Written by: Tami

The holidays are officially here, and I am sure like me you have been anxiously waiting all year to bring some holiday cheer to your home through decorations, special meals, and gifts for your loved ones. I love decorating for the holidays and have done a little in my own home (which I will show off on the blog next week), but my newest client has helped me take this love to the next level (and I might mention made all my #jewishgirldreams come true!). I especially appreciate when someone brings a new challenge our way and when their attention to detail and personal style is on point. All of these things made this project so much fun. Check it out! 

This wreath is 6 feet in diameter and covered in lights (Three hundred, to be exact!). I’m pretty proud of the fact that I lit and decorated it all myself. 

A matching wreath welcomes in guests all holiday season long.

The interior garland that goes …

… all the way up the staircase …

… and more, is fully dressed in sparkle and flair (gorgeous gold and silver bows, white poinsettias, and lots and lots of bulbs).

I love the color scheme we selected for this year’s holiday decor because it speaks to what the Side by Side Design mission is exactly … Decorating for holidays and events is a dressed up version of your existing space. We chose to include pops of turquoise to coordinate with the pops that already exist in this client’s home and give the overall look a festive and elegant feel. Don’t you just love how the mantle in their dining room turned out?

You also can’t go wrong with incorporating tons of mercury glass candle holders into the mix this holiday season!


Matching garland was added to their living room fireplace as well.

I love how much this family cherishes traditions this time of year. They shared with me that these stockings were made for each of their kids when they were small. Love all the personal touches!

I will not take credit for this tree at all! It is stunning and created with love by the family themselves. 

I mentioned before that this project presented a new challenge, right? When we first met, our client shared with us that they collect pieces to a very special Christmas village. This has been a tradition in their family for a very long time passed down from their grandmother. Every year they display this in their home, but it has always been a dream of theirs to have a place to display it in the right way where every piece can be seen (and every cord plugged in as the majority of the pieces light up and some even move). We brought in our dad to build a custom piece as we knew that he would get their vision completely. After consulting with his electrician, he came up with a plan for the three tiered table you see here. Although all of their decorations were beautiful this year, this is the show stopper! 


The bottom level of their Christmas village is the “city”. We assisted this family in creating building lined roads for the horse drawn carriages and cars to sit on. Each piece was carefully thought through and placed from the people, to the trees, to the wreath on top of this center building. 

Other areas of the city include the church, ice skating rink, toy store, and our favorite … the dog park! 

The second and third tiers are “the North Pole”. Santa and Mrs. Claus live at the top!


The houses and shops are a bit more whimsical in this area and you might even see some elves running around.

Some of our favorite features include the trees and houses that are decorated for the holidays, the peppermint candy lane, the train on its track, and the reindeer (of course!).  


I know this family will enjoy their decor and Christmas village display all month long. Their excitement for the holidays has rubbed off on us for sure, and I personally am just happy to have been a part of it! This truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Happy Holidays from Side by Side Design!


Hey Guys! It’s no secret that Insta Stories is where it’s at in the social media world right now. No, we haven’t been living under a rock, but we did finally just post our first story. We have however had to battle that inner monologue we are sure many of you face … What if people don’t like what we put out? I really hate seeing myself on video. I should have worn that outfit instead … Yada, yada, yada. Nothing will ever be perfect, and if you have braved that world, you know that it is scary to put yourself out there. What we do know is that huge things are happening for our business right now, and we would be doing ourselves a disservice if we didn’t share. 

That’s where our “Designer Day” series comes in … If you follow us on Insta @sidebysidedesign, you may have noticed our first couple stories go live in the last week. We plan to share the highlights of a day in the life of a designer (both from the interior and event sides). This will let you in on some of the details for what is happening even if we won’t be able to post finished products for weeks, or months, or even years. On one such day in the life of our Business Owner and Head Interior Designer, Lauren found herself at the ultra modern home of one of her clients just checking on a delivery, shopping at one of her favorite high end furniture stores (Roche Bobois), and then meeting up with Co-Owner of Side by Side Design (Tami) at a fabulous designer event at Italy 2000! Not bad for a Designer Day! 

