Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A Little Bit of Country and Coast - A Guest Post

Wanna go a little inland with me today ladies?   I'd like to introduce you to Deanne from Five Brothers One Sister Deanne has a fantastic sense of style and I thought you might like to  see some of her fabulous creations and styling ideas.  Over at Deanne's you will find a gorgeous pool house, some fabulous ways with maps, lots of coastal styling and some fabulous creations that have come out of her gorgeously refurbished sewing room.

Hi I'm Deanne,
 I live in beautiful northern NSW on 3 acres, 20km from the town my husband and I grew up in.
After living in the city for 8 years we moved "home" to raise our family.
On my blog I call my husband VCH, short for Very Clever Husband, 
because that's what he is- he turns my ideas, dreams and designs into reality.
We have been married for 22 years and 

have 6 beautiful children, 5 boys and one little girl- hence the name of my blog.

I have a passion for making a house a home,
 but as we are a single income, home schooling family
I have a very limited budget so I like to call my style more dash than cash. 

I love nothing better than finding an old piece of furniture at an op shop, garage sale or on the side of the road and doing it up or making it into something else,

or just sticking it with all it's rustic charm into the perfect spot in my home. 


We have lived here for 11 years 
When we moved in,we had 3 little boys. 
Now they are teens and we have three more children. 

Our house has had to evolve and change with our family's growth and needs. 

Last year VCH with the help of the kids, transformed our garage into a 

 games room,

adding  a bedroom and 

bathroom and 


  converting a large room at the back of the garage into two bedrooms for our oldest boys.
I was on hand to paint and decorate.
My favourite paint colour is Antique White USA by Dulux.

I love decorating with:



chalkboard paint, 


polka dots and 


as well as maps 

and coastal things.

My other loves are


organising parties

 a little, very simple sewing 


and craft.
My motto in all things is that it has to be simple, quick and easy.
I hope you have enjoyed a little glimpse into life over at five brothers one sister and will pop in for a visit.
Thank you Carolyn for allowing me to be your guest today.

Well that's my absolute pleasure Deanne, your home and ideas are so inspiring.  I hope you will pop over to Deanne's to see more of her fabulous stuff.

Today I am partying here
White Wednesday
Share the Love Wednesday
Home Made by You
Wow Us Wednesdays
DIY Dreamer
DIY By Design
Fine Craft Guild
Whatever Goes Wednesday
No Minimalist Here
Adventures in Dinner
Transformation Thursday
Live Laugh Rowe
House of Hepworths
52 Mantels
A Crafty Soiree
Feathered Nest Friday
Inspiration Friday
Katherine's Corner
Flaunt it Friday
Show and Tell Friday
Simply Designing
Miss Mustard Seed
Sassy Sites
One Artsy Mama
Sunday Show Off
Seasonal Sundays
Sunday Scoop
Sunday Showcase
Home Maker on a Dime
Lines Across
Coastal Charm
Metamorphosis Monday
Tabletop Tuesday
Cowgirl Up
Take a Look Tuesday
Tuesday Talent Show


  1. What a beautiful post! Deanne has a LOT of talent and a wonderful sense of style. With 6 kids and a husband to care for, I think I would be bouncing off the walls of a rubber room right now, but Deanne does it in a way that makes it seem effortless. The garage conversion is fabulous! Gorgeous tile in the bathroom. Wow...there must be some REALLY big garages in Australia to carve all those rooms out of it!!! The poolside chairs are really cute, too, and I just LOVE that white bedspread. Great idea to have guest posts, Carolyn! You're off to a fantastic start with this one!!!

    1. Well thanks Alycia isn't her style gorgeous.

  2. Hi, Carolyn and Deanne!!!
    I loved your home what a great idea to have that little "cot" by the pool!!!
    For sure I will come to your blog and check the simple, quick and easy stuff you share!!!
    I also love cooking and I am trying hard to decorate my house on a limited budget.

