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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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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Interior Design

IKEA VIKTIGT Collection

The new IKEA VIKTIGT collection is delighting bloggers and designers all over the web. Designed by Ingegerd Råman, the collection of minimalist pieces is all about finding beauty in simplicity. The items are unified through a restrained palette of black, white and natural wood or fiber. They demonstrate an emphasis

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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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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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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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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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