Style + Design

Stylish Living Without Living In Debt

Stylish Living Without Living In Debt

Stylish living and debt don’t have to go hand-in-hand. Whilst many people wish to live in a more stylish home, one of the main reasons stopping them is the cost of everything. Many readers of Don’t Call Me Penny are seeking interior decorating and home maintenance advice that’s within their budget. Adding up all the costs can be a little daunting, but this shouldn’t stop you from seeking stylish living. After all, ‘style’ is subjective. In reality, there are lots of ways in which you can save a surprising amount of money and still live in relative style and a…

25 Luxury Living Interior Design Tips

25 Luxury Living Interior Design Tips

Luxury living interior design can be achieved on a budget… and not a big one. As a seasoned interior decorator, I’m going to share 25 of my top ideas for creating your own slice of heaven at home. If you’re on this website you’re probably as obsessed with architecture and interior design as I am. Excellent! Isn’t it a wonderful hobby or career? Or both? Whilst there are LOADS of expert tips, many of which appear on the pages of this blog, these are some of my favorite go-to solutions. Of course, I strive to be an interior decorator for…

Vintage Home Redecorating: 17 Modern Ideas

Vintage Home Redecorating: 17 Modern Ideas

Vintage home redecorating is now a real trend, not simply a necessity from being unable to afford a new home. And don’t we vintage fiends love that. Buying an older house may be the ideal investment for your property portfolio. Or it could be the type of house you want to make your home. If you have time, energy and some DIY skills then vintage home redecorating may become your new obsession. With 17 modern ideas, create your unique stamp on a home that you’ll love for years to come. Vintage Home Redecorating. Love It! Strip It! Many vintage homes…

Style Sense : How To Use Your Senses To Create Style

Style Sense : How To Use Your Senses To Create Style

Style sense can be intrinsic and it can certainly be learned. If you want to live with beautiful interiors then use your senses to create personalized decor. Some decor styles are incredibly unappealing. Often it’s the visual elements that don’t seem to ‘work’ or a room gives off a ‘vibe’ that’s not cohesive. If your decor makes you feel uneasy, and you can’t identify why then try these tips to tap into your intrinsic senses. Style Sense: Sight Is your decor too busy? Are there too many colours, patterns, or furniture? Sensory overload will make you feel tired and disoriented….

Think Like A Decorator With Expert Tricks

Think Like A Decorator With Expert Tricks

Would you like to think like a decorator? We all want our homes to reflect our personalities and suit our lifestyle. Those important elements don’t need to be sacrificed in order to create a home you love with the style you crave. Yes, you can easily think like a decorator with a few key tips and a mindset change. One of my key tips is to try and view the room to be redecorated as belonging to someone else. Sometimes taking a step back and not being so emotionally involved WILL help you to make better interior design decisions. So…

Autumn Home Styling With A Difference: Hygge (hue-gah)

Autumn Home Styling With A Difference: Hygge (hue-gah)

Autumn home styling isn’t simply about adding leafy motifs to your decor and putting throws on the sofa. Far from it, actually. Now that we in Australia are in the full swing of autumn, it’s time to start thinking about changing your home decor to suit the season. In the warm weather, we tend to declutter with spring cleaning opening all the doors and windows to refresh the air. Whereas in autumn and winter we seek the warmth of interior home comforts. After all, with the weather turning cooler more of us want to enjoy the great indoors rather than…

Beautiful Gift Ideas for The One You Love This Mother’s Day

Beautiful Gift Ideas for The One You Love This Mother’s Day

You love your Mother, and you’re probably still looking for beautiful gift ideas for Mother’s Day, right? There are so many ideas. So, what does your Mother love? Is she a DIY nut? An eco-warrior? A fashionista? An entertainer? An outdoor-loving free spirit? A fitness guru? A bookworm? Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14, 2017, so it’s not far away. We have beautiful gift ideas for whatever your Mum/Mom loves. And lots of SPECIAL SAVINGS. Take a peek and click the blue link to go directly to the retailer. Beautiful Gift Ideas: Beauty + Skincare + Perfume Most women LOVE…

Minimalist Home Design: How to Get It Right

Minimalist Home Design: How to Get It Right

Minimalist home design isn’t simply sleek, stylish and Scandinavian. It’s a design mindset that can change the way that you live your life. Having a minimal home will definitely help you to be more organized and less stressed. Why? Because this design style enables you to get rid of the clutter that takes up space in your home and occupies your mind. You’ll have more space for the things that matter and your home will look bigger too. If you want to embark on some minimalist home design, you can change your entire property into something sleek and new. Make…

Why Provincial Furniture Is the Choice of Modern Homeowners

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 tastes of many homeowners are largely reflected in the kinds of furniture that they choose. If you are thinking of a contemporary way of designing the look and feel of your interiors, the provincial furniture will certainly prove to be a great option for you. These items are perfectly designed in such a way…

Beginner’s Guide To Styling Your First Home

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 you’re buying your first home it can be a little overwhelming. The first step on the property ladder is a difficult one to take, and it’s not uncommon for future homeowners to delay the process by another few years to make sure that all the cards are stacked on their side. After all, one has to consider that buying a house…

Add Unique Style To Create A Home You’ll Love

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 like it to be? Wherever you live, everyone can think like a decorator with some expert tips and design basics. Sure, redecorating involves colour choices, furniture positioning, and flow but does that reflect your unique style and the ambience you wish to create? If you’d like an effortlessly stylish home that looks like you hired an interior designer then…

Great Interior Design From Cleverly Alternative Places

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.

5 Reno Ideas To Steal From The French

5 Reno Ideas To Steal From The French

Reno ideas. From where do you get yours? If there is one thing the French are known for, it’s their style. The timeless elegance and sense of style can be seen in every aspect of life in France – high fashion in Paris, mesmerizing architecture, even the décor of that one quaint corner café with possibly the best croissants you’ll ever taste. World’s top designers will use at least some elements of French interior when renovating a home. So if you’re about to change the way your house looks and need reno ideas, think about following in their design steps. See now some of the best interior décor ideas to make your home chic:

The Beauty of Books…and reading nooks

The Beauty of Books…and reading nooks

Reading nooks and books have always played an important role in my life. My childhood was full of books and reading nooks. I have been surrounded by books, given books as gifts, encouraged to read and take care of my books. Virtually every room in the house in which I grew up had book shelves. My Father had a huge library where books were not only alphabetized but also arranged according to genre. I kid you not! My Father had a big reading chair, under a light, beside an antique writing desk and books were always piled on the floor on either side of the chair. Not that he was untidy; the piles were neat. But books were everywhere, ALL the time. Reading nooks were de rigeur.

Luxury Italian Manor by Talented Ukrainian Design Duo

Luxury Italian Manor by Talented Ukrainian Design Duo

A luxury Italian manor brings visions of sumptuous high ceilings, grand windows, and opulent spaces. Architectural details abound as windows, walls, and ceilings compete for attention. This private luxury Italian manor house is situated in a rural area and is an exquisite combination of classic and contemporary styles. I was immediately drawn to the juxtaposition of colour and the restrained opulence. Clearly luxurious, this beautifully redecorated home doesn’t scream… it purrs. It knows it’s a knockout, so it can be calm and elegant in its confidence.