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Programme 3

Gillean Guy and Mark Nolan - Lucan, Co. Dublin

Gillean and Mark live in the "largest toy box in Ireland". The couple are both self employed and live in Lucan, Co. Dublin with their two children Laura (5) and Brenna (2).

Mark is an insurance broker and Gillean runs an on-line baby store and is a baby masseuse. The fact that Gillean currently runs her business from home has added greatly to the immense clutter.

The situation is so bad that it's impossible to walk down their hallway. It contains, among other things, Gillean's grandmother's hundred-year-old piano that they inherited six months ago. The piano has become a magnet for other clutter and even though it can't be repaired Gillean refuses to part with it.

The kitchen has two tables but the family has to eat standing up or else they retreat to the sitting room with trays. Gillean says that things started to snowball after the birth of their second child Brenna. Gillean suffered from postnatal depression that was further exasperated by Brenna being very ill for the first six months.

With just three days and a budget of two thousand euro Interior Designer Fiona Wilson and the Desperate Houses team help the family reclaim their kitchen and living room. The team tackle the mess and transform Mark and Gillean's house into a clutter free family home.


PROGRAMME 3 - Gillean Guy and Mark Nolan - Lucan, Dublin

Fiona Wilson
Dublin Based
Contact via email @

Ivan Duggan
All Building/Carpentry work
Dublin area

Piano Tuner
Mark Redmond
Piano Moving: Hanway Haulage
Paul or Stephen
(087) 2593753

Oxigen Environmental
Merrywell Industrial Park
Ballymount Road
Dublin 12
01 4600 999

Oxigen Environmental
Merrywell Industrial Park
Ballymount Road
Dublin 12
01 4600 999

Painter: Pete Butler 085 153 1444
D Flooring : Darren 086 2270938

O'Meara's Camping Centres,
Unit 5, Sunshine Industrial Estate,
Crumlin Road,
Dublin 12.
01 4534070

Stillorgan Decor
Kitchen and Living Room
Red - Ruby Fountain 2 - 07YR10/489
Cream -Chalky Downs 4 - 30 YY67/084

Woodies DIY
Rasch Dahlia Red

Oxfam Home
Unit 3 79/88A Francis Street
Dublin 8
01 402 0555

Fairyhouse Racecourse
Co. Meath 01 830 3808

Fiona with Gillean and Mark
Fiona with Gillean and Mark