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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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The Path To Recovery: Tips To Help You Cope After An Accident

An accident can be traumatic. It can take time for your body and mind to heal. We often go about our daily business thinking that accidents only happen to others. However, in reality, anyone could find themselves facing a long road to recovery after an accident. If...

How Soft Water Helps You Clean Better

Are you looking for ways to clean better? When we clean our homes and wash our clothes, we want to know that it is as clean as possible. But did you know that if you have hard water, it doesn’t always clean as well as we think?  Most of the time, you can’t help living...

Planning Your Outdoor Living Space Renovation

If there’s one way to add a touch of luxury to your home, it’s an outdoor living space. With the pandemic leaving a lot of people stuck at home and unable to travel, it’s only natural to want to recreate that holiday feeling in your own home. Creating a dream outdoor...

5 Upgrades To Make Your Home More Secure

Designing a comfortable home involves many different elements including making your home more secure. While you're thinking about interior design, cleaning regimes, and home maintenance include security too. If you’re looking for ideas to make your home more secure...

Fed Up Of Mood Swings At That Time Of The Month?

For women, Mother Nature can feel like a somewhat unkind companion. After all, as well as cramps and bloating, her time of the month typically comes complete with emotional rollercoasters. The likes of which even the best-composed among us struggle to deal with. As...

Update Your Kitchen Without Renovating

When you update your kitchen understand it's one of the most important rooms in any home. It is the place where friends and family most commonly gather in order to have fun times and food together. So, it goes without saying that when you update your kitchen you want...

Creating a Reading Room In Your Home

A reading room is one place in the house that you can escape to and head off on adventures or learn some fascinating facts about your favourite historical events.  It doesn’t matter if you are just working on your library of books or have a hundred in desperate...

5 Essentials You Should Check on Before Purchasing a Home

There are 5 essentials you really need to check before purchasing a home. In some ways, these essentials are obvious. However, may of us ignore them in the rush and excitement of purchasing a home. Are you guilty? Buying a home is one of the most significant decisions...

Clever Ways To Work From Home With Kids

Are you tired of kids interrupting you when it comes time to work from home? Don’t worry anymore! There are many clever ways you can keep them occupied so that they won't bother you. There are a few clever ways to work from home when you have kids. It's certainly a...

Why Outsourcing Your Marketing Department is a Great Idea

Outsourcing marketing department can be an excellent idea for your company. It will allow you to have more specialised campaigns, take the burden off your in-house team, and even cost you less money overall.  You also get access to experienced consultants who will...

Creative Ideas For Your Outdoor Shed Organisation

Your outdoor shed may not be an area you consider or put much effort into when organising your home. However, contrary to perceptions, it is crucial to pay attention to it to maximise your usable storage space. Fortunately, Australians value their outdoor living,...

‘How to Achieve a Sustainable Living Environment

Creating a sustainable living environment should be a top priority. You can do your part in protecting the earth from the harmful effects of climate change. Here's how. You don't have to be a green lover or a tree hugger to realize that everyone must do what is...

What Causes High Electricity Bills? Here’s How To Combat It.

Paying high electricity bills is a huge concern, especially when it's not the only utility you have to pay. The issue is more stressful when you cannot account for the high electricity reading. So what can you do? High electricity bills mean you're using more...

Bought A New Home? Now Do This Right Away

You have just bought a new home, and you're excited to start a new chapter in your life. However, many things need to be done before all of the furniture can be moved into the new house. So do these four things first! After you've bought a new home and before you move...

How To Design Your Home With Smart Security That’s Stylish Too

Smart security has gotten increasingly smart as burglars and scammers have got smarter too. Secure your home with smart security that's stylish too. Here's how. Statistics indicate that Australia places 7th in worldwide burglary rankings. In another breath, the Global...

Outdoor Exercising and The Seven Benefits You’ll Love

There is one thing people have learnt since the onset of the covid pandemic. And that is that here are many other ways you can exercise when your usual workout environments are off-limits. Outdoor exercising has become key for both body and mental health. There are...

5 Tips When Buying Clothes For Men

Buying clothes for men is pretty much the same as buying for women. Buy stylish clothes that are of good quality. And when it's a gift, you'd like it to be truly appreciated. Are you shopping for yourself, for a friend or partner, or as a gift? Here are five golden...

How To Protect Hardwood Floors From Damage

How to protect hardwood floors would be a prime consideration before you choose one. Get expert advice with these nine great tips for keeping your hardwood floor in top condition. Hardwood is one of the most traditional flooring options and is still popular today...

4 Ways To Instantly Improve The Look & Feel Of Your Home

Instantly improve your home with four top tips. Because your home is your sanctuary. When you come through the front door you should feel relaxed and happy. Here's how to achieve the calm and relaxed home you deserve. Your home should be considered your “happy place”...

How To Create The Best Office Space

Creating the best office space is important whether you work from home or commute to your office. We spend so much time 'in the office; you want it to be the best it can be. Here's how you do it. Creating a convenient and beautiful office in which you and your...

Best Ways to Fund Your Home Improvement Projects

Taking on home improvement projects is, unfortunately, not free. While there are plenty of things that you can do without paying too much, especially with some DIY knowledge, major renovations tend to cost a hunk of coin. So how can you fund your renovations? You can...

Residential Plumbing… And How To Look After It

Residential plumbing and water supply issues can be a great concern for home owners. Whether you are linked to the mains or have a septic tank, residential plumbing issues must be taken seriously. Water damage is one of the hardest problems to rectify in a property....

Striking the Right Nerve: How To Address Lower Back Pain

It is one of the most common ailments we experience - lower back pain. Strong glutes help avoid this, however there are plenty of things you can to do avoid and treat lower back pain. Whether you were working out too rigorously, or have slept awkwardly, nearly...

Show-Stopping Home Sales: Get Buyers Interested In Yours

The whole process of home sales can be a stressful experience. However, with the right preparation and some clever ideas, you can turn your home into a show-stopping treat that will get buyers interested in buying. This blog post focusing on home sales shares four...

Simple Confidence Boosting Ideas You Can Start To Use

Confidence boosting can be required during the bad times, with these ideas to take you through the good times too. Lacking confidence can have a dramatic impact on your quality of life as a whole. So use these ideas to get back on track. A lack of confidence can hold...

Create A Beautiful Bathroom That’s Functional AND Aesthetic

A beautiful bathroom is worth the investment. However, the most important purpose of a bathroom is that it's functional. Being beautiful is one thing. But for the purposes of cleaning you, it has to be functional. Here's how to get one. Of course, a bathroom can look...

Keeping Your Interior Design Business, In Business

Running a business is always a challenge. So if you're an interior designer (or any creative business owner), how are you going keeping your interior design business in business? It’s a much lauded idiosyncrasy about “creative types”.  How you’re great at being...

Prepare A Lovely Reading Corner In Your Garden

A lovely reading corner in your garden will provide relaxation and tranquility when life gets tough. Perfect for the warmer weather, you may even find a reading corner you can use when it's chillier too. It’s nice to use our gardens whenever we can. From growing root...

How To Prevent Sports Injuries

Sports injuries can be a nuisance. They can take a while to recover from and you may find that you’re unable to partake in your chosen sport while in recovery. Other day-to-day activities could also be affected such as driving or doing housework. By exploring ways of...
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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.

Thanks for visiting. Please stay in touch

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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Use the high-quality suppliers we recommend. We’ll help you SAVE MONEY by telling you where to shop the latest sales. Click Me

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.

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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