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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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A Financial Guide to House Renovation

Any house renovation will have its challenges. However minimising the financial impact, and understanding the costs, will contribute to a greatly enhanced experienced. Our writer, Lucas Bergman, explores this further. Your house renovation should always be exciting,...

Small Space Bathroom Inspiration That’s Beautiful

When you have a small space bathroom you may wonder if you'll ever get the beautiful bathroom you want. While I can't expand your walls, I can give you advice on how a small bathroom space can be better used. When it comes to your small space bathroom, it’s essential...

Less Stress… The Proven Scientific Ways

Less stress is something for which we all strive but few seem to achieve with such busy lifestyles. However, there are some scientifically proven ways to have less stress in your life... and it's easy. It’s not a nice feeling to be constantly stressed. When you may...

New Job? Confidence Tips To Help You SHINE

New job? You may need some special confidence tips to ensure your first day and first impressions really count. How you look is secondary to how you feel - except when you LOOK good you FEEL amazing... especially in a new role. So, you’ve recently secured a new job,...

Delightful Decor? Here’s How To Keep It That Way

Your delightful decor has been in situ for five minutes and now you're petrified it will get ruined. It may not be kids and pets that ruin your delightful decor... it could be something far worse. Decorating and furnishing a home is expensive- and so once your...

Self Love: How To Get Yourself Some

Self love is not something you can pick up at the supermarket or for which you can take a tablet. However, you CAN get it with a few simple tips. Yes... you deserve it! Are you always so focused on other parts of your life that your forget the most important part?...

How To Create A Water Responsible Home

Most of us are concerned about our impact on the environment these days and we try to do whatever we can to reduce it. There are all sorts of things you can do like changing your eating habits and only buying products that are produced in a responsible way. But it’s...

Beautiful Bathroom Beautifully Easy

A beautiful bathroom is the top of the list for many renovators. The choice of gorgeous tiles, chic vanities, metal tap-ware and stunning baths is almost endless. But do you have to spend big just to get the beautiful bathroom you crave? Not necessarily. So, you want...

6 Tips to Make Your Campsite Feel Like Home

If you're anything like me, you'll want to make your campsite feel like home. There's nothing wrong with Glamping so these clever tips really will have you thinking your campsite is just like home. Who said camping should be rough and rugged? Whilst some would like to...

Up-To-Date Maintenance To Keep Your Property Value

Up-to-date maintenance can save you money and headaches in the long run. If you choose to ignore important home maintenance work, you are choosing to spend more money.. and resent it too. Whether you are selling your property soon or in the future, you need up-to-date...

Designing A Child’s Bedroom… Easily

Designing a child’s bedroom is a huge amount of fun. Gone are the days when a bedroom was merely a place to rest. Now a child’s bedroom is for play, study, rest, entertaining and fun. So how can you get it right? Designing a child's bedroom can be the easiest or the...

Property Maintenance for Older Home Owners

Property maintenance is a little like body maintenance. As we get older, things may take a little longer. But consistency and safety are the key for a healthier body... and a healthier home. Often, as we get a little older, strenuous physical activities and property...

New Product: Tori Japanese Wallpaper

Tori Japanese wallpaper is the latest offering from divine wallpaper designers, Graham & Brown. It's a celebration of artistry and eastern art; no wonder it's Wallpaper of The Year 2019. Graham & Brown has unveiled its Wallpaper of The Year: Tori. Meaning 'Bird' in...

Yes, A Safe Stylish Pool Is Within Your Grasp

A safe stylish pool can be of great value if you want to keep fit, have a place to relax, or if you love to entertain lots of friends. So, can you have a pool that's safe AND stylish? Safety doesn't have to forgo style. Safe Stylish Pool: If you have a pool in your...

Patio Paving and Making It Pretty

Patio paving can look absolutely gorgeous and an integral part of your indoor-outdoor living. No-one wants a boring patio but if you're not a keen gardener and you need easy-care, then this article is for you. There are mixed opinions about gardens that only feature...

Street Appeal Ideas You Can Do This Weekend

Street appeal indicates to passing eyes what may lie beyond the front gate. How you present the front of your home is a big first impression and can affect the value of your property. Whether you are looking to sell your home in the next few months or you simply want...

Traditional Home Decor: The Do’s and Don’ts

Traditional home decor can bring a beautiful, timeless look to your home, but only if you get it right. One thing you don’t want to do is end up making your home look like a place straight out of the 40s, 50s, or 60s. If you get traditional home decor wrong, your home...

A Guide To Cavity Wall Insulation Problems

Problems with cavity wall insulation, unfortunately, are very common.These expert tips will help you to identify and fix cavity wall insulation problems you may encounter. A lot of DIY enthusiasts attempt to perform one of the most difficult renovation projects around...

Creating A Super Spacious Small Home

A super spacious small home is desirable even when the budget is small and the space is even tinier. No matter how small the space is in which you live, you still want to feel like you live in a spacious home. For most people, that first rung of the homeowner's ladder...

Autumn Bedroom Inspiration You’ll Love

Autumn bedroom inspiration offers decor that's warm, cosy, and comfortable. Colours are warm, the lighting is gentle, and the feeling is glowing. So how can you be inspired when Autumn hits? I knew it was time for some autumn bedroom inspiration because guess what?...

Camping With Pets: The Do’s and Dont’s

Camping with pets is something in which many people are interested. Because our pets are part of the family, we wouldn't want them to miss out on any adventures. So how can you go camping with pets the RIGHT way? Camping is always fun when you go with family members...

Timeless Bedroom Design for Children

When it comes to bedroom design for children, there are two schools of thought - age-appropriate and colourful OR timeless and elegant. If it's timeless bedroom design for children that you want, then you'll love these tips. We know that when you have children, the...

Stylish Small Garden Ideas for Casual Gardeners

A stylish small garden can be achieved in even the tiniest of outdoor spaces. Whilst we may all want a large green space in which to relax, if it's not possible then small can still be stylish, colourful and functional. If you were born with green fingers you may...

Garage Space Reinvention with Simple Tips

Garage space can be a great opportunity for storage, a home office, games room or other valuable home improvement. So.. are you embracing or squandering this important space? If you are blessed with a garage space adjoining your home, the chances are that you are...

Dream Home Building and the 7 Tips You Need To Know

Dream home building is on the wish list of virtually anyone who loves their home life or is addicted to watching reality reno shows. However, dreaming and building are two different things. Building a new house from scratch is challenging and requires a lot of...

5 Ways Interior Designers Save You Money

Yes, interior designers save you money even though you may think their fees are beyond your budget. Well, that's two myths I can quash in the first two paragraphs. In fact, an interior designer could save you enough money to pay for their fees. Interior designers can...

Fitness Motivation Issues Solved (well… mostly)

Fitness motivation can be a real challenge when you're trying to keep fit, eat healthily and attend workout regularly. Of the three key challenges to fitness motivation you may need help with at least one. Reaching your fitness goals and staying true to the exercise...

DIY Home Refreshers Achievable This Weekend

DIY home refreshers will make you feel as though you're living in a new house. Try these four easy ways to refresh your home... all achievable this weekend. It’s common for people to become a little bored with their homes. After a while, it can feel like we’re going...

New Product: Kohler Converge Cleansing Shower

The Kohler Converge is the latest technology from bathroom innovators, Kohler; a global leader in the manufacture of bathroom and kitchen products. Their latest showering technology is sleek in design with space-saving smarts. If you are planning a bathroom...
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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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