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Don’t Call Me Penny is a premier Australian interior design blog for all things related to Architecture, Building, Interior Design, Outdoor Living and Lifestyle. Hi, I’m Penelope Herbert – award-winning interior designer, media writer, newspaper columnist, dog lover and champagne drinker.

 

Redecorating + Interior Design + Renovation + Architecture + Building + DIY + Colour + Textiles + Home Styling + Outdoor Living

On the Don’t Call Me Penny Interior Design Blog you’ll find tips, trends, expert advice, DIY, inspiration, exclusive features, and the best luxe and luxe-inspired architecture, design, interiors, homewares, outdoor living, garden style and more from Australia, Europe, USA, and unique artisans.

We’ll give you tools, free advice, and inspiration on how to create your own house to home beautiful. And if you need an interior designer in Adelaide, well we can help you there too.

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Your Guide to Reduce Pain and Increase Energy Gain

Want to reduce pain and increase your energy? Are you frequently feeling fatigued, sore and suffering from more aches and pains than usual? You're not alone, so we discuss some simple steps here. It can be difficult to wake up with a spring in your step and a positive...

Fun Activities To Improve Flexibility For The Whole Family

Maintaining flexibility is so important as you get older because it protects your joints and helps to increase mobility so your risk of falls is reduced as well. But did you know that maintaining flexibility is equally as important in children? When a child hits their...

Future Planning When You’re Stuck At Home During Covid

Are you future planning? If you’re anything like most people, the recent COVID19 pandemic and lockdowns have caused you to take a step back. Perhaps you are reconsidering some of the things you used to take for granted in everyday life. Most of all, there has been a...

House Moving Stress And How To Avoid It

House moving stress is so common yet there are ways to avoid it... or at least minimise it. These five expert tips will help you to plan your move and reduce the stress. Moving house is one of the most stressful things that you’ll ever have to do in your life....

Before Renovating My Home, What Should I Consider?

"Renovating my home is one way to put my individual stamp on my sanctuary". That's what home lovers think and it's exactly right. Your home IS your sanctuary and it should look and feel like a personal, warm and calming space. We all have an acquired taste when it...

Get Luscious Underfloor Heating In Your Bathroom

Costing less then you think, underfloor heating in the bathroom is worth it's weight in bath salts. So if you're renovating, think about installing underfloor heating in your bathroom. Here's how. Underfloor heating just may the best heating solution for your...

A Tidier Home With Three Simple Tips

If you think you need a tidier home, then the good news is that there are plenty of ways to make sure that this happens. A tidier home is always within reach if you're prepared to take some action. It's not going to happen without some planning and work. Depending on...

Major Decluttering – Scary, But Necessary

Major decluttering can feel a little scary. That's because you're on the cusp of potentially chucking out thousands of dollars worth of possessions in the name of making things tidier. It's a big deal.  All sorts of thoughts race through your mind when you embark upon...

Adding Personality to Your Small Apartment

Moving into a new, albeit small apartment, is an exciting process. However, you’ll want to make your new property feel like home straight away. This is always challenging but can be even trickier if your apartment is on the smaller side. With these handy tips and...

Outdated Patio Trends To Stay Clear Of In 2020

If you're a trend lover then you'll want to avoid outdated patio trends. We love our outdoor spaces so guess what's OUT in 2020? You'll never guess. A patio will always add some class to your property. It's seen as one of the key ways to add value to your home, as...

Exterior House Painting And The Seven Tips You Need

Exterior house painting can greatly increase the curb appeal of your home and even increase its value. So these seven tips will help you to ensure your exterior house painting is the best it can be. It’s important to keep on top of any necessary home maintenance and...

Shaker Kitchen Design for Every Home

A shaker kitchen is a type of kitchen design that is both practical and beautiful. They are very popular for various reasons; in fact, they are one of the bestselling kitchen options on the market. So why are they so popular? One of the primary attractions is that...

How To Add More Privacy To Your Home

Wherever you live, the ability to add more privacy can be very important. And there are a few different ways to gain the privacy you crave depending on your home. We all want to have our own space. So when it comes to our homes, how to add more privacy can be...

Creating A Bedroom Sanctuary You’ll Never Leave

The most important room in your home is the private bedroom sanctuary. This is where you go to unwind and fall asleep after a long day at work. So ensure your bedroom provides a relaxing and calming environment by following these tips. There are many things you can do...

Lack of Storage Solved With Four Popular Ideas

Lack of storage is one of the biggest issues facing modern homes. Unless you have extra storage built-in to your home, how can you maximise the space you have? When you think about it, there are lots of common household issues most families face. These tend to include...

Easy Ways To Get Your Home Renovation Ready

Congratulations! You're making your home renovation ready because you have BIG plans to refresh and revitalise your home. That's exciting. However, you need to address six important areas first. You need to decide whether your home will be sold on or you will be...

Why Less Furniture Is Sometimes More

Less is more. When it comes to having less furniture, less jewellery, fewer clothes and a de-cluttered home, less is more holds true. But why? As a nation, we love to pack every corner of our homes with furniture. But the truth is that it doesn’t always serve our...

