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).

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