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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 – passionate about style, design, 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.

If you love redecorating, renovating, interior design, home styling, living with style, and loving where you live then Don’t Call Me Penny is for you. We’ll help you style your home… your way.

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We showcase 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 styling your home… your way.

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Whether you are a homeowner or renter, if you want to love where you live Don’t Call Me Penny will show you how.

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House Hunting: Don’t Kill It For Bad Design. Resuscitate It!

When house hunting, it’s easy to be swayed by the vision of the home as you view it. After all, that’s why you’re there. You have to judge whether the house is the right on for you. But should you be swayed by the specific design choices of the current home’s owner?...

Sneaky Tips To Maximize Space You Didn’t Know You Had

How to maximize space is the war cry of every home dweller. Of course, decluttering is the word on everyone’s lips, but what if you can maximize space without having a huge cleanout? Many people complain that they don’t have enough space but are you making...

Relaxation Techniques I Personally Recommend Because They Work

Relaxation techniques really need to be taught in schools. Our lives are more non-stop and stressful than ever before, and young people are often the ones who cope the least. Sometimes, in life, you need to take time to relax. It’s impossible to hurtle through every...

Luxurious Winter Bedroom Ideas With Suede, Velvet and Faux Fur

In the Southern Hemisphere, it’s time for luxurious winter bedroom ideas and we have the BEST new luxe looks. You’ll sleep beautifully with new directions in suede, velvet, and fur so channel your sexiest gypsy bohemian. When it comes to a rich mix of luxe...

How To Save On Professional Home Improvements

Professional home improvements and DIY home remodels, big or small, take a lot of work and, usually, a lot of money. If you’re planning a bigger remodel, such as redoing the whole kitchen or adding an extension, consider the pros and cons of undertaking such a big...

Remember Forgotten Areas For A More Comfortable Home

Out of sight, out of mind. Do you remember forgotten areas when you clean? Because it’s very easy to ignore the things we can’t see. Yet not cleaning some ‘out of sight’ areas can impact the enjoyment of our home. Getting to grips with things...

Beaumont Tiles: Expert Tips for Tiling Your Way To A Colourful Home

Beaumont Tiles has 112 outlets across Australia making it our biggest retailer of tiles. So when it comes to redecorating and home renovation you know they have the expertise to help you. When it comes to thinking about decor colour most people may immediately think...

Tips on Choosing the Best Material for Kitchen Benchtops

It’s a common question, “What’s the best material for kitchen benchtops?” There are so many options so writer Joseph Webb went in search of some answers. With respect to the finishing of your house, none of them gives as much confusion as the...

Why Provincial Furniture Is the Choice of Modern Homeowners

Provincial furniture, whilst historic in origin, is one of the trends a modern homeowner is looking for to improve the décor of their homes. While some prefer a more rustic look, others consider a complete blend of the traditional with modern to be de rigeur. The...

Dream Home. Simple Ways to Create A Home To Love

A dream home is within your reach because if you can dream it you can do it. Right? For many reasons, mainly financial and time constraints, you may feel that finding a dream home can’t be achieved. But what if it can? Firstly, let’s find out what is your...

Pottery Barn Easter Table Setting Ideas

Pottery Barn is my new favourite store for all things decor. If you are redecorating, renovating, building, or looking for special occasion pieces then Pottery Barn is a great place to start… and finish. This Easter, add cute and decor worthy tabletop ideas to...

Living An Outdoor Life With Gorgeous Design Ideas

In Australia, we love living an outdoor life; it’s in our DNA. Parts of the country provide the opportunity to entertain and enjoy the outdoors in all months of the year; other areas are seasonal. But you can bet most Australians will want to spend as much time...

Maximize Garage Space With Easy De-Clutter Ideas

When you maximize garage space you’ll find ways to store possessions and engage in activities you may have reserved for the house. The garage can be a neglected source of much needed extra space. Because if there’s one thing that we homeowners complain...

Styling Your Home’s Exterior With Three Simple Tips

It’s the first vision of your home that visitors see. So styling your home’s exterior can give clues to the beauty within. The outside of your home is in many respects the most important part of all. This is particularly true at certain times, such as when...

Four Moving House Essentials To Get You Through The Move

When you’re moving house essentials can inexplicably get overlooked. How does that happen? Probably because you’re already frazzled and have too much going on in your head, and life. So if you’re preparing to turn the locks in a new home soon, here are the...

