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Don’t Call Me Penny is a premier Australian website for all things related to Architecture, Building, Interior Design, and Outdoor Living. Hi, I’m Penelope Herbert – interior designer, colour consultant 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.

 

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Top Tips for Bright Sunshine All Year ‘Round

Bright sunshine filling your home all year 'round will certainly be a panacea for the winter blues. With three great tips you're own your way to eternal sunshine. For most people, being able to add a conservatory or an extension to their home is a luxury. The addition...

Home Perfection: Fall In Love All Over Again

Has your home perfection slipped from your grasp? Has your sparkling castle become tarnished? When you first move into your perfect home you’re likely to love everything about it. You’ll think it’s home perfection on a stick. If there were any issues, you will have...

‘The Block’ Winning Rooms from the 2017 Blockbuster

The winning rooms from this years reality renovation show, 'The Block', have been keenly anticipated. The southeast suburb of Elsternwick in Melbourne has never been as high-profile with the latest season of ‘The Block’ taking over an entire street. Five weatherboard...

Family Fitness With Three Great Family-Friendly Activities

Family fitness will engender good habits and provide a familial network of support. It's win:win for parents and children to get involved in three family-friendly activities. More and more families today are overweight. Overweight parents are more likely to raise...

The ‘Style Comfort’ Issue. Why Can’t I Have Both?

Style Comfort! Style Comfort! Why do I have to choose one or the other? Why can't I have both? With good design you can. If you ask anyone in the street what qualities they expect from their home, comfort is probably one of the first to come to mind. It’s no secret...

3 Dreamy Renovations To Squeeze Out of The Budget

We all have dreamy renovations we'd LOVE to include in our home improvement projects, right? Are these three on your list? There's renovations and then there are add-ons. Your dreamy renovations may include a luscious walk-in wardrobe in the bedroom, a beautiful pool...

A Perfect Poolside and How To Get It

What is your idea of the perfect poolside? The weather? The company? The drinks? Depending on your mood, budget, and garden there are some different ways to ensure you have the perfect poolside you crave. The Ancient Romans got it right, and in some places like...

Multi-Generational Homes Distinguished With Paint + Colour

Multi-generational homes are becoming more the norm as more families choose to live together either due to the economy or just true love. Modern families need modern design solutions. Which is fine if you’re a couple with kids. But what if you are an older couple with...

Dangerous Garden Traps You Need To Fix

Dangerous garden traps are not what any of us expect when we venture outdoors to work in the garden or entertain friends. For so many of us, the garden is a truly valuable outside space. It's a place that we can relax, entertain, and spend time together as a family....

Don’t Curb Your Enthusiasm… Make An Impression

Don't curb your enthusiasm when it comes to creating the right first impression for the front of your home. 4 easy ideas will make all the difference. In life and in our homes, first impressions matter. Whether you’re looking to sell your home or simply looking to...

Prioritise Safety To Prevent Common Household Threats

To prioritise safety when it comes to your family and your home can work hand-in-hand with redecorating or, in some cases, come first. All homeowners want their properties to look and feel great. Before thinking about the addition of new furniture and cool designs,...

Small Kitchen BIG Improvements

A small kitchen was suitable 'back in the day' because it was not a place where everyone congregated. It was just a space for preparing food, cooking, and cleaning up dishes. Now, kitchen spaces are easily among the most important in any modern home. Not least because...

Little By Little Unique Interiors Are Created

Unique interiors are those created from the heart with items you really love. Perhaps they were collected from your travels, passed down as heirlooms, or perhaps from another source. Hmmm.... We’ve all been there: moving into a new home and desperately purchasing...

Using Your Green Fingers To Create An Income

Green fingers, or a green thumb, could be your vehicle to creating more greenbacks by being more green. The demand for artisan brands and locally sourced produce is on the rise, as people are beginning to lose trust in the major global businesses and corporations. One...

Reduce Water Bills : Tips To Stop Money Going Down The Drain

Reducing your water bills is both great for your wallet and the environment at the same time, so there is no reason whatsoever why you shouldn’t be aiming to do this wherever possible. Of course, the solutions for reducing your water bills range from the simple, like...

Garden Maintenance That’s Easier Than You Think

Garden maintenance can actually be wonderfully therapeutic when you tend to plants, get rid of weeds, and commune with nature. Now that the summer is in full swing, it’s time to break out the garden tools and start properly tending to your garden. Most people shiver...

Dream Home Design Build From The Floor Up

Your dream home design build has four key areas that involve the planning and execution of the house you hope will be your home for a long time. When it comes to house hunting, you will begin to see how difficult it is to find the perfect property. Many will...

Garden Surfaces : Find The Right One For You

Garden surfaces are many and varied depending on need, use, topography, geography, weather, and seasons. To maximise your garden, which garden surfaces are right for you? In your outdoor space, you will probably want to have garden surfaces that are different from...

Yes, 4 Ways Your Dentist Can Revolutionise Your Health

Are you one of the many people who hate going to the dentist? Yep, the idea of a strange man or woman poking around in your mouth never seems appealing. And, they don’t help their cause when the drill starts up and he or she begins digging for gold. “Excuse me, it...

Forget ‘Fall Season’ Inspiration: Your Home Needs All-Season Decorating

Isn’t it fun to redecorate your home for each season? No? Well, perhaps you don’t have to. Fall may be here and you want your home to have that autumnal vibe. But you also don’t want to redecorate for winter, spring, summer, and then fall again. It becomes a...

Sustainable Living With Four Starter Ideas

Sustainable living has certainly had a great increase in profile over the last 20 years. If you're new to the idea, then try these four sustainable living ideas to get you started. I’m sure we can all agree that climate change is one of the biggest problems facing...

Imaginative Home Renovation Ideas

Home renovation ideas abound when programs like 'The Block' and 'My House Rules' smash the ratings with viewers. But why? There are various reasons why people want to renovate their home (notwithstanding 'The Block'): wanting to be house proud, preparing for...

Where Technology Meets Interior Design

Where technology meets interior design. What happens when these two worlds collide? There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that technology has drastically affected the way in which we live in many ways. It would be challenging to try and list all the ways that this is...

Black Flame: The Brave New Paint Colour

Black Flame is the surprisingly versatile new Taubmans 2018 Colour of The Year that's perfectly paired with whites and tans through to berry tones. As an Interior Designer, I have to keep up-to-date with new products and ideas. What a chore… not! I love it. So I was...

Modern Vintage: Blending Two Styles in Your Home

Modern Vintage: Once, vintage WAS modern. And now modern loves to play with vintage. Confused? Don't be, as I show you some simple tips for blending modern and vintage styles beautifully in your home. For people who have created a very modern style in their home, it...

Spare Room To Fabulous Home Office! Here’s How

The spare room may seem to be a luxury in modern times as home owners either downsize or rent out rooms on Air B'nB. But what about another way to create income? Some people use their spare room for the best of intentions, such as a home gym, a room to sew, knit, or...

Your Next Garden Get-Together Needs These Four Things

Planning a garden get-together now that the weather is warming up? If it's been a while since your last soiree, check list these four things you need to do. If you’re planning on having your friends over for a garden get-together, there are a few elements you must...

Two Popular Home Extensions For More Space

Home extensions are popular because when you don't want to move house but you need more room, making the most of your space is the obvious option. Life can be cruel. We all know that. But sometimes it strikes out at one of the things that we hold most dear to us: our...

Easy Ways To Have An Eco-Friendly Period Home

An eco-friendly period home is within your vintage-loving reach with a few renovation and replacement tips. Period properties are an attractive prospect because they have more character than many new buildings. Houses these days tend to be built to strict...

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