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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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How Modern Concrete Can Transform Your Home And Garden

When it comes to designing or upgrading your home, choosing even modern concrete can often be cast aside. Don't think concrete is plain, too industrial and not creative. It's fabulous! Modern concrete can be an excellent option for a versatile and reliable material...

Common Household Issues (and their solutions)

There are many common household issues that you might encounter as a homeowner or renter. How you respond to problems around the house my depend on your ability to fix them. Common household issues can often be an alarming experience that seems pretty tricky to...

Creating A Beautiful Office In Which You’ll Love To Work

Your beautiful office should be a place where you feel you’re most productive as well as relaxed and calm. You want to put your best into your work, and your surroundings will have an impact on that.  Create a beautiful office, either at home or in another space,...

A Stitch In Time: Home Repairs That Require Immediate Attention

Every homeowner knows that faults will surface from time to time. Given the array of other responsibilities in your life, falling into the trap of putting off home repairs until another day is very easily done. In truth, there are many situations where putting off...

Eco Home Transformation and Creating A Haven To Love

Are you seeking an eco home transformation? In recent years, there has been a noticeable shift towards eco-friendly living. Headlines warn of trouble ahead, documentaries highlight issues such as plastic pollution in our oceans and deforestation. Having an...

A Magazine Worthy Makeover for Every Home Is Achievable

If you're like me, you'll love seeing magazine worthy homes in the multitude of places from which we find inspiration. Think those looks are out of reach? Not any more. There’s nothing worse than sitting in your living room chair, browsing the pages of a magazine,...

7 Modern Smart Appliances For Your Kitchen

A modern kitchen needs smart appliances that look good AND make life easier. Not all smart appliances need to be connected to the internet... some just make life better. The kitchen is often ‘the hub’ of the home. So it makes sense that it’s well equipped with...

Vintage Embroidery To Enhance Your Existing Decor

It’s hard to deny the timeless quality vintage embroidery pieces bring to your home. Their distinct properties and personalities bring your home to life in a way contemporary pieces can’t. However, some vintage pieces seem to be more popular than others, whether it’s...

In Case of Home Emergencies: Disaster Preparedness Tips

Home emergencies and disasters are inevitable. Whether it is something extreme like a house fire or flooding, to having a broken window, it pays to be prepared and know what you will do and when. Of course, even though home emergencies are inevitable, there is no...

The Interior Decor That Works In Every Type Of Home

Interior decor is as personal as it is varied. There are almost... almost no rules when it comes to personal taste. However, if you're a novice decorator, there are some interior decor ideas that are fool-proof. We want our homes to look good and feel safe, and for a...

Asbestos Signs In Your Home (and how to tackle it)

Asbestos signs can be recognized if you know what to look for. Here, I have chosen three common asbestos signs in your home and how you can tackle removing it safely. Your home is your castle. And like any castle, it needs to be fortified against invaders. From...

5 Home Safety Tips You Should Never Forget

Home safety tips should never be forgotten because your home should always feel like a safe place. A few simple tips around food, housekeeping and electrical will help you create a safer environment for your family. When you think of staying safe at home, the first...

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....
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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.

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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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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?

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