Joanna Anastasia

Cozy fall home tour

It’s that time of year again- cozy sweaters, warm apple pie, hot tea and a crisp weather on repeat! And best of all, it’s the fall home tour time! If you came here form the amazing home tour of My Sweet Savannah, welcome!

While I love all seasons we all know that fall means getting to cozy up at home- and so I always look forward to see how other bloggers decorate and make their homes extra hygge ! And I just love cozying up at home- so this season definitely means extra blankets but also fresh flowers – the best of both worlds!

And so let me welcome you inside! This time we’ll come by me kitchen side door- I just painted it the most sunny golden yellow- because I believe doors should greet us with colour! ( Seriously, painting a front door is such an easy project and makes such a big impact!)

Since you came through the side door let me welcome you in my kitchen, , all dressed for fall! A lot have change here since the last home tour- the entire floor to be exact! If you seen the summer tour, tell me isn’t it amazing the difference a floor can make? If you haven’t, let me assure you- it’s so much better now!

But coming back to my fall kitchen decor! I added some vintage finds ( the teapot that I found at my local thrift store, the little vintage glass lamp, perfect for the countertop that I just got at a yard sale and some wooden bowls) fall flowers grown locally, pumpkins from our recent visit at the pumpkin patch and candles- lot’s and lots of candles! ( I discovered these hand poured Phoenix candles and I’m obsessed!)

I also changed my kitchen art and I just love how it set’s the vibe!

Our kitchen is open to the dining space and the living room- so here I added a rough and dry grass arrangement, and of course more candles and pumpkins!

I love how the space flows and how the same elements repeat themselves while keeping everything interesting yet cozy. But let me tell you a secret- at first I planned a much more moody and rusty orange & dark green decor for fall!

But after living with it for a week or so I discovered that I can’t stand it! I mean I love pinning those ultra cozy images with lot’s of rusty tones, sepia tones and dark pops of colour. You know, the ultimate fall vibes. BUT I can’t live with those dark vibes around me- it just feel depressed for me. And fall decor is so much more than just range- fall is the bounty of fruits and flowers. Fall is the blue skies and crispy air. Fall is the coziness at home and hiking outdoors. And basically it means we can decorate our hoes in whatever hues that scream cozy for us!

So for me, as you see, fall means b&w, pinks, oranges and lots and lots of plants!

So in my living room I did hang my fall art, I added one rusty toned throw while keeping the others white, and black and white pillows mixed with pinks and neutrals. And I think it feels extra cozy without making me feel down!

The main focal point here is the fireplace that I have recently painted dark- and the big canvas art from Pretty in Polka Dots, with all the cozy fall vibes!

Now I can’t wait for the weather to really cool down so we can sit here around the fire and spend our evenings reading and sipping hot tea! Because fall is for hygge!

And now make sure to go visit Paint Me Pink and her gorgeous fall home!

This week I’m joining some of my talented blogging friends for the Fall Seasonal Simplicity Series. All week long we are sharing our homes decorated for Fall. Be sure to check out all of the beautiful inspiration by visiting today’s tours, and pop by again during the week to visit everyone else who is sharing!

Sharing with me today…

Friday

Joanna Anastasia

Paint Me Pink

Life is Better at Home

Love Create Celebrate

Tatertots and Jello

Craftberry Bush

And sharing the rest of this week…

Monday

The Happy Housie

The Tattered Pew

Jenna Kate at Home

Maison de Cinq

She Gave It A Go

Tuesday

A Pretty Life

Taryn Whiteaker Designs

Inspiration for Moms

Rambling Renovators

Grace in My Space

Nina Hendrick Design

Wednesday

Home Made Lovely

House by Hoff

Lemon Thistle

Finding Silver Pennies

A Pop of Pretty

Life is a Party

Thursday

Deeply Southern Home

Sincerely, Marie Designs

Zevy Joy

Clean & Scentsible

My Sweet Savannah

 

Vintage fall mantel decor

I’m not sure I have ever mentioned it before but ever since moving to Canada from Poland over a decade ago my favorite season became fall and not summer as it used to be – and now I’ll sound like every other immigrant but summer is really different back where I’m from. Let’s just say less heat waves and more summer breeze! But fall in Canada- now that’s the most beautiful season of all! Unlike fall in central Europe- that’s mostly of rain and more rain- here fall is beautiful, sunny and crisp! And so, I love fall most of all! And I guess that’s why decorating for fall is so fun- it’s the season for cozying up at home but also a season for enjoying the nature ( without sweat!) .

