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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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New Home Moving And What You Should Know

New home moving is a big task. It does not magically happen overnight, although most of us probably wish it did. Moving homes means selling your current home, sorting your finances, packing up your life, and settling into a whole new environment.  Whether you are...

Repairing A Home Exterior: Signs Yours Desperately Needs An Upgrade

Repairing a home exterior is vital not only when you are selling but also for yuor own peace of mind. Your home is your sanctuary, so the exterior is just as important as the interior. If you’re looking to upgrade your home, there are a couple of common places on...

5 Methods Of Enjoying Your Day And Feeling Like It Was Well Spent

Are you enjoying your day right now? Are you spending it being productive? One issue we all tend to have, every now and then, is the feeling of wasting our day or wasting our time in general. Whilst we have a pretty long-lasting life, we do often panic because we feel...

Why You Shouldn’t Save Your Seasonal Cleaning for Spring

There’s something about the freshness and beauty of new life and temperate weather that just cheers the soul. For many, with the cheer of spring comes spring cleaning. But why leave seasonal cleaning until Spring? That’s right, the dive into the home you’ve been holed...

House Moving Trends From 2020

This past year has been one that we are all going to remember. House moving trends were particularly interesting in 2020. So will those rends continue? And what were they? The way that we live and work has changed for the foreseeable future. So with more time at home,...

These Health Issues Aren’t Fatal, But They Can Still Be A Nightmare

There are a variety of different health issues that, while not fatal, can cause problems in your life. Some of these are irritating, others are painful and many more will just impact your appearance, eroding your self-confidence. It's important to feel well because...

Small Garden Magic And How To Achieve It

Small garden magic can be achieved with some thoughtful planning and fun ideas. Whether you have a small balcony, patio or courtyard, use these easy tips. You'll find small garden magic is more achievable than you think. When searching for garden design ideas, you...

5 Things You Might Miss On A Home Renovation Budget

Any home renovation budget needs to be kept in line to ensure costs don’t spiral out of control. You don't want to be struggling to keep up with the invoices that arrive in your inbox. Budgeting for a home renovation needs careful thought and consideration to make...

Get Your Home Renovation Budgeting Right

Home renovations will change your lifestyle. However, the home renovation budgeting process can tarnish your exciting plans. Use these simple tips to get you on the right renovating track. Home renovations are always exciting. Even if you don’t enjoy the process, the...

Tips On Going Vegan You Need To Know

More and more people are going vegan for different reasons. For some people, it's because they are concerned about animal welfare. For others, they decide to go vegan as a way of getting healthy and losing weight. No matter what category you fall into, going vegan can...

Common New Year Goals To Make 2021 Your Year

It's that time when New Year goals are on the minds of people seeking change in their lives. So what do you want to achieve in 2021? And how will you go about it? As each new year chime bellows many people around the world are promising themselves that this will be...

The Most Effective Ways To Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

2020 has been a pretty crazy year. However, it’s important to remember that, while our attention has been on the coronavirus pandemic, there are also other issues at play. One big one is how to reduce our carbon footprint. Climate change, for instance, hasn’t suddenly...

Great Features For Your New Build Home (Or Renovation)

When planning your new build home, there is so much to think about. From the initial layout of each individual room to the features each room will have inside. It’s a whirlwind but exciting at the same time. That said, planning your new home build will allow you to...

Garden Design for Family, Friends, and Pets

Your garden design can be as minimalist or fantastical as you like because enjoying outdoor living is a constitutional right. Right? If you own a home, you’ve probably already invested thousands of dollars in creating the perfect home environment for the whole family....

Why Is There So Much Dust In My Home?

Do you question why there is so much dust in your home? You're not alone. There are numerous reasons why dust could be getting into your home from pets to ill-fitting doors and windows. Sure, you need to focus on your external cleanliness, however, it’s imperative to...

Before You Choose A Home, Do These Things First

Before you choose a home, be aware that buying a home is a huge investment. So making sure you make the right decision when purchasing it is key. Here's what to think of first. When you choose a home, it's important to consider how much time you're going to spend...

DIY Ideas for Beautiful Garden Paths

One of the more underrated aspects of a garden are beautiful garden paths. Paths can come in many different shapes, sizes and designs, and they can also serve many different purposes. They add beauty, interest and functionality. Have you ever truly thought about what...

Confidence Struggles? Here’s What You Can Do To Overcome It

Confidence struggles are more widespread than you might think. It’s not easy to love yourself, we know that, especially in a society that demands you look and act a specific way. So how do you overcome your own confidence struggles? If you don’t overcome your...

How To Maintain Strong Bones

Maintaining strong bones is essential for many other aspects of your health and well-being, but it’s a topic that many people feel they do not know enough about. There are two things you should be doing NOW and throughout your life. Learning how to protect your bones...

Exterior Home Cleaning To Invest In

As a interior design lover, you are likely to take pride in your exterior home cleaning. Your home’s outside gives neighbours, visitors and passers-by an impression of your style, taste and the pride you take in your home. So how can you keep it pristine? If you love...

Baby Nursery Decorating For A Calm + Beautiful Room

Baby nursery decorating is fun and heart-warming. How wonderful is it to be able to plan and decorate a nursery for a new baby? It’s one of the most exciting changes you will make to your house in your lifetime (yes, above the rainfall shower in the bathroom!). Being...

Personal Home Touches With Some Simple Steps

Personal home touches are exactly that - the personal touches that make your home unique to you. There are many ways to do this. However, in this post we'll discuss three of the easiest. When someone walks into your home, they should be able to feel, and see, your...

Cool Breezy Home 5 Smart Ways This Summer

A cool breezy home is the best way to enjoy long hot summers.Over the last few months, the unusual circumstances have reminded us how important the environment is in our homes. Lockdown rules and social distancing measures are being reduced across Australia. However,...

Pretty Beautiful Ideas for A Pretty Boring Home

If you are a house and garden junkie, you'll see some pretty beautiful ideas across magazines, Instagram and renovation shows. Seemingly miraculously, pretty boring homes are turned into pretty beautiful spaces. And you want your house to look like that too, right?...

New Home AND Renovation. Can You Afford Both?

So you’ve just bought your first new home and renovation is on your mind. You can’t wait to move in and make it your own place! But can you afford to both? Read these tips before you commit to projects you may not be able to finish. When you buy a new home and...

5 Easy Ways To Upgrade Your Home

Are you thinking to upgrade your home, whether it is to help sell or make your home feel more premium? There are several ways to achieve comfort and style relatively easily. There are five ways to help you upgrade your home from enlivening your front entrance to being...

5 Small Diet Changes To Make for A Healthier Life

There are small diet changes you can make now because it's has never been more important to have a healthy diet. Having a healthy diet can help to boost your immune system and fight against viruses. Here's what you can do. Apart from staying at home, washing your...

Eight Luxury Exterior Improvements To Maximise Your Home Value

Luxury exterior improvements will amp up the kerb appeal, garden enjoyment, and value of your home. So here are eight inviting ways to luxe up your home with luxury exterior improvements. Most people know the importance of interior design when it comes to having a...

Practical Home Building Solutions For A New Home

Home building solutions that you can achieve or participate in yourself, will provide the most cost-effective new home. If you're a bit handy, then these solutions may suit you. It’s always rewarding to make something with your own hands. In the case of DIY, 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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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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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.

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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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