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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 Moving Tips for a Stress-Free Relocation

One of the most stressful times in life is home moving. There are many factors to consider, and it can cause sleepless nights while you prepare. There is a great deal of work involved in managing the home moving process, from hunting down your new home to packing up...

Blissful Backyard Beautifications to Make This Summer

Blissful backyard beautifications are here. When summer time falls in front of your feet, you always want to make the most of the warmer weather and longer days. Beautifying your garden couldn’t have come at a better time, but you need a little bit of inspiration to...

Planet Saving Interior Design Ideas for a Sustainable Future

Interior design ideas that help preserve the planet are more popular than ever before. If you want to make some changes in your home, chances are, you’re looking to be eco-friendly with your new look. As climate change becomes a reality we’re confronted with every...

13 Ways To Get Fuller Lips Without Surgery

Soft, gorgeous fuller lips! Do you wish you had a full pout, worthy of a Kardashian, but don’t want to go under the knife for it? Here are thirteen simple ways to boost your lips, to get or fake the pout you’ve always dreamed of. Fuller lips without the surgery. #1...

Two Simple Improvements To Help You Love Where You Live

Two simple improvements will help you to love your home again. You don’t have to settle for a house that feels uncomfortable and unwelcoming. It's official... love where you live is the modern mantra. A few small and simple improvements will help to get you on the...

Moving House Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

Moving house mistakes are common because moving house isn’t always a straightforward undertaking. While many people believe that you have to simply pack up your belongings and transport them to your new home, the reality is much more complicated. There are many...

Saving The Hassle Of Moving Into A New Place

While all of us know that moving to a new place is often exciting, it’s not always the most pleasurable idea. But why is this? Largely, because we know that this will often be quite a stressful time. Not only do we have to start from scratch in a new environment, but...

From Horrible To Haven in The Bedroom

Your bedroom should be a haven of tranquility, an oasis of calm and rest in a crazy world. Somewhere to sleep, to reconnect with your partner and get away from it all. Instead, like many households, your bedroom is the very last room in the house to get the attention...

The Importance of Proper Waste Disposal

Waste disposal isn't a pretty or sexy subject when it comes to an interior design blog. However, if you want to live in a beautiful home on a beautiful planet, then your waste disposal regime is vital. Here's what may happen if you DON'T take charge of your own waste...

7 Ways To Create A Greener Home… environmentally that is

We are very privileged to live in a world that we do today. However, having a greener home is more necessary than ever. We can use the energy around us to drive, to make things, to enjoy light when it should be dark. We get to build houses rapidly so that we all have...

Understanding What Burglar Alarms Need To Do

Burglar alarms have become an integral component in most homes. People recognise that the need to protect their assets is unfortunately more important than ever before. Thankfully, the security industry has evolved over the past few years. Burglar alarms are more than...

10 Easy Home Security Tips To Keep Your Family Safe

The house you live in is much more than just a building to rest your head. It should also act as a retreat, protecting you from all of the bad that goes on in the rest of the world. When you move into a new home, you want it to feel just as safe and secure as the old...

Will You Be Saving Money If You Move House?

Saving money is a priority for most people especially where buying or renting a home is concerned. If there is a positive side to the stress and expense of moving house, I'm sure you'll want to hear about it. Are you saving money to rent or buy a home? It’s easy to...

Tackling Stress When You Are Faced With Big Life Events

Tackling stress isn't necessarily intuitive. Depending on many factors, including childhood development, tackling stress can be extremely difficult for many people. So I've identified some stress triggers and ways of coping. There are a few events in life that have a...

Complete Guide To Hiring A Builder for Your Home

As an interior designer, I am used to hiring a builder on behalf of my clients. Whilst I tend to work with a small group of builders and tradies I know and trust, how can you find the best builder for your home? How do you know who to trust? To start with, understand...

Save Money On Your Home Insurance With Simple Tips

Everyone wants to save money, right? So when it comes to home insurance it's not about cutting corners, it's about genuine ways to save money while also protecting your home. Home insurance is so important because you need to protect yourself in case you’re burgled or...

Redecorating Bedrooms: Style and Savings

Social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest, are chocked full of images of stylish, modern bedrooms at the moment. Bedrooms that any style-conscious person would be happy to recreate in their own home, if only they had the money. Well, before you shelve the...

Home Building Anatomy… from the ground up

Yes, home building anatomy is a 'thing'. Because building your own home could be one of the biggest projects in your life. So the path to success needs structure and rules... just like the anatomy of your own body. Building your own home will certainly always be...

Increasing Natural Elements to Beautify Your Home

The presence of natural elements can have a very calming effect on us and helps to relieve stress. If you can increase the influence of nature in your home, you can create a far more welcoming and relaxing space for yourself. These are some of the best ways to bring...

An Extra Bedroom From Your Unused Garage

Do you need an extra bedroom? Have you thought that an unused garage could be a waste of essential space in your home? Converting it into an extra bedroom could help you to get the most out of this space. If you have a growing family, an extra bedroom could prevent...

Getting Summer Ready In 5 Simple Steps

Are you summer ready? Summer is on the horizon and it feels so good to notice the longer days and the warmer weather. We can all feel like we go into hibernation mode, especially when it comes to our bodies during the winter. So now is the perfect time to start...

Some Simple + Quick Ways To Become Genuinely Happy

Being genuinely happy is not a big ask; it's a basic human right. Everyone has the right to be happy. However sometimes it takes a few tips to fast track the process. Everyone wants to be as happy as they can be. However, what does it mean to be happy? Is contentment...

Creating a Stylish Home: Simple Changes for a Big Impact

All of us crave a comfy and stylish home. But, when you think about all the renovations and expenses that come with sprucing up your house, you start to think about whether it’s worth it. Luckily, there are small changes that will create a big impact without...

A Practical Kitchen. How to Make Yours Function Better

A practical kitchen is important if you love cooking. Your kitchen should serve your needs and become a hub for great conversation and great food. So how can you make your kitchen as practical as it can be? As the heart of your home, a practical kitchen will be a...

Home Insurance Guide for Newbie Home Owners + Renters

Home insurance is a very important component of home ownership. If you're new to home ownership or renting, this quick guide will help you to take action. Home insurance sounds pretty straightforward and so it should be. However, home insurance isn't only for home...

Is A Home Swimming Pool Worth The Investment? Pros and Cons

A home swimming pool used to be a sign of wealth and luxury in a home. Considering the amount of money required to actually build the thing and maintain it, this is still the case. But is the investment worth it? Are there really enough advantages to outweigh the...

How To Choose The Right Skip Size for Your Renovation

The skip size for your renovation or garden overhaul project is important. If it's too small you'll need more than one. And if it's too big then you're just wasting money. So how do you choose the right skip size for your renovation? If you are hiring a skip for...

7 Upscale Additions to Create a Unique and Chic Abode

Think you can't afford some upscale additions to your home? Maybe you're right. But what if you're wrong? What if some upscale additions ARE in your budget? In your spare time, you like to flick through home design magazines envisioning what your beloved home would...

5 Things to Consider When Adding a Home Extension

Adding a home extension is a great way to get the home you want without having to relocate. You could extend your living space by adding rooms or a second floor. It can be combined with a renovation in other parts of the home. The possibilities for adding a home...
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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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