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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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Household Chores… and how to minimise them

Household chores come in many shapes and sizes. It can be taking care of the small things like keeping rooms tidy, and the garden swept. Or it can be the bigger issues like household maintenance such as protecting against infestations or secure plumbing. Here are...

Four New Homewares Trends You’ll LOVE in 2019

I'm awaiting the new homewares trends with great anticipation. Homewares are usually those inexpensive items you can replace fairly regularly and up-date your decor at the same time. Bring it on! Now that we are getting to the end of 2018, we have a thorough idea of...

The Home Cleaning Hacks That Make Any House Shine

Do you think home cleaning hacks are used by the professionals? Maybe they do. But you don’t have to be a professional cleaner to create a shiny bright and irresistibly clean home. Here, we have some amazing home cleaning hacks that will make any house shine. Take a...

Manage Homelife… And Have A Life Too

To manage homelife you have to be organised, fit, healthy, motivated, selfless and a whole bunch of other time-consuming and super humans things. When you’re a mum, a wife, a worker, and a woman, you’re always going to try to do it all. Women do seek to manage...

Do It White! Get White Decor Right.

White decor is misunderstood. You might think that all-white rooms do little to inspire. But a correct understanding of white decor can lead to incredible interior designs. White decor can excite, relax, and create a sense of volume and space in your home. White...

A Beautiful Smile With Six Simple Tips

A beautiful smile is something everyone wants but few truly achieve without action and help. Don't rely on what you're born with. Create the beautiful smile you crave with some expert tips and a little help. Flashing a big and beautiful smile can truly work wonders....

Viva La Minimalism! A Minimalist Interior That’s Right.

A minimalist interior is probably different from what you think. It's not white rooms and only a chair for furniture. In fact, a minimalist interior is likely the decor for which you are striving, you just know it yet. All things eclectic and vintage have been decor...

Think Like A Decorator With Expert Tricks

Would you like to think like a decorator? We all want our homes to reflect our personalities and suit our lifestyle. Those important elements don’t need to be sacrificed in order to create a home you love with the style you crave. Yes, you can easily think like a...

Hidden Home Renovation Costs: Don’t Get Caught

Hidden home renovation costs are those sneaky expenses that blow out the budget. That's why you should add 25% to your budget for blow-out costs. However, if you can plan ahead of time you will save yourself thousands. Most people, when they plan to renovate and...

Second Storey Additions And The Advice You Need

Second storey additions are a space-suitable way to add more room and possibly add value to your home. However, a costly mistake is something you will definitely want to avoid. If you have decided you need more living space but don't want to leave your existing home,...

Stress Busting Exercises For Those Under Pressure

Stress busting exercises don't have to over-exert you to be effective. There are ways to bust the stress through exercises that can be relaxing yet highly effective. It can be hard to make yourself feel relaxed when you’re living under a lot of pressure. So stress...

Home Sale Tips So You Don’t Facepalm!

These home sale tips are designed to help you understand some key elements of property maintenance and property sales. You may not have thought of them or know about them. When it comes to selling your home you’ll feel three ways about it, so these home sale tips will...

Can Fix + Can’t Fix: Home Maintenance Explained

What you can fix and can't fix in the home maintenance of your home depends on your professional abilities. However, for the average home owner there are times you can fix something and other times you can't fix it yourself. As we’ve discussed numerous times on this...

Looking Younger + Feeling Good. A How-To Guide.

Looking younger is often a consideration as we age. However, feeling good is also a priority as our bodies start to show signs of ageing too. So how can you achieve both? Most people think about looking younger and feeling good as they age. However, making it happen...

Mood Enhancing Decor To Love Where You Live

Mood enhancing decor can take your home from bland to grand with a few simple tips. Even if you are renting, these five expert ideas will give you inspiration and motivation. Your home really is your castle. Mood enhancing decor that's personal to YOUR lifestyle is...

Tips For Starting An Interior Design Company

Want to start your own interior design company? Got a keen eye for interior design? This can be a great market to enter as there is always a need for talented interior designers. Plus, it is highly rewarding and lucrative work. You get to make a huge difference in...

Designing A Warm Bedroom For The Winter

Designing a warm bedroom when it's cold and wintry outside is a simple luxury within the reach of most home owners and renters. Just a few simple tips and you'll be toasty and cozy in no time. Your bedroom is quite possibly the comfiest room in your house. It’s the...

Is Your Living Room Ready To Fight The Chill?

Is your living room ready to fight the good fight against winter chills? Autumn is coming to an end for some of our readers. And with that comes wind, rain and, most of all, the cold. It’s time to batten down the hatches, put on the woolly protective gear and prepare...

Garden Redesign That’s Divine Not Disasterous

A garden redesign can be great fun when you have a blank canvas onto which you can project your creativity. Even if you have just a small space, it's redesign can be exciting and successful if you follow a few simple rules. If you are having a hard time figuring out...

How To Create The Perfect Outdoor Dining Area

Incorporating a fabulous outdoor dining area is very important to most people who have a garden or usable outdoor space. In great weather it's an extra room for socialising and relaxing... without building an addition. And there are some key items you MUST include....

Fat Loss Folklore + Myths To Ignore

Fat loss folklore and myths are not useful in the battle of the bulge. So here are a few myths you shouldn't be eating up with  spoon. So, you’re trying to lose weight but don’t know where to start. After all, the industry is littered with fat loss folklore and myths...

Style My Home: I’m Selling So Need It Clean and Pristine

"Style my home" is now the catch-cry of every motivated home seller. Styling a home for sale, or home staging, is now an integral part of selling residential real estate. These top tips will help you help your home stylist. It's now well-known that home staging can...

Swimming Pool Installation: Should I Or Shouldn’t I?

A swimming pool installation is not something to be taken lightly. Whilst many of us LOVE a swimming pool in the summer, the pros and cons of swimming pool installation must be considered carefully. No matter what kind of swimming pool installation you desire, whether...

New Baby Home Preparation Advice

Bringing home a new baby can be one of the most satisfying and wonderful feelings you will ever have in your life.But is your home prepared for this delightful new addition? You are welcoming a new baby into your home. Congratulations. Of course, like anything...

Driveway Beauty: How To Make It Welcoming

Driveway beauty is an integral part of your curb appeal and the welcoming vibe of your home. It's not just a space for parking cars; it's also an indication of the home beyond. Many home owners neglect driveway beauty. They'll tend to put all their decorating and...

3 Huge Home Building Mistakes

Home building mistakes are the things everyone wants to avoid. However, there are three key areas you must consider and have under control if you are to have a stress-free build. If your home doesn’t suit your needs anymore, it’s time for a move. Moving into a new...

Top Design Ideas To Modernise and Beautify Your Home

Top design ideas differ from trends in that top design ideas have longevity as well as style. There are ways to modernise and beautify your home without great expense and without fearing a short-lived trend. Perhaps you love your home - the location, the neighbours,...

Dependable De-cluttering That REALLY Works

Dependable de-cluttering is the de-cluttering process that REALLY works. With these four very simple tips, your home will be de-cluttered and pristine before you can say "where did I put that"? The reason dependable de-cluttering is so important is because most people...

Home Makeover Tour: Ranch with Open Floor Plan

Let's go on a home makeover tour with Diana Smith who will share beautiful tips for arranging and decorating an open floor plan ranch-style home. Truly one of our most popular lifestyles, open plan is here to stay. This home makeover tour isn't a single home; it's...
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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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