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Don’t Call Me Penny is a premier Australian website for all things related to Architecture, Building, Interior Design, and Outdoor Living. Hi, I’m Penelope Herbert – interior designer, colour consultant and media writer.

I’m fanatically passionate about unique style, interior design, architecture, style, dogs, and bubbles (yes, the ‘in a tall champagne flute’ kind). Please call me Penelope… but please don’t call me Penny; hence the name.

 

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2018 Colour Trend Palettes from Wattyl

Colour trend palettes from leading brands are often released to celebrate a New Year. Since 1915 Australian paint brand, Wattyl, has been influencing the colours in our homes. Paint is one of the easiest decor features to change to give a completely different...

3 Perfectly Dressed Tips for Special Parties

'Tis the season to perfectly dressed when you attend an important event or party over the festive season. There are three tips you need to remember. When you have a big event coming up, there are a number of things to be perfectly dressed that you want to get right....

Dress Your Bedroom in Sleek Scandi Design

Scandi design has taken the world by storm - a wonderfully Scandinavian storm. We are now learning things the Danes, Swedes, and Norwegians have known for centuries. When attempting to design your home to exude peace, serenity, and positivity, you should turn to the...

Christmas Countdown: Is Your Home Ready for The Holidays?

It’s official, December is here, and now the Christmas countdown can really begin! While Christmas is still a few weeks away, you can guarantee they’ll fly by in a haze of present buying and festive dinners and parties. If you’re hosting Christmas this year or plan on...

Devilishly Simple Details Will Make Your Garden Picturesque

It's the simple details that can often make all the difference. Don't overthink a solution for interiors or the garden when something easy may give the best results. Are you eager to transform your garden into a stunning space? Perhaps even make the neighbours a...

Organisational Tips: Protecting Your Keepsakes From Harm

Keeping organised is always a good idea, it can help you stay calm and enable you to put your hands on any item you need with ease. However, sometimes in our enthusiasm for having a place for everything we can forget organisational tips to ensure proper protection for...

7 Space Enhancing Ideas for A Bigger Home

Trick the eye with space enhancing ideas that make rooms look bigger. You'll love these seven easy bright ideas. As cities expand, more people are living in smaller spaces, not to mention the popularity of the Tiny House Movement. However, you don't have to live in a...

In The Night Garden: 4 Essentials For Enjoyable Evenings

A delicious night garden is the perfect venue for entertaining friends in the months from spring to autumn. So is your garden night time ready? With the weather heating up, you may be looking for ways to get the most from your outdoor space. In particular, to maximise...

Essential Cleaning Tips When Moving Out

Essential cleaning isn't only for when you are moving house. But that's the only time you'll have every room completely clear of furniture. When you're moving home, leaving the property in spotless condition is best. If you rent, it will be a condition of your tenancy...

17 Junk Hoarding Hiding Places To Clean Out

Junk hoarding can actually be very bad for your health, never mind about your home space. Why? Because living with clutter can lead to feelings of being overwhelmed which leads to a lack of productivity. Really, junk hoarding can do all that? Most of us are planning a...

Give These Neglected Parts Of Your Home Some Love!

We all have neglected parts of our home. Yet the bizarre commonality among home owners is that they never feel as though they have enough space. This is despite the fact that they're not using the space that they do have properly. The reality is that there will be...

Allergen-Free : Make Your House Mite-Y Again

An allergen-free home is vital for many home swellers who suffer from mild to severe allergies. And in this modern world there are all sorts of home-based causes. There are more potential allergens in the air now than ever before. We have so many toxins enter our body...

Downsizing Is One Size That Fits All

Downsizing is the new upsizing as rampant consumerism makes way for more care, less glitz, and a return to less opulent values. Once upon a time (not too long ago) upsizing was a natural part of life’s order. The more you earned the more you owned. How times have...

Smart Gardening Tips For Success

Smart gardening doesn't require fancy technological gadgets to analyse topography, soil nutrients, and the best time of the day to get into the garden. No. Most people who start gardening as a hobby don't necessarily understand smart gardening. They assume it won't be...

