EP 004 | Styling and Accessorizing Matters with Gillian Gillies

April 11, 2017

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Accessorizing and styling your design project is not a frivolous pursuit, nor is it an optional extra. Rather, styling is a key component of the finished project. As professional designers, we want to plan for this process, budget for styling items and deliver them—all as cohesive part of the client experience. If your clients want “wow”, then you need an effective styling strategy.

In this episode we learn:

  • how to introduce the styling conversation
  • why projects that aren’t styled are not projects you want
  • strategies for building a styling budget
  • how to leave a lasting impression on clients


Take Aways

Budgeting for styling up front means you don’t have to ask for additional money at the end of the project. 

If you move items on your own, and you are not a professional mover, your insurance will not cover you in the event something is damaged.

Legacy Linens  – Source for monogrammed robes and tissue box covers.

Design Docs – software to run the backend of your professional design business.  

Dropbox – online file storage and sharing platform.


Gillian Gillies, Principal Designer and 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 describes her personal style as eternally classic with a twist; our homes are our stage so best dress them well!  She firmly believes that living in a well-designed home can make us all kinder, happier and more present in our day-to-day lives.


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