Our thoughts on the trade-offs of choosing leather furniture You love leather furniture:  leather sofas, leather sectionals and chairs, leather recliners.  Heck, you love leather ottomans!  And you’re right to love them.  Leather is a superb choice for your furniture in Des Moines and Iowa.  Here are the issues and our take on them: Cost [...]


  Incredible comfort.   Great style.   Incredible comfort. Unsurpassed quality. Wait… did we mention incredible comfort? It is worth risking redundancy to talk about the comfort of the Kaden. We’ve loved the Kaden in every color of leather (and occasionally fabric) that we’ve tried it in. Every. Single. One. We’ve done deep red. We’ve done [...]

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 Lake-side Town Home


Creating a new home and new lifestyle by combining new designs with old. My long-term clients, Karen & her husband, moved from their beautiful home to a town home on a lake — creating an exciting new project. They wanted this new home to be a very inviting, casual and totally practical place for the whole [...]


When Natasha came into by Design in Des Moines, she instantly fell in love with the Colton sectional.  What’s more, she knew she wanted leather.  What a great way to start.  The Colton’s combination of contemporary horizontal lines combined with rich turfted seating cushions and metal legs is a winner.  Adding leather to this design [...]


Great Floor Sample Clearance Prices at by Design We just got back from the big High Point Market and we’re making big changes on our floor.  There are so many exciting new things to show you, that we have to mark-down some really cool things on our floor. For example: this white leather Inspirations sofa. [...]

 Leather Furniture and Cutting Edge Design Though a button-tufted Chesterfield sofa my be the first thing that comes to mind when many people think of leather furniture, modern design and leather are a wonderful combination.  Clearly brightly dyed leathers on contemporary styles work, but as you’ll see in the gallery below, even button-tufted leather can [...]

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 [...]

Kiley sofa and Linkin chair

Here is the Kiley sofa done in a grey-black, almost linen-look fabric. It is much tougher than linen yet has a very comfortable hand. The wide, sit-down-on-me arms and back are accented by silver nailheads. Then we picked up the gold accent of the leather Linkin chair and ottoman with the throw pillows. Just out [...]


Sure, we think creating a beautiful room is an adventure. But our clients Rolando and Gina take the word adventure to a different level. They and their children are going to walk the 500 mile long Camino De Santiago to raise funds for the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, IA Chapter! The history of this incredible hike [...]

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!

It is.  Bench… coffee table… ottoman.  The Rex is a great piece.  And it is a great addition to a room and a home.  Long, low and beautiful it is also supremely practical and multi-functional. Long flowing lines make you think contemporary, but the deep tufting adds texture and comfort.  The Rex will live comfortable [...]

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 [...]

The Alessandro I really like to say that.  Alessandro.  Alessandro. Anyway, I couldn’t resist showing you these new images of the gorgeous Alessandro sectional group.  We have the Alessandro on our floor at by Design in a soft grey leather.  It’s shown here in an elegant white leather.  This wonderful design is also available in [...]

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 [...]

[slideshow id=90 w=448 h=298] The Moore is a wonderful new style that is available as a sofa, love seat and chair as well as a sectional design.  Its shown here in leather and is also available in fabric.  It is so lusciously cool and comfortable.  The big, fat overstuffed lines and exposed seams cry comfort [...]

We’ve got the Kayla Comfort Sleeper on our floor at by Design right now.  It is both a terrific new furniture design, and an innovative new comfort solution.  We’re serious when we say that sleeper design has gone to a whole new level.  Combine these great styles (in both contemporary and traditional looks) with your [...]

[slideshow id=50 w=589 h=331] Click on an image below and then page through to see various pics of the Meyer: [nggallery id=52] One of the newest groups on the floor at by Design is the Meyer leather sofa.  The Meyer is wonderfully innovative: simply slide the back cushion up and it notches back onto the [...]

[nggallery id=43] The Alessandro leather sectional has been called “linear design with not-so-linear comfort”.  And is it comfortable!  It combines crisp lines with sink-in comfort in luscious leathers that you will love for years.  Check out the handsome European look wide metal feet.  by Design has the Alessandro on our floor right now, so… come [...]