• Sep 09

    5 Tips for Keeping Your Fall Garden Beautiful & Abundant

    September 9, 2013 • 11:45 am

    Fall really is one of my favourite times of year - I love the crispiness in the air, the general slowdown in the world, the changing and darkening colours of the leaves and the skies, and - of course - the delicious fall food!! I'm so excited for the yams, pumpkins, eggplants, kale and more!! So, all you summer-lovers, don't think of fall as the end, but just embrace it for all its glory!!

    For the first time ever, I feel like I actually have a good hold on my garden and am prepared for this transition thanks to the gardening gurus at Mae's Landscaping. As you know, I like to have a LOT on my plate (actual & metaphorical), so these wonderful gardening experts, Stephanie & Michelle, who helped me overhaul my garden in the spring (photo below) came back to help me again - thank you, ladies, for all your help and wonderful tips!!! Keep reading for the AWESOME TIPS they shared with me for keeping my fall garden in tip-top shape.

    Cheers & happy gardening!!

    xo Jilly

    FALL GARDEN TIPS by Mae's Landscaping

    Tip 1:  Spruce up the annuals in your garden with fall plantings such as chrysanthemums and ornamental kale.  

    Tip 2:  Take a moment to reflect on your garden this season, deciding the bare spots this year and take pictures to help you make an outline for what annuals and perennials to plant  next spring that will put on a show of colour for the fall season next year.

    Tip 3:  Fall is the time to change the color of your hydrangeas for next season.  You can amend the soil with lime to make the flower color lighter or aluminum to make the flower color darker.  It's easier to change the color from light to darker rather than dark to light. When drying flowers for arrangements, a darker color will not fade as much when dried out. 

    Tip 4: Get your compost pile emptied and ready for winter scraps by putting the compost you made this summer around your trees and shrubs as a winter mulch.  It will give nutrients from now until you cultivate the garden in the spring.

    Tip 5: Winter mulch perennials that are vulnerable to spring frosts such as hostas and lilies with the leaves that fall from deciduous trees to protect the new growth next spring from unexpected frost which ruins the tips of the leaves all season long. When the temperature no longer threatens frost through the night you can remove composting leaves and bury them in your garden to feed your soil even more.

    Photo credit: Sharla Pike

  • Sep 03

    Love It Or List It Vancouver: TOKIKO and JAMES

    September 3, 2013 • 11:00 am

    Did you watch Love it or List It Vancouver last night???

    Despite all the bumps on the road, the new and improved Love it or List It Design Team manage to give Tokito and James a fabulous reno.

    Tokiko wanted bright red or a coral red incorporated into her bedroom. Usually, I stay away from those colors - especially in the bedroom! - but with the help of a couple Homesense accent pillows and some Ikea artwork and accessories, we incorporated her wish and I ended up LOVING it. I love being challenged to do things out of my comfort zone!!


    Round Seashell Mirror | Pier One Coral Lamp  | Big Ben Clock | Olivier French Country | Wing Back Flared Arm Chair  | Accent White Woor Carved Top Sofa Console Table  | IKEA Prints | Copper Vintage Float  | IKEA Red Tin Vases

    Now, the little girl’s bedroom is another success story. I wanted to truly give her a dream little girl’s room since she had always shared a bedroom with her brother. But, she owned a black leather biker jacket!!! How cool is that!!! I couldn’t ignore this fact and in order not to over saturate the sweetness we balanced it with some black accents, including the jacket, and it gave it such an edge! Her coolness was the true inspiration for this room and she really loved it.

    Check more images and “shop the show” over on the W Network website. Also if you missed last night's episode you can view it here

    So… I am not giving it away, did Tokiko and James Love It or List It?

    New episodes of Love it or List It Vancouver started airing last night. Tune in to watch Mondays 10pm E/P on W Network. I will be featuring my favourite rooms from the show right here.

    xo Jilly

    Photo credit: Janis Nicolay

  • Sep 02

    A Unique Ensuite

    September 2, 2013 • 1:15 pm

    I’ll start with the best part: THIS HOUSE COULD BE YOURS!!!…

    This will be the last room I feature on JillianHarris.com before I hand out this beautiful home to one lucky winner… and OMG!!! I am so excited!!!

    Endings remind me of beginnings and I remember there was one thing that was clear to me from the moment I started planning and designing this house: I desperately wanted a black and white claw foot tub. I was so obsessed with having this tub that it became the center inspiration for the entire home.


    The pairing of black and white is so classic and so crisp and clean, it’s no wonder it works fantastic in a bathroom. After all, where else is that clean stark feeling more essential? It’s also a fairly easy and affordable combination thanks to the fact that most bathroom fixtures are the cheapest and look best in white. And the black can easily be incorporated with paint. Sprinkle with shiny metals, and then you can have a romantic bathroom escape.

