Written by: Lauren

This space is one of my absolute favorites in my new home. It’s so charming and happened to be one of the best selling features for me when we were looking to buy this house. I finally added the finishing touches just in time for Ava’s birthday party this weekend and couldn’t wait to share it with all of you. 


You might remember these before pictures from the post about my Modern Bohemian Closet a little while back. I still can’t believe the previous owner closed up this space with a slider door (Sorry, can’t find a photo of this!) to use as a rental unit, however there is some real good that came from it … Namely, my new master closet. I was still able to use the main portion of it to give the house its formal entry and proper front door back.


Once we removed the slider door from this opening, we enlarged the space a bit and finished it off with proper moldings. It really didn’t need much as the gorgeous plants growing around this entryway is really what gives it so much character.

As I mentioned, the previous owner had closed this space but left all of the front door elements in tact. We kept all of the existing details in place only switching out the front door but kept the look the same. These windows were perfect as they create an architectural detail that lets light into the living room but also gives privacy to the space, and I absolutely love the industrial sconce and this fun horseshoe bell he had by the front door … So bohemian!

Besides the new door, my only additions were this “hello” welcome mat which my kids love and our new Ring system which keeps us all safe. We also used the same wood slat details on the right wall to close off the new closet space making it almost unnoticeable that it used to be an exterior porch.

I wanted to create a little vignette that made the space feel like an interior entry even though it is really outside. 


A few accessories and this awesome mid-century bench from Amazon gives the space exactly the look I was going for. The round mirror (also from Amazon) gives us a place to check ourselves one last time before leaving the house, but my favorite detail is my new fiddle leaf fig plant I got for Mother’s Day.

I’m slowly finishing my house room by room. Scott and I want to take our time to find each detail and are enjoying this process. We look forward to welcoming our guests this weekend through our new entryway (This is a huge deal when you have been living in condos and apartments for so long) for Ava’s birthday party. Stay tuned to see our Side by Side Design take on her crazy theme of choice next Wednesday right here on the blog!


In preparation for Father’s Day this coming weekend, we decided to ask our husbands to get in on today’s blog post. We each enjoyed watching their eyes light up as we asked them this question … What do you really want (in a man cave that is)? They both took this opportunity to dream a little and shared with us very detailed descriptions (and actual products) that would make a special space just for them complete. Using their advice, we have prepared an inspiration board based on the idea that in a dream world, any man would have a huge converted garage with space to entertain their friends, a bar, a larger than large screen TV (of course), and some fun activities like shuffle board, pool, and even a race car simulator. A man can dream, can’t he?

Here are 5 must have items to include in your dream man cave:

1. GTR Racing Simulator GTSF Model Gaming Stand with Adjustable Racing Seat – Brookstone – on sale for $440.99

2. Latitude Run Heated Massage Chair – Wayfair – $799.99

3. Sony 100″ Class LED Z9D Series 2160p Smart – Best Buy – $59,999.99 … It is a dream inspiration board after all!

4. Insignia 42 Bottle or 114 Can Built-In Dual Zone Wine and Beverage Cooler / Stainless Steel – Best Buy – $699.99

5. Playcraft Georgetown Shuffleboard in Honey – Wayfair – $1,594.99

We’d like to wish a special Happy Father’s Day to Lauren’s husband (Scott) and father of their three little girls and to Tami’s husband Phil who is celebrating his first Father’s Day! Thanks guys for sharing your dreams and expertise with us. We love you!


Written by: Lauren

Today you are all in for a treat … We are “hosting” a new series on our blog (consider this the trial run) filled with tips and tricks for hosting in your home. We tend to think that there are two types of extremes. The person who hates to host and gets scared at even the thought and the person who loves to do it, invites people over all the time, and feels truly complete when guests are over. You (like us) are probably somewhere in the middle. We happen to love to host. This sometimes comes with a little bit of a nervous feeling but nothing that we can’t get over. When we coordinate an event for a client, we go about it in a slightly different way than when entertaining in our own homes. The content of these “Hosting at Home” blog posts is meant to inspire each of you to throw an impromptu BBQ, to pull out dishes you haven’t used in a while, and to find that random accessory that helps create your table for your next meal. None of this is sponsored … It’s from the heart and straight to you from our very own homes. Enjoy!

