Pieces of me: Aoibheann McNamara, proprietor of Ard Bia at Nimmos

The restaurateur likes to mix Scandinavian sleek with Moroccan style in her open-plan home

 

Donegal woman Aoibheann McNamara is the proprietor of the Ard Bia restaurant at Nimmos in Galway, and she is into slow food and slow fashion. She began her career from a heritage centre in her home town of Ardara, then studied history of art and completed a postgraduate course in arts administration. Co-founder of the Tweed Project with Triona Lillis, she recently converted an old carpenter’s workshop in Galway, which is now home to her and her six-year-old son, Oni.

Describe your style in interiors

Sweden

Everything was then made to measure in an industrial style by talented local carpenter Nathan Nokes and my builder Ian Morrissey. All the beds and a large table were made by Nokes. and Morrissey customised a lot of the pull doors on slides and shelving. The stairs leading to Oni’s bedroom were modelled on those leading to the sea at Blackrock.

Which room in your house do you most enjoy and why?

Belfast

I have found some amazing mid-range spaces around the world with a keen eye on design and creativity on a budget.

What items do you love most? I love the reindeer hides from the Arctic Circle and even though they shed terribly they create the look I want. And I love the Donegal deer head and antlers that are mounted on the wood-panelled wall above the secret door to the bedroom. I love my art collected over the years from all the artists with whom I had the pleasure of working.

Who is your favourite designer and do you own any of their work?

Which artists do you most admire?

Lisbon

She is working with Hermès window displays and is really imaginative and brilliant. I am lucky to have a lot of her work and they transform the space into something very different, which is when art works best.

What is your biggest interior turn-off?

I’d love us to embrace the confidence of other countries; especially Scandinavia, where personal and national design confidence is strong. We are getting there.

Which travel destination stands out?

Morocco

If you had €100,000 to spend on anything for the home, what would you buy?

Marrakech
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