Welcome to the ‘Don’t Call Me Penny’ Interior Design Blog

Don’t Call Me Penny is a premier Australian blog for all things related to Architecture, Building, Interior Design, and Outdoor Living. Hi, I’m Penelope Herbert – interior designer 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. I created Don’t Call Me Penny as a fun daily 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 Don’t Call Me Penny 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.

You’ll find lots of different articles in many categories. Search via category or keywords. If you can’t find the information you are seeking or have a suggestion for an article, please contact Don’t Call Me Penny via the contact form below. Thank you. Enjoy 🙂

 

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At Don’t Call Me Penny 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, well we can help you there too.

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Saving Time During The Week – Is It Possible?

Saving time seems like an impossibility when our lives just seem to be getting busier. There are only 24 hours in a day. However, you can use those 24 hours to be more productive and 'less busy' than you are now. Running around during the week and not saving time...

Creating A Lush Garden In A Dry Climate

Creating a lush garden in a dry climate is perfectly achievable with a few simple tips. Everyone wants a lush, green and vibrant garden so I've come up with some ways in which you can achieve it. The most vital elements to creating a lush garden is water. Very few...

Step-By-Step Home Swimming Pool Installation

Home swimming pool installation is a professional undertaking that requires expertise and the right conditions. However, if you at least have a step-by-step guide to follow you'll know your home swimming pool installation will be a success. Whether you’re looking for...

How To Choose An Antique Bed Frame

Have you inherited an antique bed frame that you’d love to feature somewhere in your home? Antique beds are unique and fun, but they present some interesting challenges when it comes to finding the right mattress and bed frame. You not only need to match a modern...

Top Interior Design Trends According to Pinterest

Top interior design trends are eagerly awaited by home lovers around the world. In 2018 there are numerous fabulous interior design trends that you'll love. Many are easily incorporated into your current home. Our writer, Lana Hawkins, investigates these top interior...

Most Popular Australian Landscaping Trends

Australian landscaping trends aren't just for Aussies. Our international writer, Diana Smith, shares her tips on the best Australian landscaping trends for you to try in your own home. Landscaping and gardening are two very popular hobbies all over the world and...

Sea Activities for Fun and Fitness

Sea activities can be as easy or as challenging as you desire. From a gentle frolick, swimming with the dog or a competitive 'jetty-to-jetty' water race, being in and around the sea brings many health benefits. The ocean is vast, and it is one of the first places we...

Easy Home Maintenance Tips for A Quick Fix Up

Looking for easy home maintenance tips? Most people are because it's often simple and regular maintenance that will help retain the longevity and beauty of your home. Few people understand just how much work goes into maintaining a home until they buy one of their...

Australian Interior Design Trends That Work in 2018

Australian interior design trends have a sense of freedom and a connection to the earth making them suitable for any home in 2018. Diana Smith investigates further.  Interior design trends are changing so rapidly and monumentally every single year, and keeping up with...

Easy Ways to Add More Storage in a Small House

Do you want to add more storage to your small home? With a few slick tips it will be easier than you thought. In fact, it is probably easier for you to add more storage than if you had a complete clear-out. However, the rules of decluttering do still apply because an...

Foolproof Moving House Tips for A Hassle-Free Day

Moving house is a big step in any family’s life, but it’s also one that requires a lot of careful planning and consideration.So you'll love these foolproof moving house tips to help you. You’re probably very eager to pack your things and move away to start an...

Essential Kitchen Rules to Support Healthy Eating

Essential kitchen rules will help you to make healthy eating decisions and support your overall health and fitness goals. While most people may dream of getting their diet on track, it does take action to transform your health and lifestyle. Of course, things are...

Garden Comfort: 5 Ways To Make Your Outside Space Liveable

Garden comfort allows us to utilise outdoor spaces as an extension of our indoor spaces. With just a few tips and ideas, your outdoor area will have a desired level of garden comfort for you to enjoy for longer. When it comes to making the most of your garden, comfort...

Exercise Myth-Busters for When It’s A Real Chore

Exercise myth-busters are required when you KNOW you should go to the gym or workout but you make excuses like "I just did the vacuming" or "my gym gear is dirty". Sorry, those poor excuses won't cut it. I mean, exercise isn't housework so why think of it as a chore?...