    Photo Credits: Teresa Corsie


    Tickets are on sale now!  This is BC’s most affordable home lottery. The draw for the home is on September 5th.You can buy tickets online at:  www.pneprizehome.ca or call 1-877-946-4663. They are: 5 tickets for $25 or 15 for $50. For rules of play and rules pertaining to the vehicle prizes, visit http://www.pneprizehome.ca/

  • Aug 27

    How to Stylishly Stretch Your Flex Space

    August 27, 2013 • 10:00 am

    Sometimes when I need inspiration for a project I'm working on or even for updating my own home, I do what I know SO many of you do too.... I go on Pinterest!! Honestly, I have a hard time remembering what my life was like before Pinterest... and I definitely wouldn't want to go there!!! Google images?? That's SO 2011....

    I recently came across the image above of this super contemporary, simple, chic, & eclectic room and just FELL IN LOVE. It's more difficult than it seems to keep clean lines & simple modern shapes feeling as warm & inviting as this room looks. Props to one hell of a designer!!

    The best thing about this look, however, is not necessarily the jaw-dropping vaulted ceilings (although they are amazing)... it's actually just in the small little details and the well thought-out pieces. I wanted to share with you some inspiration on how to create a VERY similar look for a room in everyone's home that can use a little work... the flex room!! THINK: guest room meets TV room meets library, and all of a sudden you have an incredible place in which you're proud to put your house guests AND have a little sanctuary to truly enjoy the other 360 days of the year!!

    To build this look I decided to keep it easy for you, so I've created a one-stop-shop & pulled most of these gorgeous pieces from one of my favourite design stores, Moe's. Moe's is awesome because they really embrace the idea of FORM & FUNCTION. They have pieces that can truly be used & loved throughout the years, but that also make a stylish statement... equally as important if you ask me!! ;)


    Here's the D-L to keep in mind.

    Convert that couch. Most of the time, you'll probably want a cute contemporary couch for your flex room for some tube time & reading time, but why not make it convertible into a bed?? Same space, double the use. I love the simple details of this one (4). 

    Go au natural. The natural wood fibres of the bookshelf (3), side tables (6), and TV console (9) do double duty to add warmth to the space while being - of course! - very functional for storage and to display your library, knick knackery, and some greenery (7). 

    Don't skimp on the details. From this stunning pendant light (2) to the funky buffalo sculpture (1) to the simple & surprising abstract art (5) to the colourful throw cushions (8), this room really comes together in the care taken selecting these much needed artistic elements. Don't be tempted to settle for bare walls, a boring old light fixture, and some worn out couch cushions.... every space deserves some true artistic love!!

    xo Jilly

  • Aug 26

    A Living Room Beyond My Expectations

    August 26, 2013 • 11:00 am

    I always have a clear idea of what I want, but I never know what the end result is really going to look like... you plan for the best, and sometimes - just sometimes! - the result is better than what can be imagined. With the PNE Prize Home living room, this was exactly the case! ...and I couldn’t be more satisfied. 

    Accessories really can make or break a room... and it is really the tiny details that completed this to perfection. Some vintage books here, some apothecary jars there, a silver tray, a throw... you take these things away and the result just wouldn’t be the same. This gorgeous room is fresh, crisp and airy, classy, vintage, and timeless all at once! Do you love it as much as I do???

    Check my other favourite rooms at this year’s PNE Prize Home: The Kitchen & The Powder Room


    1. Vintage books - options at charlieford.com

    2. Bench - Homesense

    3. Apothecary jars - Homesense

    4. Ikea throw

    5. Silver tray - options at charlieford.com

    6. Coffee table - Lane furniture

    7. Chesterfield sofa - Lane furniture


    Tickets are on sale now!  This is BC’s most affordable home lottery. The draw for the home is on September 5th.You can buy tickets online at:  www.pneprizehome.ca  or call 1-877-946-4663. They are: 5 tickets for $25 or 15 for $50. For rules of play and rules pertaining to the vehicle prizes, visit http://www.pneprizehome.ca/

  • Aug 19

    The Perfect Powder Room

    August 19, 2013 • 10:50 am

    Apart from the stunning black and white kitchen in this years PNE Prize Home, one of my other favorite rooms in this house is also one of the smallest: the powder room! My plan was for it to be fresh, crisp & clean, yet still very elegant. And with the help of an amazing diamond shaped tile that I came upon and a bold touch of black, I think it turned out perfectly!!

    I don’t use pedestal sinks often because of their lack of storage and counter space but in a powder room, that really doesn’t matter... powder doesn't take up that much room!!! ;) They are an affordable option and have an antique flair to them - obviously something that I adore!!!

    Here some key pieces to get the look for your own powder room!

    1. Art - 1 & 2

    2. Sink

    3. Wall Sconce

    4. Mirror

    And - as always - don’t forget a touch of black! Whoever told you ANYTHING was the 'new black' is a liar.... she shall never be replaced!!

    I'd love to hear from you! What design elements would be most important to you in your dream powder room??

    xo Jilly

    Tickets are on sale now!  This is BC’s most affordable home lottery. The draw for the home is on September 5th.You can buy tickets online at: www.pneprizehome.ca  or call 1-877-946-4663. They are: 5 tickets for $25 or 15 for $50

    For rules of play & rules pertaining to the vehicle prizes, visit http://www.pneprizehome.ca/