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Help Me Help You

Ok guys, I need your help. Can you? Will you?

I’ve been writing this ere blog for about 2.5 years now and it seems I’ve gotten away with a spontaneous (unplanned), eclectic (random), stream of consciousness type approach. I don’t think my blog will ever win any awards, because it’s not my full time job, but I would like to get a bit of continuity going (if I can). So I need your help to make some decisions.

My plan is to do a monthly #designupnorth post. Because us northerners need it.

I’d like to continue writing about my projects, the good bits, final reveals because it actually really helps me with my work. And hopefully it’s remotely interesting for you guys to see the design process too!?

I also enjoy writing a good product sourcing round up from time to time. I spend soooo much time searching for hard to find pieces, it’s a brilliant way of sharing all my finds with you guys. I mean, we’re all still looking for a bath screen with black fittings for less than Β£350 aren’t we?

But… would you guys like to read something else? Any areas where i’m not quite hitting the spot? Because it’s you lot that keep this blog going. So whadya want?

Here are some ideas i’ve had so far:

  • Design Dilemmas – post ’em in the comments below in and i’ll try my best to solve one the following month. Any good?
  • ‘How To’ posts?
  • More random-ness? Those ramble-y posts where it’s clear i’m just getting something off my chest about the interior design industry or when i’ve had some kind of lightbulb moment?
  • A.N. Other?

I’d love to hear your ideas, so please, if you’re sitting here reading this post (possibly thinking i’m a little needy?) then leave me your thoughts, because I get tired of having mine sometimes.

And happy Tuesday. A very much underrated day of the week I find. Have a good one!







  1. Ivana says

    Hi Karen, I love reading your posts precisely because they don’t feel staged and scheduled. So many of those I subscribed to just get deleted because they feel unauthentic. Personally I love your rambley musings about the design industry, your piece about paint was an eye-opener, and definitely something I haven’t come across anywhere else. I’d love more how-to posts as well, I’m diy-ing on a budget and accumulating ideas, and design dilemmas help enormously, too. Sorry, I haven’t really helped or offered anything new. Just wanted to let you know I love what you do, so please keep it up.

    • Karen Knox says

      Thanks Ivana, great that you like the blog, thank you!
      I will make a note to write more ‘How-To’ posts… and if you have a specific dilemma, just pop it here πŸ™‚

  2. Already enjoy reading your blog posts but especially like the idea of “design dilemmas” ….. I don’t think I’m too terrible at putting a decorating scheme together for my own home, after all, there is so much inspiration out there these days with blogs such as yours but I always seem to come across a stumbling block, such as should I paint the fireplace white or be more bold with another colour etc….

    Thanks and keep up the good work!

    • Karen Knox says

      Things like this are definitely answered on a case by case basis… as the answer is always different for each person/home.
      Thanks for the feedback!! πŸ™‚

  3. Simon Mills says

    Big fan of the blogs already, but more product sourcing and β€˜How To’ posts would be great!

  4. I agree with Ivana, the blogs are always interesting to read regardless of the content. I love to see stuff about your own house as well as client work and the product sourcing articles are always about right for my budget (I don’t suppose you could fit one in about wall lights for the living room, I’m really struggling to find anything interesting that doesn’t involve just a bare light bulb in a cage!) New online stores that you’ve discovered would be interesting to hear about because it’s difficult to keep up with them all. Definitely like the variety of things you write about (don’t know why you don’t win awards btw)

    • Karen Knox says

      Wall lights – ok noted!
      New online stores – got it!
      And thanks for the kind words Jill πŸ™‚

  5. Hi Karen,
    Love your blog.
    I also live in Leeds πŸ™‚ so love the “up north” slant on everything.
    I love your product roundup posts and your introductions to reasonably priced stores and great high street products.
    Also love reading about your design process and seeing before and afters.
    You will win awards, keep going πŸ™‚

  6. PS. all three of your suggestions sound good. Looking forward to it πŸ™‚ randomness, how-tos, and design dilemmas!

  7. Jenny says

    Please provide advice around how to do a bathroom! I managed a kitchen but the bathroom is beyond me and no tradesmen will answer my enquiries. Some room by room advice would be lovely. Thanks

  8. Vansoire says

    I love your blog, keep up the good work!

    I would like some more practical advice – floor coverings are a particular bug bear of mine – carpet is a minefield, when to use wood (new, parquet or reclaimed vs composite vs vinyl). Rugs – when to go for it and when not to – square vs round or big v small… just a few thoughts xx

    • Karen Knox says

      So just a book then? πŸ˜‰
      Cheers for the feedback, will make a note and see what I can sort!x

  9. March Hare says

    Hi Karen……I love love love your approach to everything. Not sure if you can help but I find it such a problem to find decent trades with good ideas willing to work β€˜ with’ me. I’ve had so many cowboys, always willing to do what they think I want but honestly can be a million miles from my vision. They get snotty when I complain…… Could you possibly put together a list of recommended by yr followers tradesmen??? Up north of course!

    • Karen Knox says

      Oh don’t get me started on trades… i’ve got a whole blog post about them and their bloomin antics!
      Will see if I can get a comment thread going with suggested trades up north!

  10. I absolutely love this post! The fact that you are trying to find out what we love most about your blog is awesome! I love reading your blog. For me you’re doing a top notch job! Keep the randomness coming! I love to rant, sometimes it’s what you need to feel a little bit less “full” right?

    Keep up the good work! πŸ™‚

    Soph x

  11. Rosie says

    Hi! Just discovered your blog after googling – “stiffkey blue dupe” which is a bit random, but here i am anyway. This is great! I’ve just bought a serious fixer upper flat and let me tell you after a new boiler i will have NO money. But i still want it to look nice. So i would really appreciate budget product round ups, maybe a series of rooms on different budgets etc, how to start a whole house renovation etc? That would be really helpful!

    Love what you’re doing here, and as an Edinburgh-ian, it’s nice to see someone outside of London down this!

  12. SEEMA MINHAS says

    Hi Karen,

    I really enjoy reading your blog when I can get a little me time here and there. Ever considered Vlogs just to change it up a bit. You could capture things from high street hauls to final reveals…. just a thought

    • Karen Knox says

      Hi Seema, thanks for stopping by. I just can’t ever see me doing Vlogs. I’m not a fan of the camera or the sound of my own voice (at all). I’m definitely more comfortable behind the camera and on the keyboard πŸ™‚

  13. Jenny says

    Hi Karen
    A bit late to the party on this one but I only discovered your blog just before Christmas and have been making my way through all your previous posts which I am thoroughly enjoying/finding invaluable and inspirational.
    ‘Design dilemmas’, ‘Random ramblings’ and ‘How to’ posts all sound great.
    Your article on paint for woodwork was so informative and well structured. I found it really helpful that you explained the pitfalls, where things went wrong and how you fixed them.
    Please keep ’em coming!

    • Karen Knox says

      Oh that’s lovely. Thanks Jenny. So glad you found me and that the posts are useful to you. Makes it all worthwhile! πŸ™‚

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