media & accolades
Other Press & Awards:
Clives Classic Lounge: Numerous National and International Awards, including:
- Bar/Lounge Design accepted into International Bar and Restaurant Awards
- World’s Best Hotel Bar Nominee, Tales of the Cocktail 2011, 2012, 2014
- enRoute Top 5 Places to Drink in the World, Kevin Brauch, Thirsty Traveller
- “Great Whisky Bars of the World ”, Whisky Magazine 2013
- Best Bar, EAT Awards 2013
- “What is Old, is New Again”, Best Classic Cocktail Bar – EAT Awards 2012
Toronto & Vancouver City Food Magazine: Cover Art
Focus on Women Magazine
News Group Newspapers
The Business Examiner
Video – Ministry of Economic Development, Career Solutions Mentoring
Big Brothers and Sisters Newsletter – Feature Big Sister
Look Awards - Honourable Mention
The Federation of Canadian Artists - Honourable Mention
Best of Houzz Award, Customer Service - 2014, 2016
what clients say...
“Gillian has the eye of an artist and the intuition of a muse. Somehow, she will divine exactly what you want, and then, with astonishing grace, make it real. Painlessly. What a gift she has!”
- ELIZABETH NICKSON, COLUMNIST/ WRITER
British Vogue, TIME Magazine, The Globe & Mail, Former European Bureau Chief of LIFE Magazine
Her projects have ranged from individual suite upgrades, a redesign of our cafe, extensive hallway upgrades, to a major lobby renovation and redesign. We commissioned Gillian as the artist to paint "Floribunda", our 2004 entry for Orcas in the City. The colourful orca now graces our front entrance.
Gillian was instrumental in the restoration and design of our signature Regency Suite, which was destroyed by fire. We are very pleased with the quality and innovativeness of Gillian's work and especially excited to witness the "rebirth" of our signature suite at her hands.
- E. Wilde, President & Past President, The BC Hotel Association
Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites
Gillian's background is reflected in the vibrant living spaces she creates. Her thoughtful use of colour and attention to detail in design has transformed my home into something that not only looks good, but that suits my personality as well.
- A. Collins
Gillian is a consummate professional. We have always been delighted with her approach and her reliability. She produces excellent work, on time and on budget. She has a great relationship with the contractors that she engages on our behalf. We have no hesitation in allowing her to make executive decisions for us on projects, and to work in our house while we are away, knowing that everything will be in excellent order upon our return.
- Richard Curry
“The 30-year old interior design firm was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community."
- Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users Revealing Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in Canada
We were delighted with the services provided by Ley Art and Interiors Ltd. Gillian was a pleasure to work with and we never ceased to be pleased, and amazed, at her creativity. In addition, she was budget-conscious, finding affordable ways to bring the 'Wow!' effect. We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Ley Art and Interiors Ltd.
- Dr. Dennis and Gwen Anholt
I have engaged the services of Gillian Ley on several design projects in my capacity as CEO of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority and previously as the General Manager of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club and have been impressed and delighted by the results. The process of a design project is as vital as the final outcome and in this element, she also excels.
Ms Ley has provided the design guidelines and corporate branding for the facilities of the Authority, including Ogden Point and Fisherman's Wharf reinvigorations. The overall concepts are being integrated into all of the Authority's properties. Her design is bold but respectful of the historic elements of the grand passenger liners that have called Victoria Harbour.
The interior design of the historic Royal Victoria Yacht Club building also found a balance acceptable to over one thousand members' opinions--a modern country club look that even the tradition-based salty seamen appreciate. Her ability to build consensus of the client interest groups and deliver the final result with her extensive range of material and service associates is impressive.
I highly recommend Gillian Ley for any design project.
- Paul Servos, Former Chief Executive Officer, The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority; Owner - The Flag Shop
Best decision ever to have Gillian on board. We were so impressed with our new look at our corporate head office.
- Jad Beckett, CFO, Pacific Homes, Vancouver Island
You have a great wit, a wonderful disposition and talent, my god have you got talent.
- Ken Smith, Facilitator/Job Developer at Ethos Career Management Group ~ Youth Means Business
Gillian Ley has consulted with us on four large projects; 2 of our homes that we built and renovation of my husband's dental clinics, and design of his other new dental clinic. In all cases, Gillian was wonderful to work with as she is patient, well informed and has a wonderful sense of proportion and colour. She is very good at listening to your ideas and making them work (or gently dissuade you). She is flexible, reasonable and practical. She has our highest recommendation and we will hire her again.
- Dr. Geri Van Gyn