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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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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...

How To Create A Cozy and Lavish Nursery

With a baby on the way, few of us have time to design and prepare a lavish nursery from scratch. Luckily, many have done this before, so you can lean on the advice of experienced moms to help you with creating the best home nursery that's cozy AND lavish. First of...

Get On The Property Ladder To Help Your Renovation Dreams

The property ladder is the only place to start if you dream of renovating your own home one day. So how can you start at the bottom when the ladder seems high to climb. Home renovation is a dream for many budding property owners. It gives them the opportunity to buy...

Mindfulness: Ways To Clear Your Brain of Clutter

Mindfulness is a buzzword you may have heard more and more. It can mean "being in the moment" and generally being aware of your environment. It can also mean clearing your brain of clutter. But how do you do that? The brain is crazy, right? It’s full of so many...

Potential Garden Safety Disasters… and how to avoid them

Garden safety is of paramount concern to anyone who loves their family... and their outdoor space. However, your enjoyment can be heightened or lowered depending on the care and safety you show in your garden. Your garden should be a safe space that the whole family...

Preserve Your Normality When Starting A Home Renovation

Starting a home renovation can be the most exciting and creative aspect of home ownership. But when the builders move in, normality and sanity can move out. So how can you preserve yours? Are you planning to renovate your home? Remodeling your house can be a thrilling...

Sweet Dreams. Why You Should Make Your Bedroom A Priority

Your bedroom is one of the most important rooms in your home. It's where sweet dreams can be enjoyed alongside a restful sleep. You'll awaken with energy and the ability to tackle anything the world throws at you. That's the theory anyway. According to Pascoe's, who...

Your Complete Guide To Plastic Pipe Systems

Are you currently considering your options regarding plastic pipe systems? Perhaps you are unsure regarding what type of system to go for? Or, maybe you have made your mind up, yet need to find the best company from which to purchase your pipes? Whatever your concern...

Are You Ready for A Bathroom Makeover?

Now is a great time to think about a bathroom makeover. Why? Because the warmer weather makes it easier for trades to renovate a wet area. And, typically, a bathroom makeover uses more individual trades than any other room in the house. Bathrooms are one of the most...

Tips For A Smooth-Running Home Renovation

Everyone wants a smooth-running home renovation. However we have all heard of horror stories too. Why does it have to be that way? Well... it doesn't. A home renovation should be an exciting time in your life. Sure, it comes with plenty of challenges and the potential...

Raising Chickens + Crafting A Coop In Your Garden

Raising chickens has become a pretty popular lifestyle choice. Not only are chickens personable and cute, but they can feed you too. Eggs, I mean. So how can you raise chickens the right way? Many of us dream about what it would be like to become more self-sufficient....

When An Elderly Parent Comes to Live… Adapting for Seniors

Do you have an elderly parent? Are they of an age when you feel it will be best if they live with you? Many of us are, at some point, faced with the decision to bring an elderly parent into our home. How do you transition effectively? When an elderly parent comes to...

Family-Friendly House Design That Fits Like A Glove

When you're looking for a family-friendly house design, you begin to realise that every family is different. So when you can't find the perfect property for your family, it can seem like a good idea to build your own house. So is it? Many home buyers will feel they...

Solar Panels: The Advantages You Need To Know

It may have started with solar panels. However, we’re all more conscious of what we’re doing to the environment. It's the lifestyle and other changes we make to our homes that make a difference. Solar panels have become increasingly popular so if you’re thinking of...

Storage Dilemma Solved: The Benefits of External Storage

Everyone has a storage dilemma at some point in their lives. There always comes a time when the space you live in is becoming too cramped. Moving home is not an option, so you find yourself at a point where you need to find a solution. A great solution to the...
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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.

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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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?

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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.

If you have a suggestion for an article you’d like to see on this site, please CONTACT US.

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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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