Benjamin Moore Classic Gray Walls White Dove Trim
Remodeling

The Best Light Gray Paint Colors for Walls

This post was originally published in March 2015. It was updated in February 2020 to reflect my new favorite light gray paint colors for a fresh and updated interior. The gray paint trend is still going strong, and I am often asked about my favorite light gray paint colors for

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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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Master Bathroom Remodel - Photo by Cassandra Monroe
Our House

My Master Bathroom Before and After

I’m very excited to finally share our master bathroom before and after photos. We have enjoyed every minute of using the new space for the past year. It was a tough decision to pull the trigger on such a big project because we’ve put quite a bit of money into our

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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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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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