For this month’s feature we caught up with Karen from welliguessthisisgrowingup.co.uk…
Where do you find inspiration?
I often find inspiration from other home design blogs and Pinterest
because they are both bursting with ideas, and also contain examples
of real homes. I often find interiors magazines incredibly regimented
or unrealistic and as an owner of an average-sized family home, I
often can’t relate to the oversized grandeur that is so often
displayed in the mass interiors media. I prefer ideas that I can
really make happen!
What is your favourite piece of furniture at home?
I adore our dresser in the lounge. I bought it off eBay for
approximately £50 and it was looking a little tired. I’ve since
painted it orange, waxed it, and I’m in the process of making it into
our home bar. It’s a beautiful pop of colour to our otherwise dull
What has been your favourite room design project to date?
By far, the kitchen. As we extended the back of the house, we really
were starting afresh with a completely blank slate. Whilst this has
been more difficult in many ways, the freedom has been amazing. We’ve
gone with luxury oak flooring, rustic oak worktops, grey cupboards,
and a rich blue feature wall, with blue kitchen accessories for bursts
of colour throughout. It’s warm and welcoming but modern at the same
time: exactly what I was going for. It’s been really rewarding to
seeing it transform from a pile of bricks to the best room in the
What is your best piece of design advice?
Don’t have items in your home unless you love it! And ignore trends!
They date so quickly and unless you are already planning on
redesigning your entire home on an annual basis, they’re a waste of
space. Instead, just pick furniture and accessories that you really
have to have. Not only will this make your home a better reflection of
your own personal style, but you are more likely to cherish your
belongings. Remember, you’re the one who has to look at a wallpaper or
colour scheme every day so make sure it’s something you really can’t
Where can people find out more?
You can read more about my home renovation and decorating journey at
Well I Guess This Is Growing Up but if you’re after some other great
similar blogs, some of my daily reads include: Little House On The
Corner, Simply The Nest, Swoonworthy and Making a House Our Home