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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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Rundown Garden Up-Grade and Security Plan

If your rundown garden has seen better days then stop it from feeling like it’s going to waste. It’s up to you to start making some changes to it. However, if you need some help, this post will help. A rundown garden can be depressing and waste space that can be...

New Home Building Starts Here

If you're thinking of new home building but don't know where to begin, you have definitely come to the right place. It's not an easy process but starting out right will help. Whether you've been planning for years or just started the process, you need to be as...

Four Signs You Might Need To Declutter Your Home

Do you need to declutter your home? Sometimes we can let our homes get overrun with clutter. However, that’s normal because we’re all hoarders to some degree. But how can you get it under control? What we bring into our home needs to be valuable to us and bring more...

Exterior Design Is As Important As Interior Design

Exterior design is how the outside of your home is presented to visitors and your own family. It's easy to forget about the exterior of your home when the interior is enough of a challenge. When it comes to home maintenance, we all focus on interior design. However,...

Tips To Help Maintain Your Gutters

What an evil chore... maintain your gutters to leave them free of harmful debris and potential overflows from clogged leaves. Because a gutter could be your best friend when it comes to avoiding expensive water damage and rotting dangers. Maintaining your gutters is a...

How To Find A Good Plumber

Finding a good plumber is one of those things for which you often can't plan ahead. Unless you're renovating and know you'll need a plumber, when a pipe burst or is blocked you'll need a good plumber right away. So how do you find one? There are some home repairs that...

Sustainable Home Life… and how to get it

Having a sustainable home can take a little time to adapt to. However, we’re all more than capable of making it happen. As we progress further into the 21st century, the protection of our planet and sustainable living has become paramount. Here are some ways to create...

Selling Your Home? Make These Small Changes

Selling your home is stressful. From doubts about staging it correctly to being on the market too long, you may need some tips to showcase your home and get it SOLD! Let’s admit it, when selling your home you may fear that it won't sell fast or rake in the amount you...

The Best Reasons to Build Not Buy Your New Home

Choosing to build not buy your next home is a BIG decision. So I've compiled some key pointers to help you work through the decision-making process. Whether you are buying your very first home or looking to sell up and buy another, you need to think about whether you...

Beautiful Fitted Bespoke Kitchens That Work

Beautiful bespoke kitchens sell houses. And they also make living in your own home a whole lot more comfortable, functional and glamorous. Personally designed and fitted bespoke kitchens will ensure that you end up with your dream kitchen. More homeowners are turning...

What to Know Before Renovating Your Bathroom

Did you know that renovating your bathroom requires more individual tradespeople than any other room in your home? Surprising, but true. So there are some important things you need to know before you start. Renovations are often a daunting and stressful process, no...

What are the Easiest Plants to Grow in Your Garden?

If you don't have a 'green thumb' you'll need the easiest plants to grow in your garden. Depending on where you live, the following tips will help however also use the resources of your local garden store. It’s time to beautify your garden! If you want to increase...

Gardening Hacks! Cheat Like The Pros Do

When you use gardening hacks is it still gardening? Well, if the professionals can use gardening hacks and 'cheat' then why can't you? Here's how (guilt free) For many, gardening is one of the great pleasures of life - something you do for its own sake because it's...

Home Repairs You Should NEVER Do Yourself

Home repairs really should be left to the professionals, right? I don't mean changing a light globe. I mean home repairs that can be deceivingly complicated. With the rise of DIY, many people believe that there are a whole bunch of home repairs that they can do...

How to Use Interior Design to Boost the Value of Your Home

When home lovers use interior design concepts, they hope to add style, functionality, comfort and also value to their home. So what are the best interior design ideas to add value? Perhaps you want to use interior design ideas to add value to your home before you...

Garden Preparation for A Golden Glowing Summer

Garden preparation will allow you to enjoy your garden all through the year. However, summer garden preparation is always a good idea. Garden preparation is crucial as the summer months come. You're probably daydreaming of a time in which you can simply bask in the...

How To Host One Helluva Garden Party

Having the chance to host a garden party can be an exciting opportunity. It's a fun and creative way to entertain friends and family or host a special event. So you'll want it to be one helluva time. You will be able to show off your home, provide entertainment to...

Eco-Friendly Lifestyle Ideas To Make It Easy

Are you tired of living a life that is wasteful? Is 2020 the year for living a more eco-friendly lifestyle? Living a more sustainable lifestyle is something more people than ever are doing. However, you may feel a little overwhelmed thinking about all the changes you...

Post-Renovation Aftermath: The Cold Reality

Your post-renovation aftermath won't even be on your radar during building works. Even in the excitement of redecorating, finishing seems a far off dream. However, what should you expect afterwards? When we’re considering a home renovation, we tend to focus on the...

5 Reasons To Consider A Home Renovation

Okay, so we know that a home renovation can be messy and costly. We know that it can be time-consuming and difficult to accommodate into your busy schedule. However, despite the many negatives that can surround a home renovation, there are some instances when you...

Faux Flowers Beauty for Style, Beauty + Longevity

Faux flowers have come along way since plastic roses were stuck awkwardly in a vase in the loo. In fact, the new faux flowers are so good you'll wonder how you ever decorated with them. However, it's not all about decor. Flowers have long been one of the most popular...

Creating A Swoon-Worthy Kitchen Everyone Will Love

Do you want to create a swoon-worthy kitchen of which others are going to be jealous? Then you need to be prepared for how much work this is going to be. But it's OK, we've got you're back. It's exciting to dream about a swoon-worthy kitchen. However, it won’t be a...

A Quick Guide To Home Solar Panel Maintenance

Have you ever thought about solar panel maintenance after you've had your panels installed? Maybe you think they look after themselves. However, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Solar panels have become a very popular way for homeowners to embrace...

6 Causes of Unexpected Water Bill Hikes

A sudden increase in the cost of your water bill should always be treated as concerning. It could be an indication of a serious plumbing issue that could cost you a lot of money if left untreated. Below are the three most common causes for a sudden rise in the price...

Carpet Flooring: The Pros and Cons You Should Know

Carpet flooring is just one option for the decoration and functionality of your home. However, whatever you choose, please consider the pros and cons of carpet flooring which remains hugely popular. For me, your flooring really sets the tone for the entire home. It’s...

Seasonal Maintenance Tips You Can’t Miss

Seasonal maintenance will keep your home looking more like a palace. Your home is your castle. It represents you in terms of decor, furniture and how it feels when you walk in the door. So keep in looking and feeling special with a few simple tips. It’s your private...

4 Tips for The Perfect House Move

Is the perfect house move possible? At a time of stress and some dysfunction, you may need four simple tips to help your sanity when you move house. Making sure you do as much as you can to have the perfect house move is important. Even the few simple tips here will...

Easy Decluttering… without any Japanese Influence

Easy decluttering isn't necessarily what you'll get if you follow the specific advise of a popular Japanese guru. In my mind, some of Marie Kondo's ideas are a bit too tough and minimalist. So how can decluttering your home be easy and sustainable? Decluttering your...

5 Ways To Love Your Home Exterior

Your home exterior is on view for everyone to see. Not only does it reflect your style it also serves to protect your home. So showing it some love will reap hidden benefits. If you’re worried about looking after the your home exterior and don’t know where to start...
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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.

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