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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.

 

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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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Why Cleaning Not Renovating May Be An Alternative

Cleaning not renovating could be the ideal solution for renters and those on a tiny budget. It's actually quite amazing what you can achieve with a little know-how and elbow grease. Cleaning not renovating isn't what most of us think about when our homes start to look...

6 Easy House Cleaning Tips For Even Tiny Budgets

Everyone wants easy house cleaning tips and no room more so than the kitchen. The kitchen used to be reserved for preparing food alone. These days, it’s viewed as more of a social space. After all, it’s the place where families come together to eat meals and where...

Kitchen Cleaning and Care For Lasting Results

Kitchen cleaning is probably the last thing on your mind when you think about a fabulous new hub of the home. However, kitchen cleaning and care of appliances will allow you to love the space for longer. Whilst kitchen cleaning is a daily and weekly chore, when you’ve...

Don’t Sell! Breathe Life Back In To Your Home Instead

When something gets stale, you can throw it away or breathe life back in to it. So when it comes to your home, what will you do? It's not uncommon for a lot of people to start to feel like their home has become stale. After all, when you spend the vast majority of...

New Kitchen Design Questions To Ask Yourself

My interior design business undertakes more new kitchen design and open plan indoor/outdoor living projects than every before. It's a highly popular home renovation. However there are important questions that need answering before you start. The kitchen is the heart...

Flex Your Home Design Eco Credentials

Do you want to add home design eco credentials to your renovation and home improvement skills? Even first-timers will benefit from knowing how to be more 'green' when it comes to their homes. Yes, the buzzwords of the moment are eco-friendly, green and sustainable....

Less Stress Decorating With 4 Expert Tips

Less stress decorating can be achieved even if you're an amateur decorator. Using 4 easy expert tips, you'll be able to revamp a room this weekend and be happy with the results. Whether you love putting on your overalls and splashing paint about or not, sometimes...

10 Fashion Essentials Every Chic Chick Needs In Her Closet

Fashion essentials will help you streamline your wardrobe and take care of the clothing you have. It's an investment in dressing... and saving money. You don't have to have a big wardrobe. However, you do need to ensure you have the fashion essentials to be...

Starting an Online Clothing Store in 5 Steps

Starting an online clothing store isn't just for big business anymore. For people who want to investigate this option further, these 5 steps will be invaluable. If you have a passion for fashion, then why not start selling clothes via your very own online clothing...

Choosing The Perfect Garden Gazebo Or Pergola

A garden gazebo or pergola is the perfect accompaniment for home lovers who like to entertain. Expand the entertaining space in your home with a fabulous outdoor structure. Here's how. If you are looking to install a garden gazebo or pergola there are different things...

How To Introduce More Romance Into Your Life

We all need more romance, right? If you have a steady partner you may need more romance. But if you're single, you'll love these tips to invite more romance, and confidence, into your life. It’s often easy to think that romance is dead. The impartial nature of swiping...

Ideas for A Kid-Friendly Backyard

Living in a house with a large lovely kid-friendly backyard gives you numerous opportunities to decorate it in a way that an entire family can enjoy the outdoors. To make sure your little ones will have the best time playing in the backyard, you should try to create a...

Unique Bathroom Ideas for A Stunning Result

Wet areas RULE! And it's the unique bathroom ideas that will add value and interest to your home. So make your bathroom stunning with these unusual ideas. The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house. It can seriously add value to your home if you get...

The Perfect Home Office With Three Key Elements

The perfect home office should be perfect for YOU. There are many and varied careers that require a home office these days. However, there are three things that EVERY home office should have - and here they are. There are many different professionals who may need some...

Modern Kitchen: Smart Ways to Make Your Old Kitchen Look Stylish + Chic

It’s true, the modern kitchen is the new living room—it’s the most used room in a house. And most home owners want a functional, stylish and chic kitchen to enjoy. A modern kitchen is where you prepare tasty meals for your family, hide candy from your spouse and even...

The Psychology Of Open Plan Interior Design

Open plan interior design is more popular than ever. Traditionally, the concept of a room was known and agreed upon. Everyone knew what a room constituted and no one disagreed. The premise what that whatever was inside four walls was considered a room. The space...

Easy Moving House Tips for A Fearless Shift

Easy moving house tips will help you and your family to create a stress-free move that takes away the fear of change. It's an exciting time, so make it a calm and pleasant time too. Many people paint moving home as an exciting time full of new possibilities. However,...

Your Elegant Penthouse Can Be Beautifully Cosy Too

An elegant penthouse is the perfect place to enjoy living in the city or at the beach. Views for miles, open plan living, party balconies and rarefied air. So can you have elegance AND cosiness in your penthouse? Here's how. The plush nature of elegant penthouse...

Love Yourself By Loving Your Lifestyle

When you love yourself many other elements in your life will just come together beautifully. But why? And how does that translate to your lifestyle? We can often find ourselves looking for the perfect homes throughout our lives. When you love yourself, not only do you...

Easy Moving House Tips To Make Life Easier

Everyone needs easy moving house tips when going from one property to another. From too much 'stuff' to ensuring all utilities are switched on, and off, there is always too much to think about. Moving home is often described as one of life’s most stressful events. And...

Fixer Upper Fundamentals You Can’t Afford To Overlook

Fixer Upper is one of my favourite renovation shows. However, Chip and Joanna are real professionals. And even they admit to some mistakes. So here are a couple of fixer upper fundamentals you MUST consider when renovating. The emergence of a raft of property makeover...

Home Buying Warning Signs To Watch Out For

Home buying warning signs are those things that make you feel uneasy but you're not sure why. When it comes to making such a major decision, it's wise to take note of some common home buying warning signs. Buying a home is by far one of the most exciting things that...

New Neighbourhood? How To Settle In Fast!

Moving to a new neighbourhood can be a very exciting time for your whole family  indeed. So how can you feel right at home in double quick time? You might think that once you have moved all of your belongings into your new neighbourhood and home, that all the hard...

Buying Designer Furniture for Your Home…The RIGHT Way

When purchasing designer furniture for your home there are several decisions you need to make. From style to budget, no-one wants to make a mistake. Here's how not to. Designer furniture must be well-considered. The four main areas on which to make a decision are; the...

My Forever Home. What Do I Need To Consider?

A forever home is the one you know you will live and love in for a very long time. It's the dream home that's no longer a dream... it's close to being a reality. So what do you need to consider? If your long term dream has been to build your own forever home tailored...

3 Easy Renovations To Do Before Selling Your Home

When selling, there are 3 easy renovations you should consider before putting your home on the market. Whilst I never recommend a home owner over-capitalises, see if one or all of these easy renovations applies to your home. Houses are so expensive and most people are...

5 Quick and Easy Home Moving Tips

These 5 home moving tips will help you to be organised and less stress when your moving house. It's a lot of upheaval so it's best to be prepared and start planning early. Home moving is an incredibly stressful process and whether you’re completely new to moving house...

Fabulous Pre-Workout Meals for Strength and Stamina

Pre-workout meals will help you to have the strength and stamina to get through a tough session. But it's not about ANY food, it's about the RIGHT food for health, fitness and success. Exercise is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle. It helps you to maintain a...

How to Choose Perfect Kitchen Cabinets

The kitchen is the heart of the home because this is the communal space used to cook for the entire family plus friends. The kitchen is also the place where everyone gets together in the morning before scattering to work or school. It's where the family gathers in the...
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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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