Life

The One Article That Changed My Life 13 Years Later

In 2003, I was living in the lower Pac-Heights neighborhood of San Francisco with my then-fiancee. Every day, we woke up at 5:30 AM, walked the dog (in the dark) up to Alta Plaza Park, got dressed and drove 45 miles south to Santa Clara in stop and go traffic.

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Books and Reading

Book Review: Styled by Emily Henderson

My interior design mentors have all espoused the necessity of building a strong design library, and over the past few years, I’ve been making a conscious effort to invest in growing my personal design library with books by my favorite designers. I especially love when I can support a designer, like

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Books I’ve Read in 2015 – Fall Update

It’s been quite a while since I posted about what I’ve been reading this year. Truthfully, the amount I’ve been reading slowed quite a bit over the summer, and I haven’t been reading quite as much as I had been before. I spent most of July re-reading the Kent Family

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Books I’ve Read in 2015 – June

I averaged a book a week during June, which wasn’t too bad considering I went on vacation for a week and didn’t read at all while I was gone. I decided to revisit some old favorites and relied heavily on Amazon recommendations. The Color of Secrets by Lindsay Ashford I

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Master Bath Remodel Part 2 – Inspiration & Concept

Today I’m going to share my inspiration for our master bathroom and the style plan that I eventually developed. I focus primarily on kitchen and bathroom designs when I take on clients, so I tend to collect a lot of images of those rooms on Pinterest. When I was ready

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Books I’ve Read in 2015 – March through May

I’m a little behind in updating this series on books I’ve read so far this year. One reason is that I really haven’t been reading as many new books. Instead, I’ve been rereading books that I wanted to further absorb, and I wasn’t sure if they really should count or not. I’ve

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Master Bath Remodel Part 1

After over four years of living with our outdated, decaying, moldy master bathroom, we’ve decided to take the plunge and do a full remodel. I have done absolutely nothing to this space since we moved in because, in my mind, it was always a hopeless situation. There is bad tile on

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Friday Quotes: Jack Canfield – The Power of Focus

I think this is a very important distinction to keep in mind whenever we’re trying to accomplish something really big or nurturing a dream way beyond our current reality. I know if I didn’t believe in this I would have given up on many goals long ago.

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Books I Read – February 2015

In 2015, I will be sharing monthly the books I’ve read in the past month as well as the books I’m planning to read in the current month. My goal is to read or listen to 100 books in 2015. In 2014, I listened to and read approximately 60 books,

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Books I Read – January 2015

In 2015, I will be sharing monthly the books I’ve read in the past month as well as the books I’m planning to read in the current month. My goal is to read or listen to 100 books in 2015. In 2014, I listened to and read approximately 60 books,

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Cultivating a Habit of Gratitude Year Round

It’s Thanksgiving, and that means that many people are taking a moment to reflect on what they are grateful for this year and in their life in general. I’ve never really enjoyed the habit of going around the Thanksgiving table to publicly announce what we’re grateful for. I expect it

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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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