Well I Guess This Is Growing Up is an award winning Interiors, Colour & Culture blog based in Manchester and written by Karen Clough.

Karen is a trained journalist turned marketing manager who loves to write about home, interiors and travel.  After buying her first home in 2011, this site was launched covering the complete renovation of the abandoned 1930s semi-detached, often turning to DIY.

Skip forward to 2018, Karen and her family are now in their new Victorian home on another decorating adventure. They love nothing more than finding new ways to create a bold, bright family home on a budget, seeking inspiration from travel, local creatives, street art and architecture, always searching for the perfect graphic print or colour clash.

‘Well I Guess This Is Growing Up’ is consistently ranked in the Top 100 UK Home & Interiors Bloggers by the Lifestyle community, HIBS100. It was named the “Best Affordable DIY Blog” in the Bathrooms.com Blogger Awards 2015, Shortlisted for the “Best DIY Blog” in the Amara Interior Blog Awards 2015 and Shortlisted for “Best Colour Inspiration” in the Amara Interior Blog Awards 2017.

I am proud to note that I have collaborated with some of my favourite brands in the industry including IKEA, Homesense, Valspar Paint, Rose & Grey, Ryobi Tools, Denby, Graham & Brown, DFS, and British Gas to name a few. If you’re interested in working together, please head over to my Contact page.

Not sure where to start? Here are some of my top reads:

New House Tour

What We Learned From 3 Years of Plastering Work

Kitchen Renovation: Before & After

What CBeebiesLand Taught Me About Interiors

Manchester in Technicolour

Bright Bold Toddler Bedroom Makeover


How to Hang a Wall Mural


Any products or services mentioned on this blog are a reflection of my own experiences and have all been paid for by myself, unless stated otherwise. I do love to review products, which are relevant to house, home, decorating, or DIY, but I will always mark when something has been gifted or sponsored and I will continually give my completely honest opinion. There are no exceptions and I cannot be bought. In addition, if you are looking for guest post opportunities, this is not something I allow on this site so please bear this in mind before e-mailing. Saying that, I am a pr-friendly blogger who would love to work with reputable brands that fit it with the content of my site. I’m not here to endorse rubbish. I just want to embrace home life and share it with others in my little bubble of happiness, right here. You can find more information in my FAQs section.

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