Here’s her story if you missed out! 

Check us out @sidebysidedesign for more stories to come! If you like what we do, please leave us a comment. We love to hear from you on Instagram!


As you all know the Woolsley fire has brought so much destruction and devastation to Southern California which is where we live. We know many people who have had to evacuate, and have heard terrible stories of others who have lost everything. Our hearts go out to those mourning their homes at this time. 

Here at Side by Side, our job and our major efforts most days are spent making spaces beautiful and experiences memorable for our clients. One of the most beautiful spaces we have ever spent time in and the place that has provided the most special memories in our lives was brought down by this fire too. Only one building remains at the camp we called home for many summers.

Although camp is known for having painted walls where campers and counselors can leave a mark that they were there, art installations representing groups who have come to stay for a while, and otherwise brown wooden cabins where everyone sleeps in bunk beds, our camp (Gindling Hilltop Camp … clap, clap) had true natural beauty. Perched on top of a hill in Malibu overlooking the ocean is not a bad way to live! There really has never in the history of the camp (and we just celebrated fifty years) been a need to dress up this space or change it in any way … It is absolutely gorgeous in our eyes because truly what makes this place is not the structures themselves at all. Yes, they will rebuild it and make it more beautiful than it ever was #hilltopneverstops … The memories we and so many others who called this place their home away from home made will always remain. 

After spending ten summers up at camp, we knew it would always play a special part in our lives. From our days as campers believing there was magic within those walls and underneath those stars to making magic happen for our campers. So many memories made, life lessons learned, and spiritual growth making us into the proud Jewish women we are today. A few years ago, Tami got engaged at the Hilltop chapel, more recently than that we helped plan a wedding for a couple who had met at camp and wanted to be married there, and this past summer we visited for its fifty year reunion. We will always cherish the time we have spent at camp and will continue to hold it close to our hearts even if it doesn’t look exactly the same. 

The way the community has come together to give to this special cause gives us so much hope for the future of our special place. #wewillrebuild so that our children can have the same amazing camp experiences that we did, and so that so many kids can continue to make memories in this space for the next fifty years and more. 


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

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but you have just enough time to incorporate a new look into the way you set up for your feast. Why not add in a Southwestern touch to your existing interior decor and the way you set up for the holiday. I have included a list of 5 must have items for your home and 5 event items that your guests will love this Thanksgiving. Don’t worry … I included a link to make getting each item that much easier. Enjoy!

Interior Items

1. Safavieh Vintage Hamadan Collection Antiqued Oriental Red and Multi Square Area Rug – Amazon – $116.04

2. Striped Hand Towel – H & M – $6.99

3. Umbra Hub Wall Mirror with Rubber Frame – Amazon – $150

4. Luxury Dark Green Velvet Throw Pillows – Etsy (duruhome) – $24.80

5. Woven Baskets – Monserat de Lucca – $43

Event Items

1. Apilco Ramekin No. 1 – Williams Sonoma – $7.96 each

2. 11-Bottle Gold Wine Rack – Crate & Barrel – $49.95

3. Scape Dinnerware Set / Cocoa – West Elm 

4. John Boos 18″ x 1.5″ Edge Grain Cherry Cutting Board – Crate & Barrel – $89.95

5. Light Gold Metal Dining Chairs – Decent Home – $128.99 for a set of 2

Wherever you are this holiday, you will not regret adding in a little Southwestern flair to your home and event space. Pick one item or all ten. You will love it! Have a great weekend from Side by Side Design!