Smartphone Accessories: 7 Eco-Friendly Must-Haves

Smartphone accessories didn't exist a few years ago and now they are a multi-million dollar industry. However, how good are they for you AND the environment? In a world brimming with technology for the busy lives we all lead, it can be difficult to help support the...

Crisp White Bedlinen Creates The Perfect Bedroom Decor

Crisp white bedlinen is my 'go-to' sheet combo mixed with textures of linen, velvet, wool, fur, and even the odd sequin. Not only do I adore slipping into freshly washed sheets, but as an interior designer, I find crisp white bedlinen is the perfect base for virtually...

Adhesive Use: Tips So You Don’t Come Unstuck

Adhesive use can be a sticky topic... or not if you don't abide by the general rules for using glues and adhesives around the house. When you are undertaking interior design or home improvement tasks, a bit of glue can come in handy from time to time, excpet when you...

Add WOW Factor With Eight Cool Ideas

WOW factor is that cohesion of interior decor that just makes a house feel AWESOME. It can be indescribable, or it can be very specific. But it ALWAYS appears effortless. No one wants a house that makes people feel unwelcome when they walk in the door. Having a little...

Focal Point Tips to Create Interesting Rooms

Creating a focal point in any room in your home can easily turn 'rather boring' into 'effortlessly stylish'. When you have a focal point, or 'Hero' piece, in a room it provides a starting point for a design scheme. By having a focus from which other elements of the...

Top Tips for Bright Sunshine All Year ‘Round

Bright sunshine filling your home all year 'round will certainly be a panacea for the winter blues. With three great tips you're own your way to eternal sunshine. For most people, being able to add a conservatory or an extension to their home is a luxury. The addition...

Home Perfection: Fall In Love All Over Again

Has your home perfection slipped from your grasp? Has your sparkling castle become tarnished? When you first move into your perfect home you’re likely to love everything about it. You’ll think it’s home perfection on a stick. If there were any issues, you will have...

‘The Block’ Winning Rooms from the 2017 Blockbuster

The winning rooms from this years reality renovation show, 'The Block', have been keenly anticipated. The southeast suburb of Elsternwick in Melbourne has never been as high-profile with the latest season of ‘The Block’ taking over an entire street. Five weatherboard...

Family Fitness With Three Great Family-Friendly Activities

Family fitness will engender good habits and provide a familial network of support. It's win:win for parents and children to get involved in three family-friendly activities. More and more families today are overweight. Overweight parents are more likely to raise...

The ‘Style Comfort’ Issue. Why Can’t I Have Both?

Style Comfort! Style Comfort! Why do I have to choose one or the other? Why can't I have both? With good design you can. If you ask anyone in the street what qualities they expect from their home, comfort is probably one of the first to come to mind. It’s no secret...

3 Dreamy Renovations To Squeeze Out of The Budget

We all have dreamy renovations we'd LOVE to include in our home improvement projects, right? Are these three on your list? There's renovations and then there are add-ons. Your dreamy renovations may include a luscious walk-in wardrobe in the bedroom, a beautiful pool...

A Perfect Poolside and How To Get It

What is your idea of the perfect poolside? The weather? The company? The drinks? Depending on your mood, budget, and garden there are some different ways to ensure you have the perfect poolside you crave. The Ancient Romans got it right, and in some places like...

Multi-Generational Homes Distinguished With Paint + Colour

Multi-generational homes are becoming more the norm as more families choose to live together either due to the economy or just true love. Modern families need modern design solutions. Which is fine if you’re a couple with kids. But what if you are an older couple with...

Dangerous Garden Traps You Need To Fix

Dangerous garden traps are not what any of us expect when we venture outdoors to work in the garden or entertain friends. For so many of us, the garden is a truly valuable outside space. It's a place that we can relax, entertain, and spend time together as a family....

Don’t Curb Your Enthusiasm… Make An Impression

Don't curb your enthusiasm when it comes to creating the right first impression for the front of your home. 4 easy ideas will make all the difference. In life and in our homes, first impressions matter. Whether you’re looking to sell your home or simply looking to...

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