We are beyond excited to announce our newest collaboration for our “in a BOX” line with Eat Your Drink! Getting this opportunity to work with an extremely talented mixologist of culinary-style cocktails, author, and business owner has taken our possibilities to the next level for what we can include in our boxes. Together, we have curated a gorgeous premier box to gift yourself or someone else this Fourth of July. Here are all the details to get you started with your order:

What’s inside each beautifully curated box? A bottle of Kentucky Bubble Bath (a crafted lavender-infused bourbon lemonade), apricot jam, and tomato confit made by Eat Your Drink along with items to create a high end picnic-feel this Fourth of July; delicious cheese and crackers, cheese knives, a turkish tea towel, festive napkins, and a bundle of fresh lavender.

We should mention, this premier box is limited to the first fifty customers and we are only taking orders through June 26th. How do you get one? Send us an email at info@sbsdesignla.com or reach out to @eatyourdrink on IG and place your order. The cost is $275 plus a $20 delivery fee within the Los Angeles area (shipping available within the United States as well).

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06.12.2020

Last week was a heavy one for us (and everyone else too!). We found that the more we focused on reading and reflecting, the more we realized how much work needs to be done in order for change to happen. That’s the point right? We are now much more aware of the constant need to continue reading, asking difficult questions, and digging deep within ourselves to figure out how we can help and not be part of the problem because BLACK LIVES MATTER! We are white and therefore will never fully understand or have the experiences of our black friends and family members, but are committed to listening, learning, and teaching our girls to stand up for what’s right always! 

Today, we are so excited to once again share our monthly inspiration with all of you! Each month, we look forward to getting the chance to sit down and really think about what’s inspiring us, make predictions for the month ahead, and reflect on the past month. As usual, we have each selected a photo that represents our overall inspiration and have paired it with two interior shots and two events that coordinate with its color scheme and overall concept. In addition, we have provided you with our designer tips to keep you on trend for the month ahead.

Tami’s inspired: Man, do I wish I could live in this photo! All I really want in life right now is to relax by a pool and watch my girls splash around. Vacation, anyone? I know this month will be a busy one with things starting to open back up and our circle opening back up a bit too, but hopefully I will find some moments to chill and enjoy the weather!

What’s my designer tip this month? Chill out! The pool is not the only place to chill … Create spaces indoors for that purpose too. Use cool colors and fabrics, greenery, and light airy cuisine to help lighten the mood. I think one thing we all have learned through all of this is that being busy is great but being home is great too!

Lauren’s inspired: This month is kind of a weird one for me. It feels very much like a grey area that I need to navigate through slowly, and I am going to do just that. Just because things are opening back up right now, doesn’t mean I am 100% ready to jump back in with both feet. My oldest daughter turns seven, and since we weren’t supposed to be in town anyway, we have decided to keep things casual this year. She inspires me by how excited she still is about our Zoom party and has even found ways to make it special. I am doing my best as well to see the bright side of things even while in the grey zone.  

What’s my designer tip this month? Find the beauty in the monotony. I tend to use lots of monochromatic color schemes when I design, and I think personally that it forces you to see the beauty in other aspects and details. Try it out, and see what you think!

Here at Side by Side Design, we look forward to continuing to keep it real this month from our quarantine to yours … We have some awesome upcoming finished spaces that we can’t wait to show off, celebrations of the dads and grads in our lives, and lots of inspiration! Don’t forget to check out our next Get Inspired post on July 3rd for all new looks and inspiration! Also, check out our Instastories @sidebysidedesign to see how we are spreading joy one box at a time!

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Written by: Lauren

You guys! Our front yard is finally done! You know that feeling when you really want to post something, but there is just always one more thing that needs to be done? That’s how this project has been for me. In fact, there is still of course one more thing, but I just couldn’t wait any longer! 

Before

I know I shared these before photos in our previous post, Modern Bohemian Front Yard Inspiration, but I thought it was important to share again as it shows what a huge transformation it underwent. 

After

We had our fence put in about a month ago, and I am absolutely loving it. It’s so fun as a designer to be able to have a plan in your head, design it, and see it come to life. Before all of this, Scott and I had been commenting on almost every wood fence we had seen for the last who knows how long, and I am sure I drove him crazy with comments like … “That one is too orange”, or “I want to see a more natural look”, or “see how the planks are kinda small? I wish they were larger.” Being picky is both a blessing and a curse, but this picky girl got it just right! I love how the natural wood and metal fence turned out! This picture shows a few of my favorite details. We had one of our brick posts rebuilt to fit a brand new mailbox and took down the old house number which we replaced with these new modern black numbers. To say I am obsessed is an understatement. 

Our landscaping is pretty simple, but the kids are loving their new turf area and I am thrilled that it is all closed in to keep them safe since we live so close to the street. 

Our gardener is still completing putting the right plants in these areas, but I know once that’s done and they all grow in we will have exactly the look I was going for.

