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Customer Testimonials


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From opening discussions about your project until the last drawer is slid into place, you’re a big deal to us. Here are some customers who took time to share their experience so you’ll feel great about using Dezign Blue.


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[av_testimonial_single src=’117′ name=’Charles V.’ subtitle=’Oakland’ link=” linktext=”]
Neil brought insight and creativity into creating the kitchen of my dreams on my budget.  Without question, I would not have a space as welcome, useful and beautiful without his participation.  I’m so delighted that he worked with me, inspected my site and talked through the uses I wanted. He was eternally generous with me as I had questions about building standards, lighting and appliance placement. He changed our whole project and made it everything we wanted it to be.
[av_testimonial_single src=’117′ name=’Tom’ subtitle=’San Diego’ link=” linktext=”]
Wanted to say thanks again for your initial design consultation and all the timely follow-up responses.  I am really pleased with the outcome and looking forward to the new light fixtures being installed to complete the job. Hopefully, I can generate some business for you over the years to come. The IKEA kitchen option would have been too overwhelming without your expertise.
[av_testimonial_single src=’117′ name=’Celeste’ subtitle=’San Rafael’ link=” linktext=”]
Wow – were we ever lucky to find Neil Wilson. As you can see from the pictures of our kitchen (see the Celeste kitchen in the Portfolio) – he does incredible design work. What you can’t see is the behind-the-scene ordering logistics that he masterfully handles. AND, the design and ordering for this was done in one day – actually in ~ 8 hours! Amazing – not only did we get a truly stunning and inviting kitchen but we somehow managed to avoid all of the drama and long timeline that so many others report when re-doing their kitchen. Can’t thank Neil enough. Our home is on the market now and I know who we’ll be calling as soon as we buy our next one.
[av_testimonial_single src=’117′ name=’Rosawan’ subtitle=” link=” linktext=”]

Neil was worth well more than what he charged! My husband is pretty creative and I am very obsessive when it comes to all things pertaining to my kitchen since it is where I live, breathe, cook and eat. I am a cook and quite recently my kitchen was permitted under Class B in the Cottage Industry (California) and Neil’s layout of my kitchen impressed my inspector! I recommend him to anyone trying to remodel with Ikea cabinets without hesitation! Totally accessible designer, friendly and worth much more than he charges!