And when I stumbled upon this poem by Emily Brontë I thought it portraits perfectly well that cozy nostalgic feeling I was going for in my decor!

Emily Brontë

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night’s decay
Ushers in a drearier day.

And I so this year that vintage fall vibe has been my main inspiration- vintage finds, moody art natural elements- all that you can find in my vintage fall mantel decor that I’m sharing among twenty other talented decor bloggers!

( Make sure to go check their inspirations and ideas- I left you link below!)

Also, ever since I painted our mantel dark last month I think it looks even more cozy now- perfect for hygge months ahead! And now make sure to see what my blogging friends have been up to!

 I’m joining some of my talented blogging friends for the Fall Seasonal Simplicity Series. Today we are sharing our Fall Mantel Decor Ideas with you! Be sure to check out all of the beautiful inspiration by visiting the links under the images below.

Warm Earthy Rustic Fall Mantel Decor at The Happy Housie

Elegant Boho Fall Mantel Decor Ideas at The DIY Mommy

Fall Mantel with Dried Florals at Deeply Southern Home

Vintage Fall Mantel Decor at Rambling Renovators

A Simple Fall Mantel at Craftberry Bush

Simple and Colorful Fall Decorating Ideas for Your Mantel at The Tattered Pew

Moody Fall Mantel at Modern Glam

Vintage Fall Mantel Decor at Joanna Anastasia

Simple Modern Fall Mantel at Taryn Whiteaker

Boho Cottage Fall Mantel Ideas at Tatertots and Jello

Simple Fall Mantel at A Pretty Life

Modern Fall Mantel at Clean & Scentsible

Adding Fall Touches in the Living Room at House by Hoff

Simple Fall Mantel Decor at Maison de Cinq

My Fall Mantels: Tips for Creating a Cozy & Inviting Space at Life is Better at Home

Cozy Farmhouse Mantel Decor for Fall at She Gave it a Go

Five Minute Fall Mantel at Finding Silver Pennies

Fall Shelf Styling Two Ways at My Sweet Savannah

Simple Fall Mantel Decor at Dans le Lakehouse

Modern Boho Fall Mantel Ideas at Life is a Party

Fall Fireplace Mantel Decor at Hallstrom Home

 

Benefits of video games for a positive family dynamics

Over a decade ago when I first met my husband I had a very vocal position about video games- and it was a negative one. I used to believe they’re either silly, ugly or violent, and that there’s nothing in them that an intelligent person could like. Oh and if you’d ask me about video games and kids, the twenty something psychology graduate that I was would tell you they are harmful for the child development, Period.

Fast forward 13 years and my opinion is quite contrary! Years of observing my hubby playing harmless and imaginative video games here and there must have helped. That and lots of more recent studies that prove the contrary to what I used to belie – of course assuming you’re not going for the most violent games, and that you’re using them like other screen time- in moderation.

Reasons why video games can be good for you and your family:

  • Video Games can teach problem solving skills
  • They can help kids make friends
  • They can actually encourage playing sports and exercising
  • They can help kids develop leadership skills
  • Video games help with development of visual-spatial skills
  • Some games can spark kids creativity
  • They let kids teach their parents new skills
  • They can help develop rapid processing of sensory information
  • They can teach kids a healthy way to compete with each other
  • Ultimately video games can help with connecting with each other

I must admit I still wasn’t 100% sold on the idea of video games in our home- but then Nintendo Canada have reached out to me asking if I’d like to try their new Nintendo Switch and Super Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. I had no idea what to expect, but I agreed after seeing my hubbys excited face- and I must say, I’m so happy I did!

We had for for two weeks now, and we love it! We play together with kids on weekend evenings, and now I get how games can help with connecting with each other! Basically it feels like playing any other game together- except that this time everyone is really involved, laughing and shouting and jumping up and down- and everyone is learning something together!

The fun thing about The Switch is that we can play it on the big tv in our basement family room, in our bed by the fireplace, on the go in a car while being on the road – and believe me 4 hours in a car with kids does go much faster when they can play Animal Crossing! And hubby can play alone while I read my book in the evening.

So while I won’t call myself a gamer anytime soon, I am definitely adding video game night to our cozy family weekend plans- because a fireplace, a hot tea and a family game is another level of hygge!

And as with everything in life we have established ground rules for kids- video game time is screen time therefore kids can play only on the weekends- and hubby only in the evening after putting kids to bed. But I already learned how to be the first one on the race ( yay princess Peach ) my girls are practicing their second language skills ( as the Animal Crossing is in both French and English) and this mama is happy to say she found a new favourite family activity- playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with her kiddos!

