We made interior design our life’s work, so you wouldn’t have to.
When you embark on the process of remodeling your home or building a new one, there are a myriad of decisions that need to be made. We make sense of the madness with our thoughtful and systematic approach, so that you can breathe easier, knowing all those little details are taken care of.
Our first focus is always to create a functional and livable space plan, which we bring to life with architectural detailing and thoughtfully considered finishes. We approach your project from a holistic perspective with strong attention to how each room flows into the next. Our space planning and selection decisions are continually informed by the principles of design such as proportion, scale, balance, and form.
Interior design is a tough business, and it’s no place for egos. If you want a diva for an interior designer, you have come to the wrong place!
We can’t do this alone, and we don’t pretend we can. By working in concert with our clients, contractors, and vendors, we deliver exceptional results.
We have over ten years of experience and have built a team of qualified and dedicated vendors and trades that we rely upon to make us look good. We value our trade partners because without them, we couldn’t do what we do best.
When you hire us, we ask you to place enormous trust in us, and we promise to honor that faith throughout your project and our relationship with each other. We pledge to advocate for you and act in your best interest.
Sometimes that may mean telling you things you don’t want to hear. But, we believe that honest and open communication – on all sides – is critical to a successful working relationship.
We always start with function and follow with aesthetics. If a design doesn’t work (literally or figuratively), then it doesn’t matter how beautiful it is.
There are a lot of pretty pictures floating around on Pinterest that aren’t very practical for every day life. We begin every project not with inspiration photos but by asking how the space is going to be used 90% of time – as in how you live day to day.
Obviously, the end result will be beautiful, but it has to function for the long haul to meet our strict standards.
In building less square footage for the same budget and using the savings for architectural detailing, classic and durable finishes, and higher quality all around (ala The Not So Big House).
In designing for the life you live now and not some aspirational version of it. If you have dogs and kids, we want to help you create a home that works for them too.
That remodeling your house doesn’t have to suck. We want to make it as easy on you as possible, and if you trust us, it shouldn’t be too stressful. You might even have a little fun!
Jillian Lare is a native of North-Eastern Pennsylvania. She achieved a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University and spent her early career with Intel Corporation. During her time as an engineer, she honed the invaluable skills of critical thinking, project management, leadership, and effective communication, which she applies every day as an interior designer and entrepreneur.
Jillian made the switch from engineering to design in 2007 when she apprenticed with a local designer. Upon relocating to Des Moines, she enrolled in the MA of Interior Design program at Iowa State and graduated in 2013. She joined the faculty shortly after and served as an instructor for five years, specializing in residential design and visual and graphic communication. While teaching, she continued to design for clients. After the birth of her son in 2017, she took her design business full-time.
Jillian works on a variety of residential projects including new construction, kitchen remodels, decorating, and furnishings throughout the Des Moines area and with clients coast to coast. She resides in West Des Moines with her husband Keegan, a registered landscape architect, their son Ashton, and Labrador retriever
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