Photo Gallery: Jillian Harris’s Vintage-Inspired Style
Learn the designer’s recipe for romantic spaces.
The living room in Jillian Harris’s Kelowna home exudes the designer’s style: pretty and eclectic — with lots of white. “It’s my favorite shade,” says Harris. The room has a mix of antique and contemporary elements. “I love the contrast between the vintage gilt mirror and the modern orb chandelier,” adds Harris.
The designer acheived this look by mixing fresh, modern furniture with vintage pieces such as antique books and a trinket box. “I picked up that little box from this adorable little shop I discovered while on an awesome road trip,” says Harris. Harris has collected a bunch of similar pieces for CharlieFord.com. “My favourite is this funky little Art Nouveau tin box dated around 1910.”
“If there’s two things I’m as equally obsessed with as white, it’s antique Japanese glass fishing floats and beautiful old books, so naturally I had to style a shoot using all three!” says Harris. Weathered tomes and antique buoys give a sense of history and add depth to a white space.
This fireplace is no longer in use, but Harris chose to make it a beautiful focal point. She stacked books and knick-knacks inside, placed an antique armchair beside it as a cosy reading spot, and accessorized with masculine accents.
Harris’s client didn’t want anything too feminine in this room, and the designer was thrilled at the opportunity to let her country roots shine. An antique brass alarm clock and wrought iron bed frame are timeless and elegant, says Harris. The woven rope lamp is another fun country piece, she notes. “Its adds a beautiful elemental contrast to the warm wood of the side table and metallic timekeeper.”
This luxe quilted headboard is unexpected in a sapphire blue. “Talk about colour heaven!” says Harris. “It’s balanced by a creamy mint wall colour, and I love the caged crystal chandelier!”
“I love the sleek contemporary pieces filled out with gorgeous statement antiques,” says Harris. Dark walls and panelling make the accessories pop. Bookcases are the perfect medium to show off cool knick-knacks and conversation starters, adds Harris.
“My goal here was to create the ultimate cosy country inn feel: think weathered pieces with plenty of character,” says Harris. An antique metal pitcher, like this statement piece we have on CharlieFord.com right now, doubles as a flower vase, while dainty antique teacups look aristocratic, notes Harris. “This look is so posh!”
Wood and wicker elements, warm up a white space. A drippy antique chandelier adds the perfect amount of personality, says Harris. “Freshly cut flowers are always a nice touch, too!” adds the designer.
“Nothing says relaxation like a pristine white oasis where you can get away from it all,” says Harris. “Don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to bathroom decorating. Forget bare walls and boring beach shells! I went with antique books and a fun, modern chair,” adds the designer.