We have both made it our tradition to spend Valentine’s Day at home and take this as our opportunity to set the table beautifully while making a special meal for our hubbys. We have had fun in the past coming up with a menu consisting of food items that we do not regularly serve and fun themes that will keep things exciting. As a mom, Lauren has continued this tradition in a more kid-friendly fashion, and this year will once again plan something special for her husband and all three of her girls. As a new mom (last year), Tami was excited to incorporate her daughter into her plan as well. Here’s a look back on how we each celebrated Valentine’s Day in 2019. Hopefully this will inspire you to create something special for this fun holiday!

T Side: Last year, Phil really wanted to get in on the fun of planning a special Valentine’s Day celebration for our family. I wanted to make sure to surprise him just a little bit too! Therefore, he took care of the menu and made a Phil staple but included some new elements for this special day, and I took care of the rest … Making sure Joie looked Valentine’s Day ready, setting the table just so, and creating handmade cards for my loves.

You can’t really tell from this picture, but Joie’s tights had little sparkly hearts all over them, and I loved any chance I got to put a bow on her head back in the day! She won’t wear them any more (now that she’s almost two) … But thank goodness for photos like these!

I believe handmade cards tell your loved ones just how much you really LOVE them! I am constantly keeping little bits of scrap wrapping paper (like these gold foil lips) to use in my creations and incorporating stickers and sparkle into the cards I make at home.

A formal black tablecloth is made more casual when topped with a burlap runner. I used our every day dishes and glasses to set our table for two … We ate after Joie went to bed to ensure an optimal dining experience and popped open a bottle of red wine too!

Phil brought home the most beautiful red roses that I included in this otherwise pink flower arrangement for our table.

Did I mention that Phil made his favorite dish? Steak, of course! Filets because they are my favorite, and topped with perfectly grilled and seasoned shrimp. These mushrooms were a new recipe and absolutely delicious!

L Side: My girls were excited last year to celebrate Valentine’s Day, and I was excited to create something a little bit special that didn’t feel like just an average evening in our home. I sent the girls off to play in our playroom so that I could surprise them with a fun set up, and while doing so, Scott came home and surprised us with gorgeous red roses for each of his girls. It was a fun night, we all felt special, and the small details went a long way.

My girls were so cute dressed in red and pink, but I can’t believe what a difference a year makes!

I got to enjoy these gorgeous flowers all month long!

I set the table with a mix of treats for my hubby and the girls. They could hardly wait to dig into this dessert board I created and neither could Scott!

Aren’t these XOXO gummies from Trader Joe’s the cutest?

For the adults, a delicious chicken recipe I had lying around, salad, steamed artichokes, and rose. For the kids, bow tie pasta with butter. Yum!

Although I love spending time with my girls, the best part of the night was when Scott and I were able to wind down a bit after they went to bed. What more do you need than a fire, gelato, and two spoons?

We each plan to have an equally special Valentine’s Day this year! Lauren, Scott, and the girls are continuing to keep things simple and keep their at-home tradition alive while Tami and Phil will enjoy spending this day with their two daughters Joie (and Sadie born just last month) in on the plans. Whatever you plan to do with your Valentine this year, remember that what is really important is that you make the day special and show them how much you really love them! Happy Valentine’s Day from Side by Side Design!

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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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Every new year we take the time to reflect on the past year, re-evaluate our business model, and come up with goals and ways to take our business and blog to the next level. It’s a great opportunity to update our readers on our ever-evolving business model, and this year was really an exceptional one for us! Last year’s efforts to educate past, current, and future clients on what we are all about by designing T-shirts to wear on installation and event days, updating our business cards, creating promotional materials for the holidays, and working with a web designer to showcase many of our favorite projects on our website’s portfolio pages really paid off because this year we were able to book the types and caliber of projects we always knew we would. Not to mention, we hired a social media expert to make sure our IG game was on point as well as were able to work on many projects that give back to the community in different ways! In our personal lives, Tami made it through year one of motherhood and will be adding her second daughter to the “girl crew” in just a few short weeks. Lauren’s twin girls thrived in their preschool class and her oldest, Ava, is now a proficient reader and in first grade. She has continued designing her own Modern Bohemian Home (as we all know personal projects usually take the most time). To say that we have been busy is an understatement, but we wouldn’t have it any other way!

