Joanna Anastasia

Cottage summer decorating – 2021 home tour

Welcome to my summer home tour! It’s finally the summer home tour week, and I’m already blown away with all the beautiful homes shared by my friends! If you’re coming here from Lucy at Craftberry Bush, welcome, I’m so happy you’re here!

Now before we start, grab yourself an iced coffee and remember- my home is not always clean, there are currently two messy offices ( mine and my hubby’s ) not shown in the tour and kids rooms are a disaster as always! I just figured you should know 🙂

I painted our front door last year for winter and to be honest I have already bought yellow paint to switch it up for the summer- but with all the renovations we have been doing and the ORC it simply got pushed away. I still love red though so who knows maybe it’ll actually stay that way a little bit longer? Though I did update an old wreath with some yellow & pink flowers and a Cricut made “Welcome” sign! It makes me smile every single time now!

Our kitchen, dining room and living room are actually one open space – so let’s start with the kitchen and dining area shall we?

Our dining table is right in the middle, with doors leading on to the patio on one side, and my floral hutch on the other. I’m pretty obsessed with ceramics, mugs and china so this hutch is one of my favourite things in here- and feels so summery now!

I made this ” pick your own strawberries” sign two weeks ago for my kitchen with my Cricut, added some fresh flowers and took out my favourite floral dishware- little summery updates that feel so fresh!

And the biggest change happened in our living room! I have always dreamed about a white sofa so when Cozy have asked me if I’d like to test their new ship-in-the-box sofa I jumped on the occasion! I always loved living rooms with two sofas side by side, and now it just looks so cozy and comfy in here! And honestly, this sofa is so comfy and was a breeze to put together!

Disclaimer – I received this sofa as a gift, but my enthusiasm and opinions are completely my own!

As you can see I decided to style this space with mostly coastal vibes – I really miss the sea, and there’s no beach vacation in my near future so at least these cool breezy vibes here make up for it! With white and blue colour scheme, coastal art, and lot’s of flowers and plants this calm space feel like vacation – but at home! And the new white sofa is my new favourite spot for sipping iced coffee in the morning while my toddler plays and the nautical inspired mantel is my little girlies favourite feature!

I painted this sea scene on my mantel and added a piece of framed nautical wallpaper and a little diy wreath- I feel it adds just the right dose of interest to the room now!

And then if we go to our bedroom you’ll see that I found a perfect thrift find for above my bed- because here to I went for subtil coastal vibes- with blue throw pillows it feels perfect for summer!

And here are some simple ideas that you can implement in your home for a fresh summer decor:

  1. Paint your front door a fresh new colour
  2. Decide on a new colour palette for your living room- pillows and textiles are a great way to change a vibe of a room! Blue and white, green and pink, or simply white for summer are always a great choice!
  3. Add a summer sign to your kitchen or living space
  4. Switch up decorative pillows and throws in your bedroom
  5. Look for nautical art in thrift store
  6. Buy fresh flowers
  7. Display colorful mugs and plates in your kitchen
  8. Add some new potted plants
  9. Upcycle an old wreath
  10. Add floral wallpaper in an unexpected place

With all that I hope I have inspired you to add some fresh summer touches to your home too! Because loving a home and making it ours shouldn’t wait for the time when all the renovations are done, kids have grown, and everything is perfect- the time is now, and you deserve to live in a home that makes you smile and feel happy! And now, enjoy the tour of Willow Street Interiors, Laura has a gorgeous home that I’m sure you’ll love! And make sure to see the other beautiful home tours too!

This week I’m joining some of my talented blogging friends for the Summer Seasonal Simplicity Home Tour Series! Each day from Monday through Thursday six bloggers are sharing part of their homes all ready for summer. Be sure to enjoy all of the beautiful inspiration for adding a little summer to your home by visiting the links under the images below.

Sharing with me today…


Life is Better at Home // Rambling Renovators // Hallstrom Home

Craftberry Bush // JoAnna Anastasia // Willow Street Interiors

And sharing the rest of this week…


The Happy Housie // Inspiration for Moms // She Gave it a Go

Home Made Lovely // A Pop of Pretty // Life is a Party


Cassie Bustamante // Finding Silver Pennies // Deeply Southern Home

Nina Hendrick // Maison de Cinq // Clean & Scentsible


A Pretty Life // My Sweet Savannah // Fynes Designs

House by Hoff // Lemon Thistle // Dans le Lakehouse

Best rugs for kids spaces- and updates of ORC week 5

I can’t believe it’s already ORC week 5 ! The wallpaper is up, the furniture is painted, and the most gorgeous rug has arrived on time! Woohoo!

