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Designer Friday: An Aspire Exclusive Interview With Elizabeth Gill

As owner and founder of her eponymous design firm, Elizabeth Gill begins projects at the foundation of each space. Her passion for rugs guides a process that starts at the ground level and builds upwards, finding a momentum that overtakes the space with a modern, classy feel. Drawing from a wealth of experience in design, Gill and her firm create soothing, sophisticated interiors complemented by an imaginative streak, all the while endeavoring to reflect the ultimate foundation of the home – the client. Introducing this week’s Designer Friday, Elizabeth Gill.

Gill’s contemporary approach creates spaces that are cool and comfortable, like this home in Southampton, New York, that matches subtle furniture and accessories in an open, reflective environment.

Gill’s contemporary approach creates spaces that are cool and comfortable, like this home in Southampton, New York, that matches subtle furniture and accessories in an open, reflective environment.

Andrew Joseph: What’s your design pet peeve?
Elizabeth Gill: Rugs that are too small and artwork hung either too low or too high.

Andrew: If you weren’t a designer, you’d be a…?
Elizabeth: Floriculturist. More specifically, a rose breeder with high hopes to rival David C.H. Austen.

Andrew: What are three things you can’t live without?
Elizabeth: Just three? Well, not including my family I can’t live without my tape measurer, Juliet roses, & the soundtrack to “Hamilton”.

Gill blends a bold, unexpected wall covering with neutral furnishings and accessories in this Virginia home.

Gill blends a bold, unexpected wall covering with neutral furnishings and accessories in this Virginia home.

Andrew: What was your first job?
Elizabeth: The first job I ever had was sales associate at Juicy Couture in Georgetown – post tracksuit fad, I promise! This was also the most fun I have ever had working for someone else. My first design job was as a sales associate at Poltrona Frau, which also sold Cappellini and Cassina, so I learned a lot about beautiful furniture.

Andrew: Which room in the house do you find yourself working from the most?
Elizabeth: Although I have a nice home office I always seem to find myself on the settee in my bedroom working, overlooking our garden. I love being surrounded by the comforting blush pinks, pale blues and creams that I chose around the colors in a Gene Davis my husband bought.

Andrew: What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this month?
Elizabeth: I had a baby!

Gill’s firm often utilizes a neutral palette to create soothing environments, balancing darker colors with lighter tones and a variety of patterns.

Gill’s firm often utilizes a neutral palette to create soothing environments, balancing darker colors with lighter tones and a variety of patterns.

Andrew: What’s your favorite cocktail?
Elizabeth: Aviation – must have a Luxardo cherry or, better, three!

Andrew: Design Icon?
Elizabeth: ANDRÉE PUTMAN. I remember reading about her when I was bored at work, feeling particularly uninspired and a bit lost. She said this brilliant thing that made me love her, “To not dare is to have already lost. We should seek out ambitious, even unrealistic, projects because things only happen when we dream.”

Andrew: Has your mindset changed into 2021? In what ways?
Elizabeth: Yes, it most certainly has. I am less anxious about what is going to happen next in my life story and more focused on the precious moments of life that are happening right now. I’m also more selective and intentional about the projects I choose to take on.


About The Designer | Elizabeth Gill is the principal designer and founder of Elizabeth Gill Interiors, a full-service interior decorating firm based in New York City specializing in modern and contemporary spaces. The firm also has a second studio in Georgetown, D.C. to better serve clients in the Washington metropolitan area. Her firm is committed to creating magical moments for clients through designing effortlessly luxe space with a soul.

A former competitive ice dancer, she attended the George Washington University for both her undergraduate and graduate studies, earning a BBA in International Business and then studying Interior Architecture and Design in the MFA program. Additionally, Elizabeth holds a Graduate Certificate in Visual Arts from Harvard. After working as a Senior Designer for a top designer, she started her own firm in 2018, which has since served clients in New York City, the Hamptons and Washington, D.C.

Most recently, Elizabeth worked on this year’s Galerie House of Art & Design in Sag Harbor, collaborating with a talented group of interior designers including Billy Cotton, Mark Cunningham, Sara Story, and more.

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