“I approached Gillian with a home renovation plan much larger than anything I had undertaken in the past. My project included the full design of multiple rooms – re-design of layouts (knocking out walls), flooring, lighting, furniture, textiles, painting, art and décor. I knew I needed help, and after detailed research, selected Gillian to lead the project.
Immediately upon meeting Gillian, I knew I made the right choice. Gillian was intuitively able to interpret my aspirations, some that could be articulated and others more as ‘feelings’, into fabulous home designs.
Gillian created wonderful spaces that were functional, beautiful and inspiring, reflective of my goals and elevating them to new heights. From an execution perspective, Gillian and her team were consummate professionals at every step, presenting design options in a way that made decision-making simple and orchestrating the entire process with success to meet tight timelines. The quality of work was top-notch, with every detail covered to ensure a perfect outcome.
Now that the project is completed, I have received many complements on the design and my home. The complement that I appreciate the most is when friends and family say that the house looks like me, reflective of my tastes and personality – not a ‘designer home’. That is the true measure of success for me.
Gillian, Bonnie and team – thanks for bringing my home to life! There will be more work in store for us as I prepare to tackle the next phases of design.”
“We used Gillian Gillies Interiors for a top to bottom home makeover over a span of several years, and are thrilled with the results! The house feels both luxurious and livable, and we especially appreciate the clever use of space to create extra storage opportunities.”Visit Portfolio Piece
“We have been working with Gillian over the past five years to systematically redecorate and refurbish our condominium. The completion of each project has been breathtaking and has left us wanting to move onto the next one.
Our latest project was our den/TV room. As always, we found Gillian very easy to work with. She always listens carefully to what we are looking for, provides expert feedback, and suggests course corrections if required. She then proceeds to create reality out of our combined vision. Gillian actively oversees each project and ensures that ever thing moves ahead in a timely fashion with minimal stress on us, while at the same time meeting her impeccable taste and desire for perfection. Her sense of décor and design have truly transformed our home. We couldn’t be happier.”
“Since working with Gillian in 2010-2011 our family has grown to include our twin sons and we wanted to renovate the third floor to give our boys a large bedroom they could share for a number of years to come. The project included knocking two small bedrooms into one and adding a large dormer.
We also expanded a woefully inadequate bathroom into a larger and now fabulous bathroom. We struggled a little in seeing how the finished space would look – it’s pretty hard with sloping ceilings and beams and joists – but Gillian kept on telling us how big the spaces would be and, I have to admit, that they are all far larger and more beautiful than I had even imagined. The boys’ bedroom is beautiful with a 9′ window in the 12′ wide dormer and tons of space. The room is so nice that everyone who has seen it wonders why we didn’t take it for ourselves!
Gillian is a delight to work with, she is responsive, understanding, and has tremendous skill. We don’t hesitate to recommend her to anyone who is looking to retain a designer.”Visit Portfolio Piece
“We hired Gillian Gillies to renovate 3 bathrooms in our Leaside Home. Each bathroom was small and not functional. Gillian met with us and provided us with designs for the bathrooms which maximized the use of our small spaces. She made our spaces so beautiful and stylish — dream like rooms that are a pleasure to use. Gillian took care of everything for us over 3 months while we were away in Florida. Everything went according to plan, on time and her contacts all provided excellent workmanship.
We highly recommend Gillian Gillies Interiors for all your renovation and decorating needs. She is a true professional who is efficient, knowledgeable and very pleasant. We will definitely use her services in our future renovation plans.”Visit Portfolio Piece
“The basement renovation is most recent project with Gillian (she previously worked with us when we gutted our entire second floor and has helped us refurnish our living and family rooms). She is creative, professional and her attention to detail is impeccable. Gillian always has wonderful and practical ideas and somehow manages to incorporate all of our sometimes conflicting instructions – on time and within budget.
Our basement is truly spectacular now – so much so that I am still sometimes surprised (happily) that it is in our house! She is a delight to work with and we could not have done this without her (both from a design and logistics perspective). We are already looking forward to our next big project with Gillian – the kitchen”.Visit Portfolio Piece
It is both amazing and impressive how you were able to know exactly what we desired for our home. The part of the project where we gave you carte-blanche because we had no clue what we wanted turned out to be our most favourite. Your professionalism, expertise and most importantly warmth, made this project so easy and truly a delight. When we tell others that we had the most outstanding experience with our extensive renovation and design project, they find it hard to believe. We don’t hesitate to mention your name as the person who contributed to this wonderful experience.
We too are sad this project has come to an end, but it won’t be the last”!Visit Portfolio Piece
“Gillian Gillies Interiors has redesigned nearly every room in my home in the past six years. I originally hired Gillian to redo my kitchen, but that project expanded to include four bedrooms, my office, hallway, living room, dining room and media room. Two months ago I wrote Gillian and asked her if she could come back and reinvent two of our three ancient bathrooms—Et voila! She worked her magic! We are currently perusing colourful pictures and planning a screened in deck and raised garden beds for next spring.