I love how the walkway turned out and how crisp everything looks, and a fresh coat of paint on the house helps too!

The plants that hang over our entryway are seriously what sold this house for me. It adds so much character and gives that space the most inviting feel. When you step up onto that brick stair, you enter the most adorable little room (which we brought back from the house’s original plan as seen here). 

Just the right amount of landscaping for me. Scott and I have enjoyed every step of this process including selecting each and every plant we’ve included.

Thanks for joining me on this tour of my front yard. Hope you enjoyed it! It’s been a true process getting this done, but I am so proud of how it turned out and love how happy and inviting it all looks … Now time to get started on the back! 

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05.29.2020

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 sneak peek! So many of us are keeping busy with our own home projects right now, and I have been using this time to take those projects off the back burner and complete some things I have been meaning to for a while now. We finally got our front gate in and we have been getting such nice compliments from neighbors passing by, but I realized I hadn’t shared this accomplishment with all of you (‘Cuz isn’t each finished project in our own home considered an accomplishment?). I am looking forward to sharing the whole front yard very soon. It’s nearly done … Just a few more finishing touches to go! Stay tuned! (Written by: Lauren)

#2: This destination! We were sent this picture from the drapery installer in Vail and it made us so happy to see this room almost done. It’s been weird doing a project almost completely from afar, but these little moments of seeing progress definitely help. I can’t wait until I am able to go to Vail again to see it in person and place each item for perfect photos, but until then here’s one gorgeous view! (Written by: Lauren)

#3: This Mother’s Day! As you know, Lauren and I spent the morning of Mother’s Day delivering boxes and bringing joy to some amazing mamas, but each of our husbands made sure to make the day special for us too! Pre-Covid, we had been doing some really fun events with the caterers at Jon and Vinny’s and I am not gonna lie … I had been really missing their cuisine! Also, who isn’t looking to support their local businesses right now? What a great meal! (Written by: Tami)

#4: This vendor! We have talked about our amazing faux painter, Angel many times before, but it has been a while since we have worked with her on a mural (and now we are getting to do two). She created these to-scale drawings to show our Modern Eclectic clients some options for the jungle theme in their son’s room. The real thing will get started next week, but I thought these drawings were a fun teaser in the meantime. (Written by: Lauren)

#5: This first delivery! We always like to give our new projects trial runs before launching them full on, and it just so happened that we had the perfect opportunity to give our Birthday in a Box concept a first try. Our sister Maya was the first recipient of a custom birthday box which we curated with a special theme in mind … Why lemons? Her adorable dog  Lemon is one of the loves of her life! It was super special to see this project through from the ordering of the box itself and all items to go inside to the surprise delivery on Maya’s birthday. I would say it was a success and that we are excited to continue recreating this experience for many other celebrations to come! We have 4 deliveries this coming Sunday …. So much fun! (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 June on the 26th, and as always will be posting what’s inspiring us for the month ahead on the first Friday. See ya soon!

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05.27.2020

Written by: Tami

This really is such a crazy time for business owners, and we would not be telling the truth if we said all has been as usual for Side by Side Design. In fact, we know that all our fellow event vendors have taken a hit as there are no events period at this time. For us, it has been hard … Every event we had scheduled from March 2020 into the foreseeable future have been postponed to dates unknown. Even our biggest event we have in the works has been moved to the following year. Crazy! Scary! 

After about a month of speculating what might become of the events industry (and the events side of our business), Lauren and I decided to temporarily pivot! If events aren’t happening the way they normally do, we need to do something abnormal. That’s where the idea for our “in a Box” line came from. We know people aren’t gathering but that it will always be important to celebrate birthdays and other events, so we created a concept that will help families celebrate and hopefully spread lots of joy! We are beyond excited to be collaborating on this project with our girl Ashlee of cream + sugar

Last month, we started by testing out our concept on a holiday we are very passionate about … Mother’s Day! Although we originally intended to create custom boxes, we planned out our Mother’s Day in a Box line as curated options for people to choose from for their loved ones. We are very proud of how these turned out and the response we got from those who purchased! 

Then we set out to accomplish what we had originally planned and launched Birthday in a Box! Each box is custom and curated with the recipient in mind …

… and comes with a beautifully designed treat (either a dozen cupcakes or a 6 inch cake) that coordinates with the contents and theme of the box.

Our first couple deliveries have been a huge success and we are already beginning to branch out to other celebrations … Babies being born, graduations, and Father’s Day orders are coming in as we speak! The possibilities are endless for this new venture of ours! We plan to roll out box options for each big holiday and can create for any occasion. Have a Bachelorette you want to celebrate? Want to challenge us with an obscure theme? Challenge accepted! We can create a box for just about anything, and I would say our moods and hopefully the moods of others have greatly improved since we shifted our focus! Side by Side is spreading joy!

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