Angela Lahr


We are finally welcoming warmer temperatures here in Iowa. It’s time to move the party outdoors with some of our favorite outdoor furniture ideas! This Canyon outdoor sectional is jaw-dropping! Woven teak, faux hyacinth, charcoal color cushions that are weather and sun-resistant scream warm and inviting! Add a few accent tables to hold your cold [...]

Des Moines interior design

How one Des Moines couple discovered their personal sense of interior design style… and the choices they made in their new home. Introducing the new Melhus home! Brad & Casey just purchased the cutest Beaverdale home! They are returning customers to BY DESIGN so they knew they were in good hands when looking to furnish [...]

angela familiy room

Your home must be comfortable and functional. Let’s get real for a minute, shall we? What you see below is my most recent family photo. A cleaned up, smiling and looking-put-together bunch, right? What you don’t see is the soda stain on my son’s shirt. You don’t see the mad disarray before we left for [...]

Informed by Art


Deborah teaches art at Iowa State University. That could be daunting for a designer. Or… you could choose to look at it as a terrific collaboration opportunity. I choose option two! She was looking to refresh her living room. She wanted a modern, sleek update. Like so many, Deborah’s search began online. After searching BY [...]


MODERN… BUT COMFORTABLE. It’s really not too much to ask, is it? A room with modern lines, colors and textures that is so visually inviting and so physically comfortable that you love to live in it? And yet, it is a concern. Deanne, Angela and Laura took that challenge head on. Practical needs included living [...]

Swoon Worthy!

KAden Sectional |by Design Des Moines

Angela’s Product of the Week As a designer, I have fallen in love with many pieces crafted by American Leather. Sure enough, when our new Kaden sectional was delivered I was blown away by it’s effortless style, appealing design, comfort and craftsmanship. I shouldn’t have been surprised, American Leather is known for their innovation, expert [...]

Dreaming woman in headset over drawn living room background

Absolutely. It can be healthy. At BY DESIGN we truly care about our customers. We take the time to ensure your experience is exceptional. When starting with By Design I was thrilled to learn that all of our upholstery companies are GREEN! I’m excited to share this with all of you as it is something [...]