Next week is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, a holiday that has always been very significant to us as it is a time for a fresh new start. Not to mention time spent with family. As of now, this is not a holiday we host in our own homes, however we are always looking for new ways to entertain guests in a unique way. For now, this inspiration post will feed our need to create a holiday gathering that is fresh and new for the New Year.

One of our favorite Rosh Hashanah traditions is eating apples dipped in honey. This is meant to give a sweet start to your year. To set the tone for this party, we used the honeycomb pattern as our inspiration. Golden hues and lots of sweet treats were incorporated too.

We always start our inspiration with the home we are designing for. This cozy kitchen provided us with our color palette and casual design scheme.

Although their home is casual, this couple likes to step it up a bit when celebrating the holidays. We are obsessed with the subtle ways this photo incorporates the shape of the honeycomb and the over-the-top way it has incorporated fresh flowers.

“L’shana Tova” is the way you wish your friends and family a “Happy New Year”! These crafty cards can be sent out to friends and family wishing them all of the best in the coming year.

What to wear to this type of affair? Only your holiday best!

A ruby red and rosemary honey cocktail is the perfect way to cheers to the year ahead.

Start off with some small bites … We love us a fabulous cheese board! Especially this mix of savory and sweet!


Do dessert right and you are sure to have all that you wish for this year.

What about a little sweet treat to send home with your guests?

As always, we had way too much fun preparing this adorable holiday inspiration board for all of you and truly can’t wait for next week’s festivities. We hope that you have liked it as well, and that you have been able to get inspired by some of our ideas. Happy New Year from Side by Side Design!


Written by: Tami

On Monday, my husband Phil and I made a really exciting announcement … Our family is growing! Today, I want to share how we introduced whether our baby will be a boy or a girl to those most close to us. It’s no secret that gender reveal parties are becoming more and more popular. So, having this type of event was a no-brainer. All we had to decide was whether or not we wanted to find out the sex ahead of time or find out with our guests and once we made that decision we had the hardest job of all. Keeping it a secret from everyone (including my twin sister, Lauren) for an entire week!

Although Lauren was not in the know on the biggest news of the day, she helped me plan and set up a fun black and white party at our home. The theme was “Staches or Lashes?”, and as each guest arrived they were encouraged to use our sign-in sheet to cast their vote and grab a stache or lash cup to be used inside. 

We incorporated a few small gold details into the party decor as there are already some that live permanently in my home. A dish of chocolates was the perfect addition  to our coffee table … ‘Cuz who doesn’t love chocolate?

We wanted to keep the dining room table clear to optimize space for our guests to sit but bought a brand new black and white striped table cloth for this special occasion. A few other decorations made the space oh so festive. I love how our hand-crafted balloon tassels and “Him or Her” bunting turned out.

As the party was in the morning, we served our favorite breakfast foods; mimosas …

… bagels, lox, and cream cheese. What better way can you think of to start your day? 

A black and white dessert bar fit the party theme perfectly! Thank you Lauren for arranging each Oreo in such a precise pattern!

An all berry fruit salad was the ultimate finishing touch!

Our immediate family enjoyed spending time together and talking about who our baby will look like, act like, and what the gender will be. Most were extremely convinced one way or the other, and I even overheard a few heated discussions. In fact, my brother showed up wearing a pink headband so that he could show his support for what he “knew was going to be the outcome”. 

After everyone had a bite to eat, we read the results of the vote aloud and prepared to finally share what we are having. We handed out poppers that had one colored confetti inside, and although it made a huge mess, it was so much fun to watch them go off …

… It’s a Girl! 

I know Lauren’s girls were excited to see pink come out of those poppers and will be even more pleased to welcome another little princess into the bunch. 

Phil and I truly could not be happier to have “Baby Daks” on the way! Now that we know she is a girl, we can start planning properly for her arrival. Of course, she will be loved unconditionally either way.

Planning your own gender reveal party in the upcoming future? We would love to help you come up with a new theme and / or way of making this a moment your guests will never forget. Contact us at for more information on our events services.


Written by: Tami

My husband Phil and I are really excited to announce that we will be having a baby girl this coming March! We have known for a little while that we will be welcoming our first child into our lives but assumed from the very beginning it would fall into Phil’s family’s long line of boys. Much to our shock, the test results were girl all the way! We are extremely excited (still a bit shocked a few weeks later) to add another little girl into the mix. Not gonna lie, we know this means lots of cute hand-me-downs coming our way … Thanks Laur! Look forward to many more posts to come with updates on her growth, a baby shower, nursery design, and lots of mommy tips along the way! We will be sharing more on our social media as well.


