#YesSheCan are very lucky to have been able to interview Jen Jukes, owner of Perfectly Lovely Interiors. She tells us about her love for interior design!
Can you tell us a bit about you and your career:
I am the owner of Perfectly Lovely Interiors, a homeware and lifestyle store. I set up ‘Perfectly Lovely Interiors’ in 2012. I opened my first shop when I was just 19 years old and I am beyond obsessed with all things home & interiors!
What made you choose this career/industry?
I grew up in a rather unconventional way I guess which had a huge impact on my love for interiors and the pull to work for myself. Growing up my parents had an art gallery which was attached to our family home, my dad is also an antiques dealer, so I was surrounded by interesting and beautiful things every day.
My grandma also had an antique shop which I spent a lot of time at, I started going to antique and furniture auctions with her when I was very little, it was doing that that made me catch the ‘buying and selling’ bug, it is so addictive, the thrill and excitement of finding something fabulous and then a customer falling in love with it and buying it from you.
How did you get to where you are now and did you face any challenges along the way?
I had a huge change in personal circumstances years ago which meant I had to close down my first business and look for a ‘proper’ job. I found a position and was employed as a fashion boutique manager and buyer. I worked really, really hard for the company, travelling to London and working really long hours, going above and beyond my role within the company, but when I was very unexpectedly made redundant I realized that there is no loyalty when employed and I learnt a hard lesson to only ever work that hard for myself.
I think it is really important that my children see that (mummy) women can be successful in business
What do you think gave you the drive and determination to succeed?
I am a naturally driven person, I like to do my very best at everything I do, I’m also very competitive, so much so that my husband refuses to play board games with me as I always win ha! Now having the children I think it is really important that they see that (mummy) women can be successful in business, they can have a career they are passionate about.
What’s great about being a female in your role?
Proving that us ladies really can have it all, I can be a mum and have a successful career doing something I love!
What is your biggest achievement in life?
Aside from the kiddies, which at one point we didn’t think we were going to be able to have ( so having the two is a total blessing) probably getting my home featured on the front cover of a main stream magazine, an 8 page spread of my home – walking in to the super market and seeing yourself on the front cover of magazine on the shelf was wonderfully surreal!
You get back what you put in
What is the biggest lesson that you’ve learnt along the way?
You get back what you put in, you need to keep working at your business constantly, plugging away on social media, constantly uploading new products and keeping the business fresh and interesting – Snooze you lose ha!
Never settle for a mundane job, do something you love
What three tips would you give to young females starting their careers?
Be confident, go for it, take the gamble – Never settle for a mundane job, do something you love and are passionate about. Use social media as a platform for launching and advertising your business, its free and easy to use.
Can you talk about one woman who has impacted your life?
My mum – She is one determined lady, I have witnessed her fighting MS for the last 10 years, she has never given up or let it beat her. It has taught me to ‘get up and go’ even in the tough times. Also that you never know what life will throw at you so make sure you do what you love!
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