Joanna Anastasia

Home decor

Fun & fresh kids bathroom makeover- part 1

So recently I realized I almost never share with you my design process- even though a lot of you asked me about so many times over the years! So I decided to be a better blogger and to start sharing more of my moodboards and design process with you!

So while we have already updated a lot in our new home, there’s still plenty of spaces that need a bit of love: like kitchen and entryway floor, family room and my office organisation. And then there are spaces that clearly need a full on makeover- all of the bathrooms and my hubbys office!

So today I want to share with you my plans for the fun and fresh kids bathroom! Now, this bathroom has good bones- the vanity is in great shape, the tiles are not broken, there’s a good size closet. We are keeping the bath with shower and not changing anything structural either. But everything is so boring and brown and it’s in a perpetual state of ” a bomb have just went off” . Aka, it’s always a huge mess.

Here’s an unstaged real life snap of a proof of how bad it looks now:

Even that I am so grateful that in this new home we have our own ensuite bathroom and a separate kids bathroom, this is just awful,am I right?

Of course I know, 3 kids sharing a bathroom, including one freshly potty trained toddler and two school aged girls, can’t be expected to always clean a bathroom after themselves! But I think they could have better organisation in place so the space would just stay clean-ish.

One thing I learned in design over the years is that that a well planned space is first of all functional & then it’s pretty. So I plan on adding beter organisation in here to avoid three current problems in the future:

  • Laundry on the floor (they each have a humper in their bedroom but somehow clothes end up on the bathroom floor every single time)
  • Toys in the bath ( there’s a basket in the closet and yet they never return there)
  • Vanity full of hairbands,body lotions and toothpaste ( see that tray? Well my kids don’t.)

While we don’t have a budget for new tiles, new vanity and new faucets (and if we would it would probably be spent on vacation anyway because I see no use in spending lots of money on a kids bathroom ) I do have plenty of ideas on how to give this bathroom a fresh and fun makeover on a budget!

So, first let me share with you my vision and then let me tell you how I’ll do it- and how you can too!

I have two versions of the sample plan- one with vanity painted white and one with blue. I’m constantly going back and forth between the two as I can’t seem to decide (which is common for me.) Usually I just follow my last minute instinct so we’ll see which version will win! Though just for fun I’d love to know which one would you choose?

So here’s how I plan on making over the brown bathroom in to this fresh and fun one:

  • I’m reusing everything I can: the vanity, the faucet, the shower. I have leftover lemon wallpaper and white paint. So instead of obsessing over the perfect shade for this space I just use what I already have.
  • I’m painting everything that can be painted. The vanity, the vanity top, the hardwear. So the vanity will be painted with my favorite Country Chic Paint , and I’ll use the same White Appliance Epoxy Paint that I used on my kitchen counters for the vanity top. I’ll spray paint the hardware and the faucet gold. Because even if it won’t look perfect it will cost me only 12$ instead of at least 200$ ( minimum- gold faucets and gold hardwear is expensive!)
  • I’m buying on sale or open box whatever needs replacing- so I scored an open box bathroom sconce light for half the price- that was not the colour I wanted but it was so much cheaper and will be so easy to spray paint. We got a new sink ( because the existing one is cracked) for under 100$ and I’ll be looking for a mirror on sale ( either at Homesense- they have great prices- or on kijiji)
  • I’m adding better organisation systems that should help my kids with the clean up- so a triple laundry sorter rolling cart that I plan on adding their names on. Baskets for vanity drawers so thing end up inside the vanity and not on it! And some bath storage toy organisers because clearly they never put toys back in to the closet.
  • I’m getting a cheap version of an expensive design- instead of getting new floor tiles ( yieks the expense and difficulty level!) I bought the vinyl peel and stick floor tiles from FloorPops that are perfect for bathrooms but so muuuch cheaper then the real tiles!

So now all that is left is get to work ! I’m really excited about this project and I can’t wait to share with you how it’ll all look together! And if you have a bathroom that you hate don’t fret, just get some paint, vinyl tiles, spray paint and some open box scores and change it!

