De­signer talks dec­o­rat­ing

Vancouver Sun - - YOU - ALEESHA HAR­RIS ahar­ris@post­media.com

If you’re hop­ing to have a very haute hol­i­day filled with cute and cov­etable items, Jil­lian Har­ris has just the col­lec­tion for you.

The life­style guru and in­te­rior de­signer part­nered with the on­line des­ti­na­tion Etsy Canada to hand-pick nine Cana­dian “mak­ers,” ask­ing each one to cre­ate a piece for her hol­i­day re­lease.

The lim­ited-edi­tion launch in­cludes items for the home (in­clud­ing a chunky knit throw and porce­lain plates) and your closet (in­clud­ing the per­fect red party dress from B.C.-based de­signer Emma Knud­sen).

The new mom and all-around tastemaker took a break to chat briefly with Post­media News about the launch, the prod­ucts and her hol­i­day plans for this year’s fes­tiv­i­ties.

Q How did this col­lab­o­ra­tion come about?

A I’ve part­nered with Etsy in the past, and it’s al­ways been such a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence. I re­ally like work­ing with the mak­ers. Last year, the Etsy team ap­proached me with the idea of col­lab­o­rat­ing with nine Cana­dian Etsy mak­ers for a lim­it­ededi­tion hol­i­day col­lec­tion, and I im­me­di­ately wanted to be a part of it.

Fast for­ward a year and mul­ti­ple calls, emails and re­vi­sions later, and we’re fi­nally here watch­ing it all come to fruition.

I love Etsy and I love the hol­i­days, so nat­u­rally, it’s a fit. I’m a huge fan of sup­port­ing small, lo­cal busi­ness, and that’s what Etsy is all about. I think there is some­thing spe­cial about the hol­i­days, so it seemed to tie the two to­gether per­fectly.

Q How did you se­lect the brands/prod­ucts to in­clude?

A I’ve al­ways had a run­ning list of my favourite Etsy mak­ers, so I al­ready had some in mind.

The Etsy team had also cu­rated a list of many Cana­dian Etsy mak­ers who were not only mak­ing qual­ity prod­ucts, but they were also in great stand­ing when it came to the run­ning of their Etsy shops and could fit with our hol­i­day theme.

We com­pared the two lists, se­lected the ones we had in com­mon right away and then re­searched the oth­ers to find the per­fect fit to match my style and es­thetic.

Q Which item(s) do you an­tic­i­pate be­ing the most pop­u­lar? A We’ve had a lot of ex­cite­ment

over the cro­cheted hats; they’re per­fect for the up­com­ing hol­i­day sea­son, and they have adult and baby sizes, so they are great for “Mommy & Me” match­ing out­fits or gifts. The pil­low cases and can­dle have also been stir­ring up in­ter­est.

Q Which is your ab­so­lute favourite?

A This is a tough ques­tion be­cause I love each and ev­ery item. They all bring some­thing dif­fer­ent to the ta­ble and each of them em­brace the hol­i­days in their own unique way.

When it comes to cosy­ing up, the knit blan­ket is amaz­ing; if you’re hav­ing com­pany over the hol­i­days the ce­ramic mugs, salad plates, and shal­low bowls along with the white­washed char­cu­terie board are fan­tas­tic for en­ter­tain­ing. But then there’s also the Jilly Dress, and the slouchy se­quin clutch which are per­fect for dress­ing up for hol­i­day par­ties, along with the heart check dog col­lar and bow.

Q What’s your favourite part about the hol­i­day sea­son?

A Ev­ery­thing. I love dec­o­rat­ing my home and play­ing my favourite Christ­mas mu­sic. I love be­ing sur­rounded by fam­ily and friends and just em­brac­ing ev­ery lit­tle bit about this mag­i­cal sea­son.

Q And your fon­d­est hol­i­day mem­ory? A We’ve al­ways had big hol­i­day

get-to­geth­ers in our fam­ily, so that has al­ways been some­thing I look for­ward to. Justin and

I also got en­gaged on Christ­mas morn­ing a cou­ple of years ago ... and now we have Leo and An­nie and Na­cho — so, I think some of my fon­d­est mem­o­ries are yet to come.

Q Lastly, how can we ex­pect to see you spend­ing the hol­i­days this sea­son through your so­cial channels/site?

A We are head­ing to Cal­gary to spend Christ­mas with Justin’s fam­ily this year, and then we will be pack­ing the kids off and head­ing to Ari­zona to spend NYE with my mom and dad.

Life­style guru and in­te­rior de­signer Jil­lian Har­ris part­nered with Etsy Canada to hand-pick a lim­ited-edi­tion hol­i­day col­lec­tion.

A chunky knit throw from the Jil­lian Har­ris x Etsy Canada col­lec­tion.

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