Now, before I show you the updates I wanted to take a minute to chat rugs in kids spaces. I know this is somehow unconventional for many- I heard ppl say that a rug in kids space gets dirty way too often, that kids make too much mess for a rug and that cleaning play dough from a rug is nightmare. And while the last one may be true I still believe that every room in a home benefits from a rug!

Here’s why:

  • A rug grounds and defines a space.
  • Well sized rig will make a room look both bigger and more put together.
  • In colder climates it makes a room warmer and floor play much more comfortable.
  • Rug design can completely change a room without having to change furniture or paint.

So when choosing a rug for my daughter’s room I knew that she likes playing on the floor, that she’s big enough not to try to paint or use play dough on it and that she loves colours. With that in mind I decided for a colorful soft ands playful one from Mohawk Home.

And if you’re planning your kids room too, I rounded some other great choices:

Pink area rug

Neutral and blue area rug

Cream and neutral area rug

Navy blue area rug

Creamy white area rug

Colorful forest area rug

Floral area rug

Dark pink area rug

And as for the updates in my daughter’s room.. I’ll share only a little sneak peek for now! You’ll have to wait to see what rug I have chosen for this room and how the painted furniture look with that colorful wallpaper – stay tuned! I

Disclaimer- Mohawk Home is my partner for ORC, all opinions and enthusiasm are completely my own!

Change of plans- ORC week 3

It’s end of week 3 of One Room Challenge and I actually decided to change the plans a little bit! I was going for a two tone color palette of pinks and blues when I realized that it feels very.. flat!

So let me show you my new plan:

Literally last minute I came to conclusion that I can’t go with blue anymore. And I was supposed to paint both the large armoire blue and the shelf over my daughters desk. But as I was in my local small decor boutique getting paint for the armoire- I decided to go for sage green instead of the pale blue I had planned in the beginning. And let me tell you- the sage green looks so much better! The moment I started painting that armoire I knew that a more complex color palette is where it’s at! And it’s funny really because I have never decorated with green before! And while my daughter is a little bit disappointed it’s not pink – I think that the room will be girly enough with the all pink bed and the canopy! I still need to finish painting the bed but I can’t wait to show you how the painted pieces turned out next week! And the following week it’s time to put up the wallpaper up!

I’ll show you more progress photos next week, so stay tuned!

How to pick the right wallpaper for kids room- ORC week 2

The beginning of every project starts with deep cleaning -and this week of One Room Challenge it was exactly what what I was doing. Cleaning the closets, organizing the clothes, deciding which toys stay and which go. Nothing picture perfect nor even inspiring- just a lot of clothes folding and barbies cleaning!

But I’m really happy because this mean now I can move the furniture out of this room that didn’t work well inhere, and bring in the new/old armoire and start painting it next week! Oh and also, since we liberated the space we can put up the wallpaper too! Woohoo!

Which brings me to the subject of choosing a fun and whimsical and timeless wallpaper for kids rooms! Not an easy task taking in consideration how kids interests change and how once you put a real wallpaper up you better love it because it’s not going down that easy ( not to mention the fact that the good thing is usually not cheap either!

But I love how much character and depth a wallpaper can add to the room! It’s actually the easiest way to make a room feel finished and interesting!

So when Wallpaper Direct agreed to collaborate with me on this project, I have spend days upon days on their website trying to choose the best wallpaper that would fit my girl, her character, this room light, and the decor plan!

While I have finally set up for the colorful fairies one, there where so many others that I absolutely loved that I decided I’ll do a small round up for you, and maybe that way I could help you choosing wallpaper for your kids room!

  1. Colorful fairies wallpaper
  2. Black and white fairies wallpaper
  3. Cactus flower wallpaper
  4. Little pink flower wallpaper
  5. Asian fruit and flower wallpaper
  6. Blue Anemone wallpaper
  7. Yellow tulips wallpaper
  8. Animal alphabet
  9. Madagascar green wallpaper
  10. Bunnies and flowers wallpaper

If I could I would choose each and every one of them! Let me know if you decide to use any of these ok? I’d love too see them in a cute kids room!