Cottage vibes spring home tour

It’s that time of year again, the spring home tour time! Which makes me feel really excited because you know how it goes, first bloggers decorate their homes for spring and then the actual spring comes- which means that longer days and warm sun is only a couple of weeks away!

And if you’re coming here from the The Tattered Pew I’m so happy to welcome you!

So first let me welcome you in to my main hallway, in to -as my hubby refers to- The Meadow. I see his point but I’m also pretty obsessed with this wallpaper ( even if the quality isn’t the best..) that makes me think of an old English cottage with all the flower themed wallpaper everywhere.

You may wander why am I not showing you my front door cheerfully decorated for spring? Well as I previously mentioned first we decorate and only then spring comes- but in my little corner of the world just outside of Montreal there’s still tons of snow and I can barely get to the front door so the pretty cheerful front door decor will have to wait until summer.

Sooo.. to the main open space we go! Our open space living room is open to the dining room and the kitchen and you bet I added lots of pattern and colour in anticipation of spring!

I love cheerful and colorful vibes for spring so my mandrel is a bunny themed space that makes me and my kids smile every time we see it.

The table centrepieces is the old wooden tray with faux flowers in mason jars- very cottegy and very budget friendly! Don’t get me wrong, I love real blooms, but until they become more affordable in midsummer faux flowers it is!

Now let me show you around the kitchen with more spring cottage vibes : blooms, wallpaper, open quirky shelves and a easter themed tiered tray- all check!

Since our spring sadly reminds more of a prolonged end of winter my hot chocolate station is disguised as an Easter themed island decor- but in reality this is where hot chocolate is being served after playing outside! I know, not the most spring like drink, but what can I do!

Now, let me take you upstairs to our bedroom – though sadly we’ll skip kids rooms this time as I refused to clean after my little piggies, even for the sake of the spring tour!

Here, I added new spring prints, flower patchwork pillows cases and a cheerful yellow throw- oh and of course a bouquet of blooms- but can you guess if it’s fresh or faux?

I just love the modern cottage vibes in here, although I must tell you a secret- this room is not fully finished yet since I still have wallpaper to hang! Come back to see it in 2 weeks ok?

As you see our cat believes it’s her bed, but who am I to tell her otherwize?

Well, this is all that I decorated for spring this year- who knows maybe once we have updated bathrooms and once my kids learn how to clean up I’ll actually decorate our entire home for spring? We’ll see next year!

Now make sure to check my friends beautiful homes- next one on our tour is Life is Better at Home – I’m sure you’ll love her decor- make sure to check it tomorrow morning!

This week I’m joining some of my talented blogging friends for the Spring Seasonal Simplicity Series! All week long we are sharing our homes decorated for spring and our best tips and ideas for bringing a spring feel into your home. You can visit each tour by clicking on the links below the images!

Sharing with me today….

Wednesday

Dans le Lakehouse // Life is a Party

She Gave it a Go // The Tattered Pew // Joanna Anastasia

And sharing the rest of this week…

Monday

The Happy Housie // Inspiration for Moms // This is Simplicite

Grace In My Space // Cherished Bliss // Modern Glam

Tuesday

Cassie Bustamante // A Pretty Life // Lemon Thistle

Rambling Renovators // Maison de Cinq

Thursday

Life is Better at Home // Taryn Whiteaker Designs // Clean & Scentsible

Craftberry Bush // My Sweet Savannah // Zevy Joy

Friday

Tatertots & Jello // Jennifer Maune // Deeply Southern Home

Homemade Lovely // The DIY Mommy

Hoppy Easter Mantel decor

Easter is almost here! Or at least Easter is the next fun celebration to look forward too and so you bet I decided to decorate my manel in the most cheerful and springlike way possible!

Living here outside of Montreal means that we have tons of snow up until mid April, so to be honest all that spring decorating is the most of the spring vibes that we’ll get for two more months. But I prefer this wishful thinking to admitting that it’s still winter for weeks and weeks on end- and maybe if we’ll decorate for spring it will come early?

