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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Kitchen Design

Kitchen Refresh vs. Kitchen Remodel – How to Decide

I consult with clients every year who are trying to answer the question: do I completely remodel my kitchen or refresh my kitchen without remodeling? It’s a very common dilemma especially when budget and home value are primary considerations. First, what is the difference between remodeling a kitchen and refreshing

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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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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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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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