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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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Your Home Rocks! 5 Ways To Add Stone To Your Interior

When you add stone to your interior you add nature, texture, a rustic vibe, and a sense of luxury. I call it Rustic Luxe. And adding stone elements is one of my fave interior design tricks. Stone needn’t be something reserved for paving slabs and garden steps. There...

Handy Gardening Tips To Drive Your Neighbours Green With Envy

You’ll need these handy gardening tips if you are tired of looking over the fence at your neighbor’s beautifully laid out and flourishing garden? Well, there’s probably a reason why her lawn looks a lot nicer than your overgrown patch of land, with more brambles...

Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

It’s so much fun to invent Halloween costume ideas especially if you have time and talent. But what if you run out of time? And don’t really have talent? The time is nearly here, where girls turn into ghouls, the streets are lined with Jack-O-Lanterns and...

Getting a Perfect Beach Body When You Hate the Gym

Got a perfect beach body? Nah… me either. But now that the warm weather has hit the Southern Hemisphere we’re starting to think about wearing less. Gulp! When it comes to hitting the beach, most of us want to bring our A-game perfect beach body. For some,...

Stylish Outdoor Overhaul… It’s Easy

Stylish outdoor living spaces are an extension of our home environment. They provide a unique place for entertaining, exercising, relaxing or dining…the only limit is your imagination. Sometimes it feels more natural to rise to the challenge of sprucing up an indoor...

Wet! Wet! Wet! How To Avoid Bad Bathroom Moisture

Bad bathroom moisture is caused by a lack of care, maintenance, and adequate ventilation. Excess moisture WILL ruin your bathroom and cost you money to repair. Of course there’s something you can’t escape from in your bathroom: all of that water! Every pipe in...

Energy Efficient Homes And Why You Need One

Our energy efficient homes will not only save money but they’ll save the planet too. Yes, it’s becoming a common mantra. It’s hard not to care about the planet and now it’s more imperative to save money. So having energy efficient homes has...

Build Your Own Courtyard Firepit : A Step-by-Step Guide

If you thought a courtyard firepit was only good in winter, think again. While a courtyard firepit is warming in the winter, it’s also suitable for cooler summer evenings too. This step-by-step guide from celebrity landscaper, Jason Hodges, shows you how to...

Decorating With Vintage Treasures And Where To Find Them

Vintage treasures are still wonderfully popular items with which to decorate especially in this age of upcycling and rejection of conspicuous consumerism. So if you’re looking to add a touch of unique elegance or quirkiness to your home – vintage treasures...

New Home Building : Three Vital Tips

New home building has always been popular even though there is a huge resurgence in home renovations. Land parcels are opening up outside city limits so the CBD is no longer the focus for many families. The flexibility for new home building in even semi-rural areas...

3 Bathroom Renovation Mistakes To Avoid

Bathroom renovation mistakes will occur when you don’t get the right advice and don’t rely on professional tradespeople. Bathrooms are such a fun and exciting room to design and renovate. There are diverse choices for styles and surfaces from which to...

Small Gardens : Maximise Your Space Stylishly

Small gardens can be BIG on personality, style, and usefulness… with a few key tips. In designing small gardens there are different ideas to consider. But it doesn’t mean you can’t have a garden that feels more spacious. In fact, there are many...

Yes, That Money Pit You Bought CAN Be Transformed

The typical money pit often sucks the life out of your wallet usually because the purchase and renovation were not well thought out. But a money pit CAN be transformed. When it comes to buying a new house, either your first property or just the most recent, there’s a...

4 Unintentional Property Renovation Results

Any property renovation is a BIG decision. And whilst you may love the designer results, there are other results you may not be expecting. When a homeowner redecorates, they have a goal in mind. Typically, it is to add value with a property renovation or to turn their...

17 Ways To Balance Home Temperatures

Balance home temperatures on those unpredictable days when the weather goes a little crazy. Life is unpredictable, and so is the weather. Chances are you WILL need to balance home temperatures throughout the year without resorting always to flicking a switch. If...

Outside Workouts : Why You Need To Do It

Outside workouts allow you to commune with nature, grab a bit of sun, feel alive, and breathe fresh air. But is that all? Apparently not. As easy as it is to work out at home, and as useful as it is to make use of the various pieces of workout equipment found in the...

Sweetest Re-Love With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

The sweetest re-love is the recycling that delights and surprises. Look past what’s in front of you and visualise what can be created in the future. If you’re the type who finds fabulous furniture on the side of the road or snags unique eBay buys for the...

Best Deck Designs for Your Garden

Best deck designs are a commonly searched topic because there is a deck option for every garden. They are as individual as your garden. Having said that, however, coming up with the right decking isn’t as simple as you may imagine. There are actually a lot of...

Three House Moving Decisions To Make After Selling

House moving decisions are still to come even after the ink is dry on your real estate contract. Are you ready to make more decisions? It might have taken months of negotiations and weeks of searching for the right place. Moving house is never easy, it’s always...

What Makes High-End Fashion Worth the Cost?

High-end fashion gets a bad reputation due to the culture that surrounds it. However, for some people, that culture is what makes high-end fashion worth the cost. Ultimately, it defines the type of person that would purchase a shirt for $300 or a dress for $800. It...

House Moving From A to B is As Simple as 1,2,3

House moving from one property to another is reportedly one of the most stressful activities in which most of us will engage at some point in our lives. After all, house moving means you have to pack up your whole life into boxes and shift everything from one place to...

Tiled Kitchen Splashbacks Back On Trend

Some would say that tiled kitchen splashbacks have never gone away. Others will say they are back with a beautiful vengeance. Australians love entertaining whether it’s a casual backyard barbie, an elegant all-family affair, or a catered party with finger-food...

Floor Cleaning and Protection Tips for Every Surface

Floor cleaning and protection is part on the ongoing maintenance of your home. No matter how hard you try, you’ll always bring in some dirt and grime on your shoes to the inside of your home. This dirt eventually spreads out, accumulates on your floors and causes...

Beyond Beauty: Practical Additions to Your Home’s Exterior

It’s beyond beauty when it comes to practical and stylish ways to enhance the exterior of your home. It’s workable, useful, AND great looking. Making your home look beautiful is one way to care for it. However, sometimes you need to think of practicality...

Sustainable Natural Style Beyond Scandi

Sustainable natural style is the perfect way to transition from winter to spring. It’s light, breezy, easy to live with, and can be more dynamic than you might imagine. Basic doesn’t mean bland and white doesn’t mean wishy-washy. When you effectively mix...

Garden Protection With Three Simple Tips

Garden protection isn’t about security and privacy from human species, but ensuring the hard work you put in to your garden is protected from non-human pests. Homeowners all want their gardens to look as stunning as possible during the summertime and the fall....

Healthy Life Kick Start Program In Six Easy Steps

A healthy life will impact upon your happiness, performance, confidence, and ability to be successful. So why not start your new healthy life today? So you’ve recently made the decision to begin a healthy life! Congratulations! If you keep this up, you are sure to...

Why Smiling Doesn’t Always Make You Happy

They say that smiling is contagious. If someone smiles at you, then you can’t help but smile back. Of course, in some societies and cultures, smiling isn’t always appropriate! Still, for many of us, a smile is a sign of reassurance that we’re welcome and the people...

Gracious Living Like J-Lo Is Within Your Reach

Gracious living isn’t about 24-carat gold tapware and endless money to spend on decor (although that would be nice). No, gracious living is about how to enjoy sumptuous sunsets in historic apartments that ooze class, charm, and uniqueness. There comes a time in...

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