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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Exercise Myth-Busters for When It’s A Real Chore

Exercise myth-busters are required when you KNOW you should go to the gym or workout but you make excuses like "I just did the vacuming" or "my gym gear is dirty". Sorry, those poor excuses won't cut it. I mean, exercise isn't housework so why think of it as a chore?...

Home Makeover Tour: Ranch with Open Floor Plan

Let's go on a home makeover tour with Diana Smith who will share beautiful tips for arranging and decorating an open floor plan ranch-style home. Truly one of our most popular lifestyles, open plan is here to stay. This home makeover tour isn't a single home; it's...

Three Redecorating Tips Most People Forget

Redecorating tips are devoured by home lovers who have 'The Block' and 'Fixer Upper' on speed dial. We all love a beautifully decorated home but perhaps don't give the process much thought. It doesn't just 'happen' but it can happen for you. Your home is likely to be...

Creating Unique Homes: Goodbye Cookie Cutter House

Creating unique homes is a goal to which we should all strive. Our homes reflect our personalities, lives and loves. Your life is unique to you so your home should be as unique as you are. And the good news? When creating unique homes only a few rules apply. Creating...

Create Ambience and Interest In A Dark Room

To create ambience in a room you need just a few expert tips. If you have a room that receives little natural light or you use the room mostly at night, create ambience and interest to stop dark-and-dingy-itis. Many modern apartments and houses on small blocks of land...

Style Ideas For The Perfect Garden Party

The perfect garden party is achievable by even the most inexperienced host. All you need are a few expert tips, a little energy and heaps of your own personality. Here's how to style your own perfect garden party. When Summer is here it's time for numerous fabulous...

How To Nail The Link Between Your Fashion + Your Confidence

Your confidence can be strengthened or weakened depending on many factors including relationships, work life, weight gain or a family tragedy. So 'fake it till you make it' by upgrading your wardrobe in order to upgrade your confidence. Has the time come for you to...

Next Level Garden: Tips To Up The Awesome this Summer

Your next level garden is within reach with a little imagination, some planning and, of course, great style tips from Don't Call Me Penny. You're welcome 😉 Now, it’s not overly difficult to get a presentable garden or even a next level garden. Ensure the grass is...

How Can a Good Office Design Benefit Your Brand?

How Can a Good Office Design Benefit Your Brand? Your company brand should be present in every aspect of your business, conveying all your values and objectives through a single powerful message. As such, it’s an integral part of your good office design, too. Your...

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...

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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