Designer Profile Building on 10 successful years in the United Kingdom, British designer Gillian Gillies moved to Toronto in 2002. Specializing in residential interior design, Gillies believes good design begins with open communication. Her design schemes are tailored specifically to each project and begin with an in-depth consultation to determine what the end goals are to reach a unique space.
Lower Vestibule & Hallway “An entrance vestibule and hallway are more than transient spaces – they can be a destination all on their own. With upholstered linen tufted walls, toss pillows and a plump feather-filled velvet cushion, this alcove will inspire you to lounge for hours. In the vestibule, the walls are panelled with grasscloth wallpaper. The furniture and lighting are a blend of vintage finds. In the rear vestibule, the feeling of casual elegance is continued. There is texture and warmth without clutter. Great design needn’t cost the earth.
What sustainable, eco-friendly materials were used in your design? My design scheme is all about eco-friendly materials. All the fabrics I used are bio-degradable, formaldehyde-free and 100% natural. The carpeting is made in Canada and meets the Canadian Green Label Plus criteria for low chemical emissions. The paints are water-based with zero VOCs.
What did you want to accomplish through a greener design? I see this as an opportunity to show how green design can be integrated into a city home. It doesn’t have to be rustic – it can be tailored, timeless and elegant.
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