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The question is: How do we do modern interior design in a traditional home? Here is one answer. This beautiful, historic home is nestled off the square in a small town outside of Des Moines. It is amazing. We wanted to breathe new life into this living room while adding a modern twist. We stuck with [...]

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 in West Des Moines, they decided they wanted a new look for their furniture as well. Naturally, they returned to BY DESIGN for [...]

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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 Ankeny home. They decided that they wanted to maximize the seating and create a cozy space to watch sports or movies. [...]

Long-time BY DESIGN clients Tracey & Greg of Waukee loved the 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 [...]

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 the living room of her Urbandale home. As is often the case, her living room is the first room you see when you enter. And [...]

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My client, Nancy, recently purchased a new home in Adel. She completely remodeled 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 an interior design that reflected her [...]

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 [...]

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Tracy stopped in to BY DESIGN with a mission to refurnish her living room – she is working on remodeling projects throughout her Windsor Heights home. Before Functional Considerations One challenge of her living room was that it has a split focal point. This issue is not unusual! Her fireplace is on one end and [...]

Sunny Lower Level Feature

Kaden Sectional, Stephanie Swivel Gliders, Lilly Ottoman and Oona Rug When Jayne stopped into BY DESIGN she was looking for comfortable furniture to refurnish and refresh the lower level of her Clive home. Our challenge was to find pieces that compliment the colorful and sunny walk out basement. She had a lot of space to [...]

Rapport makes the difference in creating your perfect room When I first met Linda in the store we connected right away. She had told me about a major remodel that her son had completed on her Pleasant Hill home. She wanted to make sure it was furnished beautifully to complete the look they had worked [...]

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My recent client, Tammy in Ankeny, had shopped at BY DESIGN a few years ago and purchased a recliner that she loves. So when she recently built a new home, she knew she wanted to come back to BY DESIGN to find the perfect pieces for her new living room. Perone Recliner Her Perone recliner [...]

Jessica and Angela introduce the Louise Variations Collection Variations styles like the Louise are important tools to help us create your perfect room. Here’s why: We have a Louise sofa and two chairs on our floor – each in a different configuration. We also have an arm variation display. You can sit on each and [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

I’m currently in the process of redesigning our living room and thought I’d share my ideas with you…I’d love any feedback you have to give! The look I’m going for is Organic Modern…(learn more about organic modern design here) with a touch of glam. We’re adding new wood floors to the room along with a [...]