Instrumental in the Design

Customer reference for Nine Yards Design as told to pickapro by John Madigan from Castleknock on 21-Sep-2016

When was the work done?
Yvonne started working with us in June of 2015, and it's an ongoing project so we envisage that she'll continue to work with us for another 12 months. We've kind of done it room by room because we don't have a big budget to just go out and buy everything and do everything, and she saw that. She's such a lovely person to work with.

What was involved?
We bought a 1950s-style house that needs a complete refurbishment – windows, doors, heating, everything. The place was gutted, walls knocked, extensions made, and we had all of that done when Yvonne came in to take a look at the work that had been completed, so we were almost ready to move in. Yvonne initially came in to do a quick consult, just to look at the house and give us a few pointers on colours, and immediately we saw the value of someone like her.

We actually regretted not bringing her in sooner to kind of project manage the build because she spotted a couple of flaws. We're trying to do everything ourselves and go to the site every day. She saved our bacon really with floor plans and tiling, and was absolutely spot on. Yvonne rectified a couple of potentially expensive or regrettable mistakes, she was fantastic in that regard, and that was all gratis. We knew then we had to work with her.

How did you choose Nine Yards Design?
Yvonne came in as a recommendation to us through another friend. Yvonne actually did his house and he invited us over to a house-warming. Yvonne happened to be there, and there and then we asked her to come over to our house.

Had you definite ideas in mind before you talked to Yvonne Mulligan?
My partner worked in Boston for a year and I just loved the whole Cape Cod/Hampton/New England feel. We've gone for lots of neutral colours: lots of greys, farrow and ball, elephant breath. Our kitchen is kind of New England, a lot of white, a composite granite effect, chamfered-style edging, a shaker-style kitchen, that light grey colour with a darker deep blue in terms of the breakfast island, light beige tiling. We mixed it up a little with antique pieces that were picked up at auction. We've gone for that look but not necessarily the cost.

Did Yvonne introduce new ideas?
She knew what our style was in terms of the furniture, the sofas and things like that – she would have been instrumental in the design around that and picking up bits and pieces for us. We checked in with Yvonne when choosing pieces too.

How did the project run?
Yvonne was amazing in terms of picking furniture and she got furniture made for us according to our specification and design. She spent a lot of time just looking at furniture and going to different shops, and when we couldn't find what we wanted she'd source someone to make it. Yvonne knows this amazing sofa-maker in Navan. She really listens to what you like and what you don't like. Sometimes we got it wrong, sometimes we got it right, but we felt that she really listened to us.

What was the biggest benefit to you of using Nine Yards Design?
Yvonne not only does the interior design stuff, but will also get furniture custom-made, which is amazing and bespoke, and also works with the builders and the plumbers, and she'll source a builder for you ... people to do wallpaper, to paint – we don't have those contacts. Our builder has gone on to do other projects and he's not as readily available to come back and finish stuff and that's where Yvonne can get you three quotes for that, and they turn up and get the work done. She's actually gone beyond the scope of just an interior designer as far as we can see.

What's your favourite part now?
We came from a two-bedroom apartment in Cabra and we lived there for seven years and we've a dog as well, so we came from not having much space to going into a five-bedroom house, which we've now converted into four; we lost one bedroom to a bathroom, so having come from apartment-style living, we didn't want this house with a maze of rooms, so we did this very open extension at the back, designed by our architect and he just blew out the whole space and took the back off the space – we've got a large kitchen cum living room cum dining room and that's where we spend all our time and that was where the big spend was and we've got real value for money because we're using it.

Would you recommend Nine Yards Design to others?
I couldn't recommend Yvonne highly enough, she's so approachable and down to earth and practical. She's not going to go off and spend ten thousand on something – she'll ask, what are you comfortable spending, and then she'll give you your parameters.

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.

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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.

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Very Organised, Good Communication

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

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New Apartment Fitout

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

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Apartment Renovation

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

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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!

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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.

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Apartment Fitout

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

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Bathroom Makeover

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

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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.

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