Esther Milardi is simply outstanding. She recently designed and project-managed a new bathroom for us, and she has also managed some other work (interior and exterior) at our house. She brings to project a design flair, coupled with excellent taste. But she is always attentive and sensitive to the client’s functional needs and aesthetic preferences. We are absolutely delighted with our bathroom, which is exactly what we wanted (and more). Esther’s project-management is remarkable. She really is hands-on. She is there with the contractors, supervising, but not intruding. She has a calm authority that counts for much. She co-ordinates the work to perfection. I trust her implicitly and I recommend her whenever I can.

Emeritus Professor Paul Atkinson - 2019

I am delighted to have the opportunity to provide a testimonial for Esther Milardi of Di Oro Interiors, Cardiff.  She was recommended to me by a close friend who had employed her for the refurbishment of their bathroom. In April this year, Esther undertook the complete transformation of my guest room and some necessary work in my study area and the master bedroom.

Esther is the fifth interior designer with whom I have worked and, in my experience, provides a uniquely professional service. She has a great sense of style and coordination. Not only does she design the project, after full consultation with her client about preferences and budget, and source and supply the components of the scheme, but manages the work throughout. She schedules and co-ordinates the team of excellent tradesmenwho regularly work with her. She is on-site every day that work is taking place, on hand to deal with any unforeseen issues.

Undertaking home improvements can be a stressful time for householders: when people are working in your home it can be disruptive and inconvenient and things do not always go to plan. Esther’s hands-on approach throughout the work removes that source of stress. She is completely in command of the project. I had every confidence that she would find solutions to any problems that arose during the refurbishment and had total peace of mind.

The results of her design have been much admired by friends and family and I thoroughly recommend her both as a designer and as a project manager. Indeed, I recommended Esther to one of my neighbours who has been similarly impressed with her work.

Dr Margaret Gregory - 2019

Working with Esther was an absolute pleasure. After deciding to refurbish our front room but unsure of the best way forward we engaged Esther to provide some initial ideas and options and, following several visits to our home,  Esther produced a mood board which formed the basis for the design. Esther worked with us to translate the mood board into a defined plan with timescales and an agreed budget. Throughout the whole process Esther was able to provide guidance and a helping hand in enabling us to make decisions on the various aspects of the project. At no time did we feel pressured and it was good to work with someone who allowed us to talk through the various options. Inevitably a complete refurbishment in a 1930s house is a messy business particularly when floor sanding and the dreaded black mortar are involved.  Esther’s project management and organisational skills meant that this was kept to a minimum and the work was undertaken professionally and courteously. We were impressed with Esther’s commitment to the project to the extent that she was still working late on in the evening to ensure the work was progressing. She took care of engaging all of the tradespeople who worked on the project and the standard of their work was truly outstanding.  She was there at all times to supervise and to open and lock up so that we could carry on as normal without having to wait in or change work commitments.

Results were amazing. A complete transformation of the room way beyond our expectations. We would recommend Esther without hesitation and would definitely work with her again on a future project.

Jo Brace - 2018

‘Esther’s design work certainly brings the wow factor, and is second to none. She brings any project to life but keeps a modern and minimalist style. Her professionalism is outstanding and she will go the extra mile, listening to even the smallest of details we wanted. We look forward to working with Esther again in the future, cannot recommend highly enough!’

Emma Ballson, CS Properties - 2016-2017

“Esther has worked for me on two occasions and each time I have been delighted with the results. She is friendly, helpful and always willing to go that extra mile to make sure that you are happy. Due to her overseeing all of the work and the workers, she takes all the worry off my shoulders. I would definitely use her again and would wholeheartedly recommend her.” –

Sue Cooke - 2018

“Esther’s design work captured the look and feel we were trying to achieve perfectly. We continue to receive compliments about the designs. We’re intending to continue to work with her, because of her talent and also because of her collaborative approach. We highly recommend Di Oro Interiors.”

Paul David - 2018

” I met Esther Milardi by chance one day about 15 months ago, and it soon became apparent  that her expertise coupled with her  professionalism would provide just the help I so needed for the daunting task of a major refurb of our home.   She was painstaking in her efforts to achieve our vision and was unfailingly upbeat and a pleasure to deal with.
‘Stunning’  has been the word most used by our friends to describe her work on our house.”

Frances Mitchell - 2018