20 questions with Jillian Harris
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!
11 Favourite movie?
Jillian Harris: The Holiday and Dirty Dancing.
12 What’s your favourite movie interior?
JH: The little millhouse in The Holiday. Love that bathroom with the stone walls.
13 What do you think is the easiest way to update a room?
JH: Clean it. Most times we just need to purge and change things around. And guess what? It’s free! Another great idea is a new light fixture and new light bulbs. The right bulb can make a world of a difference. New knobs on ‘older’ furniture and a fresh coat of paint.
14 Best coffee table book?
JH: Kelly Wearslter’s Domicilium Decoratus - I don’t know what’s more beautiful … the interiors or her dresses.
15 What’s your fave way to spend a lazy Sunday?
JH: Sleeping in, gardening and having everyone over for dinner on the patio. If I’m in Kelowna, packing everyone up and going for a dip in the lake.
16 Do you like to be the entertainer or be entertained?
JH: Entertainer for sure! I LOVE cooking.
17 What do you think is the best renovation you can do to your home?
JH: The kitchen. An old shabby kitchen will bring down the home.
18 What is your fave space that you’ve designed?
JH: Pinky’s Steakhouse Yaletown in Vancouver. It’s not open any longer but it truly was a beautiful space and to this day is my favourite. Droopy pink chandeliers with Mooi shades, rich green velvet booths. Black Louis chairs and a very modern and glamorous patio complete with carrerra, shell chairs and black and white bold stripe exterior drapes.
19 What’s the biggest design faux pas?
JH: Buying a complete furniture set and not bringing your personality into a space.
20 Marilyn, Audrey or Jackie?
JH: Oooh ... Audrey! Marilyn’s a little too sassy, Jackie a little too by-the-book. Audrey’s a good mix between good girl and bad girl!
To take a peek at some of the rooms Jillian has designed, read about Jillian Harris' design inspiration.