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

 

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Beyond Beauty: Practical Additions to Your Home’s Exterior

It’s beyond beauty when it comes to practical and stylish ways to enhance the exterior of your home. It’s workable, useful, AND great looking. Making your home look beautiful is one way to care for it. However, sometimes you need to think of practicality...

Sustainable Natural Style Beyond Scandi

Sustainable natural style is the perfect way to transition from winter to spring. It’s light, breezy, easy to live with, and can be more dynamic than you might imagine. Basic doesn’t mean bland and white doesn’t mean wishy-washy. When you effectively mix...

Garden Protection With Three Simple Tips

Garden protection isn’t about security and privacy from human species, but ensuring the hard work you put in to your garden is protected from non-human pests. Homeowners all want their gardens to look as stunning as possible during the summertime and the fall....

Healthy Life Kick Start Program In Six Easy Steps

A healthy life will impact upon your happiness, performance, confidence, and ability to be successful. So why not start your new healthy life today? So you’ve recently made the decision to begin a healthy life! Congratulations! If you keep this up, you are sure to...

Why Smiling Doesn’t Always Make You Happy

They say that smiling is contagious. If someone smiles at you, then you can’t help but smile back. Of course, in some societies and cultures, smiling isn’t always appropriate! Still, for many of us, a smile is a sign of reassurance that we’re welcome and the people...

Gracious Living Like J-Lo Is Within Your Reach

Gracious living isn’t about 24-carat gold tapware and endless money to spend on decor (although that would be nice). No, gracious living is about how to enjoy sumptuous sunsets in historic apartments that ooze class, charm, and uniqueness. There comes a time in...

Entrance Elegance: Divine Doors for Decoration

Entrance elegance can be the first thing people see when they come to your front door. It could be the innovative garage door. Or it could be the surprise behind the decorous door on the inside of your home. When many people decorate and design their home, they often...

Love Interior Design? So Do Nosy Passersby!

Of course you love interior design; you probably wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t. But do you live in a neighbourhood whereby your interior design is on display? You love interior design concepts to enhance your home for you, your family, and your...

Calm Outdoor Entertaining Spaces With Three Ideas

Outdoor entertaining spaces can be big or small but they must be useful. With three simple tips you can create your own oasis for quiet thought or robust entertaining. Lots of homeowners fail to make the best use of their garden and any outdoor entertaining spaces....

Lighting Matters: Don’t Go To The Dark Side

Of course, lighting matters in the home. It’s one of the fundamentals of interior design and decoration. We’ve already looked at various lighting matters including how to improve your home lighting, increase the amount of natural light your home gets, and how to...

Exercise Excuses Smashed for A Fitter Life

Exercise excuses can get more extreme the more we aren’t motivated to get out and get fit. Did the dog eat your running shoes? Is all your gear still wet in the washing machine? Old exercise excuses won’t work anymore, because getting in shape nowadays...

Are Ersatz Appliances Better Than Genuine? Could Be.

Ersatz appliances are those that are poor imitations of the original. If you are ‘ersatz’ it means you dislike something simple because it ISN’T original. But can you be persuaded otherwise? If you’re like most people, you want the genuine article,...

When Did Stylish Security Become A ‘Thing’ for Outdoors?

Is stylish security a priority when keeping your home safe and secure? It can be if you know what’s available. What do you want from your home sweet home? A home is a place that is designed to keep you safe and protected from external factors, being the bad...

TIMBERRRRRR! Essential Advice for a Shipshape Wooden Shed

A wooden shed can be charming and rustic or battered and worn. If it’s the latter then now is the time to shape up your shed. Winter is over and spring is here. As the weather warms up, more and more people hit up the garden. Let’s face it – summer is months...

Owner Builder Keys To Success

Being an Owner Builder is a great responsibility to ensure your dream home is built on-time, on-budget, and on design. A lot of people are taking the decision to be the owner builder of their homes these days – and for excellent reasons. You can save yourself...

New Home Build Pro’s and Con’s

A new home build can be the most exciting and creative process designed to provide you with a dream residence. Or is it all it’s cracked up to be, both negative AND positive? Building your own home doesn’t have to be something that you treat as a daunting or...

An Environmental Home That’s Sustainable

Having an environmental home could be easier than you think. It’s not all about new build either, you can retro fit any home to be more environmentally friendly and sustainable. Sustainability is something at which homeowners are now looking. As well as helping...

Closet Decluttering for Fabulous Fashionistas

Closet decluttering is one of the hardest jobs for any fabulous fashionista. What to keep? What to donate? What to toss? These are definitely first world problems but can cause great angst for fashion loving women. Having a full closet isn’t the best way to ensure you...

Fail-Safe Fitness With Group Mentality and Support

Fail-safe fitness is not something that comes in a bottle. You can’t take a pill and suddenly your fitness regime becomes super successful, and easy. It doesn’t work that way… but this will. Most people decide to undergo a fitness regime by...

Japandi Design : Introducing The New Luxury At Home

Japandi design is a modern fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian. Don’t Call Me Penny writer, Catherine Collins, has investigated this calm and dynamic design duo. Ready for a new trend in interior design? Then meet Japandi design. Japandi is a fusion of Japanese...

Open-Concept Bathroom For Master Suite A New Trend

An open-concept bathroom is the latest trend hitting master bedroom suites. Not for the faint-hearted, but they are brilliant. Lana Hawkins explains. Washing up in the same room where you sleep used to be found only in low-budget motels and dorm rooms. But, in the...

Expert Advice on Starting a Renovation Project

Starting a renovation project is in equal measures exciting and daunting. ‘Out with the old’ and ‘in with the new’ means making lots of decisions for which you may not be fully prepared. Are you someone who flips through style magazines and...

Kitchen Makeover Mistakes To Avoid

A kitchen makeover is undertaken somewhere in the world every 15 minutes! Even if that’s not strictly true, it can seem that way sometimes. Are you one of the thousands of people thinking of remodelling your kitchen? Before getting started, make sure you’re not...

Perfect Party Decorating Tips (six of them)

Expert party decorating tips can add to your own imagination when you are planing the perfect special event. Your role as host doesn’t begin and end with supplying drinks and food. The décor is important in order to get everyone in the right vibe. So regardless...

Pest Extermination In Hard To See Places

Pest extermination isn’t anything most of us want to face. From possums in the roof to stray cats preying on your birdlife, it’s easier to get rid of pests you can easily see. But what about small and tiny pests, especially when you don’t know how...

First Appearances: What People REALLY Notice

First appearances are exactly that – the first time you present yourself to someone. And, as the saying goes, there’s only one chance to make a first impression. We all want to make a good first impression. Seeing people react positively to first...

Fixing Bathroom Renovation Traps

A bathroom renovation is currently on the agenda for two clients of mine. Both have decided their current bathrooms are dated and bland, so I’m embarking on three bathroom re-designs (yes, one has two bathrooms). The bathroom is one of the most commonly...

Mobility Loss: Build A Winning Home Anyway

Mobility loss is often something home owners don’t anticipate when they build or buy their dream home. But it doesn’t mean you have to sell. Becoming less mobile is something that impacts millions. Whether it’s due to age, injuries, or trauma doesn’t...

Feminine Inspired Workspaces for Hardworking Women

Feminine inspired workspaces are not the preserve of fluffy and frou-frou; not according to an Architectural student and design blogger, Lana Hawkins. Inspiring and stylish feminine inspired workspaces will motivate any hardworking woman to continue reaching for the...

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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