Either way today I wanted to share with you my spring mantel along side a group of amazing ladies- make sure to check their sophisticated and elegant spring mantel ideas!

As for my mantel it’s a mix of dollar store old finds ( hello ceramic bunnies & wood bunnies!) Last year’s Homesense finds ( grow Rae Dunn vase, old carrot garland & bunny diffuser) my salvation army candlesticks, & the dollar store flower wreath I made last year! With all these bunnies I guess it’s only missing a Hoppy Easter sign but let me be honest with you, with all the renovations I just didn’t had time to make one. But I think that the bunny theme is quite strong nevertheless 🙂

Now if you’re still looking for ideas on how to decorate your mantel for spring / Easter, I have you covered:

This week I’m joining some of my talented blogging friends for the Spring Seasonal Simplicity Series! We’re all sharing some inspiring mantel decorating ideas with you! You can see each mantel in more detail by clicking on the links below each image.

The Happy Housie

Cassie Bustamante

Cherished Bliss

Grace In My Space

Deeply Southern Home

Craftberry Bush

Modern Glam

Rambling Renovators

House by Hoff

Tatertots & Jello

This is Simplicite

Life is Better at Home

This is Our Bliss

Life is a Party

She Gave it a Go

Joanna Anastasia

Taryn Whiteaker Designs

My Sweet Savannah

DIY book crate on wheels

My oldest daughter is such a bookworm, always reading and always asking for new books. So I decided to surprise her and make a DIY rolling book crate for here- aka little liberty on wheels!

It’s a very easy project, and one you can make in one afternoon! I’m showing you the step by step in this little video- though I’ll also explain how I did it, don’t worry!

DIY Book crate on Wheels how to:

First gather your mayerials:

  • simple wood crate
  • leftover of paint
  • a drill
  • wheels with Socket Type Mounting
  • decals

I started with whitewashing my crate- I didn’t really like that yellowish tone of wood, but my daughter didn’t want it completely white either- so whitewashing it is! If you’re wondering what is whitewashing then let me tell you- it’s the easiest way of updating wood surfaces ever. Simply mox paint half in half with water and with a rag wash it over your surface. That’s it! Alos, it dries really fast!

Next, I pre drilled the holes for my wheels, and then I screwed them in.

I found the wheles on amazon- simply look for wheels for furniture and you’ll find plenty to choose from!

Then I went and made some decals with my Cricut- my daughter speaks both french and Polish, and she’s just learning english, so it was her who decided that one side shall be in english and one in french.

And then, it was all done!

All that was left was to fill it with her favourite books, and tadam, tiny library on wheels is all ready! Of course, her younger sibling decided to take over her reading nook when she was in school, but that’s just normal right !

I hope I inspired you to make a little diy book crate on wheels for your kids too!

Woodland toddler bedroom

So when we first moved in here 4 months ago I remember thinking how my son is the only one who is losing space in the move. Our old home was much smaller and all the rooms where tiny- our new home is really big and all of the rooms are really spacious- except of Julien’s room. It’s really small.

Let me show you how small it looked on the day we moved in-these are screenshots of the video I took so don’t mind the quality- with wall to wall old carpet, and all in gray blue shade:

And here’s how it looks now!

Isn’t the power of wallpaper just amazing! So first thing we did we painted the room half wall warm white and half a more saturated shade of blue., and my hubby have changed the flooring! We added his furniture, art on the wall and new lights and after all that I still felt there was something missing. So when Photowall reached out to me asking if there’s a room in my home that I would like to add wallpaper too, I knew right away that it was Julien’s room that needed it desperately!

Because there’s nothing like a wallpaper to add depth and character to a small space!

Also, let me just say that it was the first time ever we have put a real wallpaper up- and it took less than 2 hours! And was so much easier than I anticipated! The wallpaper itself is made out of amazing material, doesn’t tear, has a great feel to it, is mat and was really a breeze to install! Totally unlike my experience with removable wallpapers from the past.

