Two New Classic Chair Designs


Two favorite chairs are back at by Design I’m so excited that to have my 2 favorite chairs back on the by Design floor. The McCartney is a wonderful contemporary take on the classic wing chair. I’m far from the alone in my opinion: The McCartney was featured a few years ago in Elle Decor [...]

Three New Furniture Designs


Elegant new designs – Lola sofa, Gaylord chair and Andy ottoman. What a fun and interesting room. The Lola sofa and Andy ottoman – new traditional styles – are shown in updated fabric selections. Then the Gaylord chair – a transitional style – continues the move into a very today look with an exciting geometric [...]

Color Trend for 2014 : A Pop of Pink


It’s not just for girls anymore. 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 [...]


The Natalie chair is likely to become a by Design favorite. Why? Because transitional looks are among the most popular rooms that we design. And the Natalie is a wonderful example. The wing back chair has a long history. It’s comfort and style have made it a staple of many different looks. So its natural [...]


Not every design is a statement piece… but the Gaylord certainly is. Wow.  This is a great look.  I mean really.  Look at the drama.  That comes from the simple, straight lines and severe back angle.  The new edginess is going to be particularly fun when shown in a very surprising fabric application.  Picture it [...]

A Must-Have Chair


The Marshall Chair by American Leather 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 recent article in Home Furnishings Business magazine featured a group of items in their “Modern Chic” trend. These four (and others) are available at by Design. In fact, they all come from vendors that we use every day and love. At the top of the post, you’ll see the Miller leather chair. The Miller [...]

Inspired by Great Art

Here is a great way to find inspiration.  My clients Lori and Brad have collected Maxfield Parrish artwork for years.  He uses shades of blues and greens.  Everything in the room can be inspired by and anchored in the wonderful Parrish prints that they own. Maybe this tactic will help you Maxfield Parrish was an American [...]

I love this chair! Here is the Kira chair in a purple Ikat fabric.  This is a fun, yet sophisticated look at a great price from Norwalk’s Urban Collection.  Just one chair in a bold pattern can really spruce up a room!  This look coordinates well with the white woodwork and chocolate brown wood floor [...]


We’ve talked about the impact of using unexpected elements in interior design before. How about this? The Tess chair is a great style right from the beginning. The elegant lines of it’s tall, deep channeled back flow down into the seat. Long, tapered legs in your choice of finish add to the contemporary classic look. [...]

A very cool Teddy chair


Allison and her clients came up with this very cool look for the Teddy chair. Teddy has a wonderful curved front that combines with tapered legs and long, elegant track arms. They used silver nailheads to highlight the arms and base. And what a terrific fabric! Nicely done!  

A Cozy Room

edinborough chairs and avery ottoman

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! [...]

Edinburgh chair

This is a chair worth fighting over: Here is a great shot of the Edinburgh chair in a cream-colored leather. The nail-head trim accents the wonderful lines of the base of the chair as well as the flared arms and shelter-wing back. The Edinburgh is spacious and incredibly comfortable. This is a up-to-date take on [...]

Mid-century modern (think Mad Men) is a powerful interior design style. When done well, it is a wonderful look and feel. Though it may sound contradictory, it manages to feel both modern and nostalgic. Sophisticated and fun. It’s irresistible when you think about it. We have a great example on our floor right now in [...]

The Camden chair is all about dynamic, yet flowing, lines. Solids and patterns both work on this frame. Of course you can select from the full range of wood finishes. It’s shown here in a faux skin and sports decorative nails. What an accent piece!

We love color at by Design.  Here are the new Mayfair sofa and chair upholstered in fun, vivid colors.  It is so much fun when a customer chooses to show this much color and confidence in their room. The Mayfair is a beautiful new frame design.  Its most notable design element is the long sweeping [...]

You know, its almost a work of art in that smooth silvery leather.  And doesn’t it just scream sophistication?  If you want to introduce a note of high end sheen into your room, you could do worse than consider a piece like this.  And, the leather is glove soft.  All those looks… and comfort too!

You can get… anything you want… at Candice’s restaurant, (including Alice), at Candice’s restaurant.  Sorry Arlo Guthrie.  Dang it, now that tune from the sixties is stuck in my head. The Alice chairs that you see above (fresh from the design desk of Candice Olson) are a good example of how good furniture design alone [...]

This Easton room really nails that sophisticated, transitional look that we love so much.   The Easton sofa design is a perfect example of today’s design combining narrow track arms, simple lines with three over three seating and a subtle wood base with tapering wood legs.  Very cool.  Plus the narrow arms make it eminently [...]

Modern design and EXTREME comfort from the new Tuscany sofa and chair. Much of the time the name of a furniture design has little relevance to the piece or collection.  We think it does this time with the Tuscany.  The Tuscany region of Italy if famed for its beautiful, yet simple and elegant, lifestyle.  Tuscan [...]

Hugo… Victor…  get it? Sorry, couldn’t resist. The Hugo chair is a great new contemporary design from American Leather.  Now, we admit that you probably won’t be using this chair if you’re going for the cottage look, although you never know in today’s eclectic design environment.  The Hugo is available in fabric and leather.  As [...]

We’ve just gotten the new Sammy condo sofa on our floor paired with the Basie chair and it looks terrific!  This is a great new addition from Candice Olson that grew out of frequent requests for contemporary furniture design with an emphasis on casual, comfortable living. Candice responded with the Sammy, an uber-versatile collection of [...]