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Don’t Call Me Penny is a premier Australian interior design blog for all things related to Architecture, Building, Interior Design, Outdoor Living and Lifestyle. Hi, I’m Penelope Herbert – award-winning interior designer, media writer, newspaper columnist, dog lover and champagne drinker.

 

Redecorating + Interior Design + Renovation + Architecture + Building + DIY + Colour + Textiles + Home Styling + Outdoor Living

On the Don’t Call Me Penny Interior Design Blog you’ll find 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 how to create your own house to home beautiful. And if you need an interior designer in Adelaide, well we can help you there too.

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How to Brighten Up Your Mornings

It can be challenging to brighten up your mornings. If you're like most people, you probably hit the snooze button a few times before finally dragging yourself out of bed. And by then, it's usually too late to do anything productive. Until now. However, what if there...

10 Ways To Boost Your Curb Appeal

Have you ever thought you may need to boost your curb appeal? As a  homeowner, you always want your home to look its best. Whether you’re trying to sell or just want to make sure your home looks great for visitors, curb appeal is important. Fortunately, there are a...

10 Things To Do When You Buy Your Fixer-Upper

Buying your fixer-upper can be a great way to get a deal on a property and make it your own, but it’s important to know what you’re getting into before taking the plunge. Your fixer-upper may be a great deal, but it will take some work to get it into shape. The...

4 Ways The Perfect Office Design Benefits Your Employees

Is there such a thing as perfect office design? Whilst it depends on many factors, it's clear that these four office planning tips will greatly enhance your office space; for you and for your employees. You already know how a good office design benefits your brand and...

Essential Tips to Keep Your Home Healthy

Keeping a home looking good is a priority for many people. However, for your house to be a comfortable place to live, it also needs to be healthy. Ensuring that your home provides your family with a healthy living environment is crucial as your house can have an...

5 Outdoor Extensions that Will Add Value to Your Home

Real estate shifts between a seller's and buyer's market. So it's wise to add value to your home where you can. Some of the easiest yet most effective outdoor extensions will add value, fun and lifestyle choices for your home. Every home is different as are the...

Looking WOW and Feeling Fab for Your Second Date

There are so many articles on the Internet providing advice on what to do on a first date, but what about the second date? You are likely to be feeling just as nervous, especially if you really like the person you are dating. Your second date is the perfect time to...

Top Tips To Getting The Most Out Of Your Shopping Experience

It's no secret that the cost of living keeps going up, and it can be hard to make ends meet. But suppose you're willing to put in a little extra effort into your shopping experience. In that case, you can save money on your groceries, presents and other everyday...

How to Bring a Touch of Luxury to Your Home

Your living environment has a far-reaching impact on how you feel and plays a crucial role in your comfort and wellbeing. So, making sure your home is designed to elevate your mood and comfort levels is essential. As well as helping you to feel good, it is also...

How Cycling Can Improve Your Life

Whether you’re wanting to get healthy or simply want a new hobby, then cycling might be your answer. Find out more in our latest health + fitness post. If you need some motivation to get on your bike and go out into the world, then read on for some great benefits of...

Top Tips For Managing Chronic Pain

Chronic pain has a profound impact on people's lives. It has an impact on one's self-image, an impact on others, and causes plans to be disrupted. It is an illness that, at times, the sufferer does not comprehend whilst others do not accept the person suffering from...

Important House Moving Facts You Need To Know

Are you aware of some house moving facts that affect your change of home? If you're thinking of renting or buying a home, read these important house moving facts first. Moving house may be a costly and challenging time; it's something we all go through, but it...

Beginners Tips On Creating A Safe Place To Work

Everyone needs a safe place to work and to know their employer cares about their welfare. Health and safety are vital across all industries, from fitness to finance. So how can you achieve optimum safety wherever you work? Here are four important tips to help you get...

How To Successfully Choose Flowers for Mother’s Day

When you choose flowers, there is no denying they will impress on Mother’s Day. However, with so many different bouquets and options to select from, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by all of the choices. What sort of flowers is going to be right for your mum on...

Six Ways To Create More Space In Your Home

Most people want to create more space in their home. Are yo thinking abut moving because you think you've outgrown your home? That may not be necessary with these six great suggestions. If you love your current home and you don’t really want to move to a more...

Keep Your Home Safe With 4 Quick Outside Ideas

It is always a good idea to keep your home safe no matter where you live. Whether you are in a city, suburb or rural area, home safety for you and your family should be a top priority. No matter who you are or where you live, you should always look for ways to make...

Turning Your Passion Into A Fitness Business

Are you yearning for earning from having your own fitness business? The fitness industry is currently worth over US$75bn. If you love exercise and have a good understanding of how to help others unlock physical and mental gains, you may want to join the party. After...

How To Make My Home More Energy Efficient

How can I make my home more energy efficient? It's the top question from renovators and home builders. Covid has placed more emphasis on this now that everyone is spending more time at home. So are you looking to make your home more energy efficient? Here's how. There...

