Geri O’Toole is one of Ireland’s leading interior designers, with celebrity clients like Vogue Williams on the books. In the new issue of RSVP Home, Geri opens up her quaint two-bedroom 18th century Limerick cottage
Geri O’Toole is one of Ireland’s leading interior designers, with celebrity clients like Vogue Williams on the books. In the new issue of RSVP Home, Geri opens up her quaint two-bedroom 18th century Limerick cottage she shares with her construction worker husband Cathal Gylnn, and their two children Finley, 7, and five-month-old Edie, before it undergoes a complete transformation.
Geri shares all her home decor secrets, from her design regrets, to home pet peeves, how to weed out the good tradespeople from the cowboys and why hiring an interior designer is the best financial decision you could make.
Speaking to RSVP Home, Geri explained: “We found this home years ago but it was completely derelict and we didn’t have the funds to get in straightaway. The location was perfect, it’s close to our work and my son’s school and has all the handy amenities, but yet is still in the countryside.
“The location was the key, but it had lovely potential because it has really, really old trees around it, hundreds of years old. We still have those and we have to maintain them every year with tree surgeons because of all the storms we get now. But they add so much character to the place.
“We eventually got in about six years ago and we used whatever funds we had to make it liveable, but we didn’t go mad because when we moved in we only had our son and with two bedrooms we knew a renovation would be needed down the line to make the place bigger. With our little girl now and only two bedrooms we’re really stuck for space”.
“With an old cottage like that they only have tiny pokey rooms and it’s not really conducive to a contemporary way of living. When we moved in there was an old chimney in the centre of the house and our budget was really limited so we didn’t take out the chimney, we just wrapped the stairs around it.
“We broke down a lot of the walls down stairs and made a living room on one side and a kitchen/dining on the opposite side. There’s also a small utility room and bathroom. Upstairs there is a main bedroom with an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe and then my son’s bedroom and main bathroom”.
Find more garden and interiors inspiration in the new issue of RSVP Home, out now