Guest Bathroom Mini-Makeover: It’s Finished!

We successfully completed about 95% of our guest bathroom makeover last week before we had guests arrive to spend the week-end. The plan was  to give this room a cosmetic face lift and keep the budget under $2000. You can read more about the project in these posts: Guest Bathroom

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Guest Bathroom Mini-Makeover Part 4: Design & Budget

It took me a little bit longer than I thought it would, but I finally came up with a specific budget and plan for the Guest Bathroom Mini-Makeover. I decided to go with the Anthropologie shower curtain because its color scheme connects well with the adjacent hallway and dining room

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A Page from My Sketchbook: View from the Back Deck

Today has been gorgeous…warm sunshine, a soft breeze. I spent most of the afternoon cleaning out my closet, sorting clothes into piles for consignment and good will. Relaxing on the deck with my watercolors and sketchbook seemed like the perfect way to wrap up the day. One of my goals

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Guest Bathroom Mini-Makeover Part 3: Defining the Concept

The next step in my guest bathroom’s mini-makeover is selecting a shower curtain to start as the jumping off point for the overall color scheme and concept. You can see in the before photos that the shower curtain takes up most of one wall. By choosing a colorful curtain with

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Guest Bathroom Mini-Makeover Part 2: The Inspiration

So, now that we’ve actually committed to giving the guest bathroom a makeover this summer, it’s time to come up with a plan. I have to be honest. When it comes to clients, this is my favorite part. Search for inspirational images, find a jumping off point, layer in all

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Guest Bathroom Mini-Makeover Part 1: Deciding to Do It

We’ve decided that it’s time to give our guest bathroom a mini-makeover. It’s definitely my least favorite room on the main floor of our house and frankly a little embarrassing. It’s in semi-original condition, which unfortunately does not mean “charming” or “vintage” but mostly just ugly and somewhat dysfunctional. It

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What I’m Into Lately – February 2014

February was a pretty big month for us. We celebrated our first anniversary with a delicious dinner at Cafe Di Scala in the Sherman Hills neighborhood of Des Moines. It was our first time eating there, and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Everything was amazing, and I wouldn’t hesitate to

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What I’m Into Lately – January 2014

I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep up my pace of reading throughout the year, since I read three of these books on the beach during one week, but I think a book a week is going to be a reasonable pace for me. After reading The Miracle

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Loving Your Sadness

I once read somewhere that you should never begin a blog post with mentioning how much time has passed since your last post and pretend like you never missed a beat. Generally, I would agree with that advice, but today I’m going to ignore it because I feel like I’ve

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Printstagram Prints Review

I’m not sure where exactly I learned about Prinstagr.am (probably on decor8), and then I was reminded of it via Pinterest a few months ago. So, when we got back from our honeymoon and were brainstorming belated favors/thank-yous to send to our guests, mini photo books were already floating around

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Why We Chose a Destination Wedding

One of the reasons for my long blog silence was that Keegan and I were planning a destination wedding in Mexico. We got married at an all-inclusive resort on the Riviera Maya on February 2nd. It wasn’t difficult for us to choose to have a destination wedding. I was married

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Wilco at the Adler Theater

As part of our Fourth of July celebration, Keegan and I drove out to Davenport, Iowa, on Tuesday to see Wilco play at the Adler Theater downtown. The band and setlist were phenomenal, as always, but for me, the set design really stole the show. During the opening act, we

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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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