Designer Projects

organic modern home style

Planning Ahead Paid BIG Dividends For This Couple How exciting to see this great organic-modern style home emerge from the hopes, dreams and ideas of a wonderful couple. We had the opportunity to start our process in the first days of the project. They came in early and just visited with us. This gave all [...]

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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 [...]

Now that the kids have moved out… This is an opportunity staring you in the face! Not everyone would recognize that. My clients, Melissa and Dave did. This is a lower level space in their home. They decided that they wanted to maximize the seating and create a cozy space to watch sports or movies. An [...]

Long time BY DESIGN clients Tracey & Greg loved their existing living room furniture they purchased from our store years ago, but they were ready for an update. They stopped in to do some browsing and met with Jessica who was eager to help with a new design. BEFORE One aspect they always loved about [...]

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 [...]

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When I first met Rita, we found a shared fondness for color. You should consider using colors in your home’s interior design. Here’s why: Rita was looking to liven up her living room. As is often the case, her living room is the first room you see when you enter. And we know first impressions [...]

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 [...]

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My client, Nancy, recently purchased a new home. She completely remodeled the the home to give it a much needed contemporary update. All the dark trim was painted white with light gray walls, new carpet and flooring throughout. Modern black accents and light fixtures were added. Now she needed interior design that reflected her updated [...]

Old Friends

Sometimes clients are like old friends. You feel like you have known them for a long time. Rosa & Mel would certainly fall into that category. Their design style is what we refer to as New Classics. Modern lines, materials and colors with a nod to traditional. I have been working on their interior design [...]