You probably remember Jillian Harris as the star of ABC's The Bachelorette, but did you know that she is first and foremost a talented designer? We get to know the Canadian designer a little better as we ask her about her favourite stores, restaurants, movies as well her design aesthetic.
1 If you could shadow any designer for a day, who would it be?
Jillian Harris: Kelly Wearstler without a doubt!
2 Where do you look for an obscure source of inspiration?
JH: On the road. I always pull over to strange antique shops and trading posts.
3 Favourite restaurant?
JH: Of all time? Oh my gosh. I would say Mount Burgess Dining Room at the Emerald Lake Lodge in British Columbia.
4 What’s your favourite room to decorate?
JH: Patios! You can have so much fun with the outdoors.
5 What’s your current paint colour obsession?
JH: I have to admit cool blues, crisp greys and that smoky teal.
6 If one song could be the soundtrack to your life, what would it be?
JH: Ummm … Holding Out for Hero by Bonnie Tyler? Haha!
7 What’s the one store you could spend hours browsing?
JH: The Cross Décor in Vancouver. And I Do.
8 London, Paris or New York?
JH: Paris. I haven't been to London … yet! I love New York but it reminds me of work, and my time in Paris was cut short but I would love to go back, buy a little condo and just chill for a summer. Last time I was there on a layover, the fresh air smelled like fresh honey.
9 If money were no object, what one thing would you buy?
JH: A big cabin on a lake in the middle of nowhere (I will buy it one day!) I’d have goats, chickens and dogs. Boats, four-wheelers and lots of guest cabins for friends. Oh heck, a float plane too so I could pick everyone up on Friday!
10 What do you consider to be the most iconic design piece of the past century?
JH: I want to say the Louis chair since I use it in every design but I think that was designed in the 1800s. So, my next favorite is the Shell Fiberglass chair. If not, the toaster!