As you all know, I recently renovated and moved into a new house. A certain friend of mine had been asking to see the house since even before we purchased it, but had still not been able to make their way over. After telling her and her family that they did not need an invitation more times than I could count, I finally decided to make the invitation official. I asked another family of mutual friends to come over as well and turned it into a “party”. That is how this whole Healthy Mex meal plan got started, but really it was just an excuse to get together with good friends. With only a few days left to prepare I made sure to gather all of the ingredients I needed, asked each guest to bring something small to share, and got to cooking. As my guests arrived, I gave them a tour of my new home and treated them to an appetizer of chips, salsas, and homemade guacamole. Here’s a tip … Try to have a little of something for everybody (i.e. mild, medium, and hot varieties for the various taste buds in your group and even something for the kids to nosh on too). 

One of my guests brought all of the ingredients to make awesome “skinny margaritas”. Her recipe was so easy to make, refreshing, and will now be in the rotation for cocktails served in our home. Funny how I didn’t even mention that the theme was Mexican and she came up with margaritas all on her own, but if you are trying to stick to a strict theme, make sure to make that known to your guests. 

I decided to make easy yet healthy items for dinner that most people love. My menu consisted of: chicken fajitas, fish tacos, rice, beans, salad, and all the fixin’s. 

I knew I wanted to set up the dinner buffet style and that I wanted it to feel festive but this sort of organically evolved throughout my setting up process. Like I mentioned, it’s fun to pull out dishes you haven’t used in a while like these glass footed ones and use them in a whole new way. I love how my taco toppings looked when set up this way.

I also whipped up some quesadillas (a staple for kids). One of the moms commented on how she loves going to houses where they have similar aged kids as they understand how to include child friendly items in the menu.


Lastly, be creative! I like to pull items from around my house to make my set up look different each time. For example, I needed a place to display all of the ingredients for my tacos so I put them in this fun basket, and when I saw that cute cactus sitting in a window I knew I had to include it as well. 

When hosting in your home, do what feels most natural to you while trying to push yourself a little each time to think outside the box. Until next time … Happy hosting from Side by Side Design!


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

As I mentioned, this month for me is all about getting back on that trail! I love to be out in nature and have prepared a list of items that when added to your home and event decor will make you feel that you are there too. I have also included a link for each item for your convenience in obtaining them. Enjoy!

Interior Items

1. KSP Basics Porcelain Utensil Holder / White – Kitchen Stuff Plus – on sale for $12.99

2. OXO 10-Piece Pop Container Set – Crate & Barrel – on sale for $99.99

3. Reclaimed Wood + Lacquer Buffet – West Elm – $1,399

4. Sunstruck 66 x 36 Oval Freestanding Bath with Bask Heated Surface and Fluted Shroud – Kohler – $4,333.45

5. Faux Fiddle-Leaf Fig Plant – Cost Plus World Market – $129.99

Event Items

1. Happy Hiker Fit or Flowy Hiking Tank – Etsy (ThisIsMyYearGear) – $18

2. Farmersville Classic Buffalo Tablecloth – Wayfair – on sale for $41.99

3. Organic Dinner Plate – West Elm – $72 for a set of 4

4. Brown Kraft Paper Roll / 15 Ft – Etsy (GiveItPretty) – $7.25

5. Ball Regular Mouth Pint 16 Oz Glass Mason Jars with Lids – Target – on sale for $7.82 for a set of 12

Whether on or off the trail, this June be one with nature! I know I will be out hiking but maybe you prefer the comfort of your own home. Either way … Have a great weekend from Side by Side Design!


Written by: Tami

It’s so rare that I get to write these interior posts, but this is one that I have been waiting to share for a while and I am extremely proud of the work that I did. Of course, it goes without saying that Lauren was with me every step of the way in designing my daughter Joie’s nursery which is mostly made up of my two favorite colors … black and white! It’s a little bit sweet and a little bit spunky just like my little girl’s personality and has an overall Los Angeles vibe as her parents were both Cali kids. I am also proud to announce that Joie turned three months this past weekend and moved into her own room (and out of ours). What a special time to finally share these finished photos and to tell about all of the carefully selected details we put into Joie’s nursery.