Written by: Tami

Ever since we met and discovered that we both went to school in Arizona, Phil and I have been planning a trip to the desert. Although we are rivals (Go Sun Devils!),  we know how much our college towns mean to each other and when sharing stories really do have a lot in common. Phil is an avid college sports fan and keeps up with his teams (both football and basketball), so we knew there would have to be a game in our plan. I continued living in Phoenix for a total of ten years, and Arizona will always have a very special place in my heart. It was important to me to not only share my college experience with my husband and baby but to paint the full picture of my time living there as well as visit a few friends. We are truly “a house divided” and will say whenever we get the chance that the school our spouse went to is their only flaw (LOL), but I can say now that I have been properly introduced to Tucson … I get why he has so much pride for his alma mater! I hope Phil would say the same. I think we both had an amazing time showing each other around. For our own memories, and to provide a few tips for those of you planning a trip to AZ, I have broken this post down into three categories (for each of our college towns) … After all, what else is there besides a great place to stay, what to do and see, and delicious things to eat? Enjoy! 

By the way, did I mention we drove with an eight month old baby? Some may call us crazy, but I enjoyed having all of her stuff with us at all times (it was A LOT) and being able to go wherever / whenever we wanted. Road trip!

Tucson: Where to Stay

First stop on our travels was Phil’s college town … Tucson, Arizona home of the U of A Wildcats! We stayed right on campus in the middle of the action as we did not want to miss a thing! This allowed us to walk right out of our hotel and tour all of Phil’s most memorable spots …

… attend a football game …

… and even have a drink and some green fries at his favorite bar (Frog & Firkin)! 

Tucson: Where to Eat

Lunch spots in college are all the rage! My husband and I were reminiscing over those days and realized we didn’t make it out for breakfast hardly at all. The Hot Omar at Sausage Deli was one of his favorites. 

Another place he went often (so we of course had to go) was Bison Witches. The bread they use for their sandwiches and to house their chowders was beyond soft and amazing! I loved every second of this meal!

Chips, salsa, shredded beef tacos, and a chicken enchilada from Rosa’s! You really can’t go wrong with any Mexican food in this state!

One last stop on our way out of town … Eegee’s!

Tucson: What to Do / See


As I mentioned, the main attractions of this leg of the trip was our tour of the campus and going to the game. Right before leaving California, we both got brand new phones and were anxious to use the majorly updated cameras on this model. You can see why! Gates Pass was stunning, and anyone who says the desert is not beautiful is totally wrong! I am so happy we took this extra little drive and got our photo op!

Phoenix: Where to Stay

Old Town Scottsdale is centrally located and has so many fun shops, restaurants, and bars to visit. I love the mix of old southwestern flair and new local art you can find there. What a perfect location for us to stay! While walking around, we even came across this fun art installation for Dia de los Muertos. This piece was made all of plastic plates and utensils. So cool!

Phoenix: Where to Eat

One place I knew I had to take Phil while in Arizona was my favorite breakfast spot, US Egg. The food was just as amazing as I remembered!

I literally visited this sandwich shop weekly for a while when I lived in Arizona. Phil enjoyed Cheba Hut just as much as I did!


My all time favorite place to eat in Arizona and the number one meal I had to have was Oregano’s. Lawrence’s Original pizza, Alfredo the Dark pasta, and the original Pizzookie … To die for!


We decided to have a fancy meal out just for fun one night and chose The Mission for its ambiance, delicious tapas style dishes like these short rib barbacoa tacos, and glasses of homemade sangria.

Phoenix: What to Do / See



For me, the biggest attraction in this part of town was my alma mater … Arizona State home of the Sun Devils! I gave Phil a full tour of the campus complete with Palm Walk, the dorm I lived in, my place of work for three and a half years (the Student Recreation Complex), and one of my favorite bars (The Mill Cue Club).

A House Divided

I hope you have enjoyed this look into our family trip to Arizona. Although we are “a house divided” we both truly loved getting a feel for what the other experienced in their college town. We brought home some fun souvenirs for ourselves and for Joie too! Don’t worry (if you are an ASU fan) … I still vow to never put anything U of A ever on my body! If you find yourself in Tucson or Phoenix any time soon feel free to use my helpful tips for where to stay, eat, and what to do / see.