Designing a room around a bold area rug is a great way to start.
A large, low-slung contemporary sofa and matching sectional create a great vibe in this large room.
Anything but traditional, neutral but lush leather and vibrant colors bring this room alive.
Using interior design to help clients create the social and private spaces they want in their new home. It's why Sherri loves the work.
There's something slightly masculine (and very sophisticated) about even the most ornate bar cart, so the hubs will dig the fact that his bourbon is just an arm's reach away. Back in the day, all the hip hostesses had one. Sure, they're great at holding their liquor, but that's not all they can do: A [...]
I wanted to share a photo I received from my customer Kim, in an email telling me how much she loved her new Bar Stools. Kim came into by Design asking for an all wood bar stool that was modern -- and had comfort. I showed her this Brownstone Balboa Stool that offers a modern, handcrafted [...]
I met my great friend, Nancy, through our sons. Our years-long friendship developed through our shared experiences of raising our boys in Johnston, Iowa. Recently Nancy informed me that she and her family were moving to Dubuque. Her husband, Mark, would help run the family business - Sundown Mountain Resort. They had purchased a home, [...]
Thank you for your business. And thank you for letting me be a part of creating this beautiful room. The beautiful Horizon leather sofa was a great way to begin this room. Then we added in these two Sally swivel chairs in an interesting buy understated print. The large Del Ray ottoman invites feet-up relaxation. [...]
We had just met. And, my soon-to-be customer and friend Ginny's first words were: "I'm just looking and I take a long time to decide." Fine with me! So we sat down and I listened. I tried to understand what she was really looking for. The rest was easy... and we had so much fun [...]
The hand-selected woods used to craft the Zen Buffet are rich and expressive. They're chosen specifically for grain character and color to work with the Zen's combination of door and drawer compartments. This bit of craftsmanship honors the design of the piece. I selected this beautiful piece of furniture for my client's bedroom. It's not [...]
Here's how: ADD A RUG! Dollar-for-dollar, there is probably no higher impact way to enhance or complement the interior design goals that you're trying to achieve. With that said, it's the size of the rug - not only it's appearance - that can change the dynamic of a room. My customer, Margie Hawks, needed a [...]
Here's a 2014 interior design trend that might work well in your home: add an unexpected splash of pink! A pop of color can brighten neutrals and soften edgy looks. The Marie chair by Norwalk furniture shown here is in by Design's Urban Studio room. Marie has a flirtatious modern attitude with gentle curves in [...]
Sometimes customers think that all by Design has to offer is shown in our store. Nothing could be further from the truth. My friend Deb wanted to purchase a chaise of a specific design. She didn't see it in our store and asked me where she might get it. First I explained that our showroom [...]
Designing or choosing for someone else can be freeing. But, when you choose for yourself, all sorts of issues emerge. How will people judge me when they see my room? Eventually, you get over it and just choose things you love. Here is the sofa I chose: Not everyone lives in a McMansion. In fact, [...]
I have the Marshall Chair by American Leather in my office at home. I chose it because the clean, contemporary lines are expressed with a touch of mid-century modern aesthetic. Those lines somehow tell a story of sophistication that is comfortable with itself... of modern design that, surprisingly, has a history. So there you have [...]
A Bar Cart offers you a wonderful combination of beauty and function! It is a chic way to present everything in terms of function, and the wheels make it extra functional because you can easily transport it within a room or into another. Wherever you need to serve from -- there is is. Want to [...]
The Hestad's are crazy about their new furniture. Listen to what they wrote us: We love the furniture! We thought you would like to see a couple of pictures. The chair is really cool. You can see the table in the background -- it worked out very well. We also really like the metal [...]
I love to make my clients new friends. But, sometimes it works the other way. Deb Stubbs and I have been the closest of friends for years. So when she wanted to do some work on her house, she came into by Design. I think the results are amazing. It appears that Deb was smart [...]
My client Michele came into by Design wanting to update a room. It was a favorite room where they enjoyed spending time reading and entertaining. Michele fell in love with the Eden chair immediately. Then I suggested the Avery ottoman. We added a rug for both real and visual warmth. Wow, is this room cozy! [...]