Carlow Nationalist – Carlow interior designer hits the stars in national awards


Emma Barron Butler

A BORRIS interior designer who only started full-time work in the industry three years ago has been shortlisted for two national awards.

Emma Barron Butler of Newtown has been nominated for the Fit Out Awards in her rising star category and in the Healthcare Fit Out project of the year section.

Emma was a stay-at-home mom with a passion for interior design, but didn’t embark on this career until she was 40, eventually founding White Meadow Interiors.

Speaking of the nomination, she said, “It’s still very emotional. It’s huge for me. It’s always nice to see a client looking at a piece you’ve made and they’re amazed and delighted. But to be recognized nationally by such a group of people that I aspire to is unreal.

She remembers taking her first steps into interior design when she earned a graduate degree in interior design.

“I stopped being afraid of what could go wrong and decided to take the first step by taking the course in UCD. If someone had said that I was a finalist for this award three years old, I would laugh out loud at the impossibility, but here we are. I encourage everyone to pursue their dreams, regardless of age.

Emma has grown her business and reputation through social media and word of mouth, while praising Carlow LEO and Carlow-Kilkenny ETB for their support. A huge boost was when Pembroke Dental acquired his services to fit out their waiting rooms in various facilities, a dozen projects in total.

She said: ‘It went from something I did on weekends or a day or two to working full time and working weekends to stay on top of everything.’

She was nominated for fit-out work at Pembroke Dental’s Newbridge Clinic, where Emma was responsible for outfitting the office, waiting rooms and common areas.

Emma loves the mix of commercial and residential work, offering different levels of services, but always seeks to do too much for her clients.

“I sincerely want you to end up with the best possible version of your home because everyone deserves it, regardless of your budget. I’m also naturally thrifty, so I seek out the best deals for my clients. I have so much lucky to have developed excellent relationships with artisans who excel in what they do.

Emma thanked her family for their support, her parents and her husband Lar Butler, a carpenter, who assists with the layouts and all of her clients.

The awards will be held November 23 at the Burlington Hotel and will be judged by a panel of architects, interior designers and project managers.

For more information on Emma’s work, see

Some of Emma’s work at Pembroke Dental in Newbridge which received a nomination for a Fit Out Award


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