How to Incorporate Vintage Into Your Kitchen

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Jillian Harris

Jillian Harris is an interior designer who first charmed us with her irrepressible humour on The Bachelor. She was a designer on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and currently is a co-host on Love it or List it Vancouver. Jillian jets between the U.S. and Canada to run her firm Jillian Harris Design.

This week you asked Jillian about incorporating vintage into your kitchen.
See her answers here.


  1. Hi Jillian-I absolutely adore you and your style!! i just redid my kitchen in wood floors, white cabinets and carrera marble: v. fresh and natural..but I am stuck on window treatment. I just can’t seem to find a window treatment I like that will fit the simplicity I’m looking for, but in the afternoons, the light is really too much. I would love to do something kind of rustic and old-timey, but everything seems too stuffy or outdated…any tips on where to look for creative sun solutions?

  2. I am looking for advice on how to decorate walls in out home, we have plenty of vaulted ceilings and I am unsure on what works or looks good? Thanks.

  3. Hi Jillian, I have a 1940’s house and want to keep its charm. But I’m not sure what 1940’s style really is! Are the specific colors I should use in my kitchen? Any light fixtures that I can get? Help!

  4. Hi Jillian! I would love to have a more vintage feel to my kitchen but trying to do a big redecorating effort is just too overwhelming. Are there some small projects I can do to add a vintage feel to my kitchen?

  5. Hi Jillian! You are one of my favorite interior designers đŸ™‚ I love your work & your style! This question isn’t about vintage kitchens but I really wanted to ask you where you went to college? I am thinking about becoming an interior designer, but I don’t know where to go to school! If you could answer my question I would be so grateful:) Thanks Jillian, your the best!

  6. Hi Jillian! I have a small kitchen. Love everything vintage. Do you think a bakers rack or a ceiling rack for pots and pans would look nice. I now have a rolling cart. Do you think wooden floors is practical in the kitchen? I have vinyl now and desperately want dark wood to make it look cozy. Love your show and website. Thank you in advance!

  7. I’m obsessed with your feed bag pillows on your website! Where did you get them? What is your favorite place to buy pillows?

  8. Hey Jillian! We are renovating a 50’s bungalow rental in Florida. It’s very “madmen” meets beach house. We can only afford a pull and replace kitchen and the cabinets will be painted white. I need a countertop suggestion that will work with this open concept space including the pink marble floors :-). Check the house out at vrbo 75009

  9. We’re building a new contemporary home with a very open concept floor plan and I want to use mixed cabinets in the kitchen. The floors are oak and will probably have a light stain. Doors and windows are fir, also lightly stained. Appliances are stainless and the raised bar counter will be dark grey ( charcoal) stained wood, maybe maple. Countertops will most likely be granite or quartz in some variation of grey.
    I think I’d like the cabinets to be a mix of medium grey, stained or painted and some sort of linear grain wood, lightly stained, maybe vg fir or rift sawn oak. HELP, I can’t decide which should go where and any suggestions on countertop choice? Thanks!

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