FOR THE LOVE OF LAUNDRY
HGTV decor darling Jillian Harris takes some design chances in her laundry room
Jillian Harris’s laundry room is as pretty as Grand Central station – but only slightly less busy. The bustling hub also acts as a mud room, coat closet, dog-feeding station, gift-wrapping centre and storage spot, plus a passageway to the garage, pantry, powder room and one of the back doors.
While it’s the epitome of funtional, it’s also effortlessly charming – a lot like the bubbly co-star of HGTV’s Love It or List It Vancouver and W Network’s Jillian and Justin herself. Washed in a serene pale blue and accented with luxe marble and vintage elements, the stunning space almost makes doing laundry fun.
It’s so pretty that you’d never guess the inviting decor totally breaks the mould when it comes to Jillian’s style. In fact, the designer, based in Kelowna, B.C., is famous for creating white-on-white interiors. “My fiancé thought I was crazy to do something so different here. He was terrified I’d regret it,” she says with a laugh.
But Jillian was undaunted. “Prior to renovating this house, I got a lot of flak from my Instagram followers for using too much white,” says the Alberta native, who shares the 1980s house with her fiancé, Justin Pasutto, their son, Leo, who turns two in August, and their boxer, Nacho Cilantro. “So I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to go for something new!’”
To create the nostalgic look she wanted for the hard-working room, Jillian paired Shaker-style cabinetry in robin’s egg blue with retro accents like gold-toned hardware, a farmhouse sink with a gooseneck faucet and plenty of wicker baskets and lidded glass canisters. Even though it’s a departure from her usual all-white look, it works. “Our house is a little vintage, a little rustic Cape Cod,” she explains. “This room fits in thanks to the pale blue and gold, the louvred doors and the shiplap walls.”
Though Jillian loves the results, she does have one regret – which involves the kitchen, just upstairs from the laundry room: “I wish I’d put a pullout hamper in the kitchen,” she says. “I end up throwing dirty clothes down the stairs and having them pile up on the floor outside the laundry room.” Even the experts learn from their mistakes.
OPPOSITE Making sure the laundry room could also function as a chic mud room was as easy as adding a long Swedishstyle oak bench and a big hook for each member of the growing family.
LEFT Before this reno, designer and homeowner Jillian Harris had always bought budget-friendly prefinished cabinets at big-box stores, but this time she splurged on professional help and hired Clarice Maidment of Home Image Interiors to plan and design them. “Clarice measured everything, from how long my wrapping paper roll was to how many coats we needed to fit in the closet,” says Jillian. “Then, she tweaked the plan to fit it all perfectly.”
RIGHT A floral wrapping paper serves as a pretty decor element when fitted onto a dowel at the craft station; other gift-wrapping essentials can be found in nearby drawers. BELOW A wide window fills the space with daylight, making laundry chores much more pleasurable (hey, anything helps).
DESIGN, Jillian Harris, jillianharris.com; Simply White OC-117 WALL PAINT, Smoke 2122-40 CABINETRY PAINT, Benjamin Moore; custom CABINETRY DESIGN, Home Image Interiors; CABINETRY INSTALLATION, Kelowna Innovative Cabinets; CABINETRY HARDWARE, Emtek; SHIPLAP, Woodtone; marble WALL TILES, Olympia Tile + Stone; COUNTERTOP, Caesarstone Canada; SINK, FAUCET, Kohler; BENCH, Lakehouse; FLOOR TILES, Cement Tile Shop; SCONCE, Barn Light Electric; custom ROMAN SHADE, Q. Design. FOR SOURCES, SEE OUR WORKBOOK