Tara and Shannon Gilmore

Of The Essence is a home decor and interior design company based out of Wilmington, NC. We offer custom decorative services, from painting to remodeling to consulting, for home or business.

Of The Essence Designs was founded by Tara Gilmore in New Jersey in 2004. In 2007, Tara relocated to Wilmington, NC where she and her interior design team has continuously offered home decor and interior design services up and down the east coast.

An Education in Interior Design

Tara Gilmore was trained by the Masters at The Finishing School in New York. There, she was educated in Venetian Plasters, Surface Textures, Gilding and Metal Leaf, Faux Bois, Cabinet and Furniture Refinishing, and Glazing. These high-end interior design services are entirely custom with environmentally friendly, non-toxic paints and finishes supplied only to current and former students from The Finishing School. Her education plus over a decade of work experience in interior design are shown in the quality of her work today.

Growing Of The Essence in Wilmington, NC

In 2014, Tara on-boarded Shannon Gilmore, her husband, and was able to expand the company’s interior design services to include carpentry, drywall, molding and more. Shannon has worked in carpentry and construction since 1996. His extensive knowledge has allowed him to incorporate creativity into his trade as he now specializes in custom carpentry, remodeling and renovations.

Tara and Shannon’s team of home decor specialists and interior design artisans is now based in Wilmington, NC, also serving Wrightsville Beach, Landfall, Porters Neck, Oleander, Carolina Beach, Burgaw and all of North Carolina. Not sure if we can reach your home or office? Just ask! Contact us today.

A Commitment to Quality Interior Designs

No matter where Of The Essence Designs serves, the mission has always remained the same: To emphasize quality of materials and craftsmanship as well as customer satisfaction in the final product. We want you to be proud of everything we touch.

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