Geri O’Toole is one of Ireland’s leading interior designers, with celebrity clients like Vogue Williams in the books. In the new issue of RSVP Home, Geri opens up her quaint two-bedroom cottage in 18th century Limerick
Geri O’Toole is one of Ireland’s leading interior designers, with celebrity clients like Vogue Williams in the books. In the new issue of RSVP Home, Geri opens up her quaint two-bedroom cottage in 18th century Limerick which she shares with her husband Cathal Gylnn, a construction worker, and their two children Finley, 7, and Edie, five months, before it undergoes a complete metamorphosis.
Geri shares all of her interior design secrets, from her design regrets to house pet peeves, how to weed good tradesmen out of cowboys, and why hiring an interior designer is the best financial decision you can make.
Speaking to RSVP Home, Geri explained: “We found this house years ago, but it was completely abandoned and we didn’t have the funds to move in immediately. The location was perfect, it’s close from our job and my son’s school and has all the conveniences, but still in the countryside.
“The location was key, but it had great potential because there are very, very old trees around it, hundreds of years old. We still have some and we have to maintain them every year with arborists because of all the storms we get in. But they add so much character to the place.
“We finally arrived about six years ago and used all the funds we had to make it livable, but we didn’t go crazy because when we moved in we only had our son and with two rooms, we knew a renovation would be needed. The line to expand the place. With our little girl now and only two rooms, we are really short on space.”
“With an old cottage like this, there are just tiny, cramped rooms and it’s not really conducive to a contemporary lifestyle. When we moved in, there was an old fireplace in the center of the house and our budget was really limited, so we didn’t have to pull out the fireplace, we just wrapped the stairs around it.
“We knocked down a lot of the walls down the stairs and created a living room on one side and a kitchen/dining room on the other side. There is also a small utility room and a bathroom. Upstairs, there’s a master bedroom with an en-suite and walk-in wardrobe, then my son’s bedroom and master bathroom.”
Find more garden and interiors inspiration in the new issue of RSVP Home, out now