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I created a home that is my own world

While still totally user-friendly and practical, Karen Proctor’s fun and imaginative fantasyland follows her own tastes and no one else’s

Feature Juliet Kinsman

Photos David Giles

Welcome to my home

A bit about me

I’m Karen Proctor and I live with my daughter Lilly Rose, age 12.

Where I live

Our home is in Kensal Green, North West London. It has a sitting room, kitchen, two double bedrooms, a bathroom and a home office/studio.

What I wanted to change

A very dark, badly designed kitchen with a lack of surface space, no storage and poor quality wiring and plumbing.

How I made it my own

After lots of planning and organisation, I knocked the kitchen ceiling out right at the back where there was nothing above it and added a skylight, plus put in patio doors to open onto decking.

My favourite part

I love the skylights in the bedroom. With two above my bed, I can look out at the stars at night.

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We’re so excited to bring you the second issue of HomeStyle magazine. Thank you to everyone who has been in touch, it’s great to hear all of your wonderful stories and see that we’ve ignited your creativity and energy to transform your homes. It’s been a fun-packed month here in the HomeStyle offices, let me tell you! I stepped into the battlefield of The Great Upcycling Challenge for the first time; see the results on page 84 – then please vote for me in our little competition on Twitter! I also visited some amazing spaces this issue, including the inspiring home of seamstress and professional crafter Lisa Comfort (our cover girl this month, see page 16). Everywhere I turned there was another idea Lisa had cleverly designed – and always high on style yet tight on budget. The team’s been busy again tracking down even more high street bargains for you to snap up, just turn the page to get started. And remember we want you to be a part of HomeStyle too, so do send us your project pictures and it’s never too late to be our cover girl!