Disclaimer- this post was brought to you by Nintendo Canada, all opinions and enthusiasm remain entirely my own!

Kitchen before and after on a budget

When we first moved here last year the kitchen was what has drawn me in to this home- and what was first on my makeover to do list! While it was renovated recently and the size of it was perfect for our family of five, some finishes where just very not me. The yellow bamboo island countertop, the lack of open shelves and most importantly the old 80ties floor tiles where on top of “annoying” list. But while I was sure I wanted to get rid of all of them and add more character to our kitchen- my budget was very limited!

I started by painting the counter top with White Appliance Epoxy Paint that still holds great after almost 6 months of everyday use! Then we took down some of the cupboards and installed simple diy shelves, and I changed the hardware from simple black to more elegant gold ones. I also painted the kitchen island with Country Chic Paint with a custom mix of Dune Grass and Crinoline- a perfect seaglass shade in my opinion!

But the worst of all was the floor- impossible to clean properly, rough on the mosaic edges and not my style. And that tile floor was all over the kitchen and dining room area- since it’s the open space we have here it felt like it was the main characteristic of the house! But after checking in with the local contractor and realizing that it would cost well over 3K to have it done by him- plus the materials- we decided to tackle it on our own!

Here’s the before:

However even though we decided to do it on our own we didn’t want to remove the entire tile floor, because first it would take eternity to diy and second it’s a very complicated and messy process if you do it alone! So we needed a floor that could easily go over the existing old tiles, that would be water resistant and that would look like wood – I’m a sucker for wood flooring in the kitchen and I was dreaming about white cabinets and wood floors for years now!

We decided to opt for the Rigid Core Engineered SPC Vinyl Plank in Toffee from Golden Select – as I have seen some of my friends also use it in their homes. It’s fully water-resistant and so it’s perfect for kitchens- and the rigid core of the slats gives high durability and resistance against scratches and dents so it’s perfect for a home full of kids and pets like ours! And best thing is that you can lay it directly over existing floor!

After:

As you see right next to the kitchen island is the rest of our open space and the dining area. I just love how the wood floor is grounding the space now and how white furniture pops now! It took my hubby and his dad less than two days to put it up, and they both said it was the easiest floor to put ever. And I justI love how easy it is to clean and how beautifully it looksnow!

I can’t wait to put it up in the hallway that’s leading to this space now- it’s such a beautiful shade and finish that I could seriously have it all over my home. And it’s a budget friendly option ( available at Costco!). So stay tuned for the entryway reveal in a month or so!

Disclaimer- this post was brought to you by Golden Select, but all opinions,enthusiasm and judgment are entirely my own!

Whimsical & magical bedroom reveal

It’s the final week of One Room Challenge and I’m so happy to show you how I transformed my daughters bedroom!

When we first moved here 10 months ago this room was painted dark brown, had old stained carpet and looked really really sad. So the first step of making it inviting was putting vinyl flooring and painting it creamy white. I then hang her gallery wall and got her the princess canopy over her old bed. I new I wanted to make it more interesting with wallpaper at some point, but since the entire house needed attention I just made her those heart decals back in the winter and called it a day. So her room was ok- cute and she liked it but but it was very unorganized and messy. And, since our house is surrounded by trees and her room is facing north it was still a very dark space to be in. If you have a shady room you can either try to lighten it up, or embrace it by adding more colour and pattern.. So this May I decided to do the latter! ORC have been a perfect motivation to finally finish it as I intended form the start, and to organize it so it can accommodate her toys, art supply and clothes. And to make it a bit cuter too!

Let me show you how it looks now! :

Another thing my little Rose asked for where COLOURS! And while at first I suggested her a pastel rainbow themed room ( all giddy with the prospect of painting a diy rainbow you see!) she said not that. What my little creative spirit had in mind was a magical colourful room full of fairies. At first I was a bit startled but then I seen that as a perfect challenge- colorful but not too overwhelming, magical but not too princessy, whimsy but being able to grow up with her- challenge accepted! So with that in mind I decided to get creative with colours and patterns! And I must say, we both love it so much now!

So I got the most whimsical wallpaper from Wallpaper Direct– and that was what have set the tone in the entire room. When choosing wallpaper I gathered my favourites ( you can see them here) and presented them to my daughter- she felt head over heels for these whimsical fairies, and that’s how our colour pallet got decided upon!

