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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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...

Weekend Projects: Five Easy Projects for You to Try

Weekend projects are those fabulously quick activities that will help create a more functional and stylish home. You don't have to commit to weeks and months; you only need to spend a few hours or a whole day. Easy. No matter how big your home is, you can always find...

Designing a Contemporary Garden with Warmth

A contemporary garden is the desire of everyone who values even a small piece of nature in which to relax. Our writer, Stella Ryne, goes in search of the perfect way to add a contemporary garden to your home. If you’re a huge outdoors lover who can’t wait to relax and...

Home Management: Tips for A Smooth Running Home

Home management is a crucial component of modern living. From singles to families, the ability to efficiently organise your home gives you more leisure time and a stress-free mindset. So how can you get into the groove? Your home is your castle and the place in which...

How to Create a Dramatic Bathroom

A dramatic bathroom can still be a restful space in which you wash and relax away the stresses of the day. No longer simply a place to brush to your teeth and have a quick shower, modern bathrooms are anything you want them to be. A dramatic bathroom is the perfect...

Lifelong Beauty And How To Retain Your Looks for Longer

Lifelong beauty isn't something you think about when you are younger. But when the first crows feet and tiny wrinkles appear, then panic sets in. But it doesn't have to be that way. Looking good is a big deal for everyone, and you shouldn’t be any different. If you're...

Plant Health: How To Keep Yours In Check

Plant health is vital when you have an outdoor area or garden you want to enjoy. And maintaining plant health also makes it easier for you to work in your garden too. So what should you be doing? Being green fingered in the modern world may seem out of reach when we...

Create A Luxurious Backyard Retreat With 4 Gorgeous Ideas

Who doesn't want a luxurious backyard retreat? Well... no-one. Regardless of the size of your garden, you can try one or all of these four gorgeous ideas. Your backyard is an extension of your home, and a place where you can relax and enjoy the fresh air with your...

Create Space With 5 Value-Adding Design Ideas

The desire to create space can be a dilemma in modern homes. Many people around the world live in small or period homes that are not designed for modern life. And it's not just storage. Our modern lives demand both privacy and communal spaces drenched in sunlight and...

Smart Gardening Tips For Success

Smart gardening doesn't require fancy technological gadgets to analyse topography, soil nutrients, and the best time of the day to get into the garden. No. Most people who start gardening as a hobby don't necessarily understand smart gardening. They assume it won't be...

Rockstar Interiors with Bohemian Glamour

Rockstar interiors may evoke images of Kate Moss basking on a fur rug or Mick Jagger lounging on a giant leather sofa. Rockstar interiors mean luxury, decadence, opulence, and carefree nonchalance... and they are within your reach... even on a budget. As an interior...

Saving Time During The Week – Is It Possible?

Saving time seems like an impossibility when our lives just seem to be getting busier. There are only 24 hours in a day. However, you can use those 24 hours to be more productive and 'less busy' than you are now. Running around during the week and not saving time...

Creating A Lush Garden In A Dry Climate

Creating a lush garden in a dry climate is perfectly achievable with a few simple tips. Everyone wants a lush, green and vibrant garden so I've come up with some ways in which you can achieve it. The most vital elements to creating a lush garden is water. Very few...

Step-By-Step Home Swimming Pool Installation

Home swimming pool installation is a professional undertaking that requires expertise and the right conditions. However, if you at least have a step-by-step guide to follow you'll know your home swimming pool installation will be a success. Whether you’re looking for...

How To Choose An Antique Bed Frame

Have you inherited an antique bed frame that you’d love to feature somewhere in your home? Antique beds are unique and fun, but they present some interesting challenges when it comes to finding the right mattress and bed frame. You not only need to match a modern...

Top Interior Design Trends According to Pinterest

Top interior design trends are eagerly awaited by home lovers around the world. In 2018 there are numerous fabulous interior design trends that you'll love. Many are easily incorporated into your current home. Our writer, Lana Hawkins, investigates these top interior...

Most Popular Australian Landscaping Trends

Australian landscaping trends aren't just for Aussies. Our international writer, Diana Smith, shares her tips on the best Australian landscaping trends for you to try in your own home. Landscaping and gardening are two very popular hobbies all over the world and...

Sea Activities for Fun and Fitness

Sea activities can be as easy or as challenging as you desire. From a gentle frolick, swimming with the dog or a competitive 'jetty-to-jetty' water race, being in and around the sea brings many health benefits. The ocean is vast, and it is one of the first places we...

Easy Home Maintenance Tips for A Quick Fix Up

Looking for easy home maintenance tips? Most people are because it's often simple and regular maintenance that will help retain the longevity and beauty of your home. Few people understand just how much work goes into maintaining a home until they buy one of their...

Australian Interior Design Trends That Work in 2018

Australian interior design trends have a sense of freedom and a connection to the earth making them suitable for any home in 2018. Diana Smith investigates further.  Interior design trends are changing so rapidly and monumentally every single year, and keeping up with...

Easy Ways to Add More Storage in a Small House

Do you want to add more storage to your small home? With a few slick tips it will be easier than you thought. In fact, it is probably easier for you to add more storage than if you had a complete clear-out. However, the rules of decluttering do still apply because an...

Foolproof Moving House Tips for A Hassle-Free Day

Moving house is a big step in any family’s life, but it’s also one that requires a lot of careful planning and consideration.So you'll love these foolproof moving house tips to help you. You’re probably very eager to pack your things and move away to start an...

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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