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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.

 

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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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Mindfulness: Ways To Clear Your Brain of Clutter

Mindfulness is a buzzword you may have heard more and more. It can mean "being in the moment" and generally being aware of your environment. It can also mean clearing your brain of clutter. But how do you do that? The brain is crazy, right? It’s full of so many...

Potential Garden Safety Disasters… and how to avoid them

Garden safety is of paramount concern to anyone who loves their family... and their outdoor space. However, your enjoyment can be heightened or lowered depending on the care and safety you show in your garden. Your garden should be a safe space that the whole family...

Preserve Your Normality When Starting A Home Renovation

Starting a home renovation can be the most exciting and creative aspect of home ownership. But when the builders move in, normality and sanity can move out. So how can you preserve yours? Are you planning to renovate your home? Remodeling your house can be a thrilling...

Sweet Dreams. Why You Should Make Your Bedroom A Priority

Your bedroom is one of the most important rooms in your home. It's where sweet dreams can be enjoyed alongside a restful sleep. You'll awaken with energy and the ability to tackle anything the world throws at you. That's the theory anyway. According to Pascoe's, who...

Your Complete Guide To Plastic Pipe Systems

Are you currently considering your options regarding plastic pipe systems? Perhaps you are unsure regarding what type of system to go for? Or, maybe you have made your mind up, yet need to find the best company from which to purchase your pipes? Whatever your concern...

Are You Ready for A Bathroom Makeover?

Now is a great time to think about a bathroom makeover. Why? Because the warmer weather makes it easier for trades to renovate a wet area. And, typically, a bathroom makeover uses more individual trades than any other room in the house. Bathrooms are one of the most...

Tips For A Smooth-Running Home Renovation

Everyone wants a smooth-running home renovation. However we have all heard of horror stories too. Why does it have to be that way? Well... it doesn't. A home renovation should be an exciting time in your life. Sure, it comes with plenty of challenges and the potential...

Raising Chickens + Crafting A Coop In Your Garden

Raising chickens has become a pretty popular lifestyle choice. Not only are chickens personable and cute, but they can feed you too. Eggs, I mean. So how can you raise chickens the right way? Many of us dream about what it would be like to become more self-sufficient....

When An Elderly Parent Comes to Live… Adapting for Seniors

Do you have an elderly parent? Are they of an age when you feel it will be best if they live with you? Many of us are, at some point, faced with the decision to bring an elderly parent into our home. How do you transition effectively? When an elderly parent comes to...

Family-Friendly House Design That Fits Like A Glove

When you're looking for a family-friendly house design, you begin to realise that every family is different. So when you can't find the perfect property for your family, it can seem like a good idea to build your own house. So is it? Many home buyers will feel they...

Solar Panels: The Advantages You Need To Know

It may have started with solar panels. However, we’re all more conscious of what we’re doing to the environment. It's the lifestyle and other changes we make to our homes that make a difference. Solar panels have become increasingly popular so if you’re thinking of...

Storage Dilemma Solved: The Benefits of External Storage

Everyone has a storage dilemma at some point in their lives. There always comes a time when the space you live in is becoming too cramped. Moving home is not an option, so you find yourself at a point where you need to find a solution. A great solution to the...

Home Renovation With A DIY Approach

A DIY approach may be just the thing you need to do when you're renovating or trying to create a more unique home. Freedom of design is good, but so are professional skills. Many people hire professionals to help them with their home renovation. However, you might not...

Back Pain Could Be Caused by 7 Bad Habits

80% of adults experience back pain at some point in their lives. Sometimes this can be a natural effect of aging. However, more often it is the result of lifestyle choices and bad habits. To help you to avoid back pain, here are just 7 bad habits that could be worth...

Yes, Your Stylish Home Can Also Be Family-Friendly

When you think of a stylish home, you might imagine bachelor pads and trendy flats owned by working professionals. You might not think that family homes can be sleek and polished in the same way as many modern households, but your home can be fabulously stylish too....

