By Cora L. Diekman

Published on September 13, 2016

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by Cora L. Diekman

HGTV star and former Bachelorette Jillian Harris is an interior designer to add to your must-follow list, stat. Offering fresh, well-organized spaces full of personal details, there’s a little something for everyone to learn from Jillian. Here, we’ll explore some of our favorite Jillian Harris-styled spaces, and point out the lessons she taught us that we should all be taking home. 

Two-toned cabinets are quickly replacing the all-white kitchen trend, and with good reason.  It’s simple to update your space by painting a single set of cabinets a contrasting color – some of the most stylish kitchens feature bold green and blue hues that work beautifully with bright white countertops and tile.

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When square footage is tight, consider this trick for maximizing storage space.  Rather than wasting the area above the nightstand, a small system of shelving provides storage and a clever place to keep photos and other treasures on display.

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There’s nothing NOT to love about this open-concept dining space, but that wallpapered accent wall is pure genius.  A wall-mounted buffet allows the lovely floral print to peek out from above and below, providing the room a focal point that’s also functional.

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This sleek kitchen makes the most of space with floor-to-ceiling cabinets, a built-in microwave, and pendant lights that practically disappear into the room without impeding the lovely view.

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This bedroom takes farmhouse-chic to a new level with boldly patterned textiles, while the wall art ensures the overall feel is rustic at heart.

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If we owned a coastal cottage, it would look exactly like this – complete with a woodburning stove for chilly late-season evenings.

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A modern graphic wall mural is always a good idea, and this version is so simple that it can be easily replicated with paint and painter’s tape.  Customize colors to your design, pulling in hues from existing furniture, tile, or textiles whenever possible.

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This cozy sitting nook seems just perfect for reading on a chilly fall day – and it’s also proof that an actual ‘nook’ is not required.  All you need is a window, a cozy chair, reading material, and of course coffee.

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If you swoon for retro designs, this geometric living space will leave you weak in the knees.  Would you believe that this is actually a 19th century farmhouse?  It’s amazing what a renovation can do.

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A little well-placed architecture provides definition in open floor plans, and especially in this dining area – loving the tray ceiling overhead!  For a simpler and less costly way to define a specific area of the home, take a cue from this wallpaper accent.  If your space isn’t framed by walls, try framing yours with moulding instead.

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Even if all you have is a petite patio, your outdoor space deserves to be well styled.  A small table and two folding chairs feel extra lush with the addition of throw pillows and faux fur throws.

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If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a vacation cabin, let this be your inspiration.  There’s so much texture and pattern happening here, and yet this space still feels completely relaxed and inviting.

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Cold weather months call for bold velvet pieces – fireside, of course.

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Even the smallest of bedrooms can overflow with feminine vibes.  Combining rose hues with soft grays and a variety of textures ensures this oasis feels like a modern grown-up space that works either as a master or guest suite.

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Dark turquoise and chartreuse are an unexpected color combo that totally work against a palette of soft grays.

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When space is limited, an arrangement like this can provide additional seating as needed.  A set of leather poufs tucked beneath a modern coffee table work double duty as footstools, seating, and even side tables with the addition of a serving tray over top.

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Unsure how to utilize an awkward nook in your home?  Consider adding additional sleeping space for guests if space is tight. Piles of plush pillows and lush styling ensure that this petite bedroom nook lacks nothing.

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This view of Jillian’s home is full of inspiration, like the mismatched seating, velvet bench, and charming neutral palette.  Love!

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A closeup gives plenty of ideas for table styling with books, candles, and other treasures.  No flowers?  No problem – pop a few live branches into your vase instead.

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This charming bedroom is great inspiration for any small space, from a first apartment to a dorm room.  The pop of color from that floral wallpaper MAKES the space, but if wallpaper is too permanent, try a colorful tapestry instead.

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Bunk beds have never looked so inviting as in this gorgeous room for the little ones.  Because everyone deserves to sleep in style.

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Not everyone is blessed with an outdoor oasis this spacious – but we can dream, can’t we?  With a variety of seating options and plenty of comfy pillows, this design brings the comforts of home outdoors.  Your guests will never want to leave.