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

This month is all abut the baby blues (No, I’m not sad … I’m talking about the color!), and I have prepared a list of items to share with all of you. Below you will find 5 items that you can incorporate into your interior space and 5 items to help dress it up when hosting an event. I have also included a link for each item for your convenience in obtaining them. Enjoy!

Interior Items

1. Nuloom Vintage Faded Adileh Blue Runner Rug – Overstock – on sale for $99.74

2. Blue Watercolor Wallpaper, Abstract – Etsy (Betapet) – $64

3. Architect Desk Lamp with USB Port in Brushed Steel – Bed Bath & Beyond – $29.99

4. Thirstystone Marble and Wood Serving Board – Target – $27.99

5. American Atelier Diamond Embossed Canisters – Hayneedle – on sale for $39.58 for a set of 4

Event Items

1. Table Napkins, Slate Blue – Snowe – $36 for a set of 4

2. Indiana Glass Whitehall Cubist, Dark Teal – Etsy (SeawitchCottage) – $32 for a set of 4 footed sherbets and 2 juice goblets

3. French European Cafe Folding Patio Dining Chairs – Wayfair – $310 for a set of 2

4. Dusty Blue Wedding Invitations – Etsy (DevonDesignCo) – custom order

5. Sophene White Mop Polished Silver Flatware 5 Piece Set – Gracious Style – $350

Don’t get the blues this April! Add one or more of these items or ones similar to them to ensure you won’t. Have a great weekend from Side by Side Design!


Written by: Tami

I am so excited to share this beautiful photo shoot that Phil and I worked on with our friend Erica of Erica Leigh Photography. Side by Side Design has been really lucky to have worked with her in the past (as seen on our previous posts for Lauren’s daughter Ava’s newborn photo shoot and one more for her twins). It was very important to Phil and I that we capture memories of our daughter at her tiniest and have baby pictures to look back on fondly as she grows up. We loved Erica’s work so much that she was the obvious choice to take Joie’s newborn photos. Here are some of our favorites from our family photo shoot as well as one that is a special ode to Joie’s oldest cousin and one that will give a sneak peek into her beautifully designed nursery. Enjoy!


Thanks again Erica, our friend and fellow twin, for taking these beautiful photos. I can’t wait to get some framed and display them in our home! If you are looking for a fabulous photographer to take photos of your newborn or family, we have an awesome recommendation for you!

 Here’s a hint at what’s to come … Stay tuned to see the full photos of Joie’s LA inspired nursery soon!

In our Pining For Pinterest posts, we prepare our readers for the upcoming season with interior shots alongside decor and event details in a fresh, new color story and overall look. We don’t know about you, but we are so excited that Spring has sprung … The sun is out, the flowers are blooming, and dining outdoors is officially in season! We are loving every minute of it! Please enjoy as we take you through our inspiration for two totally different Spring events in our own distinct styles. 

Tami’s Pins: What’s “pin”spiring me this season? My signature colors … Black and white! This inspiration is what I call “Mama’s first Mother’s Day” (and I wish it was mine). It’s a bit organic in color, a bit boho (like me), and a bit fancy while not fussy or over the top. Mama gets treated to all of her favorite things; brunch, fresh florals, something sweet, and a new bag or pair of shoes. What’s most important though (and her favorite part of the day) is spending time with her new little one who made her a mom in the first place.

I would never leave the entry of my home if it looked this good!

Does this rug look familiar? I love black and white!

These palm leaves are giving me and this table so much life! What a perfect brunch location.

Moms should always get a fresh bouquet of their favorite flower on such a special day. 

She’s looking so boho chic! 

These shoes are polished to perfection.

Mojitos mid-day! Yes please!

Finishing off the perfect day with a slice of chocolate cake …

… and one more surprise!

Lauren’s Pins: What’s “pin”spiring me this season? The Pantone Color of the Year! Anyone who knows me, knows I’m not a huge fan of bright bold colors, but I can always get around the idea of pops of something regal here and there. When done right it can really add that extra bit of spunk to an interior space or event. I certainly wouldn’t paint the walls in my own home this hue, but thought the ultra violet color of the year was too fun not to share. 

Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2018 is ultra violet. I love the blue undertones in this deep hue of purple and how they didn’t go too far out of the Crayola marker pack. Simplicity is key!

It’s definitely a bold move to upholster your living room sofa in this color choice, but I think this designer did it just right in this otherwise monochromatic space.

I picture this as a bedroom sitting area. I love how feminine it is and how they mixed in ultra modern pieces with some fun antiques.

