Bonita Clark

Color Trend: Under the Sea


Organic and natural, the Under-the-Sea interior design color trend is perfect for so many rooms. It’s a look that will wear well for years and years.


Creativity Comes From Inspiration We thought we’d share this blog post from the Apartment Therapy blog. Though you won’t like all of these rooms (maybe any!), there are some interesting things going on here. I think what they all have in common is that they’ve managed to take their rooms our of the ordinary by [...]


American Leather Furniture Shows How Customer Service Is Done I just got back from High Point, N. Carolina. It is the major furniture show in the US (and the largest in the world). Laura and I always go, and this year Drea came with us. It is always so fun to order and see what is [...]

A Trip to Pre-Market


Was it worth it for me to drive 20 hours in 3 days to go to market in Norwalk, Ohio? A resounding yes! I left on Tuesday, spent the day at the factory on Wednesday and then drove back to Des Moines on Thursday. One of our designers traveled with me. I thought it would [...]

Have any of you ever called our store and listened to the message from me? It is the same message that has been on our phone for 5 years.  I can’t tell you how many people have commented positively about the message.  Still, I keep wondering if I should change it.  Then I  listen to [...]

3 ways to save money

Don’t sacrifice your dream room. Can I afford to go to by Design and let interior designers help me with my room? Absolutely, you can!  I always am horrified that people think we are over-priced and snobby because we are all designers here.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  All of the designers here [...]


Sherwin-Williams has released four updated interior design color trends looking to 2015.  We’ll feature each of the five in a post. The Voyage color trend is a forward-looking palette.  It is evocative of both outer and inner space.  Voyage is a natural color palette, but it is nature found in exciting new places deep in the [...]


Sherwin-Willilams has released four updated interior design color trends looking to 2015.  We’ll feature each of the five in a post. The first is Chrysalis.  Clearly a nature-inspired theme, this is a great choice where you want your room to evoke tranquility and retreat. The colors are soft, but subtly rich. The Cotton White that you [...]


Summer is here!  Finally!  Summer is a great time to freshen up our homes and lives.  It is a good time to think about how you want your life to be and how you want your home to look.  This is important stuff and is deserving of some thought.  Here are a few questions to [...]