And I must say I really loved how Photowall had sooo many designs to choose from- all organized by themes and colors!

Now, even though Julien’s room is the smallest in our new home it’s now the one with the most character! And I’m pleased to say that he loves it now to!

If you’d like to change up your walls I have a code for you :

And remember, every space can become cozy and inviting! And now to help you add more charm in to your home I have a discount code that you can use:  joannaanastasia25 ! ( This code will give you a 25% discount on any product at http://www.photowall.com and is good for a month of January!

Disclosure- I received this wallpaper as a gift, all opinions and enthusiasm remain exclusively my own.

Christmas 2020 Home tour- in our new home in the woods

Hello in my home in the woods all decked for christmas! If you came here straight from Danielle’s home tour, welcome! I’m so happy you stopped by!

So first of all let me just say- what a year! Just like everyone else on the planet I’m glad it’s coming to an end! However, despite the struggles we’ve all went through it’s also the year that we where blessed with abundant family time. A year in which my kids has grown ,and laughed and played. And a year when we have finally moved here, to our forever family home!

It’s been almost four months now that we moved, and while we still have a long way to go ( I’m looking at you unfinished staircase, and you old carpet-abundant master bedroom) I’m still so happy to call this place our home and to decorate it for the season!

So one of the first things we did after moving was painting – first, the entire open space white, then the kids room, and lastly the front door. I just love how the red doors pop now! I added a wreath I made with dollar store supplies, and I think they look perfectly welcoming for the season now!

Right when you’ll come in in the main hallway there’s our diy advent calendar- my kids are so excited every night we open it- even though there’s nothing but little chocolates and candies inside!

After you go further and pass by the advent calendar you’re directly in the middle of our open space- the living room that connected to the dining room and to the kitchen

So in here I decided to go with lots of white, with a pops of red and pink this year- my kids are finally big enough not to play with my vintage ornaments- but still too small for me to decorate on the coffee table ( since it’s usually there play area!)

Then the dining area is right in between or family room and the kitchen- I just love how we are close to the christmas tree glow when we sit here- and how I can see it all from the kitchen island!

And as for the kitchen, I made this little hot cocoa station that’s usually on the kitchen counter – I just love it when decor gets practical- because hot cocoa is an everyday need am I right?

The rest of the kitchen is rather simple- a little garland on the kitchen window, a DIY festive cutting board and some greenery set the mood in this space!

Now, you won’t see our master bedroom today because it’s still awaiting some major renovations- but since our kids rooms are done ( there where some really old carpets and very dark brown walls here when we moved!) I decided to deck their rooms a bit!

Thank you so much for joining me in my home tour! I hope you found some simple inspiration for your holiday decorating!

Next stop is Amber – I’m sure you’ll love her home tour!

This week I’m joining some of my talented blogging friends for the Christmas Seasonal Simplicity Series home tour week! We’re all sharing part of our home decked out for Christmas. Be sure to check out these fabulous Christmas decor ideas by clicking on the links below each image.

Sharing with me today…

Wednesday

The Handmade Home / Finding Silver Pennies / Joanna Anastasia / AmberTysl

The DIY Mommy / My Sweet Savannah / Dans le Lakehouse / Fynes Designs

And sharing the rest of the week…

Monday

The Happy Housie / Inspiration for Moms / Maison de Cinq / This is Simplicite

Chrissy Marie Blog / Modern Glam / Nick & Alicia

Tuesday

Cassie Bustamante / Cuckoo4Design / Lemon Thistle / Love Create Celebrate

tatertots & jello / Jennifer Maune / She Gave it a Go / Clean & Scentsible

Thursday

Two Twenty One / Cherished Bliss / Life is Better at Home / All Things With Purpose

This is Our Bliss / Home Made Lovely / Place of My Taste

Friday

The Tattered Pew / Life is a Party / Rambling Renovators / House by Hoff

Deeply Southern Home / Grace in My Space /
Taryn Whiteaker Designs / Just a Girl and Her Blog

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