They say it takes a village to raise a child, and I agree! It also took a village to put together all of the pieces to this gorgeous room. Phil and I selected all of our favorites and put them on myregistry.com with the hope that our friends and family would contribute to making this room beautiful. We cannot thank so many of them enough for all of the fabulous gifts! The first thing I picked out when designing this room was the Sloan Acrylic Crib from Pottery Barn Kids. I am completely obsessed with its simplicity yet it has unique flair. If you know me well, you know I always want to do something slightly untraditional and “different”. These “Joie” letters were purchased on Etsy and hand painted gold foil by yours truly. 

Other details we added to finish off Joie’s beautiful bed were a black and white blanket and tassel bedskirt (also from Pottery Barn Kids), a little pop of pink X’s and O’s on her sheets (from Crate & Kids), and an adorable stuffed swan. We can watch our sweet girl while she sleeps from the comfort of our room from our Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor. What a dream!

Joie will love playing with all of her fun stuffed animals (including this flamingo from her mom’s “Let’s Flamingle” Baby Shower), but the real stand out detail in this room are these hand painted palm trees … Bet you can’t guess who’s work this is! Angel, of course. Our faux painter is seriously so talented!

I couldn’t resist sharing this picture as well … So many gorgeous shots of this space!

This bookcase is completely custom and was made with love by Joie’s “Saba” (grandpa). I know you have heard us mention his work before. I selected brass hardware to give it a very special and modern look. I love how it turned out! 

This bookcase was designed to house toys and other keepsakes (not just books), and I love that it has the option of showcasing items while keeping others behind closed doors. Some of our favorites are the metallic train that Joie’s cousins love to play with when they come over and all of her classic books … Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar just to name a few!

Those Newborn Photos we took with Erica Leigh Photography came in handy when filling the many gold frames around Joie’s room. I love this family photo most! I am also completely obsessed with this lamp and lamp shade combo. We color blocked it just right adding in one more soft pop of blush into this space. 

Adding this rug to the room changed everything! I love me a geometric, black and white pattern!

A rocking chair in a nursery is a must, and this one is extremely cozy as I rock my little girl to sleep each night. Besides her longer than long lashes and dark brown hair, one thing I was excited to pass on to my sweet Joie was this framed and signed drawing of The Little Mermaid by talented Disney artist, Glen Keane. 

Each item on these floating shelves was hand selected to give the room more LA inspired flair. I specifically love this Jellycat flamingo!


Although it is mostly unused right now, I know we will be very happy to have a bathroom attached to Joie’s room real soon. As these two rooms are connected, it was very important to us to add in a few details that coordinated nicely with her bedroom.

I found the perfect white and gold shower curtain at Target, filled this beautiful basket (which Joie’s grandma brought to the hospital when she was born) with washcloths, put up a keepsake from my baby shower wishing my baby to “stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet in the middle”, and found a place to hang her Aden and Anais hooded towel. 

Joie’s Saba made not one, but two gorgeous pieces of furniture for her to continue to use as she grows up. This custom dresser houses all of Joie’s clothes and signature headbands and has the perfect drawer right in the middle for diapers and wipes. 

Phil and I had a hard time selecting just four photos from all of our favorites from our family photo shoot, but we love how they look in their floating gold frames. 

Another black and white detail was added to Joie’s dresser to turn it into a changing table. I completed this space with a white wicker basket filled with many necessities and my favorite touch … Two acrylic and gold dispensers from Target filled with hand sanitizer and lotion. What else do a mom and dad need when changing a diaper?


Here’s one last shot of this gorgeously designed space! Even though it was designed before she was born, it fits our Joie’s personality perfectly! She has been such a blessing to us and to our home and three months later, we seriously cannot imagine our lives without her in it! Thank you again to all of our family and friends for all of the love, support, and items you have gifted to this beautiful room … and to Lauren. I would never design a space without your expertise! Sweet dreams baby Joie … Enjoy your finished LA inspired room! 

Are you looking to design a nursery or kid’s room of your own? Contact us at info@sbsdesignla.com to get started with your free consultation. 

I did also want to mention that this post was not sponsored in any way. I love all of the items selected for Joie’s room and wanted to let you know where they were all from in case you are looking to use any of these products in your own home.