Karen Livingstone Welstead Biography – Karen Livingstone Welstead Wiki
Karen Livingstone Welstead is a Scottish interior designer and one of the four Interior design experts on BBC1’s ‘Virtually Home’. She is the owner of Interiør, an interior design consultancy operating across Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. She is also a director at Red Recruitment, a boutique style recruitment consultancy. Red offer specialist recruitment services to the shore-based Shipping, Marine, Oil & Gas, Supply Chain & Logistics, Engineering, and Financial, Legal & Professional industries in Asia Pacific, Europe and Middle East.
Karen Welstead graduated from Glasgow University with an Honours degree in Law (LLB) then completed a Postgraduate diploma in Russian Language before joining Goldman Sachs in London, United Kingdom. From entry level analyst to Vice President in Prime Brokerage Operations, with periods in Frankfurt, New York and Bangalore, Karen has gained vast experience in Investment Banking and a thorough understanding of the technical side of the industry.
The interior designer also devotes her time to charity work. She is a supporter of the Children with Cancer & Leukaemia Advice & Support for Parents (CCLASP). Her passions include Family, Travel, Interior Design, and Literature.
Scotland’s Home of the Year 2021
The home of interior stylist Karen Welstead was crowned the winner of 2021’s Scotland’s Home of the Year in the finale of the BBC Scotland series. Unanimously named Scotland’s Home of the Year by all the judges – renowned interior designer Anna Campbell-Jones, lifestyle blogger Kate Spiers and architect Michael Angus – the home beat off stiff competition from eight other finalists from locations across Scotland including Castle Douglas, Skye, St Andrews, Ayr, Dunblane, Shetland, Edinburgh and Inverness.
Karen Welstead and her husband Matt completely renovated the house since buying it in 2018. The renovation took a year, beautifully transforming the house into a family home.
Sitting on 26 acres of land, the unique home features a grand kitchen with a pink Aga cooker with French doors leading to a vast garden, a bright and bold games room, stunning dining room, a drawing room, six bedrooms and bathrooms and walk-in changing room.
After her home won the coveted title, the interior stylist told Scottish Housing News: “It has been a surreal experience. Filming took place in one afternoon and then we put it out of our minds until the final was filmed. It was amazing to win but then we all went home and didn’t talk about it for months. Now, watching all of the amazing homes on the show it is actually quite overwhelming!
“In a year of lockdowns and very sad and worrying times it was a really lovely wee highlight for us. Plus, it meant we tidied the house thoroughly which is always a bonus!
“I absolutely love Scotland’s Home of the Year. It is a chance to sneak a look at other real homes but it gives the viewer a sense of the diversity of Scotland: our fellow Scots, the landscape around which we build our homes and what inspires us. All of the homes have been a joy to watch – there is something lovely about seeing the pride, love and humour that goes into creating a home.”
Karen Livingstone Welstead Age
Karen Livingstone Welstead’s age is unclear.
Karen Livingstone Welstead Husband
She is married to Matthew Welstead. Matthew is the owner and Managing Director at Red – Specialist Recruitment in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom.
Karen Livingstone Welstead Family
Interior designer Karen Livingstone Welstead and her husband Matthew Welstead have three children – daughters Cora and Marnie and son, William. In an interview with Red Recruitment, she said about her family: “I’m also very proud of my family. They are an enormous challenge (ha!) but are good kids.”
Karen Livingstone Welstead Instagram
Karen Livingstone Welstead’s Instagram is @interiordotscot. Her Instagram bio reads: “Interior Stylist. BBC One’s Virtually Home. Winner of Scotland’s Home of the Year 2021.”