Originally from Edinburgh, Gillian’s tastes, likes and desires grew from being immersed in the beautiful, neo-classical and Georgian architecture that the city is founded on. Symmetry, spatial awareness and grounding are consistent elements in her design schemes along with a happy dose of eclectic playfulness. Gillian’s designs are centered around a timeless aesthetic, grounded in natural materials and paired with a smattering of heritage and vintage finds. At heart, she is a lover of texture and all things fabric. She believes that there is nothing that a strong cup of tea and a great fabric can't fix!
Meeting and falling in love with a Canadian turned her world upside down in a very good way and in 2002 she moved to Toronto, Ontario, where she now has the pleasure of calling this city and country home too. In addition to running her design firm, Gillian is also one of the co-founder’s of DesignDocs Inc., a cloud-based, project, workflow and financial management software for interior design professionals. Launched 5 years ago, it now has clients all over the world. At its core, the company’s philosophy is to empower its users to run profitable businesses through a clear understanding of their firm’s financials.
Proudly named by House & Home as The One to Watch 2019, Gillian and her team understands that she can greatly improve her client’s quality of life by providing them with a tailor-made design that fits them like a made-to-measure suit. Nothing is left to chance or luck and Gillian and her team are skilled at listening to, and interpreting, their clients’ needs. Life is busy. Time is short. So, her firm’s ethos is to deliver an exceptionally high standard of service whilst designing immersive spaces that her clients’ will enjoy for many years to come. She likens her career to being a modern fairy godmother; her role is to make her clients’ wishes and dreams come true.
They’ve 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 and also really enjoy a blank canvas that simply needs to be 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 upholstered furniture line Essence, a capsule collection manufactured by Whittington & Co., is built in Ontario, Canada and ships worldwide. The Harper daybed and the Charlotte sofa are her favourite pieces and like the entire collection are feminine yet tailored, the perfect yin and yang.
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 heritage and vintage finds, balanced with unique pieces made by local artisans. Fabrics and wallcoverings cocoon their design schemes and provide an immersive experience for our clients, their friends, and families to enjoy for many years to come.