Toronto, Ontario, Canada 416.489.6781
Gillian Gillies Interiors understands that inspired, creative interior design can be a life changing experience for their clients. It’s what they excel at, making life smoother and a little more playful, room by room.
They seamlessly blend great taste, with over two decades of global industry experience to consistently deliver beautiful homes to their clients across Canada and beyond. They center their design schemes around a timeless aesthetic, grounded in natural materials, paired with a smattering of vintage and antique finds, balanced with unique pieces made by local artisans. Fabrics and wall coverings cocoon their design schemes and provide an immersive experience for their clients, their friends, and families to enjoy for many years to come.
Gillian likens her profession as a designer to being part fairy godmother part magician. It’s her calling to make her clients dreams come true. To fix things that clients didn’t even know were broken, and to transform the unworkable and neglected areas of their homes into a destination or a retreat.
Gillian believes that her role in your design project is to introduce you to design ideas and concepts that are very much you, even if you didn’t know they existed or were you before she presented them. Sometimes unexpected, yet always thoughtful, considered design selections are carefully made for her clients. She caters to each client’s style and lifestyle on an individual basis. Whether working on the design of single floor in your city home, the renovation of your primary residence, designing your forever home or decorating & furnishing your chalet or cottage she uses her time proven processes to guarantee a smooth journey from project start to finish.
Originally from Edinburgh, her tastes, likes and desires grew from being immersed in the beautiful neo-classical and Georgian architecture that the city was founded on. She likes symmetry and grounding in her design schemes, but she also needs a happy dose of eclectic playfulness. It really is the British way, her way, to design.
An opportunity to work for one of the largest design firms in the UK in 1995, refined Gillian’s decorating skills and developed her lifelong love for renovations and restorations. She worked with clients in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London and frequently traveled to source product and unique materials in Europe.
A move to Toronto in 2004, resulted in the launching of Gillian Gillies Interiors, Inc. The boutique firm has grown to become an award-winning, highly respected company where many clients are repeat or referral. Gillian finds that once a client has experienced her firms service levels and attention to detail, they are a client for life.
In addition to running her firm, Gillian is also one of the co-founders of DesignDocs Inc. and the designer behind the flourishing upholstered furniture range Essence, which is produced in Toronto.
Her firm has completed successful projects in many of the older, established neighbourhoods in Toronto and the GTA; Rosedale, Summerhill, Moore Park, The Kingsway, Lytton Park, Lawrence Park, Forest Hill, Riverdale and The Annex. They love working on new build homes and renovations, but also really enjoy a blank canvas that simply needs decorated and a large dose of personality injected. In addition to working locally they have also completed projects in cottage country and across Canada and into the US. Gillian’s suitcase is always packed, and her passport is up to date!