Outdoor Living

Creating A Lush Garden In A Dry Climate

Creating A Lush Garden In A Dry Climate

Creating a lush garden in a dry climate is perfectly achievable with a few simple tips. Everyone wants a lush, green and vibrant garden so I’ve come up with some ways in which you can achieve it. The most vital elements to creating a lush garden is water. Very few plants flourish when they are placed in an environment which keeps them hot and dry. With water being a huge part of their structure, they simply can’t live without it, and even the hardiest will often lose their colour. When you’re trying to create a beautiful garden, this can be…

Step-By-Step Home Swimming Pool Installation

Step-By-Step Home Swimming Pool Installation

Home swimming pool installation is a professional undertaking that requires expertise and the right conditions. However, if you at least have a step-by-step guide to follow you’ll know your home swimming pool installation will be a success. Whether you’re looking for an indoor pool or an outdoor pool for your home the process of home swimming pool installation is pretty simple. After all, there’s no better way than to get fit, de-stress, and have aa social life than with your very own pool. Indeed, there’s just something about swimming that lifts one’s spirit more than most pursuits.  Swimming isn’t just…

Most Popular Australian Landscaping Trends

Most Popular Australian Landscaping Trends

Australian landscaping trends aren’t just for Aussies. Our international writer, Diana Smith, shares her tips on the best Australian landscaping trends for you to try in your own home. Landscaping and gardening are two very popular hobbies all over the world and Australia is no different. It’s great for the body and the soul and it brings many other benefits as well. So I wanted to share with you some of my favourite Australian landscaping trends. Having a simple lawn and a few flowerbeds can become a bit boring after a few years, but these Australian landscaping trends will certainly…

Sea Activities for Fun and Fitness

Sea Activities for Fun and Fitness

Sea activities can be as easy or as challenging as you desire. From a gentle frolick, swimming with the dog or a competitive ‘jetty-to-jetty’ water race, being in and around the sea brings many health benefits. The ocean is vast, and it is one of the first places we all run to when the summer comes around. Sea activities give you an endorphin boost and expose your body to Vitamin D, which the body requires almost daily. Swimming in the sea and being on the beach is the epitome of summer fun, and the atmosphere on the coast is always…

Easy Ways to Add More Storage in a Small House

Easy Ways to Add More Storage in a Small House

Do you want to add more storage to your small home? With a few slick tips it will be easier than you thought. In fact, it is probably easier for you to add more storage than if you had a complete clear-out. However, the rules of decluttering do still apply because an organised home with clean surfaces is also good for your soul. True fact! Add More Storage with… Hooks The hook is the ideal choice for those who are challenged spatially. Try and embrace the look of the hook around your home. You can have coat hooks in the…

Foolproof Moving House Tips for A Hassle-Free Day

Foolproof Moving House Tips for A Hassle-Free Day

Moving house is a big step in any family’s life, but it’s also one that requires a lot of careful planning and consideration.So you’ll love these foolproof moving house tips to help you. You’re probably very eager to pack your things and move away to start an adventure in a new place, but you need to avoid being too hasty when it comes to weighing up your many options. Moving house can be very costly and stress-inducing, but there are ways to alleviate these burdens. This should be an exciting experience, and a clearly-structured plan will help to ensure that….

Essential Kitchen Rules to Support Healthy Eating

Essential Kitchen Rules to Support Healthy Eating

Essential kitchen rules will help you to make healthy eating decisions and support your overall health and fitness goals. While most people may dream of getting their diet on track, it does take action to transform your health and lifestyle. Of course, things are rarely quite so simple. Dietary changes can prove surprisingly difficult to put into effect. In a world of chocolates, wine, processed gourmet microwave meals, and all kinds of other culinary temptations, bad essential kitchen rules are designed to lure us off the straight and narrow path. Of course, there are things you can do to streamline…

