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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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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...

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...

Owner Builder – Make It An Eco-Friendly New Home

When you're an owner builder, building your own home is a huge challenge. However, there are a lot of benefits. The best thing about being an owner builder is that you can customize your home. This provides you with a great opportunity to make your home more...

Two Kitchen Up-Date Ideas You’ll Love

Kitchen up-date ideas come in thick and fast as home owners embrace installing a new kitchen. Ideas come thick and fast with renovation shows displaying more new ideas than you can count. However, here are two kitchen up-date ideas that are popular... and easy. In my...

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?...

Using Travel For Creative Inspiration… now THAT’S inspiring

From where do you get your creative inspiration? One of the most beautiful things about traveling is coming home with fabulous creative inspiration. The longer you are away, the more you see, taste, talk and experience leaving you brimming with creativity. But what...

The Quick And Easy Ways You Can Modernise Your Home

We spend a lot of money on our homes. It is, of course, the biggest purchase we can make in our lifetime. However, sometimes we can only afford to buy the property, and then have to wait until we save before we can make some home improvements. Modernise your home now...

Work From Home? Save Money With 6 Great Ideas

The desire to work from home has become increasingly popular over the past few years. There are many reasons why this choice is preferred, from lack of commutes to control over work hours. But how can you also save money while setting up your home office? While many...

Your Best Stress-Free Squad for Moving House

Kim Kardashian may have a Glam Squad, however the new buzz is for a Stress-Free Squad. Your Stress-Free Squad are the people and professionals you trust to help you through stressful times. And moving house is one of the most stressful activities for many people. But...

How To Check If Your Home Removal Company Is The Best

Finding a reputable home removal company can be the most stressful part of moving house. Use this checklist to ensure you use a company that will take the very best care of your valuables... and you. There is much to consider when you're moving home. You have to...

Home Moving Tips for a Stress-Free Relocation

One of the most stressful times in life is home moving. There are many factors to consider, and it can cause sleepless nights while you prepare. There is a great deal of work involved in managing the home moving process, from hunting down your new home to packing up...

Blissful Backyard Beautifications to Make This Summer

Blissful backyard beautifications are here. When summer time falls in front of your feet, you always want to make the most of the warmer weather and longer days. Beautifying your garden couldn’t have come at a better time, but you need a little bit of inspiration...

Planet Saving Interior Design Ideas for a Sustainable Future

Interior design ideas that help preserve the planet are more popular than ever before. If you want to make some changes in your home, chances are, you’re looking to be eco-friendly with your new look. As climate change becomes a reality we’re confronted with...

13 Ways To Get Fuller Lips Without Surgery

Soft, gorgeous fuller lips! Do you wish you had a full pout, worthy of a Kardashian, but don’t want to go under the knife for it? Here are thirteen simple ways to boost your lips, to get or fake the pout you’ve always dreamed of. Fuller lips without the surgery....

Two Simple Improvements To Help You Love Where You Live

Two simple improvements will help you to love your home again. You don’t have to settle for a house that feels uncomfortable and unwelcoming. It's official... love where you live is the modern mantra. A few small and simple improvements will help to get you on the...

Moving House Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

Moving house mistakes are common because moving house isn’t always a straightforward undertaking. While many people believe that you have to simply pack up your belongings and transport them to your new home, the reality is much more complicated. There are many...

Saving The Hassle Of Moving Into A New Place

While all of us know that moving to a new place is often exciting, it’s not always the most pleasurable idea. But why is this? Largely, because we know that this will often be quite a stressful time. Not only do we have to start from scratch in a new environment,...

From Horrible To Haven in The Bedroom

Your bedroom should be a haven of tranquility, an oasis of calm and rest in a crazy world. Somewhere to sleep, to reconnect with your partner and get away from it all. Instead, like many households, your bedroom is the very last room in the house to get the attention...

The Importance of Proper Waste Disposal

Waste disposal isn't a pretty or sexy subject when it comes to an interior design blog. However, if you want to live in a beautiful home on a beautiful planet, then your waste disposal regime is vital. Here's what may happen if you DON'T take charge of your own waste...

7 Ways To Create A Greener Home… environmentally that is

We are very privileged to live in a world that we do today. However, having a greener home is more necessary than ever. We can use the energy around us to drive, to make things, to enjoy light when it should be dark. We get to build houses rapidly so that we all have...

Understanding What Burglar Alarms Need To Do

Burglar alarms have become an integral component in most homes. People recognise that the need to protect their assets is unfortunately more important than ever before. Thankfully, the security industry has evolved over the past few years. Burglar alarms are more...

10 Easy Home Security Tips To Keep Your Family Safe

The house you live in is much more than just a building to rest your head. It should also act as a retreat, protecting you from all of the bad that goes on in the rest of the world. When you move into a new home, you want it to feel just as safe and secure as the old...

Will You Be Saving Money If You Move House?

Saving money is a priority for most people especially where buying or renting a home is concerned. If there is a positive side to the stress and expense of moving house, I'm sure you'll want to hear about it. Are you saving money to rent or buy a home? It’s easy to...

Tackling Stress When You Are Faced With Big Life Events

Tackling stress isn't necessarily intuitive. Depending on many factors, including childhood development, tackling stress can be extremely difficult for many people. So I've identified some stress triggers and ways of coping. There are a few events in life that have a...

Complete Guide To Hiring A Builder for Your Home

As an interior designer, I am used to hiring a builder on behalf of my clients. Whilst I tend to work with a small group of builders and tradies I know and trust, how can you find the best builder for your home? How do you know who to trust? To start with, understand...
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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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