02.12.2020

Written by: Tami

I wouldn’t say that we are the most superstitious girls, but we do strongly believe that when you put something out there into the universe (and work hard to achieve it), the stars align and bring you what you ask for. Now don’t get me wrong … I am not saying that if my almost two year old put out into the universe that she wanted a pony or to get rid of her newborn sister (which I’m sure has crossed her mind at least a few times since we brought her home from the hospital) that she would get either of those things. Somehow the “universe” must know how hard you are working to make your dreams a reality and just gently pushes you in the right direction or guides you towards being in the right place at the right time. 

I want to share a story … At New Years last year, we made a resolution. We were very happy that over the last few years so many Brides, Grooms, and Bar / Bat Mitzvah parents had trusted us to plan their biggest days, but we wanted to shift our attention back towards our original plan for our business … To plan at home events! Then, while working a Valentine’s Day event, we happened to be at the right place at the right time and struck up easy conversation with someone who would later become a true Side by Side Design client. Of course, as these things happen she first lost our contact information and had to track us down a few months later, but we quickly began planning our first event in her home.

A good theme goes a long way! In this case, rosè, was the perfect theme for a Mother’s Day celebration with friends. For this event, we included overflowing glasses of rosè (and a bucket full of bottles), cute rose gold foil napkins, and tons of flowers in every shade of pink all to go along with the theme. 

It’s all about who you work with! We really believe this to be true, and over the last few years we have created a preferred vendor list that we are very proud of. This enables us to connect our clients with the top rentals, catering, florals, etc. that Los Angeles has to offer from companies that we trust and love. I also believe that Lauren’s background in Interior Design allows us to utilize spaces in the best way possible and when planning lots of events in the same space we are able to come up with fresh ideas each time using different areas of the home and in different ways. 

Got kids? So do we, and we absolutely love planning parties for ours and others! It’s really all about the details! Whether they are turning two or twelve, they will appreciate every detail if you keep them in the forefront of your mind when you are planning. We set up this whole look ourselves, from the branded stickers on all packaging to the presentation of the salty and sweet treats that were included in this movie night themed birthday party. We truly pride ourselves in our attention to detail!

Do holidays stress you out? Don’t worry, you are not alone. I think most people are this way! However, setting tables beautifully for holiday celebrations and planning big seasonal soirees are our specialty! This past holiday season, we were given the gift of planning another gathering in the same client’s home and we brought in so many special details including catering from Jon and Vinny’s (one of our favorite local restaurants), seasonal decor, and take home bags full of fun swag for each of their guests.

One more fun service that we provide … Customizing take home gifts and gift wrap for all of your guests! Everybody loves to walk away from a party with a little something naughty or nice. We believe that the way a gift is presented or wrapped is just as important as what’s inside and can provide our clients with both. What a great reminder of the time spent at an event with family and friends.

What do all of these event photos have in common? They were all planned for the same client in her home. Our business model is to work with our clients to create events for anything and everything that comes up (and sometimes for no reason at all). We absolutely love coming up with new concepts, new ways of doing things, and new ideas, and the more that we work with each individual client the more we know their space (whether we designed it or not), and therefore can take the stress off them and make the whole process much more smooth. From the smallest of events, to holidays, gift wrap, and larger parties, we provide our clients with a service that is unmatched and the quality they are looking for.

This New Years our resolution is a bit different. We just spent the last year focused on further building the events “Side” of our business and specifically planning at home events, and this year we want to keep our focus where it is while adding even more events each month. As you can tell from all that we are posting lately, we are crazy busy and already have many events in the books for 2020, but putting this out into the universe once more … We do have some open spaces to fill! For more information and to book our events services contact us at info@sbsdesignla.com.

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

Make new goals and get rid of the old … One is silver and the other’s gold! Ok, super lame, but now I have your attention! I am all about setting goals this January / New Year both personal and professional and want you all to take this advice … Set goals for your house or event and crush them! Follow your dreams for how you would like these spaces to look. The sky’s the limit! Here is a list of ten items that are personal favorites of mine (in case you need a place to start)! Don’t worry … I included a link to make getting each item that much easier. Enjoy!

Interior Items

Milano Chandelier Brass with Lucite Accents – Clayton Gray Home – $1,155

Rivulet Gold Stainless Steel Upholstered Velvet Bar Stool – Modern in Designs – $485 

Aqua Virgo Dining Table – CB2 – $599

Marble Flatware Tray – Williams Sonoma – $89.95

Blanca Glass Canisters by Guzzini – The Container Store – $15.99 – $22.99 each

Event Items

Cheers Classic Balloon Mix – Bonjour Fete – $14

MerryNine Paper Garland – Amazon – $12.99 for a pack of 5

Finessa Dinner Plates – Williams Sonoma – $35 – $140 each

Kaloh Dinner Plates / Pink – West Elm – on sale for $8 – $32 each

Balloon Tassels – Etsy (ModParty) – $8.95

Start the New Year off right by setting goals and bringing the right interior and event items into your space. Happy New Year from Side by Side Design!

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Written by: Tami

How did you ring in the new year for 2020? We kept it simple this year … Lauren had a few other families over for dinner, drinks, and an early ball drop, and my family did the same at a friend’s house. But first, we got in one last event set up of the year! A roaring 20’s New Year’s event at Braemar Country Club

For this event, our focus was on decor and as it was New Year’s we made sure to pull out all of the stops! We set up a prop station next to their photo booth for 20’s inspired fedoras, feathered tiaras, and lots of pearls. Each guest was encouraged to dress up for this fun themed event, and as they were able to keep these hats throughout the night definitely looked the part.

