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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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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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Whether you are a homeowner or renter, if you want to love where you live Don’t Call Me Penny will show you how.

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Your Unique Home: Buy, Convert, Renovate, or Decorate

A unique home is one that reflects your individual personality, needs, travels, and style. It’s not necessarily about architecture (although it could be) but is very much about how you design your life. Everyone wants their house to feel like a unique home. It...

Your Ideal Bathroom Is Just A Few Stylish Steps Away

The ideal bathroom needn’t be out of your reach. From full blown renovations to tile touch-ups and chic accessories, you can create your ideal bathroom with a few simple tips. The bathroom is a place you go every single day. Whether you’re pampering yourself and...

The Easy Route to A Luxury Living Room

A luxury living room is a totally useable space for the entire family not just for special occasions or adults only events. Not anymore. The luxury living room space is unquestionably the heart of any family home. It’s the communal area for daily interactions and...

Common Wall Art Mistakes & How To Avoid Them

Wall art mistakes are often made innocently enough. I mean, you just hang a picture right? Well, there’s the right way… and the wrong way. If you want ‘home beautiful’ then you need five wall art tips. The necessity of wall art for good...

Why Daily Gardening Creates A Stress-Free Mind

If daily gardening is not on your list of things to unwind and rid your body of stress, then maybe it should be. “Oh! I had such a stressful day”- is a pretty common statement, right? Returning to our home sweet home after a hectic day seems like the perfect antidote...

Gold Metallic Design for Opulent Excellence

Gold metallic design was a standout at Milan Design Week for very good reason. A gold metallic design palette brings drama, moodiness, luxury, and theatrics – the key ingredients being opulent, desired, and classic… all that glitters is most definitely...

Swimwear Update: Embrace the 2017 Trends

Time for a swimwear update? Does your swimwear collection need a refresh? Don’t panic – we’ve got you covered (or not!) with top trends for 2017. If you’re tired of the same old styles, you’ll be glad to know that 2017 is the year for a fresh and fabulous...

Relaxing Style for Your Coziest Home Retreat Ever

Relaxing style isn’t when you don’t to do the dishes for five days and leave the vacuming for yet another weekend. That’s HARDLY relaxing. For many of us, there’s no place like home after a hard day at work. So you need relaxing style to fully enjoy...

Nightmare Tenants? Here’s How To Salvage Your Property

Nightmare tenants are those that turn up on television tabloid news shows, usually running away from the camera. They are the ones you DON’T want renting your property. These days, lots of people are investing in property and it can make sense. One of the most...

Celebrity Chrissie Swan Shares Her Kitchen Renovation Tips

Chrissie Swan is best known for her big personality and her role as co-host on Nova 100’s Chrissie, Sam & Browny radio show. She’s also the Mother of three small children… and recent owner of a daggy kitchen. Having gone through a recent...

Steel Pergolas: Strength + Styling With Low Maintenance

Steel pergolas can be very modern and cool or they can be styled to look rustic and warm. But what about their other advantages? Pergolas have always added to the aesthetic beauty of properties and gardens. They are primarily for beautification and shading with...

Strip Back Layers And Find A New Interior Design Approach

Strip back and lay bare the bones of your home. It just might be the interior design approach you need. When we turn our hands to interior design, we often add things to our homes. We stock up on new furniture, lay new carpet, and add yet another layer of paint. What...

How a Simple Smile Can Change Your Outlook on Life

A simple smile, either given or received, will do a whole lot more than show off great dental hygiene. You’ve probably heard about this before, but there are many positive benefits to smiling. One of those benefits is an increased sense of joy and happiness in a...

How to Choose the Right Rug, Every Time

Colour + Texture + Size: How to Choose the Right Rug, Every Time Not only are area rugs stylish accessories to your home décor, but they also create an atmosphere of cosiness and comfort, add depth to a room, break a monotonous look and tie a room together. However,...

The Art of Dressing Well for Any Occasion

Dressing well is, for the most part, subjective. For some it’s a ball gown and tiara. Others are comfortable in dress jeans and hot shoes. However dressing well isn’t simply limited to WHAT we wear. It’s also WHERE we wear it. Most of us struggle...

Cherie Barber’s Simple Bathroom Kitchen Transformations

Bathroom and kitchen transformations can add significant value to your home if you plan to sell. They can also remove the need to move house if your bathroom kitchen transformations are undertaken expertly. Renovating for Profit’s Cherie Barber is very...

Crafting The Beach Body You’ve Always Wanted

Beach body baby, the sun’s on the way and it wants you to come out and play. Every summer most people re-assess their approach to their fitness and healthy eating regimen. You might have fallen off your steadfast commitment to your new year’s resolution to...

Beat Winter Blues With These Home Improvements

Beat winter blues with four surprisingly easy home improvement ideas that will keep you snug as a bug in a rug. Everyone tries their hardest to prepare their home for upcoming seasons. To beat winter blues, most people will have heating units and radiators cleaned and...

DIY Home Renovation Projects. 3 Expert Tips

DIY Home Renovation Projects Sometimes there’s nothing more rewarding than knowing that you put your blood sweat and tears into a project. That’s definitely the case with DIY home renovation projects. That’s why today, Don’t Call Me Penny is teaming up with Australian...

Living Room Lighting With Three Illuminating Tips

Living room lighting is such an important part of your lighting plan because you have the potential to incorporate fabulously diverse elements. The living room is probably the most used room in the house. It’s the place where people come in at the end of a long day...

Garden Design for Family, Friends, and Pets

Your garden design can be as minimalist or fantastical as you like because enjoying outdoor living is a constitutional right. Right? If you own a home, you’ve probably already invested thousands of dollars in creating the perfect home environment for the whole family....

Add A High-End Luxury Edge To Your Bathroom

High-end luxury can be added to any room in your home if you know what constitutes a luxe vibe. It all comes down to fake ’til you make it. For example, the bathroom is one of the most utilized rooms in the house; however, it can often be a very basic...

Different Hot Water Systems and Their Benefits

Hot water systems use an energy source to heat the water somewhere above the initial temperature. It’s a thermodynamic process with every household needing some type of system to heat water. But which one? Domestic uses of water heating include for cooking,...

Simple Winter Warming Ways for Everyone

Winter warming ways will help you save money on electricity bills and enjoy the colder weather without freezing… or wearing fifty layers of clothing. It’s that time of the year again for many Australians. The sun has left us, the cold has come out to play, and...

How To Choose The Right Blinds For Your Home

Choosing the right blinds for your home may not seem high on the list of decor priorities. But the choices you make and why will make the biggest difference of all. When you choose the right blinds you are making a big difference to the feel and comfort of your home....

How To Use Interior Design Advice In Your Home

Interior design advice can be useful when you move into a new home because you are likely to have myriad thoughts going around in your head. When you move into a new space it generally takes a while to get used to a new layout. Interior design advice will help you to...

Call An Expert: Home Repairs You Shouldn’t Do Yourself

‘Call an Expert’ should be the catchcry of DDIY – Don’t Do It Yourself. Because there are four important jobs that the unqualified mustn’t attempt. It’s good to know how to do things around the house, especially if you’re a homeowner. The...

Common Apartment Living Style + Design Problems Solved

Apartment living can be a tremendous experience. You could be part of a huge community of residents, some of whom you will be friends with for life. There are a multitude of features for modern apartment living these days, too. Not only are they ultra secure, but they...

Opposites Attract : Easy Interior Design Ideas

In decor, as in life and nature, opposites attract; with surprising and beautiful results. Instead of painstakingly trying to create the perfect room following professional interior design elements, try creating a perfectly IMPERFECT room. How? Take a single element...

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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