My Home: Geri O’Toole

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Geri and her team at Geri Designs & Co work on interior architecture & design projects operating from her creative studio and showroom in the heart of Limerick city.

Here she tells us more about where she lives.

How long have you lived in Limerick?

I’m such a homebird, I’ve lived here most of my 33 years on the planet; I love living here. Along with my husband, son and two dogs, I live about five miles outside of the city. We are in the countryside but so close to all amenities and work is a mere 10 minute drive – it’s perfect!

How does Limerick compare to other cities you have lived in?

I loved Dublin and London, but nothing compares to home and having family and friends nearby. Limerick is small city and I just love the simplicity it offers, for example, there’s no big commute to the office and it’s easy to get around.

In your opinion how has Limerick changed over the years?

It’s more developed. There is still a lot changing and growing in Limerick. There is a good food scene and a lot more cultural events popping up. However, for all its development and changes, the city also has a lovely community feel.

You can follow Geri on Instagram @geri_designs

Where do you recommend shopping for interiors?

It has to be Browsers; that’s where my studio is also based. It’s a haven for all things interiors in the city.

Where are your favourite fashion destinations?

Native Limerick people will know the Crescent Shopping Centre as a great spot for shopping, so this is where I would definitely recommend going if you’re in the area. Personally, I don’t love shopping as a pastime, but I am partial to a trip to Brown Thomas in O’Connell Street every now and then.

Do you have a favourite coffee shop?

Located on Bedford Row, The Buttery is excellent, The food and coffee are so good and the the food. Also XXX located right beside my studio on Upper William Street keeps me topped up with coffee throughout the working day!

Where’s your favourite restaurant?

Again, The Buttery is perfect for daytime eating, and I like the Cornstore Restaurant for a lovely evening meal with friends. I love the Cornstore’s interior; it’s very cosy for that time of the evening and it’s a busy atmospheric spot.

Do you have a favourite bar?

It would have to be House Limerick on Howley’s Quay. I really like the interior and overall ambience of the place, plus the food is good too.

Do you have a favourite hotel?

I love No.1 Pery Square & Spa situated in Limerick’s Georgian Quarter. It’s a boutique hotel and I’ll occasionally treat myself to a massage at their spa.

Where would you recommend visiting for anyone travelling to Limerick?

It has to be The Carriage House at Adare Manor for food and then a long walk around the grounds after. Also The Milk Market on a Saturday morning on Cornmarket Row is a must to pick up some delicious food – cheeses, breads and all things yummy! Tourists will also want to visit King John’s Castle and the Limerick City Gallery of Art in the Carnegie Building at Pery Square.

Follow @geri_designs or visit Geri Designs & Co online.

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