When I moved to Des Moines, IA three years ago, I wasn’t expecting to stay. I had my eyes set on the West Coast and thought if I could gain enough publishing experience to move out there in a few years, Des Moines would serve its purpose, but not be much more. Quickly upon arriving, though, I realized that this little-big city has so much more to offer. It’s constantly in the news for being the “wealthiest” city in America because of the low cost of high-style living it offers. The people who work, eat and socialize downtown can also afford to live downtown. The stately and historic homes aren’t out of reach for people who are early-on in their careers. Modern homes and lofts are being built at a rapid pace to keep up with the growing population. I thought I would stay here for a while — maybe live here — but I had no idea that I would make my home Des Moines, IA.
What I love about Des Moines homes and shops is the gorgeous mix of old and new. If you ever visit DSM, you’ll hear neighborhoods mentioned such as South of Grand (gorgeous, giant homes ranging from the early to late 1900s, still as pristine and impressive as ever), the East Village (modern, urban lofts next to boutiques and restaurants in historical buildings and set off by the stunning Iowa State Capital Building), or Sherman Hill (Victorian homes and brick apartment buildings in a quiet, treelined neighborhood just a few blocks from downtown). The variety and beauty of this town is everywhere you look.
DSM has shown up more and more recently on Design*Sponge, and we wanted to share 10 of our favorite interiors in this city — some you’ve seen in the past on D*S, and a few new peeks at stories to come. While you’re in the mood to learn more about the heartland’s cool little sister, Des Moines, take another look at last week’s city guide. —Lauren