Building + Design

Gracious Living Like J-Lo Is Within Your Reach

Gracious Living Like J-Lo Is Within Your Reach

Gracious living isn’t about 24-carat gold tapware and endless money to spend on decor (although that would be nice). No, gracious living is about how to enjoy sumptuous sunsets in historic apartments that ooze class, charm, and uniqueness. There comes a time in many people’s lives when they just want a change for gracious living. And not the kind of change that will satisfy them for a short period of time, but something so drastic that perhaps their entire outlook on life changes as well. The way we live, eat, and communicate with other people is all based on the…

Entrance Elegance: Divine Doors for Decoration

Entrance Elegance: Divine Doors for Decoration

Entrance elegance can be the first thing people see when they come to your front door. It could be the innovative garage door. Or it could be the surprise behind the decorous door on the inside of your home. When many people decorate and design their home, they often ignore one key area – entrance elegance. It’s an integral part of the home because every room has one, and they are essential in modern homes. No other component of a house has quite the same impact as a door. This makes it a greater shame that people forget to focus…

Love Interior Design? So Do Nosy Passersby!

Love Interior Design? So Do Nosy Passersby!

Of course you love interior design; you probably wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t. But do you live in a neighbourhood whereby your interior design is on display? You love interior design concepts to enhance your home for you, your family, and your visitors. It is not for the enjoyment of people who walk past your home. However, if you live in a residential area, then you might have curious people looking in your windows, especially if there’s little space between your property and the footpath. It’s not their fault: if your house is on display and looks good,…

New Home Build Pro’s and Con’s

New Home Build Pro’s and Con’s

A new home build can be the most exciting and creative process designed to provide you with a dream residence. Or is it all it’s cracked up to be, both negative AND positive? Building your own home doesn’t have to be something that you treat as a daunting or unthinkable option. Many people rule it out without even knowing the pros and cons of taking this path forward. On the other hand, you shouldn’t rush into a new home build without being aware of what it all entails. So, to ensure that you’re fully aware of what’s involved in all…

An Environmental Home That’s Sustainable

An Environmental Home That’s Sustainable

Having an environmental home could be easier than you think. It’s not all about new build either, you can retro fit any home to be more environmentally friendly and sustainable. Sustainability is something at which homeowners are now looking. As well as helping to protect the environment, you are also cutting down on your monthly bills so it is a win-win situation. Now is the perfect time to create an environmental home with these improvements. Environmental Home: Insulation One of the best ways of retaining heat in the home is through insulation, and this can be done in walls, ceilings…

Beware The Hidden Costs of Buying A House

Beware The Hidden Costs of Buying A House

Hidden costs are never a good surprise. Buying anything should have transparent costs and no more so than buying your biggest purchase; a home. If you are ever expecting something in life to be expensive, then it is buying a home. But in truth, buying a home can end up costing more than you intended due to hidden costs. Hidden costs can be over ten per cent of the home purchase price. These need to be included and budgeted for when applying for a mortgage. But what are the hidden costs? Here are some of the things for which you…

Steel Pergolas: Strength + Styling With Low Maintenance

Steel Pergolas: Strength + Styling With Low Maintenance

Steel pergolas can be very modern and cool or they can be styled to look rustic and warm. But what about their other advantages? Pergolas have always added to the aesthetic beauty of properties and gardens. They are primarily for beautification and shading with options using recycled wood, engineered stone, pine, steel pergolas, and more. Also perfect for sipping discounted wine delivered straight to your door from Vinomofo.   So, have you considered steel pergolas? Some pros and cons you should consider. If you have space in your garden or patio, you can always create a stylish and functional pergola…

DIY Home Renovation Projects. 3 Expert Tips

DIY Home Renovation Projects. 3 Expert Tips

DIY Home Renovation Projects Sometimes there’s nothing more rewarding than knowing that you put your blood sweat and tears into a project. That’s definitely the case with DIY home renovation projects. That’s why today, Don’t Call Me Penny is teaming up with Australian Heritage Homes, to discuss DIY home renovation projects for you and your families to explore. Whether you’re working on a budget, a compressed timeline, or you’re going all in, there’s a home renovation project perfect for every situation. Let’s look at a few common scenarios: You’ve just moved in, and there’s nothing personal about the place –…

Pretty Things To Do For Increased Home Protection

Pretty Things To Do For Increased Home Protection

Increased home protection is something with which many people keep up-to-date primarily to keep loved ones safe not necessarily possessions; although both may be considered important. There is no argument that protecting your home and family is very important. Whether you want to focus on protecting them from thieves, natural disasters, accidents, or something else, you don’t want to compromise on your style to do so. You still want a house that looks beautiful, helping to keep you and your loved ones safe at the same time. With that in mind, here are seven pretty things you can do for…

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…

Exterior Design Ideas To Reflect Your Interior Decor

Exterior Design Ideas To Reflect Your Interior Decor

Exterior design ideas are sometimes overlooked yet first impressions count. Your guests will have an impression of your interior from the way you present the exterior of your home. If you’re like me, you’ve probably spent a great deal of time thinking about your interior design. Then you act on those ideas and spent months designing, painting, recarpeting, knocking out walls, etc. But while all this is going on, your exterior design ideas have dried up with winter being the usual time of neglect. So maybe it’s time to set about creating a home that looks just as good on…

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…

Styling Your Home’s Exterior With Three Simple Tips

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 you are attempting to put the house on the market and want to improve your curb appeal. However, it is likely to be something that any houseproud individual seeks to achieve at any time. If you are keen for your home’s exterior to look as classy and stylish as possible, then read on….

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

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 is a risk that your plans and investment don’t add the value you desire. So, as with any renovation project, it’s advisable to ensure your outdoor renovations will add value AND enable you to enjoy your time at home. Gutter protection Okay, so it’s difficult to say that people actually enjoy their gutter guards in the traditional…

Could You Do A CooDo? Luxury Living for Less

Could You Do A CooDo? Luxury Living for Less

Available in Australia, the COODO™ is loved by travel and design enthusiasts around the globe. It’s a modern day alternative to living in suburbia. So what’s all the fuss about? OK, well let’s see – Coodo is European designed, boasts a glazed facade and Feng-Shui construction (ooo-kay), glass curves and high-quality amenities. However, the BEST feature would have to be the portability and what it adds to outdoor or garden style.