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