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It feels as if it was meant to be like this

A huge renovation wasn’t on the cards for Karen Knox, but it gave her the freedom to flex her design skills and bring her home to life

Welcome to my home

A bit about me

I’m Karen Knox and I live here with my fiancé Pete, our 2-year-old son Charlie and Chooch, our cat.

Where I live

Our home is a 1960s three-bed semi in North Leeds, and we’ve been here for two and a half years.

What I wanted to change

Everything! I didn’t want to buy a house that was all “done”, but this one needed more work than we’d planned. It now feels like the house was always meant to be like this – we love it.

How I made it my own

By thinking outside the box. Whilst we worked with the original features, we also made the house look and feel like a modern family home.

My favourite part

Our kitchen. That was the biggest change we made and it’s now the room we spend all our time in.

Living room

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My taste seems to change on a daily basis! In the last few weeks I’ve visited readers with swoonworthy homes in the furthest reaches of the UK to photograph them for our pages. The interiors are vastly different, yet with each visit I fall instantly head over heels for that look! When I walked through the front door at Ali Cowie’s house, (turn to page 52) with her warm and rich colour schemes and references to popular music all around, I wanted to rush home and get the paint out. Then a trip to Guildford to meet Cathy Pyle (turn to page 40) in her unbelievably calm, light and airy home – created using a myriad of savvy cost-saving DIY devices – and I was smitten with a pared down neutral colour palette once again. Do you get dizzy at the thought of all that choice when confronted by a paint chart or new sofa style (not to mention having to fight your corner with your partner!)? If I’m agonising over decisions for my home, I gather together tear sheets from magazines of all my favourite things for a few weeks and then see which colour I have the most of. Try it... the results might surprise you!