Reality TV star and designer Jillian Harris speaks to a crowd at the inaugural Kelowna Christmas Show Saturday.

Reality TV star and designer Jillian Harris speaks to a crowd at the inaugural Kelowna Christmas Show Saturday.

Former Bachelorette shares Christmas decorating tips

Decorating for Christmas doesn't have to be expensive, as long as it "exudes your personality," according to Jillian Harris.

Decorating for Christmas doesn’t have to be expensive, as long as it “exudes your personality.”

That was the message former Bachelorette and star of W Network’s Love It or List It Vancouver Jillian Harris told an audience at the inaugural Kelowna Christmas Show Saturday at Prospera Place.

“People always ask me what’s trending. I’m always like, ‘Who cares what’s trending?’ At the end of the day, I want you all to walk into your space, hold your heart, and go, ‘Oh my gosh, this is so me. I feel right at home.’,” Harris told a crowd of more than 100.

The northern Alberta native explained several decorating tips to keep in mind this holiday season.

“First and foremost, pick your colour scheme and stick with it,” said Harris.

“Sometimes we’re just layering new Christmas decorations after new Christmas decorations and all of a sudden we feel like we’re in a Christmas store—it’s not really our own house, it’s like Santa Claus has taken over the living room.”

The second step, according to Harris, is to mix the old with the new.

“In our family it’s all about nostalgia; we try to bring a lot of antiques back into our space.

“It’s always great to be able to use things we already have.”

She concluded her presentation by encouraging the crowd to not get so focused on decorating that they lose sight of what’s most important during the holiday season.

The first Kelowna Christmas Show runs today and tomorrow. It’s featuring more than 100 vendors, as well as live entertainment, presentations and giveaways.

For more information, visit kelownachristmasshow.com.

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