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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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Optimizing And Encouraging Your Personal Health

Keeping on top of your personal health, to the degree that you’re able, is perhaps one of the most important tasks to maintain. However, this task is often beset with challenges. The state of global affairs in 2020 is by no means excluded from this list. Learning how...

Get Your Garden Ready for Winter Now

Now that the temperatures are starting to drop, you are likely to be planning for winter around your home. But have you thought about getting your garden ready for winter? It may seem like the time of year where you just want to stay indoors and keep cosy. However...

Top Questions to Ask Before Renting a Self Storage Unit

Renting a self storage unit for personal or business reasons, is hugely popular because of the advantages and relative low cost.Regardless of whether its for personal or business use, ask these questions first! From storing furniture to housing office supplies, these...

What Causes Flaking Paint In Your Home?

Fresh paint is a great way to enliven your decor. However, if you have flaking paint it will degrade the look and value of your good work. So what causes it and how can you avoid it? A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest ways to brighten up a home. However, when...

Does It Make Sense to Use a Mortgage Broker When Buying a Home?

Have you ever thought about whether to use a mortgage broker? Buying a home is probably one of the most expensive things you’ll ever do in life. As a result, we typically need to borrow money from a lender in order to pay for a house. As you might already know, this...

Modern Fresh Updates for Your Home

When you move into your new home, it’s fun to have fresh modern updates and all the mod cons that will improve it for you and raise its value. This can be done in a number of ways, which I investigate in this article. Fresh modern updates can be undertaken in a...

Do DIY Repairs Make Sense in Today’s World?

DIY repairs aren't simply about your home maintenance. DIY repairs can cover many topics and can appear to be very simple. But are they? With all the DIY information around, do DIY repairs make sense in today's world? These days, the internet is filled with DIY blogs,...

Stuck in a Rut? Now is the Time for that Home Remodel

Thinking about a home remodel project? If you’ve been spending a lot of time at home, you may have cast a critical eye towards your decor. Your home is your sanctuary so make it as comfortable, and stylish, as possible. Renovating and embarking on a home remodel...

Best Flooring For Your Individual Lifestyle

Choosing the best flooring for your home and individual lifestyle can be confusing! There are so many options available. To help you make a decision on the best flooring for YOU, let’s take a look at the benefits and features of some of the most popular flooring...

5 Ways to Maintain Your Well-being Throughout This Pandemic

Are you struggling to maintain your well-being through this pandemic? It’s a strange time. Everyone is forced to stay isolated, so it's impacting the mental and physical well-being of many people. Are you one of them? These tips will help. During any pandemic, it’s...

Stylist Secrets To Make Any Room Look Finished

Stylist secrets can be just that... secrets. However, there are some simple stylist secrets I'm happy to share with you. If you need a quick makeover, use these tips for a fast transformation. Renovations are great... when you finally complete them. However, they're...

Modern Home Protection For Your Family

Home protection is something we all consider at some time. It's either when we move into a new home or know someone who has been the victim of a crime. With security systems now readily available, what's the best security solution for your home protection? Did you...

What Are The Signs You Need To Lose Weight?

It's personal, but do you need to lose weight? In these COVID-19 times, gyms and health spas are closed with more people finding it difficult to exercise. And binge-watching Netflix can lead to us eating more snacks. So what are the signs you need to lose weight? For...

After The Lockdown is Lifted, Will You Be A New You?

Post COVID-19, when the lockdown is lifted, what version of your current self will you be? How effectively are you using this time to make desired changes? Can you come out of lockdown being better than before? The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all profoundly....

Tips For Creating The Perfect Outdoor Escape

Creating the perfect outdoor escape can be a panacea for the modern world. Current times can often be challenging. It matters not who you are, or what you do, from time to time, we all need something that can help keep us sane. Now, if you are a home lover, there is...

Stressless House Moving Tips You Need

Is stressless house moving even possible? Moving house can be such a stressful experience. There are numerous different tasks and responsibilities that you must consider to ensure that a smooth transition. Luckily, there are a few smart ways that you can help yourself...

How Do I Fix Plumbing Problems?

Home lovers everywhere ask "How do I fix plumbing problems" because it's a maintenance issue that can be costly and time-consuming. And plumbing problems always come at the worst time. Nobody wants to return home only to find pipes leaking or water all over the floor....

Designer Decorating Concepts for Less

Designer decorating usually comes at a cost. This is usually because interior designers have an incredible amount of experience under their Gucci belts. However, you can use their concepts for less. Interior design is something that can cost an incredible amount of...

Rundown Garden Up-Grade and Security Plan

If your rundown garden has seen better days then stop it from feeling like it’s going to waste. It’s up to you to start making some changes to it. However, if you need some help, this post will help. A rundown garden can be depressing and waste space that can be...

New Home Building Starts Here

If you're thinking of new home building but don't know where to begin, you have definitely come to the right place. It's not an easy process but starting out right will help. Whether you've been planning for years or just started the process, you need to be as...

Four Signs You Might Need To Declutter Your Home

Do you need to declutter your home? Sometimes we can let our homes get overrun with clutter. However, that’s normal because we’re all hoarders to some degree. But how can you get it under control? What we bring into our home needs to be valuable to us and bring more...

Exterior Design Is As Important As Interior Design

Exterior design is how the outside of your home is presented to visitors and your own family. It's easy to forget about the exterior of your home when the interior is enough of a challenge. When it comes to home maintenance, we all focus on interior design. However,...

Tips To Help Maintain Your Gutters

What an evil chore... maintain your gutters to leave them free of harmful debris and potential overflows from clogged leaves. Because a gutter could be your best friend when it comes to avoiding expensive water damage and rotting dangers. Maintaining your gutters is a...

How To Find A Good Plumber

Finding a good plumber is one of those things for which you often can't plan ahead. Unless you're renovating and know you'll need a plumber, when a pipe burst or is blocked you'll need a good plumber right away. So how do you find one? There are some home repairs that...

Sustainable Home Life… and how to get it

Having a sustainable home can take a little time to adapt to. However, we’re all more than capable of making it happen. As we progress further into the 21st century, the protection of our planet and sustainable living has become paramount. Here are some ways to create...

Selling Your Home? Make These Small Changes

Selling your home is stressful. From doubts about staging it correctly to being on the market too long, you may need some tips to showcase your home and get it SOLD! Let’s admit it, when selling your home you may fear that it won't sell fast or rake in the amount you...

The Best Reasons to Build Not Buy Your New Home

Choosing to build not buy your next home is a BIG decision. So I've compiled some key pointers to help you work through the decision-making process. Whether you are buying your very first home or looking to sell up and buy another, you need to think about whether you...

Beautiful Fitted Bespoke Kitchens That Work

Beautiful bespoke kitchens sell houses. And they also make living in your own home a whole lot more comfortable, functional and glamorous. Personally designed and fitted bespoke kitchens will ensure that you end up with your dream kitchen. More homeowners are turning...

What to Know Before Renovating Your Bathroom

Did you know that renovating your bathroom requires more individual tradespeople than any other room in your home? Surprising, but true. So there are some important things you need to know before you start. Renovations are often a daunting and stressful process, no...
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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.

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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.

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