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Where Technology Meets Interior Design

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 true. But one thing we can be sure of is that it when technology meets interior design our homes and lifestyles change significantly. For interior designers like me, responding to the ever-changing cultural landscape is an integral part of the design process. This must inevitably include paying respect to the developments in technology…

Modern Vintage: Blending Two Styles in Your Home

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 can often be difficult to know how to work in a few beautiful antique or vintage pieces into your abode. However, modern vintage styles meld beautifully together. Fusing together some contrasting styles is actually a great way to give your home a unique sense of character. Of course, you still want your house…

Decorating With Vintage Treasures And Where To Find Them

Decorating With Vintage Treasures And Where To Find Them

Vintage treasures are still wonderfully popular items with which to decorate especially in this age of upcycling and rejection of conspicuous consumerism. So if you’re looking to add a touch of unique elegance or quirkiness to your home – vintage treasures are the way to go. You don’t have to fill up your whole house with them, but a few vintage and retro pieces mixed with modern decor will completely change the look of a room. For example, an antique folding screen in the bedroom can turn your nighttime haven from plain to chic in a matter of seconds. They…

Yes, That Money Pit You Bought CAN Be Transformed

Yes, That Money Pit You Bought CAN Be Transformed

The typical money pit often sucks the life out of your wallet usually because the purchase and renovation were not well thought out. But a money pit CAN be transformed. When it comes to buying a new house, either your first property or just the most recent, there’s a lot of thought that goes into its purchase – location, comfort, price, suitability, potential. But do you ever think that your dream home may just become a money pit? Probably not. You’re likely looking for something that’s perfect for you, at least right now. And it has to tick certain boxes….

What Makes High-End Fashion Worth the Cost?

What Makes High-End Fashion Worth the Cost?

High-end fashion gets a bad reputation due to the culture that surrounds it. However, for some people, that culture is what makes high-end fashion worth the cost. Ultimately, it defines the type of person that would purchase a shirt for $300 or a dress for $800. It sounds like a super secretive club that can only be entered if you buy your way in. However, there’s more to high-end fashion than just money and ego.   Do You REALLY Know What Makes High-End Fashion Coveted? A Misunderstood Design and Production Process There are a lot of pretentious people in both…

Sustainable Natural Style Beyond Scandi

Sustainable Natural Style Beyond Scandi

Sustainable natural style is the perfect way to transition from winter to spring. It’s light, breezy, easy to live with, and can be more dynamic than you might imagine. Basic doesn’t mean bland and white doesn’t mean wishy-washy. When you effectively mix elements of modern and classical decor, the results are stunning and relaxing. Warm whites, cool blues, soft blush pinks, tranquil pale greens, blonde timber and natural fibres insist that decor has a spa-like quality. But for a sustainable natural style with edge add in salvaged, recycled wood, forged iron, and divine metals that will give your home a…

Japandi Design : Introducing The New Luxury At Home

Japandi Design : Introducing The New Luxury At Home

Japandi design is a modern fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian. Don’t Call Me Penny writer, Catherine Collins, has investigated this calm and dynamic design duo. Ready for a new trend in interior design? Then meet Japandi design. Japandi is a fusion of Japanese philosophy and Scandinavian design. It blends Scandinavian minimalism with Japanese wabi-sabi philosophy of embracing imperfection. Many designers say that the future will belong to Japandi interiors and for all the good reasons. It’s clean and minimalist, warm and cosy, and not to mention utterly beautiful. Here’s how you can achieve the perfect Japandi design interior. Warm and…

Expert Advice on Starting a Renovation Project

Expert Advice on Starting a Renovation Project

Starting a renovation project is in equal measures exciting and daunting. ‘Out with the old’ and ‘in with the new’ means making lots of decisions for which you may not be fully prepared. Are you someone who flips through style magazines and luscious interior design coffee table books? Do you wish you lived in a space like those you see in the books and magazines? If you are planning a renovation project, then all the options and ideas can seem overwhelming. Like most projects, a plan and some expert advice helps to alleviate stress and provide structure to your renovation…

Feminine Inspired Workspaces for Hardworking Women

Feminine Inspired Workspaces for Hardworking Women

Feminine inspired workspaces are not the preserve of fluffy and frou-frou; not according to an Architectural student and design blogger, Lana Hawkins. Inspiring and stylish feminine inspired workspaces will motivate any hardworking woman to continue reaching for the stars even when she comes across obstacles and difficulties. Working in an environment that exudes elegance, sophistication and stylishness is much more satisfying than fighting over a dining table with your family members or working in a dark and boring box office. In just a few easy steps, you can design a chic and inspiring office that will enhance your efficiency and…

Your Unique Home: Buy, Convert, Renovate, or Decorate

Your Unique Home: Buy, Convert, Renovate, or Decorate

A unique home is one that reflects your individual personality, needs, travels, and style. It’s not necessarily about architecture (although it could be) but is very much about how you design your life. Everyone wants their house to feel like a unique home. It should feel like it truly belongs to you, reflecting your personality and those of your family members. So, although you might take inspiration from magazines, you don’t want your home to look like it’s straight out of a photoshoot. You want it to be unique and not to look like it could belong to just anyone….

How To Use Interior Design Advice In Your Home

How To Use Interior Design Advice In Your Home

Interior design advice can be useful when you move into a new home because you are likely to have myriad thoughts going around in your head. When you move into a new space it generally takes a while to get used to a new layout. Interior design advice will help you to decide where things are kept, where furniture is best placed and the colors and textiles that you will enjoy the most. Often when we change house we also change what constitutes a home. Interior design certainly isn’t easy. It can take months, even years to perfect your home….

Opposites Attract : Easy Interior Design Ideas

Opposites Attract : Easy Interior Design Ideas

In decor, as in life and nature, opposites attract; with surprising and beautiful results. Instead of painstakingly trying to create the perfect room following professional interior design elements, try creating a perfectly IMPERFECT room. How? Take a single element – say, smooth surfaces – and plunge it into the same room with something that is the complete opposite – such as rough textures. Voila! A perfectly imperfect room. Whilst you may not be an interior designer or stylist, attack this project with the same confidence… and be surprised at the results. Try viewing your ‘Opposites Attract’ room from a distance….

Zuster Embellish Is Aussie Luxury for Bold Interiors

Zuster Embellish Is Aussie Luxury for Bold Interiors

Zuster Embellish will be launched at DENFAIR this month by an innovative Australian furniture design house headed by sisters Wilhelmina McCarroll and Fleur Sibbel. Zuster, which means ‘sisters’ in the Dutch language, has developed a reputation for artistic and architectural pieces. Hot on the heels of last years Jewell Collection, the Zuster Embellish range captures the essence of luxury hotel living. Dark and moody, elegant and detailed, there is a couture-like quality to the range that references luxury hotels and formal yet edgy decor. Designer/Director Wilhelmina McCarroll says the Zuster Embellish collection is a move away from the companies purely…

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…