Designer Spotlight: Jillian Harris

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If Jillian Harris knows one thing about design, it’s how to create spaces that are bright, airy, and full of personality. The Vancouver based celebrity interior designer’s knack for transforming uninspired rooms into stunning spaces isn’t just limited to her projects on TV, à la Love It or List It Vancouver and Extreme Makeover Home Edition—Harris consistently delivers classic looks that are inviting conversation starters. Through her firm, Jillian Harris Design Inc., the tastemaker crafts spaces that are confident and polished, while remaining personable and stylish.

Beachy Chic

Beachy Interior
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Even a landlocked pad can get a dose of coastal cool with the elements featured in this design. Showcased on an episode of Love It or List It Vancouver, this open living space flawlessly blends tans, teals, and greys, while the wood dining table, white chairs, and paneled flooring give off the quintessential kick-back beach bungalow vibe. Recreating this look is easier than you’d think—simply stick to a color palette of pale blues, incorporate wood details, avoid harsh – bold – colors, and overly-styled furnishings.

Couture Meets Décor

Clothing as Decor
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Got a killer dress that you will never wear again? Use it as part of your décor! For her own bedroom, Jillian uses a lovely frock as part of the room’s accents, which is a great way to emphasize your personal style throughout the space. Letting your wardrobe double as artwork could also inspire a color and design scheme that you may not have originally envisioned for the space; so, if you’re in a decorating slump, hit the closet! That bridesmaid dress may come in handy after all…

Lines and Lullabies

Baby Crib
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Who says nurseries have to be drenched in pastels? For this gender-neutral nursery, Jillian teamed up with fellow designer Dana Valeria to create a modern room that was full of style, without being to distracting. A chevron print and black and white accent wall give attitude, which is balanced out by the traditional white picture frames, tented crib, and rocking chair.

Ask Jillian Harris a Question!

This week Jillian will be participating on Ask an Expert answering design questions about incorporating vintage into your kitchen. Ask her a question here.

Kitchen Design

Image:This huge antique buffet was repurposed as an island to insert a one-of-a-kind vintage charm into the kitchen. Readers can get the look by installing a stone countertop, for easier cooking and cleaning, onto a unique vintage piece.

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