About

interior designer marianne donahue
Marianne Donahue began her college studies as a French major, then moved into Interior Design and Business. In 1985, she started her own design firm, “Castles and Cottages” in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, working on commercial as well as residential accounts.

She first met Joseph Namnoun, owner of J. Namnoun Oriental Rug Gallery in 1987 when they collaborated on carpet selections for one of Donahue’s clients. For the next seven years, they worked together repeatedly on many diverse projects throughout the Northeast.

In 1994, Donahue joined Namnoun as a partner in the Oriental Rug Gallery and became one of the very few women working in this field. “Our backgrounds and skills are very different, but we share a passion for the arts. I think that shows in our design work”, states Donahue. Her signature look is a combination of old world design in classic rich colors combined with a surprising touch of modernism.

Community and Professional Affiliations

Hartford Preservation Alliance, Board of Directors, 2010-2013, Secretary 2011-2013
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art:
Decorative Arts Council, Exec Board, Treasurer 2005-2008, Vice President 2008-2009
Costume and Textile Society, 1st VP 2010-2011
Newport Preservation Society
Alliance Francais of Hartford 2004-2008
American Society of Interior Designers 1987-1996
Town and Country Club, Hartford 2001 to present
Junior League of Springfield, MA 1980-1994

Hobbies and Interests:

Further studies of architecture, interior design, decorative arts, and fashion history; attend yearly seminars and symposiums in Newport and New York
Gardening and landscape design
Reading for pleasure and West End neighborhood monthly book club
Pilates and yoga