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: This theme! If you have followed us for a while, you know that we have a Halloween event that we do every year and are extremely proud of. Check out last year’s Greek Mythology theme here. The thing that excites us the most is getting to come up with a brand new concept each year and incorporate it into even the smallest detail. We are not quite ready to reveal the theme just yet but wanted to tease you all a little with this inspiration photo and let you know that it is coming real soon to a blog near you!

#2: This backyard! Do you remember when we featured this Casual Cozy Living Room? Well, the client came back and asked us to consult on the design of their new backyard, and we were happy to do so! Can’t wait to see how it turns out, but in the meantime here is an inspiration photo to show you where we got some of our ideas.

#3: Their wedding! We are still obsessing over all of the details from Sasha and Mikey’s wedding, and now we get to experience it all over again thanks to Spin the Dial Productions. We know you will love this video clip just as much as we do. Also, coming in June … Not one but two posts describing this magical event. Can’t wait to get a hold of those photos!

#4: This vendor! We mentioned the incredible accessory company, Arteriors, several times in our Transitional Edge Home Tour. If you take a look at their website, you’ll see why we are so obsessed with their pieces. We just can’t get enough and plan to return to this vendor as often as possible in designing our client’s homes (and hopefully our own). 

#5: This opportunity! This month, we got the chance to work on something truly special … We really wish that we could share the details, but we have been sworn to secrecy until it goes “live”. Here are the two things that we can share: #1: This photo was used as our inspiration for our attire during this big moment in our brand’s life, and #2: We were told that we will be able to share what is happening with all of you by the end of this month. We can’t wait!

Let us know what you think of this newer type of post … Simply click the number next to the speech bubble icon below to leave a comment. All feedback is welcome and will be taken very seriously. We plan to share our “Favorite Five” for the month of June on the 30th, and of course will be sharing what’s inspiring us for the month ahead on the first Friday of the month. See ya soon!


A while back, we shared inspiration photos for the work our dad and his wife Evon planned to do 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. 

Both the exterior and interior of this home have always been described by many as quaint but charming. They are creating fresh details to the exterior through this new door, additional windows, and replacing the paneling with a smooth stucco facade. 

An interior view of some of the new windows and the entry door which brings in lots of sun into their cozy living room. 


Evon decided early on that she wanted brick on this wall. They used a veneer to cover the space and already refinished the beam that centers it, but plan to have our faux finisher lighten the brick a bit for a softer effect.

The existing kitchen was given a fresh, new feel by incorporating a farmhouse sink …


… and painting the cabinetry in a bone hue. They plan to replace the countertop as well as the backsplash for a more crisp look. 

There are many more things that our dad and Evon plan to do with this remodel from new paint, to new furniture, a new guest bathroom, and refinishing their existing wood floor to get rid of the yellow. 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 will create something amazing. We look forward to seeing the finished product (and of course helping them along the way). We will be sure to keep you updated with their progress too.


This week we got a unique opportunity! We took a few hours off of our normal work schedule to visit the Museum of Ice Cream! Not sure we would classify this fabulous establishment as a traditional “museum”, but more of a modern take on what a museum can be. In other words, we would describe it as an art installation with perfect opportunities to take amazing Insta-worthy photos around every corner. As designers, we truly appreciate every detail the creators of this museum put in from the wallpaper to the over-sized likenesses of all of our favorite treats and the fact that there were so many types of ice cream (as well as toppings, mochi, and some fabulous black cookie dough) to try. Each sample was a perfect fit to the design of the room we ate it in. Overall, we had so much fun experiencing this place from a design stand point and getting to spend time with Lauren’s three girls in such a fun girly environment. Now we know what you are thinking (if you live in LA) … How can I get tickets to see such fabulousness? You may have to be patient. We have heard that tickets are completely sold out until August or September. Sorry for this disappointing news! However, we feel it is our obligation to share as many fun filled photos as we can to provide a little taste until you are able to visit the museum yourselves. Enjoy!







We have been working hard over the past several months to perfect our photo taking skills, try all kinds of new angles, and to generally think creatively while making memories. The Museum of Ice Cream was a great place to practice and its overall colorful interior made even the most mundane of shots look incredible. We hope you like the photos we shared today, and that if you are not already that you will follow us on Instagram at sidebysidedesign! Have a sweet day!


By taking one of the looks from our Get Inspired: May 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, in our inspiration post, Tami mentioned that there is no reason why you can’t celebrate Cinco De Mayo all month long. That is why we are encouraging our readers to “Fiesta on!” and have prepared a list of five interior items and five coordinating event items that keep this concept in mind. We have also included a link for each item for your convenience in obtaining them. Enjoy! 

Interior Items

1. Succulents – West Elm – $22.50 – $31.50 for a set of 3

2. Cactus Print – Etsy (AgiPhotoGallery) – $5.75

3. Cactus Salt + Pepper Shakers – West Elm – $12

 4. Mexican Falsa Blanket Serepa / Red / Hot Pink / Gray – ebay – $14.99

5. Hanging Metal Planters – West Elm – on sale for $41 – $59

Event Items

  1. Cactus Pool Float – West Elm – $70

2. Mini Pinata – Etsy (youwannapinata) – $25

3. Glass Carafe – Cost Plus World Market – $4.99

4. Turquoise Taper Candles – OpenTip.com – $5.46 for a dozen

5. Pink Cactus Flowers Made With Plantable Paper – Etsy (PaperSprouts) – $100 for a set of 50 

This whole month has truly been a fiesta … from attending multiple birthday parties to celebrating the moms in our lives to spending time at the #museumoficecream (Post coming to a blog near you on Monday!). We are truly grateful for all the joy our lives bring! Have a fabulous weekend from Side by Side Design!


Written by: Lauren

This room has come a very long way since the last time we showed it (as seen on this Under Construction post). In fact, the existing space has now become two separate rooms. The lower level is now the Game Room, and this upper level is the perfect family room and hang out spot. My in-laws love to entertain, and now that we’ve used this space multiple times we have found that this room is perfect for all occasions (from watching the Super Bowl, to their weekly “Maj” game, and of course relaxing on an average evening and everything in between). 

In keeping with the rest of the house, we stuck to a pretty neutral palette for all of the main elements with bright pops of color on a few main focal points. 

The flooring is the same throughout the house which gives a very clean, crisp look … 

… but we softened up the area around the sofa with this cool rug. The sofa itself is super high-tech and was purchased from Italy 2000.

A few whimsical elements were added which show their true love for color. My favorite though is this Tic Tac Toe game which my kids love as well. 

It’s no secret that I’m not big on color for my own personal taste, but I absolutely love how this resin fireplace turned out … Believe me, it’s even better in person!

We decided to create niches on either side of the fireplace so my Mother-in-Law would have a place to put some fun decorative items. 

Other modern elements were added to complete the space such as this fun chair from Atmosphere Interiors and the custom media cabinet they had made. 

My Mother-in-Law has been playing Mahjong for a long time. She stepped up her game when she added this automatic table to the room for her friends to enjoy. We found these cool chairs and side tables at Atmosphere Interiors as well. 


*Confession: Tami and I both learned how to play from Robyn and Joel, and it has become our guilty pleasure! Here’s a close-up view for all you “Maj” lovers out there! 

A very special thank you to my in-laws for letting me help them with this incredible project and for letting us share it with all of you. To check out the rest of the posts from this Modern Dream home tour follow these links: Home TheaterGuest BathroomsMaster BedroomMaster Bathroom, Kitchen, Craft RoomOfficeGame Room, and Dining Room. Enjoy!