Disclosure; I have been gifted with wallpaper from Wallpaper Direct but all opinions and enthusiasm remain entirely my own!

Whimsical & magical bedroom makover- ORC week one

It’s this time of year again! Spring is in the air, may showers ar among us and One Room Challenge is starting yet again! In the past years I joined this ultimate decor blogging event twice- for my sons nursery 2.5 years ago and for a basement bathroom 2 years ago.

Meanwhile we moved to our new home, that I have been non stop renovating with my hubby for 7 months now- and while we don’t have a major gut job to show you during the next week I still decided to join in on the challenge! Let me show you why!

My middle daughter’s bedroom is well liked on Instagram- and while it does have cute vibes going on, in real life it’s the most messy room in the entire house! Sure, she’s a kid, but her room was also taken over by Barbies, toys and have basically lost a battle with a creative , crafty and naturally messy kid. Though the main reason is lack of proper organisation.

So here’s how her room looks now- without being cleaned, staged and prepared for photos. The toys have completely taken over, the big dolls are scattered around without a proper spot , barbie corner is a disaster the desk is a huge pile of mess and her bookcase is serving anything but books.

So the main issue I’ll be addressing here is lack of organisation. Secondly, while her room is cute it’s not very cohesive- it feels more like a set of corners.

But I do have a plan!

First, let me show you the moodboard:

As you can see my daughter loves pink- and a lot of colours together for that matter. And since it’s her room I had to take her likes and dislikes in consideration-so all white, graige, black and gray colours and ideas got a definite no no from her. Little lady insisted on pinks, blues, yellows and unicorns..

So, here’s exactly what I’m going to tackle over the next couple of weeks:

  • I’ll add a wall of whimsical wallpaper that will drive interest to one main focal point and set a cohesive tone
  • I’ll switch her current bed for a wood one I will paint ( her current bed can be shortened in to a toddler size bed and her brother is ready for it as he’s outgrowing his crib- while the new bed will add more character and old europe vibe here.
  • I’ll add a large rug that will ground the room and pull it together.
  • I’ll move barbies to the basement playroom – where there’s a whole piece of furniture currently standing empty, perfect for organizing barbies.
  • I’ll be organizing her desk space with shelves and hanging pencil bins somy little creative can still easily draw and paint but also easily clean up.
  • I’ll be moving the bookshelf to her big sis room- who actually has a lot of books that she can’t fit now.
  • I’ll be bringing an Ikea armoire from her sis room, adding shelves inside and painting it – that will be great for hidden toys storage and keeping things looking clean.
  • Adding more baskets for her treasures.
  • And lastly, organizing a designated space for her big dolls ( that apparently just can’t ” live in the playroom” )

I’m really excited about this room update! Let’s get started!

And, if you also struggle with your kids room organisation and decor, stay tuned! I think this makeover will be so fun- and hopefully it’ll lead to an organized & clean room for my little Rose!

Colorful girls bedroom reveal

After living here for almost 8 months I think it’s safe to say that this whimsical bedroom belonging to my daughter Lili is almost done! We’re still missing better clothes organisation in her closet and her desk is always a mess waiting for better ways to organize her school work ( hence, you won’t see it in the photos.. sorry!) but at least her sleeping/playing & reading areas are all done and ready to share!

A while ago I shared in here how I made her this reading nook– with the canopy , floor pillow and my little DIY library on wheels! Well I’m happy to report that this little corner is getting plenty of use these days! Especially since we subscribed ourselves to our local library and every week now we come home with a bag full of books. Now all the library books stay in her cart on wheels next to her reading nook and nothing ever gets lost!

Also I added more cute decals above her bed too- we got them from Poppylu – and my Lili is obsessed with them! Probably because purple is still her favourite colour- though also because they’re a perfect touch of whimsy for this fairy loving girl of mine!

As for her bed, it’s made with the Beddy’s bedding set- a lifesaver when it comes to keeping kids beds in place and all made- and a XO pillow I made per my daughter’s request with my Cricut.

And while my daughter is not a preeteen just yet it’s interesting to see how books and friends are taking place of dolls and toys.. Time passes so fast mamas, it’s all true what they say, they really grow too fast! I have a feeling that in a year or two we’ll be revamping this room for a pree teen that will inevitably live here soon- but for now, whimsy and cute it is, and I’m not mad about it one bit !

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