Celbridge - 4 bed house
Project Type: Design & Project Manage
Description: 4 bed house
This home is lived in & thoroughly used by a young family of five. To make the space more livable for them, we knocked through from kitchen to living room & added a dining extension to the rear. We overcame small issues like the unbalanced fireplace by adding some light panelling to the left side to create a feature. Accommodating both clients with different wish lists, we used a more industrial monochrome theme through much of the design, using materials like concrete & steel, but softened it up with soft furnishings, splashes of turquoise, natural wood & plants.
“Our first consultation with Emily was great, she listened to both mine and my wife’s wish list and came back with some amazing designs. What I loved about Emily’s approach was that she distilled down all our ideas (too many to count) and came back with a few options that incorporated as much as she could within the parameters we faced. From the outset Emily was also really realistic about our wish list, what was practical and what wasn’t, what we would need to sacrifice for one thing over another and the very importantly was what within and outside our budget (yes we were very naive when it came to the budget)!! So after a few more months of saving we were ready to go. Focusing on the kitchen first and getting that design pinned down, then moving onto the living area and a mini study/office area. The results are amazing, I really can’t believe that I live in the house I do, people literally gasp when they walk into our living space downstairs, it’s like something out of an interior design magazine. Emily came up with some really unique features, specifically the lighting and soft furnishings, wall designs and creating a complementary colour palette for the space. These are all things that I struggled getting right in past endeavours…. this time I left it to the professional and it so paid off, a hundredfold. Also something that was I found to be invaluable was the time saved, both I and my wife work full time (really more than full time – long hours) and we have 2 infants so we just did not have the time to go around shops and websites looking at options and making sure that everything worked well together before buying. We’d still be looking at websites now if we didn’t have Emily involved. As we moved through the renovation from kitchen into the living and dining space Emily came back each time with a refined mood board of options that we could pick from, a good range of options but not so many that I was paralysed in deciding what to go for; this is without doubt the most valuable part of the process for me. I know I wanted something different from what’s on offer in the high street furniture shops and retail parks but we just don’t have the time or inclination to go out and find the unique retailers that do stock the style of interior that we really like. Emily has a treasure trove of these websites and the time (and arguments!! :)) that Emily saved for me and my wife was worth every penny!!! Finally, the cost… we were on a tight budget (I think I already mentioned I had a long wish list :)) and I was apprehensive that paying an interior designer would consume our precious budget and that only really expensive interiors would be presented to us……. how utterly wrong I was.”Emily ended up saving us both time and money, she was realistic with our budget from the outset and did not once come back with ludicrous priced options. So in summary 5 out of 5 stars and I’ve no hesitation recommending Emily, you will get far more than your money’s worth.” Celbridge home owner