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My favourite room: Blow hair salons entrepreneur Noelle McCarthy at her period home in Dublin 6

Noelle McCarthy studied science, then worked in call centres and recruitment. With that career background, hair salons seem an unlikely leap but over the last 18 years her Blow business has given her a good life and a lovely home

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Entrepreneur Noelle McCarthy in her sitting room with her two daughters, Aifric, on the left, and Zoe. The sofas are from The Sofa Factory. The painting over the sofa is by John Connors

Entrepreneur Noelle McCarthy in her sitting room with her two daughters, Aifric, on the left, and Zoe. The sofas are from The Sofa Factory. The painting over the sofa is by John Connors

The elegant hallway of Noelle McCarthy’s period house. The console table and mirror came from an antiques shop in Cork, while the chairs flanking them are from Dunnes Stores

The elegant hallway of Noelle McCarthy’s period house. The console table and mirror came from an antiques shop in Cork, while the chairs flanking them are from Dunnes Stores

Noelle outside her period house, which is situated in a leafy square in Dublin 6. It dates from 1850, and has lovely details including bay windows, high ceilings and period mantlepieces

Noelle outside her period house, which is situated in a leafy square in Dublin 6. It dates from 1850, and has lovely details including bay windows, high ceilings and period mantlepieces

A detail of the living room. The portrait of Noelle is by Cian McLoughlin, who specialises in work related to the theatre; Noelle also has one of his works depicting Michael Gambon as Hamm in Beckett’s Endgame

A detail of the living room. The portrait of Noelle is by Cian McLoughlin, who specialises in work related to the theatre; Noelle also has one of his works depicting Michael Gambon as Hamm in Beckett’s Endgame

The modern kitchen complete with island is at garden level, and is very bright as it has a skylight and French doors opening on to the garden. Off it is a cosy sitting room, the walls of which are covered in paintings

The modern kitchen complete with island is at garden level, and is very bright as it has a skylight and French doors opening on to the garden. Off it is a cosy sitting room, the walls of which are covered in paintings

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Entrepreneur Noelle McCarthy in her sitting room with her two daughters, Aifric, on the left, and Zoe. The sofas are from The Sofa Factory. The painting over the sofa is by John Connors

There's a photograph in entrepreneur Noelle McCarthy's living room, taken when she was a teenager, which uncannily predicts her future - it's a picture of Noelle with a horse.

The picture can be summed up in two words: horses and hair, both of which feature large in present-day Noelle's life.


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