As this is officially our first post of 2020, we thought what better way to start the new year than to re-cap the past year’s worth of posts; Interior Design (Lauren’s side), Event Planning (Tami’s side), personal projects, collaborations, and monthly inspiration. We continue to post every Wednesday and Friday and try to keep the content of our blog as focused as possible on the two sides of our business. We have introduced our readers into our lives as well as our creative passions, and have given monthly previews for what is to come and recaps of our “Favorite Five” things we have done or begun! 

Here’s a look at what we have accomplished this past year, the different types of posts that frequent our blog, and our favorite of each type of post with insight as to how this all works Side by Side:

Interior Design – This has been the best year yet for the Interiors “side” of our business. Lauren has been very lucky to have worked on lots of different types of projects including the Bel Air home that Kim and Kanye built (which is now owned by our client). In addition, she has been referred for many other high end projects by a top Brentwood realtor to take his client’s homes to the next level … Oh, and have we mentioned we both flew on a private jet up to Vail to begin the design of our client’s ski home? Everything from design consultation to full construction and remodel as well as Interior Design mostly in high end residential but also in commercial spaces have been a part of the every day on the interiors “side” this year. We truly have loved every minute of seeing each stunning vision come to life and are so grateful for having this platform to showcase our work. In the past, we have shared inspiration boards and various stages of construction in order to show what is in the works, and this year we are proud to say that we finally have finished photos to share. One such project, that you have seen from the very beginning stages (over two years in the making), is what we call the “Modern with Antiques Home”. We have chosen to showcase Lauren’s favorite finished space, the master bathroom, from this home tour today (as seen in our previous post, Modern With Antiques Master Bathroom). It is pure perfection and took a lot of planning to get to where it is! In the coming months and year, amazing projects in the works will be finishing up. We promise to share every detail! New projects are beginning, and we plan to continue to take on interior challenges and new opportunities as they present themselves to us … Stay tuned!

Event Planning – As we have mentioned, here at Side by Side Design we have two “sides” to our business, Interior Design and Event Planning. Our mission is to work with a family to design their home making it fit their lifestyle and personal taste. When assisting these clients with their home event planning, we not only get to continue to work with them Side by Side but get to pull from the look of their home for inspiration. Tami runs this side of the business and has taken on larger events such as weddings and Bar / Bat Mitzvahs as well in the past, but this year has really worked hard to focus on our mission of planning home events. Each event we have planned has been amazing, and we love exposing ourselves to various types of themes, clients, and design challenges. Every time we start a project it is different, new, and exciting (even if it is for an already existing client in a home we know well)! We love to come up with new concepts and ways of surprising our clients and their guests each time. Can you believe that last year we had a total of two events in twelve months, and this year we have had at least two events to plan every single month? To say we have come a long way is a total understatement. We are projecting 2020 to be even more busy, and we have been lucky to book many events already (even with Tami’s temporary shift in focus to her new baby coming right at the beginning of the year)! The event we would like to showcase is a very special one. It promised to be “the first of many” and has proved that one small project can turn into a lasting relationship with an events client that we absolutely love working with. It was a very special day (as seen in our previous post, Rosè Mom’s Day) in honor of a group of mamas, and with every detail on point will be remembered by those who attended and our amazing vendors too! We feel very fortunate that this client has continued to hire us almost every month to do something for them. Each and every project they throw our way keeps us on our toes and gets us excited, and we are most looking forward to their daughter’s Bat Mitzvah that we are already planning for October 2020. 

Holidays – Wow! Every year at this time, we set a goal of growing in this area and bringing holiday cheer into our clients homes. It has been a dream of ours that we have worked to communicate properly in order for our existing and potential clients to understand that we are not just a traditional Interior Design firm. That our mission is to design beautiful spaces and dress them up for events and holidays too. Last year, with the help of our social media, beautifully designed promotional materials, and blog posts to promote our holiday services, we booked our first Christmas and New Years clients. This year, coming up on the holiday season, we set our goals even higher and had even bigger dreams of growing in this area, hoping to create memorable experiences for our clients at all holiday times (including table centerpieces, home decor, festive food and treats, gift wrap and planning everything from intimate family dinner parties to extravagant themed soirees). The holiday season has now come to an end, and now that we have a second to breathe, we can share that it was AMAZING! We planned the most memorable company holiday party for one of our clients bringing in top LA vendors, festive decor, and fun entertainment (as seen in our previous post, A Company Holiday Party), created an overall look for corporate and personal holiday gifts and gift wrap (times six), and consulted on the decor and set up of a very fancy New Year’s Eve country club (members only) event. I mean … How will we even top all of that next year?

