Welcome to the ‘Don’t Call Me Penny’ Interior Design Blog

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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The Home Maintenance Checklist To Tackle Every Month

If you’re a homeowner who’s responsible for fixing up your own place, maintenance jobs probably take up a good portion of your time. But what if you could get through them all in the space of a day every single month? That would save you a lot of hours, wouldn't it?...

Best Gentle Ways to Work Out Without Injury

Being able to move your body and work it out is an exciting thing to do if you are capable of doing it. Workouts don't have to be sweaty or fast-paced, and they don't have to make you feel like you're in pain either. A workout is supposed to make you feel good about...

5 Things You Need To Know Before Starting DIY at Home

DIY is becoming increasingly popular with homeowners and renters alike to beat the cost of living crisis, help them design their own homes in the way they want without the considerable expense of hiring contractors, and help people learn new skills that can be used in...

How To Turn Your Home Into A Peaceful Retreat

Is your home a peaceful retreat? There’s no debate to be had: your property should be your favourite place on earth. After all, think about how much time, effort, and money it took to get your hands on the keys: it’s fair that you should have some pretty high...

Design Tips That’ll Make Your Home More Accessible

What does the word ‘accessibility’ mean to you? It might give you an image of gently sloping ramps and wide door frames, as well as elevator access and countertops that sit at a lower level. Just little changes in infrastructure that make the world more equal and...

3 Key Checks To Perform Before Beginning A New Home Development

You’re planning a new home development and it’s getting to the point where you’re ready to set things in motion. You’ve sorted out a budget, drawn up diagrams and are very excited to begin.  Before you jump the gun, be aware of a few key checks you should...

Why It’s Always Best To Get Help When You Want To Get Healthy 

If you want to get healthy that’s a great thing. It’s something that many people should do if they want to live happier, longer lives. But where do you start? Whether you’re looking to shed a few pounds, increase your overall fitness level, or you’re managing a...

How To Get Back To Normal After A Home Renovation

A home renovation has a lot to answer for! Sure, you get a brand new room from the conversion or you get an extension on the side of your house that gives you a lot of lovely new space. However, you now have to settle back in, clean up, and try to take care of your...

The Best Eco-friendly Exterior Upgrades for Your Home

To make a home greener, you should make upgrades inside, right? Actually, if you really want to create a home that's kind to the environment, you should start by thinking about the exterior upgrades. Exterior upgrades have the potential to make the whole home more...

Why And How You Should Boost Your Confidence

Do you struggle with low levels of confidence? Are you actively seeking ways to boost your confidence? You’re far from alone here. Millions of people across the country and indeed the world struggle to find confidence in the way they look, what they can offer, and who...

Tips For Choosing The Perfect Home 

No matter whether the perfect home you are planning to buy is big or small, there are several key things to bear in mid to avoid making a serious purchasing mistake. And some of our tips may be things you haven't thought of. Here's a look at the most important things...

6 Crucial Steps To Improve The Family Home

The family home is your castle and the place you should feel the safest and happiest. Do you feel calm and happy when you walk through your front door? If not, there are a few ways to ensure your home really is your castle. Are you thinking about making changes to...

Easy Ways To Upgrade Your Garden

When it comes to home maintenance, your garden is often ignored in favor of interior projects. However, whether you’re trying to increase the value of your home or hosting a dinner party - there are many benefits associated with showing this space some TLC!  After...

9 Tips To Promote Wellness In Your Home

Have you ever considered how to promote wellness in your home? You can leverage your home to gain wonderful health benefits AND have a stylish home. Designing a wellness-centred environment can improve your physical, psychological and emotional welfare. It’s worth...

3 Tips That Will Help You To Dress More Confidently

Experimenting with clothing is something that many find difficult, however it may help you to dress more confidently. Confidence with your look goes a long way to overall confidence... and happiness. You’re putting yourself in a new light, and others aren’t always...

6 Ways to Guarantee You’re Getting the Most From Your Solar Energy

Everyone is talking about solar energy and solar power these days. With power prices increasing, more people are interested in saving the planet and putting a cap on climate change. So what can YOU do to help? If you are looking for ways to create a more sustainable...

Transform Your Backyard Into a Sustainable Haven Today

You may have heard talk about creating a sustainable haven at your home. This is true for inside and outside your home. So do you want to transform your ordinary backyard into an environmentally friendly paradise? Look no further. Here we provide sustainable haven...

Summer Fashion Tips You’ll Love To Know

Summer fashion becomes important when the warm summer months are just around the corner. As the cooler months of winter and spring become a memory, the time comes to refresh your wardrobe. Whether you are planning on digging out the timeless items that you re-wear...

Awesome Gardening: Can You Make It A Bit Easier?

We love awesome gardens but we don't all love gardening. Whilst some garden management will never go astray, if it’s been a while since you last mowed the lawn or cut back the hedge behind the fence, there’s going to be a lot of work to do! And when you face the fact...

Discover the Power of Self-Care

Discover the power of self-care to unlock a happier you. At its core, self-care is crucial to living our happiest and most satisfying lives, yet many of us forget its importance. This blog post will introduce self-care as a concept and reveal why it should be...

Which Assets Will Make A Valuable Addition To Your Investment Portfolio

If you’re trying to make sure that you live comfortably in the future, not just now, then you’re likely going to be looking at building an investment portfolio. Aside from putting your money in safe assets rather than spending it, you can also see some real growth...

Tips for Creating a Low Maintenance Backyard for Ultimate Entertainment

Do you yearn for a low maintenance backyard? You are not alone. As temperatures warm, spending time outdoors becomes ever more appealing, and many homeowners want a backyard suitable for entertaining guests. Unfortunately, with busy schedules and a desire to unwind...

Make Your Clothes Work for You: The Top Fashion Strategies for Versatility

Do you need fashion strategies to enhance the versatility of your wardrobe? Most if us do. If you're feeling the squeeze from your too-small closet, it's time to break out of that fashion rut! This blog post will provide transformative tips and tricks so you can make...

Feel More Comfortable in your Own Skin By Following This Guide

Do you want to feel more comfortable in your own skin? Maybe you have some confidence issues that you are trying to work through but are having difficulty knowing where to start. Either way, this guide will help you to make all of the right changes so you feel more...

How to Make Your Outdoor Space Suitable for Hosting

If you are lucky enough to have an outdoor space, you'll want to make it highly usable. Follow a few easy tips to create a wonderful outdoor space no matter the size. Do you want to host a family party? Maybe you just want to make sure that your garden is ready for...

Fashion Hacks That Will Leave You Looking Great All Year Round

Fashion hacks are such an important factor in helping you to improve your life and get more stylish. It is important to try to understand some of the key ideas that will help you to boost your fashion techniques. This is something you are going to need to improve this...

How to Get Great Curb Appeal for Your Home

Great curb appeal is not something that many homeowners think about. It can be easy to get caught up in taking care of the interior of your home and not realize that you need to also take care of the exterior as well. Curb appeal is important for several reasons. For...

5 Steps To Dealing With a Leak in Your Home

Are you good at dealing with a leak in your home, as they should never be ignored. They can often cause major damage to your home - and in the case of plumbing leaks could also affect your water bill. But just how should you tackle the leak? Below are 5 steps to...

Five Ways To Keep Looking Your Best

Looking your best is a goal that we all strive for, but it's often easier said than done. The good news is that with the right practices and habits, you can master the art of looking your best at any age. Whether you're just looking to spruce up your look or are...
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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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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?

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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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Use the high-quality suppliers we recommend. We’ll help you SAVE MONEY by telling you where to shop the latest sales. Click Me

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.

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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