Jillian Harris first charmed an audience with her irrepressible humor and emotional honesty on ABC’s “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” Now Jillian brings 10 years experience in the design industry to “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”
Growing up in the picturesque Peace River valley in Alberta was a catalyst for Jillian’s creativity and vivacious character. A self-proclaimed “polished redneck,” she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty or climb a ladder with heels on. Whether applied to design or daily life, she carefully combines elements of the metropolis and country, low brow and high class, and the classic versus the absurd. From ATV’ing and campfire roasts to perusing the shops of the Merchandise Mart for design trends- or searching endlessly for the perfect pair of heels- Jillian’s motto about ‘doing it all’ never rests.
While this lifestyle makes Jill the quintessential “busy bee,” those close to her would say her passion to make others happy might be the highlight to her multi-faceted personality. So when Extreme Makeover Home Edition asked her to join the team as a permanent designer, it was a perfect complement to her love for design and her love of helping others. This venture was a cherry on top of her truly blessed life.
Outside of her work in television, Jillian jets between the U.S. and Canada to run her firm Jillian Harris Design, where she creates custom-made 18th century dining and lounge pieces, and collaborates on restaurant interiors with architecture firm The Dobbins Group. In her free time, Jillian thrives while traveling, taking in fine fashion and, of course, cuisine. She is dedicated to charities including supporting no-kill animal shelters and recycling initiatives, and she sits on the board of Big Brother Big Sisters.