about us

At Inspired Design we are passionate about good design. We balance originality and imagination with attention to detail and an obsession with quality craftsmanship. We work on projects large and small, classic and contemporary. Our award-winning portfolio includes ski chalets, townhouses, country homes, penthouses and luxury retreats, in the UK and Europe.

We have been successfully creating beautiful homes since 1998, and our experience shows: we understand your need for professionalism, initiative and proficiency. We design, build, renovate and furnish in response to your individual requirements, providing a seamless service from initial concept to successful completion.

We aim to capture your taste, style and aspirations, blending inspired design with essential practicality. No matter what the size, style or location of your home, our team will help you to achieve its full potential.


Nicola O’Mara

Nicola has always loved the world of art and design, so it was natural for her to pursue her dream career in interior design. Having gained a BA in Interior Textiles, Nicola worked for a construction company until, in 1998, she set up Inspired Design with her partner John. Together they have developed a highly regarded, award-winning design and build company.

Nicola’s passion for and broad knowledge of design means that she can design to the finest detail but also see the bigger picture – she is able both to create beautiful interiors and take charge of the practicalities of bringing them to life. The end result? Simply exceptional.

Away from work, Nicola enjoys precious time with her daughter, pottering around in the garden or enjoying the ski slopes in the Alps.


John Merriman

John’s carpentry and build background together with his creative virtuosity have helped Nicola and the team grow into an award-winning and successful interior design business.

John enjoys working closely with his team of craftspeople to help drive each project forward. Using his wealth of knowledge and experience, his combination of management skill and creativity ensures that he consistently delivers high-end results.

When John isn’t on site you will find him riding his beloved mountain bike around the Mendips, or else working on his own property renovation.