About Jillian Lare
Des Moines Interior Designer
Welcome! I am a Des Moines interior designer specializing in kitchen design and bathroom design as well as new construction homes. With over ten years of experience, I have developed a systematic approach to guide clients through the remodeling and construction process. My first focus is always to create a functional and livable space plan, which I bring to life with architectural detailing and thoughtfully considered finishes. I approach my projects from a holistic perspective with strong attention to how each room flows into the next. I am continually referencing the principles of design such as proportion, scale, balance, and form in my space planning and selections.
I believe that design is a team sport and feel fortunate to partner with some of the best contractors and tradespeople in Des Moines. I feel most in my zone while on the job site brainstorming creative solutions to the inevitable remodeling challenges with the other contractors and vendors. I serve clients throughout the Des Moines metropolitan area including South of Grand, Waterbury, Clive, Grimes, Urbandale, Waukee, and Johnston. In addition, I have designed projects in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and as far away as Vancouver, British Columbia.
A native of Northeastern Pennsylvania, I began honing my creative abilities from an early age. I studied watercolor and oil painting from sixth grade into college. Although I always assumed that I would major in fine arts, I ultimately obtained my Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University, a nationally ranked program. I spent my early career with Intel Corporation, which afforded me the life-changing experience of living in Albuquerque, San Francisco, Portland and Phoenix over six short years. During my time as an engineer, I honed the invaluable skills of critical thinking, project management, leadership, and effective communication, which I apply every day as an interior designer.
Eventually, I returned to my hometown and purchased a 1922 Four Square right next door to my parents, which I designed and remodeled from top to bottom. When the opportunity arose to apprentice for a local interior designer, I jumped in with both feet and never looked back.
In 2008, I relocated to Des Moines to be with my now-husband and enrolled in the Masters of Interior Design program at Iowa State. I focused my studies on visual communication and color theory, which have strong roots in my painting practice. After receiving my MA in 2013, I joined the faculty as a lecturer and taught Sophomore and Junior level students in the accredited program for five years. I am incredibly passionate about education and teaching and enjoy being connected with the next wave of interior design professionals.
I balance my design clients and students with my new baby, husband Keegan, a registered landscape architect with Ted Lare Design Build, and Labrador retriever Booker. In my free time, I enjoy blogging, reading historical fiction, watercolors, and making jewelry.