Designer Projects

Ottomans are comfortable, eye catching pieces in a home. Plus they are an amazingly effective tool to use in your interior design. Do you want yours to blend in with your sofa or chair and act like a singular unit? Or would you rather have it as a statement piece? It is totally up to [...]

I first met Cynthia to help her pick out a new light fixture for her Great Room. With her interesting ceiling design, it could not be just an ordinary chandelier. That wood framing detail calls for attention and demands something special. Once we connected on the perfect light, the rest of the room was truly [...]

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 [...]

Jessica’s client was looking to replace some old furniture in their great room space when she came to BY DESIGN. She fell in love with the Milford sofa which turned out to be the perfect scale for their large, open living room. The Inspiration: Milford Sofa Jessica made a house call and put together a [...]

Furnishing a historic home can be daunting! How do you bring modern comfort to the home without completely clashing with its original charm? Jessica’s client, Melinda, faced that challenge. How do we honor her lovely craftsman era home? Our Fabric & Finish selections The client wanted a space that was comfortable for relaxing with a [...]

Recent clients of Jessica’s have been long time BY DESIGN fans. As they say their “whole house is from BY DESIGN.” So when they were working on a large scale remodel of their home, they decided they wanted a new look for their furniture as well. Naturally they returned to BY DESIGN for help. New [...]

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 [...]

outdoor-furniture-ideas

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 [...]