Don’t Begin Home Cleaning Until These 4 Vital Tasks Are Complete

Before you can successfully begin home cleaning, there are four crucial tasks to complete. You'll find that these expert tips will save you time and deliver a cleaner home. Bring it on.  Set out your home cleaning tasks first Just like any project, when home cleaning,...

A Guide To Staying Calm In A Household Emergency

Staying calm in a household emergency is a skill that few possess. However, if you are an adult in a family with children, staying calm is going to be an important part of the recovery process. Emergencies can include all kinds of scenarios, from fires to floods....

Insider Tips For Landscaping Your Garden

Let's face it, everyone loves a beautiful garden in which to relax. However, landscaping can be the most expensive part of doing up a run-down garden. It’s also the most difficult part to get right. Is your garden design is in need of some landscaping ? Try these tips...

How Modern Concrete Can Transform Your Home And Garden

When it comes to designing or upgrading your home, choosing even modern concrete can often be cast aside. Don't think concrete is plain, too industrial and not creative. It's fabulous! Modern concrete can be an excellent option for a versatile and reliable material...

Common Household Issues (and their solutions)

There are many common household issues that you might encounter as a homeowner or renter. How you respond to problems around the house my depend on your ability to fix them. Common household issues can often be an alarming experience that seems pretty tricky to...

Creating A Beautiful Office In Which You’ll Love To Work

Your beautiful office should be a place where you feel you’re most productive as well as relaxed and calm. You want to put your best into your work, and your surroundings will have an impact on that.  Create a beautiful office, either at home or in another space,...

A Stitch In Time: Home Repairs That Require Immediate Attention

Every homeowner knows that faults will surface from time to time. Given the array of other responsibilities in your life, falling into the trap of putting off home repairs until another day is very easily done. In truth, there are many situations where putting off...

Eco Home Transformation and Creating A Haven To Love

Are you seeking an eco home transformation? In recent years, there has been a noticeable shift towards eco-friendly living. Headlines warn of trouble ahead, documentaries highlight issues such as plastic pollution in our oceans and deforestation. Having an...

A Magazine Worthy Makeover for Every Home Is Achievable

If you're like me, you'll love seeing magazine worthy homes in the multitude of places from which we find inspiration. Think those looks are out of reach? Not any more. There’s nothing worse than sitting in your living room chair, browsing the pages of a magazine,...

7 Modern Smart Appliances For Your Kitchen

A modern kitchen needs smart appliances that look good AND make life easier. Not all smart appliances need to be connected to the internet... some just make life better. The kitchen is often ‘the hub’ of the home. So it makes sense that it’s well equipped with...

Vintage Embroidery To Enhance Your Existing Decor

It’s hard to deny the timeless quality vintage embroidery pieces bring to your home. Their distinct properties and personalities bring your home to life in a way contemporary pieces can’t. However, some vintage pieces seem to be more popular than others, whether it’s...

In Case of Home Emergencies: Disaster Preparedness Tips

Home emergencies and disasters are inevitable. Whether it is something extreme like a house fire or flooding, to having a broken window, it pays to be prepared and know what you will do and when. Of course, even though home emergencies are inevitable, there is no...
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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. I created Don’t Call Me Penny as a fun daily interior design blog.

However, my daily creativity is also as an Interior Designer at Plush Design Interiors and the writer of a weekly newspaper column on Home + Interiors for The Weekender Herald.

Thank you for visiting the Don’t Call Me Penny Interior Design Blog which provides FREE daily inspiration, ideas and DIY projects. There are some wonderful other writers on the blog including Architectural and Interior Design students Lana Hawkins, Catherine Collins, and in-house talents Eloise Barker and Shelby Doogue.

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Fresh articles are posted daily. If you love stylish and design-worthy living you’ll love the inspiring images, expert information, DIY projects, unusual finds, what’s new, what’s hot, and exclusive content featured here on Don’t Call Me Penny.

 

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Fresh articles are posted daily. If you love stylish and design-worthy living you’ll love the inspiring images, expert information, DIY projects, unusual finds, what’s new, what’s hot, and exclusive content featured here on Don’t Call Me Penny.

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On our sister site, The Style Podcast, you can listen to interviews with people across the globe involved in Fashion. Beauty. Home. and Lifestyle.  Why not check it out now?

If you need interior design, pre-sale assistance, floor plan re-design, colour + textile consultation or renovation assistance, then please see more information on Plush Design Interiors. You’ll find services, fees + testimonials.

Thanks for being here. Please come back soon. Love from Penelope xx

 

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Whether you are a homeowner or renter, if you want to love where you live Don’t Call Me Penny will show you how.

Fresh articles are posted daily. If you love stylish and design-worthy living you’ll love the inspiring images, expert information, DIY projects, unusual finds, what’s new, what’s hot, and exclusive content featured here on Don’t Call Me Penny.

If you have a suggestion for an article you’d like to see on this site, please CONTACT US.

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On our sister site, The Style Podcast, you can listen to interviews with people across the globe involved in Fashion. Beauty. Home. and Lifestyle.  Why not check it out now?

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