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

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.