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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.

 

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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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Home Buying Warning Signs To Watch Out For

Home buying warning signs are those things that make you feel uneasy but you're not sure why. When it comes to making such a major decision, it's wise to take note of some common home buying warning signs. Buying a home is by far one of the most exciting things that...

New Neighbourhood? How To Settle In Fast!

Moving to a new neighbourhood can be a very exciting time for your whole family  indeed. So how can you feel right at home in double quick time? You might think that once you have moved all of your belongings into your new neighbourhood and home, that all the hard...

Buying Designer Furniture for Your Home…The RIGHT Way

When purchasing designer furniture for your home there are several decisions you need to make. From style to budget, no-one wants to make a mistake. Here's how not to. Designer furniture must be well-considered. The four main areas on which to make a decision are; the...

My Forever Home. What Do I Need To Consider?

A forever home is the one you know you will live and love in for a very long time. It's the dream home that's no longer a dream... it's close to being a reality. So what do you need to consider? If your long term dream has been to build your own forever home tailored...

3 Easy Renovations To Do Before Selling Your Home

When selling, there are 3 easy renovations you should consider before putting your home on the market. Whilst I never recommend a home owner over-capitalises, see if one or all of these easy renovations applies to your home. Houses are so expensive and most people are...

5 Quick and Easy Home Moving Tips

These 5 home moving tips will help you to be organised and less stress when your moving house. It's a lot of upheaval so it's best to be prepared and start planning early. Home moving is an incredibly stressful process and whether you’re completely new to moving house...

Fabulous Pre-Workout Meals for Strength and Stamina

Pre-workout meals will help you to have the strength and stamina to get through a tough session. But it's not about ANY food, it's about the RIGHT food for health, fitness and success. Exercise is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle. It helps you to maintain a...

How to Choose Perfect Kitchen Cabinets

The kitchen is the heart of the home because this is the communal space used to cook for the entire family plus friends. The kitchen is also the place where everyone gets together in the morning before scattering to work or school. It's where the family gathers in the...

What Makes a Well-Designed Home?

A well-designed home is one that provides the functionality, comfort and desirability that fits your lifestyle. So how can you create all that... and more? Imagine, you have just brought your first home and are striking out into the world on your own (or maybe with a...

The Rules for New Year House Fitness

New Year house fitness is about getting your home in shape for 2019. Now that the festive season is over, you are likely to have set some new year’s resolutions - yet, achieving these resolutions can be a lot easier to attain when you are operating from a  calm and...

Three Home Improvements That Add Great Value

2019 is fast approaching. Many of us are looking for ways to improve our lives when we turn the fresh page of a new year. But how about some home improvements value as well? Now, many of our resolutions focus on ourselves. But you might want to consider prioritising...

How to Create a Good Office Environment

A good office environment is crucial whether you work from home or somewhere else. So use these tips to ensure creativity and productivity in your office space... wherever it is. If your team members work within the office every day, it makes sense to make it a good...

New House Party Ideas

New house party ideas will have your new home warmed up in no time. House warming parties, that it is. You’ve just moved in. It's taken you a couple of weeks to make your new house into your own. So now it's time to invite people over with a few new house party ideas...

Design Professional or DIY? Which one is right for you?

A design professional of some description has been engaged in the design of most modern homes. Nowadays, it’s hard to find a home that hasn’t had some thought put into the design. Most people care very deeply about the way that their home looks. They often invest...

Five New Year Cosy Home Ideas

New Year cosy home ideas will get you over Christmas and into a new way of thinking about how you like to decorate your home. Once the 'chrissie decs' come down, you may be looking for more cosy home ideas. Here they are. As we approach the festive season, many people...

Soil-Free Gardening and Hydroponics

Soil-free gardening is a relatively easy and different way to grow plants when you don't have a traditional soil based garden. But how do you go about creating one? Hydroponics is a form of soil-free gardening that, instead of using soil, grows plants in a solution of...

Garden Decking Ideas You’ll Love

Are you looking for garden decking ideas? A lot of people take great pride in their outdoor space and create areas that are multi-functional extra 'rooms'. And here we have some great ideas. There are so many great garden decking ideas and ways to enhance the image of...

Are You Prepared For The Festive Season Yet?

It's the Mid-December festive season... and we all start to panic. Because Christmas is coming and we need to be ready. Are you? Rather than freak out and worry about not being ready for the festive season, it’s definitely essential to prepare properly. Plus - that’s...

Your Comfortable Home With 4 Vital Elements

Have you ever wondered what makes a comfortable home? Ask 15 different people and you’ll get 15 different answers; everyone has their own opinion. The idea of a comfortable home generally depends on what people value. For instance, some people value a home that has...

Avoid The 8 Consequences of Poor Oral Health

Oral health is often underestimated in today’s society, especially when you consider the number of cosmetic treatments available. This plays into the mentality around fixing whatever isn't perfect with your appearance. However, a radiant smile is about a lot more than...

Planning Your Spring Garden In Advance

Planning your Spring garden gives you a focus away from the chills of winter. Before long, you'll be seeing yourself picking Spring flowers and sipping wine in the sun. So while you’re deep in the winter period, take the opportunity to plan just how you’re going to...

Household Chores… and how to minimise them

Household chores come in many shapes and sizes. It can be taking care of the small things like keeping rooms tidy, and the garden swept. Or it can be the bigger issues like household maintenance such as protecting against infestations or secure plumbing. Here are...

Four New Homewares Trends You’ll LOVE in 2019

I'm awaiting the new homewares trends with great anticipation. Homewares are usually those inexpensive items you can replace fairly regularly and up-date your decor at the same time. Bring it on! Now that we are getting to the end of 2018, we have a thorough idea of...

The Home Cleaning Hacks That Make Any House Shine

Do you think home cleaning hacks are used by the professionals? Maybe they do. But you don’t have to be a professional cleaner to create a shiny bright and irresistibly clean home. Here, we have some amazing home cleaning hacks that will make any house shine. Take a...

Manage Homelife… And Have A Life Too

To manage homelife you have to be organised, fit, healthy, motivated, selfless and a whole bunch of other time-consuming and super humans things. When you’re a mum, a wife, a worker, and a woman, you’re always going to try to do it all. Women do seek to manage...

Do It White! Get White Decor Right.

White decor is misunderstood. You might think that all-white rooms do little to inspire. But a correct understanding of white decor can lead to incredible interior designs. White decor can excite, relax, and create a sense of volume and space in your home. White...

A Beautiful Smile With Six Simple Tips

A beautiful smile is something everyone wants but few truly achieve without action and help. Don't rely on what you're born with. Create the beautiful smile you crave with some expert tips and a little help. Flashing a big and beautiful smile can truly work wonders....

Viva La Minimalism! A Minimalist Interior That’s Right.

A minimalist interior is probably different from what you think. It's not white rooms and only a chair for furniture. In fact, a minimalist interior is likely the decor for which you are striving, you just know it yet. All things eclectic and vintage have been decor...

Think Like A Decorator With Expert Tricks

Would you like to think like a decorator? We all want our homes to reflect our personalities and suit our lifestyle. Those important elements don’t need to be sacrificed in order to create a home you love with the style you crave. Yes, you can easily think like a...
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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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