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Gray tones don’t mean cold Do you love the new gray tones so popular now in wood finishes and fabrics? We do. However, some of our by Design clients have worried that this fashion-forward, interior design palette might feel cold in their room. But, it certainly doesn’t have to. Take these two room shots for [...]

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Blue colors figure strongly in many 2015 interior design color trends. Turquoise… vibrant blue greens… electric blues… rich navy.  Every shade of blue seems to be favored by different interior designers for 2015.  Here is a picture we took at the recent High Point Furniture Market of a blue home accessory display in Global View’s [...]

The New Brass Finishes

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Wonderful warm finishes may be perfect for your room. Recently, warm metal finishes on furniture and home decor have come back strong. Copper and bronze have led the way, but now brass itself is becoming and interior design trend.  Of course, it isn’t the cheap (shall we say brassy) look you saw back in the seventies. [...]

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Update Your Room with the Drama and Warmth of Marsala A naturally robust and earthy wine red, Marsala enriches our minds, bodies and souls. Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. [...]

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The “On Shore” Color Trend: Fresh colors, finishes, and fabrics for any room Spring 2015 is all about pulling together sophisticated mixes of color, pattern and texture that make your home both refreshingly of-the-moment and beautifully timeless. Colors this season range from cool watery hues and restful near-neutrals to luscious berries and earthy metallics. Textures [...]

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Warm Grays, Coppers and Golds Create Rich Rooms Spring 2015 is all about pulling together sophisticated mixes of color, pattern and texture that make your home both refreshingly of-the-moment and beautifully timeless. Colors this season range from cool watery hues and restful near-neutrals to luscious berries and earthy metallics. Textures — lustrous leathers, heavily textured [...]

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Vivid Patterns and Colors Bring Interior Design Alive Spring 2015 is all about pulling together sophisticated mixes of color, pattern and texture that make your home both refreshingly of-the-moment and beautifully timeless. Colors this season range from cool watery hues and restful near-neutrals to luscious berries and earthy metallics. Textures — lustrous leathers, heavily textured [...]

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2014 Fall High Point Market Report Laura Beeler, Kevin and I went to Fall High Point Furniture Market in October.  12 million square feet of display is difficult to absorb.  Impossible in fact.  So here are a few reactions in no particular order. Need some drama and vitality in your room?  Consider red. Don’t be [...]

Before Market There’s Pre-Market! Laura and I will be going to High Point, North Carolina for the big furniture market in a couple weeks.  It is by far the largest furniture and interior design event in the world.  We do much of our discovery and learning for our by Design customers in the weeks we [...]

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Sherwin-Willilams has released four updated interior design color trends looking to 2015.  We’ll feature each of the five in a post. Unrestrained is the most colorful, vibrant palette of the four.  Full-on color and attitude is what this trend is all about.  The palette is inspired by the wonderful variety of Ethnic design around the world. [...]

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Sherwin-Williams has released four updated interior design color trends looking to 2015.  We’ll feature each of the five in a post. The Voyage color trend is a forward-looking palette.  It is evocative of both outer and inner space.  Voyage is a natural color palette, but it is nature found in exciting new places deep in the [...]

SW Buoyant interior design color trend

Sherwin-Willilams has released four updated interior design color trends looking to 2015.  We’ll feature each of the five in a post. Buoyant is a color trend that says loudly: COLOR IS BACK! When we go through tough economic times, interior design colors tend to become more muted, more safe.  Then, when the good times return, colors [...]

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Sherwin-Willilams has released four updated interior design color trends looking to 2015.  We’ll feature each of the five in a post. The first is Chrysalis.  Clearly a nature-inspired theme, this is a great choice where you want your room to evoke tranquility and retreat. The colors are soft, but subtly rich. The Cotton White that you [...]

High Point Spring 2014 Home Furnishings Market|by Design Des Moines

Four New Design Theme Trends from Norwalk Bonita & Laura will be trekking to the big High Point Market once again in April. It is so much fun to see what the creative minds in the home furnishings industry have come up with: New colors New fabrics Dramatic sofas, sectionals, chairs New finishes and material [...]

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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wmodCtglAo We’re showing the fabulous new Miami curved sectional on our floor as well as the incredibly priced Tribeca sectional.  But, [...]

The Custom Series Group

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Hugely Customizable – The Custom Series We have a new group in our Rustic Chic Room.  It’s the Custom Series group.  And, true to it’s name, it is wildly customizable.  Beginning with depth selection and going on to arms, legs, back, seating, and of course thousands of fabrics and leathers. We’ve brought it to by [...]

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For Those Looking For a Little Edge in Their Design This is where you see the influence of Steampunk and alternative styles meeting the couture inspired designs of Alexander McQueen, Christian Louboutin, Roberto Cavalli and Kean Etro.  These designers were showing rivets, studs, grommets and metal accents. The result is a wonderful look perfect for [...]

Luxury Neutrals color trend

Neutrals Remain Huge in Interior Design And rightfully so.  Restful, yet extremely sophisticated, this is a look you can live with in your home for years. And, it’s an interior designer’s dream.  You could execute endless – yet unique and wonderful – rooms in Luxury Neutrals.  Here are grey neutrals in a Michael Weiss room: [...]

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Tribal and Ethnic Motifs Take on Fresh New Color Palletes Drum Beat is the latest expression of the appealing Ethnic interior design trend. Once again showing its overall versatility by integrating new colors and motifs in with old — this trend has amazing appeal. Adobe hues and Navajo themes from the southwest. Vivid hand-woven fabrics [...]

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Okay, if you’ve been around by Design for the last couple of years, you know that black never left. It has been one of our staples and we only love it more. But, black is getting new love from the trend spotters. Here is how Norwalk Furniture described the trend at Fall High Point Market: [...]

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Below is a video of some of the important design trends from around the world that are informing the style and fabric introductions this Fall at the High Point market.  Fashion trends are a constant evolution. Rather than radically new things every six months, these trends are longer-term movements that are informed by fresh new [...]

Take a look at this video showing some of the new looks that Norwalk Furniture got ready for the Fall High Point furniture market.  Not everything in the video will make it to the Norwalk showroom, but it’s a great preview.  And you get to listen to Billy Joel. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=2rO91OL42Qk   We’ll get back to [...]

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Fall 2013 High Point Market Video Preview The big High Point Market event is in October and by Design will be there.  Laura and Bonita will be searching the millions of square feet of this amazing show to find cool new ideas and exciting new products for our store in Des Moines.  Would you like [...]