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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How To Create A Stylish Bedroom Makeover

As seasons change, a stylish bedroom makeover may be on the top of your redecorating list. But with so many ideas, where do you start? The bedroom is one of those rare places in the world where you can relax completely and forget about all your worries and stress....

Relaxed Garden Living: How To Create A Sweet Space

Relaxed garden living CAN be obtained with a few simple tips and ideas. No matter the size of your outdoor space, you can create relaxed garden living to suit your lifestyle... and budget. When it comes to relaxing at home, most of us are pretty handy at ensuring our...

The Home Gym Setup You Need To Invest In

Has a home gym setup been on your mind lately? If not, let our staff writer, Eloise, take you on a trip down memory lane and some of the compelling reasons why investing in your fitness, and a home gym, maybe a really good idea. What happened? You were doing so well....

Modern Glamour Style For Chic Interiors

Modern glamour? I'm your girl. Think Art Deco, classic 60s’, Emma Peel, Palm Springs, Palazzo style, elegant and cool. Modern glamour is really just reinvented old glamour, and the fabulous rules still apply. Make a statement but play it cool. So how can you achieve...

3 Storage Solutions To Create More Space

Storage solutions on Pinterest will keep you occupied and inspired for hours. But who has the time? What you need are 3 storage solutions you can handle right now... and leave Pinterest for a relax and a glass of wine. When it comes to clever storage solutions, there...

From Mess To Impress With 7 Best Ideas

I wish going from mess to impress was as easy as Samantha twitching her nose and, miraculously, the house is perfect. Dream on. In reality, keeping a decluttered home takes a little more work. Mess is something that you just have to deal with. As much as you try to...

5 Hidden Reasons Your House Won’t Sell

When it's hidden reasons behind your home not selling how are you supposed to figure out why? Here, I expose the top hidden reasons and what you can about them. There’s a big shortage of housing at the moment so people often make the mistake of thinking that it will...

BoHo Dreaming: Easy Bohemian Style for Hair + Fashion

Eclectic, gypsy, sexy, toussled and relaxed - it’s no wonder bohemian style hair and fashion are so popular. You can go all out for a full gypsy/ Coachella festival vibe or just add an accessory or two as a nod to the trend. Either way it’s the gorgeous bohemian style...

6 Hot Interior Design Trends That are Coming in 201

Hot interior design trends are avidly followed by home lovers as well as designers. It's not about blindly following design trends, but taking elements you love to freshen up your decor. There is never one trend to rule them all when it comes to interior design; even...

Room Makeovers That Breathe Life and Style

Room Makeovers: Breathe Life and Style into Each Room of Your Home New Year, new interior design, right? Right. The time is better than ever for room makeovers to freshen up your interior and bring your home back to its former glory, or even make it shine in a...

Can’t Work In Your Home Office Disaster?

What has become your home office disaster was supposed to be a glorious and creative space in which you achieved your most fabulous work, right? So what went wrong? Many of us dream of the day our home workspace can become our primary working base. Imagine the freedom...

Feel More Secure In Your Home Right Now

To feel more secure is to feel more confident, more relaxed and more capable of taking on the stresses of our daily lives. So how can we feel more secure starting with where we live? Your home is your castle. It should feel like the place where you can escape the...

Property Changes for Opening A Home Bed and Breakfast

Property changes can be big or small when you decide to share your home with strangers. But why would you do that anyway? Would you enjoy getting up early in the morning and cooking eggs lots of people? Do you long to welcome people from all over the world into your...

Home Cooling Solutions With Budget To High-End Options

Home cooling solutions suddenly appear on the radar when the hot weather hits. So whatever your budget, how can you keep you house cool in hot weather? It's easy to forget just how hot a house can become after a few hots days. Living in the Adelaide Hills is wonderful...

The Unexpected Costs of Owning a Home

Unexpected costs can completely derail your plans for buying, building or renovating a home. So if you are thinking about owning your first home, there are many different factors that need to be considered. One of the most important areas of unexpected costs is the...

Ways to Create a Comfy Backyard Oasis

A backyard oasis is within reach for home owners who have even a small garden they wish to use more effectively. Turning a bland outdoor space into an exciting and beautiful backyard oasis extension of your home may be easier than you think. While most...

3 Reasons to Build a Granny Flat NOT An Extension

Build a Granny Flat not an extension onto your home if you value one or more of these specific lifestyle features. Common wisdom may suggest that, if you are running short of space in your home, the obvious thing to do is to build an extension NOT build a granny flat....

Top Five Construction Industry Trends for 2018

Top Five Construction Industry Trends for 2018: From Technology to Safety Every year ushers significant changes to the world of construction, and 2018 will be no exception. Modern technology is constantly evolving construction industry trends with many contractors...

Designing A Sustainable Outdoor Space

A sustainable outdoor space can be achieved by following expert advice from the horticulture and landscaping professionals who have been applying eco-friendly ethods for many years. According to the Great Australian Backyard Survey 2017, 36% of homeowners said...

How Does Your Garden Grow? Not Well Enough!

How does your garden grow, with pretty maids all in a row? Great for nursery rhymes but not so good if you have a black thumb. If your garden isn't growing well enough, then you'll love these tips. All homeowners want the prettiest and healthiest gardens possible for...

Designing More Pleasurable Cooking In 2018

Foodies are generally on the hunt for more pleasurable cooking experiences and ways to WOW their guests ...and themselves. So a festive season is a great time to hone some skills. Your Christmas kitchen is likely to take a big hit this festive season. Cooking a large,...

3 Easy DIY Projects To Style Up Your Home

Easy DIY projects are favoured for quick weekend jobs and by those who are not confident redecorators. And you can save money. So put your wallet away. You don’t need to spend a fortune on renovating your home when some easy DIY projects will help add more style....

2018 Colour Trend Palettes from Wattyl

Colour trend palettes from leading brands are often released to celebrate a New Year. Since 1915 Australian paint brand, Wattyl, has been influencing the colours in our homes. Paint is one of the easiest decor features to change to give a completely different...

3 Perfectly Dressed Tips for Special Parties

'Tis the season to perfectly dressed when you attend an important event or party over the festive season. There are three tips you need to remember. When you have a big event coming up, there are a number of things to be perfectly dressed that you want to get right....

Dress Your Bedroom in Sleek Scandi Design

Scandi design has taken the world by storm - a wonderfully Scandinavian storm. We are now learning things the Danes, Swedes, and Norwegians have known for centuries. When attempting to design your home to exude peace, serenity, and positivity, you should turn to the...

Christmas Countdown: Is Your Home Ready for The Holidays?

It’s official, December is here, and now the Christmas countdown can really begin! While Christmas is still a few weeks away, you can guarantee they’ll fly by in a haze of present buying and festive dinners and parties. If you’re hosting Christmas this year or plan on...

Devilishly Simple Details Will Make Your Garden Picturesque

It's the simple details that can often make all the difference. Don't overthink a solution for interiors or the garden when something easy may give the best results. Are you eager to transform your garden into a stunning space? Perhaps even make the neighbours a...

Organisational Tips: Protecting Your Keepsakes From Harm

Keeping organised is always a good idea, it can help you stay calm and enable you to put your hands on any item you need with ease. However, sometimes in our enthusiasm for having a place for everything we can forget organisational tips to ensure proper protection for...

7 Space Enhancing Ideas for A Bigger Home

Trick the eye with space enhancing ideas that make rooms look bigger. You'll love these seven easy bright ideas. As cities expand, more people are living in smaller spaces, not to mention the popularity of the Tiny House Movement. However, you don't have to live in a...

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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