When you have this grand of a house, it’s still fun to go a bit casual when entertaining outside this time of year. Sometimes a simple charcuterie plate and some festive jam in this year’s color is all you really need. 

The hostess is going casual in her attire as well. 

Can you believe she even has this purse in her collection? How cool is she?


A berry cocktail keeps her guests refreshed …

… and this acai flavored cake is everything … So LA!


These fans are the perfect finishing touch as a party favor and a way to keep her guests cool. It was in the 90’s here this week after all!

This season is already a busy one, and we are so excited to continue bringing the events “Side” of our business to the next level. We look forward to all that is coming up this Spring and hopefully using some of this inspiration in our own planning. We would love to work with you in creating the right look this season by tying in the inspiration of your event with the essence of your home decor. Contact us at for more information. 
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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: Like most new moms, I am daydreaming about uninterrupted sleep. Don’t get me wrong, my baby (like the one in this picture) is super cute and I love spending time with her but not necessarily in the middle of the night. I know, however, that I am just paying my dues right now. This is normal. It is what babies do and some day (hopefully sooner rather than later) she will sleep through the night, and I will probably miss all the snuggle time that we get these days. For now, though (to hold on to my sanity) I will settle for a few hours to go out to dinner with my man. Babysitters? Any takers? 

What’s my designer tip this month? I’m all about those baby blues! I don’t mean being down in the dumps, and I am not talking about a nice set of blue eyes … This inspiration is all about the color baby blue. When paired with anything bright white, it looks so right. This kitchen is crisp and cool with it’s all white cabinetry and baby blue runner. I love the watercolor details given to this wall and invitation suite. Having a dinner party al fresco? Add in light blue linens or a single detail in this color way like these fabulous cloth napkins. You won’t be blue over making any of these choices! I promise!

Lauren’s inspired: As I mentioned in the last few posts, we are all moved in, slowly unpacking day by day, and getting things all put away. Between the move, my husband working more than usual this time of year, and my kids being on Spring Break the last couple of weeks, I have been looking for little bits of time to spend on myself to relax just a bit and have a moment of quiet. I am also spending my alone time catching up on a new favorite show … Is anyone else watching This is Us? I love it! 

What’s my designer tip this month? Create your space so that it doesn’t add stress to your life! Simplicity is key. Live a little more minimally and don’t over accessorize. Put out what you truly love. A vase full of gorgeous flowers and a couple of interesting pillows. Do the same for your event. Don’t over think it. 

Here at Side by Side Design, we look forward to an exciting month full of well planned out blog posts (Check us out each week on Wednesdays and Fridays!); continuing Lauren’s home tour as she unpacks each room and thoughtfully puts things away, the reveal of Joie’s nursery (finally), newborn photos, and more! Don’t forget to check out our next Get Inspired post on May 4th for all new looks and inspiration!


Written by: Lauren

I’m still unpacking over here … Who knew we had so much stuff? I am currently working to finish one room at a time and put away as much as possible each day. This week, I completed another space and took some pictures for you all to see. I hope you like my new closet!


I would be lying if I said that this wasn’t one of the weirdest things about the house when we bought it yet one of the things that made me want the house the most … This space used to be an entryway leading into the house and a front porch but was closed off by the previous owners and used (I believe) as a rental unit for someone to live in. Weird, I know! I immediately had big plans to open back up the entryway portion (We will talk about that in a later post.), but was secretly grateful for the additional closed space which was immediately behind the tiny closet in my master bedroom. A walk-in closet … If that’s not a selling feature, I don’t know what is!

Although this space initially felt rather large, we knew we needed to move the bathroom wall in order to give us hanging space on both sides and enough room to walk within. We ultimately decided to do this, and I can’t say I miss the one foot we took away from the master bathroom one bit.

This is the original master closet. I think just Scott’s shoes alone would fill this up!

In Process

My dad got to work framing my new closet. He checked the dimensions very carefully to make sure we used each and every bit of space we had wisely. 

Moving that center wall really was the key!


We had our tile guy float the concrete floor on the porch section of this space to make it all level and now you can barely tell it used to be exterior space. 




What do you think of the finished product? Keeping this closet organized is key since I am bound to be showing it off! I love the units my dad built. They make plenty of room for Scott and my stuff. Some of my favorite features include the fact that every hanger in this closet matches, the display on the top of our dresser with his and hers jewelry boxes, our fun woven black and white hampers, and this super plush carpet remnant I found that was just the right size. We also kept the paneled ceiling from the old porch in tact as a cool reminder of what this space used to be. 

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