Why Planters and Lighting Work According to Hilary Farr

Mar 01, 2017
Hilary Farr is an internationally-renowned designer and co-host of HGTV’s “Love It or List It” which is a reality series about homeowners who must decide how far they will go for their dream home. She says that her job is to translate what people love into the reality of a great space. Hilary designs spaces both glamorous & functional, and loves seeing homeowners’ delight when their space is transformed. Learn more in this Q&A with Hilary!

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Q: What is the best part of your job? 

Hilary: “Having the trust of homeowners and seeing their delight when they see the transformation.”

Q: What is your favorite paint color?
Hilary: “I don’t have a favorite — each space deserves colors and finishes that help make it unique. Perhaps I will paint the main living spaces light neutrals, or even white, and opt for a dramatic dark color as an accent, or for an intimate space such as a library.”



Q: What was the best party you’ve ever attended and why?
Hilary: “A ball at Castle Howard in Yorkshire England. It was white and silver, and the place was lit by candle light.”

Q: What’s your go-to hostess gift?
Hilary: “Natural essential oil, soy candles.”

Q: What’s one thing you think people should splurge on for their home?
Hilary: “Beautiful floors.”

Q: What was the most memorable home project for yourself or work?
Hilary: “Adding an entire 2nd floor to a bungalow and making a cramped dark home fill with light and function.”

Q: If you could use only one platform, which would you choose: Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat? Why?
Hilary: “Instagram. I am a visual person, and one image can express so much, whether serious, silly or sad.”

Q: What are your best tips to help homeowners with curb appeal year-round?
Hilary: “Planters and lighting. Planters because they can be seasonal. And you can splurge on planting since it’s a small area. When everything is dead and miserable to look at in the dead of winter, some branches and sparkly accents along with lovely lights set beside your front door is so uplifting as you pull in or trudge through the snow or slush!”

Q: What should homeowners look for when it comes to working with a contractor or interior designer?
Hilary: “Good personal references of the person’s work ethic. And ask to see examples of their work.”

Q: What is your favorite space to make over and why?
Hilary: “Bedrooms. They are so often neglected since they aren’t “public” spaces for guests to ooh and ahh over. But to me, a great bedroom is the perfect place to reward yourself for a hard day’s work in peace and comfort and privacy.”

Want to learn more about Hilary? She will be speaking at the Main Stage of the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show on Saturday, March 4 at 1PM. Come to the show to hear her witty banter and design trademarks of timeless glamour and functionality. Be sure to stick around for a meet & greet at 2PM!

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FEB. 24-26 & MAR. 3-5, 2017