Garden Comfort: 5 Ways To Make Your Outside Space Liveable

Garden Comfort: 5 Ways To Make Your Outside Space Liveable

Garden comfort allows us to utilise outdoor spaces as an extension of our indoor spaces. With just a few tips and ideas, your outdoor area will have a desired level of garden comfort for you to enjoy for longer. When it comes to making the most of your garden, comfort is an essential consideration. Regardless of whether your outdoor space is a balcony, patio, courtyard or bigger garden, the level of garden comfort will denote how useful is the space. Now is a great time to start thinking about maximizing the comfort in your garden. If you begin to plan…

Exercise Myth-Busters for When It’s A Real Chore

Exercise Myth-Busters for When It’s A Real Chore

Exercise myth-busters are required when you KNOW you should go to the gym or workout but you make excuses like “I just did the vacuming” or “my gym gear is dirty”. Sorry, those poor excuses won’t cut it. I mean, exercise isn’t housework so why think of it as a chore? Embrace it. Here’s how. Right, it’s time to hit the gym again. Oh, but wait there, don’t you have that thing? You know the one that you can’t miss? If you think you can put off going to the gym with some lame excuse, think again with some exercise…

Style Ideas For The Perfect Garden Party

Style Ideas For The Perfect Garden Party

The perfect garden party is achievable by even the most inexperienced host. All you need are a few expert tips, a little energy and heaps of your own personality. Here’s how to style your own perfect garden party. When Summer is here it’s time for numerous fabulous garden parties. But is your garden underwhelming? Then it’s time you set about creating space for the perfect garden party to host the night time gatherings or daytime barbecues you desire. When it comes to improving your garden with a sense of style that all of your guests will be envious of, what…

Next Level Garden: Tips To Up The Awesome this Summer

Next Level Garden: Tips To Up The Awesome this Summer

Your next level garden is within reach with a little imagination, some planning and, of course, great style tips from Don’t Call Me Penny. You’re welcome 😉 Now, it’s not overly difficult to get a presentable garden or even a next level garden. Ensure the grass is green and trim, that the garden and patio areas are cleaned up, and you have a table and chairs. At this point you’re essentially ready to bask in the sunshine in a fairly acceptable way. But when it comes to loving summer the proper way, then who wants to settle for ‘acceptable’? Not…

Mastering The Art of Home Maintenance

Mastering The Art of Home Maintenance

Are you interested in mastering the art of home maintenance? When many of us think of doing a spot of DIY, mowing the lawn on a Sunday afternoon or fixing a leaky tap, we feel like we are the kings and queens of home maintenance. We might be a tad handy with a spanner, know our way around a flat pack and can spend hours savouring the joys of weeding the garden. However, while you might be a dab hand at the small jobs and you can make a brief foray into the world of home maintenance, what about those…

Builders From Hell… and How To Banish Them

Builders From Hell… and How To Banish Them

Builders from hell are the biggest stress point for people building and renovating a home. As an Interior Designer, I speak with clients who have had awful experiences (luckily not with anyone I have recommended). So what can you do? Choosing the right contractor is vital when you’re building or renovating a house. You need to spend time comparing quotes and asking for recommendations from previous customers to make sure that they’re reliable… and not builders from hell. Even then, there’s the chance that their work won’t be up to scratch or, in some cases, might not be finished. If…

Is it Time for You to Tidy Up Your Outdoor Space?

Is it Time for You to Tidy Up Your Outdoor Space?

Tidying up your outdoor space is not the huge chore it might sound like. If you’re tired of not being able to use your garden and outdoor space properly because of the lack of real attention you’ve paid to it up to now, it’s time to change all that. There are so many things you can do to make the right changes, and they’ll make the space not only more attractive but also more functional for you and your entire family. So read on to find out how to approach this. Make Your Exterior Walls Look Fresh Again The first…

Four Fab + Fun Ways To Get Fit Forever

Four Fab + Fun Ways To Get Fit Forever

You have always been a slave to a fad diet or short term fitness place; nothing seems to work for you and you’re beginning to lose faith in the meaning of the word healthy. The truth is that you need to approach healthy living with a long term approach, instead of these quick fixes that are plastered all over the tabloid magazines. Switch up your mindset and make it your new lifestyle choice; you will save yourself from injuries, unhealthy food obsessions and you will feel more motivated to stick to your new plan. There is no quick and easy…