Jillian Harris may have won over our hearts as The Bachelorette on the fifth season of the ABC franchise, but the Canadian interior decorator has been making an impressive name for herself in the design world on hit shows like Extreme Makeover: Home Edition ever since. Jillian is about to embark on yet another phase in her career as the host of Love It or List It Vancouver, premiering January 8th on the W Network. We had the chance to interview Jillian about series, and we’ll be running the full interview in the New Year. Until then, Jillian was nice enough to give us some of her holiday decorating tips for those of us on a budget.
1. Remember, Mom’s Got Those Old Decorations Somewhere!
“I’m raiding my Mom’s basement this year. I just bought a house, and I’m hosting Christmas up here in Kelowna. I have decided to do two Christmas trees, and I’ve got a fireplace, and I really want to overdo it, but since I’ve bought a house, I’m pretty much broke right now! I thought about all the trees that my Mom has done over the years. She’s got everything from old mercury glass, colourful, retro ornaments to — one year — she did a pink and pearl Christmas tree in the ’80s. I know she’s got a lot of ornaments for me to choose from! I went and bought a few staples that make up 20% of the things I need, and I’m just going to raid my Mom’s basement for the rest.”
[photo of Jillian Harris' fireplace from her blog post: Jilly's Extra-Day Extravaganza!]
2. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
“Not having to buy new ornaments every year is important. Last year, I just went with all golds and silvers and pewters and all metallics. This year, I’m doing the colours of a peacock or Tiffany colours — so teals, and blues and smokey greens. I’m going to re-use the golds and silvers to fill in so that the tree isn’t 100% saturated with colour. If you decide to go with a red or a blue or a purple tree, fill in with some of those neutrals and metallics.”
3. Do-It-Yourself Is Inexpensive, Fun & Trendy
“This year, my main tree is going to be really, really old school, like old antique cream ribbon. I was talking to my cousin Tori yesterday, and I said, ‘Remember, we used to actually cut oranges and dry them and use them as ornaments, and we used to do the cranberry and popcorn strings?’ I think right now one of the biggest trends in design is natural and organic and DIY — going back to using oranges, cranberries and popcorn, cinnamon sticks. I think it’s adorable.”
4. Burlap Can Look Expensive!
“Over my mantel, I prefer to go to the local nursery [for my garland] because the smell is so amazing. I intertwine that with old ribbon. If you can actually go to Wal-Mart or your local fabric store and get burlap fabric — it’s so inexpensive — and get a lighter coloured burlap and intertwine that into your garland, it gives a major rustic, country chic look for super cheap.
[The burlap wreath photo is from Jillian Harris' blog post on DIY: Holiday Burlap Wreath]
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Main Photo of Jillian Harris Courtesy of: W Network