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

A little getaway for Tami and Phil’s first anniversary this month has her thinking about a certain city. San Francisco … known for its delicious restaurants (especially seafood), lively bars, and landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge. She put together this list of items to add to any space to make it feel more like this vacay spot! These five interior items and five items for your at-home event will bring you a little San Francisco treat this September. Enjoy!

Interior Items

1. Gold Stenciled Teal Velvet Pillows – One Kings Lane – $399 for a set of 2

2. Oriental Weavers, Sphinx Division, Bohemian / Amethyst – Houzz – $299

3. Marnie Mirrored Bedside Table – Pottery Barn – $599

4. Saro Nautical Striped Down Filled Throw Pillow – Overstock – $32.02 

5. Navarro Lamp – Arteriors – $660

Event Items

1. Mexican Coca-Cola – Walmart – $52 for a 24 pack

2. CYS Glass Cylinder Vase, 40″ – Houzz – on sale for $25.99

3. 8 oz Chinese Food Box / Metallic Red – Consumer Crafts – $1.97 each

4. Turquoise Single Faced Satin Ribbon – Oriental Trading – on sale for $7.98

5. Chair Fruitwood Chiavari – Signature Party Rentals – $5.41 each for rental

There’s so much going on this month! We are sure to keep very busy! We will take any getaway we can get our hands on … What a treat! Have a great weekend from Side by Side Design!


Written by: Lauren

I think Ava is just as excited as I am for her to go back to school tomorrow! It’s always fun to start a new year in a newly renovated space. We already got a sneak peek at how the school turned out last Friday when we went back for “Meet the Teachers”. Ava and I went a little early and took some pictures of the finished product. I couldn’t be more proud! All of the teachers really worked hard to make their spaces look incredible and decluttered (all while using as many natural materials they could get their hands on). Take a look at how it all turned out (and for before photos check out last week’s post here):

Front Desk – No more bright colors or cheap plastic rings! The new look is clean, crisp, organic, and sets the tone for the rest of the school. 

Bathroom – This adult bathroom got a fresh coat of paint and a whole new look. 

Zebras and Giraffes – These three year olds will enjoy their new classrooms complete with wooden seating areas, burlap bulletin boards, and each with a crisp green wall. I love that the teachers added live plants to their spaces and the plush giraffe is so much fun!


Butterflies – This room has a good start with the new glass enclosure that was built to close off the bathroom from this space and a fresh coat of paint. We have another week until our little butterflies begin, and I can’t wait to see how their teachers finish this space. 

Hallway – The new cabinetry in the hallway gives the school lots of storage space and there are so many options for what to do with the open shelving above. I’ve heard rumors that they might even use it to showcase an art gallery of pieces made by our little ones. What a great idea!

Monkeys and Bears – These two year olds will feel right at home in their cozy classrooms. With perfect reading nooks and music corners they will learn so many important things this year. We hope they enjoy these new spaces!

Lions – This has always been the classroom for the oldest students. The new paint job really helped freshen things up, and I absolutely love what Rob Shamsi did with the stage. The new wood border really makes it look finished. The Lions teachers added lots of fun natural materials throughout the classroom and their space turned out great!

Tigers – This is the first year that the school has two Pre-K classes. The administration opted to give the second class the old Butterfly room. I heard from the teachers that it was not a particularly easy space to configure, but I will say they did an amazing job and the room turned out great! I especially love the reading corner they put together, the new cubbies with the live tree, and the “Roar Call” sign for kids to check in when they arrive. 

This will be Ava’s classroom this year, and she is beyond excited!

As we’ve mentioned, the school’s fundraising money as well as money donated by the synagogue was used this Summer for small renovation changes as well as a full paint job of the entire school, a complete set of wooden chairs for each classroom, and some new furniture and toys throughout. I am personally hoping we will be able to raise enough money to complete this project as soon as possible as I can’t wait to see how it looks with new wood flooring throughout and new rugs too. This is, however, a great start and the team that worked on it gave it their all including Rob Shamsi, Allison Schwartz, Kevin Lowe, and all of the administration and staff at the University Synagogue ECLC. Happy First Day of School to my little Tiger and all of her friends! I hope you enjoy your newly renovated space!