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? Our Fabric & Finish selections The client wanted a space that was comfortable for relaxing with a [...]

A New Twist on Tradition


Your sense of style will inevitably change and evolve over time. A great relationship…


Late last fall, we were introduced to one of our newest vendors: Oios Metals. Ever since then, the company and their products have made quite the impression… both on us and our clients!

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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 [...]


Every room needs a focal point. Need I say it? You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Your home’s first impression: the front entry. It’s worth some time and effort. Here is one I worked on recently. Those wall sconces with dangling chains are beautiful and functional. They add the dazzle [...]


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 [...]

New Floor Leads to a Whole New Room


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 [...]

Comfortable and Stylish Barstools?


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 [...]

Interior Architecture Project


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 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 [...]