07.26.2019

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!

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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!

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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! 

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06.28.2019

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 gorgeous powder bathroom! The finishing touches are being set for this amazing room. The crystal sconces got hung this week, and we are just about done. It was too gorgeous not to share one snapshot, but I will be showing it in detail as soon as it is completely ready. (Written by: Lauren)

#2: This WEHO venue! If you are following our IG stories, you might have seen that we have been scouting West Hollywood locations for an upcoming party we are planning. We are so excited that the venue search is over and Eveleigh has been selected! This space is chill while still right in the action off the Sunset Strip. It will be the perfect spot for two awesome guys to celebrate their 50th year! Stay tuned for more from this event coming soon … (Written by: Tami)

#3: This cool table! We ordered this awesome acrylic backgammon table from Interlude at HD Buttercup, and love how modern and chic it is in our client’s space. We added mother of pearl playing pieces in navy and ivory and these gorgeous chairs from Restoration Hardware to finish off this vignette. My client is loving it! (Written by: Lauren)

#4: This vendor! This past week, we had the opportunity to work with an awesome caterer for two full days! Two breakfasts, two lunches, and two delicious afternoon snacks … Thyme Cafe and Market truly did not disappoint! We loved everything they made, our clients were super happy, and we loved working with their amazing staff even more! (Written by: Tami)

#5: This Father’s Day BBQ! We wanted to do something special for the dads in our lives this month, so I decided to host a Father’s Day BBQ! I made this amazing cheese board with some of their favorites and the guys grilled up all the meat. Hope all the fathers out there had a really special day! (Written by: Lauren)

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 July on the 26th, and as always will be sharing what’s inspiring us for the month ahead on the first Friday. See ya soon!

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Written by: Lauren

Each year, my daughter Ava gets more and more invested in planning her birthday party, and this year was no exception. She had very specific details she wanted included, and I did my best to follow her lead. Ava went back and forth on the theme for a while but for some reason kept coming back to super heroes, and when Tami suggested to her that we nickname it “Super Six” it totally stuck! She knew she wanted Super Girl to be there, was very clear about the main colors of the party being pink, purple, turquoise, yellow, and orange, and there must be a cake! I started with that, added in some fun metallic and black details, and ended up with a party that was fun, girly, and empowering too!

Ava insisted on greeting each of her guests upon their arrival and asked each one to sign in as well.

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We thought it would be fun to put up a little photo backdrop and have some props to capture all of the super girls in attendance.

Here’s my “Super Six” year old in action …

… and our whole super family!

Not a completely original idea, but I liked the idea of adding festive “pop” stickers to popcorn boxes and decided to make them easy to take home or eat on the spot.

I used the same tinsel backdrop as the photo booth to continue my look behind this snack table, but added this fun corrugated cityscape for an extra layer and a few super hero sayings for one more touch.

This cake though was the true show stopper, and I can’t take any credit for it! My soon to be sister-in-law from cream+sugar created it all on her own, and it couldn’t be more perfect!

A few more snacks (Ava’s favorites) to get the party going.

I had extra of the city scape backdrop, so I propped it up behind the kid’s table and added a turquoise tablecloth per Ava’s request and these fun hot pink glitter plates I found at Party City for a festive touch.

My friend Rachel Miriam embroidered each of these capes to hand out as party favors for each of the girls, but I used them as decor first and got tons of compliments on this detail!

A few more snacks were put out at the beginning of the party, and I put a little saying with the donut holes for a bit of humor.

When it was time for lunch, Fresh Brothers delivered an awesome spread with great options for kids and adults alike.

Super Girl came for some fun super hero training for the kids and Ava was over the moon!

We all wished Ava a very Happy Birthday …

… and then cut into the cake to find a special surprise!

Are you kidding me? Ashlee outdid herself!

Happy 6th Birthday Ava! I love you so much and enjoyed working with you to plan out your party. You are my favorite Super Girl! Every year, she surprises me in saying that it was her best birthday ever. I don’t know how we can keep this going forever, but I will definitely try! Can’t wait to see what she comes up with next year!

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