  3. what a lovely post.. a lovely person & a great blog. deanne is an inspiration! LOVE your pool room deanne.

  4. Lovely! Such inspiration :)
    Greetings from sunny Qld♥

  5. Deanne has some great ideas. A wonderful post from both of you. Leahx

  6. Wonderful ideas!! I love "photo-less" frames and the shears. Both of these ideas look perfect for our beach home that we are in the market for.
    Love your blog and I'll be back... I'm your newest follower.
    Ladybug Creek

  7. Thanks for featuring Deanne, Carolyn - I love the conversions that she has made to her house, with the garage and her pool house.

    I don't know how she does it with six children - I have a hard enough time wrangling one!

  8. Wow, what inspiration. I love those pretty white bed linens.
    Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,

  9. That pool house is absolutely charming! Thanks so much for sharing Deanne's ideas! Angie

  10. what an adorable home. so charming. thank you for the feature.

  11. Deanne
    Absolutely beautiful post and pics:) And I must say her party pics are really worth drooling over, shame you can't taste the treats:)
    Carolyn, Lovely blog, delighted to have found you.

  12. I LOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVE the net idea over the picnic table. how arabian tent like is that!! what a great way to keep flies off. I often see nets cheap, but dont need one in the house, going to get one now so we can sit under a tree somewhere in the summer. what a top idea, thanks for sharing!!!
    nic (3 brothers and 2 sisters)

  13. Ohhhhhhh another gorgeous blog to follow and she has so many boys too!
    Thanks for introducing us Carolyn and yes it is me calling you. It probably comes up a s a blocked number and you dont have a message bank! xxx

  14. Carolyn you just KNEW I would love this blog! Thank you for sharing and I'm off to check it out now xox

  15. How blessed you are to have a pool and a beautiful pool house. You've done a nice job on your decorating....very pretty.

  16. Carolyn, What a beautiful post! I love your little pool house and wish I was sitting by your pool eating those beautiful cupcakes. Happy Pink Saturday. ~Marti

  17. Happy Pink Saturday Carolyn Sweetie...
    OMG thank you so much for bringing Deanne in as a guest today. What treasures she has at her home. Beautiful children, and such a gorgeously decrated home and yard. I love the pool house, that is so darn clever, what a wonderful place to congregate and get out of the sun when you need to, but still be part of the celebration.

    Love those benches from recycled fence wood. They are just priceless. I also adored those pots that were painted with chalkboard paint, so each could easily be labeled.

    The kids rooms that were decorated, just spilled of sunshine. What talents Deanne has.

    Have a glorious weekend Carolyn and thank you again for the share of your dear blogger friend. Many country hugs, Sherry

  18. Sooo pretty! Happy Pink Saturday!

    My Pink, I am also inviting you to link up with my color Connection meme.

  19. I love all the sweet touches!

    Happy pink Saturday, Happy Derby Day and ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

    Please stop by and enter my celebrate spring/moms giveaway.

  20. Absolutely gorgeous!

    My Pink, have a great weekend!

  21. A wonderful post, I have enjoyed everything you have shared with us. I love what you did with the garage, like a new apartment! Wow, you make everything look so easy with 6 beautiful children too!! Great! Hugs,

  22. What a wonderful guest post! I will be popping over to Deanna's blog as it looks like it will always be interesting. I just love the room out by the pool!
    Thanks for pointing us in the right direction Carolyn

  23. This post speaks volumes about Deanne as it shows tremendous love for home and family as well as a tremendous amount of energy..

  24. Wow, what a beautiful post. Love the outdoor room and how you decorated it. What a wonderful place for your kids and your family to make many memories. Love it. I sew too and just posted about my sewing room. Love your sewing area. It just makes my heart happy to know that you sew!

  25. Lovely home! Lovely things! What an inspiration you are!

  26. Wow, so much creative eye candy. Gorgeous. I love it all. Thanks tons for the tour. Hugs, Marty

  27. What beautiful inspiration! Everything looks so pretty! Great post!

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