Personal Projects – Although we have lots of amazing vendors we work Side by Side with, we have been known to create many things ourselves (especially for personal projects). Everything from flower arrangements, to gift wrap, to handmade invitations have been showcased here on our blog. The event we are highlighting is a true marriage of the two. Not only did we (Well, really only Lauren and our sister tribe) create personal touches for a “Sprinkle” celebrating Tami’s new baby-to-be (as seen in our previous post, Sprinkled Pink), but she also used our resources to their fullest by utilizing some of what our favorite vendors have to offer to plan for the planner. Tami and her guests loved arriving and getting to see each carefully placed detail. This year, we will continue sharing personal projects on our blog (i.e. birthday parties for our girls and our soon to be sister-in-law’s bridal shower) because we love getting to look back on these special milestones and how we create for our loved ones, and hope you do too!

Collaborations – This year, we have continued to prioritize gaining new perspective from other professionals (whether it be by listening to podcasts, reading articles, or creating our own “Mompreneurs group” that meets every couple of months to discuss business related topics, troubleshoot issues we are having, and be a source of support and collaboration). All of this adds so much to our personal growth and the growth of our business as well as the way we picture it in the future. We are excited to find opportunities to collaborate on special projects with other amazing businesses this coming year! We have been very lucky this year to work collaboratively with many amazing companies including: bryck&mortar, Rachel Miriam, Molly Sims, baby2baby, Amanda Rose Florals, Panik Ryder, Wilma and Ethel, Brass Street Booth, Plate Fit, Le Pain Quotidien, Squeeze, Hey Day, Cosbar, Voyage LA, Lincoln, Heartcraft Girl, JCJ, and all the mompreneurs. We especially loved getting the opportunity of working with the mamas in this photo to put together a really special event for Mother’s Day (as seen on our previous post, Treat Yourself Mother’s Day Pop Up Event)! Let us know if you would like to join forces with Side by Side Design to create something special. We would love to work with you!

#inspo – This consists of two different series … The first is our seasonal “Pining for Pinterest” post. Four times a year, we share what is “pinspiring” each of us going into the upcoming season (as seen on our post Pining For Pinterest: Fall 2019). Each look highlights our exact business model in showcasing an event that works with an interior space as well as all of the details you would find there (signature cocktails, home accessories, delicious catered appetizers, and so much more). By creating these boards, we are hoping to inspire those of you who are hosting parties in your near future or those looking to do something new with their home. Don’t worry, we are just a quick email away if we can help in any way. Email us at info@sbsdesignla.com. The second is what we call “Get Inspired”. This gives us a chance to post what’s inspiring us each month and give a preview of what’s to come as well as really let our readers into our lives. Our readers enjoy our monthly “Get Inspired” posts so much that a few years ago, we began writing and sourcing for our second part monthly “Get Inspired” posts where we fill readers in on where to get some of the fun home and event items they see on our blog.  Check back this Friday (January 3rd) for all new looks and inspiration for the New Year.

We truly can’t believe our business (and blog) have been around almost a decade! We are extremely proud of the growth we have made in this time. In fact, when we began Side by Side Design, the blog was the main focus (as we both had other full time jobs, and we were looking for a way to share our creative side with others). We have since shifted our focus. Our blog is not a main source of business. It is more our way to document the projects we are working so hard on. We feel it is important to say this as we always strive to be transparent with our readers and want you to see that although we love our blog (We wouldn’t continue writing for so long if not), for us, we are able to love it even more this way. We so appreciate our loyal readers and plan to give all of you really exciting interior design and event planning related blog posts each Wednesday and Friday in 2020. If you have been following our story for a while, we would love for you to give us some feedback … What keeps you coming back? Any constructive criticism is welcome as well!

As we mentioned, we are happy to have content for our blog, but even happier to have a business that is coming off of its best year yet! In order to continue to grow in the next year, we have really worked hard to come up with a short list of very tangible goals for our business that we will be working to achieve this year.

