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 bling! I have been continuing to work on my big renovation project for my amazing clients. Right now we are working on lighting fixtures for their home among other things, and I love that they are willing to go over the top on so many of their design decisions. This week, we visited a crystal showroom in the valley that does lots of custom work and has some pretty amazing antique Venetian glass fixtures that I am still drooling over. We are considering a fixture like the one on the right in this photo for their living room. Stay tuned to see if they are this daring! (Written by: Lauren)

#2: This food tasting! Halloween is quickly approaching, and if you have followed us for a while, you know that one of our biggest and most creative events of the year is the themed Halloween party we throw for one of our clients. We spilled the beans last month on what the theme for this year will be, so it is no longer a secret … Wild Wicked West, ya’ll! Now it is time to put all of the last details into place. What will the decor look like? What activities will the kids partake in? What will the guests enjoy for food? We never like to leave out any detail and believe it should all go with the theme, so this year we took BBQ cuisine very seriously. Our client collected samples of ribs, pulled pork, slaw, cornbread, etc. from a few local hot spots and put together a proper tasting to decide who would cater our upcoming event. We are not sure party planning can get any more fun than this!

#3: This feeling! There is nothing in the world like the feeling of appreciation. Sometimes all it takes is a phone call or handwritten note to tell someone you care. Recently, one of our Brides went way above and beyond. Although it had been a few months since the wedding we helped her plan, she sent beautiful bouquets each of our way. They came with very personal notes saying how much she appreciated us bringing her vision for her special day to life, and this brought tears to our eyes. As event planners, we feel such a strong connection to each individual, couple, and family we get the opportunity to work with but unlike most of our interior design projects, these events have a very definite ending point. We always hope to be able to foster these relationships past event day and know that this particular Bride will be a friend for life!

#4: This vendor! We have showcased the incredibly talented artist we work with, Angel, many times here on our blog, but can’t say enough how much we love her. We are currently working on three different custom art pieces for three very different homes and are so excited. One of our clients sent us this photo as inspiration, and we can’t wait to see what Angel creates with this and the client’s home as her muse. For more information on our custom art and framing services, contact us at info@sbsdesignla.com. 

#5: This personal project! We definitely both have a lot going on right now with events and interiors but always seem to have a personal project underway. I have not quite gotten started yet on this particular undertaking (my baby’s nursery), but have some ideas in the works and know that Lauren is dying to help out with design. In my own home, I am not a huge fan of color and have opted for a mostly white and black color scheme (with some metallics thrown in). Now that I know I am having a girl, you would think I would be rushing to the store to buy everything pink. Lucky for my husband, this just is not my thing! Some blush hues may be the ticket to softening up the space, but otherwise I think I’ll probably give my baby a mostly black and white but feminine nursery. The thought of this makes me want to get started right away! Stay tuned … You know we will be sharing this process on our blog! (Written by: Tami)

We plan to share our “Favorite Five” for the month of October on the 27th, and of course will be sharing what’s inspiring us for the month ahead on the first Friday of the month. See ya soon!

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