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 (as yesterday was a very special day … our blog’s 8th birthday!), we continue to show you some of our favorites … 5 things that truly made us happy in the great big world of design. We have chosen to make this month’s post all about this past year and chose five favorites that really showcase the growth we have made and the creativity we have put forth. Enjoy!

#1: This event client! It was truly meant to be that this year we met this client! It is such a dream to work for someone who always chooses an amazing theme (I am such a sucker for a good theme! Check out all the details from her Rose Mom’s Day Lunch here.), allows us to let our creative juices flow, and is beyond awesome to work with. We know that this is just the start (as she has already hired us to put on her daughter’s amazing Bat Mitzvah party) of this relationship and can’t wait to see what else she has in store! (Written by: Tami)

#2: This magical move in! Two and a half years of hard work and many many details have lead up to this point, and when our Modern With Antiques clients finally moved in they said, “We can’t believe we get to live here!” I don’t think it gets better than that! It is an ultimate dream to hear this from a client I have worked with so closely for so long, and I couldn’t be more proud of the creativity that has gone into this project. (Written by: Lauren)

#3: This collaboration! Our focus for so much of this year has been on collaboration. We cannot get enough of working with fellow “mompreneurs” and other creatives and have really stepped up our game this year in this area. You may remember this photo taken from a special Valentine’s Day event we planned with bryck&mortar, Rachel Miriam, Molly Sims, and baby2baby. We couldn’t be more proud to showcase our event skills while giving back to a cause! We plan to continue growing in this area, reaching out to more companies and like-minded individuals about collaborating, and making things happen this next year! (Written by: Tami)

#4: This interior project! I am not a huge believer in luck as I believe that people really work hard to get what they have, but in this case I feel lucky that an amazing vendor and friend referred us for this project and that we are getting the opportunity to work with a client who bought the house that Kim and Kanye built in Bel Air. It is literally the most perfect blank canvas of a house I have ever laid eyes on, and I feel super lucky to get to be the one to complete it. These pieces of furniture that we purchased from Mass Furniture for the client’s bar lounge, and I will be showing tons of photos as the project progresses. (Written by: Lauren)

#5: This year of growth! Personal and professional growth is very important to us, but thanks to one remarkable individual it has taken on new life for us this year. As we discovered Lauren’s wedding Day of Coordinator has become owner of a multi million dollar company and motivational speaker / author, we have truly dug into all that she has to offer (podcasts, books, Start Today journals, etc.), and we know we are better for it! Rachel Hollis is our mentor (Whether she knows it or not!), and she has inspired us to reach for the stars, to know we were “made for more”, and above all to be an inspiration to others. (Written by: Tami)

Follow us on Instagram @sidebysidedesign for more all month long as we share our Designer Day! We plan to share our “Favorite Five” for the month of August on the 30th, as always will be sharing what’s inspiring us for the month ahead on the first Friday, and don’t forget to send us some blog birthday love! See ya soon!


Written by: Tami

This past weekend, we celebrated two guys (with a certain milestone birthday) who really know how to have a great time! As these particular clients live out of state (but consider Los Angeles their home away from home), it was our task to find the right location to host their birthday party and add a few special touches to make it feel festive. Here are all the details:

You can’t go wrong with displaying your number proudly in balloons. This gold “50” reminded our hosts and their guests that age is just a number but that they were still celebrating something special.

The guys requested to have their party in West Hollywood and wanted a place with an open feel and a private room. We chose The Eveleigh for its ambiance, overall casual vibe, and delicious hors d’oeuvres.

Such a cool place, right?

We love that there were so many comfy places for people to sit and a bar all our own!

These awesome bartenders were working hard all night creating specialty cocktails and lots of tastes of tequila!

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The guys even created their own specialty drink that included silver, soda, a splash of grapefruit, and something spicy!

Friends came from far and near to celebrate!

As I mentioned, these appetizers were next level! Just to name a few … Prawn tempura, chicken schnitzel sliders (to die for!), their signature lamb meatballs, and albacore crudo that literally melted in my mouth! As a late night snack, the guys and their friends enjoyed sliders and truffled fries! Need I say more?

No birthday is complete without cake and candles. The triple berry cake from Sweet Lady Jane was oh so good and the guys ended their party with a special message … Fifty? Who cares! What really counts is what you make of each and every day!

Happy Birthday to these very special gentlemen from Side by Side Design!


Written by: Lauren

For anyone who has been following us for a long time, they know that my family moved into a new home last year and completely renovated the inside of the house at that time. As is the case with most projects, we wanted to take some time before starting the next big scope of work, and have slowly been ticking away at the small projects and furniture to finish the inside while we waited. We finally decided it was time and hired a contractor to begin the process of renovating our front yard. Believe me when I say that it is quite the under taking!


