Decorating Philosophy ~
My philosophy on interior design and decorating is that your home is not only about your physical comfort and well being but also about your emotional and spiritual well being. A beautiful, comfortable, well decorated home is the base that supports us as we go through life. I am your expert guide in creating your beautifully designed haven and in helping you create a joyful home.
My Design Mission
My desire is to create a uniquely personal environment in which you, my client, can enjoy your life. The most important element in the creative process is the mutual trust and communication between you, as client, and me, as designer – this is the element that creates the magic.
A typical Gillian Drummond room begins with comfort. “My desire is to create a timeless and uniquely personal environment in which my clients can enjoy their lives. A room should first serve its function, then be comfortable, luxurious and serene, but never take itself too seriously. The combination of color and texture with comfortable upholstery, beautiful woods and unique art and accessories gives a room its personality and style. It should evolve and grow, as we do. The most important element in the creative process is the mutual trust and communication between designer and client – this is the element that creates the magic. With over 40 years of experience as a designer and having worked with several hundred clients, I know how to relieve the stress and overwhelm of a your new home project or existing home interior design.
I design your home to be beautiful and comfortable and help you make all of the many decisions so that you have a seamless transition into the home of your dreams.
My expertise is in creating your dream home in a well planned, stress free, timely manner.
2017 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievment Award for career longevity and demonstrated unwavering excellence in interior design. Awarded by Marquis Who's Who.
HOUZZ - Best of Houzz for customer satisfaction in 2015.
A Nomadic Childhood
Growing up I moved nine times before I graduated from high school, starting in Sussex, England going on to South Africa, Connecticut and Ohio, and finally Switzerland. This taught me three things; that change is always positive, there are wonderful people everywhere and you can always create a home.
Creating a Home
In all the places we lived my mother always created a home using the beautiful furniture and accessories that she and my father inherited or collected in their travels. So rather than a house or a place representing home all these precious things made a warm, comfortable, loving home no matter where we were. Now that my parents are gone I still live with a treasure many of these wonderful things. When I was in Switzerland going to the University of Geneva a wonderful older woman who was an artist became my mentor. When I was agonizing on what to do when I grew up she laughed and said “my dear, you are a decorator! Look at the courses you are taking and on trips you love to visit old houses and museums with furniture and textiles. When I buy new things for my home you know exactly where to put them. You have made my life so much more comfortable.” She was right; I immediately enrolled myself at The New York School of Interior Design for the following year.
Lessons in Decorating and Interior Design
I was taught to read when I was four and books have always been the mainstay of my life. I learn so much from them – travel the world with them – dream my dreams through them – escape in them and fire my imagination with them. It was through books that I first learned about architecture and design, also about lifestyle and how different people in different ages and different cultures live their lives. It was books that first trained my eye to see that classical architecture brought something very special to the world. Proportion lifts the spirit and calms the soul. Books first taught me that no matter in which century or what country that what man wanted in a home be it ever so humble, or ever so grand is beauty and comfort and peace of mind. They may look very different but the essence is the same. at we are not alone that we come from somewhere and are going somewhere
Travel Informs My Designs My travels in Europe and especially England and Ireland gave me my understanding of the importance of continuity in our lives, the feeling of belonging – to a family, a culture or to mankind. Living with things that have been passed down through our families makes us feel that we are not alone that we come from somewhere and are going somewhere. Beside my English background this is where I first found my fascination and love for the English country house style. Through the Institute of Classical Architecture/Classical America I have studied architecture and design in England extensively. It is not the grandness of most of the houses that draws me – many are great ugly piles of stone – it is the comfort and style which they provided for the families that inhabited them for generations. This has influenced my work tremendously.
Legendary Mentors in Interior Design The other influence in my work is that I was lucky enough to work with some of the great decorators of the 20thcentury, among others Mario Buatta and Mark Hampton while I was at McMillen. When I went out into the design world after design school we were expected to apprentice as assistants to experienced designers. I learned more this way than I ever learned at school. It was learning in practice not theory.
Four Legged Inspirations Animals are part of many of our lives and are one of the components of English country style. To the English animals are an integral part of their lives. Their dogs are always allowed on the furniture or have a very special bed in front of the fireplace. Horses and fox hunting and racing are national sports. So the design of their houses has to incorporate this passion. Personally, my passion for cats came from a trip I took as a child. When we moved from South Africa to England we flew to Rome with a lion cub on the plane which was being taken to the Rome zoo. In those days animals were not caged and put below. I was about 8 years old and spent the whole trip with the lion cub sharing my seat. I was hooked for life. I now live with a black cat, Marco, he keeps me amused at all times and is always full of fun and love. I work
Over a two year period in stages, Gillian guided my husband and me to enhance and complete our newly built house which brought with it used furniture/rugs as well as new pieces and favorite accessories from our old life. In other words, our conglomeration needed to be pulled together. Her years of expertise helped us to think outside the box to use color, wallpaper, new furniture fabrics, wonderful window treatments, as well as all new furniture for front and back porches. Details of using art work, framing, pillows, lamps and other small amenities were not overlooked in her keen assessment of the whole, complete picture. She made our rooms come alive, but at the same time have a calm, casual atmosphere for the country style of living we wanted! Having a consultation with Gillian for the designing job was well worth the fee. This gave us time for thought on her suggestions and ideas and set up a dialogue on a give and take basis about a plan in stages to continue. We can highly recommend Gillian's services since we continue to be so happy with the results!Judy F, Faraway Farm, Columbus NC
I was more than pleased with with Gillian Drummond . I made a very expensive mistake trying to do this project on my own! After the sofa and two chairs were refunded to me --I hated it. I could not stand looking at my living room! So she came and listened to me and knew exactly what was needed. Texture and scale is very important to me. Now I enjoy my living room. I will always use Drummond House when I have any projects to do.Barbara B, Tryon, NC
Moving to Tryon 12 years ago, we bought our first house. It was in very good move-in condition and few improvements had to be made at that time. Over the years, I have tried on my own to make the necessary home decorating decisions. Some (a lot) that I made were wrong, such as paint colors that we have had to live with, and other decisions I didn't make at all because I couldn't make up my mind. It never occurred to me that by hiring a professional interior decorator, I could save money! By hiring an interior decorator who (1) already knows the paint colors, (2) fabric samples and where to get them, (3) what companies have the best prices, (4) the best workers and their quality of workmanship, (5) and knowledge of appliances and furniture manufacturers, we benefit from her discount. She also believes in working with what you already have and simply making it better. Her advice alone has saved me from making more mistakes and finally moving forward. First, my husband and I made a budget and listed what we thought were our immediate priorities. Then we called Gillian Drummond, The Drummond House, who is right here in the area, for a consultation. She took our list and prioritized it to fit the budget that we had. We have now begun and are very excited with our progress and decisions. And to top it off, we are under budget! In conclusion, I want to point out that Gillian handles the daily details in a very pleasant way and invaluable to all who work with her.Anne B. Tryon NC
Gillian was great to work with. She was quick to understand our vision and provided excellent options to meet our expectations. We could not be happier with the results of our room and would highly recommend her for your decorating needs.Gillian has been the voice of excellent taste and design for more than ten years with projects in our Connecticut home. Our projects span large scale "tune-ups" for the living room, to renovation of the master suite, and most recently, a complete redecoration of the dining room which was done long distance between North Carolina and Connecticut. Gillian is able to understand my esthetic and provide the most beautiful fabrics and colors, blending fresh new materials and furniture with existing favorite piece.Jane N, Darien, CT.