New from CB2: It’s All about the Metal

If I could pick which new stores would open in the Des Moines area, CB2 would be at the top of the list. The younger sibling of Crate and Barrel, CB2 consistently delivers fresh designs that work well in a variety of interiors from new traditional to transitional and mid-century

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Hanging Planter Roundup

Since moving into our house five years ago, I’ve become a little bit of a plant lady.  I started collecting vintage planters, so I needed plants to put in them. Then I wanted a fiddle leaf fig, which now commands an entire corner of our living room (it’s huge!). The plants

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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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Mixing it up in the Living Room

Deer Head | Art Print | Book End | Table | Chair | Lamp | Pillow | Bin | Desk | Side Chair Lately I’ve been dreaming about redecorating our living room to create a lighter feel. Somehow we’ve managed to collect two brown leather sofas, and three black and wood mid-century chairs.

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My Top Picks from the IKEA Catalog 2016

The IKEA Catalog for 2016 was just released (request yours), and I was curious to see what new products they would be introducing. Although I don’t shop at IKEA as frequently as I used to, I found several items that I would be interested to check out the next time we

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Colorful Rugs from Loom Australia

Two years ago I worked with a wonderful client who was from Australia to redesign her master bathroom, kids’ bathroom and mudroom. She and her husband lived in a traditional house in a really nice suburb of Des Moines. When I met them, they had already done an amazing job updating

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Brass Hooks Roundup

The wall space in our master bathroom is limited, and the only option for a 24″ towel bar was either over the toilet or mounted on the shower glass, neither of which is a great option. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t met very many men who will

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Creating an Art Wall Behind the Sofa

Last Spring, I wrote about how our friend Mike painted a wonderful painting for us as a wedding gift, and we hung it over our fireplace. Since then, I’ve been trying to bring more of the colors in the painting into the living room and making tweaks here and there.

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IKEA SEKTION Kitchens Debut in the US

IKEA cabinets – people love them or hate them. Sarah Richardson uses them in many of her homes, including her million dollar plus rehabs featured on Sarah’s House. Personally, I love them and have installed them in every house I’ve owned – that’s two full kitchens and an island in 10

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Notes from KBIS 2015 – Design and Construction Week

Two weeks ago, Keegan and I were fortunate enough to fly to Vegas for the 2015 Design and Construction Week. We arrived on Monday afternoon and stayed through Wednesday, visiting KBIS 2015 (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) and IBS (International Builder’s Show) on Tuesday at the Las Vegas Convention Center. On Wednesday,

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The House Diaries Kitchen Remodel
Interior Design

Five Kitchens with Fabulous Details You Can Copy

I have been suffering from a bad cold for the past few days and am curled up on the sofa entertaining myself by pouring over some of my favorite kitchens on my Pinterest Kitchens board. I’m absorbing some initial inspiration for not one but two new kitchen remodels that I’ll begin

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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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