For interior designer Jillian Harris, meeting the man of her dreams was the easy part. It was his “total bachelor pad” -… a one-bedroom condo in Chicago -… that took some getting used to, the 29-year-old Vancouver native and former ITALIC "Bachelorette" tells PEOPLE.
“When I first saw it, there was a lot of brick and dark brown leather and wood,” says Harris, who’s moving in with Ed Swiderski on Sept. 14. “There were socks and underwear lying around the place.”
While Swiderski was on a business trip to Las Vegas last July, Harris went on a shopping spree to “Pottery Barn, Z Gallerie and Bed, Bath and Beyond,” Harris says. “I tried to keep it masculine, but I replaced some of his dark brown cushions with some cream and light green to lighten it up a bit.”
What did Swiderski think of the home makeover?
“I liked it,” he says. “There are things I like but would never go out of my way to shop for like pillows. I just don’t do that. But I like it a lot.”
As for taking this big step forward in their relationship, Harris says, “I can start having a real life again. I’m looking forward to some sort of normalcy … - making dinners, waking up early, cleaning house. It’s perfect.”
-- Monica Rizzo