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My Passion for Design

Hi there, I am Karen Miller, owner of Miller Design Group – Decorating Den Interiors and I’m excited to get to know you. Interior design and decorating have been my passion for longer than I can remember, or longer than I’ll ever admit. I was the child forever rearranging not only my bedroom, but any other room I could add my decorating point of view. Years later (we won’t say how many), that passion has never faded. In the past, I’ve worked with a large Chicagoland residential developer assisting clients in selecting floor plans and design finishes, consulted on home building designs, and advised family and friends on creating rooms that reflect their style. For me, there is nothing better than working with my clients to help them make their home and lives more beautiful. I firmly believe you should Love Where You Live!

My other great passions include my wonderful husband, you can affectionately call him Jimmy, and my two boys Max and Teddy – which just happen to be Golden Retrievers, and my security staff.

I feel that design is personal and that your home should express YOUR tastes and support YOUR lifestyle, the whole process should be easy and enjoyable. My initial consultation is complimentary, that is our time for me to get to know you, your style preferences and understand your vision – because the design is about you.

When I return to your home with the design, I will show you samples that relate to the scope of your project. Be it custom window treatments, bedding ensembles, floor covering, wall covering, accessories, lighting, upholstered furniture and case-goods, I bring the samples to you with a cohesive look, so you don’t have to run around town trying to piece your design together. And, because pets are my other passion, I also specialize in creating pet-friendly homes that are functional and beautiful.

Rachel Van Wyk, ASID

Assistant Designer

Rachel has always had a flair for the creative and a passion for color and design. From a very young age, she was drawing houses, landscapes, and even animals. Growing up in Sully, Rachel’s creativity was channeled as her mom’s little helper with remodeling projects around their farmhouse, fortunately, her mother didn’t mind when the furniture was constantly being rearranged. As a young adult, Rachel’s creative imagination and passion for design took over which soon led to bigger projects, such as refinishing furniture. She still enjoys seeing the transformation of something old becoming new again and the occasional refurbishing project.

Rachel is passionate about stunning residential interiors with a timeless design. With a BA in Interior Design from Iowa State University and a well detail-oriented mind that has allowed her to develop a unique style of her own. Her style is recognized for pops of colors and prints, a mixture of finishes and textures, and functional layouts. She continually strives on building relationships with her clients to be able to reflect her designs on their lifestyle and being sure their home becomes their happy place. “A home a special place”, Rachel says, “and should be the place you look forward to going to at the end of the day”.

My clients have expressed that they like working with an interior decorator who doesn’t charge a design fee. In my business, I pride myself on my ability to work within my clients’ budgets and with their style preferences, while they pay only for the products they select. No project is too big or too small. And we don’t have to do it all at once- creating a home you love takes time. We’ll work together to create a plan based on your budget and your time frame. I look forward to working with you!

Miller is a Certified Interior Decorator and has received her Professional Design School certification from Decorating Den Interiors. She believes in being involved and supports a variety of organizations in the Des Moines area, a few are: Children and Family Urban Movement (CFUM), United Way, Oakridge Community, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. Miller is very proud to call Iowa home for the past 9 years. Miller Design Group serves Polk and Story Counties including the Ankeny, Waukee, West Des Moines, Johnston, Grimes, Urbandale, Des Moines, Beaverdale, Clive, Altoona, Polk City and Ames, Iowa areas.

A bit more about me: I love anything outdoors; gardening, snowmobiling, skiing, hiking, boating, sailing, swimming, working out, yoga, and traveling. And when not binging on HGTV, you can find me watching the Food Network because I love to cook too!