After the Rain…

I love this time of year because I never get tired of photographing our beautiful Iowa landscape and the plethora of colorful perennials that are in bloom throughout the summer. Yesterday, we were fortunate to have an afternoon thunderstorm that left us with a hazy sky and all of the flowers

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Vintage Ceramic Planters

Last summer, I developed a little addiction to collecting vintage ceramic planters. I added three new pieces to my collection on Friday and planted the two smaller ones with baby begonias purchased at Seed. That yellow hue makes me happy every time I catch a glimpse of it. As much

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Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

I thought the most difficult challenge to giving up grain would be missing pasta, and, to some extent, it has. At first, I wondered what on earth I would eat if I couldn’t enjoy varying forms of pasta with red sauce (or fettucini alfredo or penne tossed with roasted vegetables

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Iowa Nice: Why I Love Living Here

Last week, I happened to stumble upon Stephen Bloom’s December 9th opinion piece on The Atlantic website about rural Iowa, which has garnered much attention, mostly negative, including from his own colleagues and the University of Iowa President. It was so fantastically stereotypical, out of touch and just plain wrong

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Dining Room Progress

We moved into this house and March, and the dining room has been our last big project. We added the wood floors – along with the living room and hallway – right away, and Keegan ripped out some shelves around the sliding door. But, then we didn’t do anything to

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The Art of Authenticity

The New York Times recently published an article by Emily Weinstein titled All That Authenticity May Be Getting Old. The image at the top of the page was a collage of products that I instantly recognized – an owl mug from West Elm, feed sack pillows, rusty gears as art,

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Long Week-end in Southeast Iowa

We spent the last four days semi-camping on the southern side of Lake Sugema outside of Keosauqua in Southeast Iowa. We roasted hot dogs and s’mores over a campfire, went for hikes in Lacy Keosauqua State Park and explored the little villages of Van Buren County. It was quiet and

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Week-end

Some images from the second half of my week-end, in stark comparison to the cold and rain at the Iowa State game on Saturday night… I have really small toes.

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Life

Susquehanna River Kayak Trip

This space has been quiet for the past two weeks because I traveled back to Pennsylvania (by way of Baltimore) to visit with family and friends for ten days. This is the longest vacation I’ve taken in years, and it was really nice to do nothing but spend time with

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Porch Decor Inspiration on Pinterest

Pinterest via Senseless Sophistication One project that we’re planning to tackle in the near future is the hideous three season room which occupies one corner of our house. It was definitely an after-thought, and a very misguided one at that, added on some point after the house was built. Since

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What I’m into…

Cooking… Homemade Pizza. I know it’s not Primal Blueprint or even gluten free, but really, what is life without pizza? The second pie we made flattened like a dream for a thin crispy crust. We topped it with a deliciously rich gouda from TJ’s made with the first milk of

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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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