It is officially the week of our birthday! As twins, we have always shared this special day; celebrating together, opening identical presents, and enjoying our favorite things. We love sharing our birthday and planning our birthday parties Side by Side, but there are also many things that set us apart. As we feel that our birthday is a great time to share information about ourselves personally and as designers, we have prepared a small Q & A session for our readers to gain insight into our lives. We hope you enjoy!

*Please note that since this is a “T Side / L Side” post we will both be answering the questions, however the structure has changed a bit … all you really need to know is that “T” is Tami and “L” is Lauren. 

Q: What are five things you can’t live without?

T Side: Family (especially my twin sister and my niece Ava), friends, my independence, anything spicy, and a comfy place to rest at the end of a busy day.

L Side: A good pair of black leggings, my iPad and iPhone (I use them for everything), my twin sister, my husband, and my adorable little girl.

Q: How would you describe your personal design style?

T Side: I love to mix hard and soft, adding an edge to an otherwise feminine aesthetic. I guess my design style would be classified as eclectic, but I like to think I have a style of my own.

L Side: Although I love to design in lots of different styles to fit my client’s needs, my own personal favorite style is transitional with a bit of glamour. I love everything white, antique mirrored, with clean lines, modern details, and vintage pieces mixed in.

Q: What is your favorite item in your home?

T Side: My white leather tufted headboard that my dad made as a gift for me. Either that or a new painting I bought from West Elm of a flamingo (Oops, was I supposed to choose just one?).

L Side: I would say my bed as well. I love my custom headboard and my bedding is super cozy.

Q: What is one thing you have splurged on that others should too?

T Side: A great fitting pair of jeans!

L Side: I tell my clients that it’s always worth it to splurge on a good area rug (something I took my own advice on) and even more importantly a pair of brand name shoes! Although my husband says never to walk on the rug with the shoes.

Q: What are your best tips for balancing work and personal life?

T Side: I won’t pretend for a minute that finding a balance is easy. As a single lady, you would think my only priority is finding some guy to “put a ring on it”. Of course, throw in a teaching career and a blooming design business / blog, and like I said it is not easy. What are my tips? Work hard, play hard! Reward yourself after a hard week of work with a night out with the girls. Keep dating as a top priority, otherwise you will be so busy working (although I happen to love what I do) that you will forget to live your life.

L Side: Always, always be in the moment! Set goals, create lists, and stick to your daily plans. It’s not easy to put down your work at the end of the night (especially when it is the only quiet time in your house living with a six month old baby), but I try to make time to sit in front of the TV and watch a good show with my husband before going to bed.

Stay tuned for more birthday week to come and details from a special celebration on Monday. Until then, we leave you with a quote from one of our favorite childhood books that we believe describes us perfectly, “Sometimes we are the same, sometimes we are different, but we are always twin sisters”.


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