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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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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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 girl! We happened to be running early last weekend to a birthday party Ava was invited to, and had just enough time to stop at a furniture store I had been meaning to check out for a client. Not only was Ava surprisingly well-behaved walking around this store but asked me several times to take pictures of her in front of her favorite accessories … This pose though! Ha! (Written by: Lauren)

#2: This trial run! Sometimes you need a good trial run before setting up when hosting. In anticipation of the holidays, I started playing around with our china, most fancy wine glasses, and a few other fun festive touches. This way, when I go to set up for real I will know what works best. Stay tuned for more from our holiday event services coming in the next few months, and if you are in need of a little help this holiday season, we are your girls! Email us at info@sbsdesignla.com for more information and to book one of our remaining dates. (Written by: Tami)

#3: This dining room redo! This client is ready to redo this dining room we created for her several years ago. Just like anything else, taste for design changes and evolves over time. She wants to give it a modern updated look, and I took this as a fun redo challenge. We will be starting this project pretty soon, but in the meantime, I am having fun looking for inspiration and coming up with new ideas. (Written by: Lauren)

#4: This vendor! I took a client shopping last week at Lawrence of La Brea and wound up spending over three hours shopping. There were just too many good things to see! Whether you are looking for an antique soumak, a modern Moroccan berber rug, or a kilim, they have so many great styles in stock, are super friendly to work with, and go out of their way to make sure you are purchasing the right rugs for your space. I highly recommend checking this place out! (Written by:Lauren)

#5: This designer! We are so excited to announce that this month we hired our first employee! Sarah studied Interior Design at FIDM and has been working in the world of design for the past few years. She has even assisted in event projects in the past (Score!). We met Sarah a little while back and have hired her to do some of our drafting work, so we knew exactly where to turn when a position in our business came available! We love her style and her enthusiasm for the world of design! Welcome to Side by Side, Sarah! 

We plan to share our “Favorite Five” for the month of November on the 30th, and of course will be sharing what’s inspiring us for the month ahead on the first Friday. See ya soon!

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