Kitchen Design

How to Determine Your Kitchen Remodeling Budget

This post was originally published in May 2020. Costs for remodeling have shifted so dramatically in the last two years that I edited this post to reflect more current pricing. I designed my very first kitchen back in 2006. We were living in the Woodlea Historic District of Central Phoenix,

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Quick Decorah Iowa Weekend Getaway

Last weekend Keegan and I took our first “vacation” alone in a whole year and drove up to Decorah, Iowa, for a quick weekend getaway. Keegan’s mom grew up in Decorah, and we visited there together a few times while his grandparents were alive. But, we hadn’t been back since

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Interior Design

Why the Not So Big House Is More Important Than Ever Before

The Not So Big House, A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live, by Sarah Susanka, was originally published in 1998. Twenty-two years later, as Americans struggle with a global pandemic, we are spending more time together in our homes than we have in decades. For the last few months, families have been experiencing the nuances of our personal dwellings, for good or bad, all day every day with little relief.

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Interior Design

House Plant Trends & Tips for Getting the Best Results

Bringing the natural world inside (biophilic design) is one of the biggest movements in architecture and design today. And, house plants are one of the easiest, least expensive, and accessible ways to incorporate natural elements into your home. Today I’m partnering with my friend and sister-in-law Melissa Peterson to bring

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Kitchen Design

Kitchen Refresh vs. Kitchen Remodel – How to Decide

I consult with clients every year who are trying to answer the question: do I completely remodel my kitchen or refresh my kitchen without remodeling? It’s a very common dilemma especially when budget and home value are primary considerations. First, what is the difference between remodeling a kitchen and refreshing

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Jillian Lare Des Moines Interior Designer

About Jillian

Welcome! I’m a Des Moines based interior designer, boy mom to one, avid reader and always aspiring artist. I started this blog when I moved to Iowa in 2008. Currently, I write about life in Iowa, personal development, and my creative journey.

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