Meet interior designer Ruth Noble

"On the weekends, if I cannot get away, I will try to get out to the beach, the mountains or even just the park — they remind me how natural materials sit so well together, and how these can be applied to my interior design projects."

Meet interior designer Ruth Noble

What’s your background?

Upon completion of an Interior Design diploma course, I gained experience undertaking freelance residential projects.

I was offered a very promising position in London and spent six years working at project management level, co-ordinating and completing the interiors of luxury properties internationally. I worked with architects such as Peter Marino and in projects which involved sourcing art through Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bonhams. I built up a database of reputable and unique suppliers and brands.

Returning to Dublin in 2016, my creative vision became a reality when Ruth Noble Interiors was formed. Comprised of a design studio, interior library and furniture showroom, we are now a team of three, and our work covers anything from property fitouts, to refurbishments, renovations, extension projects and new builds.

Ruth Noble
Ruth Noble

What’s a typical workday like for you?

I try to be office-based Monday to Wednesday. We tend to schedule site, client and supplier meetings for later in the week.

The busiest period of the year runs from September to March, during those months there is barely time to come up for air but from April through to August, things become a bit more balanced and I usually have more time to focus on developing the creative aspects of the business.

I also like to take the opportunity visit trade and art fairs, and to go on buying trips throughout the year.

Tell us about a recent project or design

A current project which we are working on in the West of Ireland has really allowed good scope with regard the design and fitout of the property. It is an old stone cottage which has been extended out the back. I am enjoying playing on the cottage aspects of the property while also introducing quirky design and detail within the new spaces.

Suburban period renovation.
Suburban period renovation.

What’s your design style?

I endeavour to design spaces which are comfortable, striking, effective, and which will make an impact but without being too overpowering.

What inspires your work?

Travel and nature. Travel offers exposure to new inspiration.

On the weekends, if I cannot get away, I will try to get out to the beach, the mountains or even just the park — they remind me how natural materials sit so well together, and how these can be applied to my interior design projects.

What’s your favourite trend at the moment?

I am not trend-led when it comes to interior design, but I realise that clients will have been inspired by interiors of restaurants or hotels they have stayed in.

I will try to apply these trends but put my own twist on them and offer the client something a little more interesting or functional than what they have seen elsewhere.

Dublin city residence.
Dublin city residence.

What’s your most treasured possession?

My passport — it has offered me so much opportunity to travel, to develop my experience in my chosen field, and to meet new people and visit exciting cities and inspiring markets and fairs.

Who is your favourite designer, or style inspiration?

I have always subscribed to Elle Decoration magazine, and I still do.

The publication offers a balanced insight into industry developments.

I like the way it covers lifestyle as well as interior developments and will focus on topics or individuals who are making a change in the industry and market.

It never fails to offer nuggets of interior information.

Country home with contemporary elements.
Country home with contemporary elements.

What would be a dream project for you to work on?

My own home — I enjoy working on the interior design of beautiful old properties and interesting new-builds, but I really look forward to one day working on my own interior design project, from plan right through to completion.

Have you any design tips?

Look at your property or home as one project, so even if you are working on it, room by room, plan as if you are working on the entire house. This will mean there will be continuity in the design. Create boards for each room and plan how you will circulate from one room to the next. Consider use and function in addition to the aesthetic.

- Ruth Noble Interiors, 1 Milltown Centre, Milltown, Dublin 6, D06 E8W2

-;; Instagram: @ruthnobleinteriors;

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