Karen is a writer and stylist who previously spent 13 years as a features writer for The Journal, Evening Chronicle and Sunday Sun in Newcastle before launching Beautiful Homes in the North.

Covering everything from health and human interest features to celebrity interviews and comedy reviews, no two days were the same. But it was always property and interiors that fired her interest. As well as visiting hundreds of beautiful homes for The Journal Homemaker, Karen wrote about design trends and interviewed property experts like George Clarke, George Bond, Sarah Beeny and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. Inspired by watching Channel 4's Property Ladder, she even carried out two successful property developments herself.

Although she moved to Folkestone, Kent in 2015 - she comes back to the North East at least once a month to work on shoots with Katie.