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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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...

Home Repairs + Maintenance That Could Save You Money

Home repairs, if left too long, will turn into costly maintenance that could have been avoided. By regularly checking certain vulnerable areas of your home, you could save yourself a lot of money in the long run. When you rent a house, you never really understand just...

Is it Time for You to Tidy Up Your Outdoor Space?

Tidying up your outdoor space is not the huge chore it might sound like. If you’re tired of not being able to use your garden and outdoor space properly because of the lack of real attention you’ve paid to it up to now, it’s time to change all that. There are so many...

Four Fab + Fun Ways To Get Fit Forever

You have always been a slave to a fad diet or short term fitness place; nothing seems to work for you and you’re beginning to lose faith in the meaning of the word healthy. The truth is that you need to approach healthy living with a long term approach, instead of...

Exterior Home Maintenance You May Have Forgotten

Exterior home maintenance is a crucial supplement to all the pretty things you do to create a stylish home. And the reason exterior home maintenance is so important is for functional reasons, before style. The exterior of your home is the first thing people see and...

4 Health Hacks to Help Heal Your Broken Confidence

Health hacks may be the little nudge you need to improve your lifestyle. It’s pretty clear that your health and your confidence are very closely linked. Improving your health and being fitter in daily life are well-being imperatives but sometimes we all need a little...

Lifehacks: 10 Secrets to a Perfectly Organized Kitchen

Lifehacks; where would we be without them? Now there are hacks for everything... some more useful than others. But what's really useful is hacks for your kitchen. They may not make you a better cook but they may save your life. There is nothing more nerve-wracking...

4 Fabulous Home Boosters To Give You More Space

Your fabulous home must be functional as well as stylish to ensure you love where you live. So if you need more space or the illusion of more space, ensure the changes you make work with your lifestyle AND contribute to you having a fabulous home. When you have your...

4 Bedroom Design Changes To Save Your Sleep

Bedroom design changes don't have to be big to be effective. The experts at Tuck Sleep understand this so have provided 4 small changes you can make to get a better nights sleep. We could all use a little help when it comes to sleep. Luckily, making some small bedroom...

New Home Move? Don’t Overlook These 7 Things

First of all, congrats on your new home move! It’s a big step and one that can completely change your life! However, now that the fun part is over, here comes the dreaded new home move and all the stress, clutter and inconvenience a new home move brings. There are a...

Get A Beach-Ready Body with 5 Timely Tips

Having a beach-ready body may not be on your radar when the weather gets colder. However, preparation NOW will only help you to achieve your fitness goals by the time beach weather rolls around. These 5 timely tips will help you get a beach-ready body in time. Some...

5 Tips on Creating and Decorating Your Open-Plan Home

The open-plan home has been steadily gaining popularity with homeowners across the globe. Over the decades it's become one of the most powerful statement designs that brings spaciousness, freedom of movement, and timeless aesthetic appeal to any home. In a modern...

Ready To Start Saving for Your First Home?

Got a dream home in mind? Now is the time to start saving. If that's easier said than done you may need a few tips to help you. Your dream home doesn't need to be a fantasy. However, you are the only person that can turn it into a reality. If you are ready to start...

Birthday Gifts That Show Dad You Actually ‘Get Him’

As far as birthday gifts are concerned, they don’t come harder to buy for than your old man. Dads are notoriously difficult at the best of times, but at least you can get away with underwear and aftershave at Christmas. However, If his birthday is approaching you...

Bedroom Luxe: Tips for Making Your Bedroom Look More Expensive

Bedroom luxe is what every woman wants. So Diana Smith shares her top tips for creating a bedroom that LOOKS luxurious even if your budget is smaller than your dreams. Most of us have at least once regretted not having stylish bedroom luxe, such as the one we were...

2018: The Year Ahead in Luxury Real Estate

The luxury real estate market will be dominated by more than a few distinctive trends in 2018. The increased interest of investors in luxury real estate is a driving force behind innovative, high-end changes, ranging from state-of-the-art amenities and luxe design...

Exterior Home Improvements Done Right

Exterior home improvements can be overlooked in the excitement of interior design. Let's face it, that's where most of the fun is, right? However, when we do own a home it's important to think about the best exterior home improvements to add value based on first...

Smooth Running When You Work From Home

The smooth running of your office when you work from home is one of the most important elements for productivity and profit. Of course, working from home has its fair share of perks, but there are also plenty of challenges. Whether you run your own business from home...

Exterior Maintenance: Don’t Neglect What Protects Your Home

The exterior maintenance of your home is an important element in the safety, security and re-sale value of your home. Don't think it's out-of-sight, out-of-mind. You probably can’t see all the problems with your home’s roof, gutters or even the upper brickwork unless...

Pergola Design Ideas to Enhance Your Outdoor Living Experience

Pergola design is the mainstay of liveable outdoor spaces. With so many options, how do you find the right pergola design for your lifestyle? Giving your outdoors a make-over isn’t always that easy. In fact, most homeowners tend to forget the outdoor living space when...

Child-Friendly Home Tips For Non-Parent Homes

You might think that it’s only parents who need to make sure that they have a child-friendly home and safe places for youngsters. But that isn't actually the case. In fact, it’s worth non-parents trying to create safe havens for young children as well. If you are an...

Create The Perfect Outdoor Space

An outdoor space is vital for healthy living with Vitamin D from the sun's rays and fresh air to breathe. Even the smallest outdoor space will have a positive effect on your well-being. So do you have one? If so, do you make the most of the outdoor space you have?...

How To Create A Stylish Bedroom Makeover

As seasons change, a stylish bedroom makeover may be on the top of your redecorating list. But with so many ideas, where do you start? The bedroom is one of those rare places in the world where you can relax completely and forget about all your worries and stress....

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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