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: Although I do not consider myself very formal, I love to incorporate fancy dinner parties, decor, and attire into my life this time of year. As an event planner, I love making spaces beautiful and assisting my clients in hosting family and friends for the holidays too. This December brings formal occasions for me to both attend and assist in. I always look forward to my husband’s work holiday party as they pull out all of the stops and send us to the most fancy of restaurants LA has to offer. I am helping a client to plan a holiday party with a really formal yet fun theme (Old Hollywood Glam). I know I will never be able to pull off the look of this girl in my inspiration photo, but I also hope to glam it up a bit for New Years Eve … Mama really needs a night out!

What’s my designer tip this month? Do formal without the fuss! Just because something is fancy doesn’t mean it is not fun. One way to ensure you do this right is to add in a fun pattern like a bold black and white stripe. Your grand outdoor area will thank you! A black wall mixed with more traditional carpet and bedding will have the same effect. A personal touch will help your guests relate to your event space and make it just a little less proper. Last but not least, Christmas trees have a way of coming across as stiff and stuffy. If you cover them from head to toe in fabulous ornaments they will take on a life of their own. 

Lauren’s inspired: This month I am truly embracing the holidays! In the first week, we’ve already had a 40th birthday party and five nights of Chanukkah celebrations. Tonight we will be celebrating at Scott’s company party, and it truly doesn’t slow down for the rest of the month. I know when it is all over I will be equally relieved and sad to see it end, but for now I am just taking one day at a time and enjoying each event along the way. 

What’s my designer tip this month? Make yourself and your space festive with a pop of red! If you know me, you know that I wear a lot of black, white, and other neutral colors, but when I dress up for a special occasion I tend to rely on a fun berry colored lipstick to dress myself up that much more. When it comes to interiors, I am drawn to the same idea. This time of year, I think some red hues can go a long way. Plus adding in some gorgeous florals to your home or event space is always a good idea.

Here at Side by Side Design, we look forward to an exciting month full of holiday fun; gift wrap, decor, treats, fashion, and more. Don’t forget to check out our next Get Inspired post on January 4th for all new looks and inspiration!

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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 holiday! Holidays are great because they give us an opportunity to spend much needed time with our families. This year we were with my husband’s family, and I love how Thanksgiving has become an all hands on deck event. Although my mother-in-law does an awesome job hosting, we all pitch in making a dish of our own and my sister-in-law’s cheese board was a huge hit! A few of us helped her style it and were having so much fun trying to fit in all of the amazing things she bought. How does your family celebrate? (Written by: Lauren)

#2: This theme! Last year, we were lucky to be a part of a very special event (as seen in our previous post, 1940’s Themed Casino Night). Not only was it a fundraising opportunity for a great organization but also a really fun night! This year, they promise to not disappoint with an equally awesome theme, and we are back on the committee doing what we do best … Planning out the decor! This “Denim and Diamonds” gala event will be so much fun to plan and attend. We can’t wait to share all the details. (Written by: Tami)

#3: This famous home! Does this Bel Air home look familiar to any of you? It might, if you keep up with a particular famous family that we love. Not too long ago, the exterior was given a completely updated look and then sold before that famous couple could even really make it their home. What does this have to do with us (You might be asking)? We are super excited to announce that this home is our newest interior project! I truly cannot wait to get started designing and to take you all along for the ride. Check us out on Insta Stories, as I share details from my “Designer Day” while working on this project. (Written by: Lauren)

#4: This vendor! This month, Tami and I were invited to celebrate the launch of a new collection that was introduced this year in Milan. We had a chance to see the new furniture Italy 2000  had in their showroom, snack on tasty bites, drink Prosecco, and shmooze with their awesome staff! We have had a chance to work with this company many times in the last two years and have been very impressed with their customer service and their knowledgeable sales / design team. We highly recommend you check them out! (Written by: Lauren)

#5: This brand! We have been wanting to make some updates to our branding materials for a while now … This list includes new business cards with some very important changes, making T-shirts that show off our style and logo when working an event or an interior installation, and some very much needed updates to our website and especially the portfolio section. Two out of three of these things came to fruition this month as seen in this photo … One thing at a time, right? We absolutely loved wearing our new shirts at last week’s holiday decor installation (as seen in our previous post, A Christmas Village) and look forward to handing out our new cards to whoever will take them LOL. Next up, I must add photos to our portfolio that showcase the types of projects we have been lucky enough to work on the last few years. As we continue to evolve we grow more and more proud of the work we are accomplishing. Our website as it stands does not do our brand justice. (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 December on the 28th 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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11.28.2018

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!

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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!

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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: It has been over eight years since I moved back and have always been a girl with strong California roots, but after living in AZ for ten years, a little piece of my heart will always be there. I did love the desert, living in a “fun” college town (Go Devils!), and can certainly appreciate a slower paced way of life. This month, I get to finally share the town that is near and dear to me to those I love most. My husband, Phil went to my rival school … Boo! No, but seriously, it has always been our plan to take a trip to Arizona together and hit up all our favorite places. Can’t wait! 

What’s my designer tip this month? Stay true to the maroon and gold! Also, a little southwest goes a long way! I wasn’t always into this design concept but love how people have been mixing those southwestern patterns these days into the bohemian style. An aztec rug in the right colors can be fresh and hip. Make sure to mix in some flavors of the southwest to your dinner party too.

Lauren’s inspired: Someone I seriously admire wrote this quote, and she has been motivating me so much lately. This month, I plan to focus on how thankful I am for all the great things in my life and continue to work hard to become the best me I can be. If you don’t know of Rachel Hollis … You should! I am completely obsessed with her podcast right now, and I urge everyone to check it out. It is seriously amazing! 

What’s my designer tip this month? Fall head over heels for your space! If you are loving the color army green right now as much as I am, don’t be afraid to use it. Your space will thank you. Do something unexpected, and don’t always try to follow someone else’s path. When creating your tablescape this Fall, use some unique foliage. A mixture of textures and rustic details will tie it all together.

Here at Side by Side Design, we look forward to an exciting month including a fun trip to the desert, the official start of the holiday season, and finally some finished interior spaces! Don’t forget to check out our next Get Inspired post on December 7th for all new looks and inspiration! 

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