the By Design Team

Personalizing your Home

Gage Settee - Personalizing your Home

In a world of fun trends and dramatic transformations, we can all agree that we want our house to feel like home. Whether you have lots of space to work with or very little, it is important that we capitalize on creating our own retreat where we live . . . and that starts with [...]

Katie S

“We were so thrilled with our experience at By Design! The level of service and speed of delivery was night and day compared to the online retailer we worked with previously. Laura helped us all the way through delivery to make sure we got what we wanted and we love the couch!” (Des Moines)

Mary B

“I was immediately greeted by Laura who impressed me with her knowledge of the furniture and how it would fit into my space. They have a great selection of fabrics for your made-to-order furniture. They may be a little more expensive than some of the other furniture stores but the quality of the furniture is [...]

Modern Luxury Home Project

Choices! Blending the right pieces, products, fabrics and finishes is the foundation of a beautiful, stylish room. You have a unique story to tell and you tell it through your room…

Texturizing Your Home

Tired of your space falling flat? Add more texture (texturizing) your home and your surroundings! You’ll be astounded at the subtle, yet real transformation. Aim for Comfort! People are constantly telling us.. “ I am tired of my space,” “my room is so blah,” and “it just doesn’t feel comfortable.” We have seen it time [...]

Achieving a Modern luxury Room

Modern Luxury. We love it and we love homes that speak it with style. Madison’s thoughts on how to achieve it.

The Diverse Ottoman

Ottomans have emerged as a design focus feature along with their obvious function. Some things to consider about ottomans.

Have you considered a rug for your space? If you haven’t already, well then, do I have something for you! When adding a rug to your space, you gift yourself a great opportunity to customize your look! By simply placing a rug in your room, you will tie together all of your furniture pieces and [...]

Comfort. Designing a space that rides the line of Organic Modern style fully encompasses the word “comfort.” Organic Modern style is dependent on texture and shape. It generally pieces together a blend of the Scandinavian, rustic, and mid-century modern designs that we all adore! I was inspired by the Harrison Sofa and a wonderful Feizy [...]


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 [...]

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 [...]