Current Passion: Curved Sofas

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Curved sofas and sectionals add statement, drama and can be surprisingly functional. And that round organic form is so beautiful!


  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 [...]


Wow. Dramatic and Elegant. What a great room. We’ll be seeing a lot more of the “Char” interior design trend. Putting this light-colored Colton sectional in this deep, moody setting add incredible pop to this room.  Here is how Char is described: In Norwalk’s Char colorway we celebrate the absence of color, and the elegance [...]


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 [...]


Challenges Chuck and Ruth were building a custom home in the Des Moines area.  They weren’t newbies, they had built several before.  But they knew they wanted an interior designer to help them pull everything together.  The goal: a custom, one of a kind look for their beautiful new home. I met with them and [...]


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 [...]

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 [...]


Sophisticated Color Combinations Make This Room Pop   Lynda loves purple. But she didn’t think she wanted to do all purple in her lovely sun room overlooking their pond in South West Iowa.  So we did purple and orange and green and (of course) off-white — a perfect fit for a girl who loves color. [...]


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 [...]


One of my favorite new clients Though I’d only known this lovely, smart woman for a couple of weeks when we did this project, I feel like I’ve known her for years. She loves good design. Me too. She has a lovely home and it was obvious to me that she had put a lot [...]

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 [...]

Sure, its a beautiful home when you drive up.  But… wow… when you walk into the living room this home is stunning.  And, that is the result of a beautiful partnership between client and the by Design designer.  Here’s how Carol and Steve described the process: We knew we wanted a sectional, but we were having [...]

The Westchester sectional group

The Rex is a beautiful loose-pillow-back sectional design.  The track arm combined with the loose back invites sophisticated and varied pillow fabric applications.  The Rex is shown here in a neutral brown linen look fabric.  But, the style & fun really come from the patterned pillows and leather pillows added into the mix. Don’t underrate [...]

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 [...]

[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 [...]

[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 [...]

Is there such a thing as a conversectional furniture? Because that is what the new Corbin has been called.  The odd new word seems to better describe the Corbin’s ability to host the optimum number of guests in the most space-challenged homes and apartments. [nggallery id=42] click on a picture for a closer look Award [...]

Here’s a way to make your room special — add the sweeping curve of the new Tousley sectional.  These curved lines add drama (or action and fun!) to your room.  Of course the fabric that you apply to any furniture style will set the mood.  That certainly goes for the Tousley where anything from serene [...]

The Parker is part of our incredible Variations program.  These furniture groups allow you and your designer to select arm style, back style, seat style and base style on your furniture.  Combine those selections with our thousands and thousands of fabrics and leathers and you get… something very unique.  Custom furniture created specially for you [...]