Life is looking pretty beautiful to Jillian Harris these days, who recently made Hello!'s list of Canada's 50 Most Beautiful people. Nestled in her spacious dream home overlooking the stunning views of Kelowna, B.C., the interior designer enjoys what her fans have come to appreciate as an Instagram-worthy lifestyle. The 38-year-old, known for her candour and bubbly personality, infuses her feed with a colourful swirl of radiant smiles, picture-perfect moments and plenty of pictures of baby Leo, her adorable one-year-old son. Coming soon: pictures of Leo’s little sister! The former star of The Bachelorette and her fiancé, Justin Pasutto, are expecting their second child in the fall.
Despite an always-ambitious schedule – including the filming of a new season of Love It or List It Vancouver – Jillian made some time to fill us in on what she’s doing to prepare Leo and family dog Nacho for the baby’s arrival, her approach to social media and how she feels about pregnancy the second time around. One thing is likely: Jillian will keep busy while she carries her little one. “[With] my last pregnancy, I was literally working until my water broke!” she tells Hello! with a laugh.
What are you envisioning for the new nursery? Pink! [Laughs] Honestly, I can’t wait to add pops of colour to a nursery. With Leo, I was obsessed with whites and creams. I just wanted the nursery to be neutral no matter what we were having. But I’m starting to love colour again and can’t wait to go a little crazy. I’ll definitely do a big reveal, so stay tuned.
What beautiful traits do you hope your daughter inherits from you and your fiancé? Honestly, I hope she’s a tomboy like I was when I was little. I want her to play in the dirt and go fishing. I want her to have my outgoing and care-free personality mixed with Justin’s sense of adventure.
Speaking of Leo, how do you prep a toddler for a new sibling? You really can’t. He’s a typical only child right now, he doesn’t really like to share. So he’s going to get a harsh dose of reality. He knows to point to my belly and say there’s a baby in there. But occasionally he’ll point to his own belly and say, “Baby?” So I don’t think he fully gets what’s happening.
It’s a change that Nacho has some experience with! I felt so bad for Nacho after Leo was born that I used to cry. Now, I look at him and think, “Nacho, there’s another one coming and you have no idea.”
How do you choose what to share online about your family and what to keep to yourself? You’re asking me at an interesting time because I’ve posted a few things lately that got responses that made me want to throw my hands in the air and say, “Forget it! I’m not doing this anymore!” I don’t really have a filter naturally, I love to share everything. And if I had it my way, I would. I like to talk about things, like the birthing process, but at the end of the day, the more you share, the more you open yourself up to a privacy risk. I have tried my best to not let it get to me while keeping my family’s safety in mind.
You were recently in the news for saying you were depressed during this pregnancy. Why did you decide to share that? I grew up with mental illness being a recurring topic in our house. My mom dealt with bipolar and my cousin suffered from depression. I don’t take the topic lightly. With my situation in particular, I felt like it got blown out of proportion – as it usually does – because I said that I’d been so exhausted that I didn’t feel physically capable of working or eating or getting dressed and it was depressing and made me feel useless. I wasn’t depressed. I don’t like my words getting twisted, but that’s what happened. It’s too important a topic to be thrown around so lightly.
How would you describe your maternity style? Every pregnant woman knows the early stage of being in public and having people think, “Is she pregnant or just carrying a little extra weight?” Nothing feels better than a romper or a pair of sweats right now. If we’re having a team meeting and all the girls are dressed up, I come in a T-shirt and jeans. I feel like with your second baby, you’re not as excited about maternity clothes because you’ve done it before and now you just want to be comfortable.
What are some of your favourite pregnancy-friendly products? We’re actually shooting a few of them today! Saje Natural Wellness is one of my favourite brands, I used their oil throughout my entire first pregnancy and I don’t have a single stretch mark. But to be honest, I think women tend to overdo it. Get an oil for stretchies and a good nipple cream if you’re planning on breast-feeding and you’re good to go!
Have you and Justin planned your wedding yet? It was always in the plan to have another baby before we got married. Ultimately, I’d actually like a small wedding, but then I get anxiety thinking about who I’d invite and who might feel left out. It’s boring, but we’re not putting a big priority on a wedding at the moment. We’re happy and having a second baby and everything is so good right now.