Gillian, is a consummate professional. She is fresh, innovate, detailed and edgy. Her work sparkles. She has uncanny insight and knows my mind and taste better than I do. Gillian is very careful whom she hires, making sure the tradespeople are talented, diligent, and respectful of the job, each other, their hosts, and their environment. She has a wonderful reputation with tradespeople and they describe her as friendly and fair and a joy to work for. Gillian is a joy. A punctual, methodical, gifted joy! She has transformed our home with light and texture, colour and shape. She had created spaces that are peaceful and spaces that are playful. Or as Gillian would say, as she rubs her fingers along a gauzy fabric or a scalloped edge, “Isn’t this cheeky?”
“I’m so delighted with the outcome of the bathrooms.
So far everyone who’s seen them can’t believe the transformation.
Looking forward to seeing the pictures and sharing them with friends and family.
I want you to know that I will certainly give your name out to any and all who asked me who helped with the design of the bathrooms. It was a pleasure and a delight working with you”.
“Gillian is gifted with an eye for transforming small spaces. We are so happy with our newly renovated home. It is beautiful from top to bottom. Despite moving from a larger home, we feel no loss for storage either. Gillian is organized and a delight to work with as well”.Visit Portfolio Piece
“Gillian has worked with us on every room in our home. In 2010, we started looking for a designer to renovate our main floor – our focus of attention was the kitchen and family room, with a small addition at the rear. We had interviewed several designers, when we came across Gillian’s website. She met with us in our home and was the only designer who told us that we probably couldn’t get want we wanted – a totally open concept kitchen and family room (the eventual design turned out to be much better than our initial ideas anyway – and our house remains standing as supporting walls were left where they were needed!). She was the only designer we met with who was clear to us about the reality of what was possible, rather than indulging fantasies.
A renovation, particularly a large one, is a very serious undertaking. We are both busy people who are not always easily available. We knew we needed someone at the helm that we could trust to run the project and make the right decisions when required. We knew from that first meeting that Gillian was the perfect fit for us. In fairness, our dog loved her right away, and that was definitely a plus!
At all times during the project, Gillian was on hand to answer questions and put our minds at ease. She has a great rapport with her trades and suppliers, she just has a knack of politely getting things done (except when something more is required, and then she seems to be able to pull off whatever is necessary!)”Visit Portfolio Piece
“The whole Tator family is so pleased with the renovations to Julie’s bathroom and bedroom. You really planned it well so that we could maximize the small spaces available. The lovely features you added to the bathroom were amazing, and made it so functional AND PRETTY! You facilitated getting the appropriate approvals and relieved us of that headache. The team that did the work was great, and the workmanship was superb. And best of all, the rooms are now cozy, bright, and warm in the winter (instead of cramped, dark and cold!!!!). Thanks greatly”.
“Now that we have been back in the house for over a month we wanted to let you know just how much we are enjoying living here and how much we appreciate the amount of skill and effort it took on your part. As you know, we were pretty overwhelmed by the whole thought of going through a major renovation with the many decisions and problems that such a process entails, but your design experience and project management skills made what was for us the biggest renovation we’ve been through, by far the smoothest”.
“You were a pleasure to work with and I really appreciated how you took care of literally everything and how thoughtful you were. As far as the completed design goes, I love it and (my new home) really does feel like it’s truly mine. You will be the person I get in touch with for any future project”.
“The before, during and after photos are truly astonishing! I think I must have blocked most of the renovation out, and I really don’t remember the house ever looking like any of the before photos. So, thank you, if I haven’t said it enough all already”.
“In the normal hustle and bustle of everyday life as we’ve been getting the house done, I am sure that we have not said this explicitly enough. Christine and I are absolutely delighted with the results. You are a pleasure to work with. From the outset you guided us along the way through all the various steps and decisions in a way which made us feel that we really own the results – design, pieces selected, and overall feel. It reflects our tastes, but is frankly much better than we could ever have done on our own.
Without your expertise, we could not have made everything hang together. You have always been transparent with respect to sourcing options and costs, and worked with us when certain items were more than we were prepared to pay without forcing any item or decision. In these cases, you helped us find good alternatives to retain the artistic/design choice but save money. You also made the sourcing easy. You could find stuff quickly, bring us a manageable number of options (fabric swatches, pictures of coffee tables, etc.) and arrange production and delivery without any involvement from us. You also dealt with the few quality problems we had by quickly resolving them with the supplier.
In terms of your fees, we feel that we received excellent value for the services you have provided. We have never questioned any of your bills because they are well presented and always feel appropriate. We find it helpful that the bills itemize your activities, costs and are delivered to us regularly. Lastly, you are a nice person and a pleasure to deal with. No ego and no attitude”.