Hello! Allow me to introduce myself: My name is Michael Penney and I’ve got a thing for decorating. Okay maybe it’s a little more than a thing because it’s pretty much what I eat, breathe, and sleep. I can’t help getting excited about a swatch of patterned fabric or lose an hour arranging and rearranging a bunch of paint chips into a bunch of fun new palettes. I spend my days walking around taking snap shots of beautiful details in the world around me and I can’t stop junk shopping for my latest treasure.
This is pretty much how it’s always been with me. I started young and never looked back. When I was in University I took a deep breath and started fresh by making design my career of choice. I poured all of my energy into practicing my decorating skills and read and read and read every book and magazine I could get my hands on. I reached out to the design community and followed every lead. And guess what – it worked.
I started fresh again when I took an internship with House & Home Magazine and eventually became a full fledged Style Editor. I literally spend every day decorating and working with designers. Can you believe it? I branched out and began blogging for houseandhome.com and then started filming segments for House & Home Online TV. And now for the next deep breath – the next fresh beginning.
It’s time for a new place to get your decorating fill and be inspired with gorgeous ideas. It’s time for me to clear my throat and speak up about what I love about design and why I love it. Trust me, it’s not about flash. It’s not about the ‘taste police’ and listing a bunch of decorating don’ts so that all you’re left with is bland beige rooms with no soul or character. On the contrary, Michael Penney Style is all about personal expression and letting you come out in your rooms. It’s about exploring places and ideas that make you giddy with excitement for your home.
So let’s explore together. Pull up a chair, put up your feet and get comfortable. Transforming your home into something beautiful is an exciting journey I can’t wait to take along with you.
Michael Penney – your friendly neighbourhood decorator