Think Practical Then Aesthetics

Form follows function. A space must be practical then aesthetics will follow. So before you renovate your home, think about how practical you need it to be before you start thinking about style. Think practical then aesthetics. When it comes to renovating your...

Benefits of Minimalist Interior Design

Interior design mostly depends on personal taste, but there are good reasons to opt for one style over another. For instance, a minimalist interior design has many benefits that can help to improve your mental health and increase your free time - it can also make a...

Buy or Build! Why Buy A Home When You Can Build One?

Have you thought about whether to buy or build a new home? Finding the right home can be a seriously stressful prospect. It’s the kind of thing that a lot of people dread having to deal with. The process of viewing homes and then navigating the complexities of...

Discover Some Of The Best Ways To Upgrade Your Bathroom

When it come to sprucing up your home, upgrade your bathroom with some surefire ways to add value. Value to your home and value to your lifestyle. Here's how. In terms of value as well as usability, the bathroom is easily one of the most important elements of your...

Best Kitchen Remodeling Tips

Kitchen remodelling can be easier and cheaper than installing a new kitchen. However, are you worried about how much money you will have to spend and whether you can afford it? Even if you are on a tight budget, you'll want to make your kitchen look its best. However,...

Learn The Secrets To Injecting More Energy Into Your Life

Do you commonly feel as though you don’t have enough energy to get through the day? Maybe you should be injecting more energy into your life. But how? You’re certainly not alone with this issue. It’s important that you take steps for injecting more energy into your...

Clever Ways To Bring Character Into Your Bathroom

Boring bathrooms are a thing of the past with these ingenious ways to inject designer bathroom character into ‘the smallest room’ in the house. Plus two videos so you can these great tips in action. Add a splash of color While it's true that the fashion in bathrooms...

The Path To Recovery: Tips To Help You Cope After An Accident

An accident can be traumatic. It can take time for your body and mind to heal. We often go about our daily business thinking that accidents only happen to others. However, in reality, anyone could find themselves facing a long road to recovery after an accident. If...

How Soft Water Helps You Clean Better

Are you looking for ways to clean better? When we clean our homes and wash our clothes, we want to know that it is as clean as possible. But did you know that if you have hard water, it doesn’t always clean as well as we think?  Most of the time, you can’t help living...

Planning Your Outdoor Living Space Renovation

If there’s one way to add a touch of luxury to your home, it’s an outdoor living space. With the pandemic leaving a lot of people stuck at home and unable to travel, it’s only natural to want to recreate that holiday feeling in your own home. Creating a dream outdoor...

5 Upgrades To Make Your Home More Secure

Designing a comfortable home involves many different elements including making your home more secure. While you're thinking about interior design, cleaning regimes, and home maintenance include security too. If you’re looking for ideas to make your home more secure...
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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. I created Don’t Call Me Penny as a fun daily interior design blog.

However, my daily creativity is also as an Interior Designer at Plush Design Interiors and the writer of a weekly newspaper column on Home + Interiors for The Weekender Herald.

Thank you for visiting the Don’t Call Me Penny Interior Design Blog which provides FREE daily inspiration, ideas and DIY projects. There are some wonderful other writers on the blog including Architectural and Interior Design students Lana Hawkins, Catherine Collins, and in-house talents Eloise Barker and Shelby Doogue.

You’ll find lots of different articles in many categories. Search via category or keywords. If you can’t find the information you are seeking or have a suggestion for an article, please contact Don’t Call Me Penny via the contact form below. Thank you. Enjoy 🙂

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Fresh articles are posted daily. If you love stylish and design-worthy living you’ll love the inspiring images, expert information, DIY projects, unusual finds, what’s new, what’s hot, and exclusive content featured here on Don’t Call Me Penny.

 

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Fresh articles are posted daily. If you love stylish and design-worthy living you’ll love the inspiring images, expert information, DIY projects, unusual finds, what’s new, what’s hot, and exclusive content featured here on Don’t Call Me Penny.

If you have a suggestion for an article you’d like to see on this site, please CONTACT US.

Thanks for visiting. Please stay in touch

On our sister site, The Style Podcast, you can listen to interviews with people across the globe involved in Fashion. Beauty. Home. and Lifestyle.  Why not check it out now?

If you need interior design, pre-sale assistance, floor plan re-design, colour + textile consultation or renovation assistance, then please see more information on Plush Design Interiors. You’ll find services, fees + testimonials.

Thanks for being here. Please come back soon. Love from Penelope xx

 

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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.

Fresh articles are posted daily. If you love stylish and design-worthy living you’ll love the inspiring images, expert information, DIY projects, unusual finds, what’s new, what’s hot, and exclusive content featured here on Don’t Call Me Penny.

If you have a suggestion for an article you’d like to see on this site, please CONTACT US.

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On our sister site, The Style Podcast, you can listen to interviews with people across the globe involved in Fashion. Beauty. Home. and Lifestyle.  Why not check it out now?

If you need interior design, pre-sale assistance, floor plan re-design, colour + textile consultation or renovation assistance, then please see more information on Plush Design Interiors. You’ll find services, fees + testimonials.

Thanks for being here. Please come back soon. Love from Penelope xx

 

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