Then I reached out to my favorite furniture paint brand, Country Chic Paint,and they kindly agreed on partnering with me for this makeover. I used Sage Advice to paint over the Ikea wardrobe and the shelf over the desk, and I mixed Cricoline and Oh La La for the custom pink shade for the old wood bed I found one the side of the street 2 year ago! I just love how painted furniture and the wallpaper look together now!

However the item that really pulled this big shady room together is the rug from Mohawk Home. I just love how soft and luxurious it feels, and how amazingly it holds in place thanks to the rug pad. And the colours and design on this rug are just beyond! It looks as it was meant to be in this room!

And while we kept a lot of her things here- the idea was to update her room not to get everything new- I did add a couple of new decor pieces that really set the tone now!

First, I found the cutest daisy pillow and a pompon basket in my new favorite local boutique Fillettes et fiston – the sweetest addition according to my daughter!

Then, I got the Unicorn alphabet print from Lorna Freytag– with personalized colors so it would fit the wallpaper!

While we still need to add art supplies to her desk shelf, I’m so happy with how this room turned out- her toys are all neatly organized inside of the green wardrobe, she has the softest rug to play on the floor now and as she says, the room just feels magical!

Thank you to my sponsors for helping me putting this vision to life:

Wallpaper Direct– wallpaper

Country Chic Paint– furniture paint

Mohawk Home– rug and rug pad

Fillettes et Fiston– accessories

Lorna.Freytag– print

Other resources for accessories in this room:

PeppyLu – ballerina basket

Urban outfitters- floor pillows

HM-Unicorn head

Patio summer tour – 5 tips how to decorate outdoor space

Welcome in our outdoor space! I’m so excited to show you our patio this year- as you might remember we moved from our old house last september and this space is one I haven’t shared with you before!

One of the reasons why we decided to move here was the surroundings of our home. The huge mature trees make me feel as if we’d live in the middle of the forest and the pine trees in our backyard make me think of vacation by the sea back in Poland. I just love to sit here in the morning with my coffee, before it gets too hot admiring the trees and looking at kids playing in the backyard.

However we haven’t really updated this space since moving in. The deck needs a painting job and wood needs to be replaced in a couple of spots- I would also love to add a pergola or a mini outdoor bar – or both! But despite what I’m envisioning for the future, for now it’s a double deck with a lovely view, perfect for our family. And since my mantra is to love the house you live in now despite the imperfections, I wanted to share with you how to make even an older deck a lovely place to spend time!

5 tips to decorate an outdoor space

  1. Create different seating areas – creating different zones makes any spaces more interesting and inviting! We have a dining zone and lounging one- and even though the second one is still a work in progress it creates a cozy feeling and gives us extra space to sit with a book and a coffee.
  2. Add outdoor textiles. Just like inside of your home throw pillows and blankets create a sense of comfort and coziness- textiles will make your patio look more inviting and comfy too!
  3. Mix and match. What makes any space look more interesting is the collected look- same applies for outdoor spaces! Plus by mixing and matching you can score better deals on outdoor pieces!
  4. Bring the indoor plants outside. I used to get new potted plants every year for the summer until I realized that they won’t ever live through the winter ( I tried to save them so many times!) and that I’m basically throwing money away. Now except of fresh herbs and one floral arrangement at my front door I don’t spend money on potted plants- instead I bring my indoor plants out for the summer months- which makes the plants happy and my wallet too!
  5. Add little decor pieces. Just like inside accessories make the vibe of your space. So think fun planters, stone sculptures and outdoor candles and lanterns!

I could also add that placing an outdoor rug underneath a table will make your space instantly stylish! Except if you’re a parent to young kids- adding any rug underneath a table with kids around will only add cleaning to your list- hence, no rug on my patio underneath the table!

And if you’re looking for more ideas and tips for outdoor spaces make sure to check what my friends have shared!


This week I’m joining some of my talented blogging friends for the Summer Seasonal Simplicity Series: Outdoor Spaces Tours! Be sure to check out all of the beautiful inspiration by visiting the links under the images below.

 

Sharing Wednesday….

The Happy Housie // Joanna Anastasia // Cassie Bustamante // The Tattered Pew

Life is Better At Home // Tatertots and Jello // Finding Silver Pennies // Lemon Thistle

A Pretty Life // Dans le Lakehouse // Clean & Scentsible // Willow Street Interiors

Sharing Tuesday…

Inspiration for Moms // She Gave it a Go // Grace in My Space // Deeply Southern Home

Life is a Party // Nina Hendrick // Happy Happy Nester // Craftberry Bush

Maison de Cinq // Hallstrom Home // House by Hoff // My Sweet Savannah

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