Before diving into furniture design, it’s crucial to have a clear understanding of how you intend to use a space. Jessica recently worked with a client, Kathi, who was adding a new addition to her home that would fulfill multiple purposes. The intention was to create a versatile living space that would be conducive for [...]

When Abbie & Rob from Johnston stopped in to BY DESIGN to get ideas for their newly remodeled living room, they weren’t expecting to have it all figured out that day. However, that’s exactly what happened! And that is living room design made easy. They were greeted by Jessica who showed them around the store [...]

When Sally set out to find new furniture for her condo in Urbandale, she wasn’t expecting to find any interesting options due to her smaller living space. She quickly realized that would not be the case when she stopped into BY DESIGN for the first time. Jessica helped her create a design that was practical [...]

Furnishing a historic home can be daunting! How do you bring modern comfort to the home without completely clashing with its original charm? Jessica’s client, Melinda, faced that challenge. How do we honor her lovely craftsman era home in Des Moines? Our Fabric & Finish selections The client wanted a space that was comfortable for [...]

My client Nancy came to me looking for a couple of gorgeous occasional chairs for her living room.

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A Brand New Home in a beautiful setting! We had the privilege to help Christine and Lee design their beautiful new home in the country near Indianola. They wanted their home to be very comfortable and inviting. They share their lives with family, friends, and three dogs. The design and furnishings had to facilitate every [...]


New Interior Accents Lead to a Fresh, Cohesive Look I had the pleasure of working with a couple to add the finishing touches to their living room area.  They already had the Copley Square sectional and two Perone push-back recliners from by Design and were just looking for some end tables, lamps, etc. to finish out [...]


In a Word: Rewarding. Sure, it can be complicated. I mean, look at all those pieces, fabrics, finishes and plans. And there’s more. Much more. Elissa and Laura have recently had the opportunity to work on a wonderful new project. Complexity increases very quickly in interior design and this project has a lot of moving [...]


Creating a whole new comfortable look! I had the pleasure of working with Jan and Bob Prosperi on this project. They had just gotten a beautiful new wood floor for their West Des Moines living room — and they wanted a whole new look to go with it. They really liked the Luxe Sofa that [...]


Loving The New Bar Stools!! 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 [...]


Working with architectural elements is very important in Interior Design. That’s why a rustic loft offers such an opportunity. The exposed brick, concrete floors and exposed beams lay bare the architectural elements that underlie the room. This rustic loft – in Downtown Des Moines – offered that kind of opportunity. Keeping with the rustic theme, we [...]


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 [...]