Our New Year Resolutions for 2020 are …

  • We have upped our social media game in the last three months by hiring a professional to consult on each post / edit photos and we are very happy with how our IG feed looks and the feedback we are getting. In addition, we love our “Designer Day!” series on Instastories! Our goal is to be more scheduled on social media by posting one of these “stories” each week to share a day in the life of a Side by Side designer as well as add content to our feed every Wednesday and Friday to go along with what is being posted on our blog.
  • Our seasonal newsletter provides past, current, and potential clients with information (about four times a year) about the services we provide. Most of the time this is based on the upcoming season (i.e. creating a look for the decor in your home at holiday times that coordinates with your existing design), but is not limited to only event services. Our goal is to continue listening to what our community is asking for to meet their interior and event needs as well as focus on creating opportunities to collaborate with high end vendors throughout the seasons and at holiday times.
  • Last year, we updated the portfolio on our website to showcase our most recent and most beautiful projects. We now have many more interior and event spaces to add. Continuing to add to these portfolio pages is a priority for us as we know it will give the full picture of what we are creating. We will make sure that all areas of our website are updated with information that is current and have professional photos taken of our work to really show it to its fullest.
  • We will continue to take on projects that fit our business model and the standard we have set for ourselves while keeping our clients happy and impressed with our work.

Alright guys, that was a lot of information! Time to take it all in … We will be back on Friday with our #inspo for January. Happy New Year from Side by Side Design, and cheers to an even more amazing year ahead!

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12.18.2019

Written by: Tami

I have mentioned a few times already this month how obsessed I am with gift wrap (especially during the holidays), so you probably won’t be surprised that today’s post is all about this service we provide our clients. In fact, we are naming this week on the blog “Gift Week” … What a gift it is to be able to give during the holidays! We are providing designer tips for creating a cohesive gift wrap look, and if wrapping gifts is just not your thing … Feel free to reach out to secure our services for next year’s holidays or any time you are feeling a bit like giving. 

We feel extremely fortunate that this year one of our clients allowed us to take our gift wrap service to the next level. Not only did we get to select wrapping paper, ribbon, custom tags, and an overall cohesive look for the wrapping of several of her gift needs but we also curated the gifts themselves. Each grouping of gifts has its own look and purpose, but overall we created one look that tied them all together. Keep reading to see what I mean as well as get a few designer tips along the way!

Our overall look stayed within the following color scheme; green, black, white, and burlap. We threw in bits of plaid too! I am obsessed with these farmer’s market totes by Rachel Miriam (from the AliXRM collection) that our client is excited to bring with when attending holiday parties as a gift for the host. The personalization on each bag makes it that much more special … We chose “I’m organic” and “I love weekends” because the true LA farmer’s market regulars can totally relate! A large plaid bow, a bit of dried eucalyptus, and a custom family tag (created by Bo Jack Studios) makes this bag feel like a true gift. 

What’s inside? Only the best farmer’s market finds; a bottle of champagne, yummy crackers, dried dates and ginger, sun dried tomato bruschetta, fig jam, and an adorable pad to write down all of your shopping needs. Each party host will love to snack on these items or take them out the next time they are hosting guests in their home. 

These gorgeous MollyXRM totes were personalized for each of our client’s kid’s teachers and “wrapped” in the same way! You don’t really need to put a gift in a box when it looks this good. Just tie on a beautiful bow and make sure to include something that says who it is from. 

When hosting at home, providing your guests with refreshments and activities is really top of the list. Want to take it one step further? Give a little party gift … Who doesn’t love gifts this time of year? These boxes were wrapped with care (and a lot of green plaid wrapping paper) and topped with a couple of candy canes and a big black bow for each of our client’s daughter’s friends that she invited to her own holiday party.

What’s inside? An adorable personalized black and white Santa hat for each guest to wear and get in the holiday spirit. Oh, what fun!

A bit of plaid ribbon (used in a different way), silver bells, and some burlap string made these baby gifts extra festive. What’s inside? Baby onesies embroidered with their company logo. What a great gift for employees who are expecting!

Ok, so I didn’t mention shades of pink in my list of colors we included in our gift wrap this year, but when hosting an all girls lunch it is hard to not make party favors extra girly! We cannot thank our fabulous client enough for planning a party at Blue Plate Taco and inviting us as her guests! We are such lucky girls! We did, however, help with the gifts … A black leather cosmetic bag personalized in ombre (shades of pink) to say “Naughty and Nice” and wrapped with a green satin / sparkly bow, more dried eucalyptus, and bells. 

What’s inside? Lord Jones CBD products and a few other goodies … I guess she was feeling a bit more naughty than nice but then again, why not?

This holiday season, all of my gift wrap dreams have come true! I absolutely love how each of these gifts turned out from the wrapping to what’s inside and know that each recipient will be super grateful! If you are interested in finding out more about our holiday (and other) gift wrap services, contact us at info@sbsdesignla.com. 

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