Top 5 Moving House Mistakes, And How Not To Make Them

Moving house mistakes are made by everyone because it’s generally a stressful, busy and hectic time. But it doesn’t need to be the kind of head-boiling day it’s often characterized to be. It’s the moving house mistakes you make that can make it such...

Three Home Office Items You’ll Need To Run A Business From Home

Necessary home office items are usually the less glamorous aspects of designing a gorgeous space and running a business from home. However, more and more people are shunning the traditional company and office for following their passions into their own business. If...

Get The Perfect Smile With These Easy To Follow Steps

Do you think the perfect smile is beyond your reach? Well, think about this. We all know that exercise is good for us. It will help us to brim with health and to keep strong. But did you know what exercise is good for your face too; for all the same reasons? There are many ways to look healthy, but you can improve how good you look by having the perfect smile. In order to have a perfect smile, getting the best smile you can is really important.


DIY: Painted Shapes To Flatter Any Home, with Shaynna Blaze

Painted shapes have been evolving for some years with stencils really leading the charge. From a single feature wall to trailing scenery over two or three walls, this relatively simple interior decorating trend can achieve dynamic results. However, if you don’t...

6 Things You Need for a Serious Chef’s Kitchen

In recent years, we’ve seen a boom of culinary TV shows, including both famous chefs’ recipes and competitive shows where ordinary next-door people became high-end chefs. This trend gave birth to a nouveau generation of cutting edge chefs – not exactly the ones...

Fun Quirky Kids Bedrooms And The 7 Ways To Create Them

Fun quirky kids bedrooms help develop the creativity and curiosity of children. These days there is no end to the cool, quirky and fun style parents can inject into their kids’ rooms. It doesn’t matter if you are a designer, a DIY aficionado, or even an absolute...

Three Top Ways To A Light Filled Home

A light filled home will always put a skip in your step and add to the enjoyable ambiance of your home. So how do you take advantage of natural light even when the weather is overcast? Here are three simple ways. Have you ever noticed how much better you feel when the...

Avoid Renovation Frustration! Don’t Make These Mistakes

The desire to avoid renovation frustration is a high priority for every person who embarks on a home improvement project, minor or major. If you’re thinking about a renovation project for your home, then you could be setting yourself up for a stressful time. This...

Beginner’s Guide To Styling Your First Home

Styling your first home can be challenging when you’ve lived all your life in someone else’s house… with someone else’s decor. Whether you are renting, buying, or renovating, if it’s your first home then grab this style guide. If...

Add Unique Style To Create A Home You’ll Love

Unique style is not the exclusive preserve of interior designers. Whilst we can all redecorate our homes, does that reflect a unique style? Choosing a colour palette and furnishings is very personal, but does your home look effortlessly ‘styled’? Would you...

Thank You, Mum. Special Occasion Celebrations

Special occasion celebrations are the perfect way to show those closest to you how much you love and appreciate them. So throw a surprise party and spend some time together. If you are lucky enough to be close to your mother, then it’s a great idea to make a big effort for her birthday – remember all the birthday parties she threw for you and your friends when they painted the dog and trod buttercream into the carpets? Here are some ideas to help you push the boat out in return…


Value Boosting Outdoor Renovations (That You’ll Actually Enjoy)

Outdoor renovations can sometimes be very expensive. And if they are not done well they won’t significantly increase the value of your home. To add value and not over-capitalise, picking the right project is the key. Building projects can be stressful and there...

Great Interior Design From Cleverly Alternative Places

If great interior design is your passion, you will know how hard it is to create something unique. There are new trends in interiors all the time so it’s easy to get swallowed up in them all… or just be confused. While there’s nothing wrong with taking inspiration from various trends, following them can sometimes mean having a home that looks the same as everyone else’s. Part of the beauty of owning your own house is that you get the chance to actually make it a home – remember, the two are very different things. Your home should be somewhere that reflects your personality, and somewhere that you and your family can relax in knowing that it’s your personal space.


Why Should ‘Me Time’ Be Such An Important Priority In Your Life?

‘Me time’ seems to be a source of great guilt for so many parents. Why is it so hard to fit in some me time and not feel like you’re neglecting your family? If you are part of a busy family, in a relationship, or spend a lot of time in the office then you may start to feel a little bit of brain fog. Humans are naturally social creatures and enjoy being a part of a busy pack. However, we also need a little time to ourselves to take stock of life and stay in touch with ourselves. And you DON’T need to feel guilty about that.


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