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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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DIY Ideas for Beautiful Garden Paths

One of the more underrated aspects of a garden are beautiful garden paths. Paths can come in many different shapes, sizes and designs, and they can also serve many different purposes. They add beauty, interest and functionality. Have you ever truly thought about what...

Confidence Struggles? Here’s What You Can Do To Overcome It

Confidence struggles are more widespread than you might think. It’s not easy to love yourself, we know that, especially in a society that demands you look and act a specific way. So how do you overcome your own confidence struggles? If you don’t overcome your...

How To Maintain Strong Bones

Maintaining strong bones is essential for many other aspects of your health and well-being, but it’s a topic that many people feel they do not know enough about. There are two things you should be doing NOW and throughout your life. Learning how to protect your bones...

Exterior Home Cleaning To Invest In

As a interior design lover, you are likely to take pride in your exterior home cleaning. Your home’s outside gives neighbours, visitors and passers-by an impression of your style, taste and the pride you take in your home. So how can you keep it pristine? If you love...

Baby Nursery Decorating For A Calm + Beautiful Room

Baby nursery decorating is fun and heart-warming. How wonderful is it to be able to plan and decorate a nursery for a new baby? It’s one of the most exciting changes you will make to your house in your lifetime (yes, above the rainfall shower in the bathroom!). Being...

Personal Home Touches With Some Simple Steps

Personal home touches are exactly that - the personal touches that make your home unique to you. There are many ways to do this. However, in this post we'll discuss three of the easiest. When someone walks into your home, they should be able to feel, and see, your...

Cool Breezy Home 5 Smart Ways This Summer

A cool breezy home is the best way to enjoy long hot summers.Over the last few months, the unusual circumstances have reminded us how important the environment is in our homes. Lockdown rules and social distancing measures are being reduced across Australia. However,...

Pretty Beautiful Ideas for A Pretty Boring Home

If you are a house and garden junkie, you'll see some pretty beautiful ideas across magazines, Instagram and renovation shows. Seemingly miraculously, pretty boring homes are turned into pretty beautiful spaces. And you want your house to look like that too, right?...

New Home AND Renovation. Can You Afford Both?

So you’ve just bought your first new home and renovation is on your mind. You can’t wait to move in and make it your own place! But can you afford to both? Read these tips before you commit to projects you may not be able to finish. When you buy a new home and...

5 Easy Ways To Upgrade Your Home

Are you thinking to upgrade your home, whether it is to help sell or make your home feel more premium? There are several ways to achieve comfort and style relatively easily. There are five ways to help you upgrade your home from enlivening your front entrance to being...

5 Small Diet Changes To Make for A Healthier Life

There are small diet changes you can make now because it's has never been more important to have a healthy diet. Having a healthy diet can help to boost your immune system and fight against viruses. Here's what you can do. Apart from staying at home, washing your...

Eight Luxury Exterior Improvements To Maximise Your Home Value

Luxury exterior improvements will amp up the kerb appeal, garden enjoyment, and value of your home. So here are eight inviting ways to luxe up your home with luxury exterior improvements. Most people know the importance of interior design when it comes to having a...

Practical Home Building Solutions For A New Home

Home building solutions that you can achieve or participate in yourself, will provide the most cost-effective new home. If you're a bit handy, then these solutions may suit you. It’s always rewarding to make something with your own hands. In the case of DIY, it’s...

Is Unhealthy Soil Ruining Your Garden?

Could unhealthy soil be ruining your garden? Does everything you plant always dies in a matter of weeks? Maybe you just aren’t a natural gardener and you should consider looking for simpler plants to grow. Or maybe it's the soil. In some cases, people are not great at...

How To Close A Real Estate Deal Quickly

A real estate deal can often be a long, complicated, and frustrating processes. Many individuals desire to close their deals as soon as possible merely for sheer fear that something may go wrong. Here are six ways that you can close a real estate deal in a quicker...

Nine Fun Ways To Get Thirty Minutes Of Activity

Yes, there are fun ways to get thirty minutes of regular activity. When we’re young, we move our bodies in play all the time and don’t think about exercise. As an adult, however, the thought of physical activity doesn’t sound like much fun at all. It’s recommended...

Socializing Under Lockdown – Is It Possible?

We need not begin with a long preamble discussing just how COVID has upended all of our lives, as this can sometimes feel a little insensitive. Being under lockdown is no fun... or is it? You may be struggling with working from home and feeling unable to go and enjoy...

Ensure Your Home Kitchen Renovation Runs Smoothly

The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home. Most of us spending a lot of time there eating with family or entertaining friends. So it is not surprising that the kitchen is the room we want to be perfect and a room that is often the subject of...

A Bathroom Renovation That Reflects A Luxury Hotel Aesthetic

Visiting a luxury hotel is such a glorious experience, and there’s often nothing more fascinating than the obvious time and effort that have gone into designing such a unique and chic space. The en suite bathroom of a luxury hotel room is likely to match an aesthetic...

3 Easy Crops You Can Grow Right At Home

Now has never been a better time to grow easy crops at your own home. Whether you have a small balcony or a large garden, these 3 easy crops will provide you with taste sensations for your cooking... easily. About 4.7 million green thumbs prefer to plant their own...

Your Guide to Reduce Pain and Increase Energy Gain

Want to reduce pain and increase your energy? Are you frequently feeling fatigued, sore and suffering from more aches and pains than usual? You're not alone, so we discuss some simple steps here. It can be difficult to wake up with a spring in your step and a positive...

Fun Activities To Improve Flexibility For The Whole Family

Maintaining flexibility is so important as you get older because it protects your joints and helps to increase mobility so your risk of falls is reduced as well. But did you know that maintaining flexibility is equally as important in children? When a child hits their...

Future Planning When You’re Stuck At Home During Covid

Are you future planning? If you’re anything like most people, the recent COVID19 pandemic and lockdowns have caused you to take a step back. Perhaps you are reconsidering some of the things you used to take for granted in everyday life. Most of all, there has been a...

House Moving Stress And How To Avoid It

House moving stress is so common yet there are ways to avoid it... or at least minimise it. These five expert tips will help you to plan your move and reduce the stress. Moving house is one of the most stressful things that you’ll ever have to do in your life....

Before Renovating My Home, What Should I Consider?

"Renovating my home is one way to put my individual stamp on my sanctuary". That's what home lovers think and it's exactly right. Your home IS your sanctuary and it should look and feel like a personal, warm and calming space. We all have an acquired taste when it...

Get Luscious Underfloor Heating In Your Bathroom

Costing less then you think, underfloor heating in the bathroom is worth it's weight in bath salts. So if you're renovating, think about installing underfloor heating in your bathroom. Here's how. Underfloor heating just may the best heating solution for your...

A Tidier Home With Three Simple Tips

If you think you need a tidier home, then the good news is that there are plenty of ways to make sure that this happens. A tidier home is always within reach if you're prepared to take some action. It's not going to happen without some planning and work. Depending on...

Major Decluttering – Scary, But Necessary

Major decluttering can feel a little scary. That's because you're on the cusp of potentially chucking out thousands of dollars worth of possessions in the name of making things tidier. It's a big deal.  All sorts of thoughts race through your mind when you embark upon...

Adding Personality to Your Small Apartment

Moving into a new, albeit small apartment, is an exciting process. However, you’ll want to make your new property feel like home straight away. This is always challenging but can be even trickier if your apartment is on the smaller side. With these handy tips and...
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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.

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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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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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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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