HOME'S WHERE THE ART IS; Karlyn Evans Combined Her Interior Design Expertise and Love of Recycling to Transform Family Home with Beautiful Bespoke Furniture and Decor

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HOME'S WHERE THE ART IS; Karlyn Evans Combined Her Interior Design Expertise and Love of Recycling to Transform Family Home with Beautiful Bespoke Furniture and Decor


Byline: LAURA DAVIDSON

Designer Karlyn Evans is used to turning other people's dreams for their homes into reality, so when it came to smartening up her own, she let her imagination run wild.

Karlyn and husband Rob moved into their semi in Newlands, Glasgow, eight years ago.

She grew up in the area but had been living in England. Coming from a country cottage complete with thatched roof in rural Dorset to a more urban setting was a massive change. But the couple and their daughter Cecily, nine, have settled into city life with ease.

Karlyn, 43, admits their arty background influenced their decorating style.

A graduate of Heriot-Watt University's school of textiles and design, she has a background in fashion, having worked for Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Jasper Conran.

Rob, 42, makes props for TV and film and Cecily is showing a flair for all things arty too. She designed her own bedroom.

Karlyn has a keen eye for interior design and friends often asked her to help them choose fabrics, wallpapers and paints. And so her interior design business Re-decorate was born.

Karlyn said: "I enjoy designing spaces to reflect the personality of the homeowner - and it doesn't have to break the bank. You can retain those bits of inherited furniture, antique finds that mean something to you and breathe new life into them with fresh upholstery or soft furnishings."

Her flair is evident in her own home. The kitchen was one of the first rooms to get a makeover. They created a blank canvas with gloss white units and polished concrete-look worktops but added quirky touches including a chalkboard wall that is crying out to be scribbled on - and often is.

kitchen was one of the first rooms to get a makeover. They created a blank canvas with gloss white units and polished concrete-look worktops but added quirky touches including a chalkboard wall that is crying out to be scribbled on - and often is.

Next door is their main living space - an informal lounge with two walls in cream and two in grey, a shade called Cobblestone from the Zoffany range of paints that has also been used to give a facelift to an old dresser picked up in Somerset.

Next door is their main living space - an informal lounge with two walls in cream and two in grey, a shade called Cobblestone from the Zoffany range of paints that has also been used to give a facelift to an old dresser picked up in Somerset. …

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