Dec 27, 2013

Fall in love with your home again!

Some may recognize Jillian Harris as the leading lady on season five of The Bachelorette on ABC, but she’s been making huge strides in the design world long before her first television appearance. Following The Bachelorette, Jillian was offered a place on the design team of Extreme Makeover Home Edition, which she describes as a “dream come true.” Currently, Jillian is the co-host and head designer on HGTV’s Love it or List it Too, where she transforms everyday homes into a family’s dream home.

Getting to know Jillian

Q: When did your interest in home design begin?
A: When I was young, my mom, who has the ultimate eye for design, took me antiquing all the time. My obsession with vintage details and interiors grew from assisting my mom in her own antique store. As I got older, I worked under very influential people in the design world who taught me the value of great design.

Q: Can you describe your design style?
A: I love making a space feel “YOU.” Your room should not be a space that only embodies a design theory or new trend. A room’s design should be about the person who lives in it, his or her experiences, and passions in life.

Q: What are the top 4 design trends of 2014?
A:  Mixing metals
      Antique furniture
      Whites, creams, and gold!

Q: What is one piece of advice you would like the Home Show audience to walk away with after your seminar?
A: Forget about the rules and popular trends—your home is YOUR home. The things you love and the things you connect to should fill your space, not someone else’s style on the front cover of a magazine.

Don’t miss Jillian Harris on the Design Stage on Friday, January 10 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, January 11 at 2 p.m. She will discuss the best ways to tie a beautiful space together naturally and cost effectively.