“We’re always looking for furniture and accessories that are timeless,” says Gill, who makes frequent trips to Europe with her husband to source items for the shop as well as two annual trips to the International Furniture Market in High Point, North Carolina. In fact, she hasn’t missed a show in about 20 years.
“We like to find as many one-of-a-kind pieces as possible,” she says, “things that you can put in your home and won’t be tired of 10 years later.” In addition, Dickie and Gill stock what they refer to as “bread and butter” pieces, meaning lamps, side tables, ottomans, and the types of transitional furniture that make up the bones of a home. In the end, the shop is a fluid, ever-changing mix of transitional elements and classic style brought together by the Dillon’s fashionable personalities.
It’s common to see a piece off the floor of Dillon & Company make its way into Dickie and Gill’s own home. “I probably need about five homes at this point,” jokes Gill, “because I so often fall in love with pieces from our inventory and absolutely have to bring them home.” Gill describes her own personal style as cozy but not cluttered, with clean, simple lines and antique staple pieces to add some warmth and character. “I like a look of casual elegance,” she says. “I think that while minimalist styles are awesome for a city apartment, New England really lends itself to warm, inviting interiors.” She describes the delicate, muted color palette that she leans toward for New England homes. “The lighting in New England is so beautiful and soft, and I think more natural colors really bring that out. I like to suggest that clients keep the bones of their design—the major pieces—neutral, especially upholstery. Then, have fun with color with vibrant ottomans, ornamental pillows or an intricate painting.”
Gill’s personal favorite pieces in her home right now are a blue painted antique chest and a beautiful French dining table that dates back about 250 years. “I don’t like everything to match too much, so that when you walk through the house you feel like each piece is worth a second look. Everything I put in my house has meaning,” she says. But while her own home is fit for those types of incredible, storied accents, antiques actually make up very little of the overall style of Dillon & Company. “The store focuses very heavily on current interior trends and transitional style,” explains Gill who, through her years of experience, has built relationships with vendors across the globe and spends much of her time reading up on current interior design movements. Dillon & Company offers custom orders as well as design services and works closely with local interior designers—all of which ensures an inventory and expertise that is modern, yet timeless.
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