See what I mean? This front yard needs some serious TLC and was a bit overwhelming to us. If I am being honest! Our main goals are to create more parking, a cohesive look, and somewhere our kids can run around / ride bikes more freely.

Front Yard Inspiration

This is the overall look we are going for. Something clean yet earthy and that goes with the ranch style of our house but still relatively modern. Specifically, I love the wood fence, the bench with planter detail, and the large concrete slabs with either rocks or grass in between.

Front Yard Floor Plan

Here you can see the layout we are going for. We are still tweaking it slightly, but it should be laid out on the ground by the end of the week. I can’t tell you how excited I am!

In Process

Demolition has begun! I am excited to see how this project is taking shape. I have put a lot of thought into how I want the design to turn out in the last year and know it will be both functional and look amazing too!

Looking for design consultation for your own home? For more information about our design services email us at info@sbsdesignla.com.


By taking one of the looks from our Get Inspired: July 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: Lauren

In honor of my eighth anniversary of the day I got married and for eight years of blogging, I have created a list of items that bring the two materials together that represent eight years … Bronze and pottery! You may think these two are a bit of an odd match, but I think they compliment each other quite nicely. You can’t go wrong with a mix of modern and antique or metallic and matte. I have also included a link for each item for your convenience in obtaining them. Enjoy!

Interior Items

Las Condes Bronze Containers – The Citizenry – $75

Rounded Rectangle Metal Framed Mirror – Rejuvenation – on sale for $239

17th C. Ming Dynasty Console Table – Restoration Hardware – $1,095

Indigo Organic Reactive Dinnerware – Cost Plus World Market – $5.98 – $19.99

Arteriors Stefan Light – Arteriors – $545 each

Event Items

Sonoma Vase Collection – Pottery Barn – $12.99 – $48

22″ Artisanal Tall Vase / Transparent Green – One King’s Lane – $89

Hollowick Ribbed Tealight Lamp / Amber – Chefs Toys – $4.49 each

Vintage Clear Cut Crystal Goblets – Casa de Perrin – rental for $2.95 each

Tuscany / Ocean – La Tavola – rental for $55 – $69 each

Whether celebrating a big eighth anniversary or not, you will love incorporating these bronze and pottery items into your home and event decor. Try a few out … or why not purchase the whole list? Live a little! Have a great weekend from Side by Side Design! 


By popular demand, we have added consultations to our services list and have a great offer we wanted to share with all of you today!

Interior Design Consultation Services ($500 – per room):

In Home Consultation Meeting – We have had lots of requests through the years for design consultation, and although we have done these before, we have never really put together a proper package. We think a well rounded company is able to offer a little something for everyone, and we wanted this to be our case as well. Although we generally tailor our interior design services to the high end market, the part of the process we enjoy most and we feel like we can offer more people are inspiration boards and an original concept. Generally we feel that this is where people get stuck and need a little guidance and we think we can help! In order to create a full package at an affordable price point, we decided to offer our first three steps in any interior project starting with an in home consultation meeting. This consists of a one hour meeting in our client’s home to discuss the room or scope of work and to get a great feel for the space in order to start generating ideas.

Creation of Vision Board to Show the Overall Look – We then take our ideas home and create the vision board. This usually consists of a few inspiration pictures that really show the overall look we feel this space should have once completed as well as detail shots of specific items or materials that give the feel for what the client should be looking for. We have become kind of known for our inspiration boards, and they are Lauren’s absolute favorite thing to create.

Curated Shopping List (5-7 stores and websites to fit your design aesthetic and budget) – To give you one more push in the right direction, we will include a curated shopping list created by one of our designers with a list of our favorite shops (both online and local) that fit your needs, design aesthetic, and budget.

Floorplan (can be added for $150) – For those wanting to take a project one step further, a floorplan can be added for $150, created by our drafter to show how we would layout the space, and complete with measurements to use as a guide while shopping.

Additional Services Include ($125 – per hour):

Shopping and Sourcing of Any Furniture, Fixtures, and Accessories – As this is a “consultation”, the service does not include any actual shopping or sourcing of any kind. Of course, this can be added but is not the true intention as we are really just empowering our clients to complete the job themselves!

Paint Color and Material Selections – Same as above … This is not included, but as we know that specifically paint selections can be one of the hardest and most intimidating parts of the process, this service can be added as well.

The above photos show the inspiration board we created and the completed kitchen that came from it. As you can see, we kept very close to the original inspiration, and we think it turned out great!

For more information on any of the above services please contact us at info@sbsdesignla.com or call Lauren Gwartz, our Lead Interior Designer, at (602) 317-8031.