Each table was dressed up as well … In black or gold sequins! We just couldn’t help ourselves!

Centerpieces were created with a gold charger as each base, a glass vase full of ostrich feathers, more pearls, party horns, and lots of candle light. We love how these napkins were folded providing us the perfect place to leave each guest a noisemaker to blow when the clock struck twelve!

Cocktail tables were the perfect place for sequin runners and “midnight kisses” …

… and the buffet was dressed up as well! We added more tall feather arrangements, and don’t you just love a good gold lamè fabric?

We know each guest had a grand old time celebrating New Year’s at Braemar, and that our decor was a nice pairing to all that they had planned … A speakeasy bar, casino games, DJ, dancing, delicious catered cuisine, and more. This last photo was our favorite detail. Beautifully displayed champagne coups that no doubt were filled and enjoyed at midnight. Love it!

Interested in booking our event services this year? Contact us at info@sbsdesignla.com. We would love to hear from you and assist with all of your design needs!

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

Did I mention I am obsessed with gift wrap? This month I have been majorly focused on this (Well, and the events they are for, of course.), but it seriously makes me so happy! Which is why I went for a very cheerful look for my own personal gift wrap scheme this holiday season. This list of event and interior items is called “Wrap It Up” … Get it? Time to make those last minute purchases and get to the partying and spending much needed time with family. We will wrap up this holiday season in style! Don’t worry … I included a link to make getting each item that much easier. Enjoy!

Interior Items

To the Moon!!! Colorful Abstract Painting – Society 6 – on sale for $49.69

Spin Swivel Backless Bar Stool – Crate & Barrel – $109

Laguna Pendant – Serena & Lily – $998

Slim Cubby Benches / White – Room & Board – $549

White Merry Bright 20 Inch Throw Pillow – Bellacor – $80

Event Items

Chill Out Vintage Pink Wrapping Paper – Society 6 – on sale for $8.40 for a pack of 5

Neon Pink Satin Ribbon – Paper Source – $6.95

Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin 750 ML – Bev Mo! – on sale for $23.99

Red Candy Cane Pattern Slate Blue Wrapping Paper – Zazzle – $22.65

Winter Park Slim Pre-lit Christmas Tree – Hayneedle – $89.99

Time to wrap it up … Give your attention back to those you love most! Happy Holidays from Side by Side Design!

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Written by: Tami

I love the holidays! It’s a time for family and friends to get together, for exchanging of gifts, for decorating your home in the most festive ways, for hopefully getting a little time off to relax before the new year, and of course … for company parties! I can’t think of a better way for employers to show their staff that they appreciate them than to host a party (small or big) with tasty food and drinks and time to all be together outside of work. This past weekend, we planned an at-home company party that really encompassed all of these things. Check out all of the details!

Festive decorations? We kept it simple but super festive incorporating live eucalyptus garland created by Mulberry Row in all areas of the home (where the party took place starting with this entry console), small strands of twinkle lights, and lit candles for ambiance. 

Delicious food and drinks? You can’t have a party without it! We set up their formal dining room to house a station of really yummy food and an adorable farmhouse bar rented from Signature Party Rentals.

Here’s another look at that gorgeous garland atop a gray linen table runner. Love this simplicity!

Many guests frequented this bar and were excited to try the signature Paloma cocktail and Lemon Drop shots our bartender whipped up. I personally love the details best … Pinecones and sprigs of eucalyptus, cute cocktail napkins, and black bar glasses to match the party’s decor. 

The living room was another space we used for this particular party. It was a great place for guests to mingle and to watch a special show put on by mentalist Riccardo Berdini later in the night. 

I love the way this garland looked wrapped around the already existing accessories in our host’s home. It really fit right in and gave a festive holiday feel. 

We incorporated candles and pinecones in all trays and decorative dishes too. Oh what fun!

Company swag? We had that too! Each employee (and their significant other) got to take home a special tote bag with the company’s logo filled with swag … T-shirts, hoodies, and eco friendly water bottles created by Invite Amy, and softer than soft Rachel Miriam throw blankets embroidered with the company logo as well. 

Did I mention delicious food? The cuisine at this party was seriously next level starting with tray passed appetizers including Jon and Vinny’s signature mozzarella sticks and so many other yummy things catered by Carmelized Productions.

A “Jon and Vinny’s” station was set up with more signature dishes including their gem lettuce with parmesan and bread crumb salad, pastas (The fusilli was insane!), delicious garlic bread …

… and those meatballs though! We can’t wait to work with this amazing catering company again!

For dessert? Tray passed strawberry cheesecake squares and chocolate fudge brownies! Is your mouth watering yet? This hamburger is not made of meat but rather ice cream! An action station was set up to give guests a taste of this delicious dessert as well!

Guests didn’t seem to want to wander back into this back bar area of the house, but its beautiful garland detail will not go to waste! I hear another party is happening here again this coming weekend! 

We couldn’t be happier with how this company party came together and hope that each employee feels as appreciated as we do by these dream clients! Keep checking back … We have so much more fun holiday decor, gift wrap, and events to share in the next coming weeks! Happy Holidays from Side by Side Design!

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