Home Makeover Tour: Ranch with Open Floor Plan

Let's go on a home makeover tour with Diana Smith who will share beautiful tips for arranging and decorating an open floor plan ranch-style home. Truly one of our most popular lifestyles, open plan is here to stay. This home makeover tour isn't a single home; it's...

Three Redecorating Tips Most People Forget

Redecorating tips are devoured by home lovers who have 'The Block' and 'Fixer Upper' on speed dial. We all love a beautifully decorated home but perhaps don't give the process much thought. It doesn't just 'happen' but it can happen for you. Your home is likely to be...

Creating Unique Homes: Goodbye Cookie Cutter House

Creating unique homes is a goal to which we should all strive. Our homes reflect our personalities, lives and loves. Your life is unique to you so your home should be as unique as you are. And the good news? When creating unique homes only a few rules apply. Creating...

Create Ambience and Interest In A Dark Room

To create ambience in a room you need just a few expert tips. If you have a room that receives little natural light or you use the room mostly at night, create ambience and interest to stop dark-and-dingy-itis. Many modern apartments and houses on small blocks of land...

Style Ideas For The Perfect Garden Party

The perfect garden party is achievable by even the most inexperienced host. All you need are a few expert tips, a little energy and heaps of your own personality. Here's how to style your own perfect garden party. When Summer is here it's time for numerous fabulous...

How To Nail The Link Between Your Fashion + Your Confidence

Your confidence can be strengthened or weakened depending on many factors including relationships, work life, weight gain or a family tragedy. So 'fake it till you make it' by upgrading your wardrobe in order to upgrade your confidence. Has the time come for you to...

Next Level Garden: Tips To Up The Awesome this Summer

Your next level garden is within reach with a little imagination, some planning and, of course, great style tips from Don't Call Me Penny. You're welcome 😉 Now, it’s not overly difficult to get a presentable garden or even a next level garden. Ensure the grass is...

How Can a Good Office Design Benefit Your Brand?

How Can a Good Office Design Benefit Your Brand? Your company brand should be present in every aspect of your business, conveying all your values and objectives through a single powerful message. As such, it’s an integral part of your good office design, too. Your...

Children Vs A Clean Home – This Is How You Can Have Both

A clean home is a happy home, right? Well it ought to be because clutter and dirt can do your head in. But when you are a busy parent trying to keep a happy clean home, can your kids be sabotaging you? Many parents think that they have to give up a clean home as soon...

Adding Cosy Winter Vibes To Your Decor

Our thoughts now turn to creating a cosy winter vibe in our homes. In Australia, we’re heading toward our winter months. In most places, we don't have a bone-chilling winter, at least not like the ones that the US and UK experience. But for us Aussies, things...

The Advantages To Narrow Block Home Building

Narrow block home building has become the norm in many parts of Australia, and the world. Whilst there is no denying that the idea of owning a massive plot of land with a big house and lots of space is desirable for many, the possibility is becoming a distant dream....

Mastering The Art of Home Maintenance

Are you interested in mastering the art of home maintenance? When many of us think of doing a spot of DIY, mowing the lawn on a Sunday afternoon or fixing a leaky tap, we feel like we are the kings and queens of home maintenance. We might be a tad handy with a...

Essential Tips for A Well-Lit Home

A well-lit home makes your living, sleeping, work and relaxation spaces more functional and enjoyable than most people realise. Yet creating a lighting plan or giving consideration to suitable lighting is often last-minute or forgotten completely. Not with these...

Builders From Hell… and How To Banish Them

Builders from hell are the biggest stress point for people building and renovating a home. As an Interior Designer, I speak with clients who have had awful experiences (luckily not with anyone I have recommended). So what can you do? Choosing the right contractor is...

4 Ways To Achieve The Ultimate Perfect Home

When it comes to where we live, we can all have the end goal of getting the perfect home at some point in our lives. But is that truly achievable? I'd say YES! Do you like the idea of having a forever perfect home designed exactly how you want it and suitable for your...

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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