Gillian Gillies, Principal Designer & Founder of Gillian Gillies Interiors Inc. is an award winning British residential designer who has called Toronto, Ontario home since 2003. In addition to running her referral lead Toronto interior design firm she is also co-founder of DesignDocs Inc. and the designer behind the flourishing upholstered furniture range Essence.
Gillian Gillies likens her profession as a residential designer to being part fairy godmother part magician – it’s her responsibility to make her clients dreams come true, fix things that they didn’t even know were broken, and to transform the unworkable and neglected areas of their homes into a destination or a retreat. Gillian knows that a great design scheme can renovate not just your home but also your soul, your entire outlook on your day can change by simply sleeping in a comfy bed, showering in a great bathroom and making your morning cup of tea in a fully functional kitchen. To her it’s that simple. In this crazy overloaded life, we all now lead, Gillian strives to provide her clients with tailored results, custom made for them. It requires more than the waving of a wand; it requires skill, experience, humility and integrity as well as a good sense of a humour!
Custom millwork, bespoke lighting and stellar storage solutions are all signature hallmarks in Gillian’s authentic interior design schemes. These can be realized because of the relationships that she has developed and built up over the years. Gillian has access to first class contracting firms, local craftspeople and artisans. These steadfast relationships, which are based on mutual trust and respect, allow Gillian to dream big, push the envelope a little and ultimately exceed her client’s expectations time and time again. It’s why clients consistently refer her to their friends and family.
In addition to locally sourced materials and product, Gillian also allocates time to attend trade shows in the US and Europe every year. Here one-off items can be procured for client projects.