[av_testimonial_single src=’117′ name=’Jennifer’ subtitle=’Palm Springs’ link=’http://’ linktext=”]
We have been in our little casa in Palm Springs, for quite a few months now, and wanted to say thanks once again for the wonderful job you did designing our kitchen. Every single thing works so well and looks beautiful. When we wake up and wander in to make the morning coffee, we always say a little hello and thank you to our delightful kitchen. It’s a pleasure to cook and entertain in such an orderly and pretty space. We also love the details you included, from drawers for everything rather than cabinets, to inspired storage solutions within the units. Neil, we just couldn’t be happier.
[av_testimonial_single src=’117′ name=’Amy M.’ subtitle=’Washington DC’ link=” linktext=”]
Neil is an amazing kitchen designer and I would not hesitate to recommend him. He was creative and developed concepts that were outside the box, which resulted in a much better design. He was the third kitchen designer I hired and there was no comparison. He provides exceptional services for the fees he charges, and he is always responsive, answering all questions, and contemplating all solutions. He has great technical expertise, as well as creative vision.
[av_testimonial_single src=’117′ name=’Peter H.’ subtitle=’San Clemente’ link=” linktext=”]
Neil has been instrumental in helping us meet our design demands as well as budget restraints for two kitchens and three bathrooms. Equally important as his on-site assistance was his immediate response to questions and changes to projects in progress. He has our absolute unqualified recommendation and thanks for jobs well done!
[av_testimonial_single src=’117′ name=’Amy’ subtitle=” link=” linktext=”]
We love to have friends come over, and it is truly the most perfect space for entertaining. When we have pot lucks, or just long assembly lines for a Chipotle-style do it yourself burritos, it is ideal. I love to look over and see fifteen people in casual conversation around the island. And any home that is 1037 sqft and can host 80+ people (using the outside, yes, but still!) is pretty sweet, I think! People LOVE this kitchen, and I use every cupboard and space. I could maximize efficiency a bit more, but for now, I am just reveling in having so much space. – Thank you so much!
[av_testimonial_single src=’117′ name=’Celeste’ subtitle=” link=” linktext=”]
It is simply stunning. Thank you, thank you, thank you Neil! – It’s just gorgeous. They are installing lighting and a chandelier over the island today. Richard and his son Michael, and their team were beyond belief in the cabinet installation – thank you for the recommendation and connection. Neil – it is so fabulous. I’ll send you the before/after pix. Only problem is I’m not a pro photographer and this kitchen deserves that! Thanks Neil!
[av_testimonial_single src=’117′ name=’Jelski’ subtitle=” link=” linktext=”]
Truly shocking. I just smile and smile every time I walk into my new kitchen. 🙂
[av_testimonial_single src=’117′ name=’Doug’ subtitle=” link=” linktext=”]
Outside of just a few additional issues with understanding Ikea’s pict-o-instructions (which really were quite clear once I began to think in Swedish) the cabinets went together smoothly and I couldn’t be happier with the design. I really appreciate the work you did for me. I’d definitely do this again! I hear of so many horror stories relative to kitchen remodels. This honestly wasn’t bad at all. – Thanks again!
[av_testimonial_single src=’117′ name=’Joe & Dee’ subtitle=” link=” linktext=”]
This kitchen ROCKS Neil and it’s all your fault! We want to thank you for your design and all your help getting it done. Every time I walk in I stop and say, “WOW”. We’re going try and send some before and after pics to you. Thank you so much for everything.
[av_testimonial_single src=’117′ name=’Maria’ subtitle=” link=” linktext=”]
I appreciate you putting up with my erratic emails 😉 You can probably tell that I’m very scattered brain. I love your design work and all the motivating quotes on your website. Even electronically you give off a positive energy. We need more people like you. Hope to meet you in person one day.
[av_testimonial_single src=’117′ name=’Nancy’ subtitle=” link=” linktext=”]
I am so happy with our kitchen. It has been such a big improvement in our lives and so nice to see it first thing when you walk in the house! The old kitchen was so ugly! And our new pup has not chewed the cabinets! phew!!
[av_testimonial_single src=’117′ name=’Andy’ subtitle=” link=” linktext=”]
Neil, you certainly fill a need, not least in providing aid and comfort, but also translation. A person needs to know exactly how everything works together, and understand the IKEA vocabulary, to have a chance at a successful design/install. When the flat packs show up, the assembly code is easily cracked. I’m sure you too have encountered design professionals who use their hands and arms to describe a space or a layout without ever actually measuring it — and I’m realizing that leads to tears and/or cursing when the installers show up. You are not that kind of designer. I must say I’m pleased how your design is fitting into the actual physical space.
[av_testimonial_single src=’117′ name=’Sara’ subtitle=” link=” linktext=”]
I love our kitchen and it is all thanks to you!! When I get home I’ll email you pictures. Before and after, because what you did was amazing!! Also, please feel free to use me as a reference. You were so great! We couldn’t have done it without you!!
[av_testimonial_single src=’117′ name=’Amy’ subtitle=’Chicago, IL’ link=” linktext=”]
You said last Sunday that you wished you could see my face when I saw the new design. I sort of wish that, too, as a look of utter disbelief mixed with joy is not an everyday expression. I went into this feeling like, “At least I’ll have a parts list, which is really what I want, even if nothing else much changes.” And I went from nine cabinets (ten once we eliminated the wood burning stove) to 23, one of which is a pantry. And a more functional flow into the rest of the house. And a much more cohesive look. Amazing. I went to bed on Monday practically giddy.
[av_testimonial_single src=’117′ name=’M. Gerber’ subtitle=” link=” linktext=”]
We moved in to the house last weekend, and are now surrounded by the chaos of boxes. But the kitchen is absolutely amazing! It turned out even better than we could’ve hoped. It’s perfect. We love how it looks with the 3 cabinets centered under the window. You did an incredible job, and I can’t tell you how much we appreciate it! Now I just have to figure out where everything goes. Kitchen organization is it’s own conundrum, even after the design is done!


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