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Love it or List it is a Canadian
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

 home design TV show currently airing on the W Network
W Network
W Network is a Canadian English language Category A specialty channel owned by Corus Entertainment. W Network broadcasts lifestyle and entertainment programming aimed at women....

 and on VIVA. The Show is produced by Big Coat Productions. The Show officially premiered as a Prime Time program on W Network on September 8, 2008 and then VIVA in 2010- 2011 until Corus Entertainment
Corus Entertainment
Corus Entertainment Inc. is a publicly traded Canadian media and entertainment conglomerate.Corus is a leading Canadian specialty television and radio producer, with additional assets in pay television, advertising services, television broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's...

 have converted VIVA to OWN Canada (The Oprah Winfrey Network Canada)


In each episode of Love it or List it, a couple is faced with the decision of whether or not their current home is the right home for them. With a list of what they would need to change in their current home, and what they would need in a new home, hosts Hilary Farr and David Visentin come in to try to help make the decision easier. Hilary attempts to win over the homeowners by renovating their current home, and David tries to find them the home of their dreams.

In every episode, Hilary and David visit the couple's home and see what needs to be done. Both Hilary and David are then given a budget that they are to work with, as well as a list of demands that they must meet. Every episode comes with intense drama between the homeowners and both the hosts. David takes the homeowners on house tours, and Hilary, with the help of assistant designer Desta, renovates the couple's house. At the end of the show, the renovated spaces are shown to the couple, and then they decide if they are going to Love It and stay or List It and go to one of the houses that David has found for them.

Hosts and Crew Bios

  • Hilary Farr- Hilary Farr is a home designer in Toronto. Born in Toronto, she lived in Australia, England, California, New York, and now lives in Canada. Farr honed her skills on properties in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, New York and Toronto. When she first moved back to Toronto, she became the first designer to "stage" properties for sale. She continues to build and design homes in the downtown core where she herself owns properties.

  • David Visentin- David Visentin is a real estate agent in Southern Ontario with Country Living Realty Limited. He has been practicing since 1987.

  • Julia Whyte- Julia Whyte is a Toronto-based designer and stylist. She received her Bachelor of Environmental Design from the Ontario College of Art and Design. Since graduating, she has been part of the design team for various design shows, most notably for HGTV’s “My Parents’ House”, and W Network’s “Love It or List It”.

  • Desta Ostapyk- Desta is a Toronto-based designer who graduated in 2004 from the Toronto International Academy of Design and Technology in Interior Design, and has since focused on a career in the Television Industry. She first started working with Big Coat Productions during her last semester of school as an intern for HGTV's hit series "My Parents House". She soon became the Design Stylist for the show. Desta is a member of the design team for the series “Love It or List It”.

  • Eddie Richardson- Eddie Richardson is a contractor on Love it Or List It whose passion began with a family business. Richardson has also been a pro-beach volleyball player and professional bass fisherman.

  • Fergus McLaren- Fergus McLaren started up his own construction company, R-Mac Solutions, 10 years ago.

Season 1-4: 2008-2011

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.

Total Victories for Hilary: 41

David Visentin victories

Families and clients who decided to list and move into a new or better home

Season 1-4: 2008-2011

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.

Total Victories for David: 30


Other Canadian Home design shows in competition with "Love it or List it" include "Take This House and Sell it", "Colour Confidential", and "Divine Design".

Popular Episodes

These are the most watched and voted BEST EPISODES of the series including most requested episodes of "Love it or List it" as of scan poll of 2011-2012
# Episodes Air Date Live+7 (m) + SP Votes Year of Production(000s) Time Shifted(000s)
1 The Yee Family February 25 2009 2.5 Million (polls votes; 3.6 Millions) 2008 20.6
2 The Cica Bagnato May 10 2010 4.5 Million (polls votes; 5.4 Millions) 2010 27.7
3 The Cunniam Family April 27 2009 8.9 Million (polls votes; 7.8 Millions) 2008 36.7
4 The Ford William Family July 18 2009 11.5 Million (polls votes; 9.8 Millions) 2008 45.3
5 The Ethier Family May 2 2010 8.3 Million (polls votes; 6.8 Millions) 2009 33.8
6 The Pinnocks Family July 12 2010 8.2 Million (polls votes; 7.84 Millions) 2009 32.8
7 The Wahl Family April 18 2011 8.7 Million (polls votes; 5.8 Millions) 2010 35.6

International Syndication

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Dubbing (filmmaking)
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 / Subtitles
Subtitle (captioning)
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Canada Love it or List it W Network
W Network
W Network is a Canadian English language Category A specialty channel owned by Corus Entertainment. W Network broadcasts lifestyle and entertainment programming aimed at women....

OWN Canada (The Oprah Winfrey Network Canada)
USA Love it or List it OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network None


Architect: Simon West

Senior Production Coordinator: Linda Johnstone

Construction Coordinator: David Violante

Construction Assistants: Chris Blinn, Adam Dalgarno, Ahren Mrowietz, Dale George

Design Coordinator: Kaaveh Shoman

Design Assistant: Nikolaos Katsiou


On August 31, 2010, Love It or List It was nominated for two Gemini Awards: Best Reality Program or Series and Best Direction in a Reality Program or Series. The show is once again nominated for Best Reality Program or Series along with its competitors Dragon Dens and Cupcake Girls


In February 2010, Vim
Vim (cleaning product)
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 was advertised in four episodes of Love it or List it. Designer Hilary Farr was featured in various commercials of Vim in 2010 while competitor David Visentin was featured in an LG
LG may refer to:*LG Corp., a South Korean electronics and petrochemicals conglomerate*LG Electronics, an affiliate of the South Korean LG Group which produces electronic products* Lawrence Graham, a London headquartered firm of business lawyers...

 earth campaign in 2011. Vehicles promoted in the show include Lexus
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, Toyota, Volvo
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, and Jeep
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Suppliers of the Show

List of major corporate retails that have mainly supplied for the Show Love it or List it:
  • Kohler
    Kohler Company
    'The Kohler Company is a manufacturing company in Kohler, Wisconsin best known for its plumbing products. Kohler also manufactures furniture, cabinetry, tile, engines, and generators.-History:...

  • Latitude Countertops 
  • Alta Moda Kitchens
  • Behr
    Behr is a surname and may refer to:* Barbara Behr, photographer, film director and magazine editor* Bernd Behr , German artist* Dani Behr Behr is a surname and may refer to:* Barbara Behr, photographer, film director and magazine editor* Bernd Behr (b. 1976), German artist* Dani Behr Behr is a...

  • DVI Lighting
  • Samsung
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  • Bluwood
  • Graham & Brown
  • North Safety Products
  • Napoleon Fireplaces
  • Hunter Douglas
    Hunter Douglas
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  • Flexthem
  • Purdy
    -People:* Al Purdy, Canadian poet* Amy Purdy, American actress* Ashley Purdy, Bassist for Black Veil Brides* Cecil Purdy, Australian chess player* Debbie Purdy, British right-to-die patient* Frederick Warren Purdy, United States Navy...

  • Fieldstone Windows
  • Millwaukee Tools
  • U Box It

External links

  • http://www.wnetwork.com/Shows/love-it-or-list-it.aspx
  • http://www.bigcoatproductions.com/showDetails.php?showId=505
  • http://www.myviva.ca/shows/all-shows/love-it-or-list-it.aspx
  • Love it or List it at the Internet Movie Database
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  • www.stylenorth.ca/blog/2010/11/love-it-or-list-it-advantage-hilary/