Why I Love Calligaris


I love our new Calligaris collection. In fact, I found the perfect piece to put in my own kitchen.

Rendering of kitchen

We have a beautiful new contemporary furniture line and gallery at by Design store in Clive. Come in and see what “Italian Smart Design” is all about.


Modern sensibility and rich fabrics and finishes At first blush the words modern and luxury might seem to conflict. But we don’t think so. You live a very modern life, yet you still want touches of richness and luxury in it. Hence, by Design’s new Modern Luxury room. We’ve a ways to go before we [...]


Create a room unique to your lifestyle. Take a look at these examples of how you and your by Design designer can create a unique piece that sets your room apart from every other person’s. Customizing not only makes the piece perfect for your room, it helps to tell your unique story. These tables are [...]


Some designs have such wonderful lines, they change a room. The Harlowe chaise feels like one of those pieces. If rooms tell a story (and they do), then the Harlowe can set the mood in any storyline. The sweeping lines reek of romance, sophistication and seduction. The totally exposed legs and wood frame can be finished [...]

Cool Style – Warm Room.


Thank you Laura and Don. 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 [...]


A New Look for a Favorite Sectional Style It was love at first sight for by Design and the Corbin sectional. Of course, not every room accommodates this design, but if yours does you should consider it. It instantly takes your room out of the conventional and elevates it to the special. The Corbin’s unique [...]

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Looking for sophistication and flexibility? Consider by Design’s Colton sectional. Our designers have done a number of projects using the Colton sectional as a key furniture design element in a room.  And the results have been wonderful.  We’d like to bring this elegant contemporary design to your attention. The Colton is a contemporary design with details [...]


Sometimes you just click with a customer… I recently took a call from a customer looking for a designer.  The mission was to help him create a wonderful, new living space in his downtown Des Moines loft.  Matt & I had an instant connection.  Since he had been in by Design before, we quickly set [...]

New Urban Studio Video

Love design, but have space or budget constraints? Then you need to see by Design’s Urban Loft room. Here is a quick video showing some of the furniture designs and fabrics in this collection: We’re showing the fabulous new Miami curved sectional on our floor as well as the incredibly priced Tribeca sectional.  But, [...]

7291 Tribeca 3-piece sectional

Design on a Dime? Almost. Though a big budget is always great, a smaller budget shouldn’t stop you from creating your perfect room.  At by Design, great design comes in a wide range of prices.  Heck, I would even say inexpensive. We don’t use sleazy, bargain furniture in our design.  You know the type: It [...]

Great attitude, great comfort and great quality. Contemporary furniture with an urban attitude, these compact sofa silhouettes are perfect for today’s condos and space-conscious homes. Every aspect of their scale, style and construction have been designed with an eye to the customer who is both design and price conscious. In fact, Urban Studio sofas in [...]

Corbin Sectional at by Design Des Moines

We really love the Corbin sectional We’ve featured the Corbin a couple of times before.  But, all of us at by Design really, really love it!  It is such a powerful combination of great contemporary furniture lines and dramatic shapes, that placing it in a room makes a huge impact. What a great choice for [...]

We’re really excited about the new Colton collection. Colton’s comfy button-tufted seating adds warmth to clean, handsome horizontal lines and low back cushions. Note how the T-cushion design of the seats on the pictured sectional visually extends those long horizontal lines. Pictured here is the metal base for a very contemporary look. Also available is [...]