Jun 24

Homeowners and the Dreaded Reno

Jillian Harris, co-host of LOVE IT or LIST IT VANCOUVER and designer of the 2013 PNE Prize Home, is no stranger to the enormous job that any home renovation can become. Currently renovating her own kitchen on top of all her other projects, we asked Jillian what advice she would give to homeowners about to begin a renovation.

Plan, plan, plan is her first word of advice. It’s important to have a strategy when beginning a renovation and while timelines are important, you should be flexible and ready to accommodate any bumps in the road (of which there are always a few). She recommends “[letting] the project happen at its own pace” and having patience throughout the renovation. Of course, to make your life easier, she agrees that it’s best to seek the help of a professional and hire a contractor if your budget allows.

The 2013 PNE Prize Home was not easy construction project! See the finished home in all its glory.

Before and after. Construction jobs are always messy but the end result of the Prize Home was stunning.

Prize Home Construction

Prize Home Completed

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Jun 17

Making Space for Kids

Everyone wants to give their kids a comfortable space to call their own – but how do you avoid making your home look like a day care? Jillian Harris, co-host of LOVE IT or LIST IT VANCOUVER and designer of the 2013 PNE Prize Home, told us her thoughts.

Designing a space for children provides good opportunity to have fun but it can be challenging to think outside the box of the typical look of a kid’s room. She suggests you move away from the typical bright pink or blue and use a variety of colours to add life into the room as she says, “When I have children, I am going to create my own line of children’s toys that are NOT primary colours!”

It’s also important to listen to your kid’s ideas. “I interview the kids like any other client and find out what they like, then interpret that to incorporate their personality into their room,” Jillian comments. Through this approach, designer, parent and child are all happy with the end result.

This year’s Prize Home has a great space for kids to cozy up in after a day on the slopes. Have you taken a look at the entire design? This is one you won’t want to miss!

Two sets of bunk beds, colourful linens and a Juliet window offer kids a spot to hang out and enjoy their own space

Bunk Bed Room

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Jun 10

Enlarging Small Spaces

Every homeowner is faced with one age-old dilemma: how do you make small spaces seem larger? Co-host of LOVE IT or LIST IT VANCOUVER and the 2013 PNE Prize Home designer, Jillian Harris is a pro at making tight spaces seem roomy and spacious – although, that wasn’t a skill required for designing the 3,000 square foot Prize Home that will end up in beautiful Sun Peaks, British Columbia.

Her advice to homeowners? Use a small amount of large pieces of furniture, keeping open areas where possible. She mentions, “It also helps to remove clutter and, most importantly, keep everything organized – it’s amazing how much extra space pops up when everything is in its place!”

With large but cozy rooms, the 2013 PNE Prize Home is going to make one lucky person very happy at the end of the summer. Have you bought your Prize Home Lottery tickets yet?

PNE Prize Home

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