The Style Files No. 18Ah, we could get lost in those blue walls!
Interior addicts, it’s been a long week, we know. But fear no more – we’re here with your weekly fix and we’re bringing it to you in the form of The Style Files. That’s right, another fabulous home to drool over and this time it’s a good’un. This week we’re dying to show you the home of Karen Knox, a natural-born interiors fanatic and founder of Making Spaces.
Karen began writing her blog alongside her interior design work in 2015, and since then has gone on to work with several brands on exciting design and renovation projects. She has transformed her 1960s 3 bed semi into something unique and inspiring while managing to pack tons of her personality into the design. She’ll have you wanting black taps, exposed brick and blue walls…
What was the inspiration behind your home?
Our house is a 1960’s 3 bed semi. It doesn’t have any period features to speak of, high ceilings or large rooms. It’s pretty average. It wasn’t one thing that became the inspiration of our home design, but worked with the period of the property and my love of mid-century and Scandinavian design.
What was the design process of your home?
Oh it was a complete mishmash. We’ve ripped every room out and started all over again. Knocked walls down, converted the loft, two new bathrooms… it’s still not all done by any means. But over the past 4.5 years we’ve invested any extra time and money into making this house of ours as perfect as we could for us.
What would be your advice to someone wanting to create a home like yours?
I love mixing new with old, surrounding myself with artwork and random objects. Plants also feature heavily all around the house. In fact I’ve not designed a room that doesn’t incorporate plants and greenery. It’s a must. But you should never try and create a home like anyone else’s. Your home should be a reflection of you, your tastes, your loves and experiences. It needs to be authentic, otherwise it becomes another generic Instagram opp and not a home. What I would say is, not to be afraid of experimenting. I use my home to try out design ideas and concepts for my interior design work. I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t push myself and my own four walls.
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I’ve not designed a room that doesn’t incorporate plants and greenery. It’s a must.’
What’s the single most important thing to remember when decorating a room?
Live in it for a while, see how you use the space before you rush in and make decisions. Ignore trends, or you’ll constantly feel like you can’t keep up. Find your own style and develop that. And remember, a room is never finished. Ever. Just like your hairstyle or wardrobe changes over time, so do your surroundings.
What is your favourite feature of your home and why?
My favourite features are the two that didn’t cost us anything. Our stripped dining room wall which was revealed by accident. The distressed chimney breast wall sums up my style perfectly. As does our exposed brick wall in our loft bedroom with conduit lighting. The two walls we could never re-create ourselves, and nobody has one exactly the same. I know they will stay the same as long as we live here.
How would you define your style?
Abigail Ahern described my style as Moody Mid-Century. I’d say it fluctuates between the two extremes. It’s either all white, Scandi inspired with touches of the industrial, or dark and mid-century. Eclectic, evolving, experimental. The three E’s. There’s a tag line right there.