Lifestyle Changes: Could Moving House Be Your First Choice?

Lifestyle changes may often be on your mind whether you realise it or not. Perhaps you want to change your diet, your fashion, even your friends. However, one change may be the key to really having the lifestyle you crave. Do you often think about lifestyle changes...

11 Smart Ways To Eat Comfort Food The Healthy Way

Eating comfort food can be a great joy of fall and winter, but it can also mean developing unhealthy habits that can be difficult to shake off. It’s much better to develop healthy habits so that you can have a sustainable, healthy lifestyle year round. Below, you’ll...

How to Minimise Your Home’s Eco Footprint

Have you thought about your eco footprint lately? We’re entering into a bold new age as a species. In the past, mankind would essentially just do what they want with mother nature (a few spiritual tribes excepting). Now, we’ve come to understand about our eco...

Desirable Features When Looking For A New Home

Desirable features will likely be on your wish-list when you're looking for a new home. Knowing what you want in a new home is very important... as is knowing what you DON'T want. How is your list looking? When you find yourself looking for a new place to live, there...

The “Shall I Buy or Build A Home” Dilemma

Whether you want to buy or build a new home, there are a couple of key elements to consider. For previous generations it may have been a no-brainer, but not anymore. So what should you consider? For a lot of people, owning their own home can feel like one of their...

Unexpected Renovation Challenges You Weren’t Expecting

Renovation challenges are common even with seasoned professionals. However, there may be unexpected renovation challenges you just didn't see coming. So how can you prepare for the unexpected? In an era of lighter wallets, inflating prices, and under-employment, many...

5 Sources Of Hidden Bacteria Around Your Home

Hidden bacteria isn't as sexy as writing about gorgeous interiors. However, to have a happy, stylish and gorgeous home you must have a clean and bacteria-controlled home too. Here's how. Keeping your home clean is important because it creates a relaxing, welcoming...

Working From Home? Unlock Your Productivity Through Your Decor

So, you’ve decided to ditch the rat race and start working from home. Congratulations! You’re most likely the envy of all your friends. They scurry to work on busy trains and buses or get stuck in nose-to-tail traffic. You’ll enjoy a leisurely start to your work day,...

Renovation Tidy Tips To Keep Your Home Clean During The Chaos

You'll need good renovation tidy tips when you live in a home during a renovation. The excitement of having a new room or extension will fall short when you see the debris caused. Time for renovation tidy tips because it won't only be the air that's filled with...

The Tiny Home Design + Build Essentials You Need

Tiny home design is not only a buzzword but the latest trend sweeping the world. Not simply for 'grey nomads' or alternative life-stylers, tiny home design can be applied to any dwelling even if it's not on wheels. Springing from the ideas of sustainability and...

High-End Apartment Design Guide: 8 Essentials that Embody Pure Elegance

Whether you live in a high-end apartment or not, there is something timeless and gorgeous about elegant spaces. The fact that they look smooth and expensive without looking flashy is the secret to elegance. Although, it’s much harder to pull off than you might think....

Putting Down Roots: Making a New Property Feel Like ‘Yours’

Putting down roots can be difficult. Many of us move around a fair bit during our early adult years. We move away to college or university, followed by student houses and apartment shares shortly after. Later on, you might move out alone or with a partner until...

New Home Design: How To Achieve It Without Anxiety

Finalising a new home design is one of the most exciting and also stress activating times with both feelings in equal measure. However, the excitement of your new home design should far outweigh the stress. So how can you achieve a beautiful new home design without...

Your Home Can Be A Stress-Free Beautiful Sanctuary With 7 Easy Ideas

Your home is much more than just bricks and mortar; it can be a stress-free beautiful sanctuary. It’s a space where you should feel safe and calm, even when the rest of the world is chaotic. After a long and difficult day at work, your home should be a serene and...
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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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