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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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....

Relaxed Garden Living: How To Create A Sweet Space

Relaxed garden living CAN be obtained with a few simple tips and ideas. No matter the size of your outdoor space, you can create relaxed garden living to suit your lifestyle... and budget. When it comes to relaxing at home, most of us are pretty handy at ensuring our...

The Home Gym Setup You Need To Invest In

Has a home gym setup been on your mind lately? If not, let our staff writer, Eloise, take you on a trip down memory lane and some of the compelling reasons why investing in your fitness, and a home gym, maybe a really good idea. What happened? You were doing so well....

Modern Glamour Style For Chic Interiors

Modern glamour? I'm your girl. Think Art Deco, classic 60s’, Emma Peel, Palm Springs, Palazzo style, elegant and cool. Modern glamour is really just reinvented old glamour, and the fabulous rules still apply. Make a statement but play it cool. So how can you achieve...

3 Storage Solutions To Create More Space

Storage solutions on Pinterest will keep you occupied and inspired for hours. But who has the time? What you need are 3 storage solutions you can handle right now... and leave Pinterest for a relax and a glass of wine. When it comes to clever storage solutions, there...

From Mess To Impress With 7 Best Ideas

I wish going from mess to impress was as easy as Samantha twitching her nose and, miraculously, the house is perfect. Dream on. In reality, keeping a decluttered home takes a little more work. Mess is something that you just have to deal with. As much as you try to...

5 Hidden Reasons Your House Won’t Sell

When it's hidden reasons behind your home not selling how are you supposed to figure out why? Here, I expose the top hidden reasons and what you can about them. There’s a big shortage of housing at the moment so people often make the mistake of thinking that it will...

BoHo Dreaming: Easy Bohemian Style for Hair + Fashion

Eclectic, gypsy, sexy, toussled and relaxed - it’s no wonder bohemian style hair and fashion are so popular. You can go all out for a full gypsy/ Coachella festival vibe or just add an accessory or two as a nod to the trend. Either way it’s the gorgeous bohemian style...

6 Hot Interior Design Trends That are Coming in 201

Hot interior design trends are avidly followed by home lovers as well as designers. It's not about blindly following design trends, but taking elements you love to freshen up your decor. There is never one trend to rule them all when it comes to interior design; even...

Room Makeovers That Breathe Life and Style

Room Makeovers: Breathe Life and Style into Each Room of Your Home New Year, new interior design, right? Right. The time is better than ever for room makeovers to freshen up your interior and bring your home back to its former glory, or even make it shine in a...

Can’t Work In Your Home Office Disaster?

What has become your home office disaster was supposed to be a glorious and creative space in which you achieved your most fabulous work, right? So what went wrong? Many of us dream of the day our home workspace can become our primary working base. Imagine the freedom...

Feel More Secure In Your Home Right Now

To feel more secure is to feel more confident, more relaxed and more capable of taking on the stresses of our daily lives. So how can we feel more secure starting with where we live? Your home is your castle. It should feel like the place where you can escape the...

Property Changes for Opening A Home Bed and Breakfast

Property changes can be big or small when you decide to share your home with strangers. But why would you do that anyway? Would you enjoy getting up early in the morning and cooking eggs lots of people? Do you long to welcome people from all over the world into your...

Home Cooling Solutions With Budget To High-End Options

Home cooling solutions suddenly appear on the radar when the hot weather hits. So whatever your budget, how can you keep you house cool in hot weather? It's easy to forget just how hot a house can become after a few hots days. Living in the Adelaide Hills is wonderful...

The Unexpected Costs of Owning a Home

Unexpected costs can completely derail your plans for buying, building or renovating a home. So if you are thinking about owning your first home, there are many different factors that need to be considered. One of the most important areas of unexpected costs is the...

Ways to Create a Comfy Backyard Oasis

A backyard oasis is within reach for home owners who have even a small garden they wish to use more effectively. Turning a bland outdoor space into an exciting and beautiful backyard oasis extension of your home may be easier than you think. While most...

3 Reasons to Build a Granny Flat NOT An Extension

Build a Granny Flat not an extension onto your home if you value one or more of these specific lifestyle features. Common wisdom may suggest that, if you are running short of space in your home, the obvious thing to do is to build an extension NOT build a granny flat....

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