Vancouver interior designer, former star of The Bachelorette, and host of W Network’s Love it or List it Vancouver, Jillian Harris now introduces her new ecommerce project, Charlie Ford. Charlie Ford was opened with cousin Tori Wesszer and friend Alyssa Dennis. We chat about her love for vintage design and products.
Your favourite trend is vintage. What makes something vintage?
On CharlieFord.com, the cut off year to consider an item vintage is 1980. Everything we sell is produced prior to the 80s. But vintage is so much more than just a manufacturing date! It’s a piece that has lived a life and carries with it a sense of history, adding a certain depth to your decorating scheme that you simply can’t get with brand-new items. Q: What appeals to you as a designer about vintage?
My absolute favourite thing is to add vintage pieces to a modern aesthetic. Contemporary décor can give off a bit of a cold vibe, so it’s really important to me as a designer to make sure there are warm and fuzzies in every space! Antiques are the perfect way to do that, because they have such a funky, authentic look plus that incredible sense of history that I just can’t get enough of.
What’s your favourite vintage item in your home?
It’s so hard to choose just one! Right now I’m obsessed with my antique Japanese fishing floats. They are so gorgeous and different from typical home décor accessories. I also can’t get enough of old skeleton keys and vintage china tea sets. Mixing rustic and dainty pieces is totally on-trend.
If people can own one vintage item what should it be and why?
Oh gosh, that’s a toughie! Everyone has different tastes and interests, so I’m not sure I could choose one piece to fit all types. If I had to pick, though, I would say one fabulous piece of antique wooden furniture, be it a hutch, desk, rocking chair or whatever else strikes your fancy. You can leave it as-is for that beautiful old-school look, or bring it into the 21st century with a fresh, fun coat of paint.
What can people expect to find from Charlie Ford Vintage?
We run the gamut at Charlie Ford Vintage! At CharlieFord.com, you can find furniture, art, décor, lighting and rugs, jewellery and accessories and items for your kitchen. Whatever your needs or wants are, we have the perfect piece for you. Can’t find what you’re looking for? We recently launched our complimentary FOUND FOR YOU! Concierge Service, which allows shoppers to request a specific item. We will tap into our exclusive network of vendor partners to find an exact match and have it shipped straight to your front door, at absolutely no additional cost!
Photo: Juillian Harris centre. Right: Jillian, cousin Tori and friend Alyssa.
Interview by Sarah Hoy