Calm and Relaxing Brief Achieved

Customer reference for Nine Yards Design as told to pickapro by Dawn Divilly from Taylor's Hill, Galway on 21-Sep-2016

When was the work done?
We finished building the house in March 2015, but had Yvonne on-board months before we even started on-site in March 2014.

What was involved?
We were building a brand-new house and Nine Yard Designs had been recommended to us. The first thing Yvonne did was have a look at the plans. She was able to make suggestions and changes to the plans, and actually helped us design elements of the house like the kitchen and the master en-suite.

But the main reason we called her was for the interior design side of things. It was key to have a house that was very calm and relaxing. So we met and she took that on-board and we went from there.

How did you choose Nine Yards Design?
Yvonne had decorated the house of a colleague of my husband – before that it hadn't really been on our radar to get an interior designer. So we met in Dublin and we really liked her personality and felt that we could work really well with her.

Had you definite ideas in mind before you talked to Yvonne Mulligan?
Yvonne has this really great ability to understand what you like and what will work for your house – she almost steps into the house and thinks 'this is my house and this is the style I like'. There were so many occasions where she'd send a picture over to me that I had already seen, or we'd be out together and we'd both like the same thing. She is really very good at tuning in to what you want.

Did Yvonne introduce new ideas?
Oh, loads of new ideas. Yvonne stuck to our brief but at the time convinced us of a few things that worked out really well. I'll give you a good example actually: we've a family room with quite a high ceiling and she had this idea for a great picture to go up in the room. I had something else in mind but her idea was that you’d walk into the house, turn the corner and this picture would make you smile. And that’s exactly what happens every time someone turns that corner, especially for the first time.

She also convinced us to lay the tiles in our master en-suite in a herring bone style instead of the traditional brick style and she was so right; the floor looks so much more interesting now.

How did the project run?
To be fair, she didn't really have to think of that side of it because I was pretty much running it our end and I was liaising with her. We live in Galway and she's based in Dublin, and we'd a contractor too.

What was the biggest benefit to you of using Nine Yards Design?
Probably having someone with experience in that area who could do all the sourcing, and with an objective pair of eyes. I was working full-time so someone who did a lot of the leg work. She helped us source all of our sanitary fittings, tiles and that type of thing for all of our bathrooms and was able to get us some really good deals – she'd lots of contacts and saved us a lot of time.

What's your favourite part now?
The fact that we did achieve what we set out to achieve. Every time I walk into the house I feel calm and relaxed, and that's what we wanted. We achieved that with all the the furnishings and the lighting.

Would you recommend Nine Yards Design to others?

Any tips for other people?
It's going to take longer; it's going to cost a lot more than you think, but it's about getting the right team of people around you and getting the experts around you because they'll save you a lot of time and money in the end.

Our Customers Say

Calm and Relaxing Brief Achieved

Yvonne has this really great ability to understand what you like and what will work for your house.

Dawn Divilly from Taylor's Hill, Galway talks to pickapro .. See full interview

It's Just Really Classy

We have a magnificent entrance now ... we attract so many clients. It has a wow factor.

Stella Zheleznyak from Rouge Beauty Salon, Ranelagh, Dublin 6 talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Instrumental in the Design

We immediately saw the value of someone like Yvonne. She's actually gone beyond the scope of just an interior designer.

John Madigan from Castleknock talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Incredibly Easy to Deal With

Yvonne always followed through on what she said she would do. If she said she would call at a certain time, she would.

Una from Terenure talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Very Organised, Good Communication

I would advise anybody to take her onboard at the planning stage because she has great foresight.

Bridget McCarthy from Rathfarnham talks to pickapro .. See full interview

New Apartment Fitout

There isn't any one particular part I like best because I'm delighted with all of it.

Dierdre Grace from Co Meath talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Apartment Renovation

Yvonne managed everybody and took care of the whole project. It was brilliant.

Blathnaid Raftery from Malahide talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Apartment Fitout

I also know that I saved a whole lot of money by going through Yvonne because she has the contacts in the trade.

Greg Ewing from Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Modern Interior Design

Yvonne looked after everything. I was able to just show up with a suitcase!

Derek Delaney from City West, Dublin 24 talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Apartment Redesign

Yvonne had a clear plan in mind for the apartment and really took her time to explain it and listen to my own thoughts.

Alan Brooks from Ringsend talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Apartment Fitout

It exceeded my expectations. Everything Yvonne said she would do, she did. I was thrilled with the job.

Tom McFadden from Premier Square Finglas talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Bathroom Makeover

I was very impressed with Yvonne. She really gives you what you want.

Catherine McGoff from Ballinteer, Dublin 16 talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Newlywed Home Renovation

Yvonne has very good contacts and was able to get pieces that I wouldn't have been able to afford without her discounts.

Deirdre O'Toole from Ranelagh talks to pickapro .. See full interview

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