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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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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...

Top Tips For Entertaining Overnight Guests In Your Home

Home sweet home!  The place you know you can call your own and take a deep breath and just be yourself.  A place that you can hopefully hide from the stress of the outside world. Your home defines you. One of the joys (and sometimes stressors) of owning a...

Unique Touches To Your Home That Are Simple And Effective

Unique touches in your home show the world who truly inhabits the space. Your personalities should shine through from the way your bedrooms are created to how it feels the moment you step through the door. Try these easy ideas to add unique touches this weekend....

5 Ways To Make A Dark Space Seem Lighter

When your home feels too dark and dingy, it can be really depressing. It makes your home feel like a place where you don’t want to spend time. That’s never the way it should be in your home, so now is the perfect time to make the changes that’ll turn your dark space...

Create a Healthier Home With 5 Quick Tips

They say that home is where the heart is, but could your home be damaging your health? Could you inadvertently be bringing in unhealthy toxins and other baddies your family is breathing in? These 5 easy tips will help you to create a healthier home. Could you enjoy a...

How to Set Up a Membership Site from Home

Being a freelancer is a great flexible career, but sooner or later you will reach your full capacity, and end up looking for more opportunities to grow your business. You can choose to set up your own company and employ people, or carry on running your business from...

2 Easy Additions to Bring Style to Your Bedroom

Are you looking to add that extra dimension of design to your bedroom? Here are two tips you'll LOVE (and they are budget-friendly). Adding a load of furniture or trinkets to your bedroom will make it feel cluttered. The balance between useful items and a stylish look...

Feeling Confident: Easy Ways To Give Yourself A Boost

Are you feeling confident right now? As a busy woman, you’re bound to have a list longer than your arm (and legs), in regards to your family, job, social commitments, chores, and, well, you get the idea. It can be easy to get stuck in the rut of pleasing everyone...

Signs You’ve Found Your Perfect Property

Finding the perfect property to buy can take many months of searching and viewing. This is quite normal, as there is often something that is not quite right about each property you visit. Generally, some of the minor things you pick up on are just an excuse that it's...

How To Make Visiting Guests Feel Right At Home

If you are having visiting guests you will understand more than anyone how important it is to make them feel at home. You want them to feel completely comfortable and you need them to know that you are happy to accommodate them. Make Room for Visiting Guests The first...

Modern Patio Trends for Every Lifestyle

Modern patio trends change and evolve as we embrace different lifestyles. From apartment living to sprawling gardens, everyone want and needs their private outdoor space. So when it comes to furnishing your space, some modern patio trends will help you to maxmise the...

Kitchen Renovation Key Elements To Know

Are you thinking about a kitchen renovation? Most rooms in your house can be moved around and even redecorated with the minimum amount of hassle. But not your kitchen. When it comes to your kitchen renovation it can be slightly more complicated. Your kitchen is a more...

Preparing To Look After Older Relatives

When you want to look after the people who are closest to you throughout the years, it is important to truly to think about all things they did for you when they were in their prime. Our parents, aunts and uncles and grandparents all spent a lot of time and effort to...
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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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