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 beer garden! When I was asked to help out with the beer garden at this year’s temple Purim carnival, I knew it would be a fun project to take on. I was completely inspired by the space we decided to use as it is our preschool’s outdoor classroom and has a real garden growing inside of it. We turned the water feature into our “cooler” for the day, filled it with ice, and all of the beer. Have you ever seen a can of beer with a screw top? Me either, but they were perfect for the hottest day we’ve had here in Southern California. We didn’t need much else besides a bar for the wine and a few cocktail tables, but some ivy touches finished off the look. (Written by: Lauren)

#2: These centerpieces! It’s no secret that Lauren and I like to create unique statements in each design that we do. We love to create new concepts and are always thinking outside the box. When coming up with the idea for centerpieces for the upcoming Bar Mitzvah I am planning, I wanted to add lots and lots of color and balloons to go along with our “block party” theme, and I am adding a mini food truck to the bottom of each. I can’t wait to see them displayed in the finished room! (Written by: Tami)

#3: This bedroom refresh! One of my clients had a few things they wanted done in their daughter’s room, and asked me to take care of the details. We cut down this Restoration Hardware headboard to fit better with the existing window, reupholstered the bed in a nice grey suede, refinished her Restoration Hardware nightstands that had worn over time, and got her these fun fur poufs for lounging. Turned out pretty nice … If I do say so myself! (Written by: Lauren)

#4: This vendor! Having a great relationship with a rentals company is vital in the event planning industry! We found our favorite long ago, and each time we work together, the ease of collaboration gets stronger and stronger. I love getting in contact with Signature Party Rentals each time I have a new project and figuring out exactly how to finish each space … They truly have it all! You may remember this photo taken at my wedding. I will never forget the feeling of walking through their showroom picking out how my special table where my husband and I would sit would look. Isn’t this high back love seat and gold sequin tablecloth divine? (Written by: Tami)

#5: This special week! I attended West Week with one of my clients last Thursday and loved some of the new pieces the showrooms had out on their floors. I took this photo in Studio Van Den Akker of the side of a mirror we were admiring, but I think the picture turned out pretty cool too!(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 April 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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