Now that we have officially showed off our new website, we have had lots of people inquiring about our business model and what Side by Side Design is actually all about. Although we could sit here and recite our mission statement word for word, that is not necessary. When we say that we do Interior Design, most people can relate and understand what that means. However, while planning for our business, we knew that we wanted to add another component to take this kind of design one step further. We have found that almost all of our clients love to entertain and choose to dress up their space for each event they are having. Besides the fact that we already loved event planning, we figured who would better know our clients’ tastes and needs when it comes to styling their own homes for a special day, and that is where the Side by Side Design concept began.

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We decided to create a fictitious home dinner party in honor of Thanksgiving to show off this very concept. We also plan to use this post to show our process and give you a few buying tips for a project like this.

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The first thing we do is to pull inspiration photos for how we envision the finished event. We love this inspiration photo for its classic elegance. There are so many fun details yet it looks effortless. The house is the perfect backdrop for this gorgeous table setting.

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Our next step would be to find some sort of special detail that makes this event unique. We felt these pheasant plates from Pottery Barn (now on EBay) added to the natural quality of the design and created some interest at each place setting.

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Once we have the key design elements in place, it is time to select our rentals. Town and Country was the perfect fit for this event as they had just the chair we were looking for.

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We loved the table cloth so much in the inspiration photo, that we knew we needed to find that shade of linen. Luckily Sferra had it in their Festival line.

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We found this idea at Martha Stewart Weddings and thought it could be fun to tie in name cards with lavender bunches for each place setting.
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If this were an actual project, we would of course hire our favorite florist Kayla from House of Magnolias to make flower arrangements reminiscent of this gorgeous tablescape. We would periodically place one of these marble footed bowls filled with fruit to fill in the space.
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Every elegant table deserves lots of gorgeous candlelight, and we like the mix of these tall gold candlestick holders with the dark gray glass votives.
We hope this helped clear up some lingering questions. Of course, as this is meant to be a Thanksgiving dinner table and there’s no place for food on the table, we would come up with an equally gorgeous buffet for each dish to be properly displayed. If you still have questions about us or our design work, please leave us a comment below or fill out our client inquiry form on our website’s contact page. We are looking forward to next week’s festivities and hope that all of you have a beautiful Thanksgiving.

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