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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white kitchen white oak floors
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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White and gray modern kitchen remodel with high gloss white cabinets by Jillian Lare Des Moines Interior Designer
Kitchen Design

A Dramatic White and Gray Modern Kitchen Remodel

Today I’m very excited to share the before and after photos from a dramatic makeover that transformed almost the entire main level of this traditional West Des Moines home. My client and her husband built this home for their family twenty years ago, and their taste and style had evolved

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Modern kitchen, marble backsplash, brass hardware, IKEA kitchen
Kitchen Design

Five Simple Ways to Make IKEA Cabinets Look Expensive

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of IKEA kitchen cabinets. I’ve used them in three of my own houses and specified them for several clients over the years. They are incredibly affordable for what you get, which includes some of the bells and whistles you’ll find in

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shiplap fireplace, slate floor, white IKEA kitchen remodel
Kitchen Design

Historic Fells Point Row House IKEA Kitchen Remodel

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I may receive a small commission. This helps me to support my blog and allows me to continue to make free content. I only recommend products that I

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IKEA SEKTION Kitchen GRIMSLOV Door Style
Kitchen Design

Before and After Kitchen Makeover with IKEA SEKTION

Back in March, I blogged about a kitchen remodel project that I designed for a family using IKEA’s SEKTION cabinet line. The layout of the kitchen was awkward mostly due to a doorway that led into a little used dining room. The cabinets were not in the best of shape,

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Nicole Davis Interiors White and Gold Kitchen
Kitchen Design

Pretty Gold and White Kitchen by Nicole Davis Interiors

As soon as I spotted this pretty gold and white kitchen by Nicole Davis Interiors on Pinterest, I was smitten and wanted to see more. White Shaker style cabinets, white and gray marble and brass accents combine for a charming, feminine space with a timeless appeal. The large brass shade pendants

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A Cozy Cottage Kitchen Makeover with IKEA SEKTION

Last Fall, I started working with a new client who wanted to update her 1990s builder basic kitchen. When she first called me, she was looking for some help selecting a new countertop. After seeing her home and checking out the cabinets, I suggested that she consider a full kitchen

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white kitchen cabinets, white quartz countertops, lantern style pendant lights, subway tile
Kitchen Design

12 Things to Know Before Planning Your IKEA Kitchen

A few months ago, a college friend reached out to me with some questions about renovating his kitchen using IKEA cabinets. I’ve designed two of my own kitchens with IKEA kitchen cabinets and several for clients, so I was able to give him some advice on how to plan for and work with them.

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Jillian Lare Des Moines Interior Designer

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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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