Her current studio may be the modest garage at her parents’ Leagrave home.
But for young interior designer Joelle Eyeson, it simply represents the first rung on the ladder to success.
At 26, she’s finally following the career that she’s set her heart on.
“I love bright colours,” the former Lea Manor schoolgirl said. “I’d like to have my own furniture line, a mix of English heritage and vibrant African hues.
“My family are from Ghana and I’d love to have a workshop there, it’s the most amazing place.
“There are lots of colonial buildings filled with colonial furniture – I love the detail incorporated with the culture. I love design that tells a story.”
But that’s all for the future.
Right now Joelle’s concentrating on the innovative business she started in June.
“I’m one of the few interior designers in the UK offering an e-decor service,” she explained. “This means I can redesign a client’s home online.
“It’s great for people who may not have a clue about how to decorate their space or may just need a little assistance.
“It’s also terrific to give to someone as a gift.”
Joelle believes she’s moving with the times. “People don’t have the time or the money to go to expensive consultants,” she said.
“I understand they have tight pockets at the moment and what I do is affordable, it allows clients to have little luxuries. Interior design is not just for the wealthy.”
She’s currently re-designing a four-bedroom house in south London, a job she got through the blog on her website.
“The lady likes neutral shades so there’s lots of greys and creams and blacks,” she said. “I’ve just been asked to project manage for her as well, but I’m equally happy doing things on a much smaller scale.”
She asks potential clients to send her a picture of the room they want redesigned, together with dimensions: “Then we have a conversation so I can get some personal details and ideas of the colours they like, whether the space is south facing and so on.”
She creates and supplies a design box which contains all the necessary information about what to buy and where to buy it.
Joelle doesn’t believe everything has to be high end. She’s a charity shop afficianado, loves IKEA and gets great satisfaction from recycling and upcycling.
The eldest of three, she admits sheepishly: “My parents wanted me to follow a more conventional route and become a lawyer, or do marketing.
“I got a degree and a conventional job. But I wasn’t happy.
“Now I’m following my dream. This is my passion.”