Written by: Lauren

I have been talking for a while now about a special project I have been working on (as last seen in our post, Modern Elegance Master Closet Inspiration). We have been working out the details of several rooms at a time and slowly buying furniture along the way. The concept for the bar lounge is really starting to come together, and I thought it would be fun to share the inspiration with all of you, Of course, things are bound to change throughout the process, but here is where we are to date.

Before

My client was unsure as to how he wanted to use this space originally. He liked the idea of incorporating a wine cellar wall and bar but didn’t know if he wanted to use the rest of the space for more informal relaxing and TV watching or more formal lounge type furniture. As I tend to see spaces through their functionality (and more specifically how they work in event spaces), I was drawn to the idea of creating a bar lounge where his guests would start the evening and hang out enjoying cocktails and appetizers.

Our vision for this side of the room is to use the left wall for wine storage and the right wall as a bar. I want to give this whole space one cohesive look where the cabinetry wraps from one side to the other.

This room can be completely closed off from the rest of the house, and can therefore have a unique design while still staying true to the overall concept we are going for.

Here is where we plan to put the lounge furniture. Those draperies have since been removed, and I plan to give this space a bit of a sexy and mysterious vibe.

In Process

This is the layout we are planning for the furniture. Functional yet unique!

I absolutely love this sofa from Cantoni at Mass Furniture. This incredible color will really pop in the space and bring my whole vision to life.

Bar Lounge Inspiration

This gives a complete visual of the overall look we are going for. I like the idea of the space feeling a little bit like a club and a little bit like a home library with a swanky vibe.

I think from the beginning, the bar lounge has been one of the spaces my client and I have been the most drawn to and excited about. We are absolutely in love with the color and shape of these sofas, and can’t wait to see this room take shape. I am hoping to finalize the details of this room in the next couple of weeks and will keep you guys updated. For more information about our design services, contact us at info@sbsdesignla.com.

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This summer we are focused on bringing the look of your home into the overall design of the events you have there. Planning a summer soiree? Interested in an al fresco dining experience? We are your girls! We can set your outdoor area up beautifully, bring in stunning flower arrangements and the most savory summer inspired cuisine, and are here to assist you with whatever else your event needs. In addition, we have an awesome promotion we are offering, and are so excited to extend it to all of you:

Contact us to book summer event services before June 30th and receive 15% off!

Summer Services Include:

Overall Coordination for All Summer Soirees and Al Fresco Dining Experiences (can also be used for any other event in your home this summer) Having a party this season? We will take care of all the details and make sure that there is no stress on your end, so you can just sit back, relax, and enjoy being with your friends and family! We can connect you with amazing caterers, florists, rentals … You name it! All from our personal preferred vendor list.

Custom Tablescape to Fit the Look of Your Home and Event As we are an Interior Design + Event Planning company, our favorite thing to do is to go into a client’s home and base our event design on what they already have going on. The idea is to dress up your existing space and make it holiday and party ready. This includes the look of your table (linens, china, floral centerpieces, and more) for your summer soirees, al fresco dining experiences, or any other special occasion.

Home Refresh for Summer (pool towels, throws, pillows, and accessories) – It’s summer which means you’ll be spending lots of time out by the pool, but maybe the towels you’ve been using don’t really match your space just right. Our team of designers will pick out the right option for the look of your home and bring in some cute summer-y accessories too!

Weekly / Monthly Home Floral Installations to Always Have Those Gorgeous Seasonal Blooms on Hand – This time of year, the flowers are in bloom! They should be present all over your house as well! We can ensure that these spaces always have fresh flowers in them (especially when you’re having guests over). We work with the best of the best florists LA has to offer!

Work with Our Team to Customize and Design Cookies and Other Treats for Your Event – One of our favorite gals to work with has been creating some incredible custom cookies lately designed to fit the look of your party or event. We thought we’d include her here because we’d love to collaborate with her some more!

Decor Rentals (including full sets of candle holders, vases, apothecary jars, etc.) – We have a lot of rentals to offer from our event inventory as well! Full sets of mercury glass candle holders in all different shapes and textures, a gorgeous display of glass apothecary jars, and vases in every shape and size for all of those beautiful flower arrangements you will have around … Just to name a few.

Customized Summer Take Home Gifts for All of Your Guests – Oh and by the way, you’re guests will feel extra special when you send them home with a little somethin’ somethin’! We customize each take home gift to the look of your party and wrap them beautifully too!

Additional Services By Request That Fit Your Design Needs This Summer – As we said, everyone has different needs this time of year. If we did not list yours above, contact us and we are sure we can come up with a plan.

We look forward to working with you this season! 

For more information on any of the above services please contact us at info@sbsdesignla.com or call Tami Daks, our Event Coordinator, at (480) 628-8264.


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Written by: Tami

We couldn’t have been more happy to have been a part of the Jewish Center for Justice’s two year anniversary celebration. They are a modern platform for an amazing cause (Click here to read more about the JCJ) and wanted to celebrate in a very fun and modern way. We loved getting to dream up what the look and feel of their event would entail and loved even more working closely with their amazing staff. Here are the details from how the night came together:

The event was hosted by two of our favorite business owners … The amazing women of bryck&mortar. What a perfect outdoor area to have a party! It really didn’t take much to transform this space and the surrounding area into a celebration. As it was evening, we brought in tons of candles and strung bistro lights. A few cocktail tables, succulents in glass vases, and navy blue linens everywhere finished off the look.

As I mentioned, this was a night of celebration. Guests got a chance to mingle, network, and let’s be honest … Have a nice night away from their kids! However, advocacy for great Jewish causes took place too! Of course!

When we met with the leader of JCJ (Rabbi Joel Simonds) to discuss the details of their event, he mentioned wanting to put a modern spin on this party. It was very important to him to include wine and whiskey tastings and other classy but fun activities for their guests. Wally’s Wines provided the exact experience Rabbi Joel was hoping for!

There was plenty of whiskey too! Japanese whiskey was chosen as the perfect pairing for the event’s food selections. We set up this little bar area for guests to pour themselves a taste and included some snacks here too.

Cocktail tables were set up for guests looking to put down their drink or grab a bite. A few candles were included for ambiance, a bowl of snacks was added to each, and some informational flyers about the cause.

This sushi was so good and provided the perfect small bite for guests as they mingled and shopped.

Other options included an entire table devoted to delicious cheeses, crudite, fruit, and biscotti.

Another amazing addition to the ambiance was Jessica Haddy. Our violinist for the evening. I think guests enjoyed realizing that the songs she was playing, although they sounded different coming from a violin, were very familiar!

In addition to the two vendors (Panik Ryder and Wilma and Ethel) who are being featured at bryck&mortar all month long, there were two shopping experiences (Bodewell Home and Eye Heart Mercantile) that were brought in for the evening. Guests were encouraged to shop for a cause. A part of all the proceeds from the evening were donated to the JCJ!

This JCJ step and repeat provided the opportunity for all its members to post about attending this awesome event!

JCJ swag bags were given out as guests said good-bye.

We truly could not be happier about being part of this community and this amazing cause. Thank you Rabbi Joel and everyone involved in the Jewish Center for Justice for including us! We hope to continue to be able to give in any way we can! If you are interested in joining the JCJ community or giving to this amazing cause follow them @jewishcenterforjustice to connect and learn more.

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

Mother’s Day is over but I say it should really last all month long! To go along with my theme of the month … “Treat Yourself” … this list has a little bit of something for every mom to treat herself to. Some stuff to spruce up her home, some party pieces, new business card options for the mombosses in the group, and even a pair of earrings or a planner to keep her organized. Don’t worry, I included a link to make getting each item that much easier. Enjoy!

Interior Items

Wallshoppe Tropical Leaf Print Wallpaper / Peach – West Elm – $59

Velvet With Exposed Zipper Oversized Lumbar Throw Pillow / Blush – Target – $23.74

Bali Wood Canopy Bed King – CB2 – $1,399

Bodega Driftwood Lamp – Clayton Gray Home – $520

Albertina Wood Bench – All Modern – $289.99

Event Items

Minimalist Flair / Blush Watercolor and Script Business Card – Zazzle – $23.40 for a pack of 100

AlixRM Motivational Agenda 2019 / 2020 – Rachel Miriam – $30

Treat Yourself Real Neon Glass Sign – Amazon – $184.99

Faux Botanicals / Banana Leaf – West Elm – on sale for $14.99

Blush Feather Earrings – Etsy (LibbyAndSmee) – $25

If you are a mama, it goes without saying that you devote your life to making your kids lives better, but who says yours shouldn’t be too! Treat yourself mama to one or more items on this list or whatever will truly h\make you happy! Have a great weekend from Side by Side Design!

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Written by: Tami

I don’t think this event could have fit our design aesthetic and business model more perfectly! Throw in a great theme and the most awesome client / mom, and a day on the job really doesn’t even feel like work! Anyone out there feel like Mother’s Day can sometimes be a bit of a let down? No time to relax? You feel like you are running around trying to make your husband, your kids, and the other mothers in your life happy? Well, our client can relate, and she decided to do something about it. I really can’t think of a more generous and thoughtful thing to do for your friends and fellow moms than to throw them a party!

Hosting an intimate gathering at home is what we are all about! Our hostess was so excited to greet each of her guests at the door, and so was the gorgeous floral arrangement made by none other than Kayla of House of Magnolias!

Here’s another look at these fabulous seasonal blooms!

What a great theme for a luncheon honoring moms … Rosè! We made sure to include hints throughout the decor at this overall theme (cute rose gold foil napkins, lots of pink …

… and so many bottles of Whispering Angel Rosè.

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In addition to this signature drink, our bartender for the day (provided by Modern Art Catering) whipped up delicious specialty cocktails (a blushing citrus fizz for those who love tequila and rose syrup lightly infused water with rose petals for those who wanted a non-alcoholic option). So on theme!

Light appetizers were set up on the table outside. Good thing the sun decided to come out!

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I am completely obsessed with the taste and presentation of this company’s food! It truly is art!

Lauren and I found a photo (when searching for inspiration for this event) of a similar charcuterie set up with a cut grapefruit on it. We absolutely had to recreate that photo, and this grapefruit was the perfect shade of pink!

Again, Kayla’s flowers in this display stole the show!

It really was the perfect day to sit outside!

A few candles and a lit fire pit set the tone as well!

The ocean inspired buffet (for quick bites or to create a full plate … ‘cuz why not?) included; coconut poached shrimp ceviche salad, petite Spanish lobster rolls, seared salmon, sweet corn griddle cakes, and a salad of butter lettuce, orange, and avocado. Each bite was better than the last!

Here are some close ups for your food viewing pleasure!

Desserts? We had those too! Classic lemon bars, dark chocolate and raspberry mousse shots, fruit tarts with lemon curd, and white chocolate cherry cookies … To die for!

It’s Mother’s Day right? So, moms deserve a little gift! Each guest as she said good bye was presented with a memory of this special day! Yes way Rosè! You better believe these custom bags from the Molly Sims x Rachel Miriam collection were complete with a bottle of rosè and some fresh florals too!

I know I said this already, but I loved every second of working on this special project and am so grateful to have been a part of it! I truly cannot wait to hear what events this client wants to plan next! For more information about our home event services, contact us at info@sbsdesignla.com.

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