners with cheeky sayings (such as this one: “Here for the Boos”) that are prepped and ready to be hung, but this black and white striped tablecloth, metallic skull, and sparkle breasted raven have lived in our home for quite some time. The mix of old and new Halloween decor is the perfect pair. 

Here’s what we’ve got in “store” for Halloween:

Trick: $125 – This BOX makes for the perfect gift for another couple, family member, friend (or “creep” it for yourself). It includes tequila (cuz 2020), a bar of chocolate (cuz there won’t be any stealing of your kid’s candy this year), the most adorable plates, napkins, and a sparkly banner too!

Treat: $125 – Wanna set up something special for the kids? This is the BOX for your little monsters! Staying in won’t be easy this particular night of the year, but this might make it just a little bit easier … Create a cute table set up for your kiddos to enjoy a snack (costumes optional) with the most adorable Halloween plates and napkins, the snack itself, something fun to play with, and another sparkly banner of course!

BOO-zy mini: $60 – This is the all time perfect gift for the over 21 ghouls and gals to let them know you’re thinking about them! A bit of booze to get the party started, cheeky (yet adorable) napkins, sweets (It’s Halloween duh!), and a really fun glass for this cocktail and the next. They are staying in this year, right?

Don’t see exactly what you are looking for? Customized boxes are available as well starting at $150 (or two minis for $120). We are taking orders through October 24th. Get your Halloween in a BOX today! Contact us at info@sbsdesignla.com or call (480) 628-8264.


Written by: Lauren

I am working on a really exciting project right now, and loving every second of it! My client recently purchased a gorgeous Cape Cod home in Encino, but one thing I love most about this client is that she always wants to put her own spin on things. When this house is done, it will be a great representation of her style which is clean and transitional with a bit of mid century modern flair. Maybe even a few art deco touches. Are you intrigued yet? This project is moving pretty quickly, so before it gets too far along in the process I wanted to show our progress. 

We’ve already added wall paneling to the entry space and took out the cross bars on these sliding doors to give the atrium a more open feel. We have these things to still be installed; a new pivot door, an amazing light fixture, and of course art and furniture will transform this space.

The atrium previously had brick flooring and was kind of being used as an outdoor “living room” if you will. We decided to use it as the true centerpiece of the house. We installed this gorgeous white flooring and a huge olive tree is on its way!

This is the formal living room just off the entry. In this photo you can see the moldings I mentioned above. A gorgeous new custom marble fireplace surround and those black and white awnings will be swapped out for a black metal version. 

We had a photo that really inspired this stairwell. It literally will look nothing like it did to start when we are finished with it … Wall moldings, a new custom brass stair railing, and marble treads. Still need to pick a light for this space too.

The dining room is probably one of the only rooms that is left structurally untouched, but we are ready to enhance it with wallpaper that’s on its way from Phillip Jeffries and some stunning furniture we have in the works.

The kitchen counters are complete and the new sinks have been installed. We are reworking some of the cabinetry and adding in some fun details such as a cappuccino machine. Can’t wait to see it all done. Just waiting on the plumbing fixtures we ordered as well as the hardware, counter stools, and a custom hood. 

My client insisted on this thicker countertop edge detail, and man am I glad she did! The honed marble … I’m still drooling over! I am so obsessed with this kitchen! 

Under the dusty plastic is the most gorgeous black glass bar top. It was one of the first things to go in, and I am still dying to see it unveiled. 

This photo doesn’t even begin to do that new fireplace surround justice! The leathered stone on it is insane, and our audio visual technician installed the most beautifully framed TV I’ve ever seen (I never thought I would say that about a TV!). 

Here’s a peek at the new ceiling we installed in the office. It’s going to look pretty amazing once it’s painted.

The new theater, shag carpet is getting installed later this week, and we are working on finalizing some really cool lighting and furniture for this space.

This room is for my client’s daughter, but the closet wasn’t quite large enough. So we added some built in cabinetry which is going to look great when it’s all painted and the hardware installed. I am pretty excited about the bed and nightstands we have already ordered from Visionnaire  and the new light fixture for this room as well!

The master bedroom has the third fireplace we designed and will have a custom cabinet with a brass top built in to the niche next to it. We are currently working on some fun upholstered wall paneling, lighting, furniture, and an amazing Alex Turco wall panel. It’s going to look stunning!

New marble slabs from Tristone are being installed in the master bathroom. Our fabricator Sistone has an amazing attention to detail, and their workmanship is absolutely incredible!

Did I say Sistone’s workmanship is incredible? They got our design to a T.

Even the fire pit got a facelift. We resurfaced it with stone slabs and added that black glass topper. The metal surround and gate are going to be painted white, and we have some new awnings coming to finish off this area.

Did you think we would leave the pool alone? The blue tile in the pool really just didn’t work with the black and white facade of the house. We have already refinished the coping in black and the new black tile goes in next. 

Anyone who saw this house about a month ago would be shocked! Our dad has been there every day overseeing this amazing renovation, and he is doing an incredible job. We have so much more to share and can’t wait to show you all the finished product … Stay tuned! 


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 love this time of year, and just because we can’t take the kids trick or treating doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate in our own way! I am absolutely itching to start decorating and excited that my oldest (Joie) will for the first time recognize these small changes to our home and the festive touch they bring! I am so curious … How are you celebrating Halloween this year (whether you have kids or not)? 

What’s my designer tip this month? Make sure your littles have something to look forward to! For this inspiration, I went with fun pastels and black and white Halloween touches, but in your home decor do what makes the most sense for your space and your kiddos. We are all girls all the time over here! Bring in some Fall accent pieces that can stay all month long and then make sure to commemorate the actual day in a big way (at home)! It’s sure to be different this year, but memorable nonetheless.

Lauren’s inspired: I am working on so many awesome high end homes right now, and it just has me thinking … What would these space look like all dressed up for Halloween? It’s all about keeping with the overall coloring of the home but adding in some spooky details here and there and creating a feeling that only works at this time of year.

What’s my designer tip this month? Halloween can be high end! Take out your set of antique candlesticks and create a seance scene. It’s all in the details! This skeleton glass is just the right thing to hold your signature cocktail and the cuisine you decide to serve is important as well. Now I’m dying to create this for someone! 

Here at Side by Side Design, we look forward to continuing to “creep” it real this month from our homes to yours … We have so many new construction and design projects that we can’t wait to show off, are having fun decorating our own spaces for Fall, and we have lots of BOXes in the works! If you haven’t already checked out our “in a BOX” line (a custom gifting experience) … You should! Don’t forget to visit us for our next Get Inspired post on November 6th for all new looks and inspiration! Also, check out our Instastories @sidebysidedesign to see how we are spreading joy one BOX at a time!


Written by: Lauren

Just like everybody else, we got stuck inside for six months and started crossing home projects off our own list (like this front yard renovation), but we still have one very large project to complete. As my family spent more time at home, we started reimagining our plan for our backyard and decided it would be pretty awesome if we could include a pool. We brought at least six pool contractors by to give us quotes and to see if it would even be doable and finally decided to pull the trigger. Three months later, permits have been pulled, the construction has begun, and things are finally starting to take shape. Our plan is to complete the whole backyard during this renovation, and hopefully by next summer we will really get to enjoy it!

In Process

They’ve already begun to frame out the pool. You may be wondering why they are framing it this way (when normally they dig down to build a pool). We are building a large deck to go from our back doors all the way to the back fence, and the pool will actually sit in the deck itself.

In this picture, you can see a raised platform. That structure is a shed (which will stay in tact), but our plan is to put stairs from the pool deck to that landing for an additional seating space. Just past that, there will be grass and our trampoline for the kids to run and play.

Backyard Inspiration

Our house is a modern ranch style, so I am keeping with that overall look. I am thinking a natural wood deck with white coping around the pool, but I haven’t decided which direction I want to go for the tile. Naturally when you start a big project like this there are many other things that come up. I have yet to fine tune every detail as I want to take the process as it goes, but I know for sure I want to include an outdoor TV, a dining space, a BBQ counter, the right foliage to match the front yard, and of course a few bohemian touches. I might even switch out the back doors, but we’ll see! We know you love to keep up with this type of project, so we will make sure to give you updates as we go here or on IG. 

Are you looking to update some spaces in your home? Contact us about our design consultation and full construction services at info@sbsdesignla.com.