Monday, September 15, 2014

Home designer Hilary Farr

Hilary Farr is a familiar face to viewers of cable television in North America.

She co-hosts "Love It or List It," the home renovation documentary series based in Canada. Ms. Farr competes with realtor David Visentin to get families to decide whether to keep their houses after she's redone them or to put them on the market in favor of one of the houses Mr. Visentin has shown them. My mother is a big fan of this show, which airs on the Home and Garden Television (HGTV) channel in the U.S and on the W Network in Canada, and, judging from the episodes I've seen, I'd say that Hilary wins about 50 percent of the time. :-)

Hilary Farr was born in Canada but grew up in England, accounting for her posh British accent.  She lived in LA, where she renovated houses and designed television show film sets, and she got the job on "Love It or List It" by pouring into her audition the energy she felt out of frustration after her divorce.  No, she is not and never has been married to David Visentin.

She's also  designed the houses of a few celebrities in her travels, and she contributes to the American and Canadian editions of The Huffington Post.

Fun fact:  Hilary Farr